Finn Døssing

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Finn Døssing
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Finn Døssing in June 2011.
Personal information
Full name Finn Døssing Jensen
Date of birth (1941-04-27) 27 April 1941 (age 74)
Place of birth Viborg, Denmark
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1964 Viborg FF 349
1964–1968 Dundee United 86 (60)
1967 Dallas Tornado (loan) 10 (3)
1968 Aalborg BK 24 (7)
National team
1963 Denmark U21 1 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Finn Døssing Jensen (born 27 April 1941) is a Danish former footballer who played as a centre forward. He began his career with Viborg FF and represented the Denmark under-21 team before joining Dundee United in 1964. He scored 76 goals in 115 appearances for the Scottish club before returning to Denmark to finish his career with Aalborg BK. He was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2008.



Døssing was born in Viborg, Jutland and started his career with his hometown club Viborg FF in 1958, aged 17. With the help of Jack Johnson, a former manager of B 1913, Døssing got in contact with Dundee United. He played a trial match for the club, scoring all four goals in a 4–0 win. In December 1964, he signed his first professional contract, and moved to Dundee United under manager Jerry Kerr.

United had made a poor start to the 1964–65 First Division season and appeared to be heading towards relegation until Kerr took a gamble in bringing some of the first foreigners to play in Scotland. Døssing scoring 21 goals in only 19 matches during his first season, helping the club move into mid-table security that year. The following season, Døssing scored 25 goals, helping United to finished in fifth place in the league and qualify for European competition for the first time. Injury would limit Døssing's involvement in United's 1966-67 Fairs Cup campaign, keeping him out of both victories against FC Barcelona and the first game against Juventus. In the home leg against the Italian club, he returned to score the game’s only goal.

Døssing left Dundee United after three years, having scored 76 goals in 115 appearances, returning to Denmark to play for Aalborg BK (AaB). According to the Danish rules of amateurism, Døssing was dictated a half year quarantine before he was eligible to play in the Danish championship. He entered an AaB team which had not won in their first eight matches, and helped the club finish in mid-table. Days before the opening of the 1969 season, Døssing decided to leave AaB, moving back to Viborg to run his own gents’ outfitters business.

Døssing retains his association with Dundee United by his membership of the ArabTRUST (the club's supporters trust) and with one of the Federation of Dundee United Supporters' Clubs, in Argyll, being named after him. When Dundee United launched a club Hall of Fame in 2008, he was one of the first players to be inducted.


Døssing played a number of Danish national youth team matches, and made his debut for the Denmark under-21 team in September 1963. He never played a senior national team match; turning professional with Dundee United effectively banned him from the strictly amateur Danish national team.



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