Peter Schmeichel

Where is Peter Schmeichel now?

Danish goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel finally hung up his gloves in 2003 after finishing his illustrious career at Manchester City.

During a career which spanned 22 years, he won a huge amount of silverware including five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup with Manchester United as well as three Danish First Division titles with Brondby.

Internationally, he was hugely important for the Danish football team winning 128 caps and proving to be a key member of the side which won the 1992 UEFA European Championships.

 
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Since retiring from playing Schmeichel has mostly worked as a television pundit both in his native Denmark and also for the BBC in England as well as travelling extensively in his role as ambassador for Manchester United and Carlsberg.

He also released a book titled Schmeichel: The Autobiography and appeared as a contestant on the 2006 edition of Strictly Come Dancing where he finished 7th out of 14 dancers.

Other television appearances include hosting a quiz show on Danish TV and presenter of British programme Dirty Jobs which was shown on the Discovery channel.

His son Kasper is also a professional goalkeeper in the Premier League with Leicester City and the Danish national side.

When The Foxes won the Premier League in 2015-16, it was the first time that a father and son had both won the title.

Still predominantly working as a pundit, Schmeichel hasn’t ruled out coaching or management at some point in the future having completed all of his coaching badges.

Follow on Twitter @Pschmeichel1

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Perfect 11

In June 2012, Schemeichel was asked by football magazine Four Four Two to name the best foreign players he played with, against or admired from afar for their ‘Perfect 11’ feature. His team is listed below

GK – Edwin van der Sar – gave Manchester United great stability from the back and helped them to three Champions League finals during his six years at the club.

RB – Patrice Evra – A solid defender, good going forward who is also a leader.

LB – Dan Petrescu – he changed the way full backs played in the Premier League with his attacking play without shirking his defensive  duties.

CB – Nemanja Vidic – a no-nonsense defender who wasn’t afraid to get stuck in. A full-blooded tackler but very tactically astute as well.

CB – Jaap Stam – A defender who loved defending. An awesome player who wasn’t afraid to bark out orders and he scored goals as well.

RM – Cristiano Ronaldo – what can you say about this man. Great player, great goalscorer.

CM – Patrick Vieira – I used to look forward to playing against Arsenal with him in the side as it made everyone raise their game. A great all-round midfielder.

CM – Michael Essien – tremendous amounts of energy and he attacks and defends throughout the game without seemingly getting tired.

LM – David GInola – he seemed to have everything in his locker and was rightly loved at all of the clubs he played for.

Striker – Eric Cantona – in my opinion he was one of the main reasons why the Premier League developed as quickly as it did. He absolutely oozed charisma and class and everyone took to him.

Striker – Thierry Henry – it couldn’t be anyone else. It took him time to settle but worth the wait.



Peter Schmeichel: Premier League Statistics

NationalityDanish
PositionGoalkeeper
Appearances310
Goals0
Yellow Cards5
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Manchester City, Manchester United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com