Simon Makienok

Simon Makienok Christoffersen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈsimɔn mæˈkʰiːnʌk]; born 21 November 1990) is a Danish professional footballer who plays for FC St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga. He plays as a striker.

Simon Makienok
Simon Makienok 2016.jpg
Makienok with Preston North End in 2016
Personal information
Full name Simon Makienok Christoffersen
Date of birth (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Næstved, Denmark
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
FC St. Pauli
Number 16
Youth career
1995–1998 Suså IF[1]
1998–2007 Næstved Boldklub
2007–2008 Herfølge Boldklub
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 HB Køge 58 (22)
2012–2014 Brøndby 74 (35)
2014–2017 Palermo 4 (0)
2015–2016Charlton Athletic (loan) 36 (5)
2016–2017Preston North End (loan) 25 (3)
2017–2020 Utrecht 7 (1)
2020 Dynamo Dresden 9 (3)
2020– FC St. Pauli 17 (2)
National team
2009 Denmark U19 8 (1)
2009–2011 Denmark U20 3 (0)
2009–2012 Denmark U21 13 (2)
2013– Denmark 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:55, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 August 2014

Born in Næstved, Makienok began his professional career at Herfølge Boldklub – the later HB Køge – making his debut 13 April 2009, before joining Brøndby IF in January 2012 for a fee of €550,000. After a two-and-a-half year spell at Brøndby, where the club barely avoided relegation, he was signed by Italian club Palermo for a fee reported to be €2.3 million in August 2014. Palermo then loaned him out to English sides Charlton Athletic and Preston North End, before he signed with Dutch side FC Utrecht in 2017. After two European appearances for the club, he suffered a knee injury which kept him sidelined for two years. He joined Dynamo Dresden in January 2020, where he played for six months.

Makienok has also represented Denmark at senior and several youth levels, gaining his first cap for the senior side on 22 March 2013 as a 85th-minute substitute in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic which ended in a 3–0 win for Denmark.[2]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Makienok grew up in Herlufmagle, and started playing for local club Suså IF at the age of 4, before making the move to Næstved Boldklub a few years later.[1][3] On 27 August 2007, he transferred to the Herfølge Boldklub youth academy.[4] He later told in the radio-show Fodboldeffekten on Radio 100, that Næstved Boldklub tried to retain him by offering him a job in a local Shell fuel station, due to lacking funds to pay players.[5][6] After having spent a year in Herfølge, Makienok signed a five-year contract with the club.[7] On 22 June 2009, he was effectively promoted to the first team competing in the Danish 1st Division (second highest division).[8] He made 22 goals in 58 league appearances for Herfølge and since HB Køge, as part of a 2009 merger.[9]

BrøndbyEdit

Makienok joined Brøndby IF on 28 January 2012 on a €550,000 transfer from HB Køge, signing a four-year contract which tied him to the club until the summer of 2016. He made his debut on 4 March 2012, in a 1–0 win against SønderjyskE.[10] He scored his first goal for the club on 18 March 2012 in a 2–1 away win over FC Nordsjælland.[11] He scored a total of 11 goals in 33 league and cup appearances in the 2011–12 season for HB Køge and Brøndby.

In the following season, Makienok was rewarded with Player of the Month of the Danish Superliga for his performances during November 2012.[12] In the 2012–13 season he amassed 15 goals in 34 league and cup appearances, as Brøndby barely avoided relegation from the Superliga in the last fixture of the season against Horsens.

On 20 August 2013, Brøndby announced that they had accepted an €3.8 million (DKK28.5 million) offer from a Russian club for Makienok.[13] However, Makienok was not interested in the move and decided t stay.[13] According to multiple Danish newspapers, he turned down a weekly salary of €34,000 (€1,632,000/year)[14] from Russian club FC Terek Grozny.[15] In the same year, he caught the attention of several French clubs[16] and English sides Crystal Palace[17] and Fulham while his price tag was reported as over €4 million.[18] According to several Danish media sources, Makienok had rejected a contract extension wanting to pursue new challenges during the 2014 summer transfer window.[19]

On 31 July 2014, Makienok made his Europa League-debut starting in a 3–0 away defeat to Belgian side Club Brugge.[20] During the last weeks of the 2014 summer transfer window, new rumours circulated about foreign interest in him. Several Serie A clubs revealed their interest, with Palermo leading Atalanta, Cesena and Scottish side Celtic in the chase, as his price tag was now €3 million according to Danish media.[21]

PalermoEdit

On 30 August 2014, Makienok penned a four-year contract with newly promoted Italian side Palermo after days of speculation. The transfer fee was reportedly €2.3 million.[22][23]

Loan to Charlton AthleticEdit

On 1 July 2015, Makienok joined Charlton Athletic on a one-year loan.[24] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 win over Hull City on 22 August 2015.[25] He netted 5 goals in the course of the season, in which his Charlton Athletic side were relegated from the Championship.

