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International A-Z

We explore the vast number of countries our players have represented on a letter-by-letter basis. The series continues with the letter ‘D’ and covers Denmark.


Best remembered for his winning goal for us in the 1999 League Cup Final against Leicester City, Allan Nielsen played a total of 115 matches for Spurs between 1996 and 2000, scoring 18 times. Born in Esbjerg, Denmark, the midfielder also played 44 matches for his country between 1995 and 2002, scoring seven times.

A total of 30 of those international appearances came while Nielsen was a Spurs player, as did five of his seven goals – against Slovenia (three), South Africa and Switzerland. His international debut had come against Armenia on August 16, 1995, with the player scoring just 45 seconds after being introduced as a substitute. He was then included in Denmark’s squad for UEFA Euro ’96, scoring in his only appearance of the tournament against Turkey in a 3-0 win.

Nielsen (pictured, right) played all five of Denmark’s matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring against South Africa on June 18, 1998, in a 1-1 draw at the Stade de Toulouse in France. Two years later, he appeared twice for his country at UEFA Euro 2000 in games against France and Holland.

The former Bayern Munich, FC Sion, Odense BK and Brondby IF midfielder was sold to Watford after the tournament, having spent a loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in 2000. He retired from playing in 2004 following a season with Herfolge BK.

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