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Top facts about Jon Dahl Tomasson, The White Scorpion

Tue 03 May 2022 | 4:30

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s achievements and contributions at AC Milan may have gone unnoticed to many, but his goal tally for the Danish national team will not be forgotten. Read on to find out more facts about Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Jon Dahl Tomasson (born August 29, 1976) is a former player and manager in Danish football.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s age

is 45. Here you can find out the most important facts about about Jon Dahl Tomasson, the former striker.

Formerly a striker, his most memorable runs in football were with

Feyenoord

, where he won the 2002 UEFA Cup, and AC Milan, where he won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and advanced to the final in 2005. In both 2002 and 2004, he was awarded the Danish Player of the Year award.

Following his playing career, Tomasson moved into coaching, serving as an assistant and manager in the Netherlands before joining the Danish national team as an assistant manager under Ge Hareide.

An important fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he joined Allsvenskan's Malmö FF in 2020, the former club of Hareide, and departed two years later after winning the Swedish title for the second time.

Top facts about Jon Dahl Tomasson:

Jon Dahl Tomasson won the Everdise with Feyenoord in 1998 and UEFA Super Cup in 2002. In 2002, he became Denmark’s player of the year after scoring 4 goals in the World Cup.

Jon Dahl Tomasson early life

Tomasson, the son of Bjarne Tomasson and Leila Dahl Petersen, began playing football when he was five years old in the Solrd BK youth team in Kge.

Regarding

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that he went to Kge BK, the largest club in the region, when he was nine years old.

He made his senior debut for the club in November 1992, when he was 16 years old. Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s parents

.

He helped the club be promoted twice in a row during the following two years: at the conclusion of the 1993 season, when the club was promoted from the Denmark Series to the 2nd Division, and at the end of the 1994 season, when the club was promoted to the 1st Division.

Jon Dahl Tomasson professional career

Jon Dahl Tomasson finished his international career scoring a record 52 goals in 112 appearances, not bad for a striker who spent so much time playing second fiddle.

Jon Dahl Tomasson club career

An important fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he agreed to a move from Kge BK to SC Heerenveen of the Eredivisie in December 1994, when he was 18 years old. By the 1995–96 season, Tomasson had established himself as a first-team regular and was the club's leading scorer, with 14 goals in 30 league games.

In the 1996–97 season, he raised his total to 18, and was once again the club's leading scorer. He also won the Best Dutch Football Talent award in 1996, beating out the likes of Boudewijn Zenden and Patrick Kluivert.

Newcastle United

Jon Dahl’s achievements drew the attention of other teams, and in July 1997, he signed a high-profile contract with FA Premier League side Newcastle United, coached at the time by

Kenny Dalglish

. Tomasson was seen by Dalglish as the ideal partner for England striker Alan Shearer.

An important fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he impressed during a pre-season friendly competition in the Republic of Ireland, and the pairing initially worked well.

However, Tomasson was switched from his regular offensive midfield position to striker due to Shearer's career-threatening injury and the contentious departure of popular striker Les Ferdinand to

Tottenham Hotspur

.

Due to his lack of physical strength, he struggled to adjust to his new position on the pitch and to the English game. Newcastle finished 13th in the 1997–98 season after finishing second the year before, with just four goals in 35 matches across all competitions.

Feyenoord

In July 1998, Tomasson returned to the Eredivisie, this time with Feyenoord as an attacking midfielder. In the 1998–99 season, the team won both the Eredivisie and the Dutch Super Cup.

Feyenoord did not repeat as champions in the following seasons, although they fared well enough to finish third in 1999–00, second in 2000–01, and third again in 2001–02.

Tomasson scored a lot of goals in each of these seasons, and he had the honor of being Feyenoord's top scorer in the Eredivisie in 2000–01 with 15 goals. In 2001–02, he scored 17 Eredivisie goals in a partnership with colleague Pierre van Hooijdonk, who went on to become the Eredivisie's top scorer with 24 goals.

