Kasper Schmeichel steps out of his father’s shadow

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It was on August 6, 1991 when, at the age of 27, the relatively unknown Peter Schmeichel signed for Manchester United for a bargain fee of £505,000.

At the end of his first season in England, where United finished as runners-up in the league and won the League Cup for the first time in the club’s history, Schmeichel would go on to play a starring role for his nation as Denmark, incredibly, won Euro 92, beating Germany in the final.

A year later, at the age of 29, the Great-Dane would also lift the Premier League trophy having played a significant role for his club, keeping 22 clean sheets.


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That victory would be a catalyst for Manchester United who, under Sir Alex Ferguson, would dominate the English game for the next 20 years.

Schmeichel would go on to win five Premier League titles at Old Trafford as well as three FA Cups and one Champions League in the treble winning season of 1998-99.

The legendary goalkeeper would captain his side in the stunning final comeback against Bayern Munich which would also be his last game for the Red Devils.

When Schmeichel arrived in Manchester in 1991, he brought with him his five-year-old son: Kasper Peter Schmeichel.

Growing up with a legendary goalkeeper for a father, Kasper would have been forgiven had he decided to stay away from the goalkeeping arena.

Instead, Kasper decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and this season he has well and truly stepped out of his father’s giant shadow to ensure that he won’t solely be remembered as Peter’s son.

Having had spells at a number of clubs in England (including Manchester City, Bury, Notts County and Leeds), Kasper eventually signed for Leicester City in 2011 where he has made over 200 appearances in all competitions for the club.

The 29-year-old has been in sensational form this season, keeping 14 clean sheets and playing an enormous role in propelling Leicester from the bottom to the top of the Premier League in the space of a year.

Leicester’s solid and organised defence are marshalled expertly by Schmeichel and his ability to anticipate danger, coming off his line quickly to cut out danger, coupled with the fact that he is a superb shot-stopper, make him one of the best goalkeepers in the game today.

The Foxes could have secured the league title on Sunday at Old Trafford, but they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Kasper Schmeichel, however, put in yet another performance of the highest quality that continues to enhance his reputation further.

His reflex save down low to his left to prevent Jesse Lingard was exceptional and his save from Memphis, in the final minutes of the game, highlighted just how good he is at coming off his line to prevent dangerous situations.

It is certainly fitting that Kasper gave yet another assured and commanding performance at the ground where he grew up watching his father achieve so much.

The younger Schmeichel has truly made a name for himself after a long journey through English football and will be rewarded on Saturday with his first Premier League winner’s medal.

After years of being compared to his father, Kasper can finally emerge to stand alongside Peter as a league winner and a quality goalkeeper.

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Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester City
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Peter Schmeichel
Manchester United

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