Erik Rasmussen (footballer)
Erik Sandvad Rasmussen (born 24 December 1960), nicknamed "The Wizard" and "TryllErik", is a former Danish football player and manager. He played two games for the Denmark national football team. In March 2014 it was announced that he would be a 2014 inductee into the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.
|Full name||Erik Sandvad Rasmussen|
|Date of birth||24 December 1960|
|Place of birth||Brøndby, Denmark|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1984–1989||Wichita Wings (indoor)||217||(246)|
|1998–1999||Wichita Wings (indoor)||56||(112)|
|1998–1999||Baltimore Blast (indoor)||37||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his active career, he was a forward for Danish clubs Køge, Herfølge, Frem and Brøndby. In 1984, Rasmussen moved to the United States and signed with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He played five seasons for the Wings. In 1988, he was the league's points leader and was named the MISL MVP. In September 1989, but returned to Denmark and signed with Brøndby in order to make himself available to play for the national team. In January 1998, he returned to the Wichita Wings who were now playing in the National Professional Soccer League. He played for the Wings through the 1998–1999 season. In June 1999, he then moved to the Baltimore Blast.
After retiring, he managed a number of Danish lower league clubs. In January 2004, he replaced Troels Bech as manager of Midtjylland in the top-flight Danish Superliga. In Midtjylland he led the team to a silver medal in the 2006–07 Danish Superliga. On 6 March 2008, he published he would leave Midtjylland at the end of the season for personal reasons. He took some time off going back to USA and with no active participation in football, except from being a pundit on Danish TV on some occasions. On 1 January 2009 he started as head coach for AGF. After a good start of the 2009/2010-season, AGF had a terrible spring that ended up in relegation to the Danish 1st Division. Four days after the season had ended Rasmussen was sacked.
In February 2017 he became new manager of Vendsyssel FF following a takeover of the club. He led the club to 2nd place in his first season, but failed to get the club promoted via play-off. He resigned on 8 May 2018.
- Number of matches and goals for Køge is for 1977–1979, 1982–1984 and 1992–1997 altogether.
- The Year in American Soccer – 1988
- RASMUSSEN LEAVES WINGS FOR TEAM IN HIS HOMELAND Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Tuesday, September 12, 1989
- ERIK RASMUSSEN : 'I'M HERE, AND I'M READY TO GO'. FORMER WINGS STAR WILL RETURN TO THE WICHITA LINEUP FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1989. Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Friday, January 2, 1998
- NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1997–1998 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1998–1999 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- RASMUSSEN SIGNS WITH BALTIMORE DANISH STAR DECIDES HE WANTS A NEW CHALLENGE AFTER SEVEN SEASONS IN WICHITA. Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Thursday, June 10, 1999
- NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1999–2000
- Erik Rasmussen ny træner i FC Midtjylland
- Erik Rasmussen fyret
- Erik Rasmussen ny træner i Greve
- Erik Rasmussen ny træner i Vendsyssel FF
- "Erik R. stopper i Vendsyssel - Askou overtager" (in Danish). bold.dk. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2018-05-08.