Tomasson was a key member of the Feyenoord squad that won its first international trophy in 26 years in 2001–02, when the club won the UEFA Cup competition.

He scored four goals throughout the tournament and, more significantly, he worked well with imposing attacker Pierre van Hooijdonk on the pitch. They overcame SC Freiburg, Rangers F.C., PSV Eindhoven, and Internazionale Milano in the competition before facing Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Tomasson scored the game-winning goal in a 3–2 Feyenoord victory, and he was named man of the match as a result. Tomasson's contract with Feyenoord expired in the summer of 2002, and after their UEFA Cup success, he agreed to a free transfer to Serie A team

A.C. Milan

.

Milan

The Italian Cup was won by Milan in the 2002–03 season, Tomasson's first at the club. Tomasson was mostly utilized as a late substitution, although he did manage to score three goals in the UEFA Champions League, giving him a share of the trophy when Milan won the competition in May 2003.

An important

fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson

is that he was unable to compete in the final due to an injury sustained in the first leg of the 2003 Coppa Italia Final.

Tomasson was granted increased playing time for the 2003–04 season, and he scored 12 Serie A goals in a title-winning season. He was also a member of the Milan club that won the Italian Super Cup with a 3–0 win against Coppa Italia champions

Lazio

in August 2004.

During the 2004–05 season, he failed to find a consistent starting spot in Milan's lineup. He was once again used as a substitute, and as a result, he scored less goals than the previous season.

He was again deployed as a late substitution in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool, and when the game went to a penalty shootout, he was chosen to kick. Milan lost despite Tomasson's goal, as Serginho,

Andrea Pirlo

, and Andriy Shevchenko all missed shots.

An important fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he was considered a possible excess when Christian Vieri joined the club in July 2005, and he accepted to be put on Milan's transfer list.

Stuttgart VfB

VfB Stuttgart, a German Bundesliga team, paid a €7.5 million transfer fee to Milan in July 2005 in order to negotiate a new four-year deal with Tomasson.

Tomasson joined fellow Denmark national team member Jesper Grnkjr in Stuttgart, although neither of them had a great 2005–06 season.

Despite the fact that Tomasson became Stuttgart's leading scorer with eight Bundesliga goals, the squad failed to produce enough opportunities and goals during the season, and as a result, Stuttgart only placed ninth in the Bundesliga.

Grnkjr departed the club after the season, while Tomasson was linked with a move to Birmingham City in England. He elected to remain at Stuttgart at the conclusion of the transfer window in August 2006, believing in a stronger 2006–07 season for the club.

Stuttgart would undoubtedly be crowned Bundesliga champions in the following year. However, injuries forced Tomasson to miss numerous games throughout the first part of the season.

Villarreal

An important fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he was loaned to Villarreal in the Spanish Primera División on January 24, 2007, to replace the injury to striker Nihat Kahveci for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.

Tomasson became just the sixth player to play in the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Primera División when he made his Villarreal debut against Real Madrid. Only four players had previously achieved this uncommon feat: Florin Răducioiu, Gheorghe Popescu, Abel Xavier, and Pierre Womé.

His loan deal with Villarreal terminated on July 1, 2007, although it included a buyout clause. The club was so pleased with Tomasson's performance in the previous six months that they decided to pay Stuttgart the second half of a €1 million transfer fee in just a few days in order to negotiate a new two-year deal with him.

An important

fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson

is that he scored in Villareal's 3–0 win against

Valencia

in the 2007–08 La Liga season opener. Tomasson, on the other hand, largely appeared in the club's UEFA cup games in 2007–08, when he proved his worth as an effective striker by scoring five goals in eight games.

Villarreal's season finished as their greatest ever, with the team finishing second in La Liga. However, Tomasson had a terrible season on a personal level owing to a lack of playing time and few goals scored.

