Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #46 Michael Stensgaard
Name: Michael Stensgaard
In his 90s prime for: Liverpool, Southampton
Lowdown: One of the unluckiest Premier League footballers, Stensgaard began his career at Hvidovre in Denamrk, the same club where Peter Schmeichel began his career. He impressed significantly in his early career and made eight appearances for the Denmark U21s.
He was bought by Liverpool for £400,000 in May 1994, and was given the number 13 shirt as understudy to David James. He gained a ridiculous injury early on at Anfield by dislocating his shoulder whilst taking down an ironing board. Although slightly amusing, the injury then required surgery and effectively ended the goalkeeper’s career.
Having his contract cancelled after a year of injury with no appearances made, and it took three years until he could finally make appearances for FC Copenhagen. Stupidly, after just half a season at the Danish side he decided to move back to England to Southampton on a three-year deal. Again, he never made a single appearance at the Dell, and returned to FC Copenhagen after just one season.
Keeping up his bad luck, after less than twenty games back in Denmark he suffered a slipped disc that ended his career at 26. Less than forty league games in a career.
Now: After retiring, Stensgaard finished his law degree and also became a FIFA licensed agent. He now teaches negotiation and conflict management to athletes and sportspeople. He also acts as a personal life coach for Danish atheletes.