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Per Kroldrup

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 13
  • Date of birth: 31 July, 1979 (30 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (187cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
1 Per Kroldrup
0|0 Per Kroldrup
0 As substitute
21|16 Total Denmark
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
3 Total Denmark
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Per Kroldrup
0 Per Kroldrup
3 Total Denmark
2 Total Denmark
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|0 Per Kroldrup
1|0 Per Kroldrup
50|24 Total Denmark
6|0 Total Denmark
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Denmark games played

  1. Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Cameroon 1-2 Denmark
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Denmark 1-3 Japan
    Thursday, 24 June Match report

Player profile

The pony-tailed defender lasted six months at Everton after joining them for £5m in the summer of 2005. He made only one Premier League appearance – in a 4-0 defeat against Aston Villa – before the Goodison Park club cut their losses and sold him to Fiorentina when the transfer window re-opened.

Sidelined by a hernia problem immediately after his move to Merseyside, Kroldrup then failed to impress and admitted that he simply could not cope with the pace and physicality of the English game.

Kroldrup has spent most of his career in Italy, impressing during four years with Udinese before his dismal spell at Everton was ended by Fiorentina, where he has since enhanced his reputation in Serie A. He has also played for them in the Champions League. With his contract due to expire this summer, Kroldrup extended his stay at Fiorentina by agreeing a new two-year deal in May. He has mostly been a back-up player for Denmark, featuring only once in their qualification campaign, and was part of their 2004 European Championship squad.

He had a trial with Arsenal as a 21-year-old before leaving Danish side B93 for Udinese, where he played under Fulham boss Roy Hodgson. His failure at Everton came after former Toffees and Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen advised him to join them, while ex-Liverpool and Denmark star Jan Molby described Kroldrup at the time as “a centre-back with authority who can go straight into the Premiership.”

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