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Christian Poulsen

Christian Poulsen

Birthdate: 28 February 1980
Birthplace: Asnæs, Denmark
Other clubs: Holbæk B&I (1995-2000), FC København (2000-02), Schalke 04 (2002-06), Sevilla (2006-08), Juventus (2008-10), Evian Thonon Gaillard (2011-12), Ajax (2012-14), FC Copenhagen (2014-15)
Bought from: Juventus
Signed for LFC: £4.55m, 12.08.2010
International debut: 10.11.2001 vs. Netherlands
International caps: 92/6 (7/0 at LFC) - 29.02.2012
Liverpool debut: 19.08.2010
Last appearance: 10.03.2011
Contract expiry: 31.08.2011
Win ratio: 47.62% W:10 D:7 L:4
LFC league games/goals: 12 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 21 / 0

Player profile

Poulsen's route to Anfield was certainly a circuitous one. His aggressive playing style has seen him involved in a number of controversial incidents over the years. Poulsen was given his first big break as a twenty-year-old by Roy Hodgson at FC København at the start of the new millennium; and was part of the squad that won the Danish Superliga title in 2001 and ended as runners-up in 2002 when he was voted the club's Player of the Season. Poulsen played as an attacking midfielder in Denmark, scoring ten goals in 45 games for the team from Copenhagen, before moving to German club Schalke after the 2002 World Cup. He stayed in Gelsenkirchen for four seasons, adding the German league cup to his list of honours, before moving in 2006 to the reigning UEFA Cup holders, Sevilla. Poulsen was the first player to be named as the Danish Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006 and arrived with a big reputation to protect. Poulsen was a phenomenal success at Sevilla and Spanish newspaper Marca singled him out as the best buy in Spain over the summer. The Spanish club retained the UEFA Cup in Glasgow after defeating their compatriots Espanyol; the match went to penalties and Poulsen played throughout the 120 minutes.

After two seasons in Spain the Dane moved again, this time to Juventus. Although he signed a four-year contract on his arrival in Italy, he would only spend two seasons with the Turin club featuring in 48 out of their 76 league games. Juve were prepared to release him after a single season with Turkish clubs interested, but he stayed on to fight for his place. Poulsen is certainly a take-no-prisoners type of player, uncompromising being a common adjective for his style of play. He had famous battles with Totti and Kaká with the former losing his temper and spitting in Poulsen's face in the 2004 European Championship earning himself a three-match ban in the process. Then Milan coach, Carlo Ancelotti, branded Poulsen a coward after Schalke's and Milan's duel in the 2005/06 Champions League, claiming: "He plays his game when the referee is not watching, he starts swinging kicks, pushing his rivals when the official's back is turned. He is a coward and he shouldn't be playing football." Arriving on Merseyside was seen by many of the supporters as one of the main reasons why Roy Hodgson's team laboured so much. Poulsen's compatriot, Daniel Agger, warned Poulsen that English football was quite different to what he had experienced. "Maybe he will find the pace of here a bit of a culture shock; he will have to get used to the extra-high tempo and he won’t be able to drink café lattes like he does in Italy." Poulsen clearly struggled to cope with the English game, to say the least! Being raised in later years on Graeme Souness, Steve McMahon and Javier Mascherano patrolling the midfield, Poulsen's limp play was a sorrowful sight for any Liverpool fan. Poulsen signed a one-year deal with French Ligue 2 champions Evian Thonon Gaillard in the summer of 2011. Evian acquitted themselves well in the top division, eventually finishing in ninth position, and Poulsen appeared in 24 of the 38 league fixtures. In doing so, he became only the second footballer, after Romanian Florin Raducioiu, to have played professionally in the top division of all five of the so-called big European Leagues: Germany, Spain, Italy, England and France. Poulsen added the Netherlands to his curriculum vitae when he joined Ajax in August 2012.

Poulsen appeared in thirty-seven first-team matches for Ajax in 2012/13. The Amsterdam club won the Dutch championship for the thirty-second time. It was the first championship-winning club that the Dane had been actively involved with for twelve years.

The Danish midfielder continued to be a regular member of the Ajax team in 2013/14, appearing in 29 of the 34 league matches as the Amsterdam club retained its domestic title. Poulsen also appeared in all 8 of his club's European matches during the season. He then returned to Denmark with FC Copenhagen on a one year deal, helping them to the Danish Cup. He failed to find a club in both the August 2015 and January 2016 transfer windows, although does not appear to have formally announced his retirement.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 12 0 0 9 0 21
2010-2011 12 0 0 9 0 21
2011-2012 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Blackpool
2 Trabzonspor
2 Utrecht
2 Napoli
1 Sparta Prague
1 Braga
1 Wigan Athletic
1 Steaua Bucharest
1 Sunderland
1 Manchester United
1 Chelsea
1 West Ham United
1 Wolves
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 WBA
1 Birmingham City
1 Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
18 Started
21 On the bench
3 Substitute
9 Substituted
Total Competition
12 Premier League
9 Europa League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 19.08.2010 Trabzonspor Anfield Europe

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Holbæk B&I 1997-2000 Denmark 82 13 82 13
FC Copenhagen 2001-2002 Denmark 1 30 9 37 9
Schalke 04 2002-2003 Germany 1 24 1 31 2
Schalke 04 2003-2004 Germany 1 27 0 37 1
Schalke 04 2004-2005 Germany 1 32 0 46 0
Schalke 04 2005-2006 Germany 1 28 2 44 3
Sevilla 2006-2007 Spain 1 33 1 48 1
Sevilla 2007-2008 Spain 1 29 3 38 3
Juventus 2008-2009 Italy 1 23 1 26 1
Juventus 2009-2010 Italy 1 25 0 31 0
Evian Thonon Gaillard 2011-2012 France 1 24 0 27 0
Ajax 2012-2013 Holland 1 25 0 37 0
Ajax 2013-2014 Holland 1 29 1 43 1
FC Copenhagen 2014-2015 Denmark 1 16 1 21 1
Total 427 32 548 35
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