Nicolai Boilesen

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Nicolai Boilesen
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Boilesen playing for Ajax in March 2015
Personal information
Full name Nicolai Møller Boilesen
Date of birth (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Ballerup, Denmark
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
F.C. Copenhagen
Number 20
Youth career
Lille Hema
–2004 Skovlunde
2004–2009 Brøndby
2009–2011 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Ajax 52 (1)
2013–2016 Jong Ajax 1 (0)
2016– F.C. Copenhagen 0 (0)
National team
2008 Denmark U16 2 (0)
2007–2009 Denmark U17 29 (2)
2009–2011 Denmark U19 16 (0)
2011–2015 Denmark U21 4 (0)
2011– Denmark 15 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2015 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Nicolai Møller Boilesen (born 16 February 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a left back for FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga, and the Denmark national team.


AFC Ajax[edit]

Boilesen started playing football in local amateur clubs Lille Hema IF and Skovlunde IF in Ballerup and Skovlunde,[1] before joining top-flight club Brøndby IF in 2004.[2] As a left-footed central defender, Boilesen saw Danish senior international and former Brøndby player Daniel Agger as his role-model.[2] Boilesen made his debut for the Denmark national under-17 football team in July 2007, and played a total 38 games for various Danish youth teams in his time at Brøndby.[3]

Having had various trial periods with clubs such as Manchester United, Fiorentina and Chelsea, and with his Brøndby contract expiring in December 2009, Boilesen agreed a move to the Netherlands, with Ajax paying Brøndby 4 million DKK in compensation (roughly €500.000).[4] Followed by a number of top European clubs, Boilesen chose Ajax on advice from fellow Danish youth international and Ajax player Christian Eriksen.[5] Signing a 4-year contract, binding him to the club until the Summer of 2013, he initially joined the youth ranks where his first season with Ajax was stalled by injuries. Once recovered he solidified a starting position for Ajax A1, the clubs' under-19 team, and even made appearances for the reserves team willy Jong Ajax.

Boilesen joined the Ajax first team ahead of the 2010-11 season, where he was given the number 32 shirt. He made his professional debut on 3 April 2011, as he played the second half of Ajax' 3–0 victory against Heracles Almelo being substituted on for Daley Blind.[6] By the 2011-12 season, he was head coach Frank de Boer's first choice for the starting Left back position. However, in the match against rivals PSV in September 2011, Boilesen suffered a hamstring injury which would see him sidelined until February 2012, following a sprint duel with Jeremain Lens. He was not the only Ajax player to suffer an injury in this fixture as Vurnon Anita was forced off the pitch as well due to a sprained ankle. Anita's injury was less severe, and the remained of the year saw both Anita and Dico Koppers playing in the starting left back position for the duration of Boilesen's injury. He made his return playing in the Beloften Eredivisie in a match against Jong ADO Den Haag, which saw Jong Ajax win 0-7 with Boilsen playing 60 minutes and scoring a goal as well. He was then added to the first team selection for the UEFA Europa League match against Manchester United. Coming on as a substitute for Dico Koppers he would injure his hamstring once more. Sidelined he suffered another injury during practice which would cost him the entire 2012-13 season.[7]

On 27 July 2013, Boilesen made his return to the first team in the 2013 Johan Cruijff Schaal match against AZ, coming on for Daley Blind in the 106'-minute of the 3–2 win (a.e.t.). On 8 August 2013 Boilesen played the entire match for Jong Ajax in the Eerste Divisie against FC Oss which resulted in a 2–0 loss. On 18 September 2013 Frank de Boer surprisingly put Boilesen on the Left wing in the UEFA Champions League match against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou.Boilesen played the entire match which ended in a 4–0 loss. On 10 November 2013 he scored his first official goal for Ajax in the 2–0 win over N.E.C., scoring in the 28'-minute, having given an assist to Siem de Jong for the 1–0 just minutes prior. Helping Ajax to a 2–1 win over FC Barcelona on the return leg of the series at the Amsterdam Arena, Boilesen was selected for the UEFA Champions League Team of the Week for Matchday 5.[8]

On June 2015 he refused to extent his contract with Ajax, as a result he didn't play a single match for the team in the 2015-16 campaign. After this ended his contract expired.

FC Copenhagen[edit]

On 25 August 2016 Boilesen signed a four year contract with FC Copenhagen, arch rivals of his childhood club Brøndby IF.[9]


Boilesen lining up for Ajax in September 2011.
As of 12 April 2014[10][11][12]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
2010–11 Ajax Eredivisie 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2011–12 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 20 1 3 0 4 0 1 0 28 1
2014–15 22 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 30 0
Career total 52 1 4 0 14 0 2 0 72 1
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 17 May 2015.[13]

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield matches.

Reserves performance
Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League Total
2013–14 Jong Ajax Eerste Divisie 1 0 1 0
Total Netherlands 1 0 1 0
Career total 1 0 1 0






  1. ^ "Boilesen: Det bliver underligt at forlade Brøndby" (in Danish). 8 December 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Talenter: En grundsten i Brøndby IF" (in Danish). 24 June 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Danish national team profile" (in Danish). Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brøndby og Ajax er enige" (in Danish). 3 December 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Boilesen: Ikke et svært valg" (in Danish). 4 December 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ajax sluit roerige week goed af" (in Dutch). 3 April 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Nicolai Boilesen Statistics". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nicolai Boilesen Statistics". Voetbal International. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nicolai Boilesen profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nicolai Boilesen - Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 

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