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Peter Løvenkrands
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Peter Løvenkrands playing for Newcastle United.
Personal information
Full name Peter Rosenkrands Løvenkrands
Date of birth 29 January 1980 (1980-01-29) (age 30)
Place of birth Hørsholm, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder/striker
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 11
Youth career
1985–1997 Lillerød IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Akademisk Boldklub 32 (7)
2000–2006 Rangers 129 (37)
2006–2009 Schalke 04 44 (6)
2009 Newcastle United 12 (3)
2009– Newcastle United 24 (11)
National team
1997–1999 Denmark U19 8 (5)
1998–2001 Denmark U21 13 (7)
2002–2008 Denmark 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:11, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:01, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Peter Rosenkrands Løvenkrands (born 29 January 1980) is a Danish international footballer who plays for Newcastle United. He is a striker who can also play as a left winger.

Løvenkrands began his career in Denmark before moving to Glasgow side Rangers where enjoyed a six-year successful spell. His time in Germany was less successful as he fell out of favour during his last season, the 2008-09 season, and transferred to Premier League side Newcastle United in the winter.


Club career


Akademisk Boldklub

Born in Hørsholm, Løvenkrands signed his first professional contract with Danish Superliga club Akademisk Boldklub in February 1998. He made his Superliga debut in July 1998, and was quickly touted as a future Danish national team player by his manager Christian Andersen. Løvenkrands was named 1998 Danish under-19 Player of the Year. He was a part of the 1999 Danish Cup-winning AB team, though he did not play in the final against Aalborg BK.


He joined Scottish club Rangers for £1.3 million in June 2000. He went on to play 182 games for Rangers, winning two Scottish Premier League championships. He scored 54 goals for Rangers, including a last-minute winner against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the 2002 Scottish Cup Final. In August 2005, he trialled for English Premier League club Middlesbrough, but decided not to move. He started the 2005–06 season still with Rangers. During his time at Rangers he was often played out of position as a left winger instead of his natural position of centre forward. He showed what he was capable of in the centre forward position, and displayed an impressive goal scoring form, in what would be his final season at Rangers.

He played an important role in Rangers' run to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, scoring four goals during the 2005–06 campaign. In the group stage, he opened the scoring in the 3–2 win against Porto, and with his goal in the 1–1 draw against Inter Milan he secured Rangers' progression to the knock-out round. In the round of 16, he scored in both the home and away game, as Rangers were eventually eliminated by Villarreal on the away goals rule. He also scored 14 goals during the 2005-06 SPL season, the highest tally of his Ibrox career.

Schalke 04

After six years at Rangers, his contract expired in summer 2006 and he left the club on a free transfer[1]. Løvenkrands was reportedly in talks with a number of clubs, including Spanish club Osasuna, Roma from Italy and English side Newcastle United. He eventually signed for German club Schalke 04 on 23 May 2006, joining fellow Danish international Søren Larsen.

Løvenkrands enjoyed a successful first season at Schalke, playing as a left winger and contributing six goals and four assists. In the decisive part of the season, however, he picked up an injury and saw his team missing out on the league title sidelined. Løvenkrands' second season proved less successful. After a series of unfortunate performances without any goal, partly due to injuries, he lost his place in the starting eleven. Although fit since then, Løvenkrands did not start for Schalke after February 2008, as interim coaches Mike Büskens and Youri Mulder and new coach Fred Rutten chose not to employ the striker, even though the team struggled to remain in the race for the Bundesliga title and were eliminated from the UEFA Cup at the group stage. During the winter break, Schalke announced that Løvenkrands was one of the players the club would seek to sell and moved the player to the club's reserve team, along with other disappointing signings Albert Streit and Carlos Grossmüller.[2] Having played only nine minutes for the first team in the 2008–09 season, he was finally released by the club in January 2009.

Newcastle United (first spell)

Løvenkrands joined Newcastle United on a two-week trial and soon signed a contract until the end of the season on 23 January 2009.[3] He made his first appearance coming on as a substitute in the 2–1 loss to Manchester City. Following another substitute appearance in the 1–1 draw against Sunderland, Løvenkrands made his first start against West Brom on 7 February 2009 and scored Newcastle's second goal in their 3–2 victory in the 9th minute to make it 1–2. On 4 March he scored the opening goal against Manchester United. This was the first goal that goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar had conceded in 1,311 minutes of football, dating back to 8 November 2008. On the 11 May 2009, Lovenkrands scored Newcastle's third goal in a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough with 2 games left to play. Despite the victory, Newcastle lost those last 2 games of the season against Fulham and Aston Villa, thus relegating them to the Coca-Cola Championship for the 2009/10 season. He left Newcastle on 1 July 2009 after his contract with the club expired.

