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Morten Wieghorst
Personal information
Full name Morten Wieghorst
Date of birth February 25, 1971 (1971-02-25) (age 39)
Place of birth    Glostrup, Denmark
Height 191 cm
Playing position Manager
(former midfielder)
Club information
Current club FC Nordsjælland
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1992
1992–1995
1995–2002
2002–2005
Lyngby FC
Dundee
Celtic
Brøndby IF
71 0(4)
90 (11)
86 (10)
65 (14)   
National team
1994–2004 Denmark 30 0(3)
Teams managed
2005–2006
2006–
FC Nordsjælland (asst)
FC Nordsjælland

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

Morten Wieghorst (born February 25, 1971 in Glostrup, Denmark) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) midfielder and current manager of FC Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga. He most prominently played for Dundee Football Club and also played for Celtic with whom he won the 1998 Scottish football championship. He played 30 matches and scored 3 goals for the Denmark national football team from 1994 to 2004, and appeared in three games at the 1998 World Cup.

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Playing career

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Club career

He started his career in Denmark with Lyngby Boldklub in 1989, and he was part of the 1990 Danish Cup winning Lyngby squad. After winning the domestic Danish Superliga championship in 1992, he moved to Scotland to play for Dundee.

After three years at Dundee, he moved on to Celtic in the summer 1995. At Celtic, injuries partly ruined his first two seasons, and he wasn't selected to compete for the Danish national team at the 1996 European Championship. In the 1997-98 season, Wieghorst played 31 of 36 league matches for Celtic,[1] as the club won its 36th Scottish championship to end arch rivals Rangers' nine-year strangle-hold of the title. In 2000, Wieghorst was diagnosed with the Guillain-Barré syndrome, and following treatment he spent a year in recovery before returning to play in a November 2001 Scottish Cup game. He played two league games for Celtic late in the 2001-02 season, before he returned to Denmark.

He signed on a free transfer for defending Danish champions Brøndby IF in the summer 2002, as one of the first signings of new manager Michael Laudrup. In his first year at Brøndby, he most famously suffered a gashed eyebrow in the November 2002 game against Farum BK, but played on wearing a bloody head bandage and scored four goals in Brøndby's 7-1 victory. He was appointed vice-team captain behind Per Nielsen, and Wieghorst won his second Danish Cup title in 2003. In May 2004, Wieghorst suffered a knee injury in the local derby against arch rivals F.C. Copenhagen. He returned to the starting line-up late in the 2004-05 season in April 2005, and was a part of the Brøndby team that won The Double of both league championship and cup trophy. In May 2005, less than a month after his rehabilitation, he announced his retirement at the season end on June 26, 2005.[2]

International career

He made his debut for the Danish national team in August 1994,[3] when he came on as a half-time substitute and scored the deciding goal in the 2-1 friendly match win against Finland. He was a part of the Danish squad that won the 1995 King Fahd Cup, where he came on as a substitute to replace the injured team captain Michael Laudrup in the 2-0 final win against Argentina.[3]

While at Celtic, Wieghorst became a mainstay in the Danish national team from October 1997,[3] and was selected to represent Denmark at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he played three games. Most remarkably, he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute of the 1-1 draw with South Africa, only to be sent off three minutes later.[4] In Denmark's ultimate qualification game for the 2000 European Championship, he scored in the 3-2 victory against Italy which secured Denmark's qualification for the main tournament. Having been brought on as a substitute in the 52nd minute, he scored to level the game at 2-2 in the 57th minute, before he was sent-off for his second yellow card in the 80th minute. This makes him the only Danish national team player to have been sent-off more than once. In October 1999, Wieghorst's national team career went in hiatus,[3] due to his illness.

Wieghorst re-entered the Danish national team in August 2002,[3] while playing for Brøndby, as he played the 1-0 friendly match win against Scotland. In February 2003, he was selected for the Danish national league team, consisting of the best Danish players from the Danish Superliga, to play a series of unofficial friendly matches against various Asian national teams.[5] In the game against Iran, an Iranian player mistook a whistle from the crowd as being the referee's half-time signal, and picked the ball up with his hands in the penalty area. The referee gave Denmark a penalty kick, but following consultation with national team coach Morten Olsen, Wieghorst missed the penalty on purpose as a token of fair play, and Denmark lost 1-0. Wieghorst received an Olympic Committee fair play award.[6] The incident made CNN's "Play of the Day" of February 2, 2003.[7] Wieghorst was selected the 2003 Danish Player of the Year. He played his last national team game in April 2004, a 1-0 friendly match win against Scotland.[3]

Coaching career

After ending his active career he became assistant coach for FC Nordsjælland during the 2005-06 season. When manager Johnny Petersen was let go, Wieghorst was promoted to FC Nordsjælland manager for the following season. Wieghorst managed FC Nordsjælland to a UEFA Cup run against TVMK Tallinn, Scottish club Queen of the South[8] from Dumfries and Greek side Olympiacos F.C..

Honours

International goals

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1994-08-17 Copenhagen, Denmark  Finland 2–1 2–1 Friendly match
2 1995-01-08 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 2–0 2–0 1995 King Fahd Cup
3 1999-09-08 Napoli, Italy  Italy 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.

References

  1. ^ Morten Wieghorst - Celtic FC at Football-Heroes.net
  2. ^ (Danish) Jacob Panum, Wieghorst takker af, DR.dk, May 4, 2005
  3. ^ a b c d e f Morten Wieghorst - Alle hold (Alle kampe) at Danish Football Association
  4. ^ MatchReport : South Africa - Denmark at FIFAWorldCup.com
  5. ^ Morten Wieghorst - Ligalandshold (Alle uofficielle kampe) at Danish Football Association
  6. ^ Football: Knowledge: have any footballers ever missed a penalty on purpose? | Football | guardian.co.uk
  7. ^ (Danish) Lars Berendt, Fair play: Wieghorst brændte straffe med vilje, DBU.dk, February 2, 2003
  8. ^ "Club History" on the official Queen of the South website

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