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Jon Dahl Tomasson

Jon Dahl Tomasson (born 29 August 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a retired Denmark Association football and assistant manager at the Netherlands football club SBV Excelsior.

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Jon Dahl Tomasson biography

Jon Dahl Tomasson (born 29 August 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a retired Denmark Association football and assistant manager at the Netherlands football club SBV Excelsior.
Tomasson is of Danish and Iceland heritage and is known for Jon Dahl Tomasson positional strength and fine finishing. Jon Dahl Tomasson most notable run of football came in Jon Dahl Tomasson first stint at Feyenoord, with whom Jon Dahl Tomasson won the 2002 UEFA Europa League, and Italy club A.C. Milan, with whom Jon Dahl Tomasson won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and reached 2005 UEFA Champions League Final. Jon Dahl Tomasson was also honoured with the Danish Football Player of the Year award in both 2002 and 2004.

Tomasson scored a total of 52 goals in 112 games for Denmark national football team throughout Jon Dahl Tomasson career, which spanned from March 1997 to June 2010, making Jon Dahl Tomasson Denmark national football team statistics Most goals. Jon Dahl Tomasson played at UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Having scored Jon Dahl Tomasson 52nd international goal in Denmark's final match at the 2010 World Cup, Tomasson decided to retire from the national team.

Club career

Early career

Born in Copenhagen, son of Bjarne Tomasson and Leila Dahl Petersen. Tomasson first started playing football as a 5 year-old in the youth team of Solrød BK near Køge. At nine years of age, Jon Dahl Tomasson moved to the biggest club in the area; Køge BK. In November 1992, aged 16, Jon Dahl Tomasson made Jon Dahl Tomasson senior debut for the club. During the next two years Jon Dahl Tomasson helped the club to get promoted two times in a row. First time by the end of the 1993 season, where the club qualified from the lower league Denmark Series to the Danish 2nd Division; and by the end of the 1994 season the club once again qualified to play the next season in the Danish 1st Division (the second tier of Football in Denmark).

SC Heerenveen

In December 1994, aged 18, Jon Dahl Tomasson agreed on a transfer from Køge BK to the Dutch club SC Heerenveen, in the top-flight Eredivisie championship. A first-team regular by the Eredivisie 1995-96, Tomasson was the club top scorer for the season as well, netting 14 goals in 30 league matches. Jon Dahl Tomasson increased this tally in the Eredivisie 1996-97 to 18, and was top-scorer for the club once again. In top of that, Jon Dahl Tomasson also had the honour to be selected as Dutch Football Talent of the Year.

Newcastle United

Jon Dahl Tomasson success attracted the interest of other clubs, and Jon Dahl Tomasson completed a high profile move to the English FA Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. in July 1997, managed at the time by former Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish. Dalglish saw Tomasson as the perfect link-up player to England national football team striker Alan Shearer. The partnership initially worked well, with Tomasson impressing during a pre-season friendly tournament in the Republic of Ireland. However, a serious career threatening injury to Shearer, combined with the controversial transfer of popular striker Les Ferdinand to Tottenham Hotspur, meant that Tomasson was moved from Jon Dahl Tomasson traditional attacking midfield position, to that of striker. Jon Dahl Tomasson struggled to adapt to Jon Dahl Tomasson new position on the field, and also struggled to adapt to the English game, due to Jon Dahl Tomasson lack of physical strength, and therefore Jon Dahl Tomasson only managed to score 4 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions. The bad performance of Tomasson came at a time, where the entire team also played a season below their previous standard. In the previous two seasons, Newcastle United had achieved a runner up position in the Premier League, but for the FA Premier League 1997-98 they only managed to get a 13th place.


Jon Dahl Tomasson returned to the Eredivisie in July 1998, where Jon Dahl Tomasson joined Feyenoord and once again took the position of attacking midfielder. In the Summer 2002, Tomasson's contract with Feyenoord was expiring, and after their UEFA Cup victory, Jon Dahl Tomasson agreed a move to Italy on a free transfer (soccer), to play for Serie A club A.C. Milan.


The Serie A 2002–03, Tomasson's first at Milan, saw them winning the Coppa Italia. Tomasson was most often used as a late substitute, but did manage to score three goals in the UEFA Champions League; and thereby also held Jon Dahl Tomasson share of the trophy, when Milan won the prestigious tournament in May 2003. During the Serie A 2003–04, Tomasson was given more playing time. A good decision by the coach, as Tomasson managed to score 12 Serie A goals, and thereby played an important role in Milan's victory of the Serie A title. In August 2004, Jon Dahl Tomasson was also a part of the Milan team, winning the Italian Super Cup 3:0, against the Coppa Italia champions from S.S. Lazio.

