Lars Jacobsen

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Lars Jacobsen
Lars Jacobsen 20120609.jpg
Jacobsen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Lars Christian Jacobsen
Date of birth (1979-09-20) 20 September 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth Odense, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in) [1]
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2002 OB 112 (2)
2002–2003 Hamburger SV 22 (1)
2004–2007 F.C. Copenhagen 103 (3)
2007–2008 1. FC Nürnberg 7 (0)
2008–2009 Everton 5 (0)
2009–2010 Blackburn Rovers 13 (0)
2010–2011 West Ham United 24 (0)
2011–2014 F.C. Copenhagen 81 (1)
2014–2016 Guingamp 47 (1)
Total 420 (8)
National team
1995 Denmark U16 2 (0)
1995–1996 Denmark U17 11 (0)
1996–1998 Denmark U19 19 (1)
1998–2001 Denmark U21 26 (0)
2006–2015 Denmark 81 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lars Christian Jacobsen (born 20 September 1979) is a retired Danish footballer.

Club career[edit]

Odense Boldklub[edit]

Born and raised in Odense, Funen, Jacobsen started his career with local top-flight team Odense Boldklub (OB). His talent was quickly discovered, as he played 58 matches for various youth national teams, and won the 1997 Danish under-19 Player of the Year award.[citation needed] He made his senior debut for OB in the 1996–97 Danish Superliga season.

He got his big break-through the following season, when he played 15 first team matches, even though the club was relegated to the 1st Division. He helped the club win promotion the next season. His most notable result with OB came in the 2002 Danish Cup final. OB won 2–0 against defending Superliga champions F.C. Copenhagen, and Jacobsen was named "Cup Fighter" (man of the match)[citation needed] as the club won its first trophy in nine years.[citation needed]

Hamburger SV[edit]

Jacobsen warming up before his West Ham debut game, against Chelsea.

After the cup triumph, he moved abroad to play for German club Hamburger SV.[2] Jacobsen made his debut for the club in the Bundesliga league as Hamburger SV lost 2–1 to Wolfsburg on 11 September 2002 and also played 90 minutes. Four days later on 15 September 2002, Jacobsen played in the right midfield position in a 2–0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern. At Hamburg, Jacobsen made 22 appearances and scored once, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a 4–1 win on 10 May 2003. In the winter transfer window of 2004, he moved back to Denmark to play for F.C. Copenhagen.[3]

FC Copenhagen[edit]

At FCK, Jacobsen was assigned the number two shirt, and he quickly became a part of the starting line-up, playing in different defensive positions. He established himself at right full back, and in FCK's 2005–06 season, he played full-time as the club won the Superliga championship; 2,970 minutes in 33 matches.[citation needed] He was selected by national team coach Morten Olsen for the Danish national team in spring 2006. He made his national team debut on 1 March 2006, and played all 90 minutes of the friendly match 2–0 win against Israel. He went on to play eight national team games in a row, before Morten Olsen decided to spare the FCK players in November 2006, due to FCK's tough autumn schedule with several games in the international 2006–07 UEFA Champions League tournament.

Jacobsen was one of several FCK players who gathered international attention in FCK's UEFA Champions League games. A number of European clubs were reportedly interested in buying him, among them Everton FC, Paris SG and his former club Hamburger SV. However, in December 2006, Jacobsen agreed with FCK to stay at the club until his contract ran out, helping the club defend the Superliga championship.[4]

1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

Days later he signed a contract with German club 1. FC Nürnberg starting from July 2007, giving him a three-year contract until 2010.[5] On 12 August 2007, Jacobsen made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Karlsruher SC. His stay with the German club was troubled because of injuries, and the club also failed to stay in the German Bundesliga.[6] At one point, Jacobsen had his four wisdom tooth taken out.[7][8][9] Due to injury he played only once in the first half of the season, returning towards the end of the season in a 1–0 win over Wolfsburg on 20 April 2008.[10] He played the last five games of the season on the right of defence, which had been a vulnerable area for the club.[citation needed]

He requested a transfer which it was granted in late June 2008.[11] This came after Jacobsen was considering his future and feared for his career after having injuries, such as groin, knee and back.[12][13] After his release, French side Olympique de Marseille were keen to sign him after manager Eric Gerets make Jacobsen available in his squad.[14] Jacobsen rejected a move to Norwegian side Rosenberg.[15]

Jacobsen and Manuel da Costa attempted to clear the ball from Andrei Arshavin.


