Viktor Fischer

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Viktor Fischer
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Fischer playing for Ajax in 2013
Personal information
Full name Viktor Gorridsen Fischer[1]
Date of birth (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Copenhagen
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2004 IF Lyseng
2004–2009 AGF
2009–2011 FC Midtjylland
2011–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Ajax 79 (24)
2015–2016 Jong Ajax 10 (2)
2016–2017 Middlesbrough 13 (0)
2017–2018 Mainz 05 10 (0)
2018– Copenhagen 12 (6)
National team
2008–2010 Denmark U16 10 (4)
2009–2011 Denmark U17 30 (20)
2011–2012 Denmark U19 6 (3)
2012–2016 Denmark U21 7 (2)
2012– Denmark 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2018

Viktor Gorridsen Fischer (born 9 June 1994) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a winger for Danish club Copenhagen and the Denmark national team.[3]

Club career

Ajax

After playing in the youth ranks for IF Lyseng. He then decided in 2004 to move to AGF and then later FC Midtjylland in his native Denmark, Fischer joined the youth of AFC Ajax, where he played for the A1 selection in his first year with the Amsterdam side, having signed a three-year contract, binding him to the club until 30 June 2014. He had attracted interest from other clubs as well, such as Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Manchester United due to his performance for Denmark in the U17 World Cup, but decided to sign with Ajax instead.[4] In his first season with Ajax, Fischer played for the Ajax A1 youth squad, helping his team to the finals of the NextGen Series, the Champions League equivalent for under-20 youth squads.[5] Ajax would eventually lose the final to Inter Milan 5–3 on penalties, when the match ended 1–1 after extra time, finishing the tournament as runners-up.[6] Fischer also finished as joint top scorer of the competition with 7 goals, together with Cameroonian youth International Jean Marie Dongou from FC Barcelona.[7]

Fischer made his debut for the Ajax first team in the 2012–13 pre-season, in a win against SV Huizen, defeating the Huizen side 3–1, scoring his first goal in the 63rd minute.[8] He made his Eredivisie debut on 20 October 2012 as a substitute in the 84th minute of a match against Heracles Almelo which ended in a 3–3 draw.[9] He scored his first goal in a regular season for Ajax on 31 October 2012 starting the match against ONS Sneek in the KNVB Cup making it 1–0 in the 74th minute in the 2–0 win.[10] His Champions League debut was in the group D fixture of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League series on 6 November 2012, in an away match against Manchester City, which ended in a 2–2 draw, coming in as an 87th-minute substitute for Christian Poulsen, making his continental debut at the top flight, at the age of 18 years.[11] Having started in the Dutch Super Cup match against PSV on 5 August 2012, and a Dutch Cup match against ONS Sneek on 31 October 2012, Fischer played in the starting lineup of Ajax in an Eredivisie match for the first time on 11 November 2012, against PEC Zwolle, scoring twice and helping his side to a 4–2 away win.[12]

On 20 January 2013, Fischer played in his first Klassieker match against arch-rivals Feyenoord from Rotterdam, starting on the Left wing, he earned himself the Man of the Match award after scoring the first two goals in the first half of the match. His first goal in the 7th minute saw Fischer attacking from the left, and dribbling past the last defender and the keeper to score on the empty goal, while his second goal in the 40th minute came from the right side of the box, after he stripped the ball from Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen and volleyed it into the back of the net, Ajax went into halftime up by two goals. He was substituted in the 61st minute for Ryan Babel, with the match ending 3–0 for the Amsterdam side, in what would be the club's 50th all time victory over Feyenoord at home in Eredivisie history.[13][14][15]

On 18 February 2013, it was announced by Frank de Boer in De Telegraaf, that Viktor Fischer had extended his contract with Ajax until 2017.[16]

On 5 May 2013, Fischer contributed a goal in the 68th minute to a 5–0 victory at home against Willem II, which secured the top position in the Eredivisie table, and thus the club's third consecutive national title and 32nd overall. Later that same day, Fischer was announced as AFC Ajax Talent of the Year for his outstanding debut season, during which he emerged as Frank de Boer's first choice on the left wing and which saw him find the back of the net ten times, scoring twelve goals in all competitions all together.[17]

The 2013–14 season began with Fischer scoring his first goal in a pre-season friendly match against De Graafschap on 13 July 2013 with the match ending a 3–0 win for Ajax in Doetinchem.[18] The season officially kicked off on 27 July 2013 with the Dutch Super Cup (Johan Cruijff Shield) which would see Dutch Cup winners AZ face-off against league champions Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.[19] Fischer played the full match on the left wing, as Ajax defeated AZ 3–2 after extra time, earning the 8th overall Dutch Super Cup trophy for the club.[20] He scored his first Eredivisie goal for Ajax in the season opener against Roda JC Kerkrade scoring the final goal in the 83' minute, in the 3–0 win in Amsterdam.[21]

On 22 January 2014, Ajax played archrivals Feyenoord in the Quarter-finals of the KNVB Cup. After having conceded the first goal in the 7th minute of the match, Fischer stripped the ball from Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen once more and volleyed it into the net much like he did a season prior, tying the match and helping his side to a 3–1 victory and placement in the Semi-finals of the Dutch Cup.[22] Fischer suffered an injury to his hamstring on 24 February 2014 in a 4–0 win against AZ.[23] On 22 April 2014, it was announced that Fischer would undergo surgery in Gothenburg, Sweden, and would not return to the pitch until 2015.[24] Ajax finished the season winning their fourth consecutive Eredivisie title, and as Dutch Super Cup winners, with Fischer having made 35 appearances in all competitions, while scoring 7 goals in total (4 goals in the KNVB Cup).

