Steen Blicher (footballer)

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Not to be confused with Steen Steensen Blicher (footballer).
Steen Blicher
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-11-22) 22 November 1923 (age 93)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
KFUM's Boldklub
Akademisk Boldklub
National team
1951–1952 Denmark 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steen Blicher (born 22 November 1923) is a Danish former amateur footballer who played in the left half-back position. Blicher played 8 games for the Denmark national football team,[1] and was the captain of the Danish team at the 1952 Summer Olympics.[2]

Blicher was a technically limited player, who more than compensated through an immense fighting spirit.[3] He played his club football in Copenhagen with KFUM's Boldklub and later Akademisk Boldklub (AB). In AB, his favorite half-back position was occupied by Danish international Ivan Jensen, and Blicher played some matches as a left winger. When Ivan Jensen turned professional following the 1948 Summer Olympics, Blicher replaced him as the AB left half-back.[3] Blicher was a part of the AB team which won the Danish Championship in 1947,[4] as well as 1951 and 1952.[5]

Blicher made his debut for the Danish national team on May 12, 1951, in a 1-3 defeat to the Scotland national football team.[1] In the last warm-up game before the 1952 Summer Olympics, the Danish team captain, Knud Lundberg, was removed from the position, and Steen Blicher was assigned the position.[6] As Lundberg was Blicher's captain at AB, it was an awkward appointment, but Blicher led the team well through example.[3] Denmark was eliminated by the Yugoslavia national football team in the quarter-finals by 3-5, which was Blicher's last international game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Danish national team profile
  2. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 60–61. ISBN 87-7245-132-7. 
  4. ^ Lundberg, Knud (1986). Dansk Fodbold. 1. Fra Breslau til Bronceholdet. Copenhagen: Rhodos. p. 219. ISBN 87-7245-132-7. 
  5. ^ Lundberg, Knud (1987). Dansk Fodbold. 2. Trange tider og olympisk sølv. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 193–195. ISBN 87-7245-181-5. 
  6. ^ Lundberg, Knud (1987). Dansk Fodbold. 2. Trange tider og olympisk sølv. Copenhagen: Rhodos. pp. 37–38. ISBN 87-7245-181-5.