Veteran City keeper announces retirement

Thomas Sorensen has announced his retirement from professional football.

Monday, 24 July 2017 

Melbourne City have confirmed that Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has announced his retirement from professional football.

NEED TO KNOW

*The announcement sees Sorensen, a veteran of over 350 matches in the English top flight, conclude a professional playing career spanning 24 years, three countries and 101 international appearances for Denmark’s national team.

*The 41-year-old stopper made 37 appearances for City across two seasons, with the custodian claiming the A-League’s Goalkeeper of the Year accolade in his first campaign with the Club and was named Clubman of the Year earlier in April.

SORENSEN REFLECTS ON HIS FOOTBALL CAREER

“It was a very challenging decision, but after reflecting on my career and my achievements to this point, I knew the time was right, both mentally and physically,” Sorensen said.

“I’ve been in a privileged position to play the game I love and enjoy a career of over 20 years, which has included many, many highlights and I will look back on my career very fondly.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, my wife, kids and the amazing support from everyone involved at the Club, especially the players, the coaching staff and our passionate fans and members.

“Both the Club and the people we have met in Melbourne have made myself and my family very welcome and it has been a fantastic experience to not only play in the A-League but to live here in Melbourne too.

Goalkeeper: Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City)

“So much so, we are committed to staying here following my retirement and I would recommend any players who had the opportunity to play and live here to do so without hesitation.”

MAKING HIS MARK FOR CLUB & COUNTRY 

*Sorensen commenced his career with Danish club Odense BK in 1993, with his development during loan spells at Velje and Svendborg across the first five years of his career, helping him to secure a transfer to First Division club Sunderland in 1998.

*On Wearside, Sorensen established himself as an athletic shot stopper and a penalty-saving specialist, making 171 appearances for The Black Cats, playing an important role in the club’s promotion to the English Premier League.

Thomas Sorensen has reportedly signed with Melbourne City.

*Sorensen continued his rise at Aston Villa, making 139 appearances before moving to newly promoted club Stoke City in 2008, where he helped the Potters consolidate their place in the Premier League.

*In an international career which spanned 10 years, Sorensen represented his country at two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships, making 101 international appearances for Denmark.

 

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Round 4 Opta Stats preview – Thomas Sorensen

#MCYvNEW – No goalkeeper has made more saves so far this season in the Hyundai A-League than City’s Thomas Sorensen (13).
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Hyundai A-League Round 1 Opta Stats preview – Thomas Sorensen

City’s Thomas Sorensen kept 107 clean sheets in the English Premier League – one of only 14 goalkeepers to keep 100+ in the competition.
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Melbourne City have signed former Premier League goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a two-year deal

Sorensen

Melbourne City FC have announced the signing of Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.

Sorensen, 39, joins Melbourne City FC on a two-year deal, and is the club’s ninth signing ahead of the new season, following the additions of Ivan Franjic, Steve Kuzmanovski, Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo, Aaron Hughes, Michael Zullo, Wade Dekker and Bruno Fornaroli.

Known for his athleticism and reputation as a penalty-saving specialist, Sorensen began his career with boyhood club Odense BK, with impressive form during loan spells at Velje and Svendborg earning comparisons to Danish goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel.

A veteran of over 350 matches in the English top flight, Sorensen joined First Division club Sunderland in 1998, where he made 171 appearances and played an integral part in the club’s promotion to the English Premier League.

After establishing himself as a fan favourite on Wearside, Sorensen developed his reputation as one of the country’s premier shot-stoppers during his time at Aston Villa, making 139 appearances before moving to newly promoted club Stoke City in 2008, where he helped the Potters consolidate their place in the Premier League.

At an international level, Sorensen made 101 international appearances for Denmark during a 10-year spell as first choice goalkeeper, representing his country at two UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups.

Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip said Sorensen would bring a wealth of experience and further strengthen the Melbourne City squad’s professional dynamic.

“We’re very excited to welcome Thomas to Melbourne,” van ’t Schip said.

“Having played all of his career at such an elite level, we are confident Thomas will approach his time at the club with great ambition and determination.

“We also believe he will be an incredibly important figure for the development of our younger players and will act as the very finest mentor for all the goalkeepers in the club.”

Managing Director of City Football Services, Brian Marwood said: “Thomas epitomises modern professionalism.  We are delighted to welcome a player of his calibre to Melbourne City.  We are excited by his potential to contribute both on and off the field at this stage of the Club’s evolution.”

Sorensen, who spent last week training in England at Manchester City FC’s City Football Academy, said he jumped at the opportunity to join Melbourne City FC.

“When this opportunity came up there was no hesitation because it’s an ambitious Club,” Sorensen said.

“I think for the club and for me personally the aim is to get to the top; we obviously want to win a championship and a Cup and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come.

“Hopefully I can use my experience and help the club get where it wants to go; I’m here to do my utmost, I’m really looking forward to it; it’s a fantastic challenge.”

Sorensen will wear the number 1 jersey and fills Melbourne City FC’s final visa position.

 

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