- Bjørn Kristensen
Infobox Football biography
playername= Bjørn Kristensen
fullname = Bjørn Kristensen
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1963|10|10|mf=y
position = Defender,
years = 1982-1989
Aarhus GF Newcastle United Bristol City Portsmouth FC Aalborg BK Aarhus Fremad
caps(goals) = 165 (19)
nationalyears = 1983-1986
nationalteam = Denmark U-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 12 (0)
Bjørn Kristensen (born
October 10, 1963) is a Danish former professional football player who most notably played for English club Newcastle United, where he was nicknamed "Benny". He played 20 matches and scored two goals for the Danish national team, and represented his country at the 1988 European Championship.
Malling, Kristensen started his career with local top-flight team Aarhus GF(AGF) in 1982. His talent was soon discovered, as he played 12 games for the Danish under-21 national team from 1983 to 1986. While at AGF, Kristensen won the 1986 Danish championship as well as two Danish Cuptrophies. He made his national team debut in May 1987, and took part in a single match at the 1988 European Championship.
He joined Newcastle United in March 1989, as a 25-year-old, and became a popular figure amongst the fans for his versatility; he could play as a defender or
midfielder. He is also remembered by "Toon" fans for having a strong long-range shot. He was the first Newcastle player to gain caps for the Danish national team, playing two national team matches in 1991. He was loaned out to Bristol Cityin November 1992, before he permanently left Newcastle in February 1993. He moved to Portsmouth FC, before ending his career in Denmark.
He joined defending Danish champions
Aalborg BK(AaB) in the summer 1995. He made fine displays in the central defense of AaB, and took part in AaB's campaign in the international 1996 UEFA Champions League tournament. Despite being an experienced player in a young squad, Kristensen suffered a number of injuries and only played a total of 22 games for AaB. He moved to Aarhus Fremadin January 1997, and helped the club win promotion for the top-flight Danish Superligachampionship.
*Danish championship: 1986
Danish Cup: 1987 and 1988
* [http://www.dbu.dk/lbase/playerInfo.aspx?playerid=3924 Danish national team profile]
*da icon [http://www.aabsport.dk/96CF7553-3EFB-42E0-9F3E-B9DE67F765D4.W5Doc?id=c017a28a-a503-4c79-b21f-6e93a2e44dbf AaB profile]
* [http://www.national-football-teams.com/php/spieler.php?id=21371 National Football Teams profile]
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