Tommy Bechmann

Tommy Bechmann (born 22 December 1981) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a forward.

Tommy Bechmann
Personal information
Full name Tommy Bechmann
Date of birth (1981-12-22) 22 December 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Winger
Forward
Youth career
Hjortshøj/Egå
AGF
Skovbakken
0000–2002 FC Aarhus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Esbjerg 63 (32)
2004–2008 VfL Bochum 82 (13)
2008–2011 SC Freiburg 49 (8)
2011–2017 SønderjyskE 145 (33)
Total 339 (86)
National team
2001 Denmark U19 1 (0)
2002 Denmark U20 5 (0)
2002–2003 Denmark U21 15 (11)
2004 Denmark League XI 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Bechmann began his active career in 2000 at FC Aarhus, now called Aarhus Fremad. In 2002, he moved to first division side Esbjerg fB. In West Jutland he gained a regular place.

VfL BochumEdit

In the 2004–05 season, Bechmann moved abroad and signed with VfL Bochum, who played at that time still in the Bundesliga.[1] At this time, there were two other Danish compatriots with Søren Colding and Peter Madsen under contract at the club from the Ruhr region (Ruhrgebiet). He gave his debut for the club on 7 August 2004, when he came on the opening day of the Bundesliga against Hertha BSC. He scored his is first goal for the Westphalians on 19 September 2004, when he marked the 1–0 lead in the match against SC Freiburg. At the end of the season, he had played 27 Bundesliga games, but the club was relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.

In the coming years, Bechmann could never achieve a regular starting place in Bochum, he wandered between the starting lineup and the bench due to injuries. After the 2005–06 season, which ended with Bochum's promotion to the Bundesliga, he had surgery on the knee[2] and played only eleven times in the 2006–07 season. 2007–08, his last season in Bochum, was initially very successful, as he scored four goals in the first four games but he was injured again in the second half of the season.

SC FreiburgEdit

After his contract expired in Bochum, he moved to SC Freiburg who were playing in the second division.[3] In his first season for the Breisgau side he scored seven goals and the club was promoted to the Bundesliga.

SønderjyskEEdit

In 2011, Bechmann returned to his homeland and signed for Danish first division club SønderjyskE. On 17 July 2011, matchday one of the league, he made his starting eleven debut for the Slesvigers in a 0–2 defeat against FC Copenhagen. Bechmann made 25 appearances and scored five goals in league matches. In the following season he played 32 matches and scored eight goals.

On 9 January 2017, he retired from professional football.

Personal lifeEdit

On 28 October 2017, Bechmann won 5 million kroner (approx. €672,000) in the Danish Lotto lottery.[4]

HonoursEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bechmann i Bochum til sommer". bold.dk (in Danish). bold.dk Danmark ApS. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Schreck für Koller: Bechmann muss operiert werden". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Bechmann wechselt nach Freiburg". kicker online (in German). Olympia Verlag GmbH. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Tænk, hvis du vandt i lotto... og det gjorde denne fodboldstjerne så". ekstrabladet.dk (in Danish). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.

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