Feyenoord

In June 2008, he agreed with Villarreal to seek the market for a potential move as a consequence of his dismal season at the club. Marca, a Spanish sports publication, quickly connected him to Feyenoord, a Dutch club. Tomasson first dismissed this as sheer guesswork.

However, the rumors were eventually shown to be correct. He left

Villarreal

on a free transfer in July 2008 and signed a new three-year deal with Feyenoord.

He had a tremendous start in this league, scoring four goals in three games. Unfortunately, this was followed by a long-term injury that lasted from late September to early January. As a result, he was limited to just 14 appearances for Feyenoord in 2008–09.

A notable fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he had to deal with a handful of ailments again in the 2009–10 season. However, he was able to play another 28 games for Feyenoord throughout the season, scoring a total of 12 goals to become the club's top scorer.

He contributed to Feyenoord finishing fourth in the Eredivisie and reaching the Dutch Cup final with his excellent performance on the field.

The final was contested over two legs, and Feyenoord was defeated 6–1 on aggregate by Ajax, although Tomasson made his imprint in history by scoring the lone goal for Feyenoord. He was sadly struck by another significant injury at the 2010 World Cup, which ruined his first half of the 2010–11 Feyenoord season.

The injury, according to Feyenoord's medical professionals, was much worse than first imagined. When they attempted to get him ready for a game on August 15, the injury had not fully healed, and it resurfaced at its usual vigor after an overly strenuous training session.

After a closer look at the injury, the coach now believes Tomasson will be ready to play his first game of the season in January 2011.

Jon Dahl Tomasson international career

A notable fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he was regarded as a remarkable potential in Danish football, having represented the country's junior teams. He was named Danish U-19 Player of the Year in 1994 after scoring 10 goals in 16 games for the national under-19 squad. In all, he scored 27 goals for different national youth teams in 37 games.

Tomasson was called up to the Danish national team after two successful seasons with Heerenveen, and he made his debut against Croatia on March 29, 1997.

Tomasson was discarded by the Danish national team during his time at Newcastle due to a lack of playing time, and he was not picked to participate in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

A notable

fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson

is that he was called up for the Denmark national team again in August 1998, and with six goals in seven Euro 2000 qualifying matches, he soon established himself as an essential member of the Danish squad, playing as an offensive midfielder behind striker Ebbe Sand.

He appeared in all three of Denmark's Euro 2000 matches, but did not score as the team was eliminated in the group stage. Prior to joining Milan, he represented Denmark in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals in as many games.

Tomasson represented Denmark at Euro 2004 and was named to the Euro 2004 Team of the Tournament after scoring three goals in four games. Morten Olsen, Denmark's Coach stated on May 28, 2010, that the player will be part of the final 23-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

On June 24, he scored in a 3–1 loss to Japan, sending Denmark out of the tournament. He was named the tournament's finest Danish player by FIFA. Fans and the media, on the other hand, did not agree with FIFA's governing body.

A notable fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he scored 52 goals in 112 appearances for Denmark throughout his career, which lasted from March 1997 to June 2010, tying him with Poul Nielsen for the most goals scored by a Danish player. He was a member of the Euro 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2010 World Cup teams.

Tomasson announced his retirement from the national team on August 9, 2010, after scoring his 52nd international goal in Denmark's last match at the 2010 World Cup. "We say our goodbyes to a brilliant athlete and a fantastic person," Olsen said, adding that Tomasson was "the perfect team player."

Jon Dahl Tomasson coaching career

Tomasson announced his retirement on June 6, 2011, and that he will be an assistant coach for the Dutch team Excelsior.

At the start of the 2013–14 season, Tomasson signed a two-year deal to become the club's head coach. Roda sacked their head coach, Ruud Brood, on December 15, and appointed Tomasson as the new head coach on December 26, 2013.

He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract that began on January 3, 2014. Kerkrade was fired on May 26, 2014, after just five months with the club and half of the season, which culminated in relegation for Roda JC Kerkrade.

A notable fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson is that he was named the new assistant manager of Vitesse Arnhem on June 19, 2015. Tomasson was named as Denmark's assistant coach on March 7, 2016.

