Who is Brian Laudrup?
Brian Laudrup is a Danish former football player who played as a midfielder, forward or as wide attacker. Considered as one of the most talented footballers of his generation. The Dane currently works as a football analyst, pundit and commentator on 6’eren and Kanal 5.
Laudrup began his professional career with Brondby in his native Denmark. Brian won the 1987 and 1988 Danish First Division with them. Halfway through the 1989 campaign, his deal with Brondby expired, and Laudrup agreed to join German outfit Bayer Uerdingen.
Laudrup signed for Uerdingen in order to play in a club with competitive little pressure. Brian scored six goals in 34 matches during the 1989–90 Bundesliga term and impressed so much for both country and club that Brian was named Danish Player of the Year.
Laudrup’s great showings attracted German giants Bayern Munich for his signature, who purchased the Dane for a DM6 million transfer sum in May 1990, making Brian the most expensive Bundesliga player at the time.
In his maiden season, Laudrup netted nine goals in 33 outings as the club finished in second place. His reputation began to grow and Laudrup fulfilled his lifelong dream when he transferred to Serie A to join Fiorentina.
The club endured a mixed season and ultimately was relegated after more than 50-straight seasons playing in Serie A. In spite of the relegation, Brian himself had a fairly solid campaign and was loaned to AC Milan for the 1993–94 season.
In the summer of 1994, he was offered an escape route from the Seire A when he was approached by Walter Smith of Rangers.
The Gers at that time were an ambitious side and had money to spend to try to claim European glory. This attracted Brian, and he signed for a £2.3m transfer sum.
He turned down a proposal from Barcelona five months after joining Rangers. He finished the campaign with 10 goals in 33 League matches, in addition to a couple of assists, as the Gers won their seventh consecutive Championship.
After four brilliant years, Laudrup signed for Chelsea in the summer of 1998. Although his time at the club was brief, his showings were praised, and Brian kept a professional attitude when called into action in spite of being personally unhappy in London.
Laudrup switched back to Denmark in the spring of 1999 for a short spell with the main rivals of old club Brondby, Copenhagen.
Family issues resulted in Laudrup signing for Ajax. After one individually successful campaign from 1999 to 2000, netting 15 goals in 38 matches, Briant could not play another season because of injuries. He was forced to retire from elite football at age 31.