It is always of great importance to make the new generation get familiar with football legends. In the following article, we would have Michael Laudrup Biography, one of the greatest in Danish football.
In football history, few people have achieved global popularity. These are people who, despite their affiliation with clubs or countries, have been able to stay above worth-less conflicts and rivalries to be respected by all. The Prince of Denmark is one of these people who is still loved and respected universally. let's move forward to have an in-depth look at the personal and professional life of Michael Laudrup, a portrait of an icon,
Michael Laudrup is a former Danish footballer and manager. He had started his amateur football in 1971 and after almost a decade he could break into the senior clubs. After his retirement just like so many other footballers of his generation, he started his coaching career in different clubs worldwide. He has made such great contributions to his national team and his clubs that he is now considered the greatest Scandinavian footballer ever. Keep reading to learn more about
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Michael Laudrup Bio
: Michael Laudrup
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Michael Laudrup Physical Stats
: 78 kg
: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
: Dark brown
Michael Laudrup Football Information
: Attacking midfielder, forward
Michael Laudrup Date of Birth and Personal Info
Date of Birth
: 15 June 1964
: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Michael Laudrup Nationality
Michael Laudrup Religion
In this section of Michael Laudrup Biography, we will have a glance at his early life. As he was only seven years old, he joined his father's childhood clubVanløse
to play junior football. He spent almost two years in his debut side and as his father got appointed as the head coach ofBrøndby
IF in 1973, the Laudrup family moved to Brøndby. In the same year, the young Michael and his brother joined their hometown club. After three years Michael joined Københavns Boldklub while his brother perefered to stay Brøndby. Michael played in the junior team of KB between 1977 - 1981 and later on, he was promoted to the senior team.
In this division of
Michael Laudrup Biography
, we will review his professional career from his early days until now, that he is still considered as one of the legends in football history. As his time in the junior team of KB passed, in 1981 he started playing in the senior team. He spent almost a year with KB and once again in 1982 he rejoined his former club, Brøndby who could reach the 1st Division with Laudrup's help. He played in Brøndby part of the 1983 season and later on, in the same year he signed a new contract with Serie A championsJuventus
in June. At that time Laudrup's contract was the biggest transfer deal in Danish football worth around $1 million. Before his agreement with the Premier League side, it was said that his next club would beLiverpool
on a three-year contract, but at the last minute, Liverpool offered a four-year contract and Laudrup decided not to sign.
Though his contract with Juve was so intriguing, he could n't make his debut right after his deal. As the consequence of a rule that made the clubs have a maximum of two foreign players on the team, Juve, unwillingly, decided to lent Laudrop toLazio
for a single season. This decision was made before signing for Juventus and Laudrup knew nothing about it. In his Serie A debut for Lazio, he could score two goals but they eventually lost to their rivalHellas Verona
. In the following season, as his loan contract since Juve still wanted to keep its other foreign players, Laudrup had to spend another year with Lazio. Later on and at the end of the 1984–85 season Lazio relegated to Serie B and Laudrup returned to Juve in 1985. His debut year with the Old Lady was almost successful as he could win the 1985–86 Serie A as well as the Intercontinental Cup trophy, he also named Danish Player of the Year in 1985.
Despite his debut success, the following season was not satisfying for him. Following Platini's retirement in 1987, Laudrup was to replace him but unfortunately, he could not live up to Platini's standards and did not score any goals and so he preferred leaving Juve to join the Spanish side,Barcelona
At that time, Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff was the head coach of Barcelona who wanted to assemble a team that was striving for success. His efforts were successful that his Dream team was almost comparable to the 1970s Ajax team. Everything was going well and Michael Laudrup soon established himself among the fans but due to the restriction of a maximum of two foreign players in the team, with the arrival of Brazilian striker Romário in 1993, Laudrup was not picked for the 1994 European Cup final so he decided to leave Barca to continue his path with their traditional rival, Real Madrid. In 1994 he officially joinedReal Madrid
and stated that his move was not an act of revenge from Barcelona that he spent a great time at. He started his career in Real as strong as ever and even guide Real Madrid in a championship-winning season that would end the stranglehold of his former team, Barca, by so he became the only player ever to win the Spanish league five times in a row playing for two different clubs. Afterward in 2002, notwithstanding only playing two seasons at Real Madrid, in an internet questionnaire by Spanish newspaper Marca, he was voted as the 12th-best player in Real Madrid history.
