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Cornelius with Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Andreas Evald Cornelius
Date of birth 16 March 1993 (1993-03-16) (age 28)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.95 m
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Parma
Number 11
Youth career
BK Hekla
Fremad Amager
Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Copenhagen 34 (18)
2013–2014 Cardiff City 8 (0)
2014–2017 Copenhagen 91 (28)
2017–2021 Atalanta 23 (3)
2018–2019 Bordeaux (loan) 20 (3)
2019–2021 Parma (loan) 55 (13)
2021– Parma 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Denmark U18 6 (2)
2011–2012 Denmark U19 14 (4)
2012–2015 Denmark U21 7 (2)
2013 Denmark League XI 2 (4)
2012– Denmark 32 (6)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:47, 26 June 2021 (UTC)

Andreas Evald Cornelius (born 16 March 1993) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Parma and the Denmark national team.

Club career

Tosaint Ricketts and Andreas Cornelius
Cornelius vs. Tosaint Ricketts of Canada in 2013.

F.C. Copenhagen

Cornelius had joined the FC Copenhagen first team squad for its training camps in July 2011 and January 2012.

On 9 April 2012, he played his first Superliga match, coming on as a substitute for César Santin against AGF at NRGi Park in Aarhus. In the previous Superliga match (against Brøndby at Parken Stadium on 5 April 2012), he had been an unused substitute. On 20 May 2012, it was announced that Cornelius would join the first team squad on a permanent basis at the beginning of the upcoming season, together with Christoffer Remmer and Jakob Busk.

Cornelius scored his first goal for Copenhagen against Midtjylland in the first game of the new 2012–13 season. He scored the opening goal against Odense in a 2–2 draw. He also scored the winning goal against Molde FK in the Europa League on 20 September.

Cornelius was awarded player of the month in the Danish Superliga on 7 October 2012. On 15 April, he scored the final goal in a 3–2 win against FC Nordsjælland. This gave FCK a 10-point lead in the league to number 2, and was crucial for Copenhagen winning the title.

Even though Cornelius only played one full season with the first team, he quickly became one of the most popular players of the club, as the print with his name and number on the official shirts being the most popular, selling around 40% of all prints.

Cardiff City

On 27 June 2013, Cardiff City announced they had signed Cornelius, for a club record fee. Reports from Denmark suggested a fee of 75 million Danish kroner (approximately £8 million). On 1 July, Cornelius completed his medical and signed a five-year deal with the club, saying "I've been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that's taking place at Cardiff City." Twenty-three days later, he made his debut in a friendly against Forest Green Rovers and scored a goal in a 4–3 victory. However, he sustained a minor injury to his ankle during training the following week, and consequently missed out on the team's first ever Premier League game, against West Ham United on 17 August.

Andreas Cornelius warming up for Cardiff City
Cornelius warming up before his Premier League debut on 25 August 2013

Cornelius made his competitive debut for Cardiff on 25 August against Manchester City, coming on as a stoppage-time replacement for Fraizer Campbell who had scored twice in the 3–2 home victory. Three days later, in a League Cup match against League Two club Accrington Stanley, he made his first competitive start for the club in a 2–0 win; however he re-aggravated the ankle injury he had picked up in pre-season following a heavy tackle and was carried off on a stretcher just before half-time. The injury would prove worse than first feared; and left Cornelius on the sidelines for the next three months, meaning he missed 10 games for Cardiff, as well as the chance to compete for his country Denmark in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

During the final international break of 2013, Cornelius once again began training with the first team squad, in order to be accessed by the medical staff. They deemed that he was fit to return to action, and therefore arranged a behind closed door friendly with Championship club Yeovil Town on 14 November. He played 60 minutes as planned in a 2–1 defeat and told the media that he was fit and ready to return to action.

F.C. Copenhagen return

On 31 January 2014, Cornelius returned to F.C. Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, but Cardiff claim they lost most of the money they paid for him. He scored a hat-trick in his first game back at Copenhagen in a friendly match against Slovan Liberec. On 23 February 2014, Cornelius made his first competitive start after re-signing with the club and crowned his comeback with a header to put his team 1–0 in front against AGF at NRGi Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Cornelius ended his first half season with 5 goals in 13 appearances, including a brace against Randers FC in Parken where he dribbled past four men before sending the ball into the back of the net. In April 2015, he suffered a "horrific" ankle injury during Copenhagen's match against Silkeborg IF.

Atalanta

On 2 May 2017, it was announced that Cornelius would join Serie A side Atalanta for a fee of around €3.5 million.

Bordeaux loan

On 31 August 2018, hours before the closing of the 2018 summer transfer window, Cornelius joined Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux on loan for the season. The deal reportedly included an option for Bordeaux to sign him permanently for a fee between €7 and 8 million.

Parma

On 18 July 2019, Cornelius signed to Serie A club Parma a 2-years loan with an obligation to buy. On 20 October 2019, Cornelius came off the bench in the 11th to substitute the injured Roberto Inglese, and scored a hat trick in a 5–1 home win against Genoa within a span of eight minutes. Cornelius scored a second hat-trick against Genoa later on in the season in a 4–1 away win.

International career

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He played in 3 of Denmark's 4 games, starting in the final group match vs France and the round of 16 match against Croatia. Cornelius did not score any goals in the World Cup.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Copenhagen 2011–12 Superliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 32 18 2 1 10 1 44 20
Total 34 18 2 1 10 1 46 20
Cardiff City 2013–14 Premier League 8 0 3 0 11 0
Copenhagen 2013–14 Superliga 13 5 3 1 0 0 16 6
2014–15 23 6 3 1 8 1 34 8
2015–16 25 5 6 1 0 0 31 6
2016–17 30 12 4 2 15 7 49 21
Total 91 28 16 5 23 8 130 41
Atalanta 2017–18 Serie A 23 3 4 1 4 2 31 6
2018–19 0 0 0 0 4 1 4 1
Total 23 3 4 1 8 3 35 7
Bordeaux (loan) 2018–19 Ligue 1 20 3 4 0 5 0 29 3
Parma (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 26 12 1 0 27 12
2020–21 29 1 1 0 30 1
Total 55 13 2 0 57 13
Copenhagen total 139 46 18 6 33 9 190 61
Career total 231 65 30 7 46 12 307 84

International

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Denmark
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 5 1
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 3 2
2017 6 1
2018 6 0
2019 2 0
2020 2 1
2021 5 1
Total 32 6

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2013 Andrův Stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 31 August 2016 CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark  Liechtenstein 3–0 5–0 Friendly
3. 11 November 2016 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Kazakhstan 1–0 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 1 September 2017  Poland 2–0 4–0
5. 7 October 2020 MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark  Faroe Islands 4–0 4–0 Friendly
6. 6 June 2021 Brøndby Stadion, Brøndby, Denmark  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 2–0

Honours

Club

Copenhagen
  • Danish Superliga: 2012–13, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Danish Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17

Individual

  • Danish Superliga Golden Boot: 2012–13
  • Danish Superliga Player of the Year: 2012–13
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