International news: Former Denmark coach Richard Moller Nielsen dies aged 76

Richard Moller Nielsen: Former Denmark coach has died

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Former Denmark coach Richard Moller Nielsen has died aged 76.

Moller Nielsen, who guided Denmark to the European Championship title in 1992, had been ill since undergoing an operation for a brain tumour in July last year.

After ending his seven-year playing career with his hometown club Odense in 1962, Moller Nielsen went on to coach several Danish clubs, as well as the Finland and Israel national teams, in a coaching career that spanned four decades.

The highlight was Euro 92 in Sweden, when Denmark were a late replacement in the tournament for Yugoslavia, and under Moller Nielsen they went on to clinch the title with a 2-0 victory over Germany in the final.

Former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, a European champion 26 years ago under Moller Nielsen, led the tributes.

He posted on Twitter: "Richard Moller Nielsen, an inspiration, my teacher and my friend. R.I.P my friend."

Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen, who scored the first goal in the Euro 92 final win over Germany, said: "He was perhaps the greatest coach we ever had in Danish football.

"It was a great honour to play under him. He made the right decisions at the right times. He was just the coach we needed in the situation we were in - where we had not prepared at all."