- Full Name
- Kasper Schmeichel
- Date of Birth
- 5 November 1986
- 6'2" (189cm)
- 14st 0lbs (89kg)
- Professional Debut
- 11 August 2007
Schmeichel began his career with Manchester City and was handed his Premier League debut in August 2007 after loan spells at Darlington, Bury and Falkirk. He gained further experience with Cardiff City and Coventry, before joining Notts County in 2009.
During his solitary season at Meadow Lane, the 31-year-old 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 joined Championship side Leeds on a free transfer that summer and made 40 appearances during his only campaign at Elland Road, culminating in his first call-up to the Denmark national team in May 2011, before Leicester secured his services that summer.
His performances in his debut season with the Foxes earned him the Club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards in 2011/12, along with a call-up to Denmark’s UEFA EURO 2012 squad.
Schmeichel’s full debut for Denmark came in a friendly match against Macedonia in February 2013, while his influence for Leicester City also continued to grow.
After the disappointment of a Play-Off Semi-Final defeat in 2013, Schmeichel’s excellent form and influence helped the team bounce back by winning the Championship title in 2013/14.
His return from injury in the following Premier League campaign coincided with an incredible run to top-flight survival – form that continued the following season as Schmeichel kept an incredible 15 clean sheets en route to an historic first Premier League title.
The Dane’s reputation for performing in big moments was underlined in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League campaign, when he kept four clean sheets in his first four appearances in the competition.
He would go on to make crucial penalty saves in each leg of a last-16 tie with FC Sevilla to earn Leicester City a place in the quarter-finals.
Schmeichel’s continued excellence for the Foxes during the 2017/18 campaign earned him the no.1 shirt for Denmark at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they reached the last-16 stages before a shootout defeat to eventual finalists Croatia.
Following the tournament, the Dane was nominated among the top three in the FIFA Best Goalkeeper awards.
In August 2018, the Club confirmed that Schmeichel had signed a new contract, keeping him at King Power Stadium until June 2023. A senior figure in the Leicester squad, Schmeichel played every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League season, often stepping up to captain the side in the absence of Wes Morgan.