With Thomas Sorensen retiring, here are 10 facts about the ex-Sunderland keeper’s career

Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen saves a penalty from Alan Shearer preventing Newcastle from equalising
Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen saves a penalty from Alan Shearer preventing Newcastle from equalising
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Former Sunderland goalkeeper and fan favourite Thomas Sorensen has recently announced his retirement from the game.

At the ripe old age of 39, Sorensen has decided to step away from professional football in this country after leaving Stoke City.

Here are some facts about the likeable Dane, who may yet play on back home.

Signed from Odense BK in Denmark in the summer of 1998, Thomas Sorensen would go on to make 191 appearances in a five-year stay on Wearside.

He was part of the side who won the Football League Championship with a record 105 points, during which he kept a record 29 clean sheets.

Following promotion to the Premiership, he had another fine season, starting all but one game in the and keeping nine clean sheets as Sunderland recorded their highest finish in 46 years.

The Black Cats repeated their seventh-placed finish in the 2000-01 campaign as Sorensen made a further 34 league appearances, shutting out the opposition in 12 games.

Sorensen’s finest hour in a Sunderland shirt came in November 2000 when he saved Alan Shearer’s penalty to send the Cats’ fans into raptures whilst also sealing their second consecutive win on Tyneside.

The goalkeeper made a further 55 league appearances despite missing almost half of the 2002-03 season through injury.

Sorensen was sold to Aston Villa for £2 million, where he once again saved a Shearer penalty kick in a November 2003 game against Newcastle.

In 2008 he joined Stoke City and once again saved a penalty against Newcastle from Loic Remy.

Sorensen received a special recognition award at the end of the season for his contribution to Stoke. In total he spent seven seasons at the Britannia.

Sorensen has decided to mark his retirement by cycling 4,000 miles across the United States for charity.