Thursday, May 13, 2021

Wieghorst: Denmark want to make people stop and watch

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  • World Cup veteran Morten Wieghorst is now Denmark’s assistant coach

  • The Danes have made a flawless, free-scoring start to Qatar 2022 qualifying

  • Wieghorst discusses their new-look team and reflects on his career highlights

Morten Wieghorst was 15 when Danish Dynamite exploded on the global stage. He watched, starry-eyed, as the stylish, fluid football of Laudrup, Lerby, Elkjaer and the Olsens illuminated the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, winning the hearts of neutrals everywhere.

A dream formed as he saw that team plant Denmark’s flag on the football map, and was realised 12 years later when Wieghorst lined up alongside Laudrup, his evergreen idol, at the country’s second World Cup. The Danes’ Class of ’98 were a fine team in their own right, had enjoyed major-tournament successes, and ultimately outperformed their beloved predecessors by reaching the quarter-finals.

But Wieghorst knows now, as he did then, that results alone do not determine a team’s standing and legacy. That’s why the former midfielder has no hesitation in declaring those heroes of ’86 superior to his generation and the country’s 1992 EURO winners, and is reflected in the ethos he has brought to his current job.

That job is No2 to Kasper Hjulmand . . .

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