Denmark football great Carl Aage Praest dies

Updated: 23 November 2011 15:53 IST

Carl Aage Praest, a former Juventus striker who also won an Olympic bronze medal with Denmark at the 1948 London Games, has died. He was 89.

Denmark football great Carl Aage Praest dies
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Copenhagen:

Carl Aage Praest, a former Juventus striker who also won an Olympic bronze medal with Denmark at the 1948 London Games, has died. He was 89.

A death notice published in Wednesday's Politiken newspaper said Praest died on Saturday.

Praest scored 17 times in 24 games for Denmark. A year after the Olympics, he signed a professional contract with Juventus, and was thus banned from Denmark's amateur-only side.

Praest left Juventus in 1956 after 232 games. He switched to Italian rival Lazio for one season before returning to Denmark, where he worked as a brewery employee.

In 2008, Praest was elected to Danish football's Hall of Fame, joining Denmark greats Michael and Brian Laudrup, Allan Simonsen and Harald Nielsen, among others.

Topics : Football Denmark Juventus Stadium Juventus AC Milan Catania Chelsea Lazio Napoli Genoa Atalanta Fiorentina Chievo
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