Andreas Cornelius

Andreas Evald Cornelius (born 16 March 1993) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Parma, on loan from Atalanta, and the Denmark national team.

Andreas Cornelius
Cornelius with Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Andreas Evald Cornelius[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Atalanta)
Number 11
Youth career
BK Hekla
Fremad Amager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Copenhagen 34 (18)
2013–2014 Cardiff City 8 (0)
2014–2017 Copenhagen 91 (28)
2017– Atalanta 23 (3)
2018–2019Bordeaux (loan) 20 (3)
2019–Parma (loan) 55 (13)
National team
2010–2011 Denmark U18 6 (2)
2011–2012 Denmark U19 14 (4)
2012–2015 Denmark U21 7 (2)
2013 Denmark League XI 2 (4)
2012– Denmark 29 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:02, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Cornelius vs. Tosaint Ricketts of Canada in 2013.

F.C. Copenhagen

Cornelius had joined the FC Copenhagen first team squad for its training camps in July 2011 and January 2012.[3][4]

On 9 April 2012, he played his first Superliga match, coming on as a substitute for César Santin against AGF at NRGi Park in Aarhus. In the previous Superliga match (against Brøndby at Parken Stadium on 5 April 2012), he had been an unused substitute.[5] On 20 May 2012, it was announced that Cornelius would join the first team squad on a permanent basis at the beginning of the upcoming season, together with Christoffer Remmer and Jakob Busk.[6]

Cornelius scored his first goal for Copenhagen against Midtjylland in the first game of the new 2012–13 season. He scored the opening goal against Odense in a 2–2 draw. He also scored the winning goal against Molde FK in the Europa League on 20 September.[7]

Cornelius was awarded player of the month in the Danish Superliga on 7 October 2012. On 15 April, he scored the final goal in a 3–2 win against FC Nordsjælland. This gave FCK a 10-point lead in the league to number 2, and was crucial for Copenhagen winning the title.

Even though Cornelius only played one full season with the first team, he quickly became one of the most popular players of the club, as the print with his name and number on the official shirts being the most popular, selling around 40% of all prints.[8]

Cardiff City

On 27 June 2013, Cardiff City announced they had signed Cornelius, for a club record fee.[9][10] Reports from Denmark suggested a fee of 75 million Danish kroner (approximately £8 million).[11] On 1 July, Cornelius completed his medical and signed a five-year deal with the club, saying "I've been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that's taking place at Cardiff City."[12] Twenty-three days later, he made his debut in a friendly against Forest Green Rovers and scored a goal in a 4–3 victory. However, he sustained a minor injury to his ankle during training the following week, and consequently missed out on the team's first ever Premier League game, against West Ham United on 17 August.[citation needed]

Cornelius warming up before his Premier League debut on 25 August 2013

Cornelius made his competitive debut for Cardiff on 25 August against Manchester City, coming on as a stoppage-time replacement for Fraizer Campbell who had scored twice in the 3–2 home victory.[13] Three days later, in a League Cup match against League Two club Accrington Stanley, he made his first competitive start for the club in a 2–0 win; however he re-aggravated the ankle injury he had picked up in pre-season following a heavy tackle and was carried off on a stretcher just before half-time.[14] The injury would prove worse than first feared; and left Cornelius on the sidelines for the next three months, meaning he missed 10 games for Cardiff, as well as the chance to compete for his country Denmark in their final qualification games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

During the final international break of 2013, Cornelius once again began training with the first team squad, in order to be accessed by the medical staff. They deemed that he was fit to return to action, and therefore arranged a behind closed door friendly with Championship club Yeovil Town on 14 November. He played 60 minutes as planned in a 2–1 defeat and told the media that he was fit and ready to return to action.[15]

