Great Dane pins success on family happiness
MICHAEL Jakobsen believes his partner Annelise and his children’s happiness are the essence in making his transition to Adelaide United stress free.
As the Reds prepare to face Perth Glory at Hindmarsh tomorrow, the former Danish international revealed one secret to a happy life.
Spending quality time with his teammates – skipper Isaias, Taylor Regan and Michael Marrone and their young families – has helped his entire wellbeing on and off the park.
Jakobsen, 32, signed a twoyear deal in May and moved to Adelaide from Melbourne City in early June.
“It’s so important for the players’ wives as well, when we get together we all have something in common with the kids,’’ Jakobsen said yesterday.
“There’s some awkward silence sometimes but everything is a lot easier when your partner is happy and they have someone else to see outside of football.
“When I’m happy away from the pitch, I’m happy on the pitch and it’s very important for my wife and children to settle.
“That makes everything so much easier.”
Jakobsen had become accustomed to shifting continuously during his impressive career.
Apart from playing in his native nation, Jakobsen moved to the Netherlands, spent two years in Spain and time in Norway before signing for Melbourne City in 2016.
He played 41 matches for City and in 2016, like this year, won the FFA Cup for his then new club.
His leadership qualities have been admired and have only enhanced Adelaide’s ability to ensure the Reds won’t be bullied by anyone.