Jon Dahl Tomasson (1976)

Jon Dahl Tomasson (29 August 1976) was a Danish international who became a real crowd pleaser at Feyenoord. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Tomasson's professional career started in his native Denmark at Køge BK in 1993. After three seasons with this club, he went to sc Heerenveen, with which he reached the final of the Amstel Cup in 1997 and where he won the prize for Dutch Talent of the Year in 1996. Due to his good playing and talent, he stood out and moved to Newcastle United FC in 1997.

He didn't play much here and that is why he left the club after one season. He returned to the Netherlands where Feyenoord showed interest. In four seasons he won a few nice prizes there and had a fantastic period there. He became champion of the Netherlands in 1999 and won the UEFA Cup in 2002. In that final he scored one of three hits.

After this match he said goodbye to Feyenoord and left for AC Milan. With that club he won the Champions League in 2003 and reached the final of this tournament again in 2005. He was not a basic player at AC Milan, which was partly the reason that he switched to VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2005. After also spending two seasons with Spanish Villarreal CF, Tomasson returned to Feyenoord on July 2, 2008. Here he met Gertjan Verbeek again, the assistant coach of Heerenveen in Tomasson's time, this time head coach of Feyenoord. Tomasson signed a three-year contract. During his official return for Feyenoord against FC Volendam, he scored twice from a penalty kick.

On June 7, 2011, Tomasson announced at a press conference that he would stop football immediately due to persistent injuries. He was added to the Excelsior technical staff to gain experience in the training profession.

Tomasson made his debut on March 29, 1997 in and against Croatia in the Danish national team. Before this, he scored 52 times in 112 international matches. In doing so, he equaled the record of Poul Nielsen, who also scored 52 times for the Danish national team from 1910 to 1925. Jon Dahl Tomasson ended his international career in August 2010.

(Photo: ANP – Hans Steinmeier)

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