Kit Carson wrote on 26th December 1999
in his column for the Official Peterborough United website that
"Danish Under 21 goalkeeper, Jimmy Nielsen, is currently with
AB in Denmark after initially being considered as the successor
to Peter Schmeichel at Old Trafford, but he declined their interest.
He was with me at Norwich City and in the same squad was Mark
Tyler." Speculation had it that Jimmy will join Italian side
Brescia for £1.3million at the end of the 1999/2000 season. Jimmy
has also spent time with Millwall (1995/96)
Jimmy served Aab for many years but became embroiled in a agambling
scandal that hit the headlines of Denmark's newspapers. Along
with teammate David Nielsen, he accumulated
debts of £160,000. So big was the pair's level of credit
with the Aalborg bookies, the shop was forced to close for three
weeks until the outstanding debts were cleared.
It was claimed the two players' interest in betting on football
doubles (predicting the full-time scores of two games) were behind
the shop's closure, and the board of directors at Aalborg decided
to name and shame the pair, as well as setting up counselling
sessions on gambling problems. The club stressed that they had
not done anything illegal but that counselling sessions would
be provided to help identify any gambling addictions. With the
club fifth in the table at the time that the news broke, their
Director of Sport Lynge Jacobsen said he was more than happy with
the pair's efforts on the pitch. "Both of them have performed
well and I do not believe that their playing has been detrimentally
affected," said Jacobsen.
In November 2004, Jimmy was linked with a move to Leicester City
but it fell through. "Over time, I have started to doubt
that the interest shown by Leicester is serious enough to warrant
me spending time and energy going over for a trial" he
said after new Leicester manager Cragi Levein signed Stuart Taylor
on loan from Arsenal. Instead he joined QPR on trial in mid-November
2004. "I will be training with the goalkeeping coach on
Friday and might play a match for them, but that is not decided
yet" said Nielsen
Nielsen returned with Aalborg until 4th June 2007 when he became
one of new Leicester manager Martin Allen's first signings - Jimmy
signing a two year deal. However, he was left in the reserve squad
following the arrival of Hungarian goalkeeper Márton Fülöp.
He left the club on January 22nd, 2008 having his contract terminated
by mutual consent without ever having played for the club. The
next day he signed a 2½-year contract with Danish team
He signed in 2010 for American MLS side Sporting Kansas City
and has been the starting goalkeeper since, becoming captain in
2012. On 8th December 2013, Sporting Kansas City won the MLS Cup
beating Real Salt Lake 7-6 on penalties.
Two days after their MLS Cup win, Nielsen announced his retirement.
in December 2013, it was announced that Nielsen was the new head
coach of the Oklahoma City Enrgy FC who play in the USL Pro League. He left them in November 2017 and then coached Hartford Athletic from September 2018 to October 2019.