Michael Lau­drup – Den­mark

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

A VET­ERAN of two World Cups, Michael Lau­drup be­came ar­guably the finest Dan­ish foot­baller in his­tory dur­ing a long ca­reer at the high­est level which saw spells with clubs such as Ju­ven­tus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax.

Blessed with mar­vel­lous bal­ance and close con­trol, Lau­drup made his first ap­pear­ance at the World Cup dur­ing Den­mark’s 1986 cam­paign, scor­ing a won­der­ful goal in the 6-1 de­mo­li­tion of Uruguay.

He missed Den­mark’s great­est achieve­ment in in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, vic­tory in the 1992 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, af­ter a row with coach Richard Moller Nielsen. But he re­turned to make his swan­song at France 1998, his farewell ap­pear­ance com­ing in the 3-2 quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat to Brazil.

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