Arne Sørensen

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Arne Sørensen
Personal information
Full name Arne Sørensen
Date of birth November 27, 1917
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Date of death May 1, 1977(1977-05-01) (aged 59)
Place of death Gentofte, Denmark
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000-1940 B 1903
1941-1946 B 93
1947-1948 Stade Français FC 25 (1)
1948-1949 FC Nancy 17 (1)
National team
1937-1946 Denmark 30 (4)
Teams managed
Skovshoved IF
1956-1961 Denmark
1963-1964 Esbjerg fB
1972-1973 Hvidovre IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Arne Sørensen (November 27, 1917 – May 1, 1977) was a Danish football (soccer) player and coach. In his playing career, Sørensen won a total three Danish championships with B 1903 and B 93, before moving abroad to play professionally in French football. He played 30 games and scored four goals as a midfielder for the Denmark national football team. As a coach, Sørensen won silver medals with the Danish national team at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and also won the Danish championship with Esbjerg fB, KB, and Hvidovre IF.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Copenhagen,[1] Sørensen began playing football with local top-flight club B 1903 in the amateur-only Danish championship. Sørensen was a quick and strong player,[2] with great style and an accurate shot, playing in the central midfielder (centre-half) position.[3] He made his debut for the Denmark national football team in September 1937,[4] and played 16 national team games while at B 1903.[1] Sørensen won the 1938 Danish football championship with B 1903, before moving to rival Copenhagen club B 93 in 1941, with whom he won a further two Danish championships.

Sørensen played an additional 14 national team games while at B 93,[1] and managed to play in all defensive positions except goalkeeper for the national team.[3] He played a total 30 national team games until September 1946. In 1946, Sørensen and fellow Danish international Kaj Hansen were offered DKK5,000 each to move to rival club Skovshoved IF, in violation of the strict rule of amateurism.[5] The Danish Football Association discovered the offer and declared Sørensen professional, thus banning him from playing in Danish football.[5]

Sørensen moved abroad to play professionally in French football, though his time in France was not a success.[3] As a professional footballer, he lost his eligibility to play for the amateur-only Danish national team, and could not compete for Denmark at the imminent 1948 Olympics football tournament. Sørensen and Kaj Hansen signed with Stade Français FC in the top-flight French Division 1 championship, where they played alongside fellow Dane Børge Mathiesen. He stayed one season at Stade Français, playing 25 games and scoring one goal to help the club finish fifth in the 1947-48 Division 1 season. After the season, he moved to league rival FC Nancy, to play alongside fellow Dane Helge Bronée. Sørensen played 17 games and scored one goal as Nancy finished 15th in the 1948-49 Division 1 season, after which he ended his playing career.

Coaching career[edit]

Sørensen started his coaching career with Danish clubs Skovshoved IF and AB.[6] In the summer 1957, Sørensen was hired as full time Danish national team manager,[6] though he had already coached the team for two games in November 1956.[7] His coaching focus was tactics and physical conditioning.[8] His most notable result came at the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he managed Denmark to silver medals in the 1960 Olympics football tournament, losing 1–3 to Yugoslavia in the final.[7] He was national team manager in 41 games, winning 20 and losing 13.[7] Sørensen ended his tenure as Danish national team manager in November 1961,[7] as he did not agree with the additional role as motivational speaker for Danish clubs demanded by the Danish Football Association.[6]

From 1963 to 1964, Sørensen was appointed head coach of Esbjerg fB in the top-flight Danish 1st Division championship.[9] He coached Esbjerg to the 1963 1st Division championship,[10] and the 1964 Danish Cup trophy.[11] He later coached KB and Hvidovre IF to the 1968 and 1973 1st Division championships respectively.[6]



  1. ^ a b c ARNE SØRENSEN at
  2. ^ Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. p. 136. ISBN 87-7245-132-7. 
  3. ^ a b c Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. p. 46. ISBN 87-7245-132-7. 
  4. ^ Arne Sørensen - A-Landshold (Alle kampe) at Danish Football Association
  5. ^ a b Fodboldens historie i Skovshoved at Skovshoved IF
  6. ^ a b c d Lundberg, Knud (1988). Dansk Fodbold. 3. Gennembrudet til verdensklasse. Copenhagen: Rhodos. p. 154. ISBN 87-7245-260-9. 
  7. ^ a b c d Arne Sørensen - A-Landshold - Herrer (Alle kampe som træner) at Danish Football Association
  8. ^ Lundberg, Knud (1989). Dansk Fodbold. 4. Verdensklasse. Copenhagen: Rhodos. p. 132. ISBN 87-7245-320-6. 
  9. ^ Trænere siden 1960 at Esbjerg fB
  10. ^ 1963 - Guld at Esbjerg fB
  11. ^ Pokalmester 1964 at Esbjerg fB

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