Thomas Augustinussen

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Thomas Augustinussen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-20) March 20, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Svendborg, Denmark
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
AaB
Number 9
Youth career
1986–1994 Aabybro IF
1994–2000 AaB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2009 AaB 332 (41)
2009–2011 Red Bull Salzburg 29 (0)
2011– AaB 68 (7)
National team
1998–1999 Denmark U-19 8 (2)
2000–2003 Denmark U-20 5 (1)
2002 Denmark U-21 20 (5)
2008–2009 Denmark 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2009

Thomas Augustinussen (born March 20, 1981) is a Danish professional footballer. He began his career as a striker, but moved gradually into the holding midfielder position. He made his senior debut with AaB, with whom he played 283 games and won the 2008 Danish Superliga championship. He has been capped twice for the Denmark national football team.


Club career[edit]

Augustinussen started his career with AaB. Due to his height of 192 cm and good speed, Augustinussen played his first years as a striker. He made his Danish Superliga debut for AaB in April 2000. He was a successful striker in his youth years, but had difficulty finding his goalscoring form as a senior. As he only managed to score 11 goals in his first three-and-a-half years as a senior, Augustinussen was stamped by a media pundit as being "not the fastest moped on the dockside" ("ikke den hurtigste knallert på havnen") in August 2003,[1][2] and did not look like cutting it at the highest sporting level of Danish football.

However, Augustinussen was moved back to the centre midfield by new AaB coach Erik Hamren, where he established himself as a consistent part of the starting line-up.[2] He suffered a knee injury in October 2006, but returned to the AaB side in August 2007, and helped the team win the 2007–08 Superliga championship. He was named team captain from the beginning of the 2008–09 season, and led AaB in the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League tournament. In total, he played 283 games and scored 36 goals for AaB, including 223 games and 29 goals in the Superliga until May 2009.

In April 2009, he signed a three-year contract with Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg, effective from July 2009. After one-and-a-half year in Salzburg, Augustinussen was released from Salzburg of his own will.[3]

On 30 January 2011 AaB announced that they had signed Augustinussen on a three year contract.[4]

International career[edit]

Augustinussen started his international career with the Under-19 national selection. He was capped 20 times for the Danish under-21 national team, with five goals the result.

In June 2008, he made his debut for the senior Denmark national football team in a friendly match 1–1 draw with Poland, coming on as a substitute to replace Christian Poulsen in the 77th minute. He played his second national team game in June 2009, replacing Christian Poulsen in the 71st minute of 1–0 win against Sweden in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Ravn, "Augustinussen svarede igen med hattrick", Onside.dk, August 14, 2003.
  2. ^ a b Bjarne Nielsen, "Der er knald på Augu", Ekstra Bladet, March 19, 2005
  3. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/Augo-Salzburg-ville-beholde-mig
  4. ^ http://www.aabsport.dk/B02F4995-D1D5-46F6-A65B-4C8D024B2652.W5Doc?id=A14A6EC7-15A6-4D99-9318-B632447210B5

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Danny Califf
AaB captain
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Andreas Johansson