Danish former soccer coach Moller Nielsen dies
14 February 2014, 08:58
Copenhagen - Richard Moller Nielsen, who led the Danish football team to its first major title in 1992 and later coached Finland and Israel, has died. He was 76.
The Danish Football Association says Moller Nielsen died Thursday morning after a nine-month illness. It gave no further details.
Nicknamed 'Ricardo,' he coached the Danish side in 1990-1996, leading Denmark to become European champions in 1992 — the Scandinavian country's first major title. Denmark was a last-minute replacement in the tournament for war-torn Yugoslavia, which had been banned because of U.N. sanctions.
In the final, Denmark defeated then-world champion Germany 2-0 in one of the major upsets of all-time in the sport.
After Denmark, Moller Nielsen coached Finland in 1996-1999, and Israel in 2000-2002.