Markus Henriksen

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Markus Henriksen
Markus Henriksen (Rosenborg Trondheim) - Norway national under-21 football team (01).jpg
Markus Henriksen (Rosenborg Trondheim) - Norway national under-21 football team (01)
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AZ
Number 19
Youth career
Trond
Rosenborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Rosenborg 78 (11)
2012– AZ 59 (5)
National team
2009 Norway U17 10 (0)
2010–2011 Norway U19 7 (2)
2010– Norway U21 9 (2)
2010– Norway 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Markus Henriksen (born 25 July 1992) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Eredivisie club AZ.

He is the son of the former Rosenborg player and assistant manager, Trond Henriksen.

Club career[edit]

Rosenborg[edit]

Henriksen moved from Trond IL to Rosenborg as a boy. He proved himself early on as an exciting midfielder, showing traits of footballing intelligence, basic skill and excellent endurance.[1]

Henriksen made his Rosenborg debut in a cup game against Gjøvik-Lyn on 10 May 2009, coming on for Alexander Tettey in the 86th minute.[2] His Tippeligaen debut came later that year when he was a late substitute for Trond Olsen against Sandefjord on 20 September 2009.[3] Despite aggregating little over half an hour of football that season, he played the three games necessary to gain a 2009 Tippeligaen medal at just 17-years old.[4]

In 2010, Henriksen became a regular fixture in the Rosenborg side under Erik Hamrén and continued to do so when Nils Arne Eggen replaced the outgoing Hamrén. He played in 28 of a possible 30 games, 26 coming from the start. He scored his first professional goals against Odd Grenland on 11 April 2010 where his brace inspired Rosenborg to a 3–1 comeback.[5] On 21 July 2010, Henriksen's first goal in Europe submitted Linfield to a 2–0 loss in the Champions League second qualifying round.[6] Scouts from Werder Bremen attended the match to watch Henriksen, but Rosenborg's sporting director, Erik Hoftun rebutted any links by stating that Henriksen will continue his development at Rosenborg.[7] Henriksen put an end to any speculation on 6 August 2010 when he extended his contract till the end of 2013.[8] His agent, Andreas Ekker admitted that "Markus could have gone to a bigger club by now, but we think it's best for Markus to stay at RBK."[9] He went on to score two more goals in Champions League qualifying that year and scored once more against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League group stages on 4 November 2010.[10] His excellent season, in which he helped Rosenborg to an unbeaten league title, was rewarded with numerous awards including NISO Young Male Player of the Year[11] and Statoil's Talent Prize 2010.[12] What's more, Don Balón named Henriksen on their list of the 100 best young players in the world in 2010, where he joined the likes of compatriot Harmeet Singh, Mario Götze, Eden Hazard, Neymar and Theo Walcott.[13]

With the sale of Anthony Annan to Schalke before the start of the 2011 season, Henriksen was asked to play a more defensive role beside the similarly attack-minded Per Ciljan Skjelbred.[14] After three games, in which Rosenborg conceded ten goals, Jan Jönsson aborted plans on making Henriksen a defensive midfielder and brought in Fredrik Winsnes to play alongside him. Henriksen returning to his favoured box-to-box role instantly saw Rosenborg win 2–0 in back-to-back games.[15] However, it was only until Rosenborg finally replaced Annan with Mohammed-Awal Issah in August that Henriksen could make the attacking effect he had shown possible the season prior; in Issah's first six games for Rosenborg, Henriksen scored five goals and assisted a further two. On Issah's arrival, Henriksen told TV 2 Sport, "I'm beginning to become more offensive and I've brought more to each game since Issah has arrived."[16] On 21 September of that year, the Daily Mirror reported that Aston Villa were interested in Henriksen whilst Napoli had also been known to have scouted him.[17] Henriksen furthered speculation linking him abroad in a November interview with Aftenposten, "I want to try and show that I am good enough to play elsewhere than in Norway. I think I'd best fit Germany, so it is my dream to play in a good team in the Bundesliga."[18]

Late on 27 January 2012, Henriksen left Rosenborg's training camp in Benidorm for Belgium to complete a €2 million move to Club Brugge. Rosenborg cited economic reasons as to why the offer was accepted.[19] The next day, however, Henriksen confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he had turned down a move to Club Brugge by stating, "Congratulations boys for the win. Looking forward to Benidorm. Turned down Brugge because of my gut feeling and the total package."[20]

AZ[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Henriksen left Rosenborg for AZ and signed a five-year contract with the club.[21] He made his debut for AZ on 16 September 2012 when he replaced Maarten Martens after 72 minutes in the 4–0 victory against Roda JC.[22]

International career[edit]

Henriksen (left) playing for Norway against England in May 2012

Henriksen made his Norway under-21 debut against Croatia under-21 on 11 August 2010. He scored Norway's only goal in a 4–1 loss.[23] He has been ever present in Norway's 2013 European Under-21 Championship qualification campaign, scoring once against Azerbaijan under-21 and assisting once against England under-21.[24]

