Jakob Poulsen

Jakob Bendix Uhd Poulsen (born 7 July 1983) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Poulsen started his senior career with Esbjerg fB, before moving to Dutch side SC Heerenveen in 2006. He joined AGF Aarhus in the summer of 2008. His last club was Australian A-League club Melbourne Victory FC. Between 2009 and 2015 he played 35 games and scored two goals for the Denmark national football team.

Jakob Poulsen
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Poulsen playing for Monaco in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jakob Bendix Uhd Poulsen[1]
Date of birth (1983-07-07) 7 July 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Varde, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Næsbjerg RUI
1999–2002 Esbjerg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Esbjerg fB 107 (19)
2006–2008 Heerenveen 57 (3)
2008–2010 AGF 54 (10)
2010–2012 Midtjylland 46 (9)
2012–2014 Monaco 17 (0)
2014–2019 Midtjylland 185 (33)
2019–2020 Melbourne Victory 16 (0)
Total 482 (74)
National team
2000–2001 Denmark U19 5 (0)
2002–2004 Denmark U20 7 (0)
2003–2006 Denmark U21 16 (1)
2009–2015 Denmark 35 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Youth career and Esbjerg fBEdit

As a schoolboy, Poulsen played alongside Anders Egholm and Nicolai Høgh in the Danish school tournament for Næsbjerg.[3] He played youth football with Esbjerg fB, and got his senior debut under coach Viggo Jensen in September 2001. In the team of new coach Ove Pedersen, Poulsen established himself in the starting line-up. Having played 21 of 33 games in the 2002–03 Danish Superliga season while missing some games due to injury, Poulsen played all games of the 2003–04 Danish Superliga season, scoring seven goals as Esbjerg finished in third place. He played a total 107 games and scored 19 goals in the Superliga, before leaving the club.

SC HeerenveenEdit

In January 2006, Poulsen was sold to Dutch team SC Heerenveen, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.[4] At Heerenveen, he played alongside fellow Danes Hjalte Bo Nørregaard, Bo Storm, Timmi Johansen, and Ken Ilsø.[5] He suffered an injury in late February 2006,[6] but returned to play seven games in his first half-year with the team. By fall 2006 he was backup to right back Gianni Zuiverloon,[7] and stated he did not like coach Gertjan Verbeek's motivational skills.[8]

He was used as right midfielder in the spring 2007,[9] but could not establish himself in the starting line-up,[5] and played most of his Heerenveen games as a substitute.[3] He established himself in the team in early 2008,[10] but under new coach Trond Sollied his run in the starting line-up came to an end. As Sollied would not include him in more games, Poulsen decided to leave the club.[3]

AGF AarhusEdit

Poulsen moved back to Denmark in August 2008, signing a four-year contract with AGF Aarhus. He rejoined his former coach Ove Pedersen, and looked to restart his career by receiving more regular playing time.[11] He debuted for AGF in August, and established himself as a right-sided midfielder in the starting line-up. He scored his first goal against AaB, which was named September 2008 goal of the month in a TV 2 Sport poll.[12] He was included in the team of the fall season by both TV 2 Sport[13] and TV 3.[14] AGF finished the 2008–09 Danish Superliga season in sixth place. He started the 2009–10 Danish Superliga season well, playing all 18 games, and was named 2009 Danish Superliga Player of the Year.[15] A transfer offer from Serie A side Lazio was accepted by AGF in January 2010, but Poulsen rejected the offer in order not to put his 2010 FIFA World Cup participation in jeopardy.[16] He suffered an ankle injury in February 2010,[17] and only played six games in the spring season, as AGF were relegated to the Danish 1st Division.

