Simon Poulsen was Denmark's first-choice left-back at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, starting all three matches, and he has strengthened his case for an encore at UEFA EURO 2012 with some impressive displays for an AZ Alkmaar side challenging strongly in the 2011/12 Eredivisie title race.
• Started his career with Danish second-tier club HFK Sønderjylland (later SønderjyskE), helping them win promotion to the Superligaen in 2004/05.
• Moved to FC Midtjylland in 2005 and shortly after his arrival made his European debut in a UEFA Cup first round tie against holders PFC CSKA Moskva.
• A Danish international at Under-19, U20 and U21 level, he was handed his senior debut in a friendly against Germany in Duisburg on 28 March 2007; made two substitute appearances in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying but was discarded by national team boss Morten Olsen until just before the 2010 World Cup, where he was fielded from the start in all three games against the Netherlands, Cameroon and Japan.
• Left Midtjylland for AZ in January 2008, becoming the Danish club's record transfer, but he was only a bit-part player in AZ's 2008/09 Eredivisie title triumph under coach Louis van Gaal; appeared in both UEFA Champions League matches against Arsenal FC the following season under new boss Ronald Koeman.
• Enjoyed his most productive season yet at AZ in 2011/12 under Gertjan Verbeek, appearing consistently in both the Eredivisie and the UEFA Europa League.
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