Daniel Wass

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Daniel Wass
Daniel Wass 2019.jpg
Wass with Valencia in 2019
Personal information
Full name Daniel Wass
Date of birth (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Gladsaxe, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Fullback / Midfielder / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
1995–2006 BK Avarta
2006–2007 Brøndby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Brøndby IF 85 (8)
2009Fredrikstad (loan) 3 (1)
2011–2012 Benfica 0 (0)
2011–2012Evian (loan) 29 (4)
2012–2015 Evian 104 (19)
2015–2018 Celta 103 (9)
2018– Valencia 32 (1)
National team
2005 Denmark U16 3 (0)
2005–2006 Denmark U17 14 (0)
2006–2007 Denmark U18 4 (0)
2007–2008 Denmark U19 8 (2)
2008 Denmark U20 1 (0)
2008–2011 Denmark U21 14 (0)
2011– Denmark 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:22, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2018

Daniel Wass (born 31 May 1989) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a utility player for Spanish club Valencia. He can play as a left-back, right-back, midfielder, and attacking midfielder.[1]

Early years[edit]

During the majority of his childhood, Daniel Wass played for Copenhagen-suburb-club BK Avarta, but was in 2006 scouted by Brøndby and promptly switched sides. After a year of playing for youth teams within the club, he joined the first team.

Club career[edit]


Wass made his debut for the Brøndby Danish Superliga team in the 2007–08 season by then-manager Tom Køhlert. He played half of the matches that season but had to withdraw later on due to injury.

Following his recovery from injury Wass secured his place as right defender in the 2008–09 season playing in 28 games from a possible 33, helping Brøndby to reach third place in the Superliga, Brøndby's best position since their second place in the 2005–06 season.

Brøndby manager Kent Nielsen felt Wass should spend gain further developing at another club, so Brøndby chose to loan him out to Fredrikstad, a medal-competing side from Norway. On 21 August 2009, Wass made his debut in a 4–1 loss against Rosenborg and on 1 November 2009, Wass started and played the full 90 minutes scoring in a 5–0 win over Lyn. When the board of Fredrikstad FK signed a new manager, new coach Tom Nordlie informed Wass that he had no interest in an offensive right defender. As a result of that, Wass received no more than three games before returning to Brøndby in December 2009. For the remainder of the 2009–10 season, Wass played more games for Brøndby, securing his place in the starting eleven.

The season of 2010–11 proved to show Wass' importance for the Brøndby squad when he was selected as first-choice right back for the first 19 games. In February, during the three-month winter break in the Superliga between December and March, Wass announced he would not be renewing his contract with Brøndby. From the beginning of January there had been rumours of Wass' summer transfer to Benfica.[2] Wass did not comment on the rumours. In March 2011, with 14 matches of the season remaining, the attacking force of Wass was recognised, with Coach Henrik Jensen subsequently pushing the player up to right midfielder/winger. In his final matches for the club, Wass scored three goals, helping Brøndby to gain their third successive third place.

Transfer to Benfica and loan to Evian[edit]

On 20 May 2011, Wass announced that he had signed a five-year contract with Benfica.[3] However on 22 July 2011, he was loaned out to Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. without taking part in any official games for Benfica.[4] Upon moving to Evian, Wass joined Danish countrymen Stephan Andersen, Christian Poulsen and Thomas Kahlenberg. In the four months after joining Evian, Wass was kept out of the first team under Bernard Casoni, who preferred Brice Dja Djédjé, while Wass stated his intention to return to his parent club.[5] On 15 October 2011, he made his debut, playing in right midfield, making an impact when he provided assist for Yannick Sagbo in a 2–1 loss against Saint-Étienne. Several weeks later, Wass scored in two consecutive games against Lorient and Rennes. He scored his third goal of the season in a 2–1 loss against Toulouse. Under new manager Pablo Correa, who succeeded Casoni, Wass secured a place in the first team, mostly being used as left-back, with Sidney Govou taking his former position in right midfield. After months of being kept out of the first team, he returned again, playing in left-back, due to Fabrice Ehret. Wass kept his place in the first team towards the end of the season when Guillaume Lacour took his position as left back, this time returning to the right midfield position. Two games before the end of the season, Wass scored his fourth goal in a 2–1 win over Ajaccio.

Transfer to Evian[edit]

On 20 June 2012, Wass signed with Evian on a permanent basis for a €2.5 million transfer fee.[6] On 12 August 2012, in the opening game of the season against Girondins de Bordeaux, Wass scored a free kick in a match that ended in a 2–3 loss for Evian. Like in the previous season, Wass played in various positions in defence and midfield. On 26 January 2013, Wass scored a further goal against Ajaccio in a 1–1 draw.

Celta de Vigo[edit]

On 22 June 2015, Wass joined Celta on a four-year contract.[7]

Wass scored a goal and assisted another in a 2–2 draw against Real Madrid.[8]


On 10 July 2018, Wass joined Valencia CF on a four-year deal.[9]

International career[edit]

Wass made his Danish international debut against England in 2011.[10]

In May 2018, Wass was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[11] However, he did not make the final 23.[12]



Personal life[edit]

Wass is cousin of Nicki Bille Nielsen.[14]


  1. ^ https://www.whoscored.com/Players/27254/Show/Daniel-Wass
  2. ^ "Daniel Wass to Benfica" (in Danish). Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Daniel Wass assume Benfica" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Evian anuncia empréstimo de Wass" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Wass: "My goal is to return to Benfica»" [Wass: "O meu objetivo é regressar ao Benfica"] (in Portuguese). Jornal Record. 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  6. ^ "WASS SIGNs FOR 4 YEARS" [WASS SIGNE POUR 4 ANS] (in French). The Official Website of Evian Thonon Gaillard. 20 June 2012. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Daniel Wass: refuerzo versátil y de calidad para el mediocampo celeste" (in Spanish). Celta de Vigo. 22 June 2015. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ Harry Edwards (10 January 2018). "Celta Vigo took advantage of Marcelo weakness in Real Madrid draw – Daniel Wass". Squawka. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Club Statement Daniel Wass". Valencia CF Official Website. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/who-is-reported-newcastle-target-daniel-wass-five-things-about-the-evian-player-1-7084463
  11. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  12. ^ https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/confirmed-denmark-cut-ex-arsenal-star-fifa-world-cup-squad
  13. ^ "Barcelona 1–2 Valencia". BBC Sport. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Vil på landsholdet med fætter" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

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