Jakob Kjeldbjerg

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Jakob Kjeldbjerg
Personal information
Full name Jakob Kjeldbjerg Jensen
Date of birth (1969-10-21) 21 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Frederiks, Denmark
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–19?? Holstebro BK
19??–19?? Viborg FF
19??–1993 Silkeborg IF
1993–1997 Chelsea 52 (2)
National team
1989–1992 Denmark under-21 20 (1)
1992–1994 Denmark 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jakob Kjeldbjerg Jensen (born 21 October 1969) is a Danish television host and former professional footballer who played as a central defender. Kjeldbjerg won 14 caps and scored one goal for the Danish national team, and represented Denmark at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Kjeldberg started playing football lower-league clubs Holstebro BK and Viborg FF, before moving to Danish top-flight team Silkeborg IF.

In August 1993, he moved abroad in England. He was bought by Chelsea in the FA Premier League, in a transfer deal worth £485,000. Eighty years after Nils Middelboe made his Chelsea debut in 1913, Kjeldbjerg became the second Dane to play for the club. He stayed with Chelsea for four years, and featured in the side which lost to Manchester United in the 1994 FA Cup final. In a game against Millwall in February 1995, Kjeldbjerg dislocated his shoulder, the first incident in a long list of injuries. He injured a ligament in his left knee, and was unable to fully recover. He ended his professional football career in 1997, only 28 years old.

International career[edit]

He was selected team captain for the Danish under-21 national team which competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and won the 1992 Danish under-21 Player of the Year award. He made his national team debut in November 1992, and scored his only national team goal in a 2–2 draw with the United States in January 1993. He played in the 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy game against Argentina, where he was praised for his effective marking of Argentinian playmaker Maradona.

Media career[edit]

In May 1998, he began hosting football matches from the Danish Superliga and UEFA Champions League, for the Danish television channel TV3. In 2002, he became the host in TV3's Danish version of the Survivor-concept reality show: Robinson Ekspeditionen. In August 2007, he became the new host for Onside, a popular football TV magazine.

In 2003, Kjelbjerg hosted the Danish version of Gladiators, Gladiatorerne.

In 2012 and 2013 Kjelbjerg hosted the realityshow Divaer i Junglen (a Danish version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!), where participants from other realityshows participate in the South-American jungle.

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