Denmark coach Morten Olsen resigned after Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2016.. Olsen’s 15-year reign ended after the Danes’ 4-3 aggregate defeat to Sweden.
Morten Olsen, after stepping down from his 15-year role as Denmark coach:
I have informed the players that the DBU and I have agreed that there is no point in continuing. Of course, it hurts to end this way after more than 35 years [as a player and coach] but I feel most sorry for the Danes, for the fans. That has the largest importance to me. I feel a bit empty with regards to the match.
I have been privileged with the people I have been working with. I have had many good colleagues. I am extremely grateful for that. I will leave it to others to decide if that is good enough, but of course it is a failure every time you do not qualify. I feel sorry for the players and for the Danes in general.
Denmark defender Lars Jacobsen has also announced his retirement from international football following the play-off loss to Sweden. Lars Jacobsen reckoned Olsen a class act:
Jesper Møller, Danish Football Association (DBU) president on the retirement of Morten Olsen:
I have huge respect for Morten Olsen and his results. It is important to me as well as to Morten, that the end of his great career takes place in a decent and orderly way. In the middle of the disappointment [of defeat against Sweden] we want to say thanks to Morten for his 15 years and 166 international matches as a coach – and for his 102 internationals as a player.
Morten has made a fantastic and unique effort for Danish football and he can take a lot of the credit for the national team’s many great results during his time as a player and as a coach.
Before the playoff tie between the 2 Scandinavian giants, the Danish media had promised to send Zlatan into retirement.
However, the big Swede had the last laugh. EURO 2016 will be Zlatan Ibrahimović’s 6th major tournament.
The day after Denmark’s nightmare in Copenhagen , Danish newspaper BT described Denmark’s failure to qualify as a ‘Great fall’ as Zlatan Ibrahimović kills Olsen’s last dream.
Dagens Kvällsposten goes with the headline ”EURO roar”.
Expressen is on the same wavelength with the headline: EURO 2016 – here we come
GT-Sport’s headline: Frälzaren
EURO 2016 is probably going to be Zlatan’s last tournament with the national team.