In August 2008, Jacobsen signed for English Premier League club Everton on a free transfer, on a one-year deal, and was assigned squad number 15.[16] After missing much of his debut season after injuring his shoulder,[17] Jacobsen made his Premier League debut on 21 March 2009, away to Portsmouth.[18] Following the match, Jacobsen said he was glad to make his debut and was expected to get more playing time.[19]

Jacobsen went on to play 90 minutes in a 3–1 win against future club West Ham United on 16 May 2009. He went on to play in the 2009 FA Cup Final, coming on as a substitute at half time for Tony Hibbert where he helped to nullify the threat posed by Florent Malouda down the left wing.[20] Prior the match, Jacobsen told that playing in the Wembley would be a dream come true and said "It would be a dream come true. When you are a boy, you would like to play at Parken, but to play at Wembley is bigger."[21] Despite making only 13 appearances, Everton were keen to keep Jacobsen convincing David Moyes that he deserved a new contract.[22]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 29 June 2009, Jacobsen joined Blackburn Rovers on a two-year-deal from Everton.[23] On 15 August 2009, Jacobsen made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Manchester City. At the end of the 2009–10 season with Blackburn, Jacobsen had made 15 appearances in all competitions. With a lack of first team opportunities behind Míchel Salgado and Pascal Chimbonda, Jacobsen stated he felt he should get more playing time and that he would not get picked for Denmark in the World Cup if he did not get more playing time.[24]

He made only one appearance in the 2010–11 season, in the League Cup win against Norwich City, on 24 August 2010.[25]

West Ham United[edit]

On 31 August 2010 transfer deadline day, Jacobsen signed for West Ham United on a free transfer and on a one-year contract, the deal being completed on 1 September, at 5.05pm due to paperwork issues between the two football clubs.[26] He made his debut for West Ham on 11 September in a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park.[27] Jacobsen was released by West Ham in June 2011.[28] At the end of the 2010–11 season, West Ham United were relegated.

FC Copenhagen[edit]

Jacobsen playing for FC Copenhagen.

Following his release by West Ham, Jacobsen was linked with several club around Europe despite him being keen to move back to the Danish Superligaen.[29] On 13 September 2011, Jacobsen was set to join AS Saint-Etienne[30] on a free transfer but on 16 September, Jacobsen opted to join his former club F.C. Copenhagen instead and was given number two shirt.[31]

Jacobsen made his debut for Copenhagen in a 2–0 victory over Aalborg.[32] In his first season, Jacobsen established himself in the right-back position and went on to make twenty-five appearance. In a match against AC Horsens, Jacobsen was injured and feared that his injury could leave him on a sideline for a long time.[33] Fortunately, Jacobsen injury wasn't as severe as expected and made his return.[34] During the season, Jacobsen signed a new contract with the club that will keep him until 2014.[35]

The 2012–13 season saw Jacobsen appointed as a new captain.[36] Jacobsen played an important role when he led the club to win the Danish Superliga for the tenth time.

On 11 March 2014, he announced that he is to leave FC Copenhagen at the end of the 2013–14 Superliga season.[37] After his intention to leave the club, Jacobsen soon attracted interests across around Europe, which is surprising because he stated that Copenhagen will be his last club before ending his playing career.[38][39]


Jacobsen joined Ligue 1 side Guingamp on a two-year contract, which includes an extension option.[40] Jacobsen made his debut for the club, where he started as a right-back, as Guingamp lost 2–0 to Paris Saint-Germain, in the Trophée des Champions[41] and then made his league debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 2–0 loss against Saint-Étienne. Jacobsen subsequently retired at Guingamp after fulfilling his contract.[42]

International career[edit]

In 1995, Jacobsen made his debut for Denmark at U-16 level. In subsequent years he represented national youth sides in various age categories: U-17 (11 games), U-19 (19 games, 1 goal) and U-21 (26 games). Jacobsen didn't make his senior team debut until the 2006 friendly 2–0 win against Israel. Under Morten Olsen, Jacobsen became a regular member of Denmark's first eleven and was part of Denmark's squads for World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. He retired from the national team after Denmark missed qualification for Euro 2016.

Lars Jacobsen playing for Denmark

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 October 2011 Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–0 4–1 Euro 2012 qualifier



F.C. Copenhagen
Everton F.C.



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  4. ^ "Lars Jacobsen bliver i F.C. København sæsonen ud" (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
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  33. ^ "Lars Jacobsen om skade: Frygter det værste" (in Danish). 22 April 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "Lars J. slipper med en uges pause" (in Danish). 23 April 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  35. ^ "Lars Jacobsen i FCK til 2014" (in Danish). 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  36. ^ "Jacobs: Vi har fire anførere" (in Danish). 16 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen
F.C. Copenhagen captain
Succeeded by
Thomas Delaney