Kasper joined Leicester from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee in June 2011 and has since enjoyed a magnificent career at King Power Stadium.
Powerful, athletic and a huge presence between the posts, Kasper comes from thoroughbred goalkeeping stock and shares many of the traits that made his father, Manchester United legend Peter, one of the best of his generation.
Despite his father’s links to United, Kasper learned his trade in the ranks at cross-city rivals Manchester City and was handed his Premier League debut in August 2007. He made nine further first team appearances between loan spells with Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff and Coventry, before finally departing Eastlands in 2009, when Sven Goran Eriksson, recently appointed director of football, took him to Notts County.
During his solitary season at Meadow Lane, Kasper provided the foundation for the Magpies’ 2010 League 2 triumph, playing 43 league games and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year as County were promoted to League 1.
Schmeichel’s star, however, was on even steeper curve and his joined Championship side Leeds on a free transfer that summer. He made 40 appearances during his only campaign at Elland Road, culminating in his first call-up to the senior Denmark squad in May 2011.
Named Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the end of his first season with Leicester in 2011/12, Kasper’s outstanding performances were further rewarded when he was called up to Denmark’s Euro 2012 squad.
The 2012/13 campaign again proved to be one full of stellar performances from the Dane, whose saves rescued the Foxes on countless occasions – his wonder stop against Blackburn at King Power Stadium in February 2013 earning him the Champagne Moment at the end of season awards.
City’s only ever-present that season, Kasper’s outstanding and consistent performances were recognised by the national side on 6 February 2013, as he made full debut for Denmark in a friendly match against Macedonia, before being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season.
In 2013/14, Kasper’s consistent performances saw him again named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season as an ever-present, resulting in a number of clubs seeking his signature in the summer.
The Dane committed his long-term future to the Foxes however by signing a new four-year contract in June 2014, keeping him at King Power Stadium until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
In the Premier League, Schmeichel continued to excel in 2014/15. After missing several months with a foot injury, he returned to the side in fantastic form to play his part in the team’s survival.
In April 2014 Schmeichel was voted into the Football League’s Team of the Decade alongside team-mate and captain Wes Morgan.