Michael Jakobsen: Australian football “better” than Denmark

Michael Jakobsen: Australian football “better” than Denmark


Melbourne City acquisition Michael Jakobsen believes the quality of the A-League is higher than that of his native Denmark.

The five-time Denmark international linked up with City early in September, signing a two-year deal.

Since then, he has made his competitive debut for City, starting in the 4-1 FFA Cup quarter-final rout of Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park a fortnight ago.


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Thirty-year-old Jakobsen has spent the majority of his career plying his trade in his homeland, enjoying spells with Aalborg BK, FC Copenhagen and Nordsjaelland as well as two years in Spain with Almeria.

Sold to the A-League by fellow Dane Thomas Sorensen, Jaokbsen wants to further himself as a player in a league that he says has surpassed that of the Danish Super League.

“I talked with Thomas on the phone, and he was quite good at making a picture of how it is here, how the club works and ambitions,” he said.

“For me, it was very important to come to a club where they have ambitions and want to win trophies.

“Also a new culture, a totally new place. I think as a person it develops you, moves like this.

“I think it was a good beginning, we dominated for big periods of the game.

“Of course after they (Western Sydney) got the red card (in the FFA Cup quarter-final), the tempo went a bit out, but until then I think it was a good tempo and the first half was okay, the kind of game we want to play.

“Compared to Denmark, I think it’s on the same level, if not better.”

Jakobsen kicked off the rout just two minutes in, netting a brilliant overhead kick that surprised even himself.

“It was a once in a lifetime I think,” he added.

“I was surprised myself as well. You shouldn’t get used to it.

“Of course I’m going to do all that I can to score goals at set pieces, but those kinds of goals, I don’t think you’re going to see that again.”

City will open their A-League account on Saturday at Westpac Stadium against Wellington Phoenix.

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