Jannik Vestergaard

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Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik-Vestergaard-Training-Bremen (cropped).jpg
Vestergaard training with Werder Bremen in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jannik Vestergaard[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Hvidovre, Denmark
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 23
Youth career
Vestia
Frem
Copenhagen
Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 1899 Hoffenheim II 22 (4)
2011–2015 1899 Hoffenheim 71 (4)
2015–2016 Werder Bremen 48 (3)
2016–2018 Borussia Mönchengladbach 66 (7)
2018–2021 Southampton 72 (4)
2021– Leicester City 10 (0)
International career
2010 Denmark U18 4 (1)
2010–2011 Denmark U19 7 (0)
2011 Denmark U20 2 (0)
2011–2015 Denmark U21 28 (4)
2013– Denmark 35 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:38, 7 January 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:47, 6 June 2022 (UTC)

Jannik Vestergaard (born 3 August 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Leicester City and the Denmark national team.

Vestergaard played for various Danish and German clubs before joining Southampton in 2018. He also played for various youth levels and debuted for the senior team in 2013.

Early and personal life[edit]

Vestergaard was born to a Danish father and a German mother in the Copenhagen suburb of Hvidovre and grew up in Copenhagen.[4]

His German grandfather Hannes Schröers and uncle Jan Schröers were also footballers for Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer 05 Uerdingen respectively.[4] His cousin Mika Schröers played for Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth teams in 2016.[5][6]

He has a girlfriend, Pernille, and a dog, Brady.[7]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vestergaard played youth football with Vestia, Frem, Copenhagen and Brøndby.[8][9] He began his senior career with German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[10][11] He moved to Werder Bremen in January 2015.[12][13]

On 11 June 2016, Vestergaard joined Borussia Mönchengladbach for a reported transfer of €12 million plus bonuses.[5][6][14]

Southampton[edit]

Vestergaard moved to English club Southampton on 13 July 2018, signing a four-year contract.[15][16] On 12 August 2018, he made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Burnley in the Premier League.[17] He scored his first goal for the club on 31 August 2019, the equalizer in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United.[18]

Leicester City[edit]

On 12 August 2021 it was announced that Southampton had accepted a transfer offer from Leicester City for Vestergaard.[19] On 13 August 2021, he signed for Leicester City on a three-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.[20][21]

International career[edit]

Youth level[edit]

Besides Denmark, Vestergaard was also eligible to represent Germany through his German mother.[22]

Vestergaard represented the Denmark national youth teams at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.[9] He received his first call-up to the Denmark senior team in August 2013, describing it as his "dream" to play for the country,[23] and he made his debut later that month in a match against Poland.[24] His first goal for Denmark came in his first competitive game, against Sweden in the European Championship play-off return leg on 17 November 2015.[25]

He represented the Denmark U21 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, and scored in a 2–1 defeat of the host nation in the opening match at the Eden Arena in Prague.[26]

Senior level[edit]

Vestergaard was a member of Denmark's squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[27] but did not make any appearances in the tournament.[16]

In June 2021, he was included in the national team's bid for 2020 UEFA Euro, where the team reached the semi-finals.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 January 2023[29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1899 Hoffenheim 2010–11 Bundesliga 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Bundesliga 23 2 3 0 26 2
2012–13 Bundesliga 16 0 1 0 2 0 19 0
2013–14 Bundesliga 25 1 4 0 29 1
2014–15 Bundesliga 6 1 1 1 7 2
Total 71 4 9 1 0 0 2 0 82 5
Werder Bremen 2014–15 Bundesliga 15 1 1 0 16 1
2015–16 Bundesliga 33 2 5 1 38 3
Total 48 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 54 4
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2016–17 Bundesliga 34 4 5 0 10 0 49 4
2017–18 Bundesliga 32 3 2 0 0 0 34 3
Total 66 7 7 0 0 0 10 0 83 7
Southampton 2018–19[30] Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
2019–20[31] Premier League 19 1 2 0 0 0 21 1
2020–21[32] Premier League 30 3 2 0 0 0 32 3
Total 72 4 6 0 1 0 0 0 79 4
Leicester City 2021–22[33] Premier League 10 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 20 0
2022–23[34] Premier League 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 10 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 23 0
Career total 267 18 30 2 5 0 18 0 320 20

International[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2022[35]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2013 1 0
2014 1 0
2015 3 1
2016 7 0
2017 3 0
2018 2 0
2019 0 0
2020 3 0
2021 11 0
2022 3 1
Total 35 2
Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vestergaard goal.[36]
List of international goals scored by Jannik Vestergaard
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2015 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Sweden 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs
2 26 March 2022 Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–1 2–4 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018/19 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: Denmark" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard". Leicester City F.C. 7 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH (Hrsg.) (30 March 2011). "JANNIK VESTERGAARD: DER LANGE". Achtzehn99 (in German). Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach GmbH (publisher) (11 June 2016). "Borussia verpflichtet Jannik Vestergaard". Borussia Mönchengladbach (in German). Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach GmbH (publisher) (11 June 2016). "Borussia sign Jannik Vestergaard". Borussia Mönchengladbach. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard: 10 things on the Borussia Mönchengladbach and Denmark star". Bundesliga. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Jeg har aldrig kunne lide at tabe". Tipsbladet.dk.
  9. ^ a b "Profile" (in Danish). DBU. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ Jannik Vestergaard at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  12. ^ "Vestergaard joins Bremen from Hoffenheim". Bundesliga. 27 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Bremen land Vestergaard". Soccerway. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  14. ^ ""Gute Lösung" mit Vestergaard". Kreiszeitung (in German). 10 June 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Saints seal Vestergaard deal". Southampton FC. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Jannik Vestergaard: Southampton sign centre-back from Borussia Monchengladbach". BBC Sport. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Southampton 0–0 Burnley: Alex McCarthy and Joe Hart shine in stalemate". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Southampton 1–1 Man Utd: Jannik Vestergaard header earns 10-man Saints a point". BBC Sport. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard: Southampton accept Leicester bid for defender". Sky Sports.
  20. ^ "Leicester City Sign Defender Jannik Vestergaard". www.lcfc.com. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  21. ^ "Vestergaard joins Leicester from Saints" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. ^ Lars Bruun-Mortensen (28 May 2013). "Dansk stortalent føler sig mere og mere tysk" (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Jannik V: Drømmen har altid været Danmark" (in Danish). Bold. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  24. ^ Jan Vinberg Eliassen (14 August 2013). "Målrigt opgør endte med dansk nederlag" (in Danish). DBU. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Borussia sign Jannik Vestergaard – Borussia Mönchengladbach". Borussia.de. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Czech Republic 1–2 Denmark". UEFA. 17 June 2015.
  27. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 8.
  28. ^ "26 spillere klar til EM for Danmark" [26 players ready for the European Championship for Denmark]. Danish Football Association (in Danish). 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  29. ^ Jannik Vestergaard at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Games played by Jannik Vestergaard in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  31. ^ "Games played by Jannik Vestergaard in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  32. ^ "Games played by Jannik Vestergaard in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  33. ^ "Games played by Jannik Vestergaard in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  34. ^ "Games played by Jannik Vestergaard in 2022/2023". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  35. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard". EU-Football.info.
  36. ^ "Jannik Vestergaard". Danish FA. Retrieved 14 February 2016.

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