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Facts about Peter Schmeichel, the Great Dane

Mon 03 May 2021 | 10:30

In our today's article, we will focus on some top facts about Peter Schmeichel, the goalkeeper, whose name, despite many years of his presence in the football world, still shines among the champions of the world of football today. To know further about the former football star, stay tuned for more.

It is rare to find someone who is a football fan but has not heard of Peter Schmeichel or been unaware of his fame. The goalkeeper's rich career history has a lot to share, which through the following article, we have tried to cover most of them and present the most interesting facts about Peter Schmeichel.

Born on 18 November 1963, Peter Schmeichel, the full name Peter Bolestaw Schmeichel, entered the football world when he was 9. Coming from Denmark, Schmeichel is a former professional goalkeeper, most remembered for his brilliant performances during the years he was at English club Manchester United.

Most being reminded of the time he captained the club to winning in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final to perform the Treble. Though it is not usual amongst goalkeepers, Schmeichel scored 11 goals in his career history.

From 1987 to 2001, the talented goalkeeper took part in 129 competitions for Denmark national team and record his name as the most capped player for the team. Within his career history, between 1981 and 2003, Schmeichel represented several clubs, including Gladsaxe Hero, Hvidovre, Brøndby, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, and Manchester City.

Being voted as the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper three times in 1992, 1993, and 2000, Schmeichel is amongst the greatest goalkeepers of all time and one of the top 10 goalkeepers of the 20th century. In 2001, through a public vote that Reuters held, most of the 200,000 participants chose him as the best goalkeeper, and he surpassed Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks. 

Taking a look at top facts about Peter Schmeichel

In the following, we will present a wide range of facts about Peter Schmeichel, including his on and off-pitch life. Despite football fans' attention to the professional life of their champions, they are so interested in knowing more about their families and other related info to their life out of football. As the first step, we have mentioned some general data that help you to get a brief knowledge about him.

  • Full Name:

    Peter Boleslaw Schmeichel

  • Date of Birth:

    18 November 1963 

  • Place of Birth:

    Gladsaxe, Denmark 

  • Nationality:

    Danish-Polish

  • Age:

    57

  • Height:

    1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 

  • Playing Position:

    Goalkeeper

After reviewing some essential general

facts about Peter Schmeichel

, it is time to go through more detailed info and know about how he joined the football world, his achievements, and finally, a look at his playing time summary. Additionally, we have allocated a separate part to him, a group of some notable short info about him. To know him more, do not miss any section. 

Peter Schmeichel Childhood and Growing up Years

According to the data about

Peter Schmeichel childhood

and growing years on authentic websites, he was born on 18 November 1963 to his parents, Inger and Antoni Schmeichel. He entered the football world and joined a club in the nearby suburb of Hoje-Gladsaxe.

He appeared for the first time in a match on 7 August 1972, when he was 8. Only over two years and a half and through a merge between Gladsaxe BK and BK Hero, Gladsaxe-Hero BK, Schmeichel got the opportunity of playing for Zealand FA's Junior representative team. Having graduated to the senior squad, Schmeichel met Svend Aage Hansen as his first mentor, who later became his father-in-law.

Despite the club's relegation from the Danish Third Division, Hansen caused Schmeichel and six other players to promote from the youth team and appeared in a competition against IF Skjold Brikerod.

Although they ended the match in a 1-0 loose result, Schmeichel's remarkable personal performance earned him many mentions in local newspapers. Due to Hansen's plan for him, Schmeichel spent two more seasons with the club and then moved to

Hvidovre

to play for the Danish national team. 

Peter Schmeichel Family

Peter Schmeichel was born to his mother Inger, a Danish nurse, and his father, Antoni Schmeichel, a Polish jazz musician in the Soborggard area of Gladsaxe in Denmark. Inheriting Boleslaw, his middle name, Schmeichel spent his early life in the Buddinge town, Copenhagen.

Based on the published facts regarding his siblings, Schmeichel has one sister, Katherine Schmeichel. No other info regarding

Peter Schmeichel family

has limited our knowledge of the presented facts. 

