Tommy Troelsen

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Tommy Troelsen
Personal information
Full name Tommy Brian Troelsen
Date of birth (1940-07-10) 10 July 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth Vejle, Denmark
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Vejle Boldklub
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957-1968 Vejle Boldklub[1] 191 (84)
National team
1958 Denmark U19[2] 1 (0)
1958-1962 Denmark U21[2] 9 (4)
1959-1968 Denmark[2] 16 (5)
Teams managed
1976-1980 Denmark U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tommy Troelsen (born 10 July 1940) is a Danish former football player and manager, and television presenter. He played his entire club career with Vejle Boldklub, winning one Danish championship and two Danish Cup trophies. Tommy Troelsen played 16 matches and scored five goals for the Danish national team, and won a silver medal for Denmark at the 1960 Summer Olympics. After ending his footballing career, he became a popular television host on Danmarks Radio and dk4.

Biography[edit]

Troelsen was an active footballer in Vejle Boldklub in the 1960s, making his senior debut in November 1957. He played a total 257 matches and scored 130 goals, including 191 matches and 84 goals in the Danish championship seasons.[1] Tommy was known for his technical flair, which gave him the nickname Tommy Troldmand (Tommy the Wizard). In 1958, he was a major profile when Vejle Boldklub won The Double of both the Danish championship and the Danish Cup trophy. Troelsen became the youngest player ever to participate in a Danish Cup final, as he was only 17 years old in when he and Vejle won 3-2 in the 1958 final against KB.[3] The year after, Troelsen and Vejle celebrated another Danish Cup triumph. In the cup final, Tommy scored the 1-0 goal in the win against rivals AGF.

He was called up for the Denmark national football team in June 1959. Troelsen and Harald Nielsen were the youngest players in the Danish squad at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Troelsen entered the team in the third match of the group stage, and went on to play the semi-final and final, as Denmark sensationally won the silver medals. In one of his most memorable games, Troelsen scored a hattrick in the 5-0 win against Norway in June 1968. He ended his national team career in June 1968, having played a total 16 games and scored five goals for Denmark.[2]

Tommy was injured very early on in his career and the doctors advised him to undergo surgery as quick as possible. But it took thirteen years before Tommy went to the hospital. Throughout his entire career Tommy played with a knee band. There are no pictures of him without the knee band. But despite this he scored many of his greatest goals from long range. At the age of 28, Troelsen ended his active career due to his injury problems.[3] He played his last game for Vejle in September 1968.[1]

Television career[edit]

Besides his footballing career, Troelsen had worked as a teacher in Jelling.[4] After ending his footballing career, Troelsen started a career as a television presenter on Danmarks Radio, presenting football games. He was the host of the legendary "Sportslørdag" program, where he presented and explained English football every Saturday, and helped further the understanding of the game in Denmark.[5] In 1999, he was abruptly fired by Danmarks Radio.[4] In 2001, he was the presenter of Danish 1st Division games on dk4,[6] and also hosted a talkshow on the channel.[4] He retired in August 2004.[3]

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Denmark
Men's Football
Silver 1960 Rome Team competition

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tommy Troelsen at vejle-boldklub.dk
  2. ^ a b c d Tommy Troelsen at DBU.dk
  3. ^ a b c Tommy Troelsen skipper tv-job, Jyllands-Posten, 28 April 2005
  4. ^ a b c Tommy Troelsen: Jeg sneg mig langs husmuren, B.T., 3 July 2004
  5. ^ Michael Bech, Danskerne blev klogere af Tipsfodbold, Politiken, 28 November 2009
  6. ^ "Tommy Troelsen er vært" at DanskeSportsjournalister.dk