Kristen Nygaard (footballer)

Kristen Nygaard (footballer)

Infobox Football biography
playername = Kristen Nygaard

fullname = Kristen Nygaard Kristensen
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1949|9|9
cityofbirth = Sunds
countryofbirth = Denmark
dateofdeath =
cityofdeath =
countryofdeath =
height =
nickname =
position = Forward
youthyears =
youthclubs = Holstebro BK
years = 1969-1972
clubs = IHF Aarhus
AZ Alkmaar
Nîmes Olympique
caps(goals) =
363 (104)
nationalyears = 1969-1970
nationalteam = Denmark u-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 5 (1)
36 (11)
manageryears = 1986-1987
managerclubs = Nîmes Olympique

Kristen Nygaard Kristensen (born September 9, 1949) is a Danish former football player, who played professionally for Dutch team AZ Alkmaar and several French clubs. He scored 11 goals in 36 games for the Denmark national football team, and represented Denmark at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Born in Sunds near Herning, Nygaard started playing football with Holstebro BK. He moved to IHF Aarhus, whom he helped win promotion from the Danish 3rd Division in 1969, by scoring 25 goals in 22 league games. [ [ Danmarksturneringen 1969] at "Peders Fodboldstatistik"] He scored 15 goals in the 1970 Danish 2nd Division season, [ [ Danmarksturneringen 1970] at "Peders Fodboldstatistik"] and was called up for the Danish national team in July 1970. He played on for IHF Aarhus, but could not win promotion for the top-flight Danish 1st Division with the team.

Nygaard was included in the Danish 1972 Olympic squad, and played six games and scored one goal at the 1972 Olympic football tournament. He played a further national team game in October 1972, before moving abroad to play professionally for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie championship. He played his last Danish national team game in November 1979. With Alkmaar, he reached the finals of the international UEFA Cup 1980-81 tournament, which the team lost to English club Ipswich Town on aggregate. He left Alkmaar to play his career out in France, first playing at Nîmes Olympique, before ending his career at smaller French clubs.

After retiring from the active game, he went on to coach Nîmes Olympique from 1986 to 1987. In 1994 he was seriously injured in a traffic accident. He spent eight weeks in a coma afterwards and still has grave health problems. Two years later his old club Alkmaar held a benefit match for him. The supporters home in the new DSB Stadion is named after Nygaard.


External links

* [ Danish national team profile]
*da icon [ Haslund profile]
*da icon [ Peders Fodboldstatistik profile]

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