Thursday, 13th February, 2014

Denmark's European Championship-winning coach Richard Moller Nielsen has died aged 76, the Danish football association (DBU) announced today.

The former Odense player had been suffering from an illness for the last nine months, having undergone surgery on a brain tumour last year.

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According to Danish outlet BT, Nielsen passed away in the early hours of Thursday, having been admitted to the Hospice Fyn in Southern Denmark.

Nielsen led Denmark to one of their greatest triumphs in international football when they beat Germany in the final to clinch Euro 92.


Nielsen's team from the 1992 tournament comprised the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Brian Laudrup, while he also went on to win the Confederations Cup in 1995.

Schmeichel today paid tribute to his former coach, writing on twitter: "Richard Moller Nielsen, an inspiration, my teacher and my friend. RIP my friend."

Morten Bruun, who was also part of the famous 1992 squad, added: "We honour Richard Moller Nielsen's memory.

"He gave me and millions of other Danes the greatest football experience in our lives."

The DBU confirmed the news of Nielsen's death via their own twitter feed, whilst stating that the national flag at their headquarters would fly at half-mast.

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