- Kim Christofte
Football player infobox
playername = Kim Christofte
fullname = Kim Piitala Christofte
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1960|8|24|mf=y
height = 1.83 m
currentclub = Retired
position = Defender
Ølstykke FC Brøndby IF
years = 1979-1981
Brøndby IF KSC Lokeren Brøndby IF CD Málaga FC Wettingen Odense Boldklub Brøndby IF 1. FC Köln SK Lierse
nationalyears = 1981
nationalteam = Denmark u-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 1 (0)
Kim Piitala Christofte (born
August 24, 1960in Copenhagen) is a former Danish professional footballer, who was part of the Denmark national football teamthat won the 1992 European Championship. Considered an elegant sweeper, left back or midfielder, his technique allowed him a nonchalantplaying style. [Palle "Banks" Jørgensen, "Landsholdenes 2198 spillerprofiler", Nørhaven Book, 2004, ISBN 87-89564-04-9, p.76]
Christofte started playing football for the youth teams of
Ølstykke FCand Brøndby IF, and was included in the Brøndby senior team in 1979. In 1981, he became the first Brøndby player to be sold for a transfer fee, when he moved to Belgian club KSC Lokerenfor £16.000. [Mads Wehlast, "26 Brøndby-spillere solgt", " Berlingske Tidende", February 14, 1997] There, he played alongside fellow Dane Preben Elkjær, but as Christofte's contract ran out in 1984, he returned to Brøndby.
Christofte was a part of the Brøndby team that won the first Danish League in club history, and made his national team debut in September 1984. Having played four national team games, an injury stopped him from competing at the
1986 FIFA World Cupin Mexico. He once again moved abroad to play for Spanish club CD Málagaand Switzerland's FC Wettingen, but his stays at the clubs were unsuccessful, and for the next seven years he was absent from the national side, under legendary coach Sepp Piontek. He moved back to Denmark to play for Odense Boldklubin 1987, returning to Brøndby the following year.
Under Brøndby coach
Morten Olsen, the team reached the semi-finals in the UEFA Cup 1990-91, and Christofte was once again called up for the national team, now coached by Richard Møller Nielsen. He was selected to compete at Euro 92. Despite his relative international inexperience (although 31), he would appear full time in all five Danish matches in the tournament, as Denmark won the trophy. In his most memorable international moment, Christofte converted the final shot in the semi-final penalty shootoutagainst the Netherlands, to secure Denmark a place in the final.
Following the tournament, Christofte moved abroad again, playing for
1. FC Kölnin the German League. He suffered from injuries in his first season, and when he was dropped from the team by new team manager Morten Olsen, in the 1994 spring, Christofte used a release clause in his contract to leave the club a year earlier, in June. [Torben Larsen, "Kim Christofte stopper i Köln", "B.T.", March 26, 1994] He moved on to Belgian club SK Lierse, but only played a single friendly matchbefore family reasons prompted him to return to Denmark. His contract with Lierse was mutually terminated, which spelled the end of Christofte's professional career. He went back to play with his childhood amateur club Ølstykke FC, in the Danish second level.
In 2006, Christofte was a member of the winning Danish team in the
PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup, alongside Gus Hansenand Theo Jørgensen. The side defeated France, Republic of Irelandand the United States, on the way to a final success over Germany.
*Danish League: 1985, 1990, 1991
*European Championship: 1992
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