Peter Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel (2011)

Peter Bolesław Schmeichel MBE [ ped̥ɐ smɑɪ̯ ɡ̊l̩ ˀ ] ( born November 18, 1963 in Gladsaxe ) is a former Danish football player at the position of the goalkeeper. He was elected twice to the World's Best Goalkeeper of the year in the course of his professional career. High notoriety reached Schmeichel among others as goalkeeper by winning the European Championship in 1992 and the football club Manchester United in addition to numerous successes by winning the Champions League final in 1999.

Career as a player

In 1984, he started his career at Danish club Hvidovre goalkeeper IF. In 1987 he joined the Danish top club Brøndby IF and won the Danish championship four times and once the Danish Cup there. The first time the international community at the 1988 European Championship in Germany became aware of him.

Manchester United became aware of flattery because of its spectacular parades and brought him to the island in 1991. In the "Red Devils " Schmeichel celebrated many successes. In addition to five league titles and three cup victories, he also won in his last season with this club the Champions League. In the memorable final in 1999 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona against Bayern Munich, he was careful with high risk goal and saved his team the chance to win, as he was at the right moments awake. In injury time Manchester won by two goals before the substitute Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær still this dramatic finale. In his 292 games for Manchester United Schmeichel was 177 times without conceding a goal.

It should also be successful in his next station. So in 2000 he was Portuguese champion at the age of 37 years with Sporting Lisbon.

On 30 May 2001 he announced end of his career. The decision Schmeichel revised in July 2001 in order to return to the Premier League and to hire at Aston Villa. On April 12, 2002 Peter Schmeichel released his contract on at Aston Villa after no regular place guarantee for the upcoming season was given to him there. For the 2002/03 season he moved to Manchester City, before 2003 ended his career.

His biggest success was probably the surprising winning the European Championship in 1992, when Denmark beat Germany in the final 2-0.

Schmeichel was careful in 129 internationals goal of the Danish national team.

He is the only known goalkeeper, who scored two goals out of the running game world. Curiously, another spectacular goal from Schmeichel in the FA Cup was disallowed for offside in 1997. To date, only him and the Romanian goalkeeper Necula Răducanu managed this feat.

Second Career in TV

Peter Schmeichel presented since 2004 along with his former colleagues Preben Larsen and Brian Laudrup Elkjær the coverage of the UEFA Champions League on the Danish channel TV3 ( Viasat ). Since then he has appeared in various formats on television, which also partially have no relation to football. So Schmeichel was the emcee of the quiz show 1 mod 100 on TV3, the Danish version of 1 vs. 100 Since 2008 he is also the protagonist of the European edition of Dirty Jobs on Discovery Channel in February 2007.


  • Danish champion: 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991
  • Danish Cup winner: 1989
  • English Champion: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • English Cup Winners: 1994, 1996, 1999
  • Portuguese champions: 2000
  • Champions League winner: 1999
  • UEFA Super Cup winner: 1991
  • European Championship: 1992
  • World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year: 1992, 1993
  • UEFA Club Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year: 1998
  • Member of the Hall of Fame of the Danish Sports since 2008


Peter Schmeichel is the son of a Polish jazz musician and a Danish nurse and was, until his seventh year exclusively Polish citizen. His son, Kasper ( born 1986 ) is also football player and currently plays in England's second division Leicester City. Schmeichel and his wife Bente, a social worker and daughter of his coach at Gladsaxe Hero, Svend Aage Hansen, also have a daughter.