the Message was grim and unpleasant: You should stop playing football. The knee may not keep to it.
a 17-year-old, who loves football more than anything else, it must be the worst possible message to get.
Love overcame, however, the physics, and the teenager Tommy Troelsen from Vejle continued unabated with a elastikbind on, which helped a great deal.
And then he played out otherwise into the hearts of the thousands of danes, who in the 1950s really became aware of football.
He was together with his family traveled from Nykøbing Mors, since Tommy was seven years old, to Vejle. Here tilspillede he as a teenager in a fixed place on an otherwise fantastic 1. divisionshold.
And nubile Tommy was in '58, the youngest participant in a cup final, as he helped a roaring good Vejle-personnel who also spoke profiles that Knud Herbert Sørensen, Kai Johansen and Henning Enoksen, to victory over KB - by the way with two templates passes.
the Same year nibbled vejlenserne even the championship.
To date, he still holds the record as the youngest player in a cup final in Denmark.
Tommy Troelsen in the tv studio with Claus Borre, Frits Ahlstrøm and Poul Erik Hansen during one of the DR's transmissions from the WORLD cup in 1982 in Spain. Picture: Ole Henning/Ritzau Scanpix
the Talent was so large that even the national coach Arne Sørensen had to see more. Therefore, the young technician on the team, and was there when Denmark was to play the OLYMPICS in Rome in 1960. Only Harald Nielsen, up from Frederikshavn was younger, and, as it later has been told, was the unity in the squad one of the main reasons why Denmark reached the final.
Tommy played the last group match against Tunisia, the semi-final against Hungary and the final against Yugoslavia, when John Danielsen had been sick.
B. 10. July 1940 in Nykøbing Mors
Moved as a child with parents to Vejle
the Debut for Vejle Boldklub at the age of 17 in 1957
the Danish champion and pokalvinder with Vejle in 1958
DM-silver in 1965
Played 257 matches and scored 130 goals for Vejle
Debut on A national team in 1959
16 A matches and five goals for Denmark - scored hat trick against Norway in its penultimate group match in 1966.
OL-silver with Denmark in 1960
Trained as a schoolteacher in Liverpool
U21-national coach for Denmark 1975 to 1978 chair
Hired as an expert and presenter at Danmarks Radio, 1978-1999
Employed as a host at DK4 1999-2005Show more Close
He was a technician by the grace of god with an excellent overview and at the same time, a fair player, who never seemed to complain. Neither a judge, coach or players. It is not difficult to see parallels to Christian Eriksen. Or Michael Laudrup for that matter. Probably also because he's physically not had so much to offer. Neither the header or tackle was his cup of tea.
today, fills Tommy Troelsen 80 years.
He resides in jacksonville with his wife, Jonna after a long life of football. Plenty of football.
the Knee værkede and created himself throughout his career, and it has been described that he for many years ran around with the damage, before he was operated for it in 1968. It was supposedly then in Vejle coach Kaj Hansen, who in the autumn of 1957 had told stortalentet that it does not have to be the end, just because he had been injured. Later in the same year he gave Tommy the debut in 1. division.
He was after his career, there for the same reason was put on hold when Tommy was only 28 years old, a trained teacher and was also U21-trainer for budding stars such as Preben Elkjaer, Frank Arnesen and Søren Lerby in the last half of the 1970s.
photo Gallery 1 of 10 In action on the football field. Photo: Jørgen Sperling/Ritzau Scanpix 2 of 10 In the company of landsholdsmålmanden Knud Engedal. Photo: Mogens Berger/Ritzau Scanpix 3 of 10 Together with Claus Borre, Frits Ahlstrøm and Poul Erik Hansen during the WORLD cup in 1982. Photo: per Henning/Ritzau Scanpix 4 of 10 As the recipient of Ekstra Victor price in 1987. Here in company with the then cheftredaktør Sven Ove Gade. Photo: Mogens Berger/Ritzau Scanpix 5 of 10 In the company of Flemming Toft, Svend Nielsen and Svend Gehrs at Nielsen's farewell reception. Photo: Lars Poulsen 6 of 10 As part of the DR's WORLD cup team in 1998, along with Kent Nikolajsen, Natasja Crone, Jens Jørgen Brinch, John Sivebæk, Carsten Werge and Per Frimann. Photo: Tine Harden/Ritzau Scanpix 7 of 10 In the company of Georg Julin, Ida Bjorn Nielsen, Poul Erik Andersson and Alan Hjjorting, who all switched from DR to DK4 at the end of the 1990s. Photo: Lars Poulsen 8 of 10 In the company of Jim Star Hansen to KB-legend Klaus Busks farewell reception. Photo: Linda Johansen 9 of 10 In the company of his old friend and colleague in Vejle and in the national team, Henning Enoksen, in 2008. Photo: Finn Frandsen/Ritzau Scanpix 10 out of 10 By his old friend and teammate in Vejle Kai johansen's funeral in 2018. Photo: Anders Brohus/Ritzau Scanpix
But when the Radio asked, he took up the offer to be ekspertkommentator in cooperation with Svend Gehrs. First, he had been a guest during the WORLD cup in Argentina in 1978, but by 1980, it was a permanent employment. And it was a great success. For the first time ever, the danes were now a televised test match, where in addition to a reporter behind the microphone was also a so-called expert.
And Tommy was perfect for the role. His vast knowledge of everything in the world of football, formed the breeding ground for some empathetic and present observations - among other things in the fast-paced WORLD cup-qualification up to the final tournament in Mexico.
IN the WORLD cup-the year he was employed as a presenter and was in the subsequent 13 years, a known and loved brand is synonymous with Sportslørdag and Tipslørdag, where he, by his own understated humor and the smart remarks sneaked in under the skin of the as well as all the Danish tv-viewers.
In 1999, he was fired along with other bigwigs like Poul Erik Andersson and His Grønfeldt. But DK4 took his talents where he was host of the programs Sportsquiz and Tommy's Corner, before he stopped in 2005 to retire.
Five five years of time ago he chose and Jonna to move from Frederiksberg - home to Vejle in order to be near children and grandchildren.
It is them, today he celebrates his round birthday.
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