Where are they now? Denmark’s Euro 92 final starting 11 – Lars Olsen

In this series of posts we’ll take a look at Denmark’s starting 11 who played in the famous 2-0 victory over Germany on that historic day in June 1992. The careers of some players after that night in Gothenburg went from strength to strength while others merely lived of that shock result over the 1990 world champions.

For the first player I’ll be taking a look at Denmark’s then captain Lars Olsen who lifted the trophy.

 

Aged 31, Lars Christian Olsen had 51 caps and 3 goals to his name going into Euro 92 and had taken over captain duties from the retied future national coach Morten Olsen, prior to the tournament the centre back had made a move to play his club football in Belgium for R.F.C Seraing. Having played for the dominant Brondby IF team that conquered the Danish Superliga 5 times in the late 1980’s, Olsen was a solid choice and had recently lifted the Turkish Cup with Trabzonspor. Having only kept 1 clean sheet in the 4 games prior to the final Olsens task of keeping Jurgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Riedle quiet seemed a mammoth task but the reliable number 4 played his part and rest was history.

Following his spell in Belgium, Olsen played in Switzerland for FC Basel before ending his career back at Brondby IF in 1996 where he helped the Copenhagen side to league glory. As the Danes failed to  qualify for the USA World Cup, the last of his 84 Denmark caps came in 1994, as defending champions in Euro 96 Olsen was brought back into the squad aged 35 by Richard Moller Nielson but did he saw no playing time.

Lars Olsen went straight into management and worked his way up the ladder at Brondby IF from youth team to assistant manager before being appointment first team manager at newly formed Danish side Randers FC in 2003. A 4 year stint at the club saw them bounce between the Superliga and the 1st Division but a memorable win in the 2006 Danish Cup saw Olsen lift his first managerial silverware while the club was in the second tier.

In 2007 Olsen took the reigns at Odense BK and in his 4 seasons managed a second place league finish in 2008/09. Following his departure from Odense BK the 50 year old Olsen moved into international football management in 2011 by becoming the third Dane to take charge of the Faroe Islands. In his 24 matches in charge his has only managed 3 victories, 2 of those were over Greece in the Euro 16 Qualifiers.

The 1988 Danish footballer of the year saw his career peak in 1992, captaining his national side a record 69 times with his finest hour being presented that trophy by Lennart Johansson on June 26th in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 

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