Kim Røntved

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Kim Røntved
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-05-09) May 9, 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1980 Randers
1980–1987 Wichita Wings (indoor) 282 (183)
1982 Tulsa Roughnecks 16 (0)
1983 Dallas Americans
1987–1991 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 168 (57)
1991–1998 Wichita Wings (indoor) 252 (126)
1992–1995 Colorado Foxes
1998–1999 Kansas City Attack (indoor) 29 (14)
2015 Wichita B-52s (indoor) 1
Teams managed
1991–1994 Wichita Wings (assistant)
1994–1998 Wichita Wings
2010–2014 Missouri Comets
2014–2015 Wichita B-52s
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kim Røntved (born May 9, 1960 in Copenhagen), known as "the Rocket", is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player and former head coach of the Missouri Comets indoor soccer team and current Director of Operations for the Wichita B-52s indoor soccer team.

Røntved, younger brother of Per Røntved, played for Randers FC. In 1980, the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League purchased Røntved's contract. He spent seven seasons in Wichita. In 1982, he played outdoor soccer with the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League. In 1983, he played for the Dallas Americans of the American Soccer League.[1] In 1987, financial difficulties led the Wings to release several veteran players including Røntved. On July 8, 1987, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Comets.[2] When the Comets folded in the summer of 1991, Rontved became a free agent. In September 1991, he signed as a player-assistant coach with the Wings.[3] He was the 1993 NPSL Defender of the Year.[4] On July 5, 1992, he signed with the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League.[5][6] In 1992, the Wichita Wings moved to the National Professional Soccer League. In 1998, the Wings came under new ownership and they released Rontved. He then signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Attack.[7][8]

Røntved is a 17-time all-star and a fan favorite during his playing days with indoor soccer team Wichita Wings. He was formally inducted into the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame in February 2014.[9][10] Kim Røntved, a former Kansas City Comets star, was named the head coach of the Missouri Comets on August 16, 2010. The Missouri Comets Assistant Coach Vlatko Andonovski was promoted to Head Coach on August 29, 2013, succeeding Røntved. In October 2014 it was announced that he was named Director of Operations for the Wichita B-52s indoor soccer team for the 2014–2015 season. He was elevated to head coach in December 2014. On February 8, 2015, he and Missouri Comets head coach Vlatko Andonovski came out of retirement to play against each other in a regular season game for their respective teams.

Awards
1983–84 MISL Defender of the Year
1985–86 MISL Defender of the Year
1992–93 NPSL Defender of the Year [1]
Member of the Indoor Stars of the Century Team [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americans Nip Slickers In Two OTs" The Daily Oklahoman Sunday, May 29, 1983
  2. ^ "DEALS" THE SEATTLE TIMES Wednesday, July 8, 1987
  3. ^ "ROENTVED RETURNS AS PLAYER-COACH" Wichita Eagle Saturday, September 7, 1991
  4. ^ The Year in American Soc cer – 1993
  5. ^ "WELZ WINS THIRD STRAIGHT" Rocky Mountain News (CO) Friday, June 5, 1992
  6. ^ 1992 Colorado Foxes
  7. ^ "Indoor star Roentved about to join Attack" The Kansas City Star Wednesday, October 7, 1998
  8. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1998–1999 Archived 2016-01-28 on Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "B-52s will honor legends against Dallas". The Wichita Eagle. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Tipton, Lionel (February 9, 2014). "B-52s honor Wichita soccer legend Roentved". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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