Stig Tøfting

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Stig Tøfting
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Tøfting taking a yellow card in 2007
Personal information
Full nameStig Tøfting
Date of birth (1969-08-14) 14 August 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
ASA Aarhus
Senior career*
1989–1993 AGF 95 (10)
1993–1995 Hamburger SV 8 (0)
1994OB (loan) 12 (3)
1994AGF (loan) 6 (1)
1995AGF (loan) 8 (1)
1995–1997 AGF 70 (17)
1997 OB 7 (1)
1997–2000 MSV Duisburg 69 (4)
2000AGF (loan) 7 (2)
2000–2002 Hamburger SV 47 (2)
2002–2003 Bolton Wanderers 14 (0)
2003 Tianjin Teda 17 (0)
2004 AGF 29 (4)
2005 Häcken 23 (3)
2006–2007 Randers 30 (2)
National team
1990–1992 Denmark U21 5 (0)
1993–2002 Denmark 41 (2)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Randers (assistant)
2010 AGF (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stig Tøfting (born 14 August 1969), nicknamed Tøffe, and The Lawn Mower, is a former Danish professional footballer and assistant coach, who most recently was the assistant of Erik Rasmussen at AGF.

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Tøfting played most of his career as a defensive midfielder, and he was a hard-hitter who often engaged in rash tackles. He started his career with AGF Aarhus, with whom he won two Danish Cups, and most notably went on to play for German clubs Hamburger SV and MSV Duisburg, as well as Bolton Wanderers in England. He ended his career in 2007 with Randers FC, having won the 2006 Danish Cup with the team.

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Early career

Born in a suburb of Aarhus, Stig Tøfting started his career at Aarhus Gymnastik Forening (AGF), a team he would frequently return to throughout his career. He made his senior debut for the club on 29 October 1989, in the 1–0 victory against Aalborg BK. He won the 1992 Danish Cup with the team, and made his debut for the Danish national football team in January 1993.

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In June 1993, Tøfting moved from AGF to German team Hamburger SV (HSV) in a transfer deal worth DEM 500,000. [1] He took part in HSV's first three games of the 1993–94 Bundesliga season, before a knee injury side-lined him. He returned to the team in December 1993, but had a hard time forcing his way into the first team due to league restrictions on the number of foreign players in the starting line-up. [2] He was loaned out to Danish club Odense BK, playing 12 games in the last half of the 1993–94 Superliga season as Odense finished in fourth place. He was loaned out to AGF in the first half of the 1994–95 Superliga season, before returning to HSV in winter 1994. He played a further three games for HSV as a substitute, before he was once again loaned out to AGF in April 1995.

Hamburger SV sports club in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V.[hamˈbʊʁɡɐ ˌʃpɔʁt fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪ̯n], commonly known as Hamburger SV, Hamburg or HSV[haː ʔɛs ˈfaʊ̯], is a German sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department. Although the current HSV was founded in June 1919 from a merger of three earlier clubs, it officially traces its origin to 29 September 1887 when the first of the predecessors, SC Germania, was founded. HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.

Tøfting returned to AGF on a permanent contract in June 1995 in a transfer deal worth DKK 1.2 million. [3] He was named Man of the Match as he won his second Danish Cup triumph with AGF, and was called up for Denmark once again, after a three-year hiatus.

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German success

As his contract expired in the summer 1997, Tøfting moved from AGF to league rivals Odense BK on a free transfer. He did not get along well with Odense coach Roald Poulsen, and was suspended from the club in October 1997. Tøfting agreed a DKK 1 million move to defending Superliga champions Brøndby IF, but as Odense increased their asking price to DKK 2 millions, [4] the move fell through. He eventually moved back to Germany to play for MSV Duisburg in January 1998, in a DKK 600,000 transfer deal. [5] Despite being a newly promoted team in the 1997–98 Bundesliga season, Duisburg reached the 1998 German Cup final, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich.

In June 1999, Stig Tøfting received a 20-days suspended jail sentence for assault, while on holiday in Aarhus. He played on for Duisburg without any repercussions from manager Friedhelm Funkel. In the 1999–2000 Bundesliga season, Duisburg were dead last in the tournament, and Tøfting was loaned out to AGF in the last part of the 1999–2000 Superliga season.

As his contract with Duisburg expired in summer 2000, he moved back to former club HSV. With HSV, he took part in the UEFA Champions League tournament. When HSV manager Frank Pagelsdorf was fired in September 2001, Tøfting was worried about his status under new manager Kurt Jara, [6] and he moved to English club Bolton Wanderers in February 2002.


In moving to Bolton, Tøfting hoped to secure his place in the Danish national team for the up-coming 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament. [7] In his fourth game for Bolton in March 2002, he suffered an injury which caused a two-month-long recovery. He returned to play the last game of the 2001–02 Premier League season in May 2002, and was called up for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

He returned injured to Bolton following the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He struggled to secure a place in the Bolton starting line-up, and saw his playing time reduced to one league game and an appearance in an English League Cup defeat to Bury FC during the first months of the season. He returned took part in several games in the winter 2002, his last game being the January 2003 FA Cup defeat to Sunderland AFC.

