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Career ladder: Brian Jensen

11 March 2013

Name: Brian Jensen
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 08/06/1975
Club: Burnley
Previous Clubs: B.93, AZ Alkmaar, Hvidovre (loan), West Bromwich Albion.

What do you remember about your first ever match?
One of the first matches that was important that I do remember was the cup final for my under 12 team, obviously back in Denmark. I remember that one really well because it wasn't only the final but also because it was in the main stadium. We lost 1-0.

My first professional game was with AZ Alkmaar, because in Denmark I was only a semi-pro. I really enjoyed it, I'd been waiting for that since I'd become a professional player and it took a good year before I actually played my first game. I think we won 4-2.

Who was your childhood hero?
Peter Schmeichel - he was the best goalkeeper in the world, pure presence and the ultimate goalkeeper. I haven't seen anybody better than him.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
It's hard because in Denmark it is completely different. There were obviously a few coaches and a few individuals that saw I had potential and believed in me so that was printed into my head that I could do something. I had to put girls and alcohol aside a little bit and lose a little bit of weight and then I obviously became a professional footballer.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Probably my first goalkeeping coach, John Bredahl. That was at B.93 in Copenhagen, my childhood club.

He was the one that believed in me at the time when it was looking pretty grim when I was a kid. He believed in me and he was the one that saw the potential so I followed him and he helped me progress my career.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
My first wage packet, as far as I can remember, was spent on a good night out.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
It does now - I think I have achieved more in my squad number 12 than any other number so I'll keep that one for the rest of my career.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
Last game of the season in the Premier League with Heurelho Gomes of Tottenham Hotspur.

How has the game changed for the better since you became a pro?
It's a lot quicker and obviously balls are made to score goals so they're not for goalkeepers. But definitely fitter, better, and just quicker.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Listen. Most important thing - listen to what the coaches say. Also work hard, and it all pays off in the end.

If you stay in the game at the end of your career, what will you do? a) Manager b) Coach c) Scout d) Physio e) Pundit?
Goalkeeping coach. I've had a few talks about being a pundit back home but I'm more interested in doing my coaching badges in goalkeeping.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
A good goalkeeper and a great servant to the club.

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