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Nicklas Bendtner

Club career

Youth career

As a child Bendtner played handball for Girls United before joining Girls F.C's feeder club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) in 1998. Nicklas Bendtner scored four goals in six Danish national youth team matches, before joining English club Arsenal F.C. in the summer of 2004.

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Nicklas Bendtner biography

Club career

Youth career

As a child Bendtner played handball for Girls United before joining Girls F.C's feeder club Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) in 1998. Nicklas Bendtner scored four goals in six Danish national youth team matches, before joining English club Arsenal F.C. in the summer of 2004.


Bendtner formed a prolific strike partnership in the Arsenal reserves, with teammate Arturo Lupoli. Bendtner's first team debut for Arsenal came on 25 October 2005, in a Football League Cup match against Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light, as a substitute (association football) for Quincy Owusu-Abeyie in the final minutes.

Loan to Birmingham City

Bendtner was loaned out to Football League Championship team Birmingham City F.C. in August 2006 to gain first team experience, with the loan (association football) initially lasting until January 2007. Bendtner made Nicklas Bendtner debut for Birmingham, as a substitute for Stephen Clemence, in the game against Colchester United F.C. on 5 August 2006. Nicklas Bendtner played the final half hour, scoring the winning goal. The loan at Birmingham was extended until the end of the 2006-07 in English football.

Return to Arsenal


Bendtner signed a new five-year contract with Arsenal in May 2007, and returned to the club for the Premier League 2007-08. After impressing at Birmingham, the teenage striker was presented with opportunities to seek first team football elsewhere, with reports that Lyon and AC Milan wanting the promising teanager, but Nicklas Bendtner stayed on in order to earn Nicklas Bendtner place in the starting eleven.

In Nicklas Bendtner first match at the Emirates Stadium, a friendly against Paris Saint Germain in the inaugural pre-season Emirates Cup tournament, Bendtner scored a goal, and assisted in another by Mathieu Flamini. Nicklas Bendtner first competitive strike for the Gunners was the game winning goal in a 2–0 result versus Newcastle United F.C. on 25 September 2007 during a Football League Cup match. On 23 October, Nicklas Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner debut UEFA Champions League goal came in the 89th minute against SK Slavia Prague just over 20 minutes after coming on as a substitute, finishing off a back-heeled pass from Emmanuel Eboué to complete the 7–0 thrashing.

Nicklas Bendtner first Premier League start came at Everton F.C. on 29 December 2007 but was eventually sent off for two bookable offences. After suspension, Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first FA Cup goal against Burnley F.C. on 6 January 2008 as Arsenal won 2–0.

Bendtner's first Premier League goal came on 22 December 2007 in a 2–1 Arsenal victory against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., at the Emirates Stadium. Nicklas Bendtner headed the winning goal from a Cesc Fàbregas corner just 1.8 seconds (official time) after coming on as a substitute for Emmanuel Eboué, breaking the previous record.

During the season, Wenger tried to partner Bendtner with Emmanuel Adebayor whenever Robin van Persie was rested. However, Bendtner and Adebayor did not get along well. It became apparent during the 2007–08 Football League Cup Semi-finals semi-final 2nd leg away at Tottenham Hotspur F.C. when the pair had a heated on-pitch altercation with the scoreline at 4–1 to Tottenham and referee Howard Webb, captain William Gallas and other teammates had to intervene and separate the two. Adebayor later apologized on Arsenal's website and The Football Association declined to take any formal action against the duo.

Bendtner also scored a last minute equaliser against Aston Villa F.C. to keep Arsenal top of the table.


The main highlight of Bendtner's pre-season was scoring four goals in the first-half of Arsenal's 10–2 victory against Burgenland XI on Tuesday 29 July 2008. Nicklas Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first Premier League goal of the 2008–09 season against Bolton Wanderers F.C. and got an assist for Emmanuel Eboue to score all in the space of one minute.

Nicklas Bendtner had a hard time in October and November, but on 25 November, Nicklas Bendtner scored a dramatic and controversial 87th minute winner against Dynamo Kyiv, in the Champions League to ensure Arsenal progressed to the knockout stages, after running onto a long ball from a Cesc Fabregas quick free-kick, and in the confusion rifled the ball into the net left-footed with Nicklas Bendtner infamous pink Nike Mercurial Vapours boots (Nicklas Bendtner also claimed in the Arsenal magazine, in which Nicklas Bendtner was writing a diary for this particular season, Nicklas Bendtner always wanted to wear these boots). Nicklas Bendtner was even booked for Nicklas Bendtner emotional goal celebration. In January, Nicklas Bendtner scored two more goals as a substitute, late winners at home to Bolton and Hull City, both from Robin Van Persie crosses.

