Per Krøldrup

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Per Krøldrup
Personal information
Full name Per Billeskov Krøldrup
Date of birth (1979-07-31) 31 July 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Farsø, Denmark
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)[1][2]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1998–1999 B.93
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 B.93 57 (8)
2001–2005 Udinese 91 (3)
2005–2006 Everton 1 (0)
2006–2012 Fiorentina 117 (3)
2013 Pescara 5 (0)
2013–2014 Olhanense 17 (4)
Total 288 (18)
National team
2004–2010 Denmark 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2010

Per Billeskov Krøldrup (born 31 July 1979) is a former Danish professional footballer who played as a defender.

He has played 33 games for the Denmark national football team, and was part of their squad for the 2004 European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Farsø, Krøldrup started his footballing career at Danish lower league club Aalborg Chang. He went on to play for B 93 Copenhagen in the second-tier Danish 1st Division before transferring to Udinese in the Italian top-flight Serie A championship in 2001. In his final season at the club, they finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.[3]


In June 2005, Krøldrup moved from Udinese to English club Everton on a four-year deal for a transfer fee of £5million.[4] Before having played a single game for the club, he suffered a groin injury and had to undergo surgery.[4] He made his debut for Everton on 26 December 2005[5] in a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa, which was to be his only league game for the club.[6]

His Everton career was later described as one of the worst transfers in the history of the club and English football,[7][8] and Krøldrup has stated his difficulties of adapting to the physical aspects of the English game.[9]


Krøldrup transferred back to Italy on 19 January 2006, when he joined ACF Fiorentina, 31 days after his Everton debut.

Following the 2006 Serie A scandal, where several clubs were on trial for match fixing, Fiorentina were initially relegated to Serie B in July 2006. Krøldrup was amongst the players wanting to leave. However, as Fiorentina made an appeal to the Italian Football Federation, the club remained in Serie A and most of their players, including Krøldrup, remained with the Florence club. He made his Champions League debut on 12 August 2008 against Slavia Prague, a 2–0 win for La Viola.

Krøldrup's contract with Fiorentina was set to expire in June 2010, but on 17 May 2010 he signed a new deal that expired in 2012.[10]

Pescara and Olhanense[edit]

On 8 March 2013, Krøldrup signed a short-term contract with Serie A club Delfino Pescara 1936 for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[11]

After a Summer as a free agent, he signed for Olhanense of the Portuguese Primeira Liga on 1 October 2013.[12]

International career[edit]

At Udinese, Krøldrup played alongside Danish national team player Martin Jørgensen, who claimed that Krøldrup was ready for the Danish national team in March 2002.[13] Krøldrup was not called up for the national team until February 2004, making his debut against Turkey.[14] He was a part of the Danish squad for the 2004 European Championship, though he did not play any games at the tournament.[14]


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