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Højbjerg: The crowd were behind us
Højberg earmarks the St Mary's atmosphere as a reason for Saints' fast start.
Video: Højbjerg looking at bigger picture
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg looking ahead after Wolves defeat.
Højbjerg: Tuesday is an opportunity to hit back
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg looks ahead to Tuesday night's game after defeat to Wolves on Saturday.
Bertrand returns to leave Saints at full strength
The pre-Arsenal team news.
Højbjerg secures Euro 2020 qualification
Skipper plays crucial role as Ireland consigned to play-offs.
Højbjerg to determine Euro 2020 fate
Saints captain in crunch match for Denmark.
Højbjerg closes in on Euro 2020 berth
Skipper one point away from qualification after convincing win.
Saints' November international guide
Yoshida stands on the brink of personal milestone.
Højbjerg determined to restore fans' faith
Skipper wants to put things right after Leicester loss.
Video: Højbjerg on Leicester defeat
Skipper delivers an honest assessment.
Højbjerg apologises after Leicester loss
Captain speaks from the heart.
Five Saints in action as international fixtures end
How our internationals fared.
Højbjerg features in Denmark win
Saints captain in Euro 2020 qualifying action.
Saints' October international guide
Keep track of our players on international duty.
Højbjerg: Improvement will come
Captain confident Saints will recover from recent dip.
Video: Højbjerg on Chelsea setback
Saints captain reflects on a tough afternoon at St Mary's.
Højbjerg features in Georgia draw
Saints midfielder plays 73 minutes in Tbilisi.
Danso on target as Saints trio taste victory
Three wins out of three on successful night for internationals.
Saints' September international guide
Find out when and where our players are during the international break.
Wins for Højbjerg and Bednarek
Read our international round-up from Monday night's action.
Højbjerg, Elyounoussi and Bednarek back in EURO action
Three Saints face the second part of a EURO 2020 qualifying double header tonight.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg Saints HistoryLast updated 09 Jul 2020
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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg BiographyLast updated 04 Nov 2019
Former clubs: Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04 (loan), FC Augsburg (loan)
As a youth team player he represented BK Skjold and F.C. Copenhagen before moving on to Brøndby IF at age 14.
In 2011, Højbjerg won the Danish under-17 player of the year award; a prize previously won by Christian Eriksen and Nicklas Bendtner who have also played in English football. Former Southampton man Ronnie Ekelund also achieved that honour with Brøndby back in 1988.
Move to Germany
He was signed by Bayern in July 2012, and made his debut for them later that season as a 17 year-old against 1. FC Nürnberg, and in doing so, became the youngest player ever to play for them at first team level in the Bundesliga. It was therefore little surprise that he was named as Danish talent of the year in 2013.
After splitting his time between the reserves and the first team, in May 2014, manager Pep Guardiola handed Højbjerg a start in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final which saw Bayern claim a 2–0 extra-time win over Borussia Dortmund.
He finished the 2013/14 season with nine appearances for the first team and four goals from 14 appearances for the reserves.
The following campaign brought his first taste of Champions League football and another dozen or so appearances for Bayern’s first team, before he was loaned out to FC Augsburg whom he helped to Europa League qualification, providing an assist for the winning goal against his parent club in the closing stages of the campaign.
Two goals in 16 appearances for Augsburg set up a season-long loan move to FC Schalke 04 for whom he played over 30 times in all competitions last season including the Europa League, with two goals scored in the Bundesliga.
Back at Bayern, manager Pep Guardiola had been impressed by what he had seen from the Dane and liked his style of play to that of Sergio Busquets for his ability on the ball and natural positioning on the pitch.
Move to Southampton
Although contracted to Bayern until 2018, the departure of his mentor Guardiola to Manchester City, coupled with his own desire for a “fresh challenge” saw Højbjerg scour clubs in Europe to take the next step in his career with.
Having searched for a team that would not only match his ambition but also give him an opportunity to develop, Højbjerg completed a move to Southampton in the summer of 2016.
The Dane made his debut for Saints in the 1-1 draw at home to Watford but was best known during the 2016/17 season for his role in the club’s EFL Cup run; playing in every round but eventually missing the final.
Gaining the Captaincy
Højbjerg’s 2018/19 season was yet another period of progression, playing 33 games in all competitions and contributing with four goals and four assists from defensive midfield.
His reward for a consistent run of performances was received in December of 2018, with Ralph Hasenhüttl making him club captain.