TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has loaned striker Kasper Dolberg from French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice until the end of the current 2022/23 season.
The 25-year-old Danish international was last active on loan in the Spanish LaLiga for FC Sevilla. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which has just ended, Dolberg played in all three games for Denmark.
“Kasper is a forward who is characterised by his intelligent style of play as well as his excellent ball handling, his dynamism and a certain physicality,” said 1899 Hoffenheim Director of Professional Football Alexander Rosen describing the new signing. “He can be goal-threatening at any time with clever running paths and in addition to his quality in the finish, he has the ability to secure the ball well with his back to the goal. We are convinced that he can give our game a component that we do not yet have in our squad and are also happy against the background of our personnel situation in attack that the opportunity has arisen to win such a player for us.”
Kasper Dolberg attracted the attention of a larger audience at the 2021 UEFA European Championship when he scored three times in four games for his home country and was one of the shooting stars in Danish football from that point on at the latest. 1899 Hoffenheim had already tried to guide Dolberg into the Kraichgau in 2019. “We were already convinced of him back then and did not lose sight of him the entire time. He knows how we see him here,” Rosen adds.
In 2015, Dolberg moved from Silkeborg IF to the U-19 of Ajax Amsterdam. At the Dutch top club, he quickly attracted attention in the professional squad: From 2016 to 2019, he scored 45 times in 119 competitive games and contributed 16 assists. The move to OGC Nice in the summer of 2019, in which he scored 24 goals in 85 competitive games in the following three seasons, was followed by a loan to Spanish UEFA Champions League participant FC Sevilla for the current season. Here Dolberg came to four appearances each in LaLiga and the UEFA Champions League. He recorded an assist, but remained without a goal.
Already in 2016, a good year after his move to Ajax, he made his debut as a young professional in the Danish senior national team. For his country he completed so far 40 games and scored eleven goals.
The 1.87m tall attacker joined the team after his medical check this Monday morning and met a long-time companion in Robert Skov. The two Danish national team colleagues went through large parts of their youth at Silkeborg IF.