Leon Hougaard Andreasen (born 23 April 1983) is a Danish professional footballer who played as a defender or midfielder. He won 20 caps and scored 3 goals for the Denmark national football team. He is currently a free agent.
|Full name||Leon Hougaard Andreasen|
|Date of birth||23 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Aidt, Denmark|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, midfielder|
|2006–2007||→ Mainz 05 (loan)||15||(4)|
|2009||→ Hannover 96 (loan)||11||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:20, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Born in Aidt, Jutland, Andreasen started playing football at local club Hammel GF. After a stay at the very popular football academy, Hessel Gods Fodboldkostskole in Grenaa, he moved on to the youth team of AGF Aarhus in 1999, where he signed his first contract in 2001. He established himself as a regular in AGF's squad for the top-flight Danish Superliga championship. He initially played as a right midfielder or right back, but eventually settled in the central defender position. He was called up for the Danish under-19 national team in May 2001, and went on to play 31 games and score six goals for various Danish youth selections.
On 1 July 2005, he moved to Germany to play for SV Werder Bremen in Bundesliga championship. Due to the injury of Finnish defender Petri Pasanen, Andreasen played 12 of the first 17 league games for Werder Bremen. When Pasanen recovered in December 2005, Andreasen was often relegated to the reserves' bench for the second half of the season. In May 2006, he was selected for the Danish under-21 national team squad for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. As age restrictions were calculated from the start of the qualification matches in September 2004, he competed in the tournament at age 23. When the Denmark under-21s were eliminated in the preliminary group stage, Andreasen's youth national team career was over.
In his second season at Werder Bremen, Andreasen only played four games in the first half of the season. In January 2007, he was loaned out to German league rivals 1. FSV Mainz 05. He made his debut on 27 January against VfL Bochum, in the defensive midfielder position, and went on to score four goals in his first seven games for Mainz. Although he could not prevent Mainz from being relegated, his stay at Mainz was a great success. In March 2007, he was called up to the Danish national team by national manager Morten Olsen. He made his debut against Spain, where he replaced Martin Jørgensen in the first half, before he was substituted for Nicklas Bendtner in the second half.
Andreasen had limited chances to establish a place at Fulham and therefore left the club for Germany's Hannover 96 in the winter break in 2009. He initially signed on loan for six months and after strong performances, made a permanent move.
On 18 October 2015, Andreasen scored one of the most blatant hand goals in football history when Hannover 96 defeated 1. FC Köln 1–0.
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||1 April 2009||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Albania||1–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||6 September 2013||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Mdina, Malta||Malta||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- "VfL Bochum vs Mainz – Bundesliga 2006/2007". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Lars Berendt (14 March 2007). "22 spillere mod Spanien" (in Danish). DBU. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Andreasen Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
- "Andreasen, Leon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 April 2017.