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Christian Poulsen
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Personal information
Full name Christian Bager Poulsen
Date of birth February 28, 1980 (1980-02-28) (age 29)
Place of birth Asnæs, Denmark
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 18
Youth career
1985–1995 Asnæs
1995–2000 Holbæk B&I
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Copenhagen 042 0(11)
2002–2006 Schalke 04 111 00(3)
2006–2008 Sevilla 062 00(4)
2008– Juventus 045 00(2)
National team
2001– Denmark 071 00(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2009
Poulsen at Schalke 04.

Christian Bager Poulsen (born 28 February 1980) is a Danish professional football player who is playing for Juventus as a Central Midfielder. He has been a regular member of the Denmark national football team since his debut in 2001, and has played 66 matches, scoring five goals. He represented Denmark at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004. He was named 2005 and 2006 Danish Player of the Year.



Born in Asnæs, Christian Poulsen started playing youth football in the local club. He moved to amateur club Holbæk B&I, where he made his senior debut at 17 years of age, captaining the side on several occasions.[1] He was called up for the Danish under-19 football team in September 1998, and played four games for the team.


National breakthrough

In September 2000, he tried out for F.C. Copenhagen in the top-flight Danish Superliga championship,[1] and signed his first professional contract with the club within a week. Poulsen when he took a commanding role in the attacking midfield of FCK, following the heart problems of former Norwegian international midfielder Ståle Solbakken in March 2001. Poulsen quickly made his mark on the league, and helped his club win the 2000-01 Superliga championship. He scored to 1-0 in the 3-1 win against second-placed Brøndby, which secured the league title.

Following a good start of the 2001-02 season, Poulsen was called up for the Danish national team by national manager Morten Olsen. He got his debut when he started the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on 10 November 2001. FCK ended runners-up in the 2001-02 Superliga, and Poulsen was named FCK Player of the Year 2002. Christian Poulsen was called up for the Danish squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he was initially used as a substitute. He took part in all three group stage matches, gradually getting more playing time in each game. Following two yellow cards in the group stage, he was suspended when Denmark were eliminated in the knock-out phase.

Moving abroad

After the 2002 World Cup, Poulsen made a 7M move, the most expensive sale by a Danish club at the time,[2] to German club Schalke 04, where he looked to take over the position as holding midfielder left by veteran Czech international Jiří Němec. His start in Schalke was made easier by the fact that his team mate in the Danish national team, Ebbe Sand, also played for the club. Through his time at Schalke, Poulsen played a number of matches at right back, but eventually secured himself a spot in the central midfield for both club and country. Poulsen was selected for the Danish squad at the 2004 European Championship. He played three of Denmark's four games, before Denmark was eliminated from the tournament. His displays for Schalke and the Danish national team earned him the 2005 Danish Player of the Year award.

In June 2006, Christian Poulsen's contract with Schalke ran out. Long-lasting rumours linked him to several teams, including Italian clubs Inter Milan and A.C. Milan, despite earlier Italian criticism of Poulsen's style of play.[3] He eventually signed a contract with defending UEFA Cup champions Sevilla from Spain, the team that knocked Schalke out of the UEFA cup in the 2005-06 season. In his debut match for the club, Poulsen helped Sevilla win the European Super Cup trophy, with a 3-0 victory against FC Barcelona on August 25. Following his first month at the club, he was named the best new signing in Spain by Spanish sports daily Marca.[4] He became the first player to be named Danish Player of the Year for two consecutive years, when he also won the 2006 award.

He helped Sevilla defend the UEFA Cup title, winning the 2006-07 edition of the tournament.


On 14 July 2008, Juventus announced the acquisition of the Once Ideal (Ideal Eleven) defensive midfielder of Spanish Primera, Poulsen.

The transfer cost is € 9.75M, with a 4 year contract worth 3 million euros a year for Poulsen. .[5] On February 8, Poulsen scored his first goal in the 90th minute against Catania Calcio giving the win to his team after the game was heading for a 1-1 draw. Poulsen did not, however, impress many in his first season with Juventus, and reportedly has been told by manager Ciro Ferrara that he does not feature in Juventus' plans for the 2009-10 season. However Poulsen's determination and persistent unwillingness to leave the Turin giants resulted in the sale of Cristiano Zanetti to Fiorentina, and subsequently leaving Poulsen in the team.


