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ELMANDER IN DANISH SWITCH

Johan Elmander signed a four-season contract with Danish table-toppers Brøndby IF in Copenhagen Wednesday. The 22-year-old striker has already undergone a medical. The Swede was looking for a new club and there was a great deal of interest. ‘Brøndby showed they wanted me, which was decisive in the end. This is a club with ambition. At this point in my career I want to play for prizes. I can do that at Brøndby.’

Johan Elmander arrived in Rotterdam during the winter break back in the 2000/2001 season. Despite high expectations the Swede was unable to gain a foothold in the first team. Competition from top marksman Pierre van Hooijdonk clearly didn’t help. ‘Obviously I’m disappointed I wasn’t entirely successful,’ admits Elmander. ‘There’s now little point searching for reasons, I prefer to have good memories of a great club and a city I felt at home in. The Feyenoord supporters have stolen my heart for good. It will be a wrench to leave, I assure you. I will certainly continue coming back and who knows what will happen in the future.’

‘I could have gone to FC Groningen, Heerenveen and Roda JC, but they weren’t an option for me. I’m not putting those clubs down, but in Holland Feyenoord was my dream. If that doesn’t come true I’d rather try another league. NAC Breda might have been an option, because I’m having a great time there at the moment and because the fans are very good to me. But NAC don’t have any money so that’s that. That’s why I waited to see what would come from abroad. There were some good clubs. Brøndby were the first to come with something specific and they gave me the best feeling.’

Elmander doesn’t feel that the switch to Denmark is a step back. ‘Denmark and Holland are not too dissimilar. And Brøndby have a shot at the title and so Champions League football. I can learn a lot from that. All in all I’m still very young. Even if I stay in Denmark for the duration of my contract, I’d only be 27. That’s more than enough time to go on to better things. The club is ambitious and I stay in the picture for the bigger leagues and the Sweden national team. What’s more, Michael Laudrup is the coach here and he’s a legend in Scandinavia. I’m looking forward to working with him.’
Good luck to him! he needed a move to bolster his career which wasn't moving forward to be honest. There was too much compeition for him to get a decent run really and with his contract running out in 2005, we needed to sell him so hopefully we got a decent sum from the transfer! Brondby with its european football will be a good move for him indeed imo. Anderlecht were apparantly in for him too btw but I guess their interest wasnt serious enough since I'd have chosen for them if I was him cos them being better obviously.

the bit about him and the fans :proud:

BTW the part I made bold. He must have been drinking!! the Dutch league isn't great but it\s been some time since a Danish side has even qualified for the group stages of the CL!
 

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Hope he will :) but one thing he isn't , is a natural scorer or poacher like Ebbe Sand. Johan is more of a supportive striker who will do a lot of running. Reason why he didnt make it here was cos there was too much competition plus he seems to be a guy who needs someone to support him since he is a confidence player and he will surely get a lot of that from Laudrup. Should work out for Johan and I really hope it will!
 

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You say he's more of a support striker than a goal getter. Do you by that mean that he probably wouldn't work out in a 4-3-3 with wings and him being the only real striker in the system?

I know he can play wing as well. :)
 

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He can place both on the right & middle in a 4-3-3 system and already has done so this season at NAC :) but he really does need to work on his finishing since it can be very erratic as he proved by missing an open goal from 5 yards against us a few weeks back:eek:
 

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Wally said:


BTW the part I made bold. He must have been drinking!! the Dutch league isn't great but it\s been some time since a Danish side has even qualified for the group stages of the CL!
The part you bolded, Denmark and Holland are not too dissimilar makes perfect sense :D

Why has he become such a choker :( I remember his first days in Feyenoord, if I'm not mistaken he had a dream start, scoring in almost every European game he played. His words about the fans are great to hear :cool:
 

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Re: Re: Elmander leaves for Brondby

monte said:
The part you bolded, Denmark and Holland are not too dissimilar makes perfect sense :D

Why has he become such a choker :( I remember his first days in Feyenoord, if I'm not mistaken he had a dream start, scoring in almost every European game he played. His words about the fans are great to hear :cool:
Yeah that goal in Munich against Bayern Munich :eek: :cool: so he can do it since he has it in him, Frederick.....somewhere:pp
 

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The Danish league doesn't have the same opposition, although it isn't far from the Eredivisie, I think. Elmander will fit right in under Laudrup's wings and in the 4-3-3 system, where the quick passing is in focus. We usually create loads of chances, so he won't complain about that. :)
 
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