Following the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, English club, Wigan Athletic, as well as German club, 1. FC Köln, were reportedly interested in Poulsen's services.[18][19]

Midtjylland (first stint)Edit

However, on 17 August 2010, it was announced that Poulsen joined Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland.[20] At the start of the season, he suffered a serious ankle injury and did not play much until making his debut on 22 November 2010, coming on as a substitute in a 3–2 loss against OB. He scored his first goal on 6 March 2011, in a 2–0 win over Copenhagen, followed by his second in a 3–2 win over Randers on 25 May 2011. In his first season, Poulsen scored twice in 16 appearance.

The next season, Poulsen was increasingly used in the first team, scoring his first goal on the opening game of the season in a 2–1 loss against Silkeborg. He followed up with six more goals later on the season and scored seven goals in 30 appearance, as well making five assists.


Following the Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine, it was announced that Poulsen had joined Ligue 2 side AS Monaco FC for around 10 million Danish kroner (£900,000), becoming Claudio Ranieri's second signing.[21] On the opening game of the season, he made his AS Monaco debut in a 4–0 win over Tours, after coming on as a substitute, just ten minutes from full-time. In the second round of Coupe de la Ligue against Niort, Poulsen scored his first goal, which was winning goal. At Monaco, Poulsen since featured in the starting eleven, in various position in midfield and once in defense. However, he lost his place in the first team after the first half of the 2012–13 Ligue 2 campaign and spent the reserve team for the remainder of the season. He failed to regain his first team spot the following season after Monaco were promoted to the top-flight as champions.

Midtjylland (second stint)Edit

In January 2014, he returned to Denmark for his former team Midtjylland.[22]

On 31 August 2019, it was announced and confirmed that he had left Midtjylland.[23]

Melbourne VictoryEdit

On 2 September 2019, Australian club Melbourne Victory announced signing Poulsen on a one-year contract.[24]

In May 2020, Poulsen retired from professional football.[25]

International careerEdit

Youth and Denmark League XIEdit

Poulsen got his international debut with the Denmark national under-19 football team in September 2000, and represented the team five times until October 2001. He was a part of the Danish under-20 national team at the Milk Cup in July 2002, and played seven games for the team until June 2004. He debuted for the under-21 national team in November 2003, coming on as a substitute to replace right back Allan Olesen. [26] He also played as a centre midfielder,[27] attacking midfielder,[28] and centre back[29] for the team. He played a total 16 games for the under-21s until January 2006, scoring one goal in the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification. He was included in the Danish squad for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship,[30] but did not play any games at the tournament.

After strong performances for AGF, he was called up by national team coach Morten Olsen for the Denmark League XI national football team in January 2009.[31] He impressed in January 2009, and Olsen saw him as a competitor with Lars Jacobsen and Kasper Bøgelund for the right back position, while Poulsen maintained he saw himself as a right midfielder.[32] He was also a part of the League XI in January 2010.[33]


Poulsen was called up for the Danish national team in February 2009,[34] and made his senior international debut in a friendly match against Greece, coming on as a substitute for Lars Jacobsen. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Albania in April 2009, he replaced Martin Jørgensen in the midfield,[35] and went on to secure himself a place in the starting line-up,[33] as a central midfielder.[35] In his seventh national team game, Poulsen scored his first international goal in the 1–0 win against Sweden in October 2009, which secured the qualification for Denmark.[36] He was one of five nominees for the 2009 Danish Footballer of the Year award,[37] which eventually went to Nicklas Bendtner. He played a total six qualification games, and was included in Olsen's final squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup Poulsen came on as a substitute in Denmarks 2–1 win against Cameroon, as well as the 3–1 loss to Japan in the last group match.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[38]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 2009 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark   Sweden 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 13 June 2015 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark   Serbia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Style of playEdit

Poulsen has been described as a good set-piece taker, as well as possessing a great passing range and good technical ability.[39] Capable of playing as a fullback in addition to his usual central midfield role, during his second stint with Midtjylland, Poulsen played as one of two central midfielders in either a 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3 formation as a Pirlo-esque number 6; he was described as playing a critical role in helping Midtjylland to win the Danish league title in 2017.[40]






  • Danish Superliga Player of the Year: 2009


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