Thomas Delaney

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Thomas Delaney
Delaney, Thomas Werder 17-18 WP.jpg
Delaney training with Werder Bremen in 2017
Personal information
Full name Thomas Joseph Delaney
Date of birth (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 6
Youth career
1993–2008 Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2017 Copenhagen 244 (24)
2017– Werder Bremen 30 (5)
National team
2008–2009 Denmark U-18 3 (0)
2009–2010 Denmark U-19 11 (1)
2011 Denmark U-20 2 (0)
2010–2012 Denmark U-21 11 (0)
2013– Denmark 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:55, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Thomas Joseph Delaney (born 3 September 1991) is a Danish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen and the Danish national team.

Club career[edit]

F.C. Copenhagen[edit]

He started playing youth football at Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB), the reserve team of multiple Danish champions F.C. Copenhagen (FCK).

Delaney made his debut for F.C. Copenhagen in an unofficial friendly in August 2008. After playing the first half of the 2008–09 season in the KB youth team, he was a part of the FCK squad in the Danish Cup 2008-09. He made his official debut in the first leg of the semi-finals against Nordvest FC, where he substituted Hjalte Nørregaard in the middle of second half. In the return leg two weeks later Delaney was among the starting eleven playing the first 60 minutes before he was substituted with Şaban Özdoğan.

In the summer break 2009, he was promoted to the first team squad together with Özdoğan. He scored on his continental debut, playing the full match in Champions League qualification against FK Mogren. His first Superliga match was on 9 August 2009 against SønderjyskE replacing Atiba Hutchinson at the end of the match.

On 6 July 2013, Delaney extended his contract with the club to 2015. At the same time, he got jersey number 8.[1] In the following season, he became a regular starter in his favorite position, including UEFA Champions League matches against Juventus F.C., Real Madrid and Galatasaray. On 23 January 2014, he again extended his contract, until 2017. At the same time, he was officially named vice-captain of the team. Half a year later, Delaney was promoted to club captain.

On 16 May 2015 he was named Man of the Match as his side won the Danish cup final 3–2 after extra-time against fellow Superliga side FC Vestsjælland.

On 27 September 2016, Delaney contributed to a comfortable 4–0 victory for his side with a left-footed half-volley from 30 yards against Belgian side Club Brugge KV[2] in the UEFA Champions League.[3] The goal came third in the vote for goal of the season in the UEFA Champions League [4]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 17 August 2016, Werder Bremen announced Delaney would be joining the club in January 2017.[5][6] On 18 February 2017, he scored his first goal for the club, a free kick, in Werder Bremen's 2–0 win away to Mainz 05 before being stretchered off the pitch with a suspected concussion. It was the club's first win of the new year following four straight defeats.[7]

On 1 April 2017, Delaney scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, in Werder Bremen’s 5–2 win away against Freiburg.[8]

International career[edit]

Delaney made his debut for the Danish under-18 national team in October 2008, and went on to play three matches in total. He played 11 games for the Danish U-19 national team.

On 11 August 2010, he made his debut for the Danish U-21 national team in a friendly against the Italian U-21 national team.

Delaney made his debut for the senior national team on 15 October 2013 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Malta.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[9]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 1 September 2017 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Poland 1–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 4 September 2017 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 1–1 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 3–1
4. 4–1

Personal life[edit]

Delaney was born in Denmark and spent his entire upbringing there. His father was also born in Denmark but has American citizenship due to his father (Thomas Delaney's paternal grandfather) being born in the United States.[10]






  1. ^ Thomas Delaney forlænger til 2015, F.C. Copenhagen, 6 July 2013
  2. ^ "Delaney stunner helps Danish champions canter to victory - beIN SPORTS". 
  3. ^ (27 September 2016). "UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - History - København-Club Brugge –". 
  4. ^ "Observers' choice: goals of the #UCL season". 
  5. ^ "Thomas Delaney to move to Werder in the winter". Werder Bremen. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Walsh, Jonathan (17 August 2016). "Delaney delight at Werder move". VAVEL. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bremen bounce back at Mainz". Bundesliga. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Delaney treble boosts Werder Bremen". Bundesliga. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Delaney, Thomas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  10. ^ DELANEY DISCUSSES AMERICAN ROOTS, Yanks Abroad, 11 April 2012

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