John Eriksen

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John Eriksen
Personal information
Full name John Hartmann Eriksen
Date of birth (1957-11-20)20 November 1957
Place of birth Assens, Denmark
Date of death 12 February 2002(2002-02-12) (aged 44)
Place of death Svendborg, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1964–1975 Svendborg FB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Svendborg FB (23)
1978–1980 Odense 60 (42)
1980–1984 Roda 144 (80)
1984–1985 Mulhouse 34 (27)
1985–1986 Feyenoord 31 (22)
1986–1989 Servette 87 (75)
1989–1991 Luzern 70 (37)
1991–1993 Svendborg FB 57 (39)
Total 479 (342)
National team
1975 Denmark U17 1 (1)
1975 Denmark U19 2 (1)
1978–1983 Denmark U21 15 (5)
1981–1988 Denmark 17 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Hartmann Eriksen (20 November 1957 – 12 February 2002) was a Danish footballer who played as a striker.

An extremely prolific goal scorer, he scored 319 league goals over the course of 15 seasons, having played in four countries, namely the Netherlands and Switzerland. He did not manage to win any team honours, however.

Eriksen was a Danish international in the 80's, appearing with the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Early life

He was born November 20, 1957, in Assens. In 1964, Eriksen moved with his family from Assens to Svendborg, where he and his brother started playing football in Svendborg FB. Here he won the Funen boy Championship in 1968. At the age of just 17, he made a debut for Svendborg FB in June 1975.

Club career

After two season with Svendborg, Eriksen switched to Odense BK, scoring 22 goals in each of his two seasons with the club. In January 1980, he moved to Roda JC in the Netherlands, never netting less than 16 goals in each of his four Eredivisie seasons.

In 1984–85, Eriksen joined FC Mulhouse in the French Ligue 2, finishing second in the goal scoring charts as the club narrowly missed on promotion, falling short in the playoffs. In the summer, he returned to the Netherlands and joined Feyenoord, again surpassing the 20-goal mark as the Rotterdam outfit ranked in third position.

Aged almost 29, Eriksen moved to Switzerland where he continued to display solid scoring form, for both Servette FC (having played alongside Karl-Heinz Rummenigge) and FC Luzern. With the former, he led the scorers list in his first two seasons, notably scoring 36 in 34 games in 1987–88 (second position overall, only two points behind champions Neuchâtel Xamax).

Eriksen closed his career at nearly 36 with his first club, hometown's Svendborg FB.

International career

Eriksen won 17 caps and scored six goals for Denmark, his debut coming in 1981. He was selected for the squad that competed in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, appearing as a substitute against West Germany (2–0 win, one goal)[1]and Spain (1–5 round-of-16 loss).[2]

Eriksen was also picked for UEFA Euro 1988 in West Germany, playing twice in an eventual group stage exit (two 0–2 losses), starting against Italy.


After ending his career, Eriksen suffered Alzheimer's disease, and lived his last three years in a nursing home in Svendborg. After falling accidentally in his home he died on 12 February 2002, at only 44 years of age. He was buried in St. Nicolai Church in Svendborg on 20 February 2002.


  1. "Denmark – West Germany 2–0 (1–0)". 13 June 1986. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. Denmark – Spain 1–5 (1–1); Planet World Cup, 18 June 1986
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