Allan Simonsen
Professional footballer
Allan Simonsen
Allan Rodenkam Simonsen is a former Danish footballer and manager. He most prominently played for German team Borussia Mönchengladbach, winning the 1975 and 1979 UEFA Cups, as well as for Barcelona from Spain, winning the 1982 Cup WInners' Cup. Allan Simonsen is the only footballer to have scored in the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and Cup Winners' Cup finals, and he was named 1977 European Footballer of the Year.
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Motor racing-Le Mans win tinged with tragedy for Kristensen
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* Kristensen takes record ninth Le Mans win * Dedicates victory to fellow Dane killed in Saturday crash (Adds quotes, details) LE MANS, France, June 23 (Reuters) - Audi's Tom Kristensen won the Le Mans 24 Hours for a record ninth time on Sunday in a victory dedicated to fellow-Dane Allan Simonsen, the friend whose death cast a pall over the race's 90th anniversary. With Danish flags at half-mast over the podium, a standing ovation was held before the victory ceremony in memory of the Aston Martin driver who died after crashing only minutes into the race on Saturday. ...
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Motor racing-Kristensen leads Le Mans after Simonsen death
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* Danish driver killed after Aston Martin crashes * Audi lead but number one car hits problems * Toyota second and third after 10 hours (Updates after 10 hours) LE MANS, France, June 22 (Reuters) - Audi's Tom Kristensen led a tragedy-tinged Le Mans 24 Hours race into the darkness of Sunday morning after fellow-Dane Allan Simonsen was killed in a crash only minutes into the endurance event. The first race fatality in 27 years at Le Mans cast a pall over 90th anniversary celebrations for the race on its 81st running at the La Sarthe circuit near the western French cathedral city. ...
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Danish driver Allan Simonsen dies at Le Mans
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Danish driver Allan Simonsen has died after crashing at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in France on Saturday, organizers said in a statement.     
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VIDÉOS. Sport automobile: les décès marquants lors des Grands Prix de F1 et MotoGP, des Dakar et des 24 Heures du Mans
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
SPORT - Le pilote danois Allan Simonsen est décédé samedi des suites d'un accident survenu dès le 3e tour des 24 Heures du Mans: More...
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Danish driver killed in Le Mans
CNN - over 3 years
Danish driver Allan Simonsen died in a high-speed crash at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, organizers said Saturday.
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    When Fredericia sacked manager Thomas Thomasberg on 8 April 2013, Simonsen and Steen Thychosen took charge of the team as caretaker managers.
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  • 2012
    Age 59
    Following the end of the 2012–13 season Simonsen left both his positions at Fredericia. Updated 16 June 2016
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    In 2011 he became General Manager of the Danish 1st Division team FC Fredericia.
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  • 1994
    Age 41
    He later coached the national teams of the Faroe Islands from 1994 to 2001 and Luxembourg from 2001 to 2004.
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  • 1991
    Age 38
    Following his retirement, Simonsen went on to coach his former club Vejle Boldklub from 1991 to 1994.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at the club, VB were relegated from the new top-flight Danish Superliga to the now second-tier Danish 1st Division.
  • 1986
    Age 33
    He played a farewell match against Germany in September 1986 before ending his national team career.
    More Details Hide Details Simonsen played a total 55 games for the Danish national team and scored 20 goals, according to the Danish Football Association. However, some sources chose to include Simonsen's appearance in a February 1981 charity match, to tally his national team career as 21 goals in 56 games. The match was Italy vs. Europe for the benefit of the Irpinia earthquake victims. Simonsen started the game, scored a goal, and was substituted at half time as Europe won 3–0.
    He was once more a part of the Danish national team at the 1986 World Cup, Denmark's first World Cup participation.
    More Details Hide Details He only played a single match at the tournament, coming on as a substitute against West Germany, as younger players had surpassed him.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    The 1984 European Championship main tournament was a short experience for Simonsen, as he broke his leg in a challenge by Yvon Le Roux in Denmark's first match against France.
    More Details Hide Details Even without Simonsen, Denmark reached the semi-finals.
    He played a crucial part for the Danish national team under manager Sepp Piontek, in Denmark's qualifying campaign for the 1984 European Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Denmark led their qualifying group with a single point over second placed England before the two teams met at England's home ground Wembley Stadium in September 1983. Simonsen scored one of the most important Danish goals ever, as he converted a penalty kick against English goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The 1–0 win eventually secured the Danish national team qualification for their first international tournament since the 1972 Olympic Games, and the first European Championship participation since the 1964 tournament. It effectively ended England's hopes of qualification for the tournament. He subsequently finished third in the vote for the 1983 European Footballer of the Year award.
    He missed the last half of the 1984 season for VB because of an injury he sustained at the 1984 European Championship, but the club managed to win the 1984 Danish championship without him.
    More Details Hide Details He returned as a profile of the top-flight Danish 1st Division, but never reached his former form. Simonsen retired from football in 1989 at age 37, and played his last game for VB in November 1989. He played a total 282 games and scored 104 goals, including 208 games and 89 goals in the league, for Vejle Boldklub.
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Simonsen then chose to return to his childhood club VB in 1983.
