Club legend Poulsen returns home to FC Copenhagen

The former national team captain has signed a one-year deal

After more than 12 years abroad, Christian Poulsen, 34, has returned home on a free transfer to where it all began by signing a one-year contract to play for FC Copenhagen.

Head coach Ståle Solbakken was delighted to sign the Dane who has amassed 92 caps for Denmark in a career that led him to play for clubs like Schalke 04, Sevilla, Juventus, Liverpool and Ajax, where he played last season before his contract expired.

“Firstly, we are getting a good footballer and a fantastic person, who actually played his first game for FC Copenhagen when I played my last for the club,” Solbakken told

“I can’t imagine a better player to have on the pitch and in training than Christian Poulsen. He will be part of building up a club culture and we are really pleased that Christian has said yes to us.”

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A massive talent
Poulsen started his career at minnows Holbæk, before moving to FCK aged just 20 in 2001 where he immediately found success by scoring ten goals in 45 appearances from his midfield position to help the Lions win the league that season.

His success attracted a host of big clubs and he was sold to Bundesliga giants Schalke 04 for seven million euros in the summer of 2002 – the biggest ever sale by a Danish club at the time. The Dane has won two German Cups, two Dutch League titles, a Spanish Cup and the UEFA Cup during his illustrious career.

Cross-town rivals Brøndby brought home their own legend recently, signing Daniel Agger back from Liverpool for a nominal fee.