Studs up

Poulsen played a controversial role in the 2004 European Championship. Following the 0-0 draw with Italy, Danish television showed Poulsen being spat on by Italian Francesco Totti, who received a three-match ban and gave a "full public apology", though still claiming he was provoked by Poulsen.[6]

In the UEFA Champions League 2005-06 tournament, Poulsen and Schalke were in the same preliminary group as Italian team A.C. Milan. Following their first match, a 2-2 draw, Poulsen was described as "a coward" by A.C. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti,[7] this time for Poulsen's rough marking of A.C. Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaká. Ancelotti alleged that Poulsen physically kicked Kaká when the officials had their backs turned. Schalke were eliminated from the Champions League tournament, as A.C. Milan won their second match 3-2, despite a goal by Christian Poulsen. Following the final whistle, Italian player Gennaro Gattuso steered towards Poulsen and confronted him.[8] Gattuso made gloating taunts, while Poulsen gave him an ironic thumbs up, afterwards declaring he found Gattuso childish and hoped he felt embarrassed for himself.[9]

In a UEFA Cup quarterfinal Second Leg against Tottenham Hotspur, Poulsen was seen to stamp on Jermaine Jenas' head. Whether or not this was deliberate remains to be seen. Poulsen was not punished for the incident.

In a qualifying game for the UEFA Euro 2008 against Sweden on June 2, 2007, with the game tied 3-3 in the 89th minute, Poulsen punched Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg in the stomach inside Danish penalty area. The linesman notified referee Herbert Fandel, who gave Poulsen the red card and awarded Sweden a penalty kick. An angered Danish supporter ran onto the pitch attempted to attack Fandel, though the rest of the Danish players held the fan off. The referee walked off the pitch and the match was abandoned. Poulsen, who later apologized for his actions, was suspended for the next three competitive games. The match was forfeited to Sweden as a 3-0 victory, while Denmark was fined CHF 100,000 (€66,000) and forced to play their next four home qualification matches (effectively the rest of the competition) at least 250 km away from Copenhagen, with the next match against Liechtenstein behind closed doors.[10] In the aftermath of the game, charges have been pressed against Poulsen for the attack on Rosenberg, albeit by a football fan and not by Rosenberg himself.[11]


  1. ^ a b "FCK prøver ung Holbæk-spiller", Jyllands-Posten, 2 September 2000
  2. ^ (Danish) Daniel Agger skifter til Liverpool, Danmarks Radio, January 11, 2006
  3. ^ (Italian) Carlo Laudisa, Milan, arriva Poulsen, La Gazzetta dello Sport, 30 March, 2006
  4. ^ (Danish) Anders B. Rasmussen, Marca: Poulsens bedste indkøb, TV 2 (Denmark), September 21, 2006
  5. ^, ed (July 14, 2008). "Christian Poulsen alla Juve" (in italian).  
  6. ^ Totti ban confirmed, BBC Sport, June 18, 2004
  7. ^ ANCELOTTI FURIOUS AT POULSEN, Sporting Life, September 13, 2005
  8. ^ AC Milan 3-2 Schalke: Giants stutter through, Soccernet, December 6, 2005
  9. ^ (Danish) Poulsen: Gattuso opførte sig som et barn, Danmarks Radio, December 6, 2005
  10. ^ "POULSEN APOLOGISES | Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats". Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  11. ^ Print artikel Send artikel addthis_pub = 'politiken';. "Politikomissær: Poulsen bør sigtes for vold" (in (Danish)). Retrieved 2009-03-29.  

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Christian Poulsen
Personal information
Full name Christian Bager Poulsen
Date of birth 28 February 1980 (1980-02-28) (age 30)
Place of birth    Asnæs, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 18
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
2001-2009 Denmark

Christian Poulsen (born 28 February 1980) is a Danish football player. He plays for Juventus and Denmark national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
2006/07SevillaLa Liga331
2008/09JuventusSerie A231
CountryDenmark 4411
Germany 1113
Spain 624
Italy 231
Total 24019

International career statistics

Denmark national team



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