Claus Jensen

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Claus Jensen
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Claus Jensen playing for Fulham.
Personal information
Full name Claus William Jensen
Date of birth (1977-04-29) 29 April 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Næstved BK 4 (0)
1996–1998 Lyngby FC 62 (14)
1998–2000 Bolton Wanderers 86 (8)
2000–2004 Charlton Athletic 123 (16)
2004–2007 Fulham 35 (4)
Total 310 (42)
National team
1995 Denmark U19 1 (0)
1996–1999 Denmark U21 18 (3)
2000–2007 Denmark 47 (8)
Teams managed
2020– Nykøbing FC
* 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.[1] After three years with repeating injuries, he chose to end his professional career on 25 August 2007.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

On 7 January 2020, Jensen was appointed manager of Nykøbing FC in the Danish second tier, a team in which he formerly held the position of general manager.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Næstved Superliga 4 0
1996–97 Lyngby Superliga 31 3
1997–98 31 11
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Bolton Wanderers First Division 44 2
1999-00 42 6
2000–01 Charlton Athletic Premier League 38 5
2001–02 18 1
2002–03 35 6
2003–04 31 4
2004–05 Fulham Premier League 12 0
2005–06 11 2
2006–07 12 2
Total Denmark 66 14
England 243 28
Career total 309 42

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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


  1. ^ "Sanchez' Long-Ball Game Forced Me Out – Jensen". ESPNsoccernet. 16 May 2007.
  2. ^ "NR" (25 August 2007). "CLAUS JENSEN STOPPER KARRIEREN" (in Danish). First Artist Scandinavia. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  3. ^ Claus Jensen at

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