Andreas Cornelius

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Andreas Cornelius
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Cornelius playing for Denmark
Personal information
Full name Andreas Evald Cornelius[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 9
Youth career
BK Hekla
Fremad Amager
FC Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 FC Copenhagen 34 (18)
2013–2014 Cardiff City 8 (0)
2014–2017 FC Copenhagen 82 (29)
2017– Atalanta 19 (3)
National team
2010–2011 Denmark U18 6 (2)
2011–2012 Denmark U19 14 (4)
2012–2015 Denmark U21 7 (2)
2012– Denmark 19 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2017

Andreas Evald Cornelius (born 16 March 1993) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Atalanta and the Denmark national team.

Club career

Cornelius vs. Tosaint Ricketts of Canada in 2013.

F.C. Copenhagen

Cornelius had joined the FC Copenhagen first team squad for its training camps in July 2011 and January 2012.[2][3]

On 9 April 2012, he played his first Superliga match, coming on as a substitute for César Santin against AGF at NRGi Park in Aarhus. In the previous Superliga match (against Brøndby at Parken Stadium on 5 April 2012), he had been an unused substitute.[4] On 20 May 2012, it was announced that Cornelius would join the first team squad on a permanent basis at the beginning of the upcoming season, together with Christoffer Remmer and Jakob Busk.[5]

Cornelius scored his first goal for Copenhagen against Midtjylland in the first game of the new 2012–13 season. He scored the opening goal against Odense in a 2–2 draw. He also scored the winning goal against Molde FK in the Europa League on 20 September.[6]

Cornelius was awarded player of the month in the Danish Superliga on 7 October 2012. On 15 April, he scored the final goal in a 3–2 win against FC Nordsjælland. This gave FCK a 10-point lead in the league to number 2, and was crucial for Copenhagen winning the title.

Even though Cornelius only played one full season with the first team, he quickly became one of the most popular players of the club, as the print with his name and number on the official shirts being the most popular, selling around 40% of all prints.[7]

Cardiff City

On 27 June 2013, Cardiff City announced they had signed Cornelius, for a club record fee.[8][9] Reports from Denmark suggested a fee of 75 million Danish kroner (approximately £8 million).[10] On 1 July, Cornelius completed his medical and signed a five-year deal with the club, saying "I've been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that's taking place at Cardiff City."[11] Twenty-three days later, he made his debut in a friendly against Forest Green Rovers and scored a goal in a 4–3 victory. However, he sustained a minor injury to his ankle during training the following week, and consequently missed out on the team's first ever Premier League game, against West Ham United on 17 August.

Cornelius warming up before his Premier League debut on 25 August 2013

Cornelius made his competitive debut for Cardiff on 25 August against Manchester City, coming on as a stoppage-time replacement for Fraizer Campbell who had scored twice in the 3–2 home victory.[12] Three days later, in a League Cup match against League Two club Accrington Stanley, he made his first competitive start for the club in a 2–0 win; however he re-aggravated the ankle injury he had picked up in pre-season following a heavy tackle and was carried off on a stretcher just before half-time.[13] The injury would prove worse than first feared; and left Cornelius on the sidelines for the next three months, meaning he missed 10 games for Cardiff, as well as the chance to compete for his country Denmark in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

During the final international break of 2013, Cornelius once again began training with the first team squad, in order to be accessed by the medical staff. They deemed that he was fit to return to action, and therefore arranged a behind closed door friendly with Championship club Yeovil Town on 14 November. He played 60 minutes as planned in a 2–1 defeat and told the media that he was fit and ready to return to action.[14]

F.C. Copenhagen return

On 31 January 2014, Cornelius returned to F.C. Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, but Cardiff claim they lost most of the money they paid for him.[15] He scored a hat-trick in his first game back at Copenhagen in a friendly match against Slovan Liberec.[16] On 23 February 2014, Cornelius made his first competitive start after re-signing with the club and crowned his comeback with a header to put his team 1–0 in front against AGF at NRGi Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Cornelius ended his first half season with 5 goals in 13 appearances, including a brace against Randers FC in Parken where he dribbled past four men before sending the ball into the back of the net. On 13 April 2015, he suffered a horrific ankle injury during Copenhagen's Superliga clash against Silkeborg IF ruling him out for the remainder of the season.[17]

Atalanta

On 2 May 2017, it was announced that Cornelius would join Serie A side Atalanta for a fee of around €3.5 million.[18]

Career statistics

Club

Updated 15 March 2018

Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Copenhagen Superliga 2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 32 18 2 1 10 1 44 20
Total 34 18 2 1 10 1 46 20
Cardiff Premier League 2013–14 8 0 3 0 11 0
Copenhagen Superliga 2013–14 13 5 3 1 0 0 16 6
2014–15 23 6 3 1 8 1 34 8
2015–16 25 6 6 1 0 0 31 7
2016–17 30 12 4 2 15 7 49 21
Total 91 29 16 5 23 8 130 42
Atalanta Serie A 2017–18 19 3 4 1 4 2 27 6
Copenhagen total 125 47 18 6 33 9 176 62
Career total 144 50 25 7 37 1 214 68

International career

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[19]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 26 January 2013 Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tucson, United States  Canada 1–0 4–0 Friendly
2 3–0
3 4–0
4. 31 January 2013 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Mexico 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5. 22 March 2013 Andrův Stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 31 August 2016 CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark  Liechtenstein 3–0 5–0 Friendly
7. 11 November 2016 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Kazakhstan 1–0 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 1 September 2017 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Poland 2–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

FC Copenhagen

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". fck.dk. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". fck.dk. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cornelius :: Andreas Cornelius :: FC Copenhagen". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". fck.dk. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "FCK make winning start as Cornelius breaks Molde". UEFA. 20 September 2012. 
  7. ^ F.C. København (13 June 2013). "Spillertrøjer: Hvem er mest populær? - fcktv.dk". Retrieved 6 June 2017 – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ "CORNELIUS SET TO JOIN CITY". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "F.C. København - Det officielle website - English". www.fck.dk. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "FC København sælger Cornelius til Cardiff". fyens.dk. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Transfer news: Andreas Cornelius signs five-year deal with Cardiff". 
  12. ^ Roberts, Gareth. "BBC Sport - Cardiff 3-2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "BBC Sport - Accrington 0-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Andreas Cornelius: Denmark striker targets Cardiff City return". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Cornelius kommer hjem". FC Copenhagen. 31 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cardiff City blame Malky Mackay regime for transfer loss". 13 February 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  17. ^ "Andreas Cornelius suffers horrific ankle injury". Daily Mail. 15 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Booth, Dominic (2 May 2017). "Cardiff City flop Cornelius lands transfer to Serie A club". 
  19. ^ "Cornelius, Andreas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Danish SuperLiga Top Goalscorers". TopGoalscorers.com. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  21. ^ Phillips, Terry. "Two awards for Cardiff City's forgotten man Andreas Cornelius at Danish FA awards". Wales Online. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

External links

  • F.C. Copenhagen profile (in Danish) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2013-01-14)
  • National team profile (in Danish)
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