He remained with Real Madrid till 1996 and later on, he left the club to joinVissel Kobe
in Japan. He made his Japanese debut on 18 August 1996 in a match against Brummell Sendai during which he could score two goals. He then helped the Japanese side to promote from the second-tier Japan Football League to the J1 League. As his one-year stay with Vessel ended, he signed a questionable contract with Bosnian Premier League club Čelik Zenica but he didn't play in any match. In 1998, the last year of his professional career as a footballer, he joined Ajax and at the end of the spell, he ended his soccer in a championship-winning season. Laudrup's professional time ended in 1998 but he often in his spare time plays for Lyngby's Old Boys team. Stay tuned to read more about
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Throughout his career, he was well-known as a fast and smart midfielder. His movement on the ball was that brilliant that he was mainly acknowledged as one of the most effective and versatile attacking midfielders. Most of the time, he was deployed as an offensive playmaker but he could perform as well in other positions, in or behind the front-line. Also from time to time, he was deployed as a winger, as a central midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, or as a second striker on occasion, mostly during his youth, or even as a forward or striker on rarer instances. Regarding his football talent, many believed that Laudrup is one of the best passers of all time, and as one of the most technically expert players ever. Besides, his eye on the ball and his ability in passing was that remarkable that his brother once elaborated that: "My brother started as an attacker but became an elegant attacking midfielder, perhaps the most complete there has ever been. His vision, speed of thought, and passing were on a different level; he always knew what was going to happen before anybody else did. If anyone had a 'football brain', it was him."
As a winger, The Prince of Denmark, both was able to score goals and help his other teammate score by creating the best opportunity. This feature of Michael Laudrup was so significant that in 2018, years after his retirement, in an article by Josh Butler of The Athletic and These Football Times, several of Laudrup's teammates said of his creative style of play: "Just run, he will always find a way of passing you the ball." This prolific player, during his prime, had a signature, his dribbling and his feint also known as the croqueta can be considered as highlights of his football style. His feint that was often mixed with his creativity, led to an expression " Made in Laudrp" which was made by the Spanish press as his style and technique were completely exclusive. Stay tuned to read more about
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Even now, almost two decades after his retirement, some believed that he is one of the greatest footballers of his own time and generation. Some also go beyond that and acknowledged him as one of the greatest of all time. In each team that he had played in, he could create such a mutation in favor of his teammates. During his time in Barcelona, Hristo Stoichkov played alongside Laudrup, he later confessed in his Autobiography that: "From more than hundred goals that I scored I'm sure that over 50 were assisted by Michael. To play with him was extremely easy. We found each other by intuition on the field and found common football language. Look at Ivan Zamorano. Laudrup went there (Real) and Zamorano is a goalscorer. Sometimes I envy Ivan for the passes he receives. Passes on foot after you accelerated. Few people understand football like the Danish player. He can only be comprised with Maradona, Schuster, or Roberto Baggio. They make things easy and find the right solutions. For them [it] is simple, for the opponent – unthinkable. Phenomenal! His only problem is his character. He is emotional and terribly reserved. This affects him a lot because he takes everything personally – no matter if someone tells him something or a decision that he does not agree with. His relations with Cruyff were delicate because he couldn't take the critics. I listen to him but I don't care that much. For Michael this was fatal. He couldn't take it anymore so he left without a word."
Throughout his professional career, he could win important trophies and titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus. His impacts and outstanding performances as an attacking midfielder brought him such reputation that even the French three-time European footballer of the year award winner Michel Platini, on 29 March 2004 stated that Laudrup is one of the most talented players ever, only lamenting his lack of selfishness causing him to score too few goals. During his career, he once made a controversial decision and left the Dream Team of Barcelona to join their ever-rival, Real Madrid. This decision provoked hatred among Barca's fans but his teammates on both sides always praised his undeniable talents.
