Casper Sloth

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Casper Sloth
Casper Sloth 2014.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AaB
Number 14
Youth career
2001–2004 Brabrand IF
2004–2009 AGF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 AGF 134 (10)
2014–2016 Leeds United 13 (0)
2016– AaB 20 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Denmark U17 12 (0)
2009–2010 Denmark U18 7 (0)
2010 Denmark U19 3 (0)
2011 Denmark U20 3 (2)
2011–2013 Denmark U21 10 (0)
2012– Denmark 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013

Casper Sloth (/ˈkæspər slt/; born 26 March 1992 in Aarhus) is a Danish professional footballer who plays for Danish Superliga club AaB. He is also a Denmark international.

He is known as a skillful and creative midfielder, with vision and ability to both up the tempo and hold on to the ball as well as being able to play as a right winger.[1]

Biography[edit]

Aarhus[edit]

Sloth started his youth career at Brabrand IF. He joined AGF academy in 2004, and progressed through the youth system.

Sloth made his AGF senior debut in the Danish Superliga championship on December 7, 2009, aged 17. The game was a 1–1 draw with Esbjerg fB at AGF's NRGi Park stadium.[2] In 2008, former teammate Benny Feilhaber proclaimed Sloth as 'the greatest current talent in Danish football'.[3]

On 1 May 2010, he opened his scoring account for AGF with two goals in a 4–1 win against Silkeborg IF.[4] In October 2012 he was voted Superliga Player of the Month.[5]

During the 2013/14 season, Sloth was unable to help prevent AGF from being relegated from the Danish Superliga.[6]

On 22 August 2014, Yorkshire Evening Press journalist Phil Hay tweeted that a deal had been agreed for Sloth to join Leeds United on a three-year deal.

Leeds United[edit]

Sloth joined Football League Championship side Leeds United on 25 August 2014 on a three-year deal. He was allocated the number 33 shirt for the 2014/15 season.[7][8] The fee for Sloth was believed to be in the region of £600k.[9][10]

Sloth made his debut for Leeds on 30 August against Bolton Wanderers.[11][12] He made 14 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the club, he was favoured more by head coaches Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic for the first half of the season, with him barely being used by head coach Neil Redfearn in the second half of the season.[13] On 31 July 2015, Sloth was given the number 29 shirt for the upcoming 2015/16 season.[14]

International career[edit]

Sloth has also played more than 30 games for various Danish youth selections, including eight games for the Denmark national under-21 football team.[15]

On 14 November 2012, he made his debut for the senior team in a friendly in Istanbul against Turkey. Sloth played the first half in a game which ended 1–1, and was hailed as one of Denmark's best players of the game.[16]

On 5 March 2014, Sloth started for Denmark in a 1-0 loss to England at Wembley; Sloth put in an impressive performance though he did get booked for a bad tackle on England's Steven Gerrard. Denmark lost to a late goal from Daniel Sturridge.[17]

Media[edit]

In Denmark, Sloth was also the face of Scandinavian hair wax company ID Hair.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AGF profile Archived November 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Official Danish Superliga statistics
  3. ^ http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcasper%2Bsloth%2Bdenmark%2Bwiki%26safe%3Doff%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D643&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=da&u=http://www.morethanaclub.dk/news.php%3Freadmore%3D12785%26news_id%3D12785&usg=ALkJrhhCaI6DRCfreCcStEuJMQ8B0ep5BA
  4. ^ http://www.danskfodbold.com/kamp.php?ID=7989
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Leeds sign Denmark midfielder Casper Sloth from Aarhus". Sky Sports News. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "UNITED SIGN DANISH INTERNATIONAL". Leeds United Official Site. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "AGF sells Sloth Leeds". AGF Official Site. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Leeds United complete Sloth signing". Yorkshire Evening Post. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Phil Hay (2 September 2014). "Leeds United: Whites have never had a busier transfer window". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Leeds Vs Bolton Wanderers". Leeds United Official Site. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "CASPER EXCITED TO BE HERE". Leeds United Official Site. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Leeds United exile is 'really weird', reveals Casper Sloth". The Express. Dec 5, 2014. Retrieved Dec 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2015/16 SQUAD NUMBERS ANNOUNCED". Leeds United Official site. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  15. ^ National team profile
  16. ^ http://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/kometen-sloth-ville-hellere-spille-i-dag
  17. ^ David Ornstein (5 March 2014). "England 1 Denmark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Har du mere SWAG end Sloth?". AGF Official Site. 29 August 2012. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2012.