Nicki Bille Nielsen

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Nicki Bille
Nicki Bille Nielsen 2017 Pierwszy Gwizdek Lecha Poznań.jpg
Nicki Bille Nielsen in 2017
Personal information
Full name Nicki Niels Bille Nielsen
Date of birth (1988-02-07) 7 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Vigerslev, Denmark
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Lech Poznań
Number 19
Youth career
1993–1995 BK Hellas
1995–1997 Rikken
1997–1999 KB
1999–2005 Frem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Frem 35 (3)
2006–2008 Reggina 7 (0)
2007 Martina (loan) 14 (2)
2008 Lucchese (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2010 FC Nordsjælland 58 (18)
2010–2011 Villarreal B 33 (6)
2011–2013 Villarreal 1 (0)
2011–2012 Elche (loan) 35 (12)
2012 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 9 (0)
2013–2014 Rosenborg 38 (11)
2014–2015 Evian 19 (1)
2015 Evian B 4 (4)
2015 Esbjerg fB 17 (5)
2016– Lech Poznań 17 (3)
National team
2005–2006 Denmark U18 4 (0)
2006–2007 Denmark U19 9 (3)
2006–2008 Denmark U20 6 (2)
2007–2010 Denmark U21 17 (8)
2013– Denmark 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Nicki Niels Bille Nielsen (born 7 February 1988) is a Danish footballer who plays as a forward for Lech Poznań in the Polish Ekstraklasa. He has played for various Danish national youth teams, including 17 games and 8 goals for the Denmark national under-21 football team.

Club career[edit]

Bille Nielsen started his senior career with Danish 1st Division club BK Frem. He was promoted to the first team squad in the summer 2005,[1] and made his debut on 31 July 2005 against Fremad Amager. He signed a two-year contract with Frem in October 2005,[2] and was on trial with English club Newcastle United in November 2005,[1] and also had a trial with Portsmouth F.C..[3] Though he never secured himself in the Frem starting line-up,[3] Bille played a total 38 senior games and scored four goals for the club until August 2006.

In September 2006, he moved abroad to play for Italian club Reggina Calcio in the Serie A championship,[4] under manager Walter Mazzarri. He scored in his debut game for Reggina, a Coppa Italia game on 8 November.[5] He got his Serie A debut on 19 November, and played seven games during the 2006–07 Serie A season without scoring any goals. He also played for Reggina's youth team, helping them advance in the 2007 Campionato Nazionale Primavera by scoring two goals in two games against A.C. Milan Primavera.[6] Under new manager Massimo Ficcadenti, Bille had a difficult time securing a place in the starting eleven,[7] and he underwent loan deals with Serie C1 teams A.C. Martina and A.S. Lucchese-Libertas. Both clubs went bankrupt during his stays,[8] and according to his agent Bille did not get his wage from Reggina either.[9] In August 2008, Bille agreed to rescind all claims of the wages owed to him, in order for his contract to be terminated a year before its expiration.[8] He brought with him an eight match-day suspension incurred following a red card for laying his hand on the referee in a May 2008 youth team game for Lucchese.[10]

He moved back to Denmark, and trained with Danish Superliga team FC Nordsjælland in August 2008.[11] On 18 September the Danish Football Association ruled that in order to help him re-establish his career, Bille's eight-day suspension would expire from the ninth match day of the 2008–09 Danish Superliga season even though he had not been signed by any club,[12] making him available for selection from the start of October.[13] He signed a contract with Nordsjælland on 25 September,[14] and made his debut in October. He played 10 games in his first season with Nordsjælland, as he was backup for Martin Bernburg.[15] As Bernburg was sold, Bille got his breakthrough in the 2009–10 Danish Superliga season,[15] when he played 32 of 33 games and scored eight goals. He was also a part of the Nordsjælland team which won the 2010 Danish Cup.[16] Nicki Bille gained his first team debut 5 February 2011 in a home fixture against Levante FC, Villarreal CF lost the game 0–1. He was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano for the 2012–2013 La Liga season.

On 3 January 2013 he signed a four-year deal with Norwegian side Rosenborg after ending his stay at Rayo Vallecano earlier than planned. Billie Nielsen changed from number 9 to his favorite number 14 before the 2014 season.

In 2014, Rosenborg sold Nielsen for an undisclosed amount to the French club Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C.. During his Rosenborg career, he had scored 24 goals in 50 games.[17]

On 1 July 2015 he signed a three-year contract with Esbjerg fB, but his time at Esbjerg was never a success. He left half a year after signing with the club having played 19 games and scored five goals.