In celebrations among the Danish players following the 2002 FIFA World Cup, at "Café Ketchup" in Copenhagen, Tøfting had head-butted the proprietor of the café. He stood trial for the incident in October 2002 and was convicted to four months in jail. After the conviction, he got his Bolton contract reduced until summer 2003. He served his jail time from April to July 2003.

Football nomad

He was released early from prison in July 2003, in order to move to China to play for Tianjin Taida. When his Taida contract expired in December 2003, he once again returned to AGF in February 2004. In July 2004, Tøfting was once more under charges for violence after he pushed a man in the chest following a traffic dispute, [8] and received two fines of DKK 1,000 each. In December 2004, Tøfting was fired from AGF following a bust-up at an AGF players' Christmas lunch. [9]

He agreed a contract with Swedish club BK Häcken in February 2005. At its expiry in January 2006, Tøfting moved back to Denmark to play for Randers FC in the second tier of Danish football, the Danish 1st Division. With Randers, Tøfting won the 2006 Danish Cup, and he helped the club gain promotion to the 2006–07 Danish Superliga championship. Tøfting ended his playing career for Randers on 1 December 2007, where his last match was a 0–2 defeat to Viborg FF.

International career

While playing for AGF Aarhus, Tøfting was among the players selected to represent the Danish under-21 national team at the 1992 Summer Olympics. He played full-time in Denmark's three matches at the tournament, though the team didn't advance beyond the group stage.

He made his debut with the Danish senior national team on 30 January 1993, in a 2–2 friendly match draw with the United States. He made his debut under Denmark coach Richard Møller Nielsen, who dubbed Tøfting Plæneklipperen (the Lawn mower). He then took part in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification game in March 1993. After his permanent move back to AGF, he was called up for Denmark once again in June 1996, after a three-year hiatus. He was included in Møller Nielsen's squad for the 1996 European Championship (Euro 1996), where he played the last 21 minutes of the 0–3 loss to Croatia, which eliminated Denmark from the Euro 1996 tournament. Under the new Denmark boss, Swedish coach Bo Johansson who was appointed in June 1996, Tøfting was initially left out of the Danish national team again.

In his second season with MSV Duisburg, Tøfting was called up for his fourth international appearance in May 1998 by Bo Johansson. He was once more part of a Denmark squad at a big tournament, when he was picked for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He again occupied the role as a bit-part player, with 60 minutes of play in two games his share of Denmark's five matches before elimination. Following the World Cup, he became a mainstay in Johansson's team, only missing one game under Johansson in 1999 and 2000. He was picked for the Danish Euro 2000 team. This time he took part in all Denmark's matches, but to no avail, as the team was eliminated in the group stage, having conceded eight goals in three games.

When Morten Olsen was appointed new Denmark coach after Euro 2000, Tøfting kept his place in the Danish team. He only missed five games under Olsen up until his international retirement, and was included in the Danish squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. During the 2002 World Cup, Danish weekly gossip magazine Se & Hør ran a story that Tøfting, when aged 13, had returned home from school to find the bodies of his parents. His mother had been shot by his father, who shortly thereafter turned the gun on himself. The story had been kept secret for years, as Tøfting had not yet told his children. Following the incident, Se & Hør chief editor Peter Salskov was fired. Tøfting played in all Denmark's matches at the tournament. His last appearance for the Danish national team would be the 0–3 defeat to England in the first knock-out round, as he announced his international retirement following the match, having played a total 41 international games for Denmark.

Coaching career

In November 2006, Tøfting took on the role of assistant coach at Randers, working under Randers head coach Lars Olsen, while Tøfting continued his active playing career. Tøfting continued as assistant coach when Randers appointed Colin Todd as head coach in the Summer 2007. When Randers appointed John Faxe Jensen as new manager in January 2009, Tøfting's contract was not renewed, and he left Randers in the Summer 2009.

In April 2010 he was named new assistant coach for Erik Rasmussen at AGF Aarhus. At the end of the season that same year, Erik Rasmussen was sacked, due to the club being relegated. Tøfting left the club at the same time.



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  1. Tøfting, 2005, p. 77
  2. Tøfting, 2005, p. 86
  3. (in Danish) "Kontrakt på plads", Politiken , 24 June 1995
  4. (in Danish) Søren Olsen, "Prisen steg til det dobbelte", Politiken , 4 October 1997
  5. Tøfting, 2005, p. 128
  6. Tøfting, 2005, p. 197
  7. (in Danish) Jan B. Jensen, "Lynskifte skal redde VM", Jyllands-Posten , 8 February 2002
  8. (in Danish) Stig Tøfting suspenderet i AGF Archived 16 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine , Danmarks Radio, 19 July 2004
  9. (in Danish) Tøfting fyret efter håndgemæng Archived 11 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine , Danmarks Radio, 7 December 2004