Michael Laudrup (born June 15, 1964) is a Danish football player and coach.
Michael Laudrup started his career in Danish clubs Københavns Boldklub (KB) and Brøndby IF before being sold to Juventus in Italy. He might be best known for his time in the Spanish club FC Barcelona.
Michael Laudrup also played in the Dutch team Ajax Amsterdam before leaving the field to become a coach. First he was assistant coach for the Danish national team and then was appointed head coach with Brøndby IF in the Danish national league.
Michael Laudrup then managed Getafe in the Spanish League, Spartak Moscow in the Russian League and Mallorca once again in Spain.
On 15th June 2012 it was announced that Michael Laudrup had been appointed Swansea City’s manager in the Premier League. He replaced Brendan Rodgers, who had taken-over at Liverpool and in the process became the first Danish manager of a Premier League club.
He has a younger brother, Brian Laudrup, who is also a professional football player, who was on the winning Danish national team in the European Football Championship in 1992. Michael Laudrup did not participate in that championship due to differences with the national coach Richard Møller Nielsen.
In 2004, both Laudrup brothers were named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers chosen by Pelé as part of the celebration of FIFA’s 100th anniversary.