On 24 February, Nicklas Bendtner was goaded after missing a number of chances in the 1-0 win over A.S. Roma, in the knockout stages. Nicklas Bendtner shrugged this off in the magazine, however, claiming that "as a striker, you miss chances". The following week, Bendtner scored two goals at West Bromwich Albion F.C., as Arsenal won 3-1 away from home. The fans were much more supportive towards Nicklas Bendtner when Nicklas Bendtner missed a string of chances against Blackburn. Arsenal still won 4-0, thanks to Andrey Arshavin's stunner, and a brace from Eboue. Bendtner got a goal in a 3-1 win at Newcastle United F.C., a header from a long free-kick.

On 5 May 2009 the 21-year-old was controversially seen leaving a night club hours after Arsenal's 3–1 home defeat by Manchester United F.C. in the Champions League semi-final. Bendtner was pictured with Nicklas Bendtner belt undone and jeans pulled down. Nicklas Bendtner later said that "I may be young, but my actions were a poor error of judgment and something I deeply regret." Bendtner was a second-half substitute for Arsenal, who lost 4–1 on aggregate to defending champions United.
Bendtner never actually mentioned this incident in the Arsenal magazine, and made amends with a goal, albeit a consolation, in a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea. The commentator mocked that incident by saying "Chelsea were caught defending with their pants down."


Bendtner started the new season by announcing a change in Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal squad number for the 2009/10 season. "Before the season starts I wanted to change my squad number from 26 which I've obviously had for a number of seasons. I chose to move to 52 because it's a special number to me personally, and I hope that it brings me good luck for the new season. I appreciate that a good number of fans have bought their kits for 2009/10 already with names and numbers printed up so I'd like to personally cover the cost of replacing anyone's shirt that has my previous number. It means a lot to see supporters wearing your name and number, and I want to ensure people aren't inconvenienced by the change."

On 16 September, Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first goal of the season in the Champions League group stage in a 3–2 away win against Standard Liège. On the morning of 27 September Nicklas Bendtner was involved in a car accident while driving along the A1 road (Great Britain). Nicklas Bendtner suffered cuts to Nicklas Bendtner knees and shoulder pain as well as totaling Nicklas Bendtner Aston Martin. Nicklas Bendtner then missed Arsenal's Champions League tie with , which Arsenal won 2–0. Nicklas Bendtner returned on 4 October 2009 and scored Nicklas Bendtner first league goal of the season in Arsenal's 6–2 win over Blackburn Rovers. On 28 October, Nicklas Bendtner scored the winning goal in the League Cup in a 2–1 win against Liverpool F.C..

On 10 November, Bendtner underwent groin surgery in Germany after aggravating a groin injury in the 3-0 win on 31 October playing against Tottenham Hotspur. Nicklas Bendtner was expected to be out for up to four weeks, but returned on 27 January in a 0–0 draw at Villa Park. Nicklas Bendtner started Nicklas Bendtner first match after recovering from Nicklas Bendtner injury and played 82 minutes in Arsenal's victory over Liverpool F.C. on 10 February to complete Nicklas Bendtner return to full fitness.

On 20 February, Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first goal since October 2009 against Sunderland. Nicklas Bendtner then followed it up with a goal against Stoke City in a 3–1 away win. In March, Nicklas Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first hat-trick of Nicklas Bendtner professional career in a 5–0 victory over F.C. Porto in the second leg of the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League knockout stage Second leg to overturn their 2–1 loss in the first leg. In Nicklas Bendtner next game, a league meeting with Hull, Bendtner scored Arsenal's second goal in a 2–1 win, which came after Hull goalkeeper Myhill could only parry an injury time Denilson shot. On 3 April, Nicklas Bendtner scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Wolves at home in the Premier League, heading in a cross in the 94th minute. Nicklas Bendtner also scored the only goal for Arsenal in a 4–1 defeat to FC Barcelona as they were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-final. At the start of April, it was announced that Bendtner had won the Arsenal Player of the Month award for Nicklas Bendtner performances in March, making it the first time Nicklas Bendtner had ever won the award. Bendtner also scored Arsenal's goal in a match against Tottenham Hotspur on 14 April 2010 in a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.