Malmö

Tomasson was named the next manager of Malmö FF in the Swedish Allsvenskan on January 5, 2020. In his first season at the club, he guided the team to the Allsvenskan championship in 2020, giving Malmö FF its 21st Swedish title.

In his second season with Malmö FF, he led the team to the Champions League group stage after guiding them through four qualifying rounds, including victories against Glasgow Rangers in the third round and Ludogorets in the fourth.

Tomasson and Malmo FF won the Allsvenskan league championship for the second time in December 2021.

Jon Dahl Tomasson legacy

"My biggest dream is to play for the national team, in front of 40,000 people, and to score many goals." Jon Dahl Tomasson's statements, uttered in his native language to a DR Sporten film team on a visit to his classroom in 1994, demonstrate the kind of person he was even back then: ambitious, courteous, and well-spoken.

To get a sense of who a footballer is, why they kick a ball for a living, and what motivates them, it's always worth looking back at where they came from, how they got their start, and what the beautiful game was like for them before fame, publicity, thunderous arenas, and six-figure salaries became the norm.

As a consequence, Tomasson's tenure at Koge as a young go-getter is significant for a variety of reasons.

For starters, it demonstrates that his desire to become a footballer was always rooted in that innocent pursuit of childhood fantasy, the same kind of love that drives a child to leave their schoolbag in the hallway after a long day of studying and learning in order to run out to the garden and pretend to be their favorite footballer.

The same kind of uncontrolled enthusiasm that propels you to accomplish what you love despite your body's protests.

Although he lacked the vainglory and modish inclinations of some of his more prominent colleagues, Jon Dahl Tomasson was not without his own set of devastating ordnance to wreak havoc on defences — for both club and country.

If the young Tomasson's days at Koge were spent fleshing out his football identity, scoring goals for fun and demonstrating a desire to have an impact, his time with Heerenveen was spent reaching a wider audience and building a continental legacy that would last for years, barring a shaky spell at

Newcastle United

.

A notable

fact about Jon Dahl Tomasson

is that he had to work hard to stand out on an Eredivisie stage already crowded with really good young players, and he came close.

He scored 44 goals in all competitions across three seasons, two of which were complete seasons, and was the league's top scorer at one point, ahead of the likes of Ronaldo,

Patrick Kluivert

, and Henrik Larsson.

After suffering the heartbreak of losing the KNVB Cup final 4-2 to Roda and being knocked off his perch as the division's best marksman, Tomasson and the team didn't finish strong in his final season, losing their final five league games despite scoring 18 goals to finish just three goals behind top scorer Luc Nilis (21).

Nonetheless, he could brag about being named Dutch Football's Talent of the Year, as well as a track record of being a solid striker for middling teams – and it was those qualities that enticed Newcastle to spend £2.5 million on signing the 21-year-old ahead of the 1997/98 Premier League season.

Tomasson's Geordie odyssey began in spectacular fashion, scoring four goals in his first four pre-season matches for the Magpies as he did what he did best, and while his detractors have painted the season that followed as a laughable, expensive mistake, the truth is closer to an unfulfilled romance than a tragicomedy.

Tomasson's customary expression of certainty, almost as if he had been wearing a clinical assassin's mask, swiftly vanished on Tyneside, despite his pitiful goal return.

Impotence and a gauche attitude replaced his natural assurance in and around the 18-yard box, and he battled for any semblance of form as Newcastle were hamstrung by a lack of a serious goal threat.

Despite common perception, Tomasson was not the only member of the squad that vanished. Rather, his goal drought was a sign of a striker-related issue for Newcastle that season.

In all, the squad scored 35 goals in the league, which was the second-lowest total of the season; every side below them scored more, including the relegated trio of Crystal Palace, Barnsley, and Bolton.

During Tomasson's one and only season in the north east, he was held up as a risible impostor of a striker, but his teammates attackers were just as guilty of a string of poor performances.

