Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup ( born June 15, 1964 in Frederiksberg) is a former Danish football player and current coach.

During his active career he was considered one of the best playmakers in the world. In November 2006, he was named the best Danish footballer of all time and he is since 2007 a ​​member of the Hall of Fame of the Danish Sports. His father Finn and his younger brother Brian were also professional footballers.

Career as a player

His first League Game of Laudrup in 1982 as a 17 -year-old for Brøndby IF. Already in this first season, he drew attention to himself when he scored 15 goals in 24 games. Laudrup just moved abroad so soon and so he was obliged in the summer of 1983, Juventus. At this time, however, each Serie A club was only allowed two foreign players in the squad and Juve two foreign players already had with Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek under contract, they decided to borrow him for a year at the newly promoted Lazio. There he was immediately regulars, scored in his first Serie A game against Hellas Verona scored two goals and was able to keep his team in the 1983/84 season before relegation to Serie B. In the summer of 1984, Juventus, Laudrup decided yet for another year at Lazio borrow. This season, however, the young Dane was unable to prevent relegation. In his time at Lazio he stood in all 60 league games on the court. In the summer of 1985, he finally went to Juventus, and took in the 1985/86 season with Juventus immediately the Italian Championship and the World Cup.

After three years at Juve, he moved in 1989 to Spain for FC Barcelona. There he celebrated in 1992 with the winning the European Cup of Champions his second international success. In 36 league games he scored the impressive for a playmaker number of 13 goals. In Spain, he dominated with his clubs, the first half of the 90s. All championships from 1991 to 1995 went to either FC Barcelona or Real Madrid, where he had moved in 1994. Laudrup won the title four times with Barcelona and once with Real Madrid.

After two years in the Spanish capital, he joined the 1996/97 season in the Japanese J. League to Vissel Kobe. However, after only a year, he sought a greater physical challenge again and moved to the Netherlands for Ajax Amsterdam. The 1997/ 98 should be his last season. Laudrup was once again very successful with Ajax. He won there league and cup and scored this season in 21 games eleven goals. Laudrup is thereby created the championship title in three different countries to win with four different clubs. In 2006 he was elected to his native Denmark as the Danish player of all time

Michael Laudrup played 1982-1998 104 appearances for Denmark. On his 18th birthday, so he made ​​his debut in the national team and promptly scored a game against Norway a goal, the first of 37 because of a conflict with the national team coach Richard Møller Nielsen, however, he was not in the squad of the European Championship in 1992, he the only international title Denmark missed. After the defeat in the quarter- finals of the 1998 World Cup against Brazil Laudrup ended his career.

Career as a coach

Laudrup started his coaching career in 2000 as Kotrainer the Danish national team at the side of Morten Olsen. From 2002 to 2006 he was with John Jensen coach of Danish club Brøndby IF, with whom he won the Danish Cup and 2005 Cup and the championship of the SAS League 2003. In May 2006, Laudrup resigned together with Jensen after they do not have a contract extension had with Brøndby can agree. This had failed primarily due to the different salary expectations of both parties.

From July 2007 to June 2008, Laudrup was the successor of Bernd Schuster coach of Spanish side Getafe. From September 2008 to April 2009, he coached the Russian club Spartak Moscow, from 2010 he was a coach at RCD Mallorca. After a dispute with the club leadership of RCD Mallorca, he joined on 27 September 2011 from his post as head coach back. For the season 2012/13 undertook Swansea City Laudrup as head coach. He signed a two-year contract until 30 June 2014 and succeeds by Brendan Rodgers, who had moved to Liverpool. In February 2014, Laudrup was dismissed.


As a player

  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1991 /92 ( with FC Barcelona)
  • World Cup: 1985 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1985 ( with Juventus ); 1992 ( with FC Barcelona)
  • Italian Championship: 1985 /86 ( with Juventus )
  • Spanish Cup: 1990 /91 1991/92 1992 /93 1993/94 ( with FC Barcelona); 1994/95 with (Real Madrid)
  • Dutch master: 1997 /98 ( with Ajax )
  • Spanish Cup: 1989 /90 ( with FC Barcelona)
  • Spanish Supercup: 1990, 1992 ( with FC Barcelona)
  • Dutch Cup: 1997/98 ( with Ajax )
  • Danish Footballer of the Year: 1982, 1985
  • Best foreign player in La Liga: 1992, 1993
  • Best foreign player of the last 25 years ( 1974-1999 ) in Spain
  • Inclusion in the FIFA 100 in 2004

As a coach

  • Danish Cup: 2004/ 05 ( with Brøndby IF)
  • Danish Cup: 2002/ 03, 2004 /05 ( with Brøndby IF)
  • Danish Super Cup: 2002, 2003 ( with Brøndby IF)
  • English League Cup: 2012/13 ( with Swansea City )
  • Danish Coach of the Year: 2003, 2005