Denmark skipper LARS OLSEN (4) of Turkish club AS Trabzonspor and Deutschland-Spielfuehrer ANDREAS BREHME (3) of Italian side Inter Milan, who would be named to the all-tournament team on defense for his efforts in the competition, lead the two sides out onto the pitch just prior to the start of the 1992 UEFA European Championships Final witnessed by 37,800 spectators at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The reigning world champion Germans, now under the direction of former World Cup-winning defender BERTI VOGTS, were employing a 5-3-2 formation at the 1992 UEFA European Championships with the idea of the two outside fullbacks becoming heavily involved in the attack. The wingback on the left and captain of the squad in Sweden was ANDERAS BREHME of Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, the highly-experienced 31-year-old veteran who had scored from the penalty spot to provide dominant Germany with the 1-0 victory over Argentina in the Final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. As it stood, Germany had six legionnaires from the crack Serie A in its Startelf and would send out a seventh Italian-based professional against the surprising Danes to start the second half.
GK – Bodo ILGNER ……………. (1.FC Koeln / Ger : 54 caps)
LB – Andreas BREHME ………. (Inter Milan – Ita / Ger : 86 caps, 8 go)
CB – Thomas HELMER ………. (Borussia Dortmund / Ger : 68 caps, 5 go)
CB – Guido BUCHWALD …….. (Vfb Stuttgart / Ger : 76 caps, 4 go)
CB – Juergen KOHLER ……….. (FC Juventus Turin – Ita / Ger : 105 caps, 2 go)
RB – Stefan REUTER …………. (FC Juventus Turin – Ita / Ger : 69 caps, 2 go)
MF – Steffen EFFENBERG ….. (Bayern Munich / Ger : 35 caps, 5 go)
MF – Matthias SAMMER …….. (Vfb Stuttgart / * Ger : 51 caps, 6 go)
MF – Thomas HAESSLER ……. (AS Roma – Ita / Ger : 101 caps, 11 go)
FW – Juergen KLINSMANN … (Inter Milan – Ita / Ger : 108 caps, 47 go)
FW – Karl Heinz RIEDLE …….. (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / Ger : 42 caps, 16 go)
MF – Thomas DOLL …………….. (SS Lazio Rome – Ita / * Ger : 18 caps, 1 go)
for Sammer – 46th min
FW – Andreas THOM ………….. (Bayer Leverkusen / * Ger : 10 caps, 2 go)
for Effenberg – 80th min
* asterisk denotes additional international caps for the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic) … caps for West Germany (always known officially as the Federal Republic of Germany – in German, the Bundesrepublik Deutschland) are included with totals for re-unified Germany
1990 FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper BODO ILGNER (1) succeeded the highly-accompished netminder Harald “Toni” Schumacher as first choice for both 1.FC Koeln in the Bundesliga as well as with the national team of West Germany and later earned a UEFA Champions League winners’s medal with traditional Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid by posting a clean sheet in the 1998 Final opposite storied Italian Serie A side FC Juventus of Turin.
Denmark goalkeeper PETER SCHMEICHEL (1) certainly did much to repay Manchester United after being purchased from IF Broendby Copenhagen for the (with hindsight) phenominally-low price of 500,000 English pounds in August of 1991. After a successful Euro ’92 in Sweden, the emerging international star went on to capture five English Premier League titles in a seven-year span starting with the 1992/93 campaign. Schmeichel, on his last tour of duty with the Red Devils before signing with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, also earned a UEFA Champions League title when Manchester United ralllied to defeat German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in 1999.
Last-minute contestant Denmark, who had not qualified for the final tournament of either the 1990 FIFA World Cup or the 1992 UEFA Euopean Championships on the pitch, fielded a conventional 4-4-2 formation in the Final of Euro ’92 at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, and were fortified at the back by standout goalkeeper PETER SCHMEICHEL of English club Manchester United. 31-year-old left back KENT NIELSEN, the 1986 FIFA World Cup veteran who had been bought by Aston Villa for 500,000 English pounds in the fall of 1989, had decamped Birmingham and returned to Danish football with modest AGF Aarhus. Right back JOHN SIVEBAEK of French first division side AS Monaco, who spent a year and half with Manchester United in the mid-80s before signing with AS St. Etienne in France, had also been a member of the Danish Dynamite team that garnered a good bit of attention at the ’86 World Cup in Mexico.
GK – Peter SCHMEICHEL …… (Manchester United – Eng / 129 caps, 1 go)
LB – Kent NIELSEN ……………. (AGF Aarhus / Den : 54 caps, 3 go)
CB – Torben PIECHNIK ……… (B 1903 Copenhagen / Den: 15 caps, 0 go)
CB – Lars OLSEN ………………… (AS Trabzonspor – Turk : 84 caps, 4 go)
RB – John SIVEBAEK …………. (AS Monaco – Fra / 87 caps, 1 go)
MF – Henrik LARSEN …………. (BK Lyngby / 39 caps, 5 go)
MF – Kim VILFORT …………….. (IF Broendby Copenhagen / 77 caps, 14 go)
MF – John JENSEN …………….. (IF Broendy Copenhagen / Den : 69 caps, 4 go)
MF – Kim CHRISTOFTE ……… (IF Broendby Copenhagen / Den : 19 caps, 1 go)
FW – Brian LAUDRUP …………. (Bayern Munich – Ger / Den : 82 caps, 21 go)
FW – Flemming POVLSEN ……. (Borussia Dortmund – Ger / Den : 62 caps, 21 go)
DF – Claus CHRISTENSEN ……. (BK Lyngby / Den : 5 caps, 0 go)
for Sivebaek – 66th min
Denmark midfielder HENRIK LARSEN (13) of BK Lyngby, who spent the 1991/92 season out on loan from Italian Serie B side AC Pisa on account of a restriction on foreign players and later spent the 1993/94 campaign with 2.Bundelisa club SV Waldorf Mannheim, tugs the shirt of Germany World Cup champion striker JUERGEN KLINSMANN (18) of Italian Serie A side Inter Milan during the Final of the 1992 UEFA European Championships at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.