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Jimmy Nielsen is goalkeeper for Sporting Kansas City. Nielsen, a native of Denmark, lives with his wife and two children in Brookside. He will speak and sign copies of his autobiography, Welcome to the Blue Heaven, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St. This conversation took place at Jalapenos in Brookside.
In your book, you write about overcoming a serious gambling problem that derailed your career in Europe. Why did you choose to go public with such private and embarrassing details of your life?
This is the second book, and if I hadnt written the first book, which came out in Denmark, I wouldnt have written this one. But people here kept asking me about having the book translated into English. At first I said no because I was over that part of my life. But then I decided to write a new book that was more updated and more about Kansas City but still include my gambling history, to be honest about that.
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