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Per Røntved
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Full name Per Christian Røntved
Date of birth January 27, 1949 (1949-01-27) (age 60)
Place of birth    Frederiksberg, Denmark
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brønshøj BK
Werder Bremen
Randers Freja
Hvidovre IF

194 (40)   
National team
Denmark u-21
3 (0)
75 (11)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Per Christian Røntved (born January 27, 1949) is a Danish former footballer, who played professionally for German club SV Werder Bremen from 1972 to 1979. He was the first Dane to earn 75 caps for the Denmark national football team, and he scored 11 national team goals from 1970 to 1982.



Born at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, Røntved started his club career at local club Brønshøj Boldklub. He made his debut for the Danish national team in June 1970, and was the Danish team captain at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He played six games at the tournament, and scored a single goal against Brazil. After the 1972 Olympics, he won the 1972 Danish Player of the Year award. Røntved moved abroad to play professionally for SV Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga.

At Werder Bremen, he played alongside fellow Danish international John Danielsen, under German manager Sepp Piontek. Røntved played seven seasons at Werder Bremen, first as a midfielder, but he eventually settled as a defender. He was chosen Werder Bremen team captain for a number of games.[1] He played 194 league games for the club, and scored 40 goals. While at Werder, he became the sixth Dane to play 50 national team games, and eventually became Danish international team captain.

Røntved moved back to Denmark in 1979, to play for Randers Freja. He was influential in Sepp Piontek becoming Danish national team manager in 1979, when he recommended his former Werder Bremen manager for the job. Under Piontek, Røntved played his last Danish national team match in November 1982, becoming the first Dane to reach 75 national team matches. He was selected team captain in 38 of his national team matches, another Danish record at the time. He played his last time in Denmark with Copenhagen club Hvidovre IF in 1983.

He continued his football career in the United States, but it was stopped abruptly in June 1984. During a rope jumping challenge with his brother, Røntved suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage, resulting in paralysis in the left side of the body.[1] He became involved in the management of several smaller Danish football clubs, and served as a technical advisor for the National Football Association of Swaziland.



  1. ^ a b (Danish) Ib Salomon, Per Røntveds nye liv, Krop & Fysik, vol. 1, 2000

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