Martin Laursen

Date of birth26 February 1977
Place of birthFarvoug
NationalityDanish
Weight79 kg
Height1.88 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

One of the few youngsters to feature in Denmark's national squad, Martin is a capable performer in the centre of the park.

His international debut came against Portugal in March 2000 and he went on to make the squad for the Euro 2000 finals, although he only featured once from the subs' bench.

Now established as a regular in the squad, at club level his career began with Silkeborg before a move to Verona where he won a place in their line-up during the 1999-2000 season.

He moved on to AC Milan for £5million during the 2001 summer break after a brief spell at Parma.

Although he made a good start at the San Siro, Martin fell out of favour with coach Carlo Ancellotti and attracted the interest of Tottenham Hotspur.

Martin subsequently moved to the Premiership with Aston Villa in May 2004 on a four-year contract that was extended to June 2010 in January 2008.

He retired in May 2009 due to a knee injury.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Silkeborg 01 Jul 1995 01 Jul 1998
Hellas Verona 01 Jul 1998 01 Jul 2001
Parma 01 Jul 2001 01 Sep 2001
AC Milan 01 Sep 2001 21 May 2004
Aston Villa 21 May 2004 15 May 2009

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 Hellas Verona Serie A 31
4
1
2001-02 AC Milan Serie A 18
4
2
3
2001-02 AC Milan UEFA Cup 8
1
2
2002-03 AC Milan Serie A 3
7
1
2002-03 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 4
5
2003-04 AC Milan Serie A 4
6
2003-04 AC Milan UEFA Champions League 2
1
2004-05 Aston Villa Premier League 12
1
3
2005-06 Aston Villa Premier League 1
2006-07 Aston Villa League Cup 1
2006-07 Aston Villa Premier League 12
2
2007-08 Aston Villa FA Cup 1
2007-08 Aston Villa Premier League 38
6
1
2008-09 Aston Villa Premier League 19
1
1
2008-09 Aston Villa UEFA Cup 3
2
2008-09 Aston Villa UEFA Intertoto Cup 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
01 Oct 2000 Bari v Verona D 1-1 Serie A 1
14 Oct 2000 Verona v Udinese D 1-1 Serie A 2
22 Oct 2000 Verona v Lazio W 2-0 Serie A 3
01 Nov 2000 Atalanta v Verona L 3-0 Serie A 4
05 Nov 2000 Verona v Inter Milano D 2-2 Serie A 5
12 Nov 2000 Vicenza v Verona D 2-2 Serie A 6
26 Nov 2000 Juventus v Verona L 2-1 Serie A 8
03 Dec 2000 Verona v Brescia W 2-1 Serie A 9
09 Dec 2000 Reggina v Verona D 1-1 Serie A 10
17 Dec 2000 Verona v AC Milan D 1-1 Serie A 11
23 Dec 2000 Fiorentina v Verona L 2-0 Serie A 12
14 Jan 2001 Verona v Napoli W 2-1 Serie A 14
20 Jan 2001 Bologna v Verona L 1-0 Serie A 15
28 Jan 2001 Verona v Parma L 0-2 Serie A 16
03 Feb 2001 Perugia v Verona L 1-0 Serie A 17
11 Feb 2001 Verona v Bari W 3-2 Serie A 18
17 Feb 2001 Udinese v Verona L 2-1 Serie A 19
25 Feb 2001 Lazio v Verona L 5-3 Serie A 20
04 Mar 2001 Hellas Verona v Atalanta W 2-1 Serie A 21
11 Mar 2001 Inter Milano v Verona L 2-0 Serie A 22
18 Mar 2001 Verona v Vicenza W 1-0 Serie A 23
01 Apr 2001 AS Roma v Verona L 3-1 Serie A 24
08 Apr 2001 Verona v Juventus L 0-1 Serie A 25
14 Apr 2001 Brescia v Verona L 1-0 Serie A 26
29 Apr 2001 AC Milan v Verona L 1-0 Serie A 28
06 May 2001 Verona v Fiorentina D 0-0 Serie A 29
12 May 2001 Verona v Lecce D 0-0 Serie A 30
20 May 2001 Napoli v Verona L 2-0 Serie A 31
27 May 2001 Verona v Bologna W 5-4 Serie A 32
10 Jun 2001 Parma v Verona W 1-2 Serie A 33
17 Jun 2001 Verona v Perugia W 2-1 Serie A 34


