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Thomas Kahlenberg (born 20 March 1983) is a former Danish footballer. He started his career with Brøndby IF, winning two Danish Superliga championship, and played four seasons at French club Auxerre. He has played 46 games and scored 5 goals for the Danish national team, and represented Denmark at the 2004 European Championship, 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 European Championship. He was named 2004 Danish under-21 Player of the Year.

Thomas Kahlenberg
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Kahlenberg in training with Denmark national football team
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Hvidovre, Denmark
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
HIK (youth coach)
Youth career
1997–1998 Hvidovre IF
1998–2001 Brøndby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Brøndby IF 97 (28)
2005–2009 Auxerre 130 (19)
2009–2013 VfL Wolfsburg 39 (1)
2012Evian (loan) 15 (2)
2013–2017 Brøndby IF 57 (5)
Total 338 (55)
National team
1999–2000 Denmark U17 9 (1)
2000–2002 Denmark U19 7 (0)
2004 Denmark U20 1 (0)
2002–2006 Denmark U21 26 (10)
2003–2014 Denmark 47 (5)
Teams managed
2018– HIK (youth coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is currently working as a youth coach at HIK.[1]

Club careerEdit

At the age of 15,[2] Kahlenberg moved from lower-league club Hvidovre IF to the defending Danish champions Brøndby in the Danish Superliga championship.

Brøndby and AuxerreEdit

Kahlenberg did not make his senior debut for Brøndby, until youth team coach Tom Køhlert was promoted to head coach in May 2002. On 12 May 2002, Kahlenberg made his Superliga debut against arch-rivals København, at the penultimate match of the 2001–02 season. The result was a 1–1 draw, which helped Brøndby secure the 2001–02 Danish championship on goal difference.

During his first years at Brøndby, Kahlenberg played in the central midfield, where he set up the attacks with his great technique and view for the game. In the 2004–05 season, Kahlenberg was moved out as left midfielder, following the sale of Swedish international left winger Mattias Jonson. Cutting into the field from his wide position, Kahlenberg managed to become Brøndby's 2004–05 league top goalscorer with 13 goals, leading the club in winning The Double. Kahlenberg played a combined total of 130 games for Brøndby IF,[3] including 97 games and 28 goals in the Danish Superliga championship.[4] Since leaving Brøndby, the club would suffered a set-back when they find themselves in relegation threatening and economic problems. Kahlenberg expressed sadness and sympathy of the club of what they been through.[5]

In July 2005, the French club Auxerre made a transfer fee offer of £2.5 million for Kahlenberg,[6] which Brøndby accepted. Kahlenberg signed a four-year contract with Auxerre in the top-flight Ligue 1 championship.[7] After the move, Kahlenberg says he is looking forward to play in Ligue 1.[8] Kahlenberg made the most assists of all players in the 2005–06 championship season.[9] In his four seasons at Auxerre, Kahlenberg played 130 games and scored 19 goals in the Ligue 1.[10]


In May 2009, Kahlenberg signed a four-year contract with the defending German champions Wolfsburg for a €4 million transfer fee, effective from the end of the season.[11] Immediately after joining Wolfsburg, Kahlenberg suffered an hip injury which kept him out until October 2009.[12] He made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg in the 3–3 draw with Mainz on 31 October.[13] However, in his first season, Kahlenberg struggled to make his progress into the first team at Wolfsburg, having failed to make an impact. At the end of the season, Kahlenberg, along with Karim Ziani, was informed by the club that they are no longer needed.[14]

The next season, Kahlenberg was featured more often in the first team, under new manager Steve McClaren, but soon get left out of the first team.[15] On 2 October 2010, Kahlenberg soon scored his first goal for the club, in a 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[16] However, Wolfsburg would slipped into the table, leading McClaren. McClaren's successor Felix Magath took over and would leave him out of the first team. In mid-February, Kahlenberg, along with Alexander Madlung, was suspended by interim manager Pierre Littbarski, citing lack of focus and also lack of commitment.[17] A month after his suspension, Kahlenberg went on trial with English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers [18]

At the start of the 2011–12 season, Magath placed Kahlenberg in the club's reserve.[19] In November, Magath announced that Kahlenberg, along with Patrick Helmes, would not be needed at the club[20]

After a loan spell at Evian, Kahlenberg continued to remain in the club's transfer list, though he continued to make in the un-used substitute bench in the first team.

