Lars Høgh

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Lars Høgh
Personal information
Full name Poul Lars Høgh Pedersen
Date of birth (1959-01-14) 14 January 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Odense, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–2000 Odense BK 817 (0)
National team
1979–1983 Denmark U-21 3 (0)
1983–1995 Denmark 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Poul Lars Høgh Pedersen (born 14 January 1959) is a Danish former football player, who played his entire career as a goalkeeper for Odense BK. He won three Danish football championships and three Danish Cup trophies with OB, and won the Danish Best Goalkeeper of the Year award five times. He played eight matches for the Danish national team, and was selected for the 1986 World Cup and 1996 European Championship squads. He was a part of the Danish team which won the 1995 King Fahd Cup.

Biography[edit]

Born in Odense, Høgh started playing football with local club Odense BK (OB). He made his senior debut in 1977 as an amateur (later to become semi-professional, and eventually full-time-professional), and was an understudy to Danish national team goalkeeper Mogens Therkildsen, as OB won the 1977 Danish championship. The following years he established himself as OB's starting goalkeeper, and debuted for the Danish under-21 national team in March 1979. He was a part of the OB team which won the 1982 Danish championship and 1983 Danish Cup, and was called up for the Danish national team by national team manager Sepp Piontek. He made his national team debut in May 1983, and was a part of the Danish team at the 1986 World Cup.

He started the World Cup as a substitute, but played in Denmark's last two matches at the tournament. Høgh replaced Troels Rasmussen as starting goalkeeper when Denmark beat Germany 2-0 and advanced to the knock-off stage. In the quarter-finals against Spain, Høgh conceded four goals to Spanish striker Emilio Butragueño, as Denmark lost 5-1 and was eliminated from the tournament. After the 1986 World Cup, Høgh was named 1986 Best Goalkeeper of the Year. Troels Rasmussen reclaimed his starting position in the national team, and Høgh played what would be his last national team in eight years in September 1987. With the emergence of record-setting goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Høgh established himself as one of Schmeichel's most frequent understudies.

With OB, Høgh continued his consistent goalkeeping, and guided the team to another Danish championship in 1989, as well as Danish Cup triumphs in 1991 and 1993. He won the Best Goalkeeper of the Year award a further four times, setting a record five award wins in 1994. Høgh was a part of the Danish national team at the 1995 King Fahd Cup, where he was Denmark's stating goalkeeper in the absence of Peter Schmeichel. In the second game of the tournament, Høgh suffered an injury, and was replaced by Mogens Krogh, who tended the goal as Denmark won the tournament.

Høgh retired as a footballer in 2000, 41 years old, after an outstanding career with OB. He played his entire career with OB, for whom he played a total 817 matches from his debut in 1977. Following his retirement, Høgh served three years as sports director for Odense BK. He went on to become a footballing coach, both for individual goalkeepers, as well as clubs. In 2008 he replaced Jørgen Henriksen as coach for the goalkeepers of the national team of Denmark.

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