Allan SIMONSEN | 1976-1977 & 1985-1986

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Allan SIMONSEN | 1976-1977 & 1985-1986

Postby brondbylove » 2009 Jun 04, 21:12



Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number: 10 (?)
Position: SS*, AMF, WF
Nationality: Danish _den
Age: 24
Era: 1976-1977

Foot: R
Side: R

Length: 165
Weight: 59

Attack: 85
Defence: 45
Balance: 70
Stamina: 84
Top Speed: 89
Acceleration: 89
Response: 87
Agility: 93
Dribble Accuracy: 90
Dribble Speed: 93
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 85
Long Pass Acc.: 85
Long Pass Speed: 84
Shot Accuracy: 87
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 90
Free Kick Accuracy: 82
Curling: 87
Header: 75
Jump: 84
Technique: 90
Aggression: 87
Mentality: 82
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 86

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot frequency: 7
Consistency: 7

[] Speed Merchant
[] Mazing Run
[] Incisive Run
[] Talisman

*Quick Turn
*Scissor Dribble

Allan Simonsen, European Footballer of the Year 1977.



Club: Vejle BK
Position: SS*, AMF, WF
Nationality: Danish _den
Age: 33
Era: 1985-1986

Foot: R
Side: R

Length: 165
Weight: 59

Attack: 82
Defence: 50
Balance: 66
Stamina: 79
Top Speed: 77
Acceleration: 77
Response: 81
Agility: 86
Dribble Accuracy: 86
Dribble Speed: 78
Short Pass Accuracy: 85
Short Pass Speed: 84
Long Pass Acc.: 84
Long Pass Speed: 83
Shot Accuracy: 86
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 84
Free Kick Accuracy: 78
Curling: 83
Header: 73
Jump: 74
Technique: 90
Aggression: 76
Mentality: 76
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 86

Injury Tolerance: C
Condition/Fitness: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot frequency: 6
Consistency: 5

[] Incisive Run


Europe's best footballer 1977, Allan Simonsen had always been a mercurial talent. A glorious club career abroad in Borussia Mönchengladbach and Barcelona (along with a highly dubious move to then second division-settlers, Charlton FC) had together with the individual honour also seen him win several merits with his clubs, including UEFA and Cup Winner's Cups. However, nine years after the cementation of his place as Europe's best, Simonsen wasn't the immaculate player he had used to be. An unlucky broken leg in the opening game of the EURO 1984 had seen him sidelined for a half year and as a player already on decline before the injury, he would from then on find it increasingly difficult to reach anything like the level he had used to show on the European pitches. However, despite having aged considerably, Simonsen was by 1986 still a footballer sometimes capable of managing marvellous and dazzling moves albeit with an eternity of space between them as compared to the past.

He had been a consistent and loyal member of the Danish national for years, even before Sepp Piontek's start in 1979 and as such went all the long journey from the eternal defeats of the 70's team to the 80's team with an unheard of killer instinct for a Danish side. At first he was the player which much of the play was built around, being the by far greatest player of the nation, but Simonsen was gradually marginalized as time began to take it's toll on him and others took over. He was meant to be the key player and provider of magic in 1984 but his forced break had seen him pushed out of the starting XI and by 1986 he was by and large only a reserve. Even a reserve who many meant was travelling to Mexico solely as a tribute from coach Sepp Piontek's who wanted to reward Simonsen's long and dedicated work to his team with an appearence at a World Cup. He was still though a very valued player among his team mates.

Despite his fall from the top, Allan Simonsen's one most significant contribution to the 'Dynamite era' was one of huge importance which shouldn't be underestimated. In 1983 it was Simonsen who scored the penalty against England on Wembley to give Denmark the 1-0 win required to qualify for the European Championship the year after. A tournament that would set the foundation for the team's magnificent display in Mexico two years after, even after poor Simonsen's leg break.

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Re: Allan SIMONSEN | 1976-1977 & 1985-1986

Postby Brezza » 2009 Sep 07, 05:27

Added 85/86 set + discussion:

brondbylove wrote:
coolactive wrote:Great post. I remember his glorious, techniqally mortal precise shot. :)
That is why I would raise ST for a few points !


And Shot Technique raised a bit.

It was so 'low' because the general base for this version of Allan Simonsen was that he still was a player of fantastic technical ability but also very much getting on. He had become very fragile and did not possess the same talisman skills as he had prior to 1986. I would say that it was that leg-break in 1984 which was the turning point. At 31 he had still been immense albeit slightly declining - but after the leg-break, he never really recovered football-wise. So my assumption was that his ST, the ability to shoot from difficult angles requiring a lot of physical strain, would be harder for him by 1986.
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Re: Allan SIMONSEN | 1976-1977 & 1985-1986

Postby cocopie » 2011 Sep 12, 21:18

great video.

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