Foxes A to Z, Kasper Schmeichel, from the lower leagues to the World stage of football

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Kasper Schmeichel joined Leicester City from Leeds United back in 2011. A fee of £1million changed hands as the “son” joined and was seen as a clear first choice by then manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Kasper had allready served under “Svennis” at Manchester City but was never considered a first choice alternative at The Etihad with a certain Joe Hart also arriving at the club and as we all know early on established himself both as Man City first choice and England material.

This kept Kasper away from the first team spot as he only managed eight single league appearances before making another jump to play for “Svennis” joining him in his adventure at Notts County, and becoming their certain first choice, playing a season at Meadow Lane joining Leeds United.

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Kasper had made a number of loan appearances at several clubs before he made his move away from Man City and made more than 70 league appearances all together at Coventry City, Falkirk, Cardiff City, Bury and Darlington.

During those years he also gathered a number of caps at most youth international levels, but had to wait for his full debut as late as 2013. To date he has 53 full caps to his name and represented Denmark in the 2018 World Cup, and today Leicester City’s most capped player in history, passing Andy King, John O’Neill and Gordon Banks who were the former top names in that category.

Kasper was signed by “Svennis” as a first choice goalkeeper and since arriving never really coming under threat despite a number of injury setbacks. Firstly he was gone for a while during the 2014/15 season and then also had a spell on the sidelines in 2017/18, being understudied mostly by Mark Schwarzer and Ben Hamer.

Claudio Ranieri signed Ron-Robert Zieler, previously a World Cup winner for Germany, but Kasper kept him quiet and Zieler left after just one season at Leicester City. Since then Eldin Jakupovic and Danny Ward both have arrived and are today seen as clear 2nd and 3rd choices behind the certain first choice Kasper Schmeichel.

To date Kasper has played 329 league games for Leicester City and could go on to challenge the legendary Mark Wallington who stopped on 412. The big goal must probably be to get into the region of Adam Black who is the current leader of that race with a total of 528 league appearances. We just have to wait and see how Kasper will progress but with his recent form cannot see that he can go on for another three or four seasons.

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He is today the teams captain with Wes Morgan on the fringe, and among the most established players in the Premier League. He has been a great goalkeeper at the club and will when his days are gone, be seen as one of the best up there alongside Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Mark Wallington.

FACTFILE:

  • Full Name: Kasper Peter Schmeichel
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Date of Birth: 05.11.1986
  • Birthplace: Copenhagen
  • Nation: Denmark
  • Caps / Goals: 53/0
  • Major League Career:
    • 2005-09, Manchester City (8/0)
    • 2009-10, Notts County (43/0)
    • 2010-11, Leeds United (37/0)
    • 2011 ->, Leicester City (329/0)
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