Simon Kjær interview about 125 caps with Denmark
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Simon Kjær interview about 125 caps with Denmark

Interview: DBU · 1 Sep 2023

Simon Kjær was interviewed about his 125 caps with the Danish national football team.

Simon Kjær interview

Simon Kjær: "I don't know how many times he has told the story of FC Midtjylland... That they were on a coaching course with the teams, with the coaches from the academy, and they had to write three names on a note and I wasn't on anyone's note about being able to become a superleague player or a professional football player."

Man in white t-shirt: "Very low practice. It all takes place in English, because it is called UEFA's selected match. You must answer the questions in English."
Kasper Schmeichel: "Let's do it."
Simon Kjær: "What?"
Kasper Schmeichel: "Let's do it."

Simon Kjær: "I got to Midtjylland's Academy and in reality I didn’t get in. I enter the academy because there where 3 cancellations 3 weeks before it should start. So of course I didn't believe it when I was 10-12 years old. But this is also why I always say to my boys: If you decide something, and you dedicate yourself to something, and work harder than everyone else, then nothing is impossible.

1.18 English interview

Simon Kjær: "It's been a long journey. It's been 14 years. If you get together 40-50 days a year, that's also a lot of time I'm away from home... so... you have to like it too, and I do."

Matchday Walk
Simon Kjær: "You should not take anything for granted. And you have to enjoy every single match. You never know when it will end or when you will have to take a break for one thing or another. I think I've been through a lot, personally, but also with this team since the European Championship. So many things happened. I've learned to live in the present and appreciate all the matches I've had and not least the ones I'm playing now. I love being part of the team. I love to see the boys every time. It makes me happy every time I get home. It’s one of the greatest privileges of my career."

Arrival at Parken
Simon Kjær: "What I think that I sometimes find difficult to understand, is even though I have played 125 international matches, but in Parken, it's just something special every time. And especially in a crowded Parken. I had so many of the best experiences of my career at that stadium. So it's just something special. So maybe I'm a tough dog once in a while when I play football, but deep down I'm just a man like everyone else. A father like everyone else, and the national team always has... When you start playing football, it's your dream. That is the highest you can achieve. And it still is for me. Although I’m the captain and have played 125 games. In any case, I am still happy to have the feeling that it is something special. The feeling to have butterflies in my stomach, I will probably have to look for that many times in other places than in Parken."

TV match
A few hours ago there was a storm here over Copenhagen. And it was massive rain. Now it has stopped and the conditions are absolutely perfect. Denmark is here and so we have this very interesting line-up with the three centre-backs Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjær and Joachim Andersen.

Simon Kjær: "125, no I didn't really think so much about it that match, because I knew how important it was. And especially to get the 3 points."

Jonas Wind, 1-0 to Denmark, thanks for that. Two minutes into the second half, then it came. And then the whistle blows. Denmark wins 1-0 with a win and a VAR check.

Kasper Schmeichel: "I would like you to give a huge round of applause to a whole special, our captain. Today 125 games. It's crazy, it's crazy."

Simon Kjær: "Yes. Kasper walks in and talks down behind the goal after the match. I didn't realize that it was me he was talking about. Because I couldn’t hear what was been said. I was a little overwhelmed, that I have to go down and stand in front of one end of the stand."

Simon to Kasper: "I couldn't hear what you said."

Simon Kjær: "Thank you very much. It's a privilege to be in here with you and I've had some of the greatest experiences in my career here and yes I love it and I'm happy like a little boy every time we go in here a 1000 thanks."

Christian Eriksen: "Do you have two seconds, I have no voice left, but we have a jubilee: Simon, if he has time. The man has played 125. I know it ran away from me, a bit of a prank (joke) but I'll probably do everything to get back to you again. But again I think it's so cool and I'm proud on your behalf. I think we all are. So, huge congratulations."

Simon Kjær: "It's a pleasure to be with you guys every time. It has been a fantastic journey and I am incredibly proud of that. The steps we have taken on the road and we need to take some new ones. I will do everything in my power to be here for as long as possible. I have no intention of stopping any time soon. Boys, you're going to have me on your back for a little while longer. Also when we play in the hallways and you have to get revenge. You have to fight hard for that, because I'm at your back again. I really love being here. So thank you."

Simon Kjær: "I'll probably sit down one day and be proud. I'm proud, but I'd be lying if I said I'm not going after that record and then it's going to keep Christian as far away from me as possible! But breaking that record would then be unique. Happy. Proud. 100 percent. But there’s some work to be done."

Many thanks to Randi for the English translation.

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