Morten Olsen was born on August 14, 1949. He is a Danish football manager and former football player. In his active career, he predominantly played as defensive midfielder. He played professionally in Germany and Belgium. He played a total 102 matches and scored four goals for the Danish national team from 1970 to 1989, and was named 1983 and 1986 Danish Player of the Year. He was characterized as the most important player in the history of Danish football. His strengths were his acceleration, agility, and play intelligence.
In his senior years, he played all positions except goalkeeper, maturing him into a versatile team-player. Olsen eventually excelled as a defensive midfielder possessing great determination, dedicated professionalism, and organizational skills. He gradually took on a strong leadership role, he was a consummate professional, known as a gentleman of the game. He has faced criticism in the past, and his reliance on the 4-3-3 formation has come under scrutiny. Approaching a decade in the job, Olsen now stands as one of the longest-serving bosses in the game. His coaching career began in 1990. Since 2000, Olsen has been the head coach of the Danish national team, guiding Denmark to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 European Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup.