Jonas Knudsen

Jonas Hjort Knudsen (born 16 September 1992) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Malmö FF and the Denmark national team.

Jonas Knudsen
Knudsen playing for Ipswich Town in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jonas Hjort Knudsen[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-16) 16 September 1992
Place of birth Esbjerg, Denmark
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF
Number 3
Youth career
2004–2006 Hjerting IF
2006–2009 Esbjerg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Esbjerg fB 105 (4)
2015–2019 Ipswich Town 148 (4)
2019– Malmö FF 11 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Denmark U18 6 (0)
2010–2011 Denmark U19 9 (0)
2011–2012 Denmark U20 3 (0)
2013–2015 Denmark U21 17 (0)
2014– Denmark 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2019

He played for Esbjerg fB from 2009 before signing with Ipswich Town in 2015. He is known for his long throws, and in Denmark his throws have been compared to Rory Delap's.[3]

Club career

Esbjerg fB

In November 2009 he signed his first professional contract with Esbjerg,[4] and following the winter break of the Danish Superliga, he made his professional debut in a 0–4 home loss against Randers FC, becoming the second youngest Esbjerg debutant ever second only to Andreas Sørensen who made his debut aged 16 years.[5]

Following the departure of Kevin Conboy to NEC, Knudsen established himself as the first choice left back for the club. In the 2012–13 season, the Esbjerg team finished fourth in the Danish Superliga and won the Danish Cup, and Knudsen was given a new contract in April 2013.

Ipswich Town

Knudsen signed for Ipswich Town on 31 July 2015 on a three-year deal.[6] Knudsen went on to make 43 appearances, scoring 1 goal during his first season at Portman Road.

In Jonas Knudsen's second season, he memorably scored in both East Anglian derbies which both finished 1–1.

On 21 December 2017, Ipswich took up the option to extend Knudsen's contract until 2019.[7] In January 2019 he informed the club that he would not be signing a new contract, and he was released at the end of the 2018–19 season following the expiration of his contract.[8]

International career

Knudsen has represented Denmark at various youth levels. He made his senior international debut as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Sweden on 28 June 2014.

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark's preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[9]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 11 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
DivisionAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Esbjerg fB 2009–10[10] Superligaen 70000070
2010–11[10] Superligaen 50200070
2011–12[10] 1. Division 00000000
2012–13[11] Superligaen 3215100372
2013–14[12] Superligaen 311108[lower-alpha 1]0401
2014–15[13] Superligaen 2824000322
2015–16[14] Superligaen 20000020
Total 105412100801255
Ipswich Town 2015–16[14] Championship 4211000431
2016–17[15] Championship 3622010392
2017–18[16] Championship 4211010441
2018–19[17] Championship 2800010290
Total 14844030001554
Malmö FF 2019[10] Allsvenskan 110106[lower-alpha 1]0180
Total 110100060180
Career total 2648171301402989
  1. Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 16 October 2019[18]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Denmark
201420
201840
201910
Total70

Honours

Esbjerg fB

References

  1. "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 8.
  3. "Jonas Knudsen: Ipswich Town signing 'the new Rory Delap'". BBC Sport. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. "Esbjerg skriver med talentfuld back"
  5. "Tre unge debutanter satte klubrekorder"
  6. "Jonas Knudsen: Ipswich Town sign Denmark defender". BBC Sport. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. Warren, Andy. "Town take up option to extend 'excellent' Knudsen's deal". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. "Gerken Included in Released Blues". Ipswich Town Official Website. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  9. http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  10. "J.Knudsen". scoresway.com. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  11. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  12. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  13. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  14. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  17. "Games played by Jonas Knudsen in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  18. Jonas Knudsen at National-Football-Teams.com
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