Joakim Mæhle

Joakim Mæhle Pedersen (born 20 May 1997) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a right back for Serie A club Atalanta and the Denmark national team.

Joakim Mæhle
Mæhle with Genk in 2019
Personal information
Full name Joakim Mæhle Pedersen
Date of birth (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Østervrå, Denmark
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2009 Østervrå IF
2009–2016 AaB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 AaB 24 (1)
2017–2021 Genk 105 (4)
2021– Atalanta 20 (0)
National team
2017 Denmark U20 1 (0)
2017–2019 Denmark U21 7 (2)
2020– Denmark 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:01, 24 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2021

Club career


Born in Østervrå, Vendsyssel, Mæhle started playing football with local club Østervrå IF and moved to the AaB youth academy as a 12-year-old.[1] At the age of 19, Mæhle was promoted into the first team squad on 10 June 2016 and also signed a full-time senior contract with AaB.[2] He made his debut for AaB on 7 August 2016.[3] He started on the bench, but replaced Thomas Enevoldsen in the 89th minute in a 2–1 victory against FC Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga.

On 11 November 2016, Mæhle earned a new contract until 2020.[4] In April 2017, AaB confirmed that they were in negotiations with a foreign club about Mæhle.


On 9 May 2017, it was confirmed by AaB, that they had sold Mæhle to Belgian club Racing Genk for an undisclosed fee, starting from 1 July 2017.[1] He was signed to succeed right back Timothy Castagne who had moved to Atalanta. Mæhle made his debut for Genk on 29 July 2017 in the first league match of the season against Waasland-Beveren as a substitute for Amine Khammas. In his first season with the club, he was not a fixed starter, competing with Clinton Mata for his position. In his second season, after Mata's departure to Club Brugge, he won a permanent starting position. That season, Mæhle grew into a key player in the Genk starting eleven. At the end of the season, Genk won the Belgian championship.

On 11 September 2019, Mæhle extended his contract until June 2023.[5]


Genk announced on 22 December 2020 that Mæhle had signed for Atalanta on a five-year contract for a fee of €10 million. His transfer was made official on 4 January 2021.[6] He made his Serie A debut for Atalanta on 6 January in the club's 3–0 defeat of Parma.[7] On 28 February, Mæhle provided an assist in Atalanta's 2–0 win over Sampdoria.[8]

International career

Mæhle made his Denmark national team debut on 5 September 2020 in a Nations League game against Belgium; he substituted Martin Braithwaite in the 72nd minute of a 2–0 home loss.[9] He scored his first international goal in a friendly against the Faroe Islands on 7 October 2020.

Career statistics


As of match played 23 May 2021[10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
AaB 2016–17 Danish Superliga 24110251
Genk 2017–18 Belgian Pro League 25020270
2018–19 Belgian Pro League 3932113[lower-alpha 1]0544
2019–20 Belgian Pro League 250216[lower-alpha 2]000331
2020–21 Belgian Pro League 16100161
Total 105442190001286
Atalanta 2020–21 Serie A 200302[lower-alpha 2]0250
Career total 149582210001787
  1. Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League


As of match played 12 June 2021[11]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Denmark 202061
Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Mæhle goal.
List of international goals scored by Joakim Mæhle
1.7 October 2020MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark2 Faroe Islands3–04–0Friendly
2.31 March 2021Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria8 Austria2–04–02022 FIFA World Cup qualification




  1. AaB sælger Mæhle til KRC Genk‚, 9 May 2017
  2. "AaB rykker seks talenter op på førsteholdet". 10 June 2016.
  3. "NORDSJÆLLAND VS. AAB 1 - 2". 7 August 2016.
  4. "AaB giver Mæhle til 2020". 11 November 2016.
  5. Mæhle forlænger aftalen med belgiske mestre,, 11 September 2019
  6. "Official: Atalanta deal for Maelhe". Football Italia. 22 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  7. "Player - Joakim Maehle". Lega Serie A. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  8. "Sampodria 0 – 2 Atalanta". Lega Serie A. 28 February 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  9. "Denmark v Belgium game report". UEFA. 5 September 2020.
  10. Joakim Mæhle at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  11. "Håland, Erling Braut". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 21 March 2021.