There’s Only One: Jakob Kjeldberg

Ollie Irish

19th, May 2008

In Pies’ new feature we go back to the old school to reminisce about 1990s Premier League footballers. We will be reliving the glory days of some random, forgotten and downright obscure ex-pros, beginning with Chelsea’s Jakob Kjeldberg.

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Then: Like belief in reincarnation and Diamond Lights, Jakob Kjeldberg was unleashed on unsuspecting English football fans by Glenn Hoddle. The then Chelsea boss plucked the Dane from relative obscurity in 1993. The 23-year-old had begun to make an impression with Danish side Silkeborg IF and had earned his first international cap towards the end of 1992. The strapping centre-back became a fan favourite. He was in the side that lost to Man Yoo in the 1994 FA Cup final. But the following season Kjeldberg began to suffer injuries with increasing regularity. This culminated in a knee ligament injury which forced the Dane to hand up his boots in 1997 at the age of 28.

Now: Kjeldberg is now employed as a TV presenter in his homeland. Perhaps unsurprisingly he fronts magazine football show Onside, but his TV breakthrough came when he was chosen to host hit reality TV show Expedition Robinson. The tropical island-based show is based around a Robinson Crusoe theme (hence Jakob’s mate in the photo!).
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