Denmark under-21 international Emiliano Marcondes became the first signing of the Scott Parker era when he joined AFC Bournemouth in July 2021.
The Cherries saw off competition from a host of clubs to secure the frontman’s signature following his departure from Brentford.
Marcondes played a starring role as Brentford clinched promotion to the Premier League, scoring and winning the man-of-the-match award in the 2021 Championship play-off final.
His farewell appearance for the Bees came in the Wembley showpiece against Swansea, Marcondes adding to Ivan Toney’s penalty as Thomas Frank’s team triumphed 2-0.
Marcondes also played a significant role as Brentford booked their place in the final by beating the Cherries in the semi-final, the forward featuring in both legs.
He made 97 appearances in all competitions for the Bees after moving to west London from Danish Superliga outfit Nordsjaelland in January 2018, having previously signed a pre-contract agreement.
Born in Hvidovre, a suburb of Copenhagen, Marcondes progressed through the ranks at Nordsjaelland having started out in the youth ranks at his hometown club.
Marcondes graduated from the Nordsjaelland academy and made his first-team debut in a 2-0 win against AC Horsens in April 2013, a month after his 18th birthday.
He made two further appearances in 2012/13 before featuring 15 times the following season, including playing in qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League.
Marcondes netted his first senior goal in a 3-1 victory over Viborg in May 2014 and scored five times in 24 league games in 2014/15.
He scored twice in 30 league appearances in 2015/16 and hit 12 goals in 25 games in 2016/17 as Nordsjaelland reached the Superliga play-offs after finishing sixth.
Between October 2016 and December 2017, Marcondes registered 29 goals and nine assists in 39 games for Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga.
He won the Superliga player-of-the-month award in November 2017 and was voted Superliga player of the year at the 2017 Danish Football Awards.
Having scored 38 goals in 120 games in all competitions for Nordsjaelland, Marcondes signed for Brentford following the opening of the mid-season transfer window in January 2018.
He made his Bees debut – playing alongside current Cherries team-mate Chris Mepham – in a 1-0 defeat to Notts County in the third round of the FA Cup.
Marcondes made 12 appearances in the Championship in 2017/18 before unrelated foot and ankle injuries restricted him to 13 games the following season.
He started the 2019/20 campaign at Brentford before heading back to Denmark where he scored twice in 12 games in the Superliga for Midtjylland during a loan spell.
Marcondes returned to his parent club at the start of 2020, scoring twice and providing seven assists in 21 games in the Championship as the Bees reached the play-offs after finishing third.
He featured in both legs of the semi-final as Brentford beat Swansea before coming off the bench in the final as they lost out at Wembley to Scott Parker’s Fulham.
Marcondes was a key figure in Brentford’s promotion-winning campaign of 2020/21 and also featured prominently as they reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
He made 31 appearances in the Championship and played all six rounds of the Carabao Cup as Thomas Frank’s team were beaten by Tottenham in the last four.
His spectacular scissors kick effort against West Brom in the third round of the competition in September 2020 was voted goal of the round.
Marcondes starred in the play-offs, providing an assist in their semi-final win over the Cherries and netting their second goal as they saw off Swansea to book a place in the Premier League.
On the international front, Marcondes has been capped at every level between under-17 and under-21, playing under Frank when he was head coach of Denmark under-17s and under-19s.
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