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Ebbe i Hadsund.jpg
Ebbe Sand (2014)
birthday July 19, 1972
place of birth AalborgDenmark
size 183 cm
position Storm
Years station
1977-1992 Hadsund BK
Years station Games (goals) 1
1992-1999 Brøndby IF 136 (69)
1999-2006 FC Schalke 04 214 (73)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1998-2004 Denmark 66 (22)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2006-2007 Silkeborg IF (assistant coach)
2008-2014 Denmark (forward coach)
2020– Denmark (assistant coach)
1 Only league games are given.

Ebbe Sand (born July 19, 1972 in Aalborg ) is a former Danish football player . He played among other things from 1999 to 2006 in Germany for FC Schalke 04 as a striker with the shirt number 11. He is the third best Bundesliga scorer for Schalke after Klaus Fischer and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar .

From 1998 to 2004 sand ran in 66 games for the Danish national team and scored 22 goals; with the national team he took part in two world championships and two European championships.

He has been part of the Danish national team's coaching team since January 2020 .

Club career

Sand moved in the 1992/93 season from Hadsund BK to the Danish top club Brøndby IF . With Brøndby he was able to celebrate three Danish championships and two national cup wins. In the 1997/1998 season he was the Danish top scorer with 28 goals . In his team's 4-1 win at Vejle BK , he scored a real hat trick in the new record time of just four minutes ; Brøndby's fourth goal was also his. Gradually it attracted the interest of many clubs from all over Europe.

In the 1999/2000 season, Sand moved to FC Schalke 04 for a transfer fee of DM 10 million . He made his debut for the "Royal Blues" on August 9, 1999, when he was called up in the second round of the DFB Cup against 1. FC Saarbrücken in the starting line-up and scored the 1-0 winner. In the period that followed, he quickly developed into a crowd favorite because of his high level of commitment and will to win, his ties to his club and his fairness to opponents. In his seven years at FC Schalke 04, Sand was never sent off.

Sand in 1999

In the 2000/01 season in particular, he and his teammate Emile Mpenza formed a very successful storm duo that became known far beyond German borders. Sand scored 22 goals, Mpenza scored another 13. At the end of the season, Schalke lost the German championship to Bayern Munich in the last second . Sand said in various interviews that this defeat bothered him to this day. Even in the following years he did not succeed in winning the German championship title and thus realizing his greatest sporting goal. Sand won the DFB Cup twice with his team .

In the 2004/2005 season, Sand fell ill with meningitis , which put him out of action for a long time. As a result, he lost his regular place to younger players, and Sand had to sit on the bench more often. Nevertheless, the team chose him a year later as the successor to Frank Rost as team captain.

On July 21, 2005 it was announced that Ebbe Sand is leaving FC Schalke 04 in 2006 and is returning to Denmark, where he will take over a position at Silkeborg IF . On December 22, 2005 it was announced that Ebbe Sand would take over the position of Talent Manager at Silkeborg IF in the summer of 2006, which was also the announcement of the end of his career. The reason for the end of his career for Ebbe Sand was that his older son started school in Denmark.

Sand was also very successful internationally, scoring ten goals in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup . Due to his growing popularity, he had the opportunity to move to other international leagues to more prominent clubs. However, Sand extended his contract with FC Schalke 04 until the end of his career.

Sand played a total of 214 Bundesliga games at Schalke 04 and scored 73 goals. He was used in 31 European Cup games and was successful ten times. In the DFB Cup , he achieved an excellent rate of 18 goals in 25 games.

On May 13, 2006, he played his last Bundesliga game for FC Schalke 04 and the last game of his career. In the game against VfB Stuttgart he scored one goal and prepared another for the also outgoing Tomasz Waldoch . More than 61,000 spectators said goodbye to Sand on July 23, 2006 in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen during the game of the "Masters of Hearts" (team of the 2000/01 season) against the current Bundesliga squad of FC Schalke 04. Sand managed to equalize to 1: 1 (final score 2: 5). Schalke idols such as Olaf Thon , Ingo Anderbrügge , Radoslav Látal , Youri Mulder or Marc Wilmots came up on the side of the team of "masters of the heart". A replica of the championship trophy was presented to Ebbe Sand as a parting present.