Newcastle United (second spell)

Løvenkrands joined Newcastle for a second spell on 1 September 2009 on a three year contract.[4][5] He takes the number 11 shirt, formerly occupied by Damien Duff as his previous number '24' during his first spell has been taken by Andy Carroll.

After his return to St James Park Løvenkrands didn't start as well as he did in his first spell and didn't appear for many games. His only appearances had come twice out wide on the left and out wide on the right, a position he felt less comfortable in. He later admitted to having 'personal problems' and that was the reason for his frequent absence, he claimed that they were behind him and he was to fully concentrate on football, shortly later he scored his first goal of the season in a 3-0 victory over Swansea City which increases his tally to 4 goals for Newcastle United. On 13 January, Løvenkrands scored his first Newcastle hat-trick in a 3-0 FA Cup victory against Plymouth Argyle. He made himself available for the 18 January match against West Brom despite having just returned to Denmark upon his father's death. He increased his tally to 9 goals by heading in a José Enrique cross to put the Magpies level in a 2-2 draw[6] and dedicated it to his late father.

Løvenkrands found himself out of the team for the away draw with Leicester City and remained on the bench. New signing Leon Best was then selected ahead of Løvenkrands for the fixture at St James Park against Cardiff City. Løvenkrands replaced Best after 60 minutes, and he went on to score the fourth and fifth goals of the game in an emphatic 5-1 win for Newcastle. His recent good form has made him a popular figure on Tyneside, and his quick pace, movement and finishing have made him a key figure up front for the Magpies this season.

International career

Alongside later Danish international Martin Albrechtsen, Løvenkrands was called up for the Danish under-19 national team in September 1997. He scored five goals in eight matches for the Danish under-19 national team.

He has since gone on to play twenty-one times and score a single goal for the Danish national team, and he represented Denmark at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004 tournaments.[7]

Personal life

Løvenkrands' older brother Tommy is also a footballer. Their father died on 15 January 2010 after a long illness and Peter dedicated his goal against West Brom three days later to him.[8]

Interestingly, Løvenkrands speaks with a thick Glaswegian accent which he acquired during his time at Rangers.

Career statistics


As of 17 March 2010.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Akademisk Boldklub Superliga 18 2
1999–00 14 5
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Rangers Premier League 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
2001–02 19 2 4 3 3 1 6 1 32 7
2002–03 27 9 1 1 3 2 2 0 33 12
2003–04 25 9 2 1 2 1 7 2 36 13
2004–05 17 3 0 0 1 0 6 1 24 4
2005–06 33 14 2 0 2 0 10 4 47 18
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2006–07 Schalke Bundesliga 24 6 2 1 0 0 2 0 28 7
2007–08 20 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 27 1
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Newcastle United Premier League 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
2009–10 Championship 24 11 2 3 1 0 0 0 27 14
Total Denmark 32 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 7
Scotland 129 37 9 5 12 4 32 8 182 54
Germany 44 6 4 2 0 0 8 0 56 8
England 36 14 2 3 1 0 0 0 39 17
Career Total 241 64 15 10 13 4 40 8 309 86

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2006 Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1-0 1-1 Friendly match


Akademisk Boldklub


  1. ^ "Lovenkrands agrees German switch" BBC Sport website (23 May 2006)
  2. ^ "Streit fliegt aus dem Kader". 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Newcastle clinch Lovenkrands deal" BBC Sport website (23 January 2009)
  4. ^ Birmingham apparently made a last minute offer to the Dane, but Newcastle secured the deal.[1]
  5. ^ [2][United Rekindle Lov Affair/]
  6. ^ "Newcastle 2-2 West Brom". BBC Sport. 18 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Peter Lovenkrands". Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Gaffer pays tribute to courage of United star". 19 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Peter Løvenkrands Career Stats". Soccerbase. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 

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