Denmark Appoint Man Who Deliberately Missed Penalty as U-21 Coach

Denmark have officially announced that former international Morten Wieghorst will take on the role as U-21 head coach, who is currently in charge of FC Nordsjaelland until the end of the season. Not exactly exciting stuff but let’s be patient.

In 2003, Wieghorst earned an International Olympic Committee fairplay award for missing a penalty on purpose. Let me explain. Denmark were playing Iran in a friendly match and on the stroke of half time, Denmark were awarded a penalty. An Iranian player had accidentally handled the ball when he heard a whistle he thought to be the referee’s. The whistle had come from a spectator and when the Iranian player picked the ball up Denmark were awarded the penalty. After a controversial outbreak, Wieghorst and then manager Morten Olsen decided that it would be in the best interest of everybody if he missed the penalty, deliberately. So he did. And was awarded the fairplay award as a reward for his sportsmanship.

In his time as a footballer, Wieghorst had played for Dundee United, Brondby IF and perhaps most notably Glasweigan side Celtic. At Celtic Park, Wieghorst was plagued by injuries and was sidelined for huge spells at one point but during one season he became heavily involved in, he managed to claim one SPL title, in the 97/98 season, whilst at Celtic. He later moved on to Brondby IF and won the double twice before ending his career and moving into management at FC Nordsjaelland where he has remained to date.



About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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