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Daniel Agger
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Munthe Agger
Date of birth 12 December 1984 (1984-12-12) (age 25)
Place of birth Hvidovre, Denmark[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Liverpool
Number 5
Youth career
19??–1996 Rosenhøj
1996–2004 Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Brøndby 34 (5)
2006– Liverpool 70 (3)
National team
2003–2004 Denmark U20 9 (1)
2004–2006 Denmark U21 10 (3)
2005– Denmark 29 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, Thursday 18 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:01, Monday 1 March 2010 (UTC)
Agger in action against Manchester City.

Daniel Munthe Agger (born 12 December 1984) is a Danish professional footballer who is currently playing his club football as a central defender for the English Barclays Premier League side Liverpool since joining them back in 2006. He started his senior career at Danish club Brøndby IF in July 2004, with whom he won the 2005 Danish Superliga championship. Since his international debut in June 2005, he has been capped 29 times and has currently scored 3 goals for the Danish national football team.

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Club career

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Brøndby IF

Born in Hvidovre, Daniel Agger began his youth career at Rosenhøj BK. At 12 years old he joined the youth team of Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF.

In July 2004, he was moved from the youth squad to the first team, following the departure of Swedish international defender Andreas Jakobsson. Daniel Agger quickly established himself not only as a first team regular, but as one of the key components in the team that won the Danish Superliga 2004-05 championship. Despite his relative youth, he played with great authority and class under the guidance of Brøndby team captain Per Nielsen, and after the first half of the season Agger was named 2004 "talent of the year" by Spillerforeningen (the Danish equivalent of the English PFA).

After the successful Superliga 2004–05 season, Agger was called up to the senior Danish national football team for the 1–0 friendly win against Finland on 2 June 2005, playing the full match. Agger spent the next national team match on the bench before playing the full 4–1 friendly win on 17 August 2005 over England alongside Per Nielsen, where he caused problems for the English forwards, most notably Wayne Rooney. He played the whole 90 minutes in the next two national team matches, before an injury sustained in the Danish Superliga 2005-06 season in September forced him out for the remainder of 2005. Only 20 years of age, Daniel Agger was awarded the Danish "talent of the year" of all sports on 6 December 2005.

Liverpool

Agger was long linked to a transfer to a bigger club, and in the January 2006 transfer window, Agger was looking to join English Premier League team Liverpool, the defending UEFA Champions League champions.[2] Daniel Agger did not travel with his Brøndby teammates for their winter training camp in January and on 12 January 2006 he signed a 4½ year contract with Liverpool. The £5 million transfer deal made him the most expensive footballer sold by a Danish club to a foreign club,[3] as well as the most expensive defender Liverpool had bought, at the time. (Liverpool's most expensive defender is now Glen Johnson, who cost approximately £17 million from the English club, Portsmouth).

His first half season at Liverpool saw injuries limit him to 4 first-team appearances during Spring 2006. In May 2006, he played 10 games and scored 3 goals for the Danish under-21 national team, for which he was selected to play in the 2006 European Under-21 Championship tournament.

At the start of the 2006–07 season, Agger played the full game as Liverpool won the 2006 FA Community Shield. Still adapting to the English game, he established himself in Liverpool's first team squad, competing with Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher and former Finnish team captain Sami Hyypiä for the two starting places in the central defence. Agger scored his first goal for Liverpool on 26 August 2006 in a 2–1 win against West Ham United. Agger was allowed to run unchallenged toward the Kop-end goal and scored from 35 yards (32 m) out. Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez commented he was not surprised and that Agger has frequently scored such goals in training.[4] The goal was named Goal of the Month for August by the BBC's Match of the Day,[5] and later Liverpool's Premiership Goal of the Season.[6] On 4 October 2006 he was given PFA's fan award for impressive and solid displays in September.[1]

Agger scored his second goal for the club in a Football League Cup away game against Birmingham City with a volley from close range during the seven minutes of first-half stoppage time. His third was against Arsenal, scoring a header in a 4–1 victory played on 31 March 2007. In the first semi-final of the 2006–07 Champions League, Agger received some criticism as Liverpool lost to Chelsea 1–0, after Chelsea striker Didier Drogba managed to dribble past him before making the assist to win the game.[7] In the second leg of the semi-finals, Agger answered his critics by scoring another curler from a smartly-taken Steven Gerrard free-kick from just outside the penalty area, and helping Liverpool keep a clean sheet as the team beat Chelsea 1–0 on 1 May 2007.[7] He went on to play in the 2007 Champions League Final which Liverpool lost 2–1 to Milan.

Agger started the 2007 pre-season in scoring fashion, scoring two goals in four games, including a left footed-finish against Hong Kong outfit South China. However, he suffered a metatarsal injury in September, again losing his place to Hyypiä. In January 2008, Agger began training and was attempting to regain match fitness, however a recurrence of the injury in his second metatarsal again ruled him out of action. After being examined by several specialists, it was reported on Liverpool's official website that Agger would miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his foot.

