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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 May, 2004, 15:07 GMT 16:07 UK
Martin Laursen
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Denmark defender Martin Laursen
Born: 26/07/77
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender
Debut: 29/03/00 v Portugal
Powerful defender Martin Laursen tasted glory with AC Milan in the 2003 Champions League final.

Laursen arrived at the San Siro in 2001 after successful spells at Verona and Danish club Silkeborg.

But he found first team opportunities limited and opted for a 3m move to Premiership side Aston Villa in May 2004.

The big Dane remains coach Morten Olsen's first choice at centre-back in a resolute Denmark back four.

Laursen normally plays alongside former Milan defender Thomas Helveg in the centre of defence with Niclas Jensen and Rene Henrikson as full-backs.

He is renowned for his strong presence at set-pieces and is a danger going forward.


Did you know? Laursen signed for Parma in 2001 but was transferred to Milan before even playing a game for the club.




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