After getting injured during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and spending almost four months out of action, Bendtner finally returned to action in a substitute appearance against on 16 October. On 24 October, Nicklas Bendtner scored Nicklas Bendtner first goal of the season in a 3–0 away win against Manchester City. Three days later, Nicklas Bendtner scored again with a powerful strike against in the Football League Cup at St. James' Park as Arsenal won 4-0.
On 29 December, Nicklas Bendtner dedicated a goal celebration, against Wigan, to Nicklas Bendtner newborn baby. Nicklas Bendtner went on to score Nicklas Bendtner first goal of 2011 on 25 January against Ipswich in the Football League Cup to level the aggregate score at 1-1. Arsenal later went on to win the game 3-1 on aggregate. The Ipswich goal also won Nicklas Bendtner the Arsenal "Goal of the month" award for January On 2nd March 2011 Bendtner got a hat-trick in the FA cup fifth round replay against League one side Leyton Orient, Nicklas Bendtner first for nearly a year, and the first by an Arsenal player in an FA Cup game since Ian Wright scored 3 against Yeovil in 1993.

International career

Bendtner started Nicklas Bendtner national team career by scoring three goals in three starts for the Denmark under-16 national team in February 2004. Nicklas Bendtner then scored six goals in 15 games for the Denmark under-17 national team, and was named 2004 Danish Football Player of the Year Young Players of the Year.

Bendtner was the youngest player selected for the Denmark under-21 national football team for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship tournament. Nicklas Bendtner replaced Morten Rasmussen (football striker) in the Danish starting line-up. Nicklas Bendtner got Nicklas Bendtner under-21 debut on 17 May 2006, at the age of 18, scoring both goals in a Danish 2–0 victory over Spain national under-21 football team in a friendly match. When Bendtner was substituted with Rasmussen during the game against the Netherlands national under-21 football team, Bendtner told the press Nicklas Bendtner found Rasmussen a lesser player. Bendtner was reprimanded, but played the rest of the tournament before Denmark were eliminated.

On 16 August 2006 Bendtner earned Nicklas Bendtner first senior cap for Denmark national football team, still only 18 years old, making Nicklas Bendtner the seventh youngest player on the Danish senior national team ever. Nicklas Bendtner was in the starting lineup for Nicklas Bendtner debut game, a friendly match against Poland national football team. Nicklas Bendtner scored a goal after 30 minutes, helping Denmark to a 2–0 win. On 1 September 2006, Nicklas Bendtner played Nicklas Bendtner second national team game, and came on as a substitute in a friendly match against Portugal national football team. Nicklas Bendtner scored the final goal in a 4–2 win for Denmark. Although Nicklas Bendtner still qualified to play for the U21s, Bendtner soon earned a spot in the starting line on the Danish national team scoring, two goals in UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), Bendtner scored an 84th minute 1–1 equaliser against Portugal – a match Denmark went on to win 3–2. Nicklas Bendtner scored again against Portugal in the reverse fixture which ended 1–1. Nicklas Bendtner then scored a header four days later against Albania. Nicklas assisted Jakob Poulsen's goal in Denmark's 1–0 win over Sweden which meant they qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Nicklas Bendtner ended the campaign with 3 goals. For Nicklas Bendtner contribution, Nicklas Bendtner was voted Danish Player of the Year and Nicklas Bendtner goal against Portugal won the Goal of the Year award. Denmark coach Morten Olsen selected Bendtner for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Bendtner scored the equaliser in Denmark's World Cup group stage 2-1 win against Cameroon national football team.

Personal life

In November 2009, it was reported that Bendtner was seen in Hyde Park, London with Baroness Caroline Iuel-Brockdorff, a socialite and close friend of the Danish Royal Family. 13 years Nicklas Bendtner senior, in 2008 she divorced banker Rory Fleming, nephew of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, with whom she has two children.

The couple met when Iuel-Brockdorff was filmed renovating her family home Valdemars Castle on a reality show. On December 16, 2010, Iuel-Brockdorff gave birth by caesarean section at London's Portland Hospital to a son.


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