Peter Ankersen

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Peter Ankersen
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Ankersen with F.C. Copenhagen in 2017
Personal information
Full name Peter Ankersen
Date of birth (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Esbjerg, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 32
Youth career
Esbjerg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Esbjerg fB 1 (0)
2010–2012 Vejle BK 46 (3)
2012 Rosenborg 18 (0)
2012–2014 Esbjerg fB 56 (5)
2014–2016 Red Bull Salzburg 21 (1)
2015–2016FC Copenhagen (loan) 30 (0)
2016–2019 FC Copenhagen 96 (8)
2019– Genoa 0 (0)
National team
2013– Denmark 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:04, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:04, 2 September 2019 (UTC)

Peter Ankersen (born 22 September 1990) is a Danish football defender playing for Serie A side Genoa.

He is the twin brother of AGF player Jakob Ankersen.

Club career[edit]

Getting his football education in the youth ranks of local team Esbjerg fB, he saw limited first team opportunities, and in the summer of 2010 he decided to join Vejle Boldklub in the Danish 1st Division.[1]

After two successful seasons for Vejle, both of them in the Danish 1st division, bigger teams started to pay him attention. In March 2012 he was sold to Norwegian club Rosenborg BK.[2]

He became a regular 1st team starter for the Norwegian side, but after only 18 games he had yet to settle personally.[3] In the same summer he was sold back to his childhood club Esbjerg fB on a 4-year contract.[4]

During his second stay at Esbjerg, alongside twin brother Jakob Ankersen, played an integral part of the Esbjerg team that following promotion won the Danish Cup and finished 4th in the Danish Superliga.

During a 5–1 win over AGF Aarhus on 10 August 2013, Ankersen scored a sensational goal reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the final of Euro 88. The goal was shortlisted for the 2013 FIFA Puskás Award.[5]

In January 2014 he was signed by RB Salzburg after impressing a against them in the group stages of the Europa league, and was praised for his ability to play on either defensive flank.[6]

He joined F.C. Copenhagen in the summer of 2015 initially on loan,[7] before signing permanently the season after.[8] He was linked with a move to the Premier League club Newcastle United.[9] Ankersen was nominated for the goal of the season by the Danish football federation in 2017.[10]

On transfer deadline day, 2 September 2019, Ankersen joined Italian Serie A club Genoa on a contract until June 2021 with an option for a further year.[11]

International career[edit]

Ankersen has never represented any of the Danish national youth teams. On 17 May 2013 he was called up for the Danish National Team for a friendly against Georgia.[12] In the match, he remained an unused sub for the entire game.

On 14 August 2013, he made his international debut in a 3–2 loss to Poland, coming on as a substitute for Nicolai Boilesen at half-time.

Ankersen scored his first goal ever in Danish national team colours on 11 November 2016 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification match against Kazakhstan. Denmark won 4-1.[13]

In May 2018 Ankersen was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[14] However, he did not make the final 23.[15]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 11 November 2016 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Kazakhstan 3–1 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification







  1. ^ - Vejle henter ung Esbjerg-back
  2. ^ "Vejle Boldklub - Ankersen solgt til Rosenborg"
  3. ^ " - Ankersen havde det svært i Rosenborg"
  4. ^ " - Officielt: Ankersen til Esbjerg"
  5. ^ "Twins team up for Van Basten-esque volley". FIFA. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
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  8. ^ "Ankersen Wechselt Fix Von Salzburg Zum FC Kopenhagen". 22 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
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  11. ^ Calciomercato Genoa, Ankersen colpo per la difesa: è ufficiale,, 2 September 2019
  12. ^ "DR P4 - Ankersen på landsholdet"
  13. ^ "Denmark 4–1 Kasakhstan". BBC Sport. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
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  16. ^ "FC Copenhagen are Danish champions". The Copenhagen Post. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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