Simon Poulsen ( 2011)
Simon Poulsen was born in 1984 the son of a Danish and a Nigerian parent in Sønderborg. He grew up there as well.
The midfielder joined his childhood in the SUB Sønderborg. In 2002 he made his debut in the first team of IK Jutland, which merged in early 2004 with other teams to Sønderjysk elite sport. A year later, he moved from there to FC Midtjylland.
During the winter break of the season 2007/ 08 Poulsen moved for a transfer fee of 3.6 million Euros for AZ Alkmaar, where he signed a contract until 2012. In the 2008 /09 season he won the Dutch championship with AZ Alkmaar.
From 2002 to 2006, he made seven games for the U-19, a further seven for the U -20 and eleven games for the U-21 national team of Denmark. His first senior international, he completed on 28 March 2007 in Duisburg 's 1-0 win against Germany. He came on in the 76th minute for Dennis Rommedahl. In November of the same year followed against Northern Ireland (1-2) and Iceland (3-0) two more internationals.
On 10 May 2010 he was appointed national coach Morten Olsen for the preliminary squad of Denmark for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. On 27 May 2010 for three years he participated for the first time in an international match in part, when he was used in a 2-0 win in a friendly against Senegal. Poulsen stood in the starting XI and was replaced at half-time for Patrick Mtiliga. At the end he made it in the final squad for the World Cup 2010. In this World Cup he came in all three group games used. In the first group game against the Netherlands, he made an own goal to 0:1 ( Full 0:2 ). The Danes retired after the group stage.