Thomas Røll

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Thomas Røll
Personal information
Full nameThomas Christopher Røll Larsen
Date of birth (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Aarhus, Denmark
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Skive IK (Head coach)
Youth career
Bylderup Bov
Senior career*
1996–2001 Silkeborg 152 (12)
2001–2006 Copenhagen 97 (20)
2005Silkeborg (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2008 Midtjylland 18 (2)
2008Vejle (loan) 27 (1)
2009 Viborg 7 (2)
2011–2018 Kjellerup ? (?)
National team
1996–1997 Denmark U-19 2 (0)
1997–1999 Denmark U-21 7 (1)
2002–2004 Denmark 8 (1)
Teams managed
2018– Skive
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Christopher Røll Larsen (born 12 March 1977) is a retired Danish professional footballer. He played 293 games in the Danish Superliga with Silkeborg IF, F.C. Copenhagen, FC Midtjylland, and Vejle Boldklub, winning the international 1996 Intertoto Cup and a Danish Cup trophy with Silkeborg IF as well as three Superliga championships with F.C. Copenhagen. He also played eight matches for the Danish national team, scoring once.

Denmark Constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Danish Superliga sports league

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 14 teams each year, with 1–3 teams relegated.


Club career

Silkeborg IF

Born in Aarhus, Røll also lived on Funen, before he started playing football in Bylderup Bov near the Danish-German border. He was accepted into the youth academy of Silkeborg IF, and went on to play for a local club in Tønder, before moving to Silkeborg in autumn 1994. [1] At Silkeborg's youth academy, Røll played alongside future Danish international defender Martin Laursen. Røll began his senior career as a forward for Silkeborg under manager Preben Elkjær, who believed Røll lacked only temper to become a star in Danish football. [1] Røll debuted in the top-flight Danish Superliga championship in May 1996, [2] and was a part of the Silkeborg team which won the international 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup competition, beating Croatian team HNK Segesta in the final games. [1]

Aarhus City in Central Denmark Region, Denmark

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and the seat of Aarhus municipality. It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, in the geographical centre of Denmark, 187 kilometres (116 mi) northwest of Copenhagen and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Hamburg, Germany. The inner urban area contains 273,077 inhabitants and the municipal population is 340,421. Aarhus is the central city in Business Region Aarhus and in the East Jutland metropolitan area, which had a total population of 1.378 million in 2016.

Funen island in Denmark

Funen, with an area of 3,099.7 square kilometres (1,196.8 sq mi), is the third-largest island of Denmark, after Zealand and Vendsyssel-Thy. It is the 165th-largest island in the world. It is located in the central part of the country and has a population of 466,284 (2013). Funen's main city is Odense, which is connected to the sea by a seldom-used canal. The city's shipyard, Odense Steel Shipyard, has been relocated outside Odense proper.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Røll quickly established himself in the first team, and played 29 of 33 league games during the 1996-97 Superliga season. He played six seasons for Silkeborg IF, and eventually settled as the playmaker of the team. In his position of deep-lying forward, he especially experienced a successful striking partnership with Henrik Pedersen. He helped Silkeborg win silver medals in the 1997-98 Superliga and bronze medals in the 2000-01 Superliga season, as well as the 2001 Danish Cup trophy.

In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability.

Henrik Pedersen Danish footballer

Henrik Pedersen is a retired Danish footballer who played as a striker for Silkeborg IF, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. He played three games for the Danish national team.

Silver medal medal awarded in sports and other competitions for achieving 2nd place

A silver medal in sports and other similar areas involving competition is a medal made of, or plated with, silver awarded to the second-place finisher, or runner-up, of contests or competitions such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. The outright winner receives a gold medal and the third place a bronze medal. More generally, silver is traditionally a metal sometimes used for all types of high-quality medals, including artistic ones.

F.C. Copenhagen

In June 2001, the financially struggling Silkeborg IF sold Røll to the defending Danish champions F.C. Copenhagen (FCK) in a transfer deal reportedly worth DKK 7 million. [3] Røll signed a five-year contract, and the move was seen as an opportunity for Røll to attract the attention of clubs abroad, with Silkeborg getting a part of the future transfer earnings. [3] He predominantly played on the flanks for FCK, and only occasionally got the chance to play in his familiar deep-lying forward position, as when he scored two goals against Aarhus GF in October 2001. [4] Røll played five seasons at FCK, and helped the club win three Danish Superliga championships. Initially an important part of the FCK first team, a number of injuries caused him to play fewer and fewer games for the club.

