Nicklas Bendtner (Danish pronunciation: [neɡ̊las ˈb̥ɛnˀd̥nɐ]; born 16 January 1988) is a Danish footballer who currently plays as a forward for Norwegian club Rosenborg and the Denmark national team. His preferred position is as a centre-forward, but he has also played on the right side of attack, and occasionally on the left. A large, tall, and physically strong player, he is known for his ability in the air and possesses a powerful header.
Having progressed through the youth ranks at Tårnby Boldklub, Kjøbenhavns Boldklub and Arsenal, Bendtner signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2005. He made his professional debut in October 2005 in the Football League Cup, in a game against Sunderland. For the 2006–07 season, Bendtner was loaned out to Championship side Birmingham City, where he made 48 appearances. Following his return to Arsenal, he became a regular first team player, but began to slip out of favour during the 2010–11 season. As a result, he moved on loan to Premier League side Sunderland for the majority of the 2011–12 season, where he made 30 appearances. He then spent the entire 2012–13 season on loan to Serie A side Juventus, where he made 10 appearances, but failed to score. Bendtner was released by Arsenal in 2014. He subsequently joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer, and was released in 2016.
Bendtner has played internationally for Denmark at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-21 and senior levels. He made his senior international debut on 16 August 2006, in a friendly match against Poland, and scored his first international goal in that match. Since then, he has been capped 72 times, scoring 29 goals. He has also featured in Denmark's 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 squads.Close