Just over two months after making his Norway under-21 debut, he made his senior debut for the Norwegian national side against the same country; on 12 October 2010, at just 18-years old, Henriksen played the first half in an away friendly against Croatia which Norway went on to lose 2–1.[25] His first competitive game came on 4 June 2011 when he was an 83rd minute substitution for Christian Grindheim against Portugal.[26]

On 23 November 2011, Henriksen was called up to play in the 2012 King's Cup in Thailand to run from 15 to 21 January.[27] After an impressive performance against Denmark League XI,[28] Henriksen explained his intentions for the national team, "I'm going to be a leader, both here [with the national side] and at Rosenborg, regardless of age. I am the type of player who likes to take responsibility, both with my football and voice." The national coach Egil Olsen concurred, "It would surprise me if he does not play in the national team over time...I see him in a leadership role, perhaps such is quite possible by the autumn."[29]

Henriksen scored his first goal for the national team in the 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia.[30] After starting five of the first six matches in the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup, Henriksen was left out of the squad for the matches against Cyprus and Switzerland in September 2013, and instead called up for the under-21 team. Egil "Drillo" Olsen stated that Henriksen's performance in the recent matches was not good enough, and that it would be better for him to play for the under-21 team then to sit on the bench for the senior team.[31]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2012 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Slovenia 1–1 2–1 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
2010 28 7 6† 3 12 4 46 14
2011 29 3 3 0 6 2 38 5
2012 18 1 3 3 7 0 28 4
2012–2013 AZ Eredivisie 28 3 6 0 0 0 34 3
2013–2014 26 2 0 0 4 0 30 2
Total Norway 78 11 13 6 25 6 116 23
Total Netherlands 54 5 6 0 4 0 64 5
Career total 132 16 20 6 29 6 180 28

† – 1 appearance in the 2010 Superfinalen

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Statoil's Talentpris: June 2010[32]
  • Statoil's Talentpris of the Year: 2010[12]
  • NISO Young Male Player of the Year: 2010[11]

Club[edit]

Rosenborg
AZ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Markus Henriksen profilen rbk.no (Norwegian)
  2. ^ Gjøvik 0–4 Rosenborg altomfotball.no (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Rosenborg 4–0 Sandefjord altomfotball.no (Norwegian)
  4. ^ a b Mestvinnende spillere nrk.no (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Odd Grenland 1–3 Rosenborg altomfotball.no (Norwegian)
  6. ^ Rosenborg outclass battling Linfield uefa.com
  7. ^ Eggen: – Markus blir i RBK i minst fem år tv2.no (Norwegian)
  8. ^ Markus ut 2013 rbk.no (Norwegian)
  9. ^ Henriksen forlenger med RBK tv2.no (Norwegian)
  10. ^ Tiago ensures Atlético win in Rosenborg uefa.com
  11. ^ a b Her er alle prisvinnerne fra NISO-gallaen tv2.no (Norwegian)
  12. ^ a b Prisdrysset fortsetter for Henriksen aftenposten.no (Norwegian)
  13. ^ Don Balon Names 100 Best Young Footballers In the World caughtoffside.com
  14. ^ Ingen Annan-erstatter for Rosenborg tv2.no (Norwegian)
  15. ^ Rosenborg 2011 Campaign football-lineups.com
  16. ^ Henriksen hyller RBKs sommerkjøp tv2.no (Norwegian)
  17. ^ Villa in the hunt for Norwegian starlet mirrorfootball.co.uk
  18. ^ Tror jeg passer best i Tyskland aftenposten.no (Norwegian)
  19. ^ Henriksen kan bli Brugge-klar allerede i dag – Bakenga følger etter aftenposten.no (Norwegian)
  20. ^ MarkusHenrix twitter.com
  21. ^ Andersen, Martin K (31 August 2012). "Her signerer Henriksen for fem år med AZ" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisa. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  22. ^ Waagsether, Simen (16 September 2012). "Markus Henriksen debuterte i målfest" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisa. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  23. ^ Kroatia – Norge 4 – 1 fotball.no (Norwegian)
  24. ^ Markus Henriksen UEFA profile uefa.com
  25. ^ Kroatia – Norge 2 – 1 fotball.no (Norwegian)
  26. ^ Postiga downs Norway to lift Portugal uefa.com
  27. ^ Landslagstroppen til Thailand turnering fotball.no (Norwegian)
  28. ^ Henriksen: – Ti minutter til, så ville vi vunnet aftenposten.no (Norwegian)
  29. ^ Henriksen kan få lederrolle allerede til høsten aftenposten.no (Norwegian)
  30. ^ Saltbones, Fredrik (12 September 2012). "Henriksen: – Vet at Tarik sjelden scorer" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  31. ^ Olset, Steinar Andre (26 August 2013). "Markus Henriksen vraket av Drillo" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  32. ^ RBKs stjerneskudd månedens talent tv2.no (Norwegian)
  33. ^ Rosenborg-Jubel i Juniorfinalen fotball.no (Norwegian)

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