Thomas Delaney

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Thomas Delaney
Delaney, Thomas Werder 17-18 WP (cropped).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 27)
Place of birth Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 6
Youth career
1993–2008 Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2016 Copenhagen 172 (19)
2016–2018 Werder Bremen 45 (7)
2018– Borussia Dortmund 30 (3)
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 34 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2018

Thomas Joseph Delaney (born 3 September 1991) is a Danish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the Denmark national team.

Club career[edit]

Copenhagen[edit]

Delaney started playing youth football at Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, the reserve team of multiple Danish champions F.C. Copenhagen.[2]

Delaney made his debut for 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 that campaign. He made his official debut in the first leg of the semi-finals against Nordvest FC in April, where he substituted Hjalte Nørregaard in the middle of second half.[2] 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 on 22 July 2009, playing the full second leg in Copenhagen's Champions League second qualifying round victory over FK Mogren.[3][4] His first Superliga match was on 9 August 2009 against SønderjyskE replacing Atiba Hutchinson near the end of the match.[5] On 29 December 2011, signed a contract extension keeping him at Copenhagen until the end of 2014.[2] At the time, Delaney had the distinction of being the longest serving current player at the club, despite being only 20.[2]

On 6 July 2013, Delaney extended his contract with the club to 2015. At the same time, he got jersey number 8.[6] 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.[5] At the same time, he was officially named vice-captain of the team.[5] Half a year later, Delaney was promoted to club captain.

On 14 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.[7][8]

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[9] in the UEFA Champions League.[10] The goal came third in the vote for goal of the season in the UEFA Champions League.[11]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 17 August 2016, Werder Bremen announced Delaney would be joining the club in January 2017.[12][13] 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.[14]

On 1 April 2017, Delaney scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, in Werder Bremen’s 5–2 win away against SC Freiburg.[15]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 7 June 2018, Delaney signed for Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract. The transfer fee paid to Werder Bremen was reported as €20 million.[16][17]

International career[edit]

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

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

Delaney made his debut for the senior national team on 15 October 2013 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Malta. In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 18 May 2019[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Copenhagen 2008–09 Danish Superliga 2 0 2 0
2009–10 9 0 3 0 3 1 12 1
2010–11 16 1 2 0 2 0 20 1
2011–12 19 1 1 0 7 0 27 1
2012–13 21 1 3 0 8 0 32 1
2013–14 32 3 5 0 6 0 43 3
2014–15 27 2 5 1 10 0 42 3
2015–16 29 5 5 1 4 0 38 6
2016–17 19 6 0 0 11 2 30 8
Total 172 19 26 2 51 3 0 0 249 24
Werder Bremen 2016–17 Bundesliga 13 4 13 4
2017–18 32 3 4 0 36 3
Total 45 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 49 7
Borussia Dortmund 2018–19 Bundesliga 30 3 2 0 6 0 38 3
Career total 247 29 32 2 57 3 0 0 336 34

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 16 November 2018.[20]
Denmark
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
2015 4 0
2016 9 0
2017 9 4
2018 11 0
Total 34 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[21]
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
3. 3–1
4. 4–1

Personal life[edit]

Delaney was born in Denmark and spent his youth 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.[22]

Delaney is red-green colour blind.[23]

Honours[edit]

Copenhagen
Borussia Dortmund
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THOMAS DELANEY".
  2. ^ a b c d e "Contract Extension for Delaney". FCK. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Misery for Mogren in Copenhagen". UEFA. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Mogren 0-6 Copenhagen". Sky Sports. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Delaney signs new contract". FCK. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ Thomas Delaney forlænger til 2015, F.C. Copenhagen, 6 July 2013
  7. ^ "FC Vestsjaelland - FC Kobenhavn". FCK. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  8. ^ "FCK beat Vestsjælland to win Danish Cup". UEFA. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Delaney stunner helps Danish champions canter to victory - beIN SPORTS".
  10. ^ uefa.com (27 September 2016). "UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - History - København-Club Brugge – UEFA.com".
  11. ^ UEFA.com. "Observers' choice: goals of the #UCL season".
  12. ^ "Thomas Delaney to move to Werder in the winter". Werder Bremen. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  13. ^ Walsh, Jonathan (17 August 2016). "Delaney delight at Werder move". VAVEL. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Bremen bounce back at Mainz". Bundesliga. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Thomas Delaney treble boosts Werder Bremen". Bundesliga. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Delaney wechselt für 20 Millionen Euro zum BVB". kicker Online (in German). 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Thomas Delaney" (in German). 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Thomas Delaney". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  20. ^ Thomas Delaney at National-Football-Teams.com
  21. ^ "Delaney, Thomas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  22. ^ DELANEY DISCUSSES AMERICAN ROOTS, Yanks Abroad, 11 April 2012
  23. ^ "World Cup 2018: Why millions of fans see the football like this". BBC.com. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Årets spiller..." (in Danish). F.C. Copenhagen Fan Club. 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2008.[dead link]

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