Morten Olsen

Morten Olsen

Morten Olsen ( born August 14, 1949 in Vordingborg, Denmark ) is a Danish football coach and former football player.


Olsen played from 1972 to 1986 at various clubs in Belgium. Noteworthy in this context is winning the UEFA Cup with RSC Anderlecht in 1983. His star as one of Europe's best defensive players went along with the successes of the Danish national team early 80s on. The over 30 - year-old played a quiet Libero, who was able to make out of their own defense out of the game Danes.

He captained the Danish national semi-finals of the European Football Championship in 1984 in France, which until then the biggest success of the Danish football ever was. With the Football World Cup 1986 in Mexico, the Danes played with Germany in a preliminary round group and defeated the Germans under team manager Franz Beckenbauer 2-0. As a group, first they suddenly were considered dark horses, but were beaten by Spain in the second round with 1:5. Olsen moved to the World Cup to Germany on 1 FC Cologne. At the age of 37, he made ​​his debut in the Bundesliga and was missing in his first season in any game. In 1988, he led the Danish national team at the European Championships in Germany at another time as captain. However, there lit the "Danish Dynamite" no more and Olsen retired with his men after three defeats in the first round of.

Morten Olsen was still playing three years for the first FC Cologne in the Bundesliga 1. Under then coach Christoph Daum, he was once a German vice-champion and third once. At the age of nearly 40 years, he ended his footballing career there in 1989.


Since 1990, Olsen has worked as a trainer. First, he oversaw the team Brøndby IF in 1993, he returned as head coach for the 1 FC Cologne. He remained there until 1995, the best times of Cologne, however, were long gone, so Olsen with the team twice could no longer reach than places in the secure midfield. After working in Cologne, he joined the Dutch Eredivisie for Ajax Amsterdam.

Since 2000, Morten Olsen national coach of Denmark and qualified with his team for the Football World Cup 2002 in South Korea, for the 2004 European Football Championship in Portugal, for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa and for the European Football Championship 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine.

In addition to the senior team Olsen is also responsible for the league team (Liga country Hold), in which only players from the domestic league are used. The matches of the league team are not yet recognized by the Danish Association of FIFA as official internationals.

Since 2006, Olsen is also also ultimately responsible for the Danish youth training and has introduced a 4-3-3 standard system according to the Dutch model.

On October 31, 2011 Olsen announced that he would remain until 2014 coach.

Statistics as a player

  • DFB-Pokal 5 matches 1st FC Cologne


As a player

As a coach

  • Champion in the Danish League 1990, 1991
  • Master of the Dutch League Eredivisie 1998
  • Cup Winners' Cup the Dutch league ( KNVB Cup ) 1998


1998 Olsen was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Danish Sports ( Sportens Hall of Fame ).

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Morten Olsen speaks Danish, German and English. Olsen was settled after his career in Belgium. He commutes to his Belgian wife between his hometown Vordingborg and Brussels or Auderghem / Oudergem.