Thomas Sorensen – Denmark
Full Name: Thomas Lovendahl Sorenson
Date of Birth: 12th June, 1976
Current Club: Stoke City (England)
International Appearances: 89
For some of the lesser nations, those who don’t have the potent of strike forces, the burden of pressure falls onto the defence and Denmark fans have a reliable pair of hands between the sticks to make them feel at ease should the Danes have little luck in the attacking third of the pitch.
Thomas Sorenson, currently of Stoke City in England, will travel to South Africa as the country’s second most experienced player in camp. The stalwart has played 89 times for his country and is just four games shy of equalling Dennis Rommedahl’s 93 international caps. Sorenson, who at 33 years-of-age still has another World Cup within himself, will overtake Rommedahl as the veteran in the Danish camp sooner or later, but has some way to go yet before he surpasses the greatest Danish goalkeeper of all time, Peter Schmeichel, who made no less than 129 appearances for Denmark. The years haven’t yet caught up with Sorenson so the current Stoke and Denmark Number 1 could yet overtake Schmeichel, and in the process become the most capped Danish player of all time.
Thomas Sorenson is one of the more professional players on the circuit and will care little about the sentiments surrounding each appearance he makes between now and the end of his career. He will instead focus on the things that really matter to him; his club, Stoke City, and his country, Denmark, and he will give it his all during South Africa for his country. His side are in a competitive group so Sorenson’s displays between the sticks could be pivotal in how Denmark fare in Group E alongside group favourites Holland, Japan and Cameroon.
The Dane, partly because of his vast experience due to spending vast amounts of time in the English Premier League, is rated some distance above the rest of the Danish goalkeepers. Sorenson, though, has only ever played at clubs in the shadow of England’s elite. But while that may seem a huge discredit, it has actually helped improve Sorenson’s reputation as one of the great shot-stopper’s in England as he’s always had his fare share of shots to save due to the inferiority of his defenders in front of him. Down the years Sorenson has enjoyed plenty of occasions against the big teams in England where he’s earned the MOTM (Man of the Match) plaudits for his superb saves, quick reflexes and commendable ability to command the defence.
A huge setback for Sorenson: On the 25th April, Thomas suffered a dislocated elbow after clashing with Salomoun Kalou of Chelsea in a 7-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Sorenson was substituted with the score at 2-0 so wasn’t at fault for five of the goals. However, it wasn’t his reputation he was worried about after that Chelsea thumping, but more about his chances of making the finals. Sorenson’s injury will keep the Dane out for several weeks but because he didn’t require any surgery, Doctors say he might just return in time for the World Cup. We’re sure Denmark fans will breathe a huge sigh of relief – Phew!