For the next Serie A 2004–05, Jon Dahl Tomasson struggled to secure a regular starting place in the line-up of Milan. Jon Dahl Tomasson was once again in the role of substitute, and therefore also scored fewer goals compared to the previous season. At the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool F.C., Jon Dahl Tomasson was again used by Milan as a late substitute, and when the final had to be decided in Penalty shootout (association football), Jon Dahl Tomasson was selected to kick. Tomasson scored on Jon Dahl Tomasson attempt, but Milan lost as Sergio Claudio dos Santos, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko missed their shots. When striker Christian Vieri joined the club in July 2005, Tomasson was deemed as potential surplus, and Jon Dahl Tomasson therefore agreed with Milan to be placed at their transfer list.

Years later, prior to the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Chelsea FC and FC Copenhagen former Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, now manager of Chelsea, was asked about Jon Dahl Tomasson view on Danish footballers: "Above all the Danish work ethic surprised me, their special ability to give everything in training. These were very professional and skilled players. The one who performed best and showed the most continuity, was Jon Dahl Tomasson, who always had to fight for playing time against world class strikers. Jon Dahl Tomasson never had an easy time, but Jon Dahl Tomasson never gave up and tried to take every chance Jon Dahl Tomasson got".


In July 2005, the German Fußball-Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart paid a transfer fee to Milan at 7.5 million euro, in order to sign a new 4-year contract with Tomasson. At Stuttgart, Tomasson joined fellow Danish national team player Jesper Grønkjær, but the upcoming Fußball-Bundesliga 2005/06 was not successful for either of them. Even though Tomasson managed to become the top scorer of Stuttgart with a tally of 8 Bundesliga goals, the team struggled throughout the season to create enough chances and goals, and as a consequence Stuttgart only finished in 9th position of the Bundesliga. After the season, Grønkjær left the club, while Tomasson was linked with a switch to English club Birmingham City F.C.. By the end of the transfer window in August 2006, Jon Dahl Tomasson however decided to stay at Stuttgart, as Jon Dahl Tomasson believed in a better Fußball-Bundesliga 2006/07 for the club. Indeed the upcoming year would reveal Stuttgart as new champions of the Bundesliga. But unfortunately for Tomasson, the coach decided mainly to use Cacau and Mario Gomez in the line-up. So Jon Dahl Tomasson was relegated from Jon Dahl Tomasson position as a regular starter to a place on the substitutes' bench, and only played in 4 out of 17 Bundesliga games for Stuttgart, in the first half of the season.


On 24 January 2007, Tomasson was loaned to Villarreal CF in the Spanish La Liga championship, to cover the place of the injured striker Nihat Kahveci, for the remaining part of the La Liga 2006-07. When Jon Dahl Tomasson made Jon Dahl Tomasson Villarreal debut, in a game against Real Madrid C.F., Tomasson became only the fifth player to have played both in the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Primera División. This rare achievement had previously only been made by the four players: Florin Răducioiu, Gheorghe Popescu, Abel Xavier and Pierre Womé.

Jon Dahl Tomasson loan contract expired 1 July in 2007, but also featured a buy option for Villarreal. Due to the fact, that the club had been satisfied with the performance of Tomasson in the past 6 months, they decided within just a few days, to pay Stuttgart the second half of a total transfer fee at 1.0 million euro, in order to sign a new 2-year contract with Tomasson. In the first match of La Liga La Liga 2007-08, Tomasson scored in Villareal's 3–0 victory against Valencia. Unfortunately that goal was one of only three in the 2007–08 La Liga, where Jon Dahl Tomasson struggled to get a regular starting place in the line-up of the team. During the clubs UEFA cup games in 2007–08, Jon Dahl Tomasson however still managed to proof Jon Dahl Tomasson value as an efficient striker, by scoring a total of 5 goals in 8 games. The season ended as the best ever for Villarreal, as the club managed to achieve a runner up position in La Liga. But on a personal level, Tomasson of course had a disappointing season, due to the lack of playing time and few goals scored.

Return to Feyenoord

As a result of Jon Dahl Tomasson disappointing season at Villarreal, Jon Dahl Tomasson agreed with the club in June 2008, to search the market for a possible transfer. The Spanish sportspaper Marca immediately linked Jon Dahl Tomasson together with Dutch side Feyenoord. This was at first denied by Jon Dahl as pure speculation. The speculations, however soon turned out to be true. In July 2008, Jon Dahl Tomasson left Villarreal on a Free transfer (soccer), and returned to Feyenoord on a new three-year contract. Here Jon Dahl Tomasson got off to a great start with 4 goals in 3 games. But unfortunately this was followed by a long time injury from the end of September until the end of January. And because of that, Jon Dahl Tomasson could only play a total of 14 games for Feyenoord in Eredivisie 2008-09.

