Lars Olsen

  • Date of birth : 02/02/1961
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Denmark Denmark
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Lars Olsen

Faroe Islands
Lars Olsen
Lars Olsen (Faroe Islands) ©

Lars Olsen

Faroe Islands

Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Nationality: Danish
Playing career: Glostrup IF, Køge BK, Brøndby IF (twice), Trabzonspor AŞ, RFC Seraing, FC Basel 1893
Coaching career: Randers FC, Odense BK, Faroe Islands

• Enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a central defender, winning five Danish titles in a six-year spell at Brøndby between 1985 and 1991.

• Allegedly drove from Turkey to Scandinavia when he learned of his country's belated call-up to EURO '92. His passion and leadership – he played every minute in Sweden – helped inspire Denmark to the most unlikely of triumphs. He ended his career with 84 caps, a record 69 as captain.

• Learned his coaching craft with Brøndby, taking charge at various youth and reserve levels after finishing his playing days at the club in 1996, before accepting his first senior job with newly formed Randers in 2003. Guided the team into the Danish Super League in 2004 but could not help maintain their elite status, suffering immediate relegation.

• Steered second-division Randers to a surprise 2006 Danish Cup success, beating Esbjerg fB in the final, while also securing a return to the top flight. Moved to Odense in summer 2007, leading his new side to a fourth-place finish in his first term. Consecutive runners-up spots followed in 2008/09 and 2009/10 before he departed in September 2010.

• Appointed coach of the Faroe Islands in November 2011, his team were unable to register a win as they came bottom of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C, earning their only point in a 1-1 home draw with Kazakhstan. However, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying featured two high points in the shape of home and away wins against the 2004 champions Greece.

Last updated: 01/09/16 20.07CET

General info

  • Name: Lars Olsen
  • Date of birth: 02/02/1961
  • Country: Denmark
  • Team: Faroe Islands ( FRO)

  • Current campaign
  • FIFA World Cup 2016/18

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Qualifying round)
    07/09/14: Faroe Islands 1-3 Finland
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (First qualifying round)
    13/07/06: Randers 1-0 ÍA

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

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Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 11/10/2016 01:27 CET