Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard

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Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard
Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard (vs. AIK, 2014, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard
Date of birth (1983-05-23) 23 May 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
IF Elfsborg
Number 1
Youth career
Brøndby IF[1]
Hvidovre IF[1]
BK Søllerød-Vedbæk[1]
Farum BK[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Manchester City[2] 4 (0)
2005Blackpool (loan)[2] 2 (0)
2005–2007 Hertha BSC[3] 2 (0)
2005–2007Hertha BSC II 32 (0)
2007–2010 Randers FC[4] 95 (0)
2010–2011 SC Heerenveen 28 (0)
2012– IF Elfsborg 164 (0)
National team
1998–1999 Denmark U-16[5] 6 (0)
1999–2000 Denmark U-17[5] 17 (0)
2000–2002 Denmark U-19[5] 7 (0)
2003–2004 Denmark U-20[5] 6 (0)
2004–2006 Denmark U-21[5] 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2017

Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard (né Kevin Stuhr Larsen,[6] born 23 May 1983) is a Danish professional football goalkeeper who plays for IF Elfsborg in Allsvenskan.

He has played for Manchester City and Blackpool in England, as well as German club Hertha BSC and Dutch club SC Heerenveen.

Ellegaard has played 56 games for various Danish youth selections, including 20 games for the Denmark national under-21 football team. He has been selected several times for the Denmark national squad, but has not appeared in a match.

Club career[edit]

Born in Copenhagen, Ellegaard spent his youth years in various Zealand clubs. In July 2002 he moved from Farum BK to Manchester City.[2] In the 2003–04 season, he made two full appearances and two substitute appearances for the club in the league, replacing David Seaman both times when coming on as a substitute.[2] He was loaned out to Blackpool FC for a month in January 2005, where he played two league matches in Football League One.[2] Stuhr-Ellegaard moved to Germany to play for Hertha BSC in summer 2005. He had a hard time forcing his way into the starting line-up, and only played two Bundesliga games for the team.[3] He moved to Danish club Randers FC as a free agent in the summer 2007.

In his first half season with Randers, Ellegaard only conceded 15 goals in 18 matches. He went on to play all Randers games in his first two seasons with the club, helping Randers finish sixth in the 2007–08 and fifth in the 2008–09 Superliga season.[4] In the 2009–10 Superliga season, Ellegaard conceded 15 goals in the first seven games, and was dropped from the starting line-up by coach John Jensen in August.[4] As Randers' results did not improve with new goalkeeper Nathan Coe, Ellegaard was reinstated in October 2009,[4] and only conceded eight goals in the 16-game unbeaten run that secured Randers FC another season in the top flight. Ellegaard and Randers decided to part their ways in June 2010, as they could not agree on a new contract.

In season 2010–11, the Netherlands top club SC Heerenveen had big problems with their goalkeepers, so they decided that they needed to contract a new goalie for a short period. The first-keeper Brian Vandenbussche got injured during a training session, which left Heerenveen with only one goalie, Kenny Steppe. Heerenveen gave Ellegaard a trial at the club, which led to him signing a one-year contract. In the beginning, Heerenveen saw him as a second-keeper behind Steppe, but Ellegard impressed so much in training that the trainer Ron Jans made him first-choice. Despite Ellegard playing 28 matches and impressing both the audience and the trainers with his play, they decided not to renew his contract, due the fact that Vandenbussche was coming back from his injury.

On 23 January 2012, Ellegaard signed a three-year contract with Swedish club IF Elfsborg as a free agent.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the Danish under-16 youth national team in September 1998, and went on to represent various youth national teams for a combined total of 56 games.[5] He made his debut for the Denmark under-21 national football team in September 2004,[5] and represented the team at the 2006 Under-21 European Championship tournament in May 2006.

While at Manchester City, Ellegaard served as a stand-in for Thomas Sørensen in the initial Denmark national football team training sessions ahead of the 2004 European Championship.[7] He was not a part of the Danish squad at the tournament. In the fall of 2007, while playing for Randers, Ellegaard was called up as the Danish third choice goalkeeper due to the injury of Jesper Christiansen.[8] In August 2008, Ellegaard was called up for the national team again, due to a new Jesper Christiansen injury.[9]


  • Swedish Allsvenskan champion 2012, IF Elfsborg
  • Swedish Svenska cupen champion 2014, IF Elfsborg
  • Player of the year 2007–08 in Randers FC
  • Eredivisie: ING Fair Play-reward
  • Denmark's best penalty keeper – Recent statistics showed that out of 29 Danish keepers, Ellegaard is the best one in saving penalties, making him a penalty specialist. He is known for his "double save" in a penalty against AFC Ajax. He had a fantastic 45% rate in penalty saves, which made him the best Danish penalty keeper.


Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
2003–04 Manchester City England Premier League 4 0
2004–05 Manchester City
England Premier League
Football League One
2005–06 Hertha BSC Germany Bundesliga 2 0
2006–07 Hertha BSC II Germany Bundesliga 32 0
2007–08 Randers FC Denmark Danish Superliga 33 0
2008–09 Randers FC Denmark Danish Superliga 33 0
2009–10 Randers FC Denmark Danish Superliga 29 0
2010–11 SC Heerenveen Netherlands Eredivisie 28 0
2012 IF Elfsborg Sweden Allsvenskan 19 0
2013 IF Elfsborg Sweden Allsvenskan 29 0
2014 IF Elfsborg Sweden Allsvenskan 28 0
Total 239 0


  1. ^ a b c d e "Randers FC profile". Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard at Soccerbase
  3. ^ a b "Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard" (in German). Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Danmarksturneringen, Superligaen, spillerstatistik - Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard - Alle hold (Alle kampe)" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard" (in Danish). Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Berendt, Lars (24 May 2004). "Gæstespil i Vedbæk" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Berendt, Lars (8 September 2007). "Thomas Sørensen på mål mod Sverige" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Berendt, Lars (31 August 2008). "Resterende otte spillere klar til landsholdet" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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