Loan to Preston North EndEdit

Following Makienok's spell at Charlton Athletic, he joined Preston North End on loan,[26] from 1 July 2016. He was the club's second summer signing, following the signing of goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.[27] On 20 September 2016, he scored a hat-trick as Preston knocked Premier League side Bournemouth out of the EFL Cup.[28]

On 15 October he came off the bench in the 79th minute to score his first league goal of the season, with a dramatic injury time equaliser as he latched on to Gallagher's pin point cross to head home, which stretched Preston's unbeaten run to five games after a slow start to the season.[29]

UtrechtEdit

On 7 June 2017, Makienok signed a three-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie club FC Utrecht, where he was meant to succeed Sébastien Haller as the team's target-man.[30][31] After making two appearances in the Europa League qualifiers he tore his anterior cruciate ligament keeping him sidelined for a lengthy period.[32][33] Makienok had multiple complications and setbacks during his rehabilitation, only making his comeback on the pitch two years after suffering the injury, on 31 October 2019 in a 1–4 cup win over fifth tier club Excelsior '31, in which he scored a goal.[34][35] A few days later, on 3 November, he was subbed on against Fortuna Sittard in the Eredivisie and scored his first goal in the Dutch league only three minutes later as Utrecht won 6–0.[36] After the match, he said that the comeback felt "surreal" and "a dream come true".[37] In an interview with Simon Routledge in the radio-show Fodboldeffekten on Radio 100, Makienok stated that he had "almost felt depressed" during his two years away from football.[38][5]

Dynamo DresdenEdit

On 29 January 2020, Dynamo Dresden announced Makienok's signing on a six-month deal.[39] He was sent off with a red card seven minutes into his debut on 7 February against Darmstadt 98 after coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute of the match after stepping illegally on opposing goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen.[40][41] Makienok made his first goal for the club on 28 February, scoring the winner on a return ball in a 2–1 win over SSV Jahn Regensburg.[42]

On 12 May, Makienok and two other teammates tested positive for COVID-19, ruling them out for an indefinite period of time.[43] He was declared healthy again on 23 May,[44] and made his return to the pitch for Dresden on 9 June in a 1–1 home draw against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, where he scored the equaliser after coming on for Jannik Müller during the half.[45] The club suffered relegation to the 3. Liga on 28 June after a 2–2 draw against VfL Osnabrück,[46] and Makienok left the club as a free agent.

FC St. PauliEdit

On 29 August 2020, Makienok signed a two-year contract with FC St. Pauli where he was expected to replace Henk Veerman.[47] After signing, Makienok stated that he had always perceived St. Pauli as "a special club", whose values of "equality, tolerance and respect" he shared.[47] The same day as the move was announced, Danish tabloid B.T. revealed that Makienok had turned down an offer from Danish Superliga club OB.[48]

Personal lifeEdit

In August 2013, Simon Makienok started dating the Danish TV-host Ibi Støving who is 16 years older than him. Ibi has a son, Anakin, with the former professional footballer Tobias Grahn.[49] The couple revealed on their personal blog crystalkidbabyshark.com that Makienok had proposed to Ibi on 4 April 2014. They got married on 6 September 2014 in Holmen Church in Copenhagen.[50]

On 3 December 2019, it was confirmed that Makienok and Støving had split a year prior to the report, as rumours had emerged after the two had unfollowed each other on Instagram.[51] It was later revealed that Makienok had started dating Støving's friend, The Voice radio-host Ida-Sophia Petersen.[52]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 17 April 2021[53][54]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Herfølge 2008–09 Danish 1st Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
HB Køge 2009–10 Danish Superliga 9 1 2 0 11 1
2010–11 Danish 1st Division 28 16 1 0 29 16
2011–12 Danish Superliga 17 5 2 1 19 6
Total 54 22 5 1 0 0 59 23
Brøndby IF 2011–12 Danish Superliga 14 5 0 0 14 5
2012–13 31 15 3 0 34 15
2013–14 24 12 1 1 25 13
2014–15 5 3 0 0 2[a] 0 7 3
Total 74 35 4 1 2 0 80 36
Palermo 2014–15 Serie A 4 0 0 0 4 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2015–16 Championship 36 5 1 0 37 5
Preston North End (loan) 2016–17 Championship 25 3 4 3 29 6
Utrecht 2017–18 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
2018–19 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2019–20 4 1 1 1 0 0 5 2
Total 7 1 1 1 2 0 10 2
Dynamo Dresden 2019–20 2. Bundesliga 9 3 0 0 9 3
FC St. Pauli 2020–21 2. Bundesliga 17 2 0 0 17 2
Career total 230 71 15 6 4 0 249 77
  • (-) Not qualified
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League

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