Welcome to the Blue Heaven: Don't Bet Against the Goalkeeper

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Soccers Goalkeeper of the Year for 2012, Jimmy Nielsen, has established himself as one of the best players in the league and a fan favorite. Yet few are aware of the remarkable story that led him to the US Midwest. Compared to Denmarks greatest goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, Nielsen was scouted by a host of leading European clubs. When he should have been building his career, he was instead developing a ferocious gambling habit. Nicknamed Casino Jimmy, Nielsen continued to gamble until his losses finally caught up to him. Nielsen gradually pieced his life back together; however, his footballing career remained unfulfilled. Were it not for a call from Kansas City, that might have been the end of the story. The warmth of the Midwest, the passion of Sporting Kansas Citys fans, and the standard of US soccer have given Nielsen a new lease on life. He wants to share his story with fans who have taken him into their hearts and who have made him feel that he is, at last, at home in blue.

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Jimmy Nielsen is the caotain of Sporting Kansas City and the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the year. He grew up in Denmark and spent 13 years playing for his hometown team, Aalborg BK-starting a club record 398 consecutive games and helping the club to win its second ever natonal championship. During that time, he was twice named as Danish goalkeeper of the year. After that, he had brief spells with Leichester City in England and Vejle in Denmark before joining the Kansas City Wizards as the team was then known in 2010. Since then he has twice been named to the MLS All Star team, and in 2012 he helped Sporting Kansas City win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and two daughters.

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