Thomas Kahlenberg

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Thomas Kahlenberg : biography

20 March 1983 –

Thomas Kahlenberg (born 20 March 1983) is a Danish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Wolfsburg. He started his career with Brøndby, winning two Danish Superliga championship, and played four seasons at French club Auxerre. He has played 29 games and scored three goals for the Danish national team, and represented Denmark at the 2004 European Championship. He was named 2004 Danish under-21 Player of the Year.

Club career

At the age of 15, Kahlenberg moved from lower-league club Hvidovre IF to the defending Danish champions Brøndby in the Danish Superliga championship.

Brøndby and Auxerre

Kahlenberg did not make his senior debut for Brøndby, until youth team coach Tom Køhlert was promoted to head coach in May 2002. On 12 May 2002, Kahlenberg made his Superliga debut against arch-rivals København, at the penultimate match of the 2001–02 season. The result was a 1–1 draw, which helped Brøndby secure the 2001–02 Danish championship on goal difference.

During his first years at Brøndby, Kahlenberg played in the central midfield, where he set up the attacks with his great technique and view for the game. In the 2004–05 season, Kahlenberg was moved out as left midfielder, following the sale of Swedish international left winger Mattias Jonson. Cutting into the field from his wide position, Kahlenberg managed to become Brøndby’s 2004–05 league top goalscorer with 13 goals, leading the club in winning The Double. Kahlenberg played a combined total of 130 games for Brøndby IF, including 97 games and 28 goals in the Danish Superliga championship. Since leaving Brøndby, the club would suffered a set-back when they find themselves in relegation threatening and economic problems. Kahlenberg expressed sadness and sympathy of the club of what they been through.

In July 2005, the French club Auxerre made a transfer fee offer of £2.5 million for Kahlenberg, which Brøndby accepted. Kahlenberg signed a four-year contract with Auxerre in the top-flight Ligue 1 championship. After the move, Kahlenberg says he is looking forward to play in Ligue 1. Kahlenberg made the most assists of all players in the 2005–06 championship season. In his four seasons at Auxerre, Kahlenberg played 130 games and scored 19 goals in the Ligue 1.


In May 2009, Kahlenberg signed a four-year contract with the defending German champions Wolfsburg for a €4 million transfer fee, effective from the end of the season. Immediately after joining Wolfsburg, Kahlenberg suffered an hip injury which kept him out until October 2009. He made his Fußball-Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg in the 3–3 draw with Mainz on 31 October. However, in his first season, Kahlenberg struggled to make his progress into the first team at Wolfsburg, having failed to make a impact. At the end of the season, Kahlenberg, along with Karim Ziani, was informed by the club that they are no longer needed.

The next season, Kahlenberg was featured more often in the first team, under new manager Steve McClaren, but soon get left out of the first team. On 2 October 2010, Kahlenberg soon scored his first goal for the club, in a 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, Wolfsburg would slipped into the table, leading McClaren. McClaren’s successor Felix Magath took over and would leave him out of the first team. In mid-February, Kahlenberg, along with Alexander Madlung, was suspended by interim manager Pierre Littbarski, citing lack of focus and also lack of commitment. A month after his suspension, Kahlenberg went on trial with English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers

At the start of the 2011-12 season, Magath placed Kahlenberg in the club’s reserve. In November, Magath announced that Kahlenberg, along with Patrick Helmes, will not be needed at the club

After a loan spell at Evian, Kahlenberg continued to remain in the club’s transfer list, though he continued to make in the un-used substitute bench in the first team.

Evian (loan)

In January transfer window in 2012, it announced that Kahlenberg has returned to Ligue 1, but joined Evian on loan, until the end of the 2011-12 season. Upon moving to the club, Kahlenberg will be joined by compatriots Daniel Wass, Stephan Andersen and Christian Poulsen and was also given the eleven number shirt. Kahlenberg was previously was linked a move to Saint-Étienne.