season society League (country) Calls Gates
1992/93 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  1 0
1993/94 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  4th 1
1994/95 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  8th 2
1995/96 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  30th 12
1996/97 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  29 7th
1997/98 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  33 28
1998/99 Brøndby IF SAS League DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  31 19th
1999/00 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  32 14th
2000/01 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  33 22nd
2001/02 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  28 11
2002/03 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  33 6th
2003/04 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  30th 8th
2004/05 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  28 8th
2005/06 FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga GermanyGermanyGermany  30th 4th
Denmark Denmark 66 22nd
total 416 165

National team career

Sand was used 66 times in the Danish national team and scored 22 goals. At the 1998 World Cup in France, he scored the fastest goal after a substitution after 16 seconds. He took part in the World Championships in France in 1998 and in Japan and South Korea in 2002, as well as in the 2000 European Championships in the Netherlands and Belgium and in Portugal in 2004 . After the departure of the Danish team at the 2004 European Championship, Sand resigned from the national team.

After the active career

Career as a functionary

After finishing his career as a professional footballer, Sand took a position in the management of Silkeborg IF. He mainly worked there as a talent scout. In the summer of 2015, Sand formed the newly established sports advisory board of the Schalke supervisory board together with Michael Büskens and Huub Stevens.

At the turn of the year 2018/19, Sand became the sporting director of his former club Brøndby IF. In February 2019, he fired coach Alexander Zorniger after Brøndby IF was in fourth place after a defeat at Esbjerg fB , 22 points behind the league leaders and arch-rivals FC Copenhagen . Ultimately, Brøndby IF qualified for the second qualifying round for the UEFA Europa League . In July 2019, Ebbe Sand resigned from his post due to organizational changes.

Career as a coach

From October 2006 the Dane was active in addition to his position as sports director at Silkeborg IF as assistant coach to Peter Knudsen for the club. Sand left Silkeborg in October 2007 and was part of the Danish national team as a forward coach from 2008 to 2014.

At the beginning of 2020, Sand returned to the Danish Federation and became assistant to national coach Åge Hareide .

Private life

Sand completed his civil engineering studies at Brøndby IF alongside his career as a professional footballer. He emphasized again and again that at least in the beginning of his career, another mainstay was very important to him.

Just before the World Cup in France in the summer of 1998, doctors diagnosed Sand with testicular cancer . Nevertheless, he decided to postpone the operation and compete in the World Cup. Here he scored the fastest goal of the tournament against Nigeria with a goal after just 16 seconds. The later treatment against his cancer was successful.

Sand is married and has two sons. Both accompanied him after his farewell game on his lap of honor across the field. His twin brother Peter was also active in professional football.

Ebbe Sand lived in Dubai from 2014 until he accepted the position as sports director of Brøndby IF in early 2019. Since 2015 he has been head of the Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy Shanghai .


In the club

In the national team

  • Participation in the world championship: 1998 , 2002
  • Participation in the European Championship: 2000 , 2004

Individual successes / honors

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Press release of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (from July 21, 2005)
  2. Sand will be talent manager in Silkeborg IF this summer (press release of December 22, 2005)
  3. Record scorer in the 1st Bundesliga on dfb.de, accessed on February 8, 2016
  4. Profile on kicker.de , accessed on February 8, 2016
  5. [1] football-rekorde.de, June 17, 2010
  6. These are the tasks of the new sports advisory board around Huub Stevens schalke-news.de from June 30, 2015, accessed on February 18, 2019
  7. Officielt: Ebbe Sand bliver sportsdirektør i BIF , bold.dk, October 31, 2018, accessed on February 17, 2019 (Danish)
  8. Ex-Schalke Ebbe Sand stops at Brøndby as a sports director. In: Westfälische Rundschau. FUNKE MEDIEN NRW GmbH, July 10, 2019, accessed on July 14, 2019 .
  9. Promotion to assistant coach of the national team , Danish Football Association, January 17, 2020, accessed on March 25, 2020 (Danish)
  10. Derfor må Ebbe Sand sælge huset: Min søn havde flere sygedage end skoledage , BT of 10 March 2014
  11. Sebastian Døssing Spangtoft: Return to Denmark , BT, Berlingste Media A / S, October 31, 2018, accessed on March 26, 2020 (Danish)
  12. Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy Shanghai ( memento from July 3, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), viewed on July 2, 2015