Kristian Bak Nielsen
|Date of birth||20 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Kibæk, Denmark|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back, Right Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Kristian Bach Bak (né Bak Nielsen; born 20 October 1982) is a retired Danish professional footballer. Bak usually played central defender, but he has a past as a striker. He has played one game for the Danish under-21 national team.
Kristian Bach Bak started his senior career with FC Midtjylland (FCM) in 2000. He helped FCM win the 2000 Danish 1st Division and gain promotion for the Danish Superliga. In his first years at FCM, he played as a striker, but eventually settled as a central defender.
He played all FCM's matches during the 2003–04 Superliga season, and was called up for the Danish under-21 national team in October 2003. He played a single under-21 national match, against the Bosnia & Herzegovina under-21s. He replaced Thomas Kahlenberg in the extra time of the second half, in a match which Denmark won 3–0. He was also rewarded with a new contract.
He prolonged his FCM contract in November 2004, and went on to become captain of FCM during 2005. On 20 November 2006, he was called up for the Danish league national team, playing unofficial games against the United States, El Salvador and Honduras in January 2007, by national team manager Morten Olsen. He was called up for the Danish national team in March 2007.
On 19 June 2007, he signed a four-year contract with the Dutch team SC Heerenveen. He was sidelined with an ankle injury from the end of the December 2007. He made his league return in October 2008, against Ajax.
After he retired from football i 2016, he was announced as the new assistant manager of the club.
- KNVB Cup: 1
- Superliga: 1
- FC Midtjylland forlænger med Kristian Bak, bold.dk, 1 November 2004
- Bak stopper og bliver FCM-assistent, bold.dk, 23 May 2016
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kristian Bak Nielsen.|
- FC Midtjylland profile (in Danish)
- Danish national team profile (in Danish)
- Career statistics at Danmarks Radio (in Danish)
- Voetbal International profile (in Dutch)
|F.C. Midtjylland captain