Former National Team Soccer Coach Nielson, 76

He won Euro ’92 with Denmark in 1992, but failed to lead Israel to World Cup in 2002

COPENHAGEN - Israel’s former national coach Richard Moller Nielsen, who made football history when Denmark won the 1992 European Championship, has died aged 76, the Fyens Stiftstidende newspaper reported yesterday.

Nielsen had suffered from cancer and been in poor health in recent months, the newspaper said.

In 1990 he succeeded German national Sepp Piontek as Denmark coach, and two years later guided Denmark to its greatest football triumph to date.

Denmark had failed to qualify for the 1992 European Championship, held in Sweden, but replaced Yugoslavia who were forced to withdraw shortly before the tournament started.

Denmark then went all the way to the final, defeating Germany 2-0.

Nielsen stepped down as Denmark coach in 1996, and later worked as coach for the national teams of Finland and Israel. He retired in 2003.

As a club coach, Nielsen won two Danish championships with Odense BK. As a player he made two appearances for Denmark before injury ended his career prematurely.