His former teammate, Raul in an interview with Ekstra Bladet on 16 April 2006 said that Laudrup is the best player he had ever played with. On the other hand, Romario his Barca teammates in an interview with Jyllands-Posten on 8 March 2008 said Michael was able to create and score goals almost at will and ranked him the fourth-best player in the history of the game (behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and himself). What makes Laudrup so different from other footballers, is the fact that even the footballers who have never played with him, praised his technique and skills. one of these footballers is the French player Thierry Henry who named Laudrup as the best player though he had never played with, saying he did not know any better passer than him and the world of football did not give him the credit that Laudrup deserved.
Despite his indisputable talents, many believed that Laudrup didn't receive enough complement and recognition as he deserved. Albert Ferrer, the retired Spanish footballer, once said that: "Few people made me enjoy the game as much as Michael. Maybe he didn't get the media recognition he deserved, but he was so classy and a real thinker. A master of the blind pass and impossible through-balls and I will never forget his 'spoon' pass in a game against Osasuna. He lifted the ball right over the defense and Romario touched it in the first time." For all his merits and demerits, some believed that he had not used his full potential during his professional career. In this regard, his former Juve teammate, Michael Platini explained that Laudrup is the greatest player in the world, in training, he further described him as one of the biggest talents ever, while also lamenting that he "never used his talent to its fullest during matches. Furthermore, some even thought it was a little difficult to work with. his former coach in Barca Dream Team elaborated that" Michael Laudrup is one of the most difficult players he had worked with, he also added that When he gives 80–90% he is still by far the best, but I want 100%, and he rarely does that."
This technical player has never had any particular goal celebration during his career. He succeeded in all his years of activity to score 121 goals at the club's level and 37 goals with his national team, Denmark.
Michael Laudrup started his coaching career right after his retirement. But alongside his soccer activities, in 1993 he ran a business to import Spanish wine to Denmark. At first, it wasn't a serious business for him, but as time passed, his hobby turned into an important business that developed rapidly and today his company
Laudrup Vin og Gastronomi
has over ten employees, runs a Wine Academy, and imports wines from all over the world. Furthermore, in 2004 he co-founded CEPOS, which is an independent association that works as a classical liberal/free-market conservative think-tank in Denmark. It is a strongly right-leaning and highly political association.
Michael Laudrup was born on 15 June 1964 in Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Michael Laudrup childhood
was spent in a family with three generations of footballers. His father is the former Danish national team player, Finn Laudrup. His uncle was also into football, Ebbe Skovdahl was the former Brøndby and Aberdeen manager. The other boy of the Laudrups was also a footballer. Brian Laudrup, Michael's younger brother, is the record holder of Danish player of the year awards with four. He is also rated by FIFA as the fifth-best player in the world in 1992. He was also famous for his role in the Rangers team which won nine consecutive titles in the 1990s. The Laudrup brothers, in 2004 were named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers which is chosen by Pelé as part of the celebration of FIFA's 100th anniversary.
Michael Laudrup married twice. In 1990 he got married to Siw Retz with whom he has two children, Andreas and Rebecca. He has also another son with his ex-wife Tina Thunø, named Mads. Both of his sons are also into football. From January 2005, Michael's oldest son, Mads, has been the team captain of various Danish youth national teams. His younger one also was selected as a part of the under-16 national team in March 2006.
Despite most footballers who are involved in philanthropy and charity foundations, unfortunately, there is no information on Laudrup philanthropy. Of course, this does not mean that he has not been active in this field.
The well-known Danish player has never faced any legal problems during his football career. But it is noteworthy that during his coaching career, after his unbelievable dismissal from the Premier League club, Swansea, less than a year after guiding the club to the first major trophy in its history he decided to sue them.
Michael Laudrup Biography
, in this part, we would have a rundown of his Career Statistics.
Having been raised through the ranks in the youth clubs, he started his senior football career in 1981 with KB. In a year he could make 14 appearances and score 3 goals. Then he joined Brøndby and during his one-year stay, he played in 38 matches and scored 24 goals. Later on, he moved to Italy to join Lazio. In his not successful three-year spell with the Italian side, he made 60 appearances and score 3 goals. His next stop was Juventus in which he played between 1985-1989, meanwhile, he played in 102 games and scored 16 goals. Afterward, he signed with Barcelona in 1989, and after 167 games and 40 goals, he left the club to join Real Madrid in 1994. With Barca's rival, he made 62 appearances and could score 12 goals. His two-last clubs were Vissel Kobe and Ajax in which he could play in 15, 21 and scored 6, 11 goals, respectively.