Evian (loan)Edit

In January transfer window in 2012, it announced that Kahlenberg has returned to Ligue 1, but joined Evian on loan, until the end of the 2011–12 season. Upon moving to the club, Kahlenberg would be joined by compatriots Daniel Wass, Stephan Andersen and Christian Poulsen and was also given the eleven number shirt.[21][22] Kahlenberg had been linked a move to Saint-Étienne.[23]

He made his debut for the club, on 14 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Cédric Barbosa in the 61st minutes, in a 3–1 loss against Dijon. On 17 March 2012, Kahlenberg scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over against his former club. After the match, Kahlenberg is expected to join Evian on a permanent deal at the end of the season.[24] Two months later, after his first goal, on 1 May 2012, he scored his second goal for the club, in a 2–2 draw against Montpellier. In an interview with the Sporten, Kahlenberg says if he never moved to Evian, then he would dead and buried.[25]

However, the permanent move was apparently broken down after Wolfsburg's reluctance to discuss a fee and his permanent move have now been cancelled.[26] Kahlenberg was linked again with Saint-Étienne after the club rekindled his interests signing him[27] but according to him, the move never materialised.[28][29]


On 21 August 2013, Kahlenberg signed a four-year contract with his former club Brøndby. On 28 May 2017, he announced his retirement.[30]

International careerEdit

While playing youth football at Brøndby IF, Kahlenberg played a number of games for various Danish youth national teams on under-17 and under-19 levels from August 1999 to February 2002.[31] He was recognized as one of the most talented Danish midfielders, and debuted for the Denmark under-21 national team in September 2002.[31] He debuted for the Danish senior national team under coach Morten Olsen on 30 April 2003 in a 1–0 friendly win against Ukraine.[31] He was selected as the youngest Danish player for the 2004 European Championship,[32] but did not play any games at the tournament. He subsequently won the 2004 Danish under-21 Player of the Year award.[33]

Kahlenberg continued to play for the Denmark under-21 team until May 2006,[31] when he was selected for the Danish squad for the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. As age restrictions are calculated from the start of the qualification matches, in September 2006, he competed in the tournament at age 23. Even though Denmark was eliminated in the preliminary group stage, Kahlenberg managed to score three goals in three games, and he was selected for the "Team of the Tournament".[9] He ended his under-21 national team career after the tournament, having scored 10 goals in 26 matches for the Denmark under-21s.[31]

After a lay-off from the senior national team, Kahlenberg was recalled for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In his second start of the qualifiers, he scored the winning goal against rivals Sweden, which helped Denmark qualify for the main tournament.

Career statisticsEdit



Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 3 0
2006 5 1
2007 12 1
2008 2 0
2009 3 1
2010 8 1
2012 3 0
2014 7 1
2015 1 0
Total 47 5

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 September 2006 Brøndby Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark   Portugal 2–1 4–2 Friendly
2. 21 November 2007 Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Iceland 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
3. 6 June 2009 Råsundastadion, Solna, Sweden   Sweden 1–0 1–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
4. 7 September 2010 Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Iceland 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
5. 7 September 2014 Telia Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark   Armenia 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification



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  6. ^ Hansen, Jens Gjesse (11 January 2006). "Daniel Agger skifter til Liverpool". Danmarks Radio (in Danish). Retrieved 14 September 2006.
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  18. ^ "No Wolfsburg approach for Fink". Sky Sports. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Magath sends Kahlenberg to reserve" [Magath schickt Kahlenberg zur Reserve] (in German). 10 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
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