Marc Rieper

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Marc Rieper
Two men wearing mostly dark coloured clothing stand at the side of a football pitch, hands in pockets, staring past end other.
Rieper (left) with Harry Redknapp, January 2016.
Personal information
Full name Marc Jensen Rieper[1]
Date of birth (1968-06-05) June 5, 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Rødovre, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 AGF 85 (3)
1992–1994 Brøndby 93 (3)
1994–1995 West Ham United (loan) 21 (1)
1995–1997 West Ham United 69 (4)
1997–2000[3] Celtic 37 (2)
Total 305 (13)
National team
1988–1989 Denmark u-21 4 (0)
1990–1998 Denmark 61 (2)
Teams managed
2000 Celtic (assistant)[4]
2001–2002 AGF (assistant)[5]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marc Jensen Rieper (born June 5, 1968) is a Danish former professional footballer, who played for AGF and Brøndby in his native Denmark, West Ham United in England and Celtic in Scotland. Rieper was also a regular player in the Denmark national team, appearing in the Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He is the older brother of footballer Mads Rieper.


Club career[edit]

Born in Rødovre, Rieper started his career at Danish club AGF in 1988. While at AGF, he debuted for the Danish national team in the 1–0 friendly match win against Sweden on 5 September 1990. He played a further three national team matches before moving on to Danish Superliga rivals Brøndby IF in 1992. While at Brøndby, he secured a place in the national team starting line-up and played 38 matches in a row from October 1992 to August 1996.

Rieper won the 1994 Danish Cup trophy with Brøndby before moving abroad in December that year to play for English Premiership club West Ham United, signing initially on loan before a £1 million fee at the end of the season made the transfer permanent.[6]

In 1997, he moved to Scotland to play for Celtic, with whom he won the Scottish league championship in 1997–98.[7] Rieper suffered a toe injury in October 1998 which he never fully recovered from.[7] He did not make another professional appearance and announced his retirement in July 2000.[7]

International career[edit]

Rieper played 61 matches and scored two goals for the Denmark national football team, first as the defensive partner of Lars Olsen and most prominently as part of a defending duo with Jes Høgh in the Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He was ever-present for the Danish team which won the 1995 King Fahd Cup and played in all of Denmark's three matches at Euro 1996. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Rieper played full-time for the Danish national team, and scored against Saudi Arabia. Denmark's World Cup campaign ended in a quarter-final defeat to eventual runners-up Brazil.

Post-playing career[edit]

Following his retirement Rieper spent some time in 2001 as an assistant coach at AGF. Through his connections to Celtic, he brought over many reserve team players to AGF, including future Ireland international Liam Miller. After head coach John Stampe was fired in 2002, Rieper resigned from the club. He now owns and runs a hotel in the town of Aarhus, is a member of the board of directors at AGF and is the owner of women's online fashion store



  1. ^ "Marc Rieper". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Rieper stopper karrieren" (in Danish). 31 July 2000. 
  4. ^ "Marc Rieper træner Celtic" (in Danish). 11 February 2000. 
  5. ^ "Marc Rieper hjælpetræner i AGF" (in Danish). 3 April 2001. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics — Marc Rieper". Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Grim Rieper forced to retire". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 July 2000. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 

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