Dolberg in training with Ajax in 2016
|Full name||Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen|
|Date of birth||6 October 1997|
|Place of birth||Silkeborg, Denmark|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:50, 23 May 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:16, 3 July 2021 (UTC)
Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰæspɐ ˈtʌlˌpɛɐ̯ˀ]; born 6 October 1997) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Nice and the Denmark national team. Dolberg made his senior debut at Silkeborg IF in May 2015. He joined Ajax in July 2015 and made his debut for the club in July 2016. He represented Denmark at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level before making his senior international debut in November 2016.
On 5 January 2015, Ajax announced that 17-year-old Dolberg would join from Silkeborg IF in the summer, signing a three-year contract valid from summer 2015 until summer 2018. He had been spotted by Danish scout John Steen Olsen, the same scout who discovered players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Viktor Fischer, and Christian Eriksen for the Dutch capital club. On 13 May 2016, Dolberg agreed to have his contract extended until 2021.
On 26 July 2016, Dolberg scored his first goal in European competition on his competitive debut for Ajax, in a 1–1 Champions League qualification match against PAOK. He made his Eredivisie debut for the club on 7 August 2016 in a match against Sparta Rotterdam, coming on as a substitute for Mateo Cassierra. The following week he was in the starting line-up for the league match against Roda JC and he scored both of Ajax' goals in the 2–2 draw, his first goals in the Eredivisie. On 29 September 2016, Dolberg scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Standard Liège in a Europa League match. He scored another goal in his first 'Klassieker' against Ajax' great rival Feyenoord on 23 October 2016, securing a 1–1 draw away in Rotterdam. On 20 November 2016, he scored a first-half hat-trick in an Eredivisie match against NEC. This made him the youngest non-Dutch player ever to score a hattrick for Ajax. On 9 March 2017, Dolberg scored the equalizer in what ended in a 2–1 loss to F.C. Copenhagen in the round of 16 of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League campaign, thus ending a club record eight-month period in which Copenhagen had not conceded any goals at their home ground at Parken Stadium since 20 August 2016.
Dolberg signed for Nice in Ligue 1 on 29 August 2019 for a fee of 20.5 million euros. He finished his first season in France as the club's top scorer with 11 goals and was named the club's player of the season, as Nice finished in fifth place, securing a spot in the group stage for next season's UEFA Europa League.
In November 2016, Dolberg received his first call-up to the senior Denmark squad for matches against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic. On 11 November 2016, he made his senior international debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–1 victory for Denmark over Kazakhstan. On 10 June 2017, in a 1–3 away win against Kazakhstan in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, he came on as a substitute for Yussuf Poulsen after 68 minutes and scored his first international goal in the 81st minute.
In May 2021, he was selected in the final 26-man squad for the postponed UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Dolberg made his first start in the tournament, replacing the injured Yussuf Poulsen, in Denmark's round of 16 tie against Wales on 26 June and scored twice in a 4–0 win. He scored his third goal of the tournament in the quarter-finals against Czech Republic after a spectacular cross from Joakim Mæhle.
On 16 September 2019, Dolberg reported to the police that his luxury watch at an estimated value of €70,000 was stolen. Following a police investigation, in which the police recovered a surveillance video showing the culprit stealing the watch, his teammate Lamine Diaby-Fadiga confessed to the crime ten days later. Diaby was later sacked by the club.
|Silkeborg IF||2014–15||Danish Superliga||3||0||0||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|1||10 June 2017||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan||3||Kazakhstan||3–1||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||10 June 2019||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||13||Georgia||1–0||5–1||UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|
|4||15 October 2019||Aalborg Stadium, Aalborg, Denmark||15||Luxembourg||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|6||28 March 2021||MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark||23||Moldova||1–0||8–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||26 June 2021||Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||28||Wales||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2020|
|10||3 July 2021||Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||29||Czech Republic||2–0||2–1|
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