Jakob Kjeldbjerg

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Jakob Kjeldbjerg
0Full Name Jakob Kjeldbjerg Jensen
0Date of Birth 21 October 1969
0Place of Birth Frederiks, Denmark
0Position Defender
0Chelsea career 1993-1996
0Debut 17 August 1993
0Games (goals) 66 (2)
0Other clubs Holstebro BK
Viborg FF
Silkeborg IF

Jakob Kjeldbjerg (born 21 October 1969 in Frederiks, Denmark) is a former Danish international defender who played for Chelsea in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. He retired from playing while at the club, at the age of 28, having sustained a serious knee injury.


Before Chelsea

Kjeldberg started his career in the Danish lower leagues with Holstebro BK and Viborg FF, before moving to top-flight Silkeborg IF, where his performances would earn him a call up to the Danish national side, who were then European Champions.

Chelsea career

Kjeldberg moved to Chelsea prior to the 1993-94 season, joining for a deal worth £485,000. He made his debut in the second match of the season, becoming only the second Dane to play for Chelsea, almost 80 years after his compatriot Nils Middelboe had become the first player foreign player to appear for the club.

He established himself as a regular starter at Chelsea, and was in the starting line-up for the 1994 FA Cup Final, but injuries would blight his career in west London. He dislocated his shoulder in an FA Cup tie against Millwall mid-way through the following season, and would make just three more appearances for the club. The last of which was a home win against Aston Villa in which the Dane sustained an injury after half an hour before being substituted. He would remain at the club for the next two years, as he sought to regain his fitness, but retired from playing in 1997, at the age of just 28.

After Chelsea

Kjeldberg became a TV presenter soon after retiring, presenting match coverage for Danish channel TV3. He has subsequently presented a Danish reality show and a football magazine show.


Kjeldberg captained the Danish under-21 side, and represented his country at the 1992 Olympics; a year in which he was named Danish under-21 Player of the Year. He was swiftly promoted to the senior side, and scored on his debut; a 2-2 draw against the United States in November 1992. He went on to win fourteen caps.


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1993-94 29 1 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 37 1
1994-95 23 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 29 1
Total 52 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 66 2


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
11993-9407 May1994Premier LeagueSheffield United1-13-2Stamford Bridge
21994-9506 November1994First DivisionCoventry City2-12-2Stamford Bridge
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