Lucas Andersen

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Lucas Andersen
Personal information
Full name Lucas Qvistorff Andersen
Date of birth (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Aalborg, Denmark
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
Grasshopper
Number 10
Youth career
Aalborg Freja
AaB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 AaB 40 (3)
2012–2016 Ajax 37 (2)
2013–2016 Jong Ajax 23 (7)
2015–2016 Willem II (loan) 30 (6)
2016– Grasshopper 53 (10)
National team
2009–2010 Denmark U16 7 (1)
2010–2011 Denmark U17 21 (2)
2011 Denmark U18 1 (0)
2011–2012 Denmark U19 14 (0)
2012–2017 Denmark U21 20 (5)
2014– Denmark 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:12, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 February 2015

Lucas Qvistorff Andersen (born 13 September 1994) is a Danish footballer who currently plays as a winger for Swiss side Grasshopper.

Club career[edit]

Aalborg BK[edit]

Andersen started playing youth football with Aalborg Freja, before moving to Aalborg BK (AaB) at the age of 10.[1] In September 2008, Andersen went on a one week trial at Liverpool at the age of only 14, without getting offered a contract.[2] He penned his first professional contract with AaB in September 2009.[3]

Andersen made his debut for AaB on 5 March 2011 at the age of 16 years and 174 days, making him the youngest player ever to play for AaB in the top-flight Danish Superliga championship[4] and the second youngest player ever to play in the Danish Superliga. One month later, he extended his contract until 2013.[5] He slowly became a regular part of, as he played 22 league matches for AaB in the 2011/12 season. He broke his toe in November 2011 and was out for the rest of the fall.[6] According to a Danish source, Andersen was followed by Liverpool and Ajax in the January 2012 market.[7] This was later confirmed by his agent.

Andersen was usually employed as a right winger, but was capable of playing on the left, as well as an attacking midfielder/playmaker behind the forwards. He was touted as the most promising player to come through the AaB youth ranks since Jesper Grønkjær, by AaB director of football Lynge Jakobsen[8] A number of foreign clubs wanted to sign him by 2012, but Lynge Jakobsen did not want to sell Andersen at too young an age.[1]

AFC Ajax[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Andersen signed with Ajax for an undisclosed fee, with a view to join the squad of Jong Ajax at first. AaB's good relationship with Ajax, having sold Jesper Grønkjær to Ajax as well, was emphasized by Lynge Jakobsen as a reason for the deal materializing.[1] Andersen made his debut 8 December, coming on as a substitute against FC Groningen.

Grasshopper[edit]

On 4 July 2016, Ajax announced that Andersen had been sold to Grasshopper.[9]

International career[edit]

He was a part of the Denmark under-17 squad at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

On 8 January 2012, he was called up for the Denmark League XI national football team for their matches in the 2011 King's Cup. With his age of only 17 years and 4 months, he is the youngest player ever to have been a part of the Danish League XI squad.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 28 February 2018[11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AaB 2010–11 Danish Superliga 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12 22 1 0 0 0 0 22 1
2012–13 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Total 40 3 0 0 0 0 40 3
Ajax 2012–13 Eredivisie 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 1
2013–14 9 0 0 0 5[a] 0 14 0
2014–15 27 2 2 1 8[b] 1 37 4
Total 37 2 4 2 13 1 54 5
Jong Ajax 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 18 6 18 6
2014–15 2 1 2 1
2015–16 3 0 3 0
Total 23 7 23 7
Willem II (loan) 2015–16 Eredivisie 30 6 3 1 4[c] 3 37 10
Grasshopper 2016–17 Swiss Super League 33 6 2 0 6[d] 1 41 7
2017–18 20 4 3 0 0 0 23 4
Total 53 10 5 0 6 1 64 11
Career totals 183 28 12 3 23 5 218 36
  1. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, Two appearances in UEFA Europa League, One appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
  2. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, One appearance in UEFA Europa League, One appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
  3. ^ Appearances in Promotion/relegation play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AaB sælger Lucas Andersen til Ajax - AaB A/S
  2. ^ AaB-talenter til prøvetræning i Liverpool, bold.dk, 21 September 2008
  3. ^ AaB skriver med stortalent | Tipsbladet
  4. ^ AaB A/S Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ AaB forlænger med teenagekomet‚ bold.dk, 7 April 2011
  6. ^ Lucas A. ude med brækket tå‚ bold.dk, 22 November 2011
  7. ^ Avis: Ajax og Liverpool jagter Lucas A., bold.dk, 12 January 2012
  8. ^ Lynge: Lucas størst siden Grønkjær - Superligaen - danske og udenlandske fodboldnyheder fra Onside.dk
  9. ^ Andersen naar Grasshopper Club Zürich (Dutch). Ajax. 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ Lars Berendt (8 January 2012). "Lucas Andersen med Ligalandsholdet" [Lucas Andersen join the League XI] (in Danish). Dansk Boldspil Union. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Lucas Andersen at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Lucas Andersen - Career Honours". Soccerway. 

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