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Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup
 
Complete Name: Michael Laudrup
Nationality: Danish
Place of Birth: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date of Birth: June 15, 1964
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 61 kg
National Team: Denmark
Current Club: Retired
Position: Midfielder
 

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Club career history

Brondby (Denmark), SS Lazio (Italy), Juventus (Italy), FC Barcelona (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain), Vissel Kobe (Japan), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland)
 

Honours

Player:

League championships
- Serie A with Juventus 1985-86
- La Liga 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94 with FC Barcelona; 1994-95 with Real Madrid
- Eredivisie 1997-98 with Ajax

Domestic cups
- Spanish Cup 1990 with FC Barcelona
- Spanish Super Cup 1990 and 1992 with FC Barcelona
- Dutch Cup 1998 with Ajax

European cups
- Intercontinental Cup 1985 with Juventus
- European Cup 1992 with FC Barcelona
- European Super Cup 1985 with Juventus, 1992 with FC Barcelona

Individual awards
- Danish Player of the Year 1982 and 1985
- La Liga Player of the year 1992 and 1993
- Best Foreign Player in Spanish Football the last 25 years (1974-1999)

Coach:

- Danish Cup: 2002-03, 2004-05 with Brondby
- Danish Manager of the Year: 2003, 2005
- Danish Superliga: 2004-05 with Brondby
 

Biography

Michael Laudrup (born June 15, 1964 in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish former professional football player and current coach of childhood club Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga. He was known as one of the most skilful and elegant players of the game and is still hugely popular amongst fans. He scored 37 goals and played a total 104 appearances for the Denmark national football team, which is only topped by Peter Schmeichel's 129 games, and from November 1994, he captained his country for a total of 28 matches before his retirement in June 1998.

In 1999 he was voted the Best Foreign Player in Spanish Football the last 25 years and in April 2000 he was knighted, as he received the Order of the Dannebrog.

Michael Laudrup is a part of family with three generations of footballers. He is the son of former Danish national team player Finn Laudrup and Michael's oldest son Mads is currently the catain of the Danish under-17 national team and his youngest son Andreas Laudrup is a part of the under-16 national team.

Michael Laudrup has a younger brother, Brian Laudrup, who was also a professional football player. Brian Laudrup was a part of the winning Danish national team in 1992 European Championship (Euro 1992), but Michael did not play in that championship due to differences with the national team coach Richard Møller Nielsen. In 2004, both Laudrup brothers were named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers chosen by Pelé as part of the celebration of FIFA's 100th anniversary.

Laudrup is the most technically accomplished football player to emerge from Denmark, and in January 2006, he was named Denmark's finest footballer through the past 50 years as he received the UEFA Jubilee Award[4]. He was ranked amongst the best players in Europe, and his talent was exceptional, with the former French star Michel Platini describing him as one of the most talented players ever. Laudrup was known as a gentleman on the field and never received a red card. He preferred to out-play his immediate opponent rather than knock him down.

He was hugely admired for his outstanding technique, elegance, deep passes and dribbling. His vision was second to none. Former argentinian star Jorge Valdano and coach of Laudrup in Real Madrid said "he has eyes everywhere". His trademark move — looking one way and passing the other — fooled countless opponents during his career. The Laudrup dribble was perhaps the best-known part of his game, as he quickly moved the ball from one foot to the other away from the defender. In FC Barcelona he played alongside Hristo Stoitchkov, who scored many goals from Laudrup's passes, like Ivan Zamorano (who called Laudrup el genio, the genius) during Laudrup's time at Real Madrid. Throughout his career his number of assists was impressive and almost always the highest of his team.

He started his career in Danish clubs Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) and Brøndby before being sold to Juventus in Italy in 1982, at the age of 18. Under restriction of the number of foreign players, Juventus initially loaned him to struggling Rome club Lazio for two seasons. Despite playing for the relegation battlers, Laudrup starred for the Danish national team at the Euro 1984, playing all four Denmark matches. He returned in 1985 to replace Polish Zbigniew Boniek in the Juventus side, playing alongside Michel Platini and Ian Rush. In his time at Juventus, he took part in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a performance which is best remembered for his exceptional solo dribble and goal in the 6-1 defeat of Uruguay. He was also a part of a disappointing Euro 1988 tournament, though Laudrup scored one of Denmark's two goals.

In 1989 he joined FC Barcelona of Spain, with former Dutch national team star Johan Cruyff the coach, where he enjoyed tremendous success. Michael Laudrup was one of three foreign stars in the team, alongside Dutch defender Ronald Koeman and Bulgarian striker Hristo Stoitchkov, who were the pillars of Barça coach Johan Cruyff's Dream Team. The team won four consecutive La Liga championships from 1991 to 1994, as well as the 1992 European Cup. He was twice elected the best player of the year in Spain during his Barcelona years. When Barça hired a fourth foreign star player, Brazilian striker Romario, in 1994 it meant the four foreigners would rotate as the three foreign players allowed in each match, and when he wasn't selected for the 1994 European Cup final 0-4 loss to AC Milan his time at Barcelona was over.

In 1994 he completed a controversial move from Barça to Real Madrid after he fell out with Johan Cruyff, and Laudrup went on to guide Real Madrid in a championship winning season that would end the Barça stranglehold, making Laudrup the only player ever to win the Spanish league five times in a row playing for two different clubs. After the initial success at Real, a lacklustre season would be in store for club, as well as country, and the Euro 1996 would leave no positives for him. Despite only playing two seasons at Real Madrid, Laudrup was voted the 12th best player in Real history in an internet survey by Spanish newspaper Marca when the club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002.

He went on to play for Vissel Kobe in Japan, before he ended his playing career in a championship winning season at Dutch team Ajax in 1998. His last games would come at the 1998 World Cup, when he captained Denmark to the quarter-final, a tournament performance he crowned when he looked to his left, then launched a magnificient lob to his right, over the defenders, to find substitute Ebbe Sand who converted the chance to the 3-0 goal in the 4-1 win against Nigeria. Following his retirement, he plays for Lyngby Boldklub's Old Boys team in his spare time.

Laudrup as Brøndby coach.After his playing career ended with Ajax Amsterdam, Laudrup became a coach at age 36 when he started serving as an assistant coach for the Danish national team coach Morten Olsen in 2000. Together they led Denmark to the knock-out stage of 2002 World Cup, after which Michael Laudrup took his current job as head coach for Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga. As his assistant coach, Laudrup paired up with former Danish championship coach John "Faxe" Jensen.

At the start of his reign, he renovated the Brøndby team by letting a large contingent of older players go, in favour of several new offensive players and proven national team player Morten Wieghorst to ensure the defensive strength, and he gave the chance to young talents from the club's youth scheme. In his first year as head coach, he managed the team to a Danish Cup.
 

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