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Denmark UEFA Under-21 2
1996-97 Denmark Under-21 2
1997-98 Denmark UEFA Under-21 3
1997-98 Denmark Under-21 4
1997-98 Denmark Under-21 Algarve Cup 2
1998-99 Denmark UEFA Under-21 1
1999-00 Denmark International Friendly 1
2
2000-01 Denmark FIFA World Cup 3
2000-01 Denmark International Friendly 2
2001-02 Denmark FIFA World Cup 7
2
2001-02 Denmark International Friendly 5
2002-03 Denmark International Friendly 3
2002-03 Denmark UEFA European Championship 3
1
2003-04 Denmark International Friendly 4
2003-04 Denmark UEFA European Championship 5
1
2004-05 Denmark FIFA World Cup 1
2004-05 Denmark International Friendly 1
2006-07 Denmark UEFA European Championship 1
2007-08 Denmark International Friendly 1
1
2007-08 Denmark UEFA European Championship 5
1
2008-09 Denmark FIFA World Cup 3
1
2008-09 Denmark International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
03 Feb 1997 Israel v Denmark W 1-2 U21
28 Mar 1997 Croatia v Denmark L 2-0 UEFA U21 Group 1
30 Apr 1997 Denmark v Slovenia W 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 1
21 May 1997 Norway v Denmark W 1-3 U21
05 Aug 1997 Switzerland v Denmark L 3-2 U21
20 Aug 1997 Bosnia-Herzegovina v Denmark D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 1
09 Sep 1997 Denmark v Croatia W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 1
10 Oct 1997 Greece v Denmark W 2-3 UEFA U21 Group 1
03 Feb 1998 Denmark v Norway D 1-1 U21 ALGARVE CUP
04 Feb 1998 Portugal v Denmark L 1-0 U21 ALGARVE CUP
24 Mar 1998 Scotland v Denmark W 1-2 U21
21 Apr 1998 Denmark v Norway W 3-0 U21
04 Jun 1998 Denmark v Finland L 1-3 U21
08 Jun 1999 Wales v Denmark W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
29 Mar 2000 Portugal v Denmark L 2-1 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Denmark v Sweden L 0-1 International Friendly
03 Jun 2000 Denmark v Belgium D 2-2 International Friendly
15 Nov 2000 Denmark v Germany W 2-1 International Friendly
24 Mar 2001 Malta v Denmark W 0-5 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
28 Mar 2001 Czech Republic v Denmark D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
25 Apr 2001 Denmark v Slovenia W 3-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Denmark v Czech Republic W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
15 Aug 2001 France v Denmark L 1-0 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Denmark v Northern Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
05 Sep 2001 Bulgaria v Denmark W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
06 Oct 2001 Denmark v Iceland W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 3
13 Feb 2002 Saudi Arabia v Denmark W 0-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Republic of Ireland v Denmark L 3-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Denmark v Israel W 3-1 International Friendly
26 May 2002 Denmark v Tunisia W 2-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 2002 Uruguay v Denmark W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
06 Jun 2002 Denmark v Senegal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
11 Jun 2002 Denmark v France W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group A
15 Jun 2002 Denmark v England L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
21 Aug 2002 Scotland v Denmark W 0-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Norway v Denmark D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group 2
12 Feb 2003 Egypt v Denmark W 1-4 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Romania v Denmark W 2-5 UEFA European Championship Group 2
30 Apr 2003 Denmark v Ukraine W 1-0 International Friendly
11 Jun 2003 Luxembourg v Denmark W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 2
10 Sep 2003 Denmark v Romania D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group 2
31 Mar 2004 Spain v Denmark L 2-0 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Denmark v Scotland W 1-0 International Friendly
30 May 2004 Estonia v Denmark D 2-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 2004 Denmark v Croatia L 1-2 International Friendly
14 Jun 2004 Denmark v Italy D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
18 Jun 2004 Bulgaria v Denmark W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
22 Jun 2004 Denmark v Sweden D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
27 Jun 2004 Czech Republic v Denmark L 3-0 UEFA European Championship Quarter-final
18 Aug 2004 Poland v Denmark W 1-5 International Friendly
26 Mar 2005 Denmark v Kazakhstan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Jun 2007 Latvia v Denmark W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group F
22 Aug 2007 Denmark v Republic of Ireland L 0-4 International Friendly
08 Sep 2007 Sweden v Denmark D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group F
12 Sep 2007 Denmark v Liechtenstein W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group F
13 Oct 2007 Denmark v Spain L 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group F
17 Oct 2007 Denmark v Latvia W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group F
17 Nov 2007 Northern Ireland v Denmark L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group F
26 Mar 2008 Denmark v Czech Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 Denmark v Spain L 0-3 International Friendly
06 Sep 2008 Hungary v Denmark D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
10 Sep 2008 Portugal v Denmark W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
11 Oct 2008 Denmark v Malta W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.