For the bulk of the season, the six recognized attackers in their roster – which featured top-quality names like Ian Rush,

Alan Shearer

, Faustino Asprilla, and Paul Brayson – combined for only 21 goals.

When it comes to addressing the automatic impulse to blame the Dane for his four goals in 35 games, a little sound revisionism goes a long way, considering Shearer only scored seven goals in 23 appearances, the highest of any Newcastle striker that season.

Many Magpies supporters have wondered why Tomasson has had such a bad run; the answer is very certainly that he was saddled with too much responsibility.

Expected to come in and score goals on a regular basis in a squad in flux after the summer losses of David Ginola and Les Ferdinand, as well as Asprilla in the January window, he couldn't adapt quickly enough and drowned in the never-ending waves of expectation.

Feyenoord, a return to the Eredivisie, awaited, and it proved to be a home away from home for the Danish striker as he recaptured his goal-scoring form, guiding the team win their first top-flight championship in six years.

After a UEFA Cup success in which Tomasson scored in the 3-2 final victory against

Borussia Dortmund

, a further three seasons of regular minutes and steady scoring came to a stop in 2002.

His sustained progress in the Netherlands set him up for a fairy-tale transfer to AC Milan in his peak years, where he would go on to win the most silverware of any player at any club — four championships – at a time when the Rossoneri were on the cusp of continental dominance.

Tomasson's arrival had an instant effect, fueling the Serie A club's desire to become dominating on several fronts. He thrived in a Milan side that was honing themselves at exactly the right time, thanks to his clever movement, precision finishing, and willingness to fit in and maximize his opportunity.

Tomasson became the ideal alternative for Carlo Ancelotti to choose off the bench, bringing him into play at the correct time and time again to the point where his presence worked as a lift for the squad on multiple occasions.

And so it proved when his squad was desperate for a goal in the waning seconds of their Champions League second-leg quarter-final match against Ajax.

Ronald Koeman's team had kept Il Diavolo to a scoreless draw at home and in the dying moments, and with the scores knotted at 2-2, the away-goal rule was very much in their favor.

After being replaced late in the game, Tomasson was in no mood to give up, and when Filippo Inzaghi chipped a ball over Bogdon Lobonţ, he was on there to ensure the ball crossed the line under pressure from behind with a crucial last-gasp touch to secure a semi-final Milan derby.

When they did make it to the final at Old Trafford, however, there would be no space in the team for the Danish maestro, who was forced to miss out on possibly the most important night of his club career due to a shoulder injury that kept him out for many months.

However, Tomasson's ten matches from the group stage to the knockout stages, along with three goals, were more than enough to earn him a medal when

Juventus

were defeated in Manchester — but that specific injury segues well into the next chapter of Tomasson's career.

Tomasson, who was forced to retire at the age of 34, might have easily kept playing at the top levels if not for devastating injuries. That's because he had an instinctual aptitude for goal-scoring that isn't as well-known as it once was.

His fans would have wanted to see him play at the highest level for another three or four seasons longer than he did – after periods at VfB Stuttgart, Villarreal, and Feyenoord – but that would be greedy after scoring hundreds of goals for his club and another half-dozen for his nation.

On the other hand, it's another more proof that Tomasson was indeed the purist's pick. He wasn't excessively flamboyant or dripping with evident elegance, but he played with an understated flair when many of his peers were playing to the gallery, and it's this that has earned him so much respect, even years after he hung up his boots.

What began as a fantasy became a reality — for Tomasson, at least, that is proof enough that his skill was recognized.

Jon Dahl Tomasson social media

Regarding

Jon Dahl Tomasson social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@officialjondahltomasson

) with more than 12k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

Jon Dahl Tomasson body measurements

Speaking about

Jon Dahl Tomasson body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 182cm and 74kg.

Jon Dahl Tomasson net worth and salary

Jon Dahl Tomasson's net worth

is estimated to be around $11 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

 

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