In the next Eredivisie 2009-10, Jon Dahl Tomasson again had to battle with a couple of injuries. But during the season Jon Dahl Tomasson was still able to play another 28 games for Feyenoord, where Jon Dahl Tomasson scored a total of 12 goals, and thereby qualified to become the top scorer of Feyenoord. With Jon Dahl Tomasson good performance on the field, Jon Dahl Tomasson helped Feyenoord to achieve a 4th place in the Eredivisie, and qualify the club to play the final in the Dutch cup. The final was played as a double match, and clearly lost with a total score of 6:1 to Ajax, but Tomasson left a mark of Jon Dahl Tomasson name in the history books, by scoring the one and only goal for Feyenoord.

During the World Championships 2010, Jon Dahl Tomasson was unfortunately hit by another serious injury, that spoiled Jon Dahl Tomasson first half of the Eredivisie 2010-11 for Feyenoord. According to the medical staff at Feyenoord, the injury was a lot worse than original thought. When they tried to get Jon Dahl Tomasson ready for a game at 15 August, the injury had not entirely healed; and after a too hard training session, it therefore reappeared at its previous strength. Based upon further examination of the injury, the coach now fear, that Tomasson only will be ready to play Jon Dahl Tomasson first game of the season in January 2011.

Jon Dahl Tomasson retired 6 June 2011 and announced that Jon Dahl Tomasson would be assistant manager at the Dutch club SBV Excelsior.

International career

Tomasson was considered a great talent in Danish football, as Jon Dahl Tomasson played for various Danish youth national teams. Jon Dahl Tomasson scored 10 goals in 16 games for the national under-19 team, and was awarded 1994 Danish Football Player of the Year Young Players of the Year. In all, Jon Dahl Tomasson scored 27 goals in 37 matches for various national youth selections.

After two good seasons with Heerenveen, Tomasson got a call-up to the Denmark national team, and Jon Dahl Tomasson made Jon Dahl Tomasson debut on 29 March 1997, against Croatian national football team. During Jon Dahl Tomasson time at Newcastle, reduced playing time saw Tomasson dropped by the Danish national team, and Jon Dahl Tomasson was not selected to play at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. When Jon Dahl Tomasson moved to Feyenoord, Tomasson was once more called up for the Danish national team in August 1998, and with six goals in seven matches of the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying, Jon Dahl Tomasson quickly became an important part of the Danish team, playing as an attacking midfielder behind striker Ebbe Sand. Jon Dahl Tomasson played in all Denmark's three matches at the main 2000 UEFA European Football Championship tournament, but did not score as Denmark were eliminated in the group stage. Before moving to Milan, Jon Dahl Tomasson played for Denmark in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where Jon Dahl Tomasson scored four goals in as many games. Tomasson played for Denmark in the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, where Jon Dahl Tomasson scored three goals in four games and was selected for the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship UEFA Team of the Tournament. On 28 May 2010, Denmark coach Morten Olsen announced that the player would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On 24 June, Jon Dahl Tomasson scored against Japan national football team in a 3–1 defeat as Denmark went out of the competition. Jon Dahl Tomasson was rated by FIFA as the best Danish player of the tournament. The fans and the media did not agree with world football's governing body, however.

On 9 August 2010 Jon Dahl Tomasson decided to retire from the national team after 13 years of presence."We say farewell to a terrific player and a fantastic person," national coach Olsen said, adding that Tomasson was "the ultimate team player".

Career highlights

Club statistics

Complete statistic of all games played in the senior career.

Denmark Series
Danish 2nd Division.

{ Eredivisie, with Feyenoord Rotterdam
- 1998–99 Johan Cruijff-schaal, with Feyenoord Rotterdam
- Coppa Italia 2002-03 Coppa Italia, with AC Milan
- Serie A 2003-04 Serie A, with AC Milan
- 2004 Supercoppa Italiana Italian Super Cup, with AC Milan
- Fußball-Bundesliga 2006–07 Fußball-Bundesliga, with VfB Stuttgart

- UEFA Cup 2001–02 UEFA Cup, with Feyenoord Rotterdam
- 2002-03 UEFA Champions League UEFA Champions League, with Milan

- 1994 Danish Football Player of the Year Young Players of the Year
- 1996 Dutch Football Talent of the Year
- 2002 World Cup Bronze Boot (4 goals)
- 2002 Danish Player of the Year
- 2004 UEFA Euro 2004
- 2004 Danish Player of the Year

Top-scorer titles
- 1994 top-scorer of the Danish 2nd Division (23 goals) and Køge BK (27 goals)
- 1995–96 top-scorer of SC Heerenveen (14 goals)
- 1996–97 top-scorer of SC Heerenveen (24 goals)
- 2000–01 top-scorer of Feyenoord (17 goals)
- 2005–06 top-scorer of VfB Stuttgart (11 goals)
- 2009–10 top-scorer of Feyenoord (12 goals)


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