Kasper Dolberg

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Kasper Dolberg
Kasper Dolberg 2016.jpg
Dolberg in training with Ajax in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen
Date of birth (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Silkeborg, Denmark
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 25
Youth career
2005–2010 GFG Voel
2010–2015 Silkeborg IF
2015–2016 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Silkeborg IF 3 (0)
2016– Ajax 78 (33)
National team
2013 Denmark U16 7 (1)
2013–2014 Denmark U17 8 (5)
2015 Denmark U19 8 (2)
2016–2019 Denmark U21 1 (1)
2016– Denmark 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019

Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈtɒlpæːɐ̯]; born 6 October 1997) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ajax and the Denmark national team. Dolberg made his senior debut at Silkeborg IF in May 2015. He joined Ajax in July 2015 and made his debut for the club in July 2016. He represented Denmark at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level before making his senior international debut in November 2016.

Club career[edit]

Silkeborg IF[edit]

On 17 May 2015, he made his senior debut for Silkeborg IF in a Danish Superliga game against Brøndby IF, replacing Adeola Lanre Runsewe after 63 minutes in a 2–0 home defeat.[2]

Ajax[edit]

On 5 January 2015, Ajax announced that 17-year-old Dolberg would join from Silkeborg IF in the summer, signing a three-year contract valid from summer 2015 until summer 2018.[3] He had been spotted by Danish scout John Steen Olsen, the same scout who discovered players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Viktor Fischer, and Christian Eriksen for the Dutch capital club.[4] On 13 May 2016, Dolberg agreed to have his contract extended until 2021.[5]

On 26 July 2016, Dolberg scored his first goal in European competition on his competitive debut for Ajax, in a 1–1 Champions League qualification match against PAOK.[6] He made his Eredivisie debut for the club on 7 August 2016 in a match against Sparta Rotterdam, coming on as a substitute for Mateo Cassierra.[7] The following week he was in the starting line-up for the league match against Roda JC and he scored both of Ajax' goals in the 2–2 draw, his first goals in the Eredivisie.[8] On 29 September 2016, Dolberg scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Standard Liège in a Europa League match.[9] He scored another goal in his first 'Klassieker' against Ajax' great rival Feyenoord on 23 October 2016, securing a 1–1 draw away in Rotterdam.[10] On 20 November 2016, he scored a first-half hat-trick in an Eredivisie match against NEC.[11] This made him the youngest non-Dutch player ever to score a hattrick for Ajax.[12] On 9 March 2017, Dolberg scored the equalizer in what ended in a 2–1 loss to F.C. Copenhagen in the round of 16 of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League campaign, thus ending a club record eight-month period in which Copenhagen had not conceded any goals at their home ground at Parken Stadium since 20 August 2016.[13]

International career[edit]

In November 2016, Dolberg received his first call-up to the senior Denmark squad for matches against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic.[14] On 11 November 2016, he made his senior international debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–1 victory for Denmark over Kazakhstan.[15] On 10 June 2017, in a 1–3 away win against Kazakhstan in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, he came on as a substitute for Yussuf Poulsen after 68 minutes and scored his first international goal in the 81st minute.[16]

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 August 2019[18][19]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark Superliga Danish Cup Continental1 Total
Silkeborg IF 2014–15 3 0 0 0 3 0
Netherlands Eredivisie KNVB Cup Continental1 Total
Ajax 2016–17 29 16 2 0 16 7 47 23
2017–18 23 6 3 3 4 0 30 9
2018–19 25 11 4 1 9 0 38 12
2019–20 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 78 33 9 4 30 7 117 44
Career total 81 33 9 4 30 7 120 44

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

International[edit]

As of match played 10 June 2019[20]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2016 1 0
2017 3 1
2018 6 0
2019 3 2
Total 13 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 10 June 2019. Denmark score listed first, score column indicates score after each Dolberg goal.[20]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 June 2017 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan 3  Kazakhstan 3–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 10 June 2019 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 13  Georgia 1–0 5–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
3 3–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax[21]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kasper Dolberg". Ajax (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Silkeborg vs. Brøndby IF - 17 May 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Ajax legt 'buitengewoon talent' Dolberg vast" [Ajax secures "exceptional talent" Dolberg]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Kijktip: Portret Deense meesterscout". Ajax (in Dutch). 12 January 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Ajax breekt contract met talent Holberg open". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Ajax vs. PAOK - 26 July 2016". Soccerway.
  7. ^ "Sparta Rotterdam vs. Ajax - 7 August 2016". Soccerway.
  8. ^ "Ajax vs. Roda JC - 13 August 2016". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "Ajax vs. Standard Liège - 29 September 2016". Soccerway.
  10. ^ "Feyenoord vs. Ajax - 23 October 2016". Soccerway.
  11. ^ "Razendsnelle hattrick Dolberg". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 20 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Dolberg verwerft zich plek in de recordboeken" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 20 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Dolberg: 'Ik weet niet wat ik verkeerd deed'" (in Dutch). AjaxShowtime. 10 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Hareide tager teenagekomet med på landsholdet" (in Danish). b.dk. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Eriksen sprudleri dansk 4–1 sejr" (in Danish). dbu.dk. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  16. ^ W, Christian (10 June 2017). "Very nice! Danes get past Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifier". The Copenhagen Post. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Kasper Dolberg » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Denmark - K. Dolberg - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Dolberg, Kasper". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Kasper Dolberg - Career Honours". Soccerway.
  22. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA. 30 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Dolberg in Denemarken uitgeroepen tot Talent van het Jaar". FCUpdate.nl. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Bosz genomineerd voor Rinus Michels Award". Ajaxshowtime.com. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Dolberg named Eredivisie talent of the year". football-oranje.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.

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