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 23)
Place of birth Silkeborg, Denmark
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Nice
Number 9
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)
2016–2019 Ajax 78 (33)
2019– Nice 29 (14)
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 21 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2020

Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰæspɐ ˈtʌlˌpɛɐ̯ˀ]; born 6 October 1997) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for French football club Nice[2] 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.

In May 2020 Dolberg was voted as player of the year by the fans of his club OGC Nice. While at Ajax, he was named Dutch Football Talent of the year after his first season in the Eredivisie in 2017.

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] On 13 May 2016, Dolberg agreed to have his contract extended until 2021.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] On 29 September 2016, Dolberg scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Standard Liège in a Europa League match.[10] 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.[11] On 20 November 2016, he scored a first-half hat-trick in an Eredivisie match against NEC.[12] This made him the youngest non-Dutch player ever to score a hattrick for Ajax.[13] 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.[14]

OGC Nice[edit]

Dolberg signed for Nice on 29 August 2019 for a fee of 20.5 million Euros.[15]

International career[edit]

In November 2016, Dolberg received his first call-up to the senior Denmark squad for matches against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On 16 September 2019, Dolberg reported to the police that his luxury watch at an estimated value of €70,000 was stolen. Following a police investigation, in which the police recovered a surveillance video showing the culprit stealing the watch, his teammate Lamine Diaby-Fadiga confessed to the crime ten days later.[20] Diaby was later sacked by the club.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 October 2020[22][23]
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Silkeborg IF 2014–15 Danish Superliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Ajax 2016–17 Eredivisie 29 16 2 0 16 7 47 23
2017–18 Eredivisie 23 6 3 3 4 0 30 9
2018–19 Eredivisie 25 11 4 1 9 0 38 12
2019–20 Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 1 0 1[d] 1 3 1
Total 78 33 9 4 0 0 30 7 1 1 118 45
Nice 2019–20 Ligue 1 23 11 3 0 0 0 26 11
2020–21 Ligue 1 6 3 0 0 1 0 7 3
Total 29 14 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 14
Career total 109 46 12 4 0 0 31 7 1 1 154 59
  1. ^ Includes Danish Cup, KNVB Cup and Coupe de France matches
  2. ^ Include Coupe de la Ligue matches
  3. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches
  4. ^ Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2020[24]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2016 1 0
2017 3 1
2018 6 0
2019 7 4
2020 4 0
Total 21 5

International goals[edit]

As of match played 15 October 2019. Denmark score listed first, score column indicates score after each Dolberg goal.[24]
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
4 15 October 2019 Aalborg Stadium, Aalborg, Denmark 15  Luxembourg 2–0 4–0 Friendly
5 3–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax[25]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kasper Dolberg". Ajax (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Kasper Dolberg joins O.G.C Nice". OGC Nice. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Silkeborg vs. Brøndby IF - 17 May 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Ajax legt 'buitengewoon talent' Dolberg vast" [Ajax secures "exceptional talent" Dolberg]. vi.nl (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Kijktip: Portret Deense meesterscout". Ajax (in Dutch). 12 January 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Ajax breekt contract met talent Holberg open". vi.nl (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Ajax vs. PAOK". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Sparta Rotterdam vs. Ajax". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 7 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Ajax vs. Roda JC". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 13 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Ajax vs. Standard Liège". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 29 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Feyenoord vs. Ajax". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 23 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Razendsnelle hattrick Dolberg". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 20 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Dolberg verwerft zich plek in de recordboeken" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 20 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Dolberg: 'Ik weet niet wat ik verkeerd deed'" (in Dutch). AjaxShowtime. 10 March 2017.
  15. ^ "OFFICIEEL: Kasper Dolberg naar OGC Nice" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax. 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Hareide tager teenagekomet med på landsholdet" (in Danish). b.dk. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Eriksen sprudleri dansk 4–1 sejr" (in Danish). dbu.dk. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  18. ^ W, Christian (10 June 2017). "Very nice! Danes get past Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifier". The Copenhagen Post. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Diaby Gadiga reconnait avoir volé-la montre de Dolberg". Eurosport. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Lamine Diaby-Fadiga sacked by Nice after stealing team-mate's watch". 1 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. ^ "Kasper Dolberg » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Denmark - K. Dolberg - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  24. ^ a b "Dolberg, Kasper". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Kasper Dolberg - Career Honours". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  26. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 May 2017. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Dolberg in Denemarken uitgeroepen tot Talent van het Jaar". fcupdate.nl (in Dutch). FC Update. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Bosz genomineerd voor Rinus Michels Award". ajaxshowtime.com. Ajax Showtime. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Dolberg named Eredivisie talent of the year". football-oranje.com. Football Oranje. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Dolberg crowned". OGCNice.com. OGC Nice. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.

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