Frank ARNESEN | 1985-1986

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Frank ARNESEN | 1985-1986

Postby brondbylove » 2009 May 01, 22:28



Club: PSV Eindhoven
Position: SMF*, CMF, AMF
Nationality: Danish _den
Age: 29

Foot: R
Side: R

Length: 181
Weight: 72

Attack: 81
Defence: 64
Balance: 76
Stamina: 79
Top Speed: 86
Acceleration: 87
Response: 86
Agility: 83
Dribble Accuracy: 86
Dribble Speed: 87
Short Pass Accuracy: 84
Short Pass Speed: 85
Long Pass Acc.: 84
Long Pass Speed: 85
Shot Accuracy: 80
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 77
Free Kick Accuracy: 78
Curling: 79
Header: 76
Jump: 78
Technique: 84
Aggression: 85
Mentality: 80
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: C
Condition/Fitness: 4
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot frequency: 6
Consistency: 6

[] Speed Merchant
[] Trickster

Frank Arnesen was an intimidating player to be put out against. An incontrollable midfielder sourrounded by an astonishing enigma of pace and aggression, he made defenders suffer at the mercy of his feet.

Sadly he endured a career marred by a injury problems. Specifically his right knee caused him a whole world of trouble and it is very likely that we would have seen way more of this player on the world's greatest pitches if not for the many, many injuries he received through an otherwise impressive career which saw him start out with local club Fremad Amager where he formed a formidable partnership with Søren Lerby. Both players moved on to Ajax Amsterdam before Valencia CF in 1981 snapped up Frank. He was often injured and only appeared briefly in his two seasons in Spain but still made a considerable mark with 10 goals in 32 league apparences before visionary Anderlecht scooped him up in 1983. He spent two years in Anderlecht's great team of the eighties also featuring fellow Danes Morten Olsen, Per Frimann and Henrik Andersen before he in 1985 returned to Holland and PSV Eindhoven. As a pattern throughout his whole career, Arnesen would be indomitable once fit enough to play but enjoyed such luxury all too seldomly.

Arnesen had up to Mexico '86 been out with injuries as usual but came lucky as Per Frimann had to pull out of what seemed like a certain starting position in the first XI with a serious ankle injury sustained in a training game. Frank grabbed his chance in what would be the finest hour of his career. After a stale performance against Scotland he showed his worth tenfold in the 6-1-trashing of Uruguay, time and time against tearing apart the Uruguayan defense with his pace. In the final group game against West Germany, he once again played terrific but sadly received a red card by the end of the game after having retaliated against the tackling Lothar Matthäus. This has often been pointed out as one of the key elements in the subsequent downfall as Denmark, firm favourites to win the title after comfortably topping the Group of Death, crashed out with 5-1-defeat to Spain, lacking the prowess of Arnesen's ignited runs and ability to control the pace of the game.

Following the World Cup, Arnesen continued playing until 1988 where he retired as the injuries proved too much of a toll on him. He was a part of the PSV Eindhoven squad which won the European Cup that year but as almost always, Arnesen was unable to play in the final. Following his playing career, he became a respected talent scout discovering the likes of Ronaldo and Romario while working for PSV. He is now infamously sporting director of Chelsea FC and possibly the man standing closest to Roman Abramovich.

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Re: Frank ARNESEN | 1985-1986

Postby electric_trigger » 2009 May 05, 17:23

Thanks mate :D

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