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Thomas Kahlenberg

Published: Sunday 20 May 2012, 11.43CET
Évian Thonon Gaillard FC
Published: Sunday 20 May 2012, 11.43CET

Thomas Kahlenberg

Évian Thonon Gaillard FC

Back in favour with Morten Olsen after a lengthy absence from the Danish national team, Thomas Kahlenberg will appear in his third major tournament at UEFA EURO 2012. A clever, experienced midfield playmaker with an eye for goal, he has enjoyed a productive spell on loan with French club Évian Thonon Gaillard FC.

• Born in Hvidovre, he joined Brøndby IF in his mid-teens and became a regular for the Superligaen club in 2002/03 under coach Michael Laudrup, winning the Danish Cup at the end of that campaign with a 3-0 win against FC Midtjylland in the final.

• Finished as Brøndby's top league scorer in 2003/04 (11 goals) and 2004/05 (13), winning the league title and a second Danish Cup in the latter campaign.

• First capped at senior international level in a friendly against Ukraine in April 2003, he did not become a regular in Olsen's side until the 2006/07 season, by which stage he had established himself as a star of France's Ligue 1 with AJ Auxerre; appeared in all 12 of Denmark's UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers.

• Made 130 Ligue 1 appearances for Auxerre, scoring 19 goals, before leaving in 2009 to join German champions VfL Wolfsburg; suffered a serious injury shortly after his arrival and struggled to make an impact, eventually reviving his career in 2012 after a return to France with Évian.

• Scored a momentous winning goal against Sweden in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier and played in all three games at the finals in South Africa, but made just one appearance en route to UEFA EURO 2012 – the opening fixture versus Iceland, in which he struck the only goal.

Last updated: 22/05/12 17.37CET

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