William Kvist

William Vitved Kvist (né Kvist Jørgensen; born 24 February 1985) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Danish club Copenhagen as well as for the Denmark national team.

William Kvist
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Kvist with Copenhagen
Personal information
Full name William Vitved Kvist[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-24) 24 February 1985 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Rønde, Denmark
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Copenhagen (director of sports)
Youth career
1990–1992 Thorsager Rønde IF
1992–2004 KB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Copenhagen 181 (7)
2011–2014 VfB Stuttgart 68 (0)
2014Fulham (loan) 8 (0)
2014–2015 Wigan Athletic 26 (0)
2015–2019 Copenhagen 104 (2)
Total 387 (9)
National team
2000–2001 Denmark U16 5 (0)
2001–2002 Denmark U17 19 (4)
2002 Denmark U18 3 (0)
2003–2004 Denmark U19 6 (0)
2004–2005 Denmark U20 5 (0)
2006 Denmark U21 5 (0)
2007–2018 Denmark 81 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He played 43 matches and scored four goals for various national youth teams, and was an important player to the senior team.

Club careerEdit

Born in Rønde in Jutland,[2] Kvist started his football career at his local club Thorsager Rønde IF at the age of five. Two years later he moved to Copenhagen where he started with KB; one of the two clubs behind F.C. Copenhagen. While at KB, he made his debut for the Danish youth national teams (in November 2000), and played four matches at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.

As a child, Kvist also played handball; as a footballer he is renowned for his very long throw-ins. In the 1996–97 season, he won the Danish youth championship in both sports: in handball with FIF and in football with KB.

Kvist was promoted to F.C. Copenhagen's first team in 2004. He debuted on 23 April 2005 in a match against FC Nordsjælland where he replaced an injured Ole Tobiasen in the right-back position. His first F.C. Copenhagen goal came on 22 October 2006 in a 3–0 win against Viborg FF, where he scored the last goal from long range.

Against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League third qualification round 2006 Kvist played a pass that deflected off Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen for an own goal. This goal eventually sent F.C. Copenhagen through to the Champions League Group Stage.

In the season 2005–06, Kvist was often used as a substitute, particularly on the left wing – a position he didn't enjoy playing. He has also played in defence and other midfield positions.

Kvist was called up for the national team by manager Morten Olsen for a friendly tour of the United States, El Salvador and Honduras in January 2007. He was in the starting lineup for all three games of the tour, including a 3–1 loss to the United States national team on 20 January 2007.

After right-back Lars Jacobsen transferred to 1. FC Nürnberg during the summer of 2007, Kvist was selected by coach Solbakken to be the club's primary right-back,[3] after Solbakken had considered about 50 different players, without result.[4] On 13 August, Kvist suggested he wished to play the position only until Christmas, preferring to evolve as a central midfield player, which he considered his best position.[5]

In the 2010–11 season, Kvist secured a starting place in central midfield, and paired well with newly arrived Brazilian midfielder Claudemir de Souza. Kvist's form led to the club's captain (and player with most appearances), Hjalte Bo Nørregaard, losing his position in the first eleven. Kvist adopted a leading role and his style reminded fans and media of former captain, Peter Nielsen. Kvist is considered a model central midfielder. He rarely concedes possession, uses the ball intelligently, is combative in the tackle and has the vision to pick out key passes.

On 16 June 2011, it was announced that Kvist had been sold to German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. He signed a four-year contract.[6][7] During his second season at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Club, Kvist found his starting place under threat and chances more limited. During the 2013 close season he was linked with a €7m move to Atletico Madrid, which did not come to pass.[8]

On 30 January 2014, Kvist signed for English Premier League club Fulham on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season with an option for Fulham to sign him permanently in the summer.[9] Upon joining Fulham, Kvist stated he will do all in his power to keep Fulham survive relegation.[10] He made his debut two days later, in a 3–0 defeat at home to Southampton.[11]

On 1 September 2014, Kvist moved on a free transfer to Championship side Wigan Athletic signing a one-year deal.[12]

International careerEdit

Kvist playing for Denmark

Kvist was first called up to the Danish national team on 17 August 2007, for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland on 22 August.[13] He went on to represent his country at UEFA European Championships and World Cups and is a firmly-established member of the side.

Later careerEdit

After retiring in the summer 2019,[14] Kvist began a new chapter as a board member under Bo Rygaard, chairman of the board of Parken Sport & Entertainment, the company that was founded to run F.C. Copenhagen.[15] At the same time, he would also sit on the board of Copenhagen's e-sports venture, North, just as he would help the A national team with the negotiations with Danish Football Association.[16]

After F.C. Copenhagen manager Ståle Solbakken was fired on 10 October 2020, Kvist was appointed interim director of sports for the club.[17]

Career statisticsEdit


Appearances and goals by national team and year[18]
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2007 2 0
2008 4 0
2009 5 0
2010 5 0
2011 10 0
2012 9 1
2013 9 1
2014 9 0
2015 8 0
2016 7 0
2017 9 0
2018 4 0
Total 81 2
Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kvist goal.
List of international goals scored by William Kvist
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2012 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan   Italy 1–2 1–3 2014 World Cup qualifiers
2 15 November 2013 MCH Arena, Herning   Norway 1–0 2–1 Friendly





  1. ^ a b c "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: Denmark" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 8. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  2. ^ "www.haslund.info - A-landsholdspillere - William Kvist (717)". www.haslund.info. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ Schrøder, Rene; Carlskov, Thor (9 July 2007). "Ny højre back i FCK" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Archived from the original on 11 July 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2007.
  4. ^ houlind (19 July 2007). "Ståle: Vi har kigget på 50 højre backs" (in Danish). bold.dk. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  5. ^ Pyndt, Thomas (13 August 2007). "William Kvist: Jeg er kun back til jul" (in Danish). Tipsbladet. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  6. ^ "A Dane for VfB". VfB Stuttgart. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Kvist departs for Stuttgart". F.C. Copenhagen. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Medien: Atletico Madrid will William Kvist verpflichten" [Media: Atletico Madrid wants William Kvist commit] (in German). Sportal.de. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Kvist Joins on Loan". Fulham FC. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Kvist Vow". Fulham Official Website. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "Fulham 0–3 Southampton" BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  12. ^ "William Kvist signs for Wigan Athletic". wiganlatics.co.uk. Wigan Athletic F.C. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  13. ^ Berendt, Lars (17 August 2007). "Fire Ligalandsholdsspillere med mod Irland" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  15. ^ William Kvist valgt ind i Parkens bestyrelse, tipsbladet.dk, 12 August 2019
  16. ^ Bossword: William Kvist om sit nye liv, hvor han pludselig er Ståle Solbakkens chef, mediano.nu, 13 March 2020
  18. ^ "William Kvist". European Football. 28 June 2018.

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