Ole Fritsen

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Ole Fritsen
Ole Fritsen (1966).jpg
Fritsen in 1966
Personal information
Full name Ole Fritsen
Date of birth (1941-07-18)July 18, 1941
Place of birth Vejle, Denmark
Date of death May 11, 2008(2008-05-11) (aged 66)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Brande IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1966 Vejle Boldklub 182 (62)
1966–1971 GVAV Groningen 150 (36)
1971–1975 Vejle Boldklub
National team
1964–1973 Denmark 6 (3)
Teams managed
1981–1984 Vejle Boldklub
1988–1990 Vejle Boldklub
1994–1999 Vejle Boldklub
2001 Randers Freja
2002–2005 FC Fredericia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 23, 2008

Ole Fritsen (18 July 1941 – 11 May 2008) was a Danish footballer and manager

Playing career[edit]

Ole Fritsen began his footballing career in Vejle Boldklub in 1963. Fritsen was the first Vejle Boldklub player to move abroad and become a professional.

In 1966, Fritsen was sold to Dutch club GVAV Groningen, where his professional career lasted until 1 July 1971. In total he played 150 matches for Groningens first team and scored 36 goals.

In 1971, Fritsen went back to Denmark to play for his childhood club Vejle. In his first season after returning, Vejle Boldklub won the Danish Championship, and in 1972 the club won The Double.

Managerial career[edit]

Later on Ole Fritsen became a successful manager in Vejle Boldklub. He managed the club for three periods: 1981–1983, 1988–1989 and 1994–1999.

In his first season as manager in Vejle Boldklub, Fritsen won the Danish Cup. After that he built up a team that went on to become Danish Champions in 1984. In addition, Fritsen spend many years coaching the Vejle Boldklubs youth teams. Working with youngsters was arguably his greatest talent.

In his last period as manager Fritsen came from a job as youth coach in the club, where he had helped to educate players such as Thomas Gravesen, Alex Nørlund, Kaspar Dalgas and Peter Graulund. Ole build up a team around these players, and in only four seasons his team advanced to the Danish Superliga, won silver medals in 1997 and participated in the UEFA Cup two times.

In the season 1996–1997, Fritsen was named Manager of the Year in Denmark.

Fritsen's last managerial spell was with FC Fredericia where he spent two seasons from 2003 to 2005.

Non-playing career[edit]

Outside the football world Ole Fritsen was a primary school teacher, which would probably explain his flair for working with young players.


Ole Fritsen died in May 2008 of a cardiac arrest at just 66 years old. He was active until the end working as a scout for his old club in Groningen.