Steffen Højer

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Steffen Højer
Personal information
Full name Steffen Højer
Date of birth (1973-05-22) 22 May 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Viborg, Denmark
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Viborg 71 (35)
1996–1999 AaB 81 (22)
1999 Viborg 4 (1)
1999–2000 Brescia 0 (0)
2000 Midtjylland 9 (3)
2000–2003 Viborg 62 (12)
2003–2005 OB 79 (48)
2005–2007 Viborg 74 (26)
Total 380 (147)
National team
1994–1995 Denmark U21 11 (7)
1996 Denmark 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010– Viborg (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steffen Højer (born 22 May 1973) is a Danish former football player, who played most of his career for Viborg FF. He has played for a number of Danish clubs, and most notably won the 1998-99 Danish Superliga with AaB. A prolific striker in the Superliga, he finished league top scorer three years in row in the 2003-04 (joint), 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. He has played a single match for the Danish national team.

Højer started on January 7, 2008, the day of his retirement, as head of sport in Viborg FF.

Biography[edit]

Born in Viborg, Højer made his senior debut for hometown club Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division in 1992. Through four years at the club, Højer and Viborg struggled to get a foothold in the top-flight Danish Superliga. When they succeeded in the 1995-96 season, Højer scored 16 goals in 32 games, and was sold to league rivals Aalborg Boldspilklub (AaB). He made his debut for the Danish national team, when he was substituted into an August 1996 match against Sweden for the last ten minutes of play. He was an immediate success at AaB, though he did not score as many goals as he did for Viborg FF. In his final year of contract at AaB, he helped the club win the 1998-99 Danish championship. He did not play much that season due to stiff competition from Norwegian player Frank Strandli and fellow Dane Søren Frederiksen, which prompted Højer to look for a new club.

He signed a contract with Italian club Brescia Calcio and was loaned out from AaB to Viborg FF, while awaiting his AaB contract to expire in the summer 1999. At Viborg, he played four games before he suffered a knee injury, which meant he started his Italian career injured. His stay at Brescia was short, and he never played a game for the club. He moved back to Denmark in 2000, in order to play the season out at Danish 1st Division team FC Midtjylland. He helped the club win promotion to the Superliga, before moving back to play with childhood club Viborg FF. Not regaining his former goal scoring prowess, lacklustre play in the first half of the 2002-03 season meant that Højer was sold to Odense BK in January 2003. At Odense, he looked to replace league top scorer Kaspar Dalgas, who had been sold to Brøndby IF before that season.

Højer rediscovered his goal scoring form at Odense, as he finished the 2003-04 season as joint top scorer with Mohamed Zidan, Mwape Miti and Tommy Bechmann. He was the sole top scorer of the 2004-05 season. As Højer still lived in Viborg, he decided to once again play for Viborg FF when his contract expired following the 2004-05 season. In his first season back at Viborg FF, he set the record of three consecutive Superliga top scorer titles, improving Peter Møller's former record of two, set in the 1991–92 and 1992–93 seasons.

Steffen Højer scored 125 goals in Danish Superliga.

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