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Thomas Helveg

Thomas Helveg
Complete Name: Thomas Helveg
Nationality: Danish
Place of Birth: Odense, Denmark
Date of Birth: June 24, 1971
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 80 kg
National team: Denmark
Current club: Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Positions: Right Back, Right Midfielder


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Club career history

OB Odense (Denmark), Udinese (Italy), AC Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), Norwich City (England), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)


Danish 1st Division: 1989
Danish Cup: 1991, 1992-93
Danish Player of the Year: 1994
Serie A: 1998-99, with AC Milan
Coppa Italia: 2002-03, with AC Milan
UEFA Champions League: 2003, with AC Milan


Thomas Helveg (born June 24, 1971 in Odense) is a Danish international football (soccer) player, a defensive midfielder and defender who currently plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. A rock in the Danish defense since his debut in 1994, Helveg has compiled 98 caps for the Denmark national football team, and is thereby the fourth most capped player for Denmark. He played for his country at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup, as well as 1996 European Championship (Euro 1996), Euro 2000, and Helveg was named national team captain following the retirement of René Henriksen after the Euro 2004 tournament.

Thomas Helveg's international career began when he was sold from Odense BK to Italian club Udinese in the autumn 1994. He was soon to have succes in Udine, even though the team was relegated in his first season, and he received his first call-up to the national team in 1994. For five years, he was first choice in the right side of the pitch and after the promotion of his team in 1995 after only one season in Serie B, Udinese became a tough opponent for the other clubs in Serie A. In the 1997 season, Helveg would get company in Udinese by fellow Danish player Martin Jørgensen, and they developed a close relationship naming each other nephew Jørgensen and uncle Helveg, their connection most outspoken in their joint celebration following Helveg's goal in Denmark's 4-1 win over Nigeria in the 1998 World Cup. After the season 1997-1998, he was traded to AC Milan.

The shift from Udinese to AC Milan was made easier by the fact that he had company by both his teammate Oliver Bierhoff and their manager Alberto Zaccheroni from the Udinese days. The trio gained succes in Milan as they won the Italian championship in 1999. Thomas Helveg played a large role in the succes as a starter in almost every game in the season. In the next two seasons he was still first choice, but in the season 2001-2002 he began to be challenged severely by players like Dario Simic and Gennaro Gattuso. Even though he continued to play rather often, his postition began to weaken, and before the season 2003-2004 he changed to Inter Milan - the arch rivals of AC Milan. A funny detail is that Helveg was in fact already owned by Inter, who the had been loaning him to Milan for the 2002-2003 season.

In Inter Milan he regained some of his form and played 22 games in Serie A and 6 in the European cups. In this his last year in Italy he was from time to time also used in the left side of the defence by his old manager in both Udinese and AC Milan, Alberto Zaccheroni. After a year in Inter Milan, Helveg decided to play in England.

After joining Norwich City, the veteran defender struggled to reproduce the form shown continuously in Serie A and on the international scene, losing his place in the line-up in the opening weeks of the season. He regained his place in the side after a long absence in early 2005, this time in central midfield, and finished the season, in typically versatile fashion, as the first choice right back. After a largely disappointing season, showing only flashes of his undoubted class, Helveg left the club to play in Germany.

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