Fischer was sidelined for the majority of the 2014–15 season, recovering from a hamstring injury he had obtained during the previous season.[24] He made his return playing in the Eerste Divisie for the reserves team Jong Ajax, debuting on 21 March 2015 in a 3–0 away loss to De Graafschap. Two days later he scored his first goal, while playing for the reserves team in a friendly match against Borussia Dortmund U-23. He scored the opening goal in the 12th minute of the 4–3 loss in Dortmund.[25] On 3 April 2015, he scored his first Eerste Divisie goal in the 52nd minute of a 2–1 away loss to FC Eindhoven. After four appearances in the Dutch second division, Fischer returned to the first team on 19 April 2015, coming on in the second half for Kolbeinn Sigþórsson in a 0–0 draw with NAC Breda at home.[26]

Fischer began the season as Frank de Boer's first choice on the right wing, where he eventually lost his starting position to Amin Younes. On 26 January 2016, Fischer made his 100th appearance for Ajax, becoming the 159th Ajax player to join the Club van 100. Throughout the season, Fischer saw less playing time for the first team, which resulted in him playing several matches for the reserves team in the Eerste Divisie. The season took a dramatic turn on the final match day when Ajax drew against De Graafschap, and were surpassed by rivals PSV by points, thus losing the title to their rivals. A few weeks later Fischer expressed his desire to find another club.[27]

Middlesbrough

On 26 May 2016, signed a four-year contract with newly-promoted Premier League team Middlesbrough for a reported transfer fee of €5 million.[28][29] Fischer scored his first goal in a 3–1 away win over Aston Villa in another friendly match, which took place on 30 July 2016.[30] He made his debut in a 2–0 away victory over Doncaster Rovers on 16 July 2016 as a pre-season friendly game.[31] He made his first Premier League appearance with the club, coming on as a substitute, in a goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion on 28 August 2016.[32] After a poor run of results, the club dropped into relegation zone on 4 March 2017, following a 2–0 away defeat to Stoke City.[33] Aitor Karanka, the manager of the club, was dismissed later that month.[34][35] After a 3–0 away defeat to Chelsea, the club's relegation to the EFL Championship was confirmed; they were only in the top flight of English football for one season.[36] In his only season at Middlesbrough, Fischer failed to score in 13 appearances.[37]

Mainz 05

On 28 June 2017, Fischer joined Bundesliga side Mainz 05 on a four-year deal until 2021.[37][38]

Copenhagen

In January 2018, Fischer returned to Denmark signing with defending champions Copenhagen on a 4½-year contract until 2022.[39]

International career

Youth

Fischer represented Denmark at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level.[40] While playing for the U17 squad, he was able to score 20 goals in 30 matches. He was also a part of the Danish U17 squad that made it to the semi-final of the U17 European championship 2011, before bowing out to Germany in a 0–2 loss.

Senior

On 14 November 2012, Fischer made his senior debut, when he came on as a substitute for Michael Krohn-Dehli in a 1–1 draw in a friendly against Turkey.[41] On 8 June 2015, he again came on as a sub for Krohn-Delhi, and scored the winning penalty goal in the 85th minute, of a 2–1 friendly victory over Montenegro.[42]

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[43]

Personal life

Fischer is the grandson of Danish former footballer Poul Pedersen. Like his grandfather, Fischer plays on the wing. While his grandfather played on the right wing, he prefers to play on the left.[44]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 18 April 2018[45]
Club Season League Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2012–13 Eredivisie 23 10 4 2 5 0 1 0 33 12
2013–14 24 3 4 4 6 0 1 0 35 7
2014–15 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
2015–16 28 8 2 1 9 2 0 0 39 11
Total 79 24 10 7 20 2 2 0 111 33
Middlesbrough 2016–17 Premier League 13 0 2 0 1 0 16 0
Mainz 05 2017–18 Bundesliga 10 0 2 2 12 2
FC Copenhagen 2017–18 Danish Superliga 11 5 1 0 2 1 14 6
Career total 113 29 15 9 22 3 3 0 153 41

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield and League Cup matches.

International

As of match played 16 June 2018[46]

Denmark
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 5 0
2014 0 0
2015 2 1
2016 7 2
2017 1 0
2018 3 0
Total 19 3

International goals

As of match played 31 August 2016[46]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 June 2015 Viborg Stadion, Denmark  Montenegro 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 3 June 2016 Toyota Stadium, Japan  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 2–2 (3–4 p) 2016 Kirin Cup
3. 31 August 2016 CASA Arena Horsens, Denmark  Liechtenstein 4–0 5–0 Friendly

Honours

Club

Ajax[45]

Individual

References

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External links

  • Biography at TheElastico.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 2013-05-13)
  • Voetbal International profile (in Dutch)
  • Viktor Fischer at National-Football-Teams.com
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