Søren Andersen

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Søren Andersen
Personal information
Full name Søren Andersen
Date of birth (1970-01-31) 31 January 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1984–1988 Silkeborg IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993[1] AGF Aarhus 109 (51)
1993–1994[2] UE Lleida 22 (2)
1994–1995[3] Rayo Vallecano 10 (1)
1995[1] IFK Norrkoping 10 (4)
1995–1998[4] Aalborg BK 67 (30)
1998–1999[1] Bristol City 39 (10)
1999–2001[4] Odense BK 57 (24)
2001–2003[4] AGF Aarhus 18 (6)
Total 332 (128)
National team
1985–1986[5] Denmark U-17 17 (4)
1988[5] Denmark U-19 5 (1)
1990–1992[5] Denmark U-21 7 (0)
1993–2000[5] Denmark 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Søren Andersen (born 31 January 1970) is a Danish former professional footballer. He played as a striker, and most prominently represented English club Bristol City, Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, as well as several Danish clubs. He won the 1992 Danish Cup with AGF Aarhus. Andersen played 12 games for the Denmark national team, though he did not score, and represented Denmark at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 European Championship tournaments.


Andersen began his career as a junior with Silkeborg IF, joining AGF Aarhus in August 1989. He made his debut for the Danish under-21 national team in April 1990.[5] He won the 1992 Danish Cup with AGF, and was included in the Danish under-21 squad for the 1992 Summer Olympics by coach Viggo Jensen.[6] He played a single match at the tournament; his seventh and last games for the under-21 national team.[5] He made his debut for the senior Danish national team in January 1993, under national coach Richard Møller Nielsen.[5]

Having scored 51 goals in 109 league games for AGF,[1] Andersen moved abroad in October 1993. He went on to play for Spanish club UE Lleida in the La Liga championship. He played a single season at Lleida, where he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win against multiple Spanish champions Real Madrid. When Lleida were relegated to the Segunda División at the end of the season, Andersen moved to Segunda División rivals Rayo Vallecano. He played 12 games for Rayo, scoring a single goal.[3]

In January 1995, Andersen moved to Swedish club IFK Norrkoping, before going back to Denmark. He went on to play for defending Danish champions Aalborg Boldspilklub (AaB) in August 1995.[4] At Aalborg, he was poised to replace striker Erik Bo Andersen who had been sold to Rangers FC. Søren Andersen became an instant success, and was called up for the Danish squad at the 1996 European Championship,[6] where he played a single match.[5] He was AaB's lead goalscorer in the 1996-97 season with 14 goals, the fifth highest tally of the league. He scored a total of 36 goals in 77 games for AaB, including five goals in a single game against Viborg FF.[4]

In July 1998, Andersen moved to England, joining Bristol City in the First Division for a fee of £425,000.[7] He scored both City goals on his debut, a 2-2 draw at home to Oxford United.[7] In the 1998-99 season, in which City were relegated, he scored 10 goals out of 29 in a forward partnership with Ade Akinbiyi. He left City in September 1999, returning to Denmark to join Odense BK, costing the Danish side £200,000.[7] He left Odense to rejoin his former club AGF Aarhus in November 2001.[4] He was injured in early March 2002, badly breaking his arm in a collision with Sweden international goalkeeper Magnus Kihlstedt, in a game against Kihlstedt's club FC København. He ended his career in March 2003, due to chronically aching achilles tendons.



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