Pierre-Emile Kordt Højbjerg (Danish pronunciation: [hɔɪ̯'b̻jæɐ̯ˀ]; born 5 August 1995) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Southampton.
With his former club Bayern Munich, he won a variety of domestic and international tournaments. Formerly a youth international at various levels from under-16 to under-21, he made his debut for the Denmark national football team in 2014.
While initially playing for BK Skjold and F.C. Copenhagen he moved to Brøndby IF as a junior player at age 14. He looks upon Zinedine Zidane as his role model. Aged just 5, Højbjerg began attending training sessions with his six-year-old brother at local club Skjold. He was deployed as a striker by Copenhagen. Starting from his debut, Højbjerg plays as a central midfielder and sometimes right wide midfielder.
In 2011, Højbjerg was honoured with the title "Danish under-17 player of the year". In 2013, he was honoured with the title "Danish talent of the year" by Spillerforeningen (the Danish equivalent of the English PFA).
Højbjerg joined Bayern in July 2012 and, at the age of 17 years and 251 days, made his professional debut on 13 April 2013 in the Bundesliga against 1. FC Nürnberg, as a substitute for Xherdan Shaqiri and thus became the youngest player ever to play for the Bayern Munich first team in the Bundesliga. He finished the 2012–13 season with no goals in two matches played for the first team and eight goals in 30 matches played for the reserve team.
In December of that year, he was in the Bayern squad which won the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, although he did not enter the field of play during the tournament.
On 17 May 2014, Højbjerg started the DFB-Pokal final for Bayern Munich, a 2–0 extra-time win over Borussia Dortmund. He played for a total of 102 minutes before being substituted in the first half of extra time for Daniel Van Buyten. He finished the 2013–14 season with seven Bundesliga appearances and two German Cup appearances for the first team and four goals from 14 appearances for the reserve team.
His first match of the 2014–15 season was the DFL-Supercup on 13 August, playing the first hour and then being substituted for Mario Götze, as Bayern lost 2–0 at Borussia Dortmund. On 8 January 2015, Bayern extended Højbjerg's contract to 2018. He finished the 2014–15 season with no goals from eight Bundesliga appearances, one German Cup appearance, and three Champions League appearances.
On 7 January 2015, Højbjerg was loaned to FC Augsburg, also of the Bundesliga, for the remainder of the 2014–15 season. He made his debut on 1 February 2015 against 1899 Hoffenheim. Højbjerg scored his first Bundesliga goal on 11 April against SC Paderborn 07 in a 2–1 loss. On 9 May, he assisted Raúl Bobadilla for the only goal as Augsburg won away at Bayern, who had already won the league by that point. He finished his loan spell with two goals from 16 Bundesliga appearances.
On 28 August 2015, Højbjerg joined fellow Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a season-long loan.
On 11 July 2016, Højbjerg joined English club Southampton on a five-year deal for an estimated fee of £12.8 million.
Højbjerg was called up to the Denmark senior side for the first time in May 2014 for friendlies against Hungary and Sweden and made his debut against Sweden on 28 May, playing the full 90 minutes. On his third cap on 7 September 2014 he scored his first international goal, equalising as Denmark began their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a 2–1 win over Armenia in Copenhagen.
Højbjerg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in the Østerbro district of the city. He is the second of three children. Højbjerg was first introduced to football when he was five-years old. In April 2014, Højbjerg lost his father to stomach cancer at the age of 18. He lives in Winchester and receives frequent visits from his girlfriend Josephine who studies and lives in Denmark.
- As of 25 January 2017.
|Bayern Munich II||2012–13||Regionalliga Bayern||30||8||—||—||30||8|
- 1.^ Includes German FA Cup and English FA Cup.
- 2.^ Includes English League Cup.
- 3.^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
- 4.^ Includes German Super Cup.
Statistics accurate as of 29 March 2016.
|Denmark national team|
Score and result list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||7 September 2014||Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Armenia||1–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 2012–13, 2013–14
- DFB-Pokal: 2012–13, 2013–14
- UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
- DBU's Talentpris 2011: Danish under-17 player of the year
- Spillerforeningen 2013: Danish talent of the year
- Danish Talent of the Year: 2014
- "P. Højbjerg". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- "DBU's Talentpris" (in Danish). DBU. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Pierre-Emile Højbjerg vinder prisen som Årets Talent" (in Danish). Spillerforeningen. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Dansk Fodbold Award". DBU (in Danish). Retrieved 22 March 2016.