Agger returned to full training in the pre-season at Melwood and on 12 July 2008 Agger made his playing return with as a substitute in Liverpool's friendly win over neighbours Tranmere Rovers.[8] Agger stated after the match: "I am almost starting my career at Liverpool all over again".[9] Agger was in the starting line up in Liverpool's first game of the season against Standard Liege in the Champions League qualifiers. The game ended 0–0. Agger then found himself sidelined the rest of August and much of September, and was not even included in the squad to face Manchester United. This led to rumours of a verbal exchange between Agger and Liverpool manager Benítez. However, Benítez insisted that there was no rift between Agger and himself.[10]

After a month without playing, Agger returned to the starting line up against Crewe Alexandra in the Carling Cup. Agger played the full 90 minutes and marked his return by scoring the first goal from a free kick outside the box. Liverpool won the game 2–1.[11]

Profiting in part from Škrtel's injury, Agger returned to the starting line up against Wigan for his first Premier League match of the season. Agger was, however, at least partly to blame for Wigan taking the lead when he lost the ball to Zaki after a pass from goalkeeper Reina. Agger redeemed himself by setting up Dirk Kuyt for the equaliser. Liverpool eventually won the match 3–2. On April 11, 2009, Agger scored the third goal for Liverpool from 30 yards against Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool went on to win 4-0. Agger celebrated, like the others who had scored in the match, by pointing to the sky in memory of victims in the Hillsborough disaster.[12]

In May 2009, Agger signed a new four-year deal worth €80,000-a-week which if fulfilled will see him remain with Liverpool F.C. until at least 2014.

Agger underwent surgery for a recurring back injury in August 2009 and made his return on 25 October 2009 for the 2-0 win over rivals Manchester United on Anfield Road.

On the 28th of February 2010, Daniel Agger played his 100th competitive game for Liverpool, playing in the 2-1 home win against Blackburn Rovers.

Personal life

Daniel Agger.

Agger selected Volbeat's The Garden's Tale as his choice for the "LFC Athens 2007 Playlist" in the build up of Liverpool's 2007 UEFA Champions League Final appearance.[13]

In 2007, Agger bought two restaurants on Lark Lane in Liverpool[14], one a Mexican Restaurant and the other an Italian. The Mexican restaurant is Que Pasa and the Italian was called 52 Lark Lane but has since changed to Tirano, serving Mediterranean food. Back in Denmark, Agger owns a pub with his uncle.[15]

Daniel's younger cousin Nicolaj Agger is also a footballer who plays for Brøndby IF.

Statistics

Club performance

Up to date, as of 29 December 2009.
Club Season Denmark Superliga Danish Cup - Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Brøndby IF

(SuperLiga)

2004–05 26 5 5 0 - - 1 0 4 0 36 5
2005–06 8 0 0 0 - - 5 0 0 0 13 0
Club total 34 5 5 0 - - 6 0 4 0 49 5
Club Season England Premiership FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Liverpool

(Premier League)

2005–06 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2006–07 27 2 1 0 2 1 12 1 1 0 43 4
2007–08 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2008–09 18 1 1 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 26 2
2009–10 16 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 22 0
Club total 69 3 3 0 4 2 24 1 1 0 101 6
Career total 102 8 8 0 4 2 24 1 5 0 149 11

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2005-09-07 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Georgia 3–1 6–1 2006 World Cup qualification
2 2007-06-02 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Sweden 1-3 (a) UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
3 2008-10-11 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Malta 2–0 3–0 2010 World Cup qualification

Honours

Brøndby
Liverpool
Individual

References

  1. ^ a b c "agger official profile". Liverpool F.C.. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/team/squad/agger. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ Bascombe, Chris. Anfield bound Agger jets in. Liverpool Echo (2006-01-11). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
  3. ^ (Danish) Jens Gjesse Hansen, Daniel Agger skifter til Liverpool. Danmarks Radio (2006-01-11). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
  4. ^ Hunter, Steve (2006-08-26). Rafa full of praise for Agger. Liverpool F.C.. Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
  5. ^ Goal of the month: August. BBC Sport (2006-09-11). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
  6. ^ Hunter, Steve (2007-06-15). Agger Scoops LFC Goal Of The Season. Liverpool F.C.. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Alan (2007-05-23). Agger shows bottle to leave Drogba thirsty. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-12-19
  8. ^ Rice, Jimmy (2008-07-03). "Rafa: Agger loss cost us title shot". Liverpool F.C.. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N160396080703-1152.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  9. ^ Rice, Jimmy (2008-07-14). "Agger: It Feels Like A New Start". Liverpool F.C.. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N160512080713-1814.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Benitez plans Agger offer". Sky Sports. 2008-09-23. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11669_4183848,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  11. ^ Hunter, Andy (2008-09-24). "Pope's fallibility spares 'best ever' Benítez an Anfield inquisition". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/sep/24/carlingcup.liverpool. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  12. ^ Burton, Chris (2008-10-18). "Kuyt inspires Reds revival". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/football/match_report/0,19764,11065_3003483,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  13. ^ Rogers, Paul (2007-05-21). "A-Kop-olis now: LFC.tv's Athens diary". Liverpool F.C.. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/archivedirs/news/2007/may/21/N155992070521-1807.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  14. ^ Traynor, Luke (2007-09-14). "Daniel Agger buys two Lark Lane nightspots". The Liverpool Echo. http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0500liverpoolfc/0100news/tm_headline=daniel-agger-buys-two-lark-lane-nightspots&method=full&objectid=19791544&siteid=50061-name_page.html. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  15. ^ (Danish)Daniel Agger er vores faste 12 mand. Tatooworld (2007-09-06). Retrieved on 2008-12-19.

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Simple English

Daniel Agger
File:Daniel Agger2
Personal information
Full name Daniel Munthe Agger
Date of birth 12 December 1984 (1984-12-12) (age 26)
Place of birth    Hvidovre, Denmark
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Liverpool
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
2004-2005
2006-
Brøndby
Liverpool
National team
2005-2009 Denmark

Daniel Agger (born 12 December 1984) is a Danish football player. He plays for Liverpool and Denmark national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
DenmarkLeague Danish Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05BrøndbySuperliga26550-10325
2005/068000-50130
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2005/06LiverpoolPremier League4000000040
2006/072721021121424
2007/085000001060
2008/09181102150262
2009/10
CountryDenmark 34550-60455
England 5432042181786
Total 888704224112311

International career statistics

[1]

Denmark national team
YearAppsGoals
200541
200660
200781
200851
200960
Total293

References


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