Jes Høgh (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhøːˀj]; born 7 May 1966) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He played 57 matches and scored 1 goal for the Danish national football team, and Høgh represented Denmark at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as well as the UEFA Euro 1996 and UEFA Euro 2000 tournaments. He was a part of the Denmark team that won the 1995 King Fahd Cup.
|Full name||Jes Høgh|
|Date of birth||7 May 1966|
|Place of birth||Aalborg, Denmark|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Aalborg, Høgh began his career in Aalborg Chang. In 1987, he moved to crosstown club AaB in the top-flight Danish 1st Division. At AaB he formed an attacking midfield duo with Peter Rasmussen, and especially the 1990 season was a breakthrough as Høgh scored 7 goals in 26 games. He suffered a knee injury in late 1990, but Høgh managed to make his debut for the Danish national team when he took part in the April 1991 friendly match 1–1 draw with Bulgaria.
As his contract with AaB ran out in January 1992, he had signed a new deal with league rivals Silkeborg in November 1990. However, a clause in his Silkeborg contract allowed him to change clubs within his first six months at the club, and Høgh never got to even train with his new teammates, as he transferred to Danish champions Brøndby for 500,000 DKK in October 1991.
The returning championEdit
At Brøndby, Høgh was re-schooled from his midfielder role to a central defender, who from time to time took part in the attacking moves. He was one of several new players from Jutland clubs who arrived at Brøndby that year, including Marc Rieper who Høgh would later spend the majority of his Danish national team matches partnering in the Danish central defense. Despite personal success, with Høgh being named 1993 Brøndby Player of the Year, the club only won a single Danish Cup trophy in his time at the club. In his last year at Brøndby, Høgh suffered minor injuries and he lost his place in the starting line-up for both club and country.
In November 1994 he moved back to AaB on a three-year semi-professional contract. He played the second half of the 1994–95 season, as AaB won the Danish championship. He also played full-time in all three matches, as the Danish national team won the 1995 King Fahd Cup. Following the title wins, Høgh moved abroad to play for Fenerbahçe in Turkey, for 11 million DKK in June 1995.
In his first year at Fenerbahçe, he and former Brøndby player Uche Okechukwu formed the defensive duo, in a season that ended in the first Turkcell Super League championship for the club in seven years. He is still an unforgettable defence player for Fenerbahce Fans. In the meantime, Høgh had re-entered the Danish national team starting line-up, and he played full-time in Denmark's three matches at the UEFA Euro 1996. He also appeared in all Denmark's five matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, before he transferred to English club Chelsea for 3.5 million DKK in July 1999.
At Chelsea, Høgh was a back-up player to French internationals Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf. He won the 2000 FA Cup with the club, contributing two appearances to Chelsea's victorious campaign, and he was also called up for Denmark to play the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, though he sat out in all games through injury. He played 17 matches for Chelsea, 9 in the league, until an ankle injury forced Høgh to retire in March 2001.
In January 2007, Høgh suffered an intermediate stroke while at a hotel room in Copenhagen. He was talking to his wife on the phone at the time, and was quickly aided by paramedics. He was also unable to move any of his right side and couldn't speak afterwards. During his recovery, he received moral support from both his former clubs Chelsea and Fenerbahce.
- Only league games included.
|AaB||1987||Danish 1st Division||21||2|
|1988||Danish 1st Division||18||1|
|1989||Danish 1st Division||23||1|
|1990||Danish 1st Division||26||7|
- "Jes Høgh solgt til Silkeborg", Berlingske Tidende, 23 November 1990
- Kim Simmelsgaard, "AaBs Høgh til Brøndby – Silkeborg scorer kassen", B.T., 16 October 1991
- Jan Løfberg, "Høghen flyver hjem til AaB", Berlingske Tidende, 28 November 1994
- Bjarne Nielsen, "Sælges for 11 mill.", Ekstra Bladet, 15 June 1995
- Nicolai Kampmann, "Jes Høgh til Chelsea", Aktuelt, 9 July 1999
- "Games played by Jes Hogh in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "Høgh stopper karrieren", Politiken, 21 March 2001
- Bjarne Nielsen, Stækkede vinger Archived 16 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Ekstra Bladet, 13 February 2007