Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #15 Mikkel Beck
Name: Mikkel Beck
In his 1990s prime for: Middlesbrough, Derby County
Lowdown: A striker who was unfortunately known for not being very good in English football, Beck moved to Middlesbrough from Fortuna Koln after Euro 96, a tournament in which he had played two games for Denmark.
Joining ‘Boro in 1996, the club were relegated from the Premier League, although reached the FA Cup final. The Danish striker made the decision to stay with the club, and his goals helped ‘Boro gain promotion at the first attempt. He stayed with the club for a further season before moving to Derby for £500,000.
It was here where is career took the downward spiral, gaining a reputation for being laughably poor at Pride Park, and was soon allowed to move on loan to rivals Nottingham Forest, where he only scored one goal. He was then shipped temporarily to QPR and then back to Denmark until the end of the season.
Impressively Beck played in Euro 2000 for his country (how poor were their other strikers?), and earned a move to Lille. His last brush with English football was a trial at Crystal Palace in 2004.
Now: After making money out of the game for fifteen years, Beck has decided to do the same after retiring by becoming an agent. Beck runs a company called International Sport Management and Representation Limited. Based in London, the company represents Simon Kjaer and Michel Bastos amongst other less stellar lights.