Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of backup goalkeeper Michael Stensgaard.
Stensgaard started his career with Danish club Hvidovre where he was hailed as the next Peter Schmeichel, and they should know as the great Dane also spent the early part of his career with the same club.
After breaking into the Danish U21 setup he was soon snapped up by Liverpool for a fee of £400,000 he was originally brought in as cover for David James with the hope that he would develop down the line.
He was given the number 13 shirt and it certainly did not prove lucky for him, not even a year into his Liverpool career he dislocated his shoulder while trying to catch a falling ironing board and it was an injury that would see him end his Liverpool career prematurely.
No longer able to play football and only being 21 years of age he returned to the club where he started it all at Hvidore where he was their goalkeeping coach, One of the players he coached Jorgen Nielsen eventually went on to Liverpool as number two keeper.
He did try to return to the game playing for Copenhegan and even returned to Southampton as a reserve keeper before another injury forced him to retire from the game aged on 26.
So where is he now ?
After retirement Michael Stensgaard went back to college and qualified with a law degree, he was the first Scandinavian to specialize in business conflict mediation and won the 2004 International Negotiation Competition.
He has also been a lecturer in the University of Copehegan and is currently a sports agent and a partner with people in sport where he has such clients as Borrusia Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney.
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