Brian Jensen (footballer, born 1968)

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Brian Jensen
Personal information
Full name Brian Boye Jensen
Date of birth (1968-04-23) 23 April 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Glostrup, Denmark
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–19?? Glostrup IF 32
19??–1994 Brøndby IF 125 (8)
1994–1997 Stade Rennais FC[1] 51 (0)
1997–1998 AS Cannes[1] 17 (2)
1998–1999 Brøndby IF[2] 13 (0)
National team
1987 Denmark U-19[3] 1 (0)
1988 Denmark U-21[3] 2 (0)
1991–1994 Denmark[3] 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Brian Boye Jensen[4] (born April 23, 1968) is a Danish former football player, who most notably played for Danish club Brøndby IF, as well as Stade Rennais FC and AS Cannes in France. Jensen played six games for the Danish national team from 1991 to 1994.

Career[edit]

Born in Glostrup,[4] Jensen begun his career with local club Glostrup IF 32,[5] before joining Brøndby IF. After a loan spell at Helsingør IF, Jensen got his breakthrough as a defender in Brøndby, and he made his Danish national team debut in June 1991.[3] Jensen made six international appearances for Denmark over the next three years, under manager Richard Møller Nielsen. His sixth national team appearance came in June 1994.[3]

In the winter 1994, Jensen moved abroad to play for Stade Rennais FC in France. He initially signed a half-year loan deal, for the remainder of the 1994–95 Ligue 1 season.[6] In his first time at Rennais, Jensen was a mainstay in the defence, as the club finished 13th of 20 teams in the 1994–95 season. In the summer 1995, Jensen signed a three-year contract with Rennais, and was named team captain.[7] With Rennais' purchase of French international defender Jean-Pierre Cyprien in the summer 1995, Jensen was dropped from the starting line-up halfway through the 1995–96 Ligue 1 season. In the summer of 1996, a number of clubs were reportedly interested in signing Jensen, including FC Lugano, Stoke City, Udinese Calcio, FC Utrecht, and Troyes AC, but they could not overcome the economic demands of Rennais.[8][9][10] In the final stage of the 1996–97 Ligue 1 season, Rennais were in danger of relegation. Jensen was brought back into the starting formation, and helped the club stay in the top-flight league.[11]

In the summer 1997, Jensen left Rennais for rival team AS Cannes, signing a two-year contract.[11][12] Though he played 17 league games for Cannes in the first half of the 1997–98 Ligue 1 season, Jensen and his family never adjusted to life in Cannes, and wanted to return to Denmark in February 1998.[13] Within a month, Jensen signed a two-year contract with defending Danish champions Brøndby IF, who bought him for 300.000 French franc.[14] Having played 13 Superliga games for Brøndby,[2] Jensen suffered a heel injury. Following surgery in the winter 1998, he retired from the game in the winter 1999,[15] at age 31. Jensen played a total 166 first team games for Brøndby IF in all competitions.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brian Jensen – French league stats at LFP
  2. ^ a b Brian Jensen at DanskFodbold.com
  3. ^ a b c d e Danish national team profile
  4. ^ a b Haslund.info profile Archived October 26, 2007, on Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ (Danish) "Brian Jensens blå bog", B.T., July 27, 1997
  6. ^ (Danish) "Brian Jensen til Rennes", Ritzaus Bureau, December 13, 1994.
  7. ^ (Danish) Søren Olsen, "Brøndby vil se kontanter", Politiken, July 7, 1995
  8. ^ (Danish) Søren Olsen, "Italien lokker spiller", Politiken, October 14, 1996.
  9. ^ (Danish) "Fra Frankrig til Holland", Politiken, November 18, 1996.
  10. ^ (Danish) Søren Olsen, "Rennes lejer sin dansker ud til Troyes", Politiken, January 12, 1997.
  11. ^ a b (Danish) Ole Selchau, "Rivieraen venter", Ekstra Bladet, June 24, 1997.
  12. ^ (Danish) Per Steffensen, "Cannes er mit paradis", B.T., July 27, 1997.
  13. ^ (Danish) Kristine Wilkens, "Brian Jensen vil hjem til Danmark", Berlingske Tidende, February 11, 1998.
  14. ^ (Danish) Kristine Wilkens, "Brian Jensen hjem til Brøndby", Berlingske Tidende, February 19, 1998.
  15. ^ (Danish) "Brøndby-back siger stop", B.T., December 1, 1999.
  16. ^ (Danish) 1. holdsspillere i Brøndby IF at Brondby.com

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