On 27 January 2016 he signed a 2,5 year contract with an option of one additional year with Polish champion Lech Poznań. He was given shirt number 19 after the former topscorer Kasper Hämäläinen.[18]

International career[edit]

Bille got his international debut for the Denmark national under-18 football team in September 2005,[19] and played four games for the team until February 2006. He was called up for the Danish under-20 national team squad for the 2006 Milk Cup in August, as a replacement for the injured Nicklas Pedersen,[20] and scored one goal in two games at the tournament. From September 2006 to June 2007, he scored three goals in nine games for the Danish under-19 national team. He was once more a part of the under-20 squad at the 2007 Milk Cup, scoring one goal in three games.

After his loan move to Martina, he was called up for the Denmark national under-21 football team to replace the injured Bo Storm,[21] and made his under-21 debut in September 2007. He was not called up again before he moved to FC Nordsjælland. In November 2008, Bille played his sixth and last under-20 international game. He rejoined the under-21 team in January 2009, and established himself in the team. In May 2010, he joined the under-21 team for a series of unofficial games at the international 2010 Toulon Tournament. He scored five goals in four appearances, becoming the top scorer of the tournament and helping Denmark finish runners-up.[22]

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2013 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Malta 6–0 6–0 2014 World Cup qualifier

Personal life[edit]

Bille Nielsen is cousin of Daniel Wass.[23]

In the early hours of 27 September 2013, Nielsen was arrested by Norwegian police in Trondheim after a series of incidents at two pubs. He was detained overnight and subsequently given a fine in lieu of prosecution of 10000 kr for disturbing the peace.[24]

On 8 July 2014, Nielsen was charged by Danish authorities with committing violence against police officers during an incident in Copenhagen during Easter 2014 when he was approached by police after allegedly conducting acts of vandalism. The charges led to Rosenborg banning Nielsen from several days of training. Nielsen denied all charges by the Danish authorities.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 May 2017.[26][27]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nordsjælland 2008–09 Superliga 10 0 ? ? 0 0 10 0
2009–10 32 8 ? ? 32 8
2010–11 6 2 ? ? 2 0 8 2
Total 48 10  ?  ? 2 0 50 10
Villarreal B 2010–11 Segunda División 33 5 33 5
Villarreal 2010–11 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Elche 2011–12 Liga Adelante 37 11 1 0 38 11
Rayo Vallecano 2012–13 La Liga 9 0 2 0 11 0
Rosenborg 2013 Tippeligaen 27 8 7 8 3 0 37 16
2014 11 3 2 5 0 0 13 8
Total 38 11 9 13 3 0 50 24
Evian 2014–15 Ligue 1 19 1 3 1 22 2
Esbjerg fB 2015–16 Superliga 17 5 0 0 17 5
Lech Poznań 2015–16 Ekstraklasa 10 3 2 0 12 3
2016–17 7 0 1 2 1 0 9 2
Total 17 3 3 2 1 0 21 5

1 Including Polish SuperCup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Nordsjælland[26]
Lech Poznań[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ud af vagten i Valby | Tipsbladet
  2. ^ Bille skriver under med Frem
  3. ^ a b En god dreng i banditland | Tipsbladet
  4. ^ Frem-talent til Serie A, EB.dk, 1 September 2006
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Fans jubler over ung dansker | Tipsbladet
  7. ^ Ung dansker vil have spilletid | Tipsbladet
  8. ^ a b Endnu en dansker i Reggina-problemer | Tipsbladet
  9. ^ Agent: Et helvede i Reggina, Bold.dk, 11 August 2008
  10. ^ Kæmpe-karantæne til dansk talent | Tipsbladet
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Bille-karantæne afklaret | Tipsbladet
  13. ^ danskfodbold.com – DBU's Officielle Statistikere
  14. ^ [3][dead link]
  15. ^ a b Nicki Bille: Tilskuerne spyttede på os – FCN – Superliga – Fodbold
  16. ^ www.haslund.info – Pokalturneringen 2009/2010 – Finale
  17. ^ Strand, Sigbjørn (14 July 2014). "Nicki Bille solgt til fransk klubb". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nicki Bille nowym zawodnikiem Kolejorza" (in Polish). Lech Poznań. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  19. ^ U/18-landsholdet vandt den første kamp i Estland
  20. ^ U/20-landsholdet ramt af endnu en skade
  21. ^ Endnu et U/21-afbud
  22. ^ "Siden blev ikke fundet!". www.dbu.dk. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2014. [permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Vil på landsholdet med fætter" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  24. ^ Sved, Børge; Bråten, Roy Tommy; Wangen, Stein Slettebak; Wangen, Joakim Slettebak (27 September 2013). "Nicki Bille Nielsen arrestert på byen". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Strand, Sigbjørn; Haarstad, Thomas (8 July 2014). "Nicki Bille tiltalt for vold mot politiet". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c "Nicki Bille Nielsen". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Nicki Bille Nielsen". 90minut. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 

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