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Jon Dahl Tomasson
Personal information
Date of birth August 29, 1976 (1976-08-29) (age 33)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current club Feyenoord
Number 11
Youth career
1981–1985 Solrød
1985–1992 Køge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Køge 55 (37)
1994–1997 Heerenveen 78 (37)
1997–1998 Newcastle United 23 (3)
1998–2002 Feyenoord 122 (54)
2002–2005 Milan 76 (22)
2005–2007 Stuttgart 30 (8)
2007–2008 Villarreal 36 (7)
2008– Feyenoord 34 (19)
National team
1994–1997 Denmark U-21 37 (27)
1997– Denmark 107 (51)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2009

Jon Dahl Tomasson (born August 29, 1976 in Copenhagen) is a Danish professional footballer, who plays for the Dutch side Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie. Tomasson is of Danish and Icelandic heritage. Playing either as a striker or an attacking midfielder, Tomasson is known for his positional strength and fine finishing. His most notable run of football came in his first stint at Dutch club Feyenoord, with whom he won the 2002 UEFA Cup, and Italian club AC Milan, with whom he won the 2003 UEFA Champions League. He was given the 2002 and 2004 Danish Player of the Year award.

He has scored 51 goals in 105 matches for the Denmark national football team, making him the second highest scoring player in Danish national team history. He represented Denmark in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals, as well as in two European Championship tournaments.




Born in Copenhagen, son of Bjarne Tomasson and Leila Dahl Petersen. Tomasson first started playing football as a five year-old in the youth team of Solrød BK near Køge. At nine years of age, he moved to the biggest club in the area; Køge BK. He made his senior debut for the club in 1992, and helped the club move from the lower league Denmark Series to the Danish 2nd Division; from the fifth to the third tier of Danish football. He was considered a great talent in Danish football, as he played for various Danish youth national teams. He scored 10 goals in 16 games for the national under-19 team, and was awarded 1994 Danish u-19 Player of the Year. In all, he scored 27 goals in 37 matches for various national youth selections.


In December 1994, aged 18, he moved to the Netherlands, when he signed his first professional contract with the Dutch club SC Heerenveen in the top-flight Eredivisie championship. A first-team regular by the 1995-96 season, Tomasson was the club top scorer for the season as well, netting 14 goals in 30 league matches. He increased this tally in the 1996-97 season to 18, and was top-scorer for the club once again. The two good seasons with Heerenveen resulted in Tomasson getting a call-up to the Denmark national team, and he made his debut on March 29, 1997, against Croatia.

Newcastle United

His success attracted the interest of other clubs, and he completed a high profile move to the English FA Premier League club Newcastle United in 1997. At Newcastle, Tomasson was moved from his attacking midfielder position to the role of striker, but his lack of physical strength and effort in the Newcastle colours meant he was often left out of the team.[1][2] He was unable to make an impact at the club, scoring only 3 goals in 23 appearances. During his time at Newcastle, reduced playing time saw Tomasson dropped by the Danish national team, and he was not selected to play at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


He returned to the Eredivisie in July 1998, where he joined Feyenoord and once again took the position of attacking midfielder.[2] His first season there, the 1998-99 season, turned out successfully for the club, as they won the Eredivisie championship, as well as the Dutch Super Cup. Tomasson was once more called up for the Danish national team, and with 6 goals in 7 matches of the Euro 2000 qualification, he quickly became an important part of the Danish team, playing as an attacking midfielder behind striker Ebbe Sand. He played in all Denmark's three matches at the main Euro 2000 tournament, but did not score as Denmark were eliminated in the group stage.

In 2002, Tomasson was an integral player in the Feyenoord team that won its first international trophy in 26 years, when the club triumphed in the 2001-02 UEFA Cup tournament. He and towering striker Pierre van Hooijdonk formed an attacking duo that defeated SC Freiburg, Rangers F.C., PSV Eindhoven and Internazionale Milano before meeting German team Borussia Dortmund in the final. Tomasson scored the goal to 3-1, in a game that ended 3-2 to Feyenoord, and he was subsequently voted man of the match.[3] In the Summer 2002, Tomasson's contract with Feyenoord was expiring, and after their UEFA Cup victory, he agreed a move to Italy on a free transfer to play for Serie A club AC Milan. Before moving to Milan, he played for Denmark in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he scored four goals in as many games.


The 2002–03 season, Tomasson's first at Milan, saw them winning the Italian Cup. Tomasson was most often used as a late substitute, but did manage to score three goals in the UEFA Champions League, as Milan won the prestigious tournament. In the next season, they then won the Italian Super Cup. Tomasson was given more playing time, as he scored 12 goals in Milan's Serie A title winning 2003–04 season. Tomasson played for Denmark in the Euro 2004, where he scored three goals in four games and was selected for the Euro 2004 Team of the Tournament.

