Andreas Cornelius

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Andreas Cornelius
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Cornelius playing for Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full nameAndreas Evald Cornelius[1]
Date of birth(1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 21)
Place of birthCopenhagen, Denmark
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
F.C. Copenhagen
Number11
Youth career
BK Hekla
Fremad Amager
F.C. Copenhagen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2012–2013F.C. Copenhagen34(18)
2013–2014Cardiff City8(0)
2014–F.C. Copenhagen16(7)
National team
2010–2011Denmark U186(2)
2011–2012Denmark U1914(4)
2012–Denmark U212(0)
2012–Denmark7(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2013
 
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Andreas Cornelius
Andreas Cornelius cropped.jpg
Cornelius playing for Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full nameAndreas Evald Cornelius[1]
Date of birth(1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 21)
Place of birthCopenhagen, Denmark
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
F.C. Copenhagen
Number11
Youth career
BK Hekla
Fremad Amager
F.C. Copenhagen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2012–2013F.C. Copenhagen34(18)
2013–2014Cardiff City8(0)
2014–F.C. Copenhagen16(7)
National team
2010–2011Denmark U186(2)
2011–2012Denmark U1914(4)
2012–Denmark U212(0)
2012–Denmark7(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2013

Andreas Evald Cornelius (born 16 March 1993) is a Danish footballer who plays as a striker for Danish Superliga club F.C. Copenhagen.

Club career[edit]

Cornelius vs. Tosaint Ricketts of Canada in 2013.

F.C. Copenhagen[edit]

Cornelius gained his first Superliga match on 9 April 2012, coming on as a substitute for César Santin against AGF at NRGi Park in Aarhus. In the previous Superliga match (against Brøndby at Parken Stadium on 5 April 2012), Cornelius was an unused substitute.[3]

Previously, Cornelius had joined the first team squad for their training camps in July 2011 and January 2012.[4][5]

On 20 May 2012, it was announced that Cornelius would join the first team squad on a permanent basis at the beginning of the upcoming season, together with Christoffer Remmer and Jakob Busk.[6]

He scored his first goal for Copenhagen against Midtjylland in the first game of the new season 2012–13. Cornelius scored the opening goal against Odense in a 2-2 draw. The teenager scored the winning goal against Molde FK in the Europa League on September 20.[7]

Cornelius was awarded player of the month in the Danish Superliga on 7 October 2012. On 15 April, Cornelius scored the final goal in a 3-2 win against FC Nordsjælland. This gave FCK a 10 point lead in the league to number 2, and was crucial for Copenhagen winning the title.

Even though Cornelius only played one full season with the first team, he quickly became one of the most popular players of the club, as the print with his name and number on the official shirts being the most popular, selling around 40% of all prints.[8]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 27 June 2013, Cardiff City announced they had signed Cornelius, for a club record fee.[9][10] Reports from Denmark suggest a fee of 75 million Danish Kroner (approximately £8 million).[11]

On 1 July 2013, Cornelius completed his medical at Cardiff City and signed a five-year deal with the club. Interviewed by their website, he added: "I've been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that's taking place at Cardiff City.[12]

On 24 July 2013, Cornelius made his debut for Cardiff City in a friendly against Forest Green Rovers and scored a goal in the game which Cardiff won 4-3. However, he sustained a minor injury to his ankle during training the following week, and consequently missed out on the remaining 3 pre-season games. It also meant he was not fit enough to be considered for selection for Cardiff's first ever Premier League game, against West Ham United on 17 August 2013.

Cornelius warming up before his Premier League debut on 25 August 2013

Cornelius made his competitive debut for Cardiff City on 25 August 2013 in the Premier League against Manchester City. He came on as a stoppage time replacement for Fraizer Campbell who had led Cardiff to a 3-2 victory with 2 second half goals.[13] Three days later, in a League Cup match against League Two club Accrington Stanley, Cornelius made his first competitive start for the club in a 2-0 win; however he re-aggravated the ankle injury he had picked up in pre-season following a heavy tackle and was carried off on a stretcher just before half-time.[14] The injury would prove worse than first feared; and left Cornelius on the sidelines for the next 3 months, meaning he missed 10 games for Cardiff, as well as the chance to compete for his country Denmark in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

During the final international break of 2013, Cornelius once again began training with the first team squad, in order to be accessed by the Cardiff City medical staff. They deemed that he was fit to return to action, and therefore arranged a behind closed door friendly with Championship club Yeovil Town on 14 November 2013. Cornelius played 60 minutes as planned in a 2-1 defeat and told British media that he was fit and ready to return to action.[15]

F.C. Copenhagen return[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Cornelius returned to F.C. Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, but Cardiff claim they lost most of the money they paid for him.[16] He scored a hat-trick in his first game back at Copenhagen in a friendly match against Slovan Liberec.[17] On 23 February 2014, Cornelius made his first competitive start, after re-signing with the club. He crowned his comeback with a header to put his team in front 1-0 against AGF at NRGi Park. The match however ended in a 1-1 draw. Cornelius ended his first half season with 5 goals in 13 appearances, including a brace against Randers FC in Parken where he dribbled past four men before sending the ball into the back of the net.

Honours[edit]

FC Copenhagen

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