Dennis Rommedahl (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁʌməˌtɛˀl]; born 22 July 1978) is a Danish former footballer who played as a right winger. The second-most capped national player for Denmark, he appeared in 126 matches and scored 21 goals for his country, and was a member of the Danish squads at the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. He was nominated for Danish Footballer of the Year in 2007, but did not win the award until 2010.
|Full name||Dennis Rommedahl|
|Date of birth||22 July 1978|
|Place of birth||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Right Winger|
|1997–1998||→ RKC Waalwijk (loan)||34||(5)|
|2008–2009||→ N.E.C. (loan)||14||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Rommedahl was born in the Bispebjerg borough of Copenhagen. He played youth football for a number of clubs, including B. 93 and Lyngby. He made his senior debut in 1995 for Lyngby, playing in the Danish Superliga.
PSV Eindhoven and RKC WaalwijkEdit
In 1997, he was acquired by PSV Eindhoven, where he made his debut on 22 March in a 1–0 home loss against Heerenveen. After his second match, PSV loaned him to RKC Waalwijk for the 1997–98 season. He returned to PSV in 1998 where he became a success by outrunning defenders and providing dangerous crosses from the wing. He was a member of the PSV squad that won four Eredivisie championships and four Johan Cruijff Shields.
Rommedahl moved from Dutch to English football in the summer 2004 when he signed a four-year contract for Charlton Athletic. His first season was spent settling in at The Valley, with a notable length of time spent on the substitute's bench and on the physiotherapist's table. During his second season, he took a leading role in helping Charlton climb the ladder in the Premier League.
Rommedahl had been linked with several moves away from Charlton. In the summer of 2006, he was nearly sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. In December 2006, he was linked with a £1 million move to F.C. Copenhagen. This link was resurrected as Charlton edged closer to relegation, with Rommedahl being discussed as a replacement for Michael Silberbauer, who was expected to leave Denmark to join a foreign club. In the summer of 2007, Galatasaray and Getafe expressed interest in signing him. However, he finally left Charlton on 20 July 2007, moving to Ajax for fee of £680,000.
Ajax and NECEdit
With Ajax, Rommedahl immediately won his fifth career Johan Cruijff Shield in a 1–0 win over his former team, PSV Eindhoven. He was also one of five players nominated for the Danish Football Player of the Year in 2007. For the second half of the 2008–09 season, he went out on loan to NEC. He finished his Ajax-career at the end of the season 2009–10.
Rommedahl joined Brøndby on 30 August 2011 on a free transfer, signing a 2-year contract and was given the number 11 shirt.
Rommedahl was selected to play for the Danish under-19 national youth team in July 1996. He went on to play a combined 19 matches and score 5 goals for the under-19 and under-21 national youth teams.
After the appointment of Morten Olsen, Rommedahl was immediately called up for his Denmark debut in August 2000. He played the next 38 Danish national team matches in a row, the first 32 games in the starting line-up. The 38 games included Denmark's four games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he scored against defending world champions France in Denmark's 2–0 victory. He also played all four Danish matches at the Euro 2004. His unbroken run of national team games ended in February 2004 when he missed the friendly against Turkey.
On 28 May 2010, Olsen announced that Rommedhal would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the 2010 World Cup. He assisted on Bendtner's goal, and scored the winner himself, in a group stage game against Cameroon on 19 June 2010. Rommedahl was also inducted in the final squad for Euro 2012, where he once again participated in all of the Danish group matches.
On 9 October 2014, after a long-term injury, Rommedahl announced that he would officially retire from the national team. He was given a farewell ceremony before Denmark's match against Portugal on 14 October 2014.
|2004–05||Charlton Athletic||Premier League||26||2|
|2005–06||Charlton Athletic||Premier League||21||2|
|2006–07||Charlton Athletic||Premier League||28||0|
|2010–11||Olympiakos Piraeus||Super League Greece||22||2|
|2011–12||Brøndby IF||Danish Superliga||20||3|
|2012–13||Brøndby IF||Danish Superliga||28||3|
|2014–15||RKC Waalwijk||Eerste Divisie||0||0|
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||7 October 2000||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||1–1||1–1||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||15 November 2000||Copenhagen, Denmark||Germany||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|3.||15 November 2000||Copenhagen, Denmark||Germany||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|4.||1 September 2001||Copenhagen, Denmark||Northern Ireland||1–0||1–1||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|5.||6 October 2001||Copenhagen, Denmark||Iceland||1–0||6–0||2002 World Cup qualifier|
|6.||17 April 2002||Copenhagen, Denmark||Israel||3–0||3–1||Friendly|
|7.||11 June 2002||Incheon, South Korea||France||1–0||2–0||2002 World Cup|
|8.||29 March 2003||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||1–1||5–2||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|9.||29 March 2003||Bucharest, Romania||Romania||5–2||5–2||Euro 2004 qualifier|
|10.||9 February 2005||Athens, Greece||Greece||1–2||1–2||2006 World Cup qualifier|
|11.||17 August 2005||Copenhagen, Denmark||England||1–0||4–1||Friendly|
|12.||16 August 2006||Odense, Denmark||Poland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|13.||6 September 2006||Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||1–0||2–0||Euro 2008 qualifier|
|14.||6 June 2007||Riga, Latvia||Latvia||1–0||2–0||Euro 2008 qualifier|
|15.||6 June 2007||Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2–0||2–0||Euro 2008 qualifier|
|16.||17 October 2007||Copenhagen, Denmark||Latvia||3–1||3–1||Euro 2008 qualifier|
|17.||19 June 2010||Pretoria, South Africa||Cameroon||2–1||2–1||2010 World Cup|
|18.||11 August 2010||Copenhagen, Denmark||Germany||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|19.||26 March 2011||Oslo, Norway||Norway||1–0||1–1||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|20.||7 October 2011||Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||2–0||4–1||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|21.||7 October 2011||Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||3–0||4–1||Euro 2012 qualifier|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Copenhagen to make bid for Charlton's Rommedahl Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, tribalfootball.com, 31 December 2006
- Færch Kvist, Thomas (2007). "Øst eller vest? Eller er hjemme bedst?". Tipsbladet Weekend (Week 18). pp. 14–15.
- Rommedahl naar NEC , nu.nl, 20 January 2000
- "Rommedahl und Holebas gelandet".
- Denmark's Rommedahl signs with Olympiakos – Yahoo! Canada News[permanent dead link]
- "BT Sport - Få alle sportsnyheder, stillinger og resultater fra sportens verden - www.bt.dk".
- RKC haalt Rommedahl terug naar de Eredivisie Archived 21 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Rommedahl weg bij RKC Waalwijk (Dutch). 13 January 2015.
- "Olsen names final Denmark squad". UEFA. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- "Καλύτερος Δανός ο Ρόμενταλ!".
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