F.C. Copenhagen return

On 31 January 2014, Cornelius returned to F.C. Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, but Cardiff claim they lost most of the money they paid for him.[16] He scored a hat-trick in his first game back at Copenhagen in a friendly match against Slovan Liberec.[17] On 23 February 2014, Cornelius made his first competitive start after re-signing with the club and crowned his comeback with a header to put his team 1–0 in front against AGF at NRGi Park. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Cornelius ended his first half season with 5 goals in 13 appearances, including a brace against Randers FC in Parken where he dribbled past four men before sending the ball into the back of the net. In April 2015, he suffered a "horrific" ankle injury during Copenhagen's match against Silkeborg IF.[18]


On 2 May 2017, it was announced that Cornelius would join Serie A side Atalanta for a fee of around €3.5 million.[19]

Bordeaux loan

On 31 August 2018, hours before the closing of the 2018 summer transfer window, Cornelius joined Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux on loan for the season.[20] The deal reportedly included an option for Bordeaux to sign him permanently for a fee between €7 and 8 million.[21]


On 18 July 2019, Cornelius signed to Serie A club Parma a 2-years loan with an obligation to buy.[22] On 20 October 2019, Cornelius came off the bench in the 11th to substitute the injured Roberto Inglese, and scored a hat trick in a 5–1 home win against Genoa within a span of eight minutes.[23][24] Cornelius scored a second hat-trick against Genoa later on in the season in a 4–1 away win.[25]

International career

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[26] He played in 3 of Denmark's 4 games, starting in the final group match vs France and the round of 16 match against Croatia. Cornelius did not score any goals in the World Cup.

Career statistics


As of match played 22 May 2021[27]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Copenhagen 2011–12 Superliga 20000020
2012–13 3218211014420
Total 3418211014620
Cardiff City 2013–14 Premier League 8030110
Copenhagen 2013–14 Superliga 1353100166
2014–15 2363181348
2015–16 2556100316
2016–17 3012421574921
Total 912816523813041
Atalanta 2017–18 Serie A 2334142316
2018–19 00004141
Total 2334183357
Bordeaux (loan) 2018–19 Ligue 1 2034050293
Parma (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 2612102712
2020–21 29110301
Total 5513205713
Copenhagen total 1394618633919061
Career total 23165307461230784


As of match played 12 June 2021.[28]
International goals
Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.[28]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1.22 March 2013Andrův Stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic Czech Republic1–03–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.31 August 2016CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark Liechtenstein3–05–0Friendly
3.11 November 2016Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark Kazakhstan1–04–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4.1 September 2017 Poland2–04–0
5.7 October 2020MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark Faroe Islands4–04–0Friendly
6.6 June 2021Brøndby Stadion, Brøndby, Denmark Bosnia and Herzegovina2–02–0






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  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  3. "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. "Cornelius :: Andreas Cornelius :: FC Copenhagen". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. "F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning". Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  7. "FCK make winning start as Cornelius breaks Molde". UEFA. 20 September 2012.
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  11. "FC København sælger Cornelius til Cardiff". 27 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  12. "Transfer news: Andreas Cornelius signs five-year deal with Cardiff".
  13. Roberts, Gareth. "BBC Sport - Cardiff 3-2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  14. "BBC Sport - Accrington 0-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
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  16. "Cornelius kommer hjem". FC Copenhagen. 31 January 2014.
  17. "Cardiff City blame Malky Mackay regime for transfer loss". BBC Sport. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  18. "Danish striker suffers broken ankle in horrific tackle". Yahoo Sport Australia. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  19. Booth, Dominic (2 May 2017). "Cardiff City flop Cornelius lands transfer to Serie A club".
  20. "Official: Cornelius joins Bordeaux". Football italia. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  21. "Andreas Cornelius prêté à Bordeaux (officiel)". L'Équipe (in French). 31 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  22. "UFFICIALE: Parma, presi Cornelius e Kulusevski dall'Atalanta". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  23. "Parma 5 - 1 Genoa". Football Itaia. 20 October 2019.
  24. "Cornelius hat-trick crushes Genoa". Football Italia. 20 October 2019.
  25. "Genoa 1 - 4 Parma". Football Italia. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
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