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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Laudrup Brothers Defend Denmark

COPENHAGEN -- The Laudrup brothers, Denmark's dynamic duo, are architects of many Danish goals and keys to the nation's hope of defending their European crown.

Midfielder Michael Laudrup and his younger brother Brian are the designers of the counterattack combinations.

If forward Brian was Denmark's best player at the Euro 92 show in Sweden, it will be the first time in eight years that Michael will line up in an international championship.

Disagreeing with coach Richard Moeller Nielsen's training and playing style, Michael furiously quit the national team in 1990. Three years later, he quietly returned, saying the squad was better organized and disciplined.

Michael, a serene midfielder and captain, is one of Denmark's veterans. He previously has played the European Championships in France in 1984 and in Germany in 1988. He was also in Mexico for the 1986 World Cup.

On May 19, Michael, 31, bid goodbye to professional European soccer when he played his last game for Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. His appearances with the national team likely will scale down because of his move in August to Japan, where he will play for second-division club Vissel Kobe.

Brian Laudrup, the 27-year-old, quick dribbling ace, who is scoring for Scottish champion Glasgow Rangers, is at the best of his career. In the past, Brian played with AC Milan and Fiorentina in the Italian league.

Denmark, which sneaked into Euro 92 only after Yugoslavia was disqualified by the United Nations, was the ultimate underdog when they defeated Germany in the final. Few give the Danes a shot this time around, either, but the Laudrups are not listening to that.