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A managerial career that has taken turns in Denmark, Russia and Spain now seems to be gathering real pace at Premier League side Swansea.
Part of Barcelona's "Dream Team" Michael Laudrup, 48, made the controversial decision to leave for Real Madrid in 1994 after falling out with La Blaugrana manager Johan Cruyff.
In his first season at the Bernabeu he was part of a Los Blancos side which won the title and, despite spending just two years with the club, a Marca survey revealed him as Madrid's 12th best player ever as voted for by the fans.
His first coaching role was as assistant for the Denmark national team, this was followed by four years at Brondby where he won the league once and the cup twice.
He then spent just over a year in Madrid managing Getafe where he beat Barcelona and Real Madrid, led his side to the UEFA Cup quarterfinal and the Copa del Rey final all while playing attacking, expansive football.
A spell at Spartak Moscow was largely unsuccessful, and he returned to La Liga with Mallorca.
A bright start didn't continue on the island, though, as his squad was dissipated at boardroom level and, after the sacking of his assistant Erik Larssen, the Dane felt it was time to leave.
His reputation has been restored at Swansea, and if he continues in the same manner his name will be one linked not just with top jobs in England but with many across Europe.