On this day – Michael Laudrup born

15th June 1964: Danish striker Michael Laudrup was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He won Italian Serie A with Juventus in 1985-86. He won five consequetive Spanish La Liga championships, the first four with Barcelona (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94) and one with Real Madrid (1994-95). In 1992 Barcelona with Laudrup as one of the three foreign players allowed in the team won the European Cup 1-0 over Sampdoria at Wembley. He won the league championship for his fourth European top club when Ajax won the Eredivisie in 1997-98.

His brother Brian also played at the top level including the 1992 Danish national team that won the European Championships in Sweden. Micheal boycotted the Championship after a dispute with the national manager Richard Møller. Only Peter Schmeichel has played more games for Denmark 129 against Laudrup’s 104. The highpoint of Laudrup’s international career was probably the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Denmark won all three of their group matches including a 6-1 defeat of Uruguay before losing heavily to Spain in the second round.

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