Simon Poulsen at AZ Alkmaar

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Dave Marino-Nachison, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Dave Marino-Nachison Member+

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    Midfielder Simon at AZ is a 1984 with an American father and a Danish mother (he's from Denmark).

    It looks like his first club was HFK Sonderjylland (renamed SønderjyskE), then he moved to FC Midtjylland for a few seasons.

    He's been in several Danish youth and senior camps and has a few appearances; in fact, he started against the U.S. in January 2007, and had the assist on Denmark's goal in the 3-1 loss:

    DEN: 16-Jesper Christiansen; 6-Michael Gravgaard (capt.), 7-Lars Jacobsen, 10-Anders Moller Christensen, 17-Chris Sorensen (14-Christopher Poulsen, 68); 9-William Kvist Jorgensen, 12-Peter Nymann (19-Christian Keller, 46), 20-Rasmus Wurtz (2-Kristian Bak Nielsen, 81), 21-Niki Zimlig (13-Hjalte Do Norregaard, 58); 5-Simon Busk Poulsen (11-Morten Nordstrand Nielsen, 68), 18-Dennis Sorensen (3-Jesper Bech, 46) ​

    Link:
    http://ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_281632.html

    Match highlights:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKM1bS5ZXP4

    His cross from the left is at around 2:00 in.

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  2. sidefootsitter

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    Poulsen is a Danish surname, so should we assume that he is using his mother's?
  3. afgrijselijkheid

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    He's a good gritty attacker, I'm sure he'll do well at AZ.
  4. USvsIRELAND

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    Or you know his dad was Danish-American.


  5. Scotty

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    Like Aragorn!

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  6. mtizzle

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    It's pretty obvious that his Dad was black and his mother a white Danish woman. It would be safe to assume that his father doesn't have a Danish surname. He probably has his mother's surname. An interesting note about Danish people: Since so many have the same last name (Jensen, Sorensen, Larsen, etc.) there is usually a family middle name. I have a Danish friend who uses his family middle name as a surname, since his last name Jensen is so common. Damn with that useless piece of info not germane to the topic I sound like SFS. :D
  7. Ceres

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    Simon Poulsen has won 3 caps for the Danish NT and 3 unofficial caps for the Danish League NT (including the one vs. the USMNT last year). He btw transferred from the Danish Superliga to AZ Alkmaar in this past winter transfer window for a US$4.7 million (DKK 24 million) transfer fee.

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showpost.php?p=13857212&postcount=93
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Poulsen


    Yes, I guess not all that many ppl know that Viggo Mortensen is a Danish citizen, but just about all ppl with a 'sen' last name somehow originate from Denmark...

    You could also mention:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000558/
    or
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001567/

    ...or the (Mary-Kate and Ashley) Olsen twins for that matter...
    .
  8. SCBozeman

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    You really need to work in a couple names of Danish players, preferably from the mid-70s or early-90s, and throw in a foreign term or two. But nice work nonetheless.
  9. Dave Marino-Nachison

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    It seems Poulsen's currently without a club. At one point he was linked to Deportivo la Coruna.
  10. skilmon

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    Poulsen signs a 3 year deal with Sampdoria. Story here.
    Tom Collingsworth repped this.

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