The Danish retired professional footballer, Kasper Hjulmand is currently the Danish national football team's head coach. He had a prosperous career during his playing days. The Danish-born star featured mainly for the local Danish teams throughout his career. He is the leader of the Dane squad that is in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Before the Euro 2020 tournament, the footballing world knew very little about him. He rose to prominence after leading the Danes to the semi-finals in the Euro 2020 championship.
|Date of birth||9 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Aalborg, Denmark|
|Children||Mikkel, Liva, Marcus|
|Position(s)||Midfielder, defender, coach, manager|
|Coaching licence||UEFA Pro Licence|
|Avg. term as coach||3 years|
|Current team||Denmark (Head Coach)|
Kasper Hjulmand's age
The Danish manager was born on 9 April 1978 in Aalborg, Denmark, making him 50 years of age as of November 2022. He is a Taurus. He started his playing career in 1987 before being forced to early retirement in 1998 due to injuries. Hjulmand ventured into coaching immediately after recovering.
Kasper Hjulmand's net worth
The talented coach is ranked as one of the wealthiest football players. According to Forbes and other sources, he has a net worth of around $1.5 million, most of which he has earned playing and coaching professional football.
Kasper Hjulmand's nationality
The coach is a citizen of Denmark and is of Caucasian ancestry. He was born in the Danish city of Aalborg is located in the Jutland area.
Kasper Hjulmand's family
Kasper has managed to keep his family out of the spotlight. He is married to Vibeke. Together they have three children; Mikkel, Liva and Marcus.
Kasper Hjulmand's career as a player
The prolific manager left Denmark at 22 to pursue his footballing profession in the United States of America. He played as a midfielder for North Florida Ospreys, a soccer team representing the University of North Florida.
The Dane legend recorded 18 appearances for the club, tallying six goals and one assist. His game knowledge and tactical understanding started to emerge in America.
Mark Cagnassola, one of his former Florida teammates, stated to American media outlet jacksonville.com: "Back in the early 1990s, there were a lot of American players that were big, had the physical size, but they didn't have the touch. He was a guy that had both."
Kasper Hjulmand's coaching career
The retired player started coaching immediately, landing a job at Lyngby and managing the sides Under 18 team at the Danish Superliga.
The midfielder had previously worked as an assistant coach at Bishop Kenny High School in the United States. Ray Bunch coached him when he played for the North Florida Ospreys and had Hjulmand as his assistant.
He took over as the team's coach in 2006. He led Lyngby back to the top-tier league after winning the Danish first division.
However, he only remained at Lyngby for six months before departing for Nordsjaelland to take the assistant manager position there. He served in that capacity for three years before taking over as manager in 2011. Nordsjaelland won their first Danish title under his direction.
Kasper Hjulmand spell at Mainz 05
Soon after his gallant actions in his home country, bigger chances began to present themselves. One of those was with FSV Mainz in the Bundesliga. In 2014, he decided to take on a new challenge and replaced Thomas Tuchel as manager of Mainz. Mainz fan zone met him with high hopes because the team touted him as the ideal match for Mainz.
The Danish coach struggled to produce results despite all the accolades and only lasted for seven months before returning to his home country. The manager departed the club with the club in 14th place.
At the beginning of 2016, the Danish manager returned to Nordsjaelland for a second stint as manager, and he successfully turned around the club's fortunes. The club finished ninth that season. The club finished sixth and third in the following two seasons
Kasper Hjulmand as Denmark's head coach
In June 2019, he was named Age Hareide's successor as the head coach of Denmark after the conclusion of Euro 2020. However, the Danes' preparations changed after the Euro 2020 competitions were postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. He was thrust into the role of manager. The Dane manager had one of the most trying months of his career, considering he had little time to prepare.
Danes viewed the choice of the Danish legend to lead the national team as contentious at the time. His predecessor, Hareide, was a realist, while he was at the other extreme. He advocated for a vibrant version of soccer and was convinced he could turn the Danes into an offensive superpower.
Even though the Danes made it to the Euros semi-finals, England defeated them in extra time after the referee gave a contentious penalty.
He has managed the Danes for 34 games, winning 23 of them and losing just nine. Given that Denmark's World Cup 2022 group includes Tunisia, France, and Australia, he will have a robust Denmark World Cup squad to choose from.
Kasper Hjulmand: Defender of the disabled in society
The Dane coach was a defender of the rights of persons living with disability in the country. His defence was sparked by an incident in one of Denmark's facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
A resident died at the facility, where his brother also resided. Media reports alleged that the facility's workers had detained the dead resident.
The news greatly affected the coach, and he described the events in Morten Glinvand's book, Football Dreams.
He stated: "It is time that we focus on the situation for disabled people in Denmark."
"Denmark have signed up to the UN's convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to ensure that everyone in Denmark, notwithstanding which disability they have, have the same possibilities to live a meaningful life."
Despite his age, Kasper Hjulmand is the man in the hot seat to lead the Danish squad to prosperous heights in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The Dane fan base is highly optimistic about their squad, especially considering that Cristian Eriksen returned to the squad after the incident at the Euros.
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