Jesper Olsen Profile

Jesper Olsen

Jes­per Ol­sen, born Faxe, Den­mark, Mar­ch 20, 1961. Jes­per Ol­sen star­ted his play­ing days at Nastved Boldklub be­fore he left for Ere­divis­ie si­de Ajax of Am­s­ter­dam in the sum­mer of 1981. Im­pressed by the free flow­ing flanker, Man­chester Uni­ted boss Ron Atkin­son de­cided to buy him for a trans­fer fee of £350,000 at the be­gin­ning of the 1984-85 season.

Al­ways will­ing to give his very best try, Jes­per Ol­sen was giv­en his fir­st Foot­ball Lea­gue de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Wat­ford at Old Traf­ford on the open­ing day of the 1984-85 cam­paign and help­ed The Reds win the FA Cup in his in­aug­ur­al sea­son at the club. Un­for­tu­nately, Ol­sen failed to settle down in Man­chester and as things turned out in the end he was sold to French Lea­gue One te­am FC Girond­ins de Bor­deaux for a fee of £400,000 in Nov­ember 1988 af­ter hav­ing made 139 Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for Uni­ted. Then, af­ter spend­ing on­ly one sea­son wi­th the St­ade Chaban Del­mas te­am, he mo­ved onto pas­tures new, to St­ade Mal­herbe Caen. Fol­low­ing a fatal in­jury, how­ever, he was for­ced in­to an early re­tire­ment in 1992. A Den­mark play­er, the wing­er made his full in­ter­na­tion­al de­but in a 2-0 friendly loss to the So­viet Uni­on at the Cent­ral Len­in Sta­dium in Mo­scow on the 12th of Ju­ly 1980 and pro­ceeded to play 43 mat­ches for his na­tion. He also rep­res­en­ted his coun­try at the 1984 Euro as well as the Wor­ld Cup in 1986. Jes­per Ol­sen Play­ing Ca­reer: Naes­tved BK, Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, Man­chester Uni­ted, FC Girond­ins de Bor­deaux, St­ade Mal­herbe Caen. Play­ing Hon­ours: Dutch Ere­divis­ie 1982, 1983, Dutch KNVB Cup 1983, Eng­lish FA Cup 1985.


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