Struggling to secure a place in Milan's starting line-up, he was once again in the role of substitute, and struggled to score goals. He was used as a late substitute in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool, which was to be decided in penalty shootout. Tomasson scored on his attempt, but Milan lost as Serginho, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko missed their shots. Tomasson was deemed surplus when striker Christian Vieri joined the club in July 2005. He left Milan to join German side Stuttgart in the Bundesliga championship.

Stuttgart and Villarreal

At Stuttgart, Tomasson joined fellow Danish national team player Jesper Grønkjær for the 2005-06 season, but the season was not successful for either of them. Even though Tomasson managed to create goals by himself, the team struggled to create chances,[4] and the club finished in 9th position. After the season, Grønkjær left the club, while Tomasson was linked with a switch to English club Birmingham City in the Summer transfer window of 2006. He stayed at Stuttgart, but had to see himself relegated to a place on the substitutes' bench.

On January 24, 2007, Tomasson was loaned to Villarreal in the Spanish Primera División championship, to cover the place of the injured striker Nihat Kahveci.[5] When he made his Villarreal debut as a substitute against Real Madrid,[6] Tomasson became only the fifth player to have played in the Premier League, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Primera División.[7] His nickname at Villareal was 'Milky'

When his loan contract in Villarreal expired on July 1, 2007 he was part of the reserve team of VfB Stuttgart in the Regionalliga. On July 10, 2007 he returned to Villareal on a permanent deal. In the first match of La Liga season 2007/08, Jon Dahl scored in Villareal's 3-0 victory against Valencia at Mestalla. That goal was one of only three in the 2007/08 La Liga, where he also struggled to get a place in the first team.

Return to Feyenoord

As a result of a rather disappointing season at Villarreal he was put on the transfer list at the end of the season. He was linked with Dutch side Feyenoord in the Spanish sportspaper Marca, but the transfer was denied by the Danish footballer.[8] The speculations, however, turned out to be true, and on July 2, 2008, he returned to Feyenoord after personally requesting a free transfer signing a three-year contract with the Dutch side.[9] He got off to a great start with 4 goals in 3 games, 3 of them being penalties. On Sunday 2009-08-15 Tomasson scored his 103rd career Eredivisie goal, in a match against Heracles Almelo (0-1), surpassing John Eriksen as the all-time Danish top scorer in the Eredivisie. While still a regular in the Feyenoord team, Tomasson has ambitions to be a manager when he retires.

Career statistics

Club career

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1991-92 Køge Superliga 2 0
1992-93 20 10
1993-94 33 27
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Heerenveen Eredivisie 16 5
1995-96 30 14
1996-97 32 18
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997-98 Newcastle United Premier League 23 3
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998-99 Feyenoord Eredivisie 33 13
1999-00 28 10
2000-01 31 15
2001-02 30 17
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Milan Serie A 20 4
2003-04 26 12
2004-05 30 6
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2005-06 Stuttgart Bundesliga 26 8
2006-07 4 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2006-07 Villarreal La Liga 11 4
2007-08 25 3
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Feyenoord Eredivisie 13 9
2009-10 Feyenoord Eredivisie 17 8
Total Denmark 55 37
Netherlands 228 107
England 23 3
Italy 76 22
Germany 30 8
Spain 36 7
Career Total 448 184

International career

(correct as of 5 October 2009)
National Football Team EURO World Cup EURO qual. WC qual. Friendly's Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
 Denmark 7 3 4 4 24 19 31 10 41 15 107 51

International goals

With 51 goals at the Danish national team Tomasson is second only to Poul "Tist" Nielsen, who has the all-time scoring record with 52 goals.

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
  • (a): Match abandoned




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Simple English

Jon Dahl Tomasson
Personal information
Full name Jon Dahl Tomasson
Date of birth 29 August 1976 (1976-08-29) (age 34)
Place of birth    Roskilde, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Feyenoord Rotterdam
Number 11
Senior clubs
Years Club
Newcastle United
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Feyenoord Rotterdam
National team
1997-2009 Denmark

Jon Dahl Tomasson (born 29 August 1976) is a Danish football player. He plays for Feyenoord Rotterdam and Denmark national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1997/98Newcastle UnitedPremier League233
1998/99Feyenoord RotterdamEredivisie3313
2002/03MilanSerie A184
2006/07VillarrealLa Liga114
2008/09Feyenoord RotterdamEredivisie139
CountryDenmark 5537
Netherlands 213101
England 233
Italy 7422
Germany 308
Spain 367
Total 431178

International career statistics


Denmark national team


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