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Martin Jørgensen
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Personal information
Full name Lars Martin Jørgensen
Date of birth October 6, 1975 (1975-10-06) (age 34)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Fiorentina
Number 20
Youth career
1979–1988 IF Midtdjurs
1989–1993 AGF Aarhus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 AGF Aarhus 82 (13)
1997–2004 Udinese 201 (0)
2004– Fiorentina 126 (0)
National team
1994–1997 Denmark u-21 31 (9)
1998– Denmark 93 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 20, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Lars "Martin" Jørgensen (born October 6, 1975) is a Danish professional football player, who currently plays for Italian club ACF Fiorentina in the Serie A championship. Jørgensen has played 93 matches and scored 12 goals for the Denmark national football team. He has played for his country at two FIFA World Cups and two European Championship tournaments. He is the older brother of retired Danish football player Mads Jørgensen.

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Biography

Born in Ryomgaard at Djursland he began his club career at the local club IF Midtdjurs. Jørgensen moved to AGF Aarhus as a youngster. Jørgensen's footballing talent was recognized as he was chosen to represent various Danish youth national teams from 1991 onward. He made his senior debut for AGF in 1993, and was a part of the GF team that won the 1996 Danish Cup trophy. He was named 1996 Danish under-21 Player of the Year, and eventually set a record of 31 games for the Danish under-21 national team, scoring 9 goals.

His contract with AGF had a release clause permitting Jørgensen to leave the club on a free transfer in April 1997. He moved to Italy, to play alongside fellow Dane Thomas Helveg at Udinese Calcio in the Serie A championship. He helped Udinese finish third in the 1997-98 season, and made his debut for the senior Danish national team in March 1998, under national team coach Bo Johansson. He was chosen to represent Denmark at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he got his international breakthrough. He took part in all five Denmark matches at the tournament and scored the opening goal in the 2-3 quarter-final defeat to eventual runners-up Brazil.

Jørgensen was called up by Johansson to compete for Denmark at the 2000 European Championship, despite being injured. The tournament was no success for Jørgensen, who played a single game as Denmark were eliminated in the preliminary group stage. He made his second World Cup appearance, under new coach Morten Olsen, at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He played in Denmark's three group stage matches, before suffering an injury which kept him from playing the 2nd round where Denmark were eliminated. At the 2004 European Championship, Jørgensen played in all Denmark's four matches before elimination.

After spending seven years at Udinese, Jørgensen moved to league rivals ACF Fiorentina in August 2004, when Fiorentina bought half of Jørgensen's transfer fee rights.

Jørgensen has proven to be a key asset to Fiorentinas attack and beloved by the fans. He is an attacking midfielder right behind the two strikers and during the 2007-2008 season also served as a right back for a majority of the season. He scored 2 goals in the UEFA Cup against Elfsborg and was a key part of the 3-2 victory over Juventus on March 2nd, 2008. His 2008-2009 season was plagued by an early onset of muscular injuries that left him out of the team until February 2009. He has stated that once his time in Florence finishes he would like to return to Aarhus before he retires. Despite a difficult season, he signed a contract extension to remain in Florence until June 2010. In the 2008-2009 season, Jørgensen scored a crucial 90th minute equalizer against Lecce which gifted Fiorentina the fourth and final Champions League slot.

On December 9th, 2009 Jørgensen scored the first goal in Fiorentina's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, his first career goal in the Champions League, after receiving a nice pass from Alberto Gilardino on a counterattack. Fiorentina claimed top spot in the group with this win, having already eliminated Liverpool a fortnight prior.


International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1998-07-03 Nantes, France  Brazil 1-0 2-3 1998 FIFA World Cup
2 1999-09-08 Napoli, Italy  Italy 1-2 3-2 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
3 1999-11-13 Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 4-0 5-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
4 2001-11-10 Copenhagen, Denmark  Netherlands 1-1 1-1 Friendly match
5 2003-10-11 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 1-1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
6 2003-11-16 Manchester, England  England 1-1 3-2 Friendly match
7 2003-11-16 Manchester, England  England 2-2 3-2 Friendly match
8 2004-02-18 Adana, Turkey  Turkey 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
9 2004-09-04 Copenhagen, Denmark  Ukraine 1-0 1-1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
10 2004-10-09 Tirana, Albania  Albania 1-0 2-0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
11 2005-06-08 Copenhagen, Denmark  Albania 3-0 3-1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
12 2006-09-01 Brøndby, Denmark  Portugal 3-2 4-2 Friendly match

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