Allan Simonsen – Original Danish Dynamite


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Denmark internatonal attacker ALLAN SIMONSEN spent six and a half seasons on the books at BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH, ultimately scoring 76 goals in 178 Bundesliga matches while adding another 33 strikes in 48 European contests for the West German club, after having been taken on by trainer Hennes Weisweiler during the winter break of the 1972-73 season.
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Long before the world ever saw the so-called “Danish Dynamite” leave their lasting impression on the 1986 FIFA World Cup final tournament in Mexico, a youthful ALLAN SIMONSEN exploded onto the scene in both the Bundesliga and Europe during the 1974-75 season.

After scoring three goals in six matches in West Germany as a 19-year-old competing for Denmark at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games hosted by Munich, Simonsen was signed by Borussia Moenchengladbach from BK Vejle later that winter. But, over the next year and a half, the youngster found it difficult to find a place in the Startelf for die Fohlen. The Denmark international, in fact, appeared in just 17 of a possible 51 Bundesliga games while scoring two goals in that time period.

That situation changed immediately starting with the memorable 1974-75 campaign. Teaming with West Germany international JUPP HEYNCKES and fellow Demnark international HENNING JENSEN in attack, Simonsen scored 18 goals in 34 Bundesliga games as Borussia Moenchengladbach claimed the domestic title for the first time in four years. The speedy youngster, still only 22 then, also added another 10 goals in twelve Euroepan contests as die Fohlen captured the UEFA Cup for the very first continental trophy in club history.

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Denmark international attacker ALLAN SIMONSEN of West German club Borussia Moenchengladbach rifles a shot past accomplished England international goalkeeper RAY CLEMENCE of FC Liverpool to level the 1977 European Cup Final six minutes after the halftime whistle; the vaunted Reds, nevertheless, did go on to defeat die Fohlen 3-1 with a pair of second half goals of their own at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy.
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Simonsen, who earned 55 caps and scored 20 goals for the national team of Denmark, was selected as the winner of the Balon d’Or as the European Footballer of the Year in the winter of 1977 while still terrorizing opponents with his speed and skill for Borussia Moenchengladbach, who were by then the reigning three-time defending Bundesliga champion.
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After scoring the decisive goal to enable Borussia Moenchengladbach to defeat Red Star Belgarde of Yugoslavia and win the 1979 UEFA Cup Final, Denmark international attacker ALLAN SIMONSEN was transferred later that summer to Spanish La Liga giant FC Barcelona in exchange for the then-considerable sum of 1.2 million Deutsche Mark. Simonsen, who totaled 31 goals in three campaigns of Spanish first division football and scored a goal as Barca clipped Belgian side Standard Liege in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup Final, was joined in his second year at the Catalan club by West Germany international BERND SCHUSTER. The world record signing reported to be worth 5.0 million English pounds of Argentina World Cup star DIEGO MARADONA by FC Barcelona in the summer of 1982 found Simonsen, as a result of Spanish restrictions on just two foreign players per league match, expendable and it was not long before the Denmark international was sold to English second division side Charlton Athletic for the cut rate of 300,000 English pounds in October of that same year.

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