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The Best Soccer Players from Denmark

Updated July 7, 2021 12.8k votes 2.2k voters 84.9k views148 items

Who are the best soccer players from Denmark? You can find them all here, as this list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Denmark. This list of best Danish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list, as ranked by soccer fans worldwide. So, who are the best Danish footballers? Who is the greatest Danish soccer player of all time?

There are great Danish football legends like Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner and Peter Schmeichel, as well as current Danish soccer stars such as Kaspar Schmeichel, Christian Eriksen, and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. 

Vote up your favorite Danish football players, and help decide who is the best Danish soccer player of all time!

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    Michael Laudrup

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceFrederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Michael Laudrup (Danish pronunciation: [mikʰæːl ˈlaʊ̯tʁɔp], born 15 June 1964) is a Danish professional football coach and former player. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of his...  more

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    BirthplaceGladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Peter Bolesław Schmeichel, MBE (Danish pronunciation: [pʰetɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 18 November 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the IFFHS World's...  more

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    BirthplaceMiddelfart, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Christian Dannemann Eriksen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰʁεstjæn ˈtænəmæn ˈeːˀɐ̯iksn̩]; born 14 February 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier...  more
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    Brian Laudrup

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    NationalityDenmark

    Brian Laudrup (Danish pronunciation: [pʁiæn ˈlaʊ̯tʁɔp], born 22 February 1969) is a Danish former footballer who played as a winger, forward or as a midfielder. He currently works as a football...  more

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    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Preben Elkjær (born 11 September 1957) is a retired Danish professional footballer who played as a striker. Amongst others, he played with Hellas Verona in Italy, helping the club to the only major...  more
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    BirthplaceVejle, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Allan Rodenkam Simonsen (born 15 December 1952) is a Danish former footballer and manager. He most prominently played as a forward for German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, winning the...  more
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    Kasper Schmeichel

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Kasper Peter Schmeichel (Danish pronunciation: [kʰæspɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 5 November 1986) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the...  more

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    Morten Olsen

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceVordingborg, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Morten Per Olsen (born 14 August 1949) is a Danish football manager and former football player. He was the head coach of the Danish national team for 15 years from 2000 until 2015, guiding Denmark to...  more
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    Daniel Agger

    Defender

    BirthplaceHvidovre, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Daniel Munthe Agger (Danish: [tænjəl ˈakɐ]; born 12 December 1984) is a Danish retired professional footballer and tattoo artist who played as a central defender for Brøndby and Liverpool and...  more

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    Frank Arnesen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Frank Arnesen (born 30 September 1956) is a former Danish footballer. Arnesen was the Director of Football at English football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and was Sporting Director at...  more
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    Jan Mølby

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKolding, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Jan Mølby (born 4 July 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer and manager. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1982 to 1998. After starting his career with Kolding, he moved on to Ajax...  more
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    Søren Lerby

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Søren Lerby (born 1 February 1958) is a Danish former football player, manager, and licensed agent. As a player, he spent most of his career in Dutch football, winning five Eredivisie championships...  more
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    Flemming Povlsen

    Forward

    BirthplaceBrabrand, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Flemming Søgaard Povlsen (born 3 December 1966) is a Danish former professional football player who played as a striker for Borussia Dortmund in Germany, among other teams. He currently works as...  more
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    Simon Kjær

    Defender

    BirthplaceHorsens, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Simon Thorup Kjær (pronounced [simɔn ˈkʰæːˀɐ̯]; born 26 March 1989) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Spanish club Sevilla and captains the Denmark national team. He...  more
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    Jon Dahl Tomasson

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Jon Dahl Tomasson (born 29 August 1976) is a Danish football manager and former player who works for the Danish football team as an assistant manager. Tomasson is of Danish, Finnish and Icelandic...  more
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    BirthplaceFrederikshavn, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Harald Ingemann Nielsen (26 October 1941 – 11 August 2015) was a Danish association footballer who played as a striker. He played professionally for Italian club Bologna F.C. where he was the league...  more
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    Ebbe Sand

    Forward

    BirthplaceAalborg, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Ebbe Sand (born 19 July 1972) is a Danish Director of Football at Brøndby IF who is also a former professional footballer who played as a striker for Brøndby IF in Denmark and FC Schalke 04 in...  more
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    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Pierre-Emile Kordt Højbjerg (born 5 August 1995) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Denmark national team. He played as a...  more
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    Henning Jensen

    Attacking midfielder

    BirthplaceNørresundby, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Henning Jensen (17 August 1949 – 4 December 2017) was a Danish football player who played professionally for German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, Spanish club Real Madrid and Dutch club Ajax...  more
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    BirthplaceDenmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Christian Bjørnshøj Poulsen (born 28 February 1980) is a Danish former footballer. After starting his career with Holbæk, he played for a number of European clubs as a defensive midfielder, winning...  more
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    Thomas Gravesen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceVejle, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Thomas Gravesen (born 11 March 1976) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Gravesen played as a professional in Denmark, Germany, England, Spain and Scotland for...  more
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    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Thomas Lund Helveg (born 24 June 1971) is a former Danish professional footballer who played as a defender for Odense Boldklub in the Danish Superliga, with whom he won the 1989 Danish championship....  more
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    Jesper Olsen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFaxe, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Jesper Olsen (born 20 March 1961) is a Danish former footballer who played for Ajax of the Netherlands and Manchester United of England, among other teams. Olsen was a regular left winger for the...  more
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    Kim Vilfort

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceValby, Copenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

    Kim Vilfort (born 15 November 1962) is a Danish retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He is the head talent scout at Brøndby IF. His 17-year professional career was mainly associated with...  more
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    Jesper Grønkjær

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNuuk, Greenland

    NationalityDenmark

    Jesper Grønkjær (Danish pronunciation: [jɛspɐ ˈkʁɶnkʰæɐ̯ˀ]; born 12 August 1977) is a former Danish professional footballer. A pacey winger, Grønkjær played primarily on the right or left wing, or as...  more
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