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Kent Nielsen
Personal information
Full name Kent Nielsen
Date of birth 28 December 1961 (1961-12-28) (age 48)
Place of birth    Frederiksberg, Denmark
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Brøndby IF
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brønshøj BK
Brøndby IF
Aston Villa
AGF Aarhus
230 (34)
091 0(7)
079 0(4)
075 0(?)   
National team
1983–1992 Denmark 054 0(3)
Teams managed
AGF Aarhus (assistant)
AC Horsens
Brøndby IF

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Kent Nielsen (born 28 December 1961) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player and current coach of Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF. He played as central defender for the Denmark national football team which won the 1992 European Championship (Euro 92), retirring after the 2-0 final win against Germany, following 54 matches and three goals for Denmark.


Playing career

Kent Nielsen started his career in Danish club Brønshøj BK, for whom he debuted on the Danish national team on 5 October 1983 against Poland. He was selected for the Danish squad at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but spent the entire tournament as an unused substitute. He switched to the Danish team Brøndby IF in 1987, with whom he won the 1987 and 1988 Danish championships, as well as the 1989 Danish Cup.

Following 91 games for Brøndby, Nielsen moved abroad to play for English club Aston Villa FC in 1989. In 1991, he moved back to Denmark, to play for AGF Aarhus. He won the 1992 Danish Cup with AGF, and was selected to represent Denmark at the Euro 92 tournament. Nielsen played four of Denmark's five games, including the Euro 92 final against Germany where he most famously cleared the ball off the goalline with a bicycle kick, avoiding a goal from Karl-Heinz Riedle. He ended his national team career following the Euro 92 final. He went on to play for AGF, where he retired in 1994.

Managerial career

Following his retirement, Nielsen spent years as an amateur football coach until he and Lars Lundkvist took over as coaches for AGF in 2000. In 2002, he became head coach of the Danish 1st Division team AC Horsens which he managed to promotion for the Danish Superliga 2005-06 season. Against all odds, he led the team to survive the first season, and his success continued during the following seasons. In the 2007-08 season, his team finished in an historic fifth place, despite having one of the lowest budgets in the league. Eventually, Nielsen's achievements with AC Horsens caught the attention of other clubs. At the beginning of 2009 he signed a 4 year contract with Brøndby IF.


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