Claus Jensen playing for Fulham.
|Full name||Claus William Jensen|
|Date of birth||29 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Nykøbing Falster, Denmark|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Claus William Jensen (born 29 April 1977) is a Danish professional football manager, and former player who is the manager of Danish 1st Division club Nykøbing FC. During his active playing career, he played as an attacking midfielder. Jensen made 47 appearances for the Denmark national football team, in which he scored 8 goals. He also represented Denmark at the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship tournaments. He is the cousin of former winger Anders Due, who currently works as his assistant in Nykøbing FC.
Jensen was born in Nykøbing Falster, and played for a number of Danish lower-league teams, making his debut for the Danish under-19 national team in November 1995. In May 1996, he was loaned out from Danish second division club Nykøbing Falster Alliancen to Næstved BK in the Danish Superliga. He played four games while at Næstved, but could not prevent the club from being relegated at the end of the season. He moved permanently to Superliga club Lyngby FC in June 1996, signing a contract alongside later Danish international Dennis Rommedahl.
He played two years at Lyngby before moving to play in England in July 1998. He was bought by First Division club Bolton Wanderers in a deal worth 1.8 million DKK. While at Bolton, he debuted for the Danish national team in March 2000.
In July 2000, he moved to London to join promoted Premier League club Charlton Athletic for £4 million, and became a popular player with fans due to his influence during games. The Charlton fans would sing his name to the tune "charge" (often used during baseball matches), using Claus for the build-up and singing his full name "Claus William Jensen" at the climax. He was called up to the Danish squad for the 2002 World Cup, where he made a single appearance as a substitute. In February 2003, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 friendly win against Egypt; one of the goals was scored from a direct free kick. He also represented Denmark at the 2004 European Championship, where he took part in three of Denmark's four matches.
After more than 100 games for Charlton, in July 2004 he moved to the Addicks' London rivals Fulham in a transfer deal worth £1.25 million. He made his Fulham debut at Manchester City on 14 August 2004. He spent three years with Fulham, but was plagued by injury and on 17 May 2007, Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez decided to release him; Jensen claims his release was inevitable because he did not fit into Sanchez's long ball tactics. After three years with repeating injuries, he chose to end his professional career on 25 August 2007.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Denmark||League||Danish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Bolton Wanderers||First Division||44||2|
|2000–01||Charlton Athletic||Premier League||38||5|
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1||24 March 2001||Valletta, Malta||Malta||4–0||5–0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|2||12 February 2003||Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||1–1||4–1||Friendly match|
|3||12 February 2003||Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||3–1||4–1||Friendly match|
|4||12 February 2003||Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||4–1||4–1||Friendly match|
|5||11 June 2003||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||2–0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|6||18 August 2004||Poznań, Poland||Poland||4–1||5–1||Friendly match|
|7||3 September 2005||Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||1–0||2–2||2006 World Cup qualification|
|8||7 September 2005||Copenhagen, Denmark||Georgia||1–0||6–1||2006 World Cup qualification|