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Christian Poulsen

Christian Poulsen

Clubs: Holbæk B&I, FC København, FC Schalke 04, Sevilla FC, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Évian Thonon Gaillard FC, AFC Ajax

• A Danish youth international while at his first club, amateur side Holbæk B&I, he joined FC København in 2000 and won the Superligaen title in his first season under English coach Roy Hodgson, scoring in a decisive 3-1 win against rivals Brøndby IF in the penultimate round; found the net nine times the following season as FCK finished runners-up.

• Capped for the first time at senior level in November 2001 – against the Netherlands in a Copenhagen friendly – he travelled to the Far East for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, making three appearances but incurring a suspension for the last-16 defeat by England; featured also at UEFA EURO 2004, helping Denmark into the quarter-finals.

• Joined FC Schalke 04 after the 2002 World Cup and remained with the Gelsenkirchen club for four seasons, all of which brought European football; reinforced his international credentials in the process, scoring his first two goals for Denmark in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Georgia and being named as his country's player of the year in both 2005 and 2006.

• Moved to Sevilla FC in 2006 and helped the Andalusians beat FC Barcelona 3-0 in the UEFA Super Cup before adding the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup, in which he appeared in all 15 matches, at the end of his debut season; made seven starts in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League as Sevilla reached the round of 16.

• Made Turin his next port of call when he joined Juventus in 2008 but remained there for just two of the four years on his contract, rejoining his former boss Hodgson at Liverpool FC in August 2010; although he appeared in UEFA club competition for the tenth successive season during his time at Anfield, he barely figured after Hodgson was replaced mid-campaign by Kenny Dalgish and was sold to Ligue 1 newcomers Évian Thonon Gaillard FC a year after his arrival.

• An ever-present for Denmark in the 2010 World Cup – qualifiers and finals combined – he lost his place in the side en route to UEFA EURO 2012 and ended the campaign on the bench, appearing for just 12 minutes at the finals.  

• Joined Ajax at the start of the 2012/13 season, starting all six of the club's UEFA Champions League group stage games, and lifting the Eredivisie title.  

UEFA honours
UEFA Cup: winner 2007
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2006

Last updated: 21/08/13 16.09CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 04/05/2014 04:50 CET
02.08.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-0RodaRoda9000
11.08.2013Dutch First DivisionAZAZ3-2AjaxAjax1900
18.08.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax2-1FeyenoordFeyenoord9000
23.08.2013Dutch First DivisionHeerenveenHeerenveen3-3AjaxAjax9000
01.09.2013Dutch First DivisionGroningenGroningen1-1AjaxAjax9000
25.09.2013Dutch KNVB CupSecond roundAjaxAjax4-2VolendamVolendam5000
28.09.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax6-0Go Ahead EaglesGo Ahead Eagles9000
06.10.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-0UtrechtUtrecht9000
22.10.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageCelticCeltic2-1AjaxAjax6700
29.10.2013Dutch KNVB CupThird roundAjaxAjax4-1ASWHASWH9000
02.11.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax0-1VitesseVitesse6800
06.11.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAjaxAjax1-0CelticCeltic700
10.11.2013Dutch First DivisionNECNEC0-3AjaxAjax4000
23.11.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-0HeraclesHeracles1800
26.11.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageAjaxAjax2-1BarcelonaBarcelona5600
01.12.2013Dutch First DivisionDen HaagDen Haag0-4AjaxAjax800
07.12.2013Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax4-0NACNAC2400
11.12.2013UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageMilanMilan0-0AjaxAjax4600
15.12.2013Dutch First DivisionCambuurCambuur1-2AjaxAjax700
19.12.2013Dutch KNVB CupFourth roundIJsselmeervogelsIJsselmeervogels0-3AjaxAjax9000
22.12.2013Dutch First DivisionRodaRoda1-2AjaxAjax8000
19.01.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax1-0PSVPSV400
22.01.2014Dutch KNVB CupQuarter-finalsAjaxAjax3-1FeyenoordFeyenoord1400
26.01.2014Dutch First DivisionGo Ahead EaglesGo Ahead Eagles0-1AjaxAjax500
02.02.2014Dutch First DivisionUtrechtUtrecht1-1AjaxAjax4100
06.02.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax2-1GroningenGroningen2401
16.02.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-0HeerenveenHeerenveen4500
20.02.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32AjaxAjax0-3SalzburgSalzburg3100
23.02.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax4-0AZAZ9001
27.02.2014UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32SalzburgSalzburg3-1AjaxAjax6300
02.03.2014Dutch First DivisionFeyenoordFeyenoord1-2AjaxAjax9000
09.03.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax1-1CambuurCambuur1800
16.03.2014Dutch First DivisionNACNAC0-0AjaxAjax7700
27.03.2014Dutch KNVB CupSemi-finalsAZAZ0-1AjaxAjax1700
30.03.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-0TwenteTwente2000
02.04.2014Dutch First DivisionRKCRKC0-2AjaxAjax9000
06.04.2014Dutch First DivisionVitesseVitesse1-1AjaxAjax1200
13.04.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax3-2Den HaagDen Haag9011
20.04.2014Dutch KNVB CupFinalZwolleZwolle5-1AjaxAjax3600
27.04.2014Dutch First DivisionHeraclesHeracles1-1AjaxAjax2400
03.05.2014Dutch First DivisionAjaxAjax2-2NECNEC9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year


General info

  • Name: Christian Poulsen
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 28/02/1980 (34)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Squad number: 5
  • Club: Ajax ( NED)

  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 76kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    25/07/01: Torpedo Kutaisi 1-1 København
  • National team: UEFA European Under-18 Championship (Preliminary round)
    13/10/98: Denmark 1-5 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Denmark U-2170
Denmark U-1810

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 28/02/2014 01:35 CET
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