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  • 1982
    Age 29
    He made a shock move to English Second Division side Charlton Athletic for £300,000 in October 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He rejected offers from Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, in order to play for a club with less stress and attention. Despite scoring nine times in 16 appearances, the club had trouble funding his transfer and wages after three months, and he was put up for sale.
    When Barcelona signed Argentinian forward Diego Maradona in 1982, Spanish league restrictions meant Simonsen was to compete with Maradona and Bernd Schuster for only two places allowed for foreign players in each starting line-up.
    More Details Hide Details Simonsen saw it as a personal insult, and asked Barcelona for his contract to be annulled.
  • 1981
    Age 28
    He also helped Barcelona reach the final of the continental 1981–82 European Cup Winners' Cup competition.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2–1 final victory against Standard Liège, Simonsen scored the deciding goal on a header to help Barcelona lift the trophy.
    Simonsen was second goal scorer behind Quini, as the club finished second in the 1981–82 La Liga.
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  • 1980
    Age 27
    Simonsen's 10 goals saw him as third top goalscorer behind new players Quini (20) and Bernd Schuster (11), as Barcelona finished in fifth place in the 1980–81 La Liga.
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  • 1979
    Age 26
    Simonsen spent three successful seasons with Barcelona. In his first Barcelona season, Simonsen was the top goal scorer of the team with 10 goals in 32 games, as Barcelona finished in fourth place in the 1979–80 La Liga season.
    More Details Hide Details The following season saw several new players at Barcelona, and the club won the 1981 Copa del Rey.
    Instead, Simonsen waited for his contract to expire and moved to FC Barcelona in 1979, rejecting offers from Hamburger SV, Juventus, and several Arabian clubs.
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    He scored the deciding goal in the 2–1 1979 UEFA Cup Final win against Red Star Belgrade.
    More Details Hide Details Simonsen had been approached by Spanish club FC Barcelona in 1978, but Mönchengladbach refused to let him go.
    He won another international trophy with Mönchengladbach in 1979, when he scored eight goals in eight games to guide the club to the final games of the 1978–79 UEFA Cup.
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  • 1977
    Age 24
    He was subsequently named the 1977 European Footballer of the Year, as the first Danish player in history.
    More Details Hide Details The race for the award was tight, and Simonsen squeezed past English midfielder Kevin Keegan by three points and French midfielder Michel Platini by four points to win the prestigious prize. The win was notable, in that Simonsen's native Denmark was not among the top footballing nations in the 1970s, leaving him little room to impress at the international tournaments. In the following two Bundesliga seasons, Simonsen continued his prolific goalscoring, as Mönchengladbach finished 2nd and 8th respectively.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    In the 1976–77 European Cup, Simonsen helped Mönchengladbach to the 1977 European Cup Final against English team Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details In the final, Simonsen scored a memorable powerful long range goal to level the game at 1–1, but Mönchengladbach eventually lost 3–1.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    He scored four goals in six games of the international 1975–76 European Cup competition, before Mönchengladbach were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Spanish team Real Madrid on the away goals rule.
    More Details Hide Details 1977 was the greatest year in Simonsen's career.
    In the following season, Simonsen scored 16 goals as Mönchengladbach regained the Bundesliga in the 1975–76 season.
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  • 1974
    Age 21
    Simonsen also scored 10 goals in 12 games in the international 1974–75 UEFA Cup competition, including two goals in the 5–1 final victory against FC Twente.
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    He broke into the starting line-up for the 1974–75 season.
    More Details Hide Details He played all 34 games of the season, and scored 18 goals as Mönchengladbach won the Bundesliga championship.
  • 1972
    Age 19
    He debuted for the Danish national team under manager Rudi Strittich in the July 1972 friendly match against Iceland.
    More Details Hide Details He scored two goals as Denmark won 5–2, and Simonsen was included in the Danish squad for the 1972 Summer Olympics. At the Olympics, he scored three goals in the first three matches to help Denmark advance beyond the first group stage. In the second group stage, Simonsen ran out of steam and he was substituted at half time in two of the last three games as Denmark were eliminated.
    However, he was part of the team which won the 1972–73 German Cup trophy.
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    Following an impressive three goals in six matches at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Simonsen moved to Germany to play professionally for defending German Bundesliga champions Borussia Mönchengladbach.
    More Details Hide Details In his first two seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Simonsen had a hard time, as he only played a combined 17 games and scored two goals.
    He represented Denmark at the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1984 European Championship and 1986 World Cup tournaments.
    More Details Hide Details He was voted into the Danish Football Hall of Fame in November 2008. Simonsen is arguably the most influential player in the history of Danish football. Instrumental in shaping the new talented generation of the 80's through his humble and dedicated attitude, always setting the team before himself regardless his status as one of the very best players in Europe at the time.
  • 1971
    Age 18
    He won the 1971 and 1972 Danish championship with the club, as well as the 1972 Danish Cup to complete The Double.
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    He made his senior debut for VB on 24 March 1971 in a 3–1 home win against Karlskoga FF.
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  • 1963
    Age 10
    Born in Vejle, Simonsen started playing football with Vejle FC, before he joined the youth team of local top-flight club Vejle BK (VB) in 1963.
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  • 1952
    Born on December 15, 1952.
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