Martin Bernburg

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Martin Bernburg
Personal information
Full name Martin Løfqvist Bernburg
Date of birth (1985-12-26) 26 December 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Fremad Amager
B.93
2002–2005 KB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Copenhagen 1 (0)
2007–2009 Nordsjælland 70 (32)
2009–2014 Brøndby 57 (5)
National team
2004 Denmark U19 5 (1)
2004–2005 Denmark U20 5 (1)
2006 Denmark U21 1 (0)
2008–2014 Denmark 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:03, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Martin Løfqvist Bernburg (born 26 December 1985 in Amager, Copenhagen) is a former Danish professional footballer who most recently played as a striker for Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga and the Danish national team. He is currently the assistant coach for Brøndby IF's U19 team.

Biography[edit]

FC Copenhagen[edit]

Having been the topscorer some seasons in a row for F.C. Copenhagens youth team, he alongside the likes of other Copenhagen talents William Kvist, Lasse Quist, Jeppe Brandrup, Thomas Villadsen, Morten Bertolt and Nicklas Svendsen signed senior contracts and was subsequently moved to the first team squad.[1] All being considered great talents, and all being parts of the national youth teams, only William Kvist managed to become a regular.

Appearing only 7 times for F.C. Copenhagen[nb 1] with his league debut coming on 2006-08-13 in a game where he played the first 54 minutes of the Superliga match against Odense BK at Parken Stadium. He only played, because Marcus Allbäck had a small injury.

In FC Copenhagen, the road to first team football was long behind the likes of Markus Allbäck, Fredrik Berglund and Alvaro Santos. As a consequence of this, he transferred to FC Nordsjælland where he instantly became a success, which made other F.C. Copenhagen players to transfer to other clubs placed in the middle of the SAS Ligaen.

FC Nordsjælland[edit]

Coming to FC Nordsjælland from F.C. Copenhagen, he was supposed to fill the hole that the departure of Morten Nordstrand to F.C. Copenhagen had left. Being physically stronger than Nordstrand, he quickly became an important player scoring in more than every other match. His strong performances had him linked with a move to both FC Midtjylland and Brøndby IF[2] and later FC Utrecht expressed interest in him.[3] His strong performances also earned him a call-up for the Danish national team, however he didn't make his debut at this time.

Alongside Hertha BSC FC Nordsjælland participated in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup on a UEFA Fair-Play quota. In their first qualification round, they draw Estonian TVMK Tallinn, where FC Nordsjælland proceeded 8–0 on aggregate score

Scottish club Queen of the South from Dumfries were drawn in the second qualification round. FC Nordsjælland won the first game 1–2. In the second match, Bob Harris had Queens in the lead from a well worked free-kick after 2 minutes. With Queen pushing for the critical second goal, with 5 minutes remaining two goals by Bernburg put the tie beyond Queens.[4][5]

Brøndby IF[edit]

On 18 August 2009 Brøndby IF signed him on a five years contract, he comes for an undisclosed fee from FC Nordsjælland.

International career[edit]

As a result of an injury to Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen he on 2008-03-24 received a call-up to the Danish national team alongside Mikkel Thygesen who was replacing Martin Jørgensen.[6] Bernburg who at the moment was suffering from jumper's knee had to be replaced by Morten Nordstrand.[7]

On 2008-08-20 he received his second call-up, this time for a match against Spain, however, he spent the entire match on the bench as Denmark succumbed to a 3–0 loss.

On 2008-09-03 he was called up as a safety net to Nicklas Bendtner and Jon Dahl Tomasson who both suffered from minor injuries,[8] for the matches against Hungary and Portugal in Denmark's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. Against Hungary, he spent the entire match on the bench. Against Portugal, however, he came in with 10 minutes to go in the game, when the score was 2–1 in Portugal's favour. He helped the Danish team to a sensational 2–3 win, earning him his first national cap.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ SAS Ligaen (1 match) and Royal League (4 matches).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nye ansigter i FCK-truppen" (in Danish). bold.dk. 
  2. ^ "Brøndby og FCM vil have Bernburg" (in Danish). bold.dk. 
  3. ^ "Utrecht vil give 15 mio. for Bernburg" (in Danish). bold.dk. 
  4. ^ "Club History" on the official Queen of the South website
  5. ^ "Nordsjaelland 2–1 QoS (4–2)". news.bbc.co.uk. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Bernburg og Thygesen på landsholdet" (in Danish). bold.dk. 
  7. ^ "Nordstrand afløser Bernburg" (in Danish). bold.dk. 
  8. ^ "Bernburg træner med landsholdet" (in Danish). bold.dk. 

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