Erik Dyreborg

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Erik Dyreborg
Personal information
Full name Erik Birger Dyreborg
Date of birth (1940-01-20)20 January 1940
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Date of death 12 November 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 73)
Place of death Herning, Denmark
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1961 BK Frem
1961– ? Næstved IF
1968 Boston Beacons 29 (13)
Holland Sport
Avesta AIK
National team
1967 Denmark 6 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Erik Birger Dyreborg (né Poulsen) (20 January 1940 – 12 November 2013), was a Danish footballer who played as a striker. He scored eight goals in his six matches for the Danish national team, before he became professional with Boston Beacons. He is most noted for his five goals in the international match against Norway.


He started his career named Poulsen as an amateur in the Danish club BK Frem, and won silver in the 1958 Danish 1st Division. In 1960, he was travelling with the Danish national B team to Herning. Eight players lost their lives when the plane Dyreborg was supposed to travel with crashed, but Dyreborg had been put on a different plane to make room for a kit basket. In 1961, he transferred to Næstved IF.[1]

Dyreborg made his debut for the Danish national team in the 14–2 smashing against Iceland, where he scored two goals and assisted eight. He was however criticized by the Danish media for not being able to score more goals. In his sixth match for the national team, against Norway on 24 September 1967, he had decided to shoot every time he had the ball, and not pass the ball to teammates with a better chance of scoring. The match ended 5–0, with Dyreborg scoring all the five goals.[2]

After scoring eight goals in six matches for the Danish national team, he turned professional with Boston Beacons in 1968, in the newly formed North American Soccer League, which, put an end to his national team career as professionals was not allowed to play for the national team.[2] Dyreborg was one of many Danish footballers who turned professional in the United States in 1968,[1] and Henning Boel, John Steen Olsen, Jørgen Henriksen, and John Petersen were all playing on Boston Beacons.[3] The league soon became bankrupt and after one season with the Beacons, Dyreborg moved on to Dutch club Holland Sport, before ending his career with Swedish club Avesta AIK.[1]

Dyreborg returned to Denmark after his professional career ended, and played veteran football for his youth club BK Frem.[1] He died in Herning at the age of 73 in 2013,[2] following a brief undisclosed illness.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Nielsen, Allan (12 November 2013). "Fem mål mod Norge: Erik Dyreborg er død". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Lote, Arve (13 November 2013). ""Femmåls-Erik" er død". NRK (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Erik Dyreborg" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

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