Footballer Michael Laudrup: biography, family and photos
Michael Laudrup - a hereditary footballer, one of the most exciting players against Denmark last century. This is a smart and intelligent midfielder, a think-tank team, wonderful assistant, able to create and realize moments. Laudrup preferred attacking football, the game is partly why the teams for which he played were so spectacular.
Michael Laudrup was born June 15, 1964 in Copenhagen. His father, Finn Laudrup played for Danish clubs and was a member of the national team. Michael and his younger brother Brian went in the footsteps of his father.
Michael began playing football at the club "Brøndby" in 1973, and four years later he was loaned to "Copenhagen". At 17, the player returned to "Brøndby" and went into the first team. He showed a great game in the 1982/83 season and was spotted by scouts, "Juventus".
A career in "Juventus" (1983-1989)
After the transition to the "Bianconeri" Michael Laudrup did not immediately began playing for Juve. The composition of the "Old Lady" at that time was manned by star players, with whom the young Michael until he could not compete. The club gave the player on loan, "Lazio", where the midfielder spent two seasons. The "Bianconeri" He has played since 1985, has become one of the leaders of the team and won her title in the 1985/86 season. When out of the camp, "Juventus" started to leave big-name players, Laudrup could not become the leader of the team renewed, although was at the peak of his career. In 1989, he signed a contract with "Barcelona".
A career in the "Barcelona" (1989-1994)
Career for "Barça" has become the most significant pages in the biography of Michael Laudrup. It is ideally fit into the scheme of the game Catalans coach Johan Cruyff, has become one of the main organizers of the attacks and he scored a lot. The game, "Barcelona" in the attack in the early 90s was a model exponential. "Barça" four times in a row (from 1990 to 1994.) Won La Liga in the 1989/90 season, have won the Spanish Cup in 1991 and 1992. We took the Spanish Super Cup, and finally, in 1992, for the first time in their history have won a major international trophy - the European Cup. His last season in the "Bars" Laudrup often found himself on the bench, t. To. The team was invited by the Brazilian Romario. Since the team was 4 legionary - Laudrup, Romario, Ronald Koeman and Hristo Stoichkov. According to the rules on the field could produce only three foreign players, so one of the stellar quartet was always behind. Most often it is sent to the reserve Laudrup. disagreements broke out between him and coach: Michael insisted that he should not sit on the bench, and Johan Cruyff noticed that the player does not modify. As a result, the midfielder left the team, even though the letter with the request to stay, signed by thousands of army Laudrup fans. By the way, his fans, he pretty annoyed, because new club Michael became a sworn enemy, "Barcelona" - Madrid "Real".
A career in the "Real" (1994-1996)
The first season in the "Royal Club" football player Michael Laudrup had a very high level, showing true skill and talent. He became a major brain center for the team and helped it to become the champion of the country. For outstanding game midfielder was named the best foreign player in the championship for the past 25 years.
After the "Real" Laudrup went on "earnings" in Japanese "Vissel Kobe", but finished his career already in Europe - in the Dutch "Ajax". As part of "amsterdamtsev" Michael won the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup - beautiful point in the game career.
Below is a photo of Michael Laudrup at the club last for him, "Ajax".
Laudrup debut for the national team took place on June 15, 1982 in a match against Norway. The Danes then lost 1: 2, but the 18-year-old Michael was able to distinguish a goal. Later, the local media called him "a Danish phenomenon." It is with him and his brother, the national team played the best. Of course there were other noteworthy players, but Laudrup star burned brightest.
In 1984, the European Championship semi-finals, the team had almost reached the final, but lost in the penalty shootout the team of Spain. Despite the cancellation of the game midfielder on the 1986 World Championships and a fairly easy out of the group, the Danish team came under a "rink" and flew the Spanish team from the tournament at the 1/8 finals.
Then have Laudrup had a conflict with the Danish national team coach Richard Møller-Nielsen. Details of the conflict are not known for certain, but there is a version that Michael allegedly insulted sharp remarks the coach in his address. Laudrup brothers then decided to stop playing for the national team, while Moller-Nielsen at the helm. However, in 1991, Brian returned, and Michael continued to stand his ground. This decision cost him the title of champion of Europe, which the Danes won in 1992. It was a real miracle for the country. Not only is the Danish team quite by accident came to the tournament, replacing the national team of Yugoslavia, which is due to the political situation in the country has come under international sanctions, so also came out of the "group of death", leaving out in the cold England. In the semi-finals were played with the current champions of Europe - the Dutch, but in the final and current world champions - the Germans.
After the championship, Michael still made peace with the coach and returned to the team. His "swan song" was the 1998 World Cup in the national team of the year in which Denmark failed to reach the quarter-finals, and a bunch of brothers Laudrup played like never effectively. In 1/4 Danes ceded the current world champions Brazilians. This match ended with a score of 2: 3 and became a real gem of the whole tournament. Total for Denmark Mikael has played 104 matches and scored 37 goals. By the number of appearances in the national team, he is among the top five players and the number of goals scored 6 takes place. In 1982 and 1985 the player voted the best player in Denmark.
Michael Laudrup - coach
Coaching Laudrup did not shelve, and almost immediately after the completion of his playing career, moved to the mentors. After a bad team for the European Championship in Denmark in 2000 Michael was invited to become assistant head coach Morten Olsen. With the latest in Laudrup had the same vision of the game, so their coach a bunch of worked perfectly: the Danes without problems qualify for the 2002 World Cup and reached the first place in the group in the final stage of the tournament. However, in the 1/8 finals of the British blocked their way.
After the World Cup ended with a contract of Michael, but he was asked to extend it for another cycle. Dane refused and went to work in the home "Brøndby". With the club he has won all the domestic trophies - the national championship in the 2004-05 season, the Danish Cup in 2002/03 and 2003/04 and the Super Bowl in 2002. In 2003 and 2005. He was named coach of the year in Denmark.
In the 2007/08 season Laudrup coached Spanish "Getafe" and led the team to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup. In September 2008 he signed a contract with the Moscow "Spartak", but Michael Laudrup's career in "Spartacus" did not work - the club showed unsatisfactory game in the championship of Russia, and the leadership of the "red-white" in April 2009 by the Dane refused services. Unsuccessful was the work of the team and in the next - the Spanish "Mallorca". Under the contract Laudrup had to coach the team for two seasons, but after a conflict with the management of early resigned. Laudrup gave a good result with the team of the English Premier League, "Swansea". This is the only Welsh club, acting in the elite of English football. In 2013, the team won the League Cup and won the right to participate in the Europa League. Also, the team took the 9th place in the championship of the country - it is the best result for the last 30 years. In 2014-2015, Laudrup coached Qatari club "Lekhwiya SC" and led the team to the championship. After the end of the season, he could not agree with the direction of the extension of the contract and went to another club from Qatar - "Al-Rayyan," which under his leadership won the first place in the 2015/16 season. Currently Dane continues to coach "terrible." By the way, in 2015 Laundrupu offered to lead the national team of Denmark, but he refused, citing personal reasons.
Michael is married to Sif Laudrup and has three children. Remarkably, the son of Michael Laudrup has followers of football tradition. These are the sons of Michael - Mads and Andreas, and his nephew Nicholas. However, all three are far from their star parents, especially from Michael Laudrup, whose success will be repeated very, very difficult.