Former Burnley and Bury keeper Brian Jensen talks us through his football memories
First game you watched live? The first game I remember was Denmark against the USSR in 1980. Everyone used to gather round to watch the national team. I think we lost the game, but we used to watch Denmark all the time. My first live game was at a small semi-professional team in Norebbro, Copenhagen, but I cannot remember the result. First football hero? A big inspiration in Denmark for everybody is Peter Schmeichel. As a goalkeeper, he’s the person I would always look up to in my career. The way he played for the national team and what he did at Manchester United was an inspiration. I was lucky enough to meet him, too. He was awesome. It was a big honour. First pair of boots? I never had flashy boots growing up. I didn’t want them, playing in goal. The first pair of boots I can remember were a pair of Adidas Cobras. They were a good pair of nice leather boots, which lasted a long time. We needed something like those to play in all kinds of weather. First kit? The first kit I can remember was an outfield kit of Denmark’s. It was a kit designed for the World Cup in Mexico. I think it was Denmark’s first World Cup, so everyone was very excited. But the kit is one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen. It was red on one side and then had peppermint stripes on the other. It didn’t look very good, but everyone bought one because of the buzz of being at the World Cup. First professional game? I played for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands and it turned out to be my last game for the club as well. We played against Maastricht in the league. It finished 3-2 in the end and it was quite entertaining. I was quite nervous before the match but just stayed focused and in the zone. I tried not to think about anything else but the game itself. First professional penalty save? I remember it was a special match against Wolves in the Carling Cup in 2004. I saved a penalty from Carl Cort and then another from Keith Andrews. It was a crazy game. We won the match on penalties in the end. But I think my most memorable penalty saves came against Chelsea, also in the Carling Cup, in 2009. I saved from Wayne Bridge and John Obi Mikel and we won the shoot-out. First red card? I’ve had only one red card in my career, against Luton Town in 2005. I handled the ball outside the box. It was deliberate, to be fair. But the worst part was we had to put an outfield player in goal for the remainder of the game. It was John Spicer who took up the gloves and I don’t think he was very happy about it.
FIRST HERO: Peter Schmeichel