Kvist during practice with Stuttgart in June 2011
|Full name||William Kvist Jørgensen|
|Date of birth||24 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Odder, Denmark|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
(on loan from VfB Stuttgart)
|1990–1992||Thorsager Rønde IF|
|2014–||→ Fulham (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:18, 12 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
William Kvist Jørgensen (born 24 February 1985) is a Danish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fulham in the English Premier League (on loan from Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart) as well as for the Danish national team.
He played 43 matches and scored four goals for various national youth teams and is now an important player for the senior team.
Born in Odder in Jutland, Kvist started his football career at the local club Thorsager Rønde IF at the age of five. Two years later he moved to Copenhagen where he started with KB, one of the two clubs behind F.C. Copenhagen. While at KB, he made his debut for the Danish youth national teams (in November 2000), and played four matches at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
As a child Kvist also played handball; as a footballer he is renowned for his very long throw-ins. In the 1996–97 season, he won the Danish youth championship in both sports: in handball with FIF and in football with KB.
Kvist was promoted to F.C. Copenhagen's first team in 2004. He debuted on 23 April 2005 in a match against FC Nordsjælland where he replaced an injured Ole Tobiasen on the right back position. His first F.C. Copenhagen goal came on 22 October 2006 in a 3–0 win against Viborg FF, where he scored the last goal from long range.
Against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League third qualification round 2006 Kvist played a pass that deflected off the Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen for an own goal. This goal eventually sent F.C. Copenhagen through to the Champions League Group Stage.
In the season 2005–06, Kvist was often used as a substitute, particularly on the left wing – a position he didn't enjoy playing. He has also played in defence and other midfield positions.
Kvist was called up for the national team by manager Morten Olsen for a friendly tour of the United States, El Salvador and Honduras in January 2007. He was in the starting lineup for all three games of the tour, including a 3–1 loss to the United States national team on 20 January 2007.
After the right-back Lars Jacobsen moved to 1. FC Nuremberg during the summer of 2007, Kvist was selected by coach Solbakken to be the club's new right-back, after Solbakken had considered about 50 different players, without result. On 13 August, Kvist suggested he wished to play the position only until Christmas, preferring to evolve as a central midfield player, which he considered his best position.
In the 2010–11 season, Kvist secured a starting place in central midfield, and paired well with newly arrived Brazilian midfielder Claudemir de Souza. Kvist's form led to the club's captain (and player most appearances), Hjalte Bo Nørregaard, losing his position in the first eleven. Kvist adopted a leading role, reminding fans and media of the former captain, Peter Nielsen. Kvist is considered a model central midfielder. He rarely concedes possession and uses the ball intelligently, is combative in the tackle and has the vision to pick out key passes.
On 16 June 2011, it was announced that Kvist had been sold to the German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. He signed a four year contract. During his second season at the Baden-Wuertenburg Club, Kvist found his starting place under threat and chances more limited. During the 2013 close season he was linked with a €7m move to Atletico Madrid, which did not come to pass.
On 30 January 2014, Kvist signed for Fulham on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season, with an option for Fulham to sign him permanently in the summer. He made his debut two days later, in a 3–0 defeat at home to Southampton.
Kvist was first called up to the Danish national team on 17 August 2007, for the friendly match against Ireland on 22 August. He has gone on to represent his country at European Championships and World Cups and is a firmly established member of the side. His solitary goal for the Danes came during 2012 in a 3–1 defeat by Italy.
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||16 October 2012||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan||Italy||1–2||1–3||2014 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||15 November 2013||MCH Arena, Herning||Norway||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
- Danish Superliga Player of the Year: 2010
- Danish Football Player of the Year: 2010, 2011
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- Schrøder, Rene; Carlskov, Thor (9 July 2007). "Ny højre back i FCK" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 9 July 2007. [dead link]
- "houlind" (19 July 2007). "Ståle: Vi har kigget på 50 højre backs" (in Danish). bold.dk. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
- Pyndt, Thomas (13 August 2007). "William Kvist: Jeg er kun back til jul" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- "A Dane for VfB". VfB Stuttgart. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Kvist departs for Stuttgart". F.C. Copenhagen. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "Kvist Joins On Loan". Fulham FC. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Fulham 0–3 Southampton" BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- Berendt, Lars (17 August 2007). "Fire Ligalandsholdsspillere med mod Irland" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William Kvist.|
- Danish national team profile (Danish)
- William Kvist at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Official Danish Superliga stats (Danish)
- William Kvist career stats at Soccerbase
|F.C. Copenhagen captain
Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen