Per Frandsen


Per Frandsen

Football player infobox2
playername= Per Frandsen


fullname = Per Frandsen
nickname =
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1970|2|6
cityofbirth = Copenhagen
countryofbirth = Denmark
height = 184 cm
currentclub =
clubnumber =
position = Midfielder
youthyears =
youthclubs = BK Skjold
B 93
years = 1988-1990
1990-1994
1994-1996
1996-1999
1999-2000
2000-2004
2004
clubs = B 1903
OSC Lille
F.C. Copenhagen
Bolton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic
caps(goals) = 25 (15)
109 (19)
55 (19)
130 (19)
31 (5)
135 (13)
9 (1)
nationalyears = 1989-1992
1990-2003
nationalteam = Denmark u-21
Denmark
nationalcaps(goals) = 21 (8)
23 (0)

Per Frandsen (born February 6, 1970) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player, who won the 1995 Danish Cup with F.C. Copenhagen, and played 265 league games as a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers in England. Frandsen played 23 matches for the Denmark national football team between 1990 and 2003, and he represented his country at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1998 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Biography

Born in Copenhagen, Frandsen started playing football with local clubs BK Skjold and B 93. He made his senior debut with top-flight club B 1903, debuted for the Danish under-21 national team in April 1989. He was the third best goalscorer of the 1990 Danish 1st Division, and made his national team debut in May 1990. He played three national team games under national manager Richard Møller Nielsen, until his national team career went on a hiatus in September 1991. In November 1990, he was sold to French club Lille OSC, in a Lille club record transfer deal.

Frandsen joined fellow Danish international Jakob Friis-Hansen at Lille, and played four years at the club. While at Lille, he represented Denmark at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where he played full time in Denmark's three games before elimination. When Lille faced economical difficulties in the summer 1994, Frandsen returned home to Denmark to play for F.C. Copenhagen (FCK). Frandsen stated his intention to only play in Denmark temporarily, and having won the 1995 Danish Cup with FCK, he moved abroad once again in August 1996. He was sold to English club Bolton Wanderers for £1.25million. Playing in the second tier of English football, he made his debut for the club in a 1-1 draw at Port Vale before scoring his first goal for Bolton in the following game against Manchester City.

He soon earned a reputation as one of the best players in English football, playing outside the top-flight FA Premier League championship, and it was assumed that it would only be a matter of time before one of the bigger clubs came in for him. Instead, he helped Bolton win promotion for the Premier League in the 1996-97 season. Frandsen's national team career was revived in November 1996, when he was recalled by new national manager Bo Johansson, after more than five years of absence from the Danish national team. He was one of the few bright spots of Bolton's debut Premier League campaign, which ended in swift relegation back into the Nationwide League. He was included in the Danish squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was used as a substitute in two games.

In September 1999, Frandsen joined Bolton's league rivals Blackburn Rovers for £1.75million. The decision was against the wishes of Bolton manager Colin Todd, who subsequently resigned. Frandsen's stay at Ewood Park for Blackburn was far from happy. He failed to settle at the club, and at the end of the season he returned to Bolton for £1.6m. In his final year at Bolton, the club reached the 2004 League Cup final, though they were beaten 1-2 by Middlesbrough. Frandsen is a true Bolton legend who turned in fine performance after fine performance. He played 304 first team games for the club in all competitions, scoring 38 goals in the process. Frandsen left Bolton Wanderers to join Wigan Athletic on a free transfer in June 2004, helping them get promoted to the Premiership. After playing well in his first time at the club, he received a severe cruciate ligament injury and he decided to retire in January 2005.

Frandsen is now a football agent in Denmark. [cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6266829.stm
title = Kevin Nolan column
accessdate = 2006-01-18
date = 2006-01-18
work = Kevin Nolan
publisher = www.news.bbc.co.uk
]

Honours

*Danish Cup : 1995

References

External links

* [http://www.dbu.dk/lbase/playerInfo.aspx?playerid=981 Danish national team profile]
*da icon [http://www.fck.dk/saesonen/statistik/spillerstatistik/?search=1&play_playerid_fk=115 FCK statistics]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/bsp/hi/football/statistics/players/f/frandsen_28563.stm BBC Sport profile]
* [http://www.national-football-teams.com/php/spieler.php?id=2009 National Football Teams statistics]


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