Brian Steen Nielsen

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Brian Steen Nielsen
Personal information
Full name Brian Steen Nielsen
Date of birth (1968-12-28) 28 December 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Vejle, Denmark
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
Vejle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Vejle 105 (2)
1992–1993 Odense 31 (4)
1993–1995 Fenerbahçe 50 (4)
1995–1996 Odense 29 (2)
1996 Urawa Red Diamonds 6 (0)
1997–1998 Odense 41 (1)
1998–2001 AB 84 (10)
2001–2002 Malmö FF 29 (0)
2002–2004 AGF Aarhus 65 (5)
National team
1990–2002 Denmark 66 (3)
Teams managed
2005 AGF Aarhus (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Steen Nielsen (born 28 December 1968) is a former Danish professional footballer from Denmark, who most notably played 66 matches as a defensive midfielder for the Denmark national team between 1990 and 2002, scoring three goals. After his retirement from his active career, he is now the sports director of former club AGF Aarhus.

Biography[edit]

Born in Vejle, Brian Steen started his senior career at Vejle in October 1988. He received the 1989 Danish under-21 Player of the Year award, and on 14 February 1990 he debuted for the Danish national team. He came on as a half-time substitute in a friendly match 0–0 draw with Egypt, but he did not become a constant part of the team, playing three further games until June 1991. He switched from Vejle to rival team Odense (OB) in 1992, where he won the 1993 Danish Cup trophy. After a year at OB, he made the jump abroad to play in Turkey for Fenerbahçe.

The move to Fenerbahçe saw him return to the Danish national team in 1993, and during the last years of coach Richard Møller Nielsen's reign, Brian Steen was a part of the defensive midfield, playing many games alongside John "Faxe" Jensen. He moved back to play for OB in 1995, who he represented when he competed for Denmark in the UEFA Euro 1996. After the championship, he moved to Japan to play for Urawa Red Diamonds, and following Møller Nielsen's retirement as Denmark coach in June 1996, Brian Steen was eventually dropped by new coach Bo Johansson.

He moved back to OB once more in 1997, before playing for Akademisk Boldklub (AB), where his experience made him the natural team captain. His time at AB culminated in the 1999 Danish Cup triumph, at which time he had returned to the national team where he played a number of games in a midfield pairing with hard-hitter Stig Tøfting. Following the emergence of the eight-year younger Thomas Gravesen on the national team, Brian Steen slowly took on the role of substitute following the UEFA Euro 2000. After 11 minutes of play in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, under new coach Morten Olsen, his national team career had come to an end.

He ended his club career in Denmark with AGF Aarhus, playing his last years alongside Stig Tøfting, though his stay at the club would be marked by him head-butting teammate Nikolaj Hust at the club training. He was not sued by Hust, but the press got hold of the news and Brian Steen was charged by the police and was convicted of mild violence, resulting in ten £50 fines.[1] He stopped his career at Aarhus GF in the fall of 2004, but stayed around the club, both as a caretaker manager and he is the current sports director.

Club career statistics[edit]

[2]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Denmark League
1988 Vejle 1st Division 7 0
1989 26 0
1990 25 0
1991 Superliga 17 2
1991–92 17 2
1992–93 Odense Superliga 31 4
1993–94 13 2
Turkey League
1993–94 Fenerbahçe First League 20 1
1994–95 30 3
Denmark League
1995–96 Odense Superliga 29 2
Japan League
1996 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League 1 6 0
Denmark League
1996–97 Odense Superliga 13 0
1997–98 28 1
1998–99 Akademisk Superliga 28 2
1999–00 27 5
2000–01 29 3
Sweden League
2001 Malmö Allsvenskan 15 0
2002 14 0
Denmark League
2002–03 Aarhus Superliga 21 2
2003–04 29 2
2004–05 15 1
Country Denmark 355 26
Turkey 50 4
Japan 6 0
Sweden 29 0
Total 440 30

International career statistics[edit]

Denmark national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 1 0
1991 3 0
1992 0 0
1993 10 0
1994 7 0
1995 11 0
1996 7 0
1997 0 0
1998 2 0
1999 6 2
2000 10 1
2001 5 0
2002 4 0
Total 66 3

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skadeeksempler – Strafbare handlinger" (in Danish). Willis insurance. [dead link]
  2. ^ Brian Steen Nielsen at National-Football-Teams.com

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