For the first time, Michael Laudrup was invited to represent his country while he was playing for Brøndby in his debut season, so he became the then-second-youngest Danish national team player ever after Harald Nielsen. In his debut national football, he could play in all four of Denmark's matches during UEFA Euro 1984. During his national career, he had represented Denmark in different international tournaments among which the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico was one of the best. His exceptional solo dribble and goal in the 6–1 defeat match against Uruguay were still so memorable and remarkable. Laudrup's last international tournament was the 1998 World Cup. During the world cup, he celebrated his 100th appearance for Denmark as the Captain in a 1–0 win match against Saudi Arabia in Lens. At the end of that tournament, Michael Laudrup with his brother, Brian, announced their international retirement.
Following his retirement in Ajax, when he was 36 he started his coaching career as the assistant coach for the Denmark national team head coach Morten Olsen in 2000 that after two years they could lead Denmark to the knock-out stage of the 2002 World Cup.
Afterward, Michael Laudrup signed on as manager for the Danish Superliga club Brøndby. He decided to apply a new way of managing by renovating the Brøndby team by letting a large contingent of older and mature players leave, in favor of several new offensive players, furthermore he decided to give the opportunity to young talents from the club's youth scheme. His strategy worked on as in his debut season as the head coach of his former youth club, he guided the team to win the Danish Cup, and at the end of the year, his success led him to be voted and awarded the Danish Manager of the Year. He remained with Brøndby till 2006 and after his departure, the club decided to name a new lounge at the stadium "The Michael Laudrup Lounge".
His next club as the head coach was Madrid-based La Liga clubGetafe
. He officiated his contract on 9 July 2007. During his one-year spell with Getafe, he could guide the club to reach the final of the Copa del Rey. After that in September 2008, it was officiated that Laudrup signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Spartak Moscow. This time he could not be that successful and just after seven months he was fired on 15 April 2009. Once again he returned to Spain and started coachingMallorca
on a contract lasting until the end of June 2012. After almost a year, as he had some struggles with Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, the club's director of football, Laudrup resigned at the beginning of the 2011–12 season.
Afterward, he moved to England to sign a two-year contract and became the first Dane to manage in the Premier League. With the English-side, he could obtain impressive success, in the 2013 season, he ledSwansea
into their first-ever major cup final. He even won his first-ever coaching trophy with Swansea, on 24 February 2013 Laudrup and his side won the Football League Cup. Later on, despite his early success, in 2014 Laudrup surprisingly was sacked as the club had lost six out of their last eight league games. Following his unluck in Swansea, on 30 June 2014, Laudrup became the new manager of Qatar Stars League champions Lekhwiya by a one-year contract. During his one-year spell, he could lead the Qatari side to win the Qatar Stars League in 2014–15 and Crown Prince Cup in 2014–15. His last stop as a manager was Al Rayyan with whom he signed his two-year contract on 3 October 2016. He finished his career with Al Rayyan with 39 win matches and 19 lost matches.
A player's list of honors is more than just material achievements and trophies. Every single honor of a footballer builds his identity, a legacy that will always be strong among fans and football friends, even years after retirement, and will never be erased. The now 56-year-old former footballer, throughout his professional career, obtained several honors both at the club's level and as an individual player. With The Old Lady, he could win the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and the Serie A title in 1985–86. Later on, as he joined Barca side, he won Copa del Rey in 1989–90 La Liga in 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, the Supercopa de España in 1991 and 1992, the European Cup in 1991–92 and UEFA Super Cup in 1992.
Besides all of the above honors, Michael Laudrup throughout his 2-decade career won numerous personal trophies. He won the Danish Player of the Year in 1982 and 1985, the Don Balón Award – La Liga Best Foreign Player of the Year in 1991–92, the ESM Team of the Year in 1994–95, the FIFA XI (Reserve) in 1996, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1998, the Best Foreign Player in Spanish Football in the last 25 years in 1974–1999, UEFA Golden Player (Greatest Danish Footballer of the last 50 Years) in 2003, FIFA 100, Denmark's Best Player of All Time in 2006 Scandinavia Best Player Ever in 2015, Danish Football Hall of Fame, World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time.