Peter Schmeichel wife and Children

The starting point of Peter Schmeichel's love story refers to 2014, one year after his divorce from Bente, his first wife, that he started a relationship with Laura Von Lindholm, but three years later, in 2017, they separated. However, it did not last long, and they got back together after a while.

Then, due to their decision, they patched things up in the Danish coastal town of Espergaerde at a party with 200 guests. The legendary former Manchester United goalkeeper got married to his long-term partner, Laura Von Lindholm, at a small family wedding celebration in Denmark. 

By posting 'She said yes,' and 'Just like that, I became the happiest person in the world.' Schmeichel announced his engagement on Instagram. Also, his wife shared her picture with the caption, 'My light, my love. Yes, yes, yes! Yes!'

Peter Schmeichel wife

, Laura Von Lindholm, is a nutritionist, and she also works as an actor, but before that, she had appeared on the cover of one US magazine, Playboy. 

Cecilie and Kasper,

Peter Schmeichel children

, are from his first wife, Bente, a marriage that lasted for 31 years and ended in 2013. If you are a football fan, you must have heard the name of

Kasper Schmeichel

, the current goalkeeper of

Leicester City

.

Kasper was born on 5 November 1986, and it is more than 20 years that he has joined the football world and has started his career as a goalie. Cecilie, one of the other Peter Schmeichel children, is a married woman whose spouse is Joakim Pilkaer.

Peter Schmeichel Tattoos

The idea of making beautiful bodies by doing tattoos does not refer to many years ago. Taking a look at the footballers in those days will reveal that tattoo is a thing that has become popular amongst footballers not long time ago.

There is no photo regarding

Peter Schmeichel tattoos

, which shows his unwillingness to it. From the time he started his career till now that he is a retired footballer, he has not inked any design on his body. 

Peter Schmeichel Instagram

Taking a look at

Peter Schmeichel Instagram

,

@pscgmeichel1

shows the former star of the football world does not spend so much time on the platform. However, social media might not be the 57-year-old goalkeeper's favorite hobby.

Posting 333 posts and having 597k followers (at the time of writing the article) describe he is not interested in Instagram a lot. The concept of his posts is about football and his life outside of it, like reading and playing guitar. What all his posts have in common is his beautiful smile which has made the photos more attractive. 

Peter Schmeichel Net Worth

Peter Schmeichel net worth

is one of the hottest topics about him because the related details to the personal life of most fans seem as attractive as their professional life. The former Danish prominent goalkeeper who retired in April 2003 has a net worth of $25 million. 

Peter Schmeichel Achievements

As you expect, talking about

Peter Schmeichel achievements

is longer than a shortlist that we can present all of them in only one section of an article. For this reason, we have just mentioned some of the most notable ones and categorized them into three groups: Clubs, International, and Individual.

Playing for

Manchester United

earned Schmeichel many honors, including Premier League in five seasons, FA Cup for three seasons, Football League Cup, FA Charity Shield, UEFA Champions League, and European Super Cup.

However, Schmeichel's playing for the clubs, including

Sporting CP

, Aston Villa, and Brondby, was successful, that he won many prizes. For example, UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001, which he gained while he was the

Aston Villa

goalkeeper.

Schmeichel also achieved the UEFA European Championship award in 1992 for his brilliant appearance in international competitions for Denmark's national team that year. In addition to all mentioned achievements, the outstanding goalie recorded a wide range of honors in his career history. In the following, we will name some of the most remarkable ones. 

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1992, UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1998, and Premier League Player of the Season in 1995-96 are some of his gainings. The IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993 achieved the award of English Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and the World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time. 

Although we did not list all Schmeichel's honors, based on the mentioned ones, it was easy to understand how much the Danish keeper was successful during his playing time.

Peter Schmeichel Quotes

There is no wonder how the Manchester United legend could arouse much admiration with his extraordinary performance during his playing time. Being considered as the best goalkeeper in Premier League history, the prominent stopper not only did the best in all areas that a goalie can do, he was also the qualified character that could drive his teammates onto success.

Through the following section, we have gathered a collection of quotes about Peter Schmeichel. Ryan Giggs said, "Goalkeepers win you games sometimes, and Peter Schmeichel won more games than any other goalkeepers I have ever seen."

