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v Wolfsburg

Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05

Thomas Gravesen

Midfielder

Thomas Gravesen
  • Born: 11/03/1976
  • Birthplace: Vejle
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Apps/ Goals: 146 (22) / 12
  • Debut: 2000 (v Charlton Athletic at Goodison)
  • Thomas Gravesen became a fans favourite in his first spell at Everton and returned for a second stint two-and-a-half years after leaving.

    His first spell at the club began in 2000. Thomas admitted, following his £2.5 million transfer to Goodison Park from Hamburg, that he was only interested in joining Everton, despite receiving numerous offers from elsewhere on the continent.

    He cut his professional teeth at his hometown club Vejle Boldklub before moving to the Bundesliga where he spent a season at Hansa Rostock before a move to Hamburg for 1998/99, making 48 appearances and scoring four goals before his Premiership switch.

    A full international, the former Hamburg star was part of Denmark's squad for the European Championships in Holland and Belgium in 2000 and in Portugal in 2004.

    Thomas played over 100 times for the Blues and was a key figure during the 2004/05 season in which Everton secured a Champions League spot.

    With his contract due to expire, Everton agreed to him joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in a £2.5 million deal on 14 January 2005. Things did not go according to plan at the Bernabeu and he subsequently switched to Celtic in August 2006.

    Things didn't go brilliantly for Thomas in Scotland and he returned south to Goodison just a day before the transfer deadline in the summer of 2007.

    His first appearance in the second spell saw him swing in the corner for Joleon Lescott's winner at Bolton.

    Things didn't go to plan though, with injuries often hampering the Dane's first team chances.

    He did make the odd cameo, including a typically well-executed penalty against Fiorentina, but a fleeting appearance on the last day of the season was his last outing in a Blue shirt before he returned to Parkhead.

    Tommy was released by the Hoops later that summer and eventually called time on his career in January 2009 after failing to find a new club.

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