F.C. Copenhagen association football club

Football Club Copenhagen, commonly known as FC København, FC Copenhagen, Copenhagen or simply FCK, is a professional Danish football club in Copenhagen, Denmark. FCK was founded in 1992 through the merger of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub and Boldklubben 1903.

Danish krone official currency of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

The krone is the official currency of Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands, introduced on 1 January 1875. Both the ISO code "DKK" and currency sign "kr." are in common use; the former precedes the value, the latter in some contexts follows it. The currency is sometimes referred to as the Danish crown in English, since krone literally means crown. Historically, krone coins have been minted in Denmark since the 17th century.

Røll suffered an injured Achilles tendon in March 2004, returned to the FCK squad at the start of the 2004-05 Superliga season in July 2004, but suffered another injury in October 2004. He had a hard time re-entering the FCK starting line-up, and was loaned out to his former club Silkeborg IF in February 2005. He played the second half of the 2004-05 Superliga season for Silkeborg, helping the club avoid relegation. Back in FCK, Røll injured his ankle in July 2005, and was soon out of the FCK starting line-up.

Promotion and relegation Process where teams are transferred between divisions

In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between multiple divisions based on their performance for the completed season. The best-ranked team(s) in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked team(s) in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season. In some leagues, playoffs or qualifying rounds are also used to determine rankings. This process can continue through several levels of divisions, with teams being exchanged between levels 1 and 2, levels 2 and 3, levels 3 and 4, and so on. During the season, teams that are high enough in the league table that they would qualify for promotion are sometimes said to be in the promotion zone, and those at the bottom are in the relegation zone.

Ankle Region where the foot and the leg meet

The ankle, or the talocrural region, is the region where the foot and the leg meet. The ankle includes three joints: the ankle joint proper or talocrural joint, the subtalar joint, and the inferior tibiofibular joint. The movements produced at this joint are dorsiflexion and plantarflexion of the foot. In common usage, the term ankle refers exclusively to the ankle region. In medical terminology, "ankle" can refer broadly to the region or specifically to the talocrural joint.

Last years

With his FCK contract expiring in the summer 2006, he moved to league rivals FC Midtjylland (FCM) on a free transfer. Røll suffered another injury before playing any games for FCM, and underwent rehabilitation until January 2007. He played 18 Superliga games for FCM, before moving on loan to Danish 1st Division team Vejle BK. He made his Vejle debut in March 2008, and helped the club win promotion for the Superliga. His loan deal was extended by another six months, and he played 15 of 17 games for Vejle in the first half of the 2008-09 Superliga season. He pleaded for FCM to let him stay in Vejle at the end of his loan. [5] In February 2009, he was bought by 1st Division team Viborg FF on 2 February 2009, and signed a contract until the summer 2010. Viborg were forced to make economical cuts in the summer 2009, and Røll chose to end his career after 14 years in professional football. [6]

FC Midtjylland association football club

FC Midtjylland is a Danish professional football club based in Herning and Ikast in the midwestern part of Jutland. The club is the result of a merger between Ikast FS and Herning Fremad. Midtjylland competes in the Danish Superliga, which they have won twice, most recently in 2018.

Danish 1st Division association football league

The 1st Division is the second highest football league in Denmark, also known as NordicBet Liga for sponsorship reasons. From 1945 to 1991 the 1. Division was the name of the highest level of football in Denmark. With the formation of the Danish Superliga, the 1st Division became the second tier of Danish football. While all the teams in the Superliga are full-time professional the 1. Division has a mixture of full-time professional and semi-professional teams.

Viborg FF association football club

Viborg Fodsports Forening, or Viborg F.F. and VFF for short, is a Danish professional football club based in Viborg. The club was founded in 1896, but would have to wait more than a century before winning its only national trophy, the 2000 Danish Cup.

International career

While at Silkeborg, Røll was called up for the Danish under-21 national team in February 1997, at the age of 19. He scored a goal in his debut against the Israel under-21s; in a game the Denmark under-21s won 2-1.

While at FCK, Røll made his Danish national team debut under national manager Morten Olsen in October 2002. On November 20, 2002, he became the first non-white player ever to score for Denmark. In March 2004, Røll played a national team match despite suffering a sore Achilles tendon. [7] The Achilles tendon subsequently needed surgery, which caused Røll three months of rehabilitation, and he was dropped from the national team.


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  2. "Vejen til den umulige drøm", B.T. , 18 May 1996
  3. 1 2 Thorsten Dam, "FCK henter Thomas Røll", Berlingske Tidende , 1 June 2001
  4. "Røll rykker i ny position", B.T. , 11 October 2001
  6. Thomas Røll stopper (in Danish)
  7. Casper Hjordt, "EM-drøm fik skadet Røll på banen", B.T. , 3 April 2004