John Barnes praised him and said, "Simply one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. There are goalkeepers with presence who are not much good, but Schmeichel had both presence and raw ability. He was a great shot-stopper and a fine taker of crosses and read the game superbly. He commanded his box. There has not been a better player in the Premiership."

Some Top Short Facts about Peter Schmeichel 

-Schmeichel's physical stats, at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 i) tall and about 100 kg (15 st 10 lb) weight during his playing time, besides his especial wearing size, XXXL football shirt, had made him famous for his intimidating physique. Schmeichel also had behavior on the pitch that suited his body, a powerful rival with loud, unstinting critiques for his defenders' mistakes.

-Throughout the nineties, by displaying brilliant performance, Peter Schmeichel had made himself one of the key players in Sir Alex Fergusen's

Manchester City

team. In addition to dominating English football, Schmeichel was one of the best players in the Denmark national team, won the European Championship in 1992, which caused one of the biggest upset of all time in the football world. 

-One of the interesting

facts about Peter Schmeichel

is his style of playing, the way he could attract lots of attention to himself. According to the vast majority of experts' ideas, Schmeichel has been a modern, talented, world-class, and complete goalkeeper, whose longevity of his career caused him to stand out.

The greatest goalkeepers of all time's height, strength, and physically imposing with a large frame and long reach have made him different from other goalies. Unlike what all expect from players with his size, he was notably athletic and agile and was famous for his skill in covering the goal with his tag "star jumps" saves. 

-Peter Schmeichel's retirement not only made him closer to the football world, but it caused him to reach the dreams he had and could not do them. Four years before his retirement in 2003, Schmeichel had become his childhood club's owner, Hvidovre IF, though three years later, he withdrew the club. Having retirement, Schmeichel started to work as a pundit for the BBC and an analyst on Match of the Day.

After a while, he began to work on Danish television channel TV3+ to host live UEFA Champions League matches. In 2007, through proposing a DKK 250 million (€33.5 million) offer in a press conference in Danish at a hotel in Copenhagen, Schmeichel and a group of investors announced their tendency for investment in the football club Brondby IF. However, due to not stating the acceptance within the offer's deadline by the club, the offer fell through. 

-Though netting is not usual amongst goalkeepers, Schmeichel scored 11 goals during his career, which one of them was his goal for his national team. 

Peter Schmeichel Career in Summary

We have allocated this section of the article to one of the most viewed topics,

Peter Schmeichel career

. The longevity of the Danish goalkeeper's career history does not let us go through all details related to it. So, we have prepared a short but complete account of his professional.

The first club he joined was Brondby that he played for them from 1987 to 1991. His last competition with the club was a match against Roma, which ended in their loss with the lt-minute Rudi Voller's goal.

Schmeichel player the eight following years for Manchester United and moved to the club by signing a contract for £505,000, which Alex Ferguson named the "bargain of the century." He passed the years professionally and successfully and meanwhile earned many achievements.

At the end of the 1998-99 season, following Schmeichel's decision about leaving English football after a tedious 60-match season, he moved to Sporting CP. Finally, by the expiration of his contract with the club, he left the club in June 2001.

However, he had stated his willingness to extend his presence for the club for one more year. By leaving Sporting CP, Schmeichel joined Aston Villa, which was his return to England football.

During the year 2001 to 2002, he gained many honors but felling behind Peter Enckelman in the club's pecking order by Graham Taylor, the club's new manager's decision, the Danish keeper left there.

Schmeichel moved to Manchester City through a free transfer and left an exceptional record in the Manchester derby within the only season Schmeichel played there. One interesting fact about his appearance in the club is that, while he was United's keeper, they had never lost to Manchester City. By his move to City, they won their opponent at Maine Road and ended one another game in a drew result at Old Trafford. 

As you read through the article, we tried to cover as many as top

facts about Peter Schmeichel

, though his career history was too rich to be included in one piece. Schmeichel's success in his profession made his life off the pitch, full of brilliant moments that look so interesting for his fans, which caused his personal life as notable as professional.

At all, despite our effort in presenting a comprehensive text about the Polish-Danish goalkeeper, we might have missed some. If there are any notes regarding the topic, let us know through the comment section.

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