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Often Imitated Never Duplicated

February 28th 2018 was the end date of a fantastic journey started September 11th 2011. Goldenboy Paolo Baggio has to retire because of injury in the golden league XI debut against FC Prague Slivers – A more than worthy last opponent for a player with a great career and a celebrity like status. 38 years and 21 seasons after the road to Scotland U20 started. HTU Awards, NT glory and Hattrick Masters; Baggio did it all and only his Masters match was not reached with his favourite club MS Odense.

Many great matches has been played by Goldenboy but the most memorable was played July 25th 2012 at Ecaterina Teodoroiu. The home team FC X-Team was the host of the Golden League match where Baggio scored his first goal of the total nine he reached. A classic moment in Golden League as well as Baggio career. The HTU Awards won and the battle of the top goalkeepers against Charles ‘Charlie Boy’ Colbourne is also unforgettable and part of both players, and a federation, legacy. Only the perfect ending with a Charlie Boy versus Goldenboy farewell match is missing. Who was the best? Charlie Boy might have won that competition but the headline fits Baggio, because there have been many great goalkeepers in Golden League through the years, but not as Baggio – Often Imitated Never Duplicated.

Paolo Baggio has entered MS Odense Hall Of Fame, but has also joined the MSO staff. The club is proud to be able to set such a strong lineup of legends behind coach Joakim Morgansson. We are delighted to present Šerif ‘Mr GL’ Bošnjak and Goldenboy Paolo Baggio as an assistant coach duo alongside Alfred Burch and Kenneth Ebbensgaard as medic and form coach.

So even though a big career end now, you have not heard the last of Goldenboy Paolo Baggio


Finally! Rahman Made It.

We finally made it. Rahman finally made it. A little more than a week ago MSO got a player representing Denmark on international level. A 28 seasons struggle ended with a wish came true when Ahmed Abd El Rahman getting his debut.

Last night the road to U20 world cup XXVII started with Ahmed Abd El Rahman playing the entire match against Hanguk U20. A match where the defending champions had to give their best to overcome a surprise lead for the visitors in the first minutes of the match. Denmark was the stronger side of the two and got a deserved 2:1 win in front 180000 spectators at Piggy Arena.

It is a milestone in MSO history and approval of things we wanted to change back in January 2016. Money spend bad, non-compatible squads, poor training programs to make unrealistic aims even more unreachable to reach had to be stopped. We wanted a healthy economy, less transfers and a mainly homegrown squad with a solid plan for training and development and accept that we will never be a strong team in Denmark but IV.series would be nice someday. Today the economy is very good. The promotion before this season was the first in 15 seasons. The all-time stats record was broken last season after almost standing for five years. The training plans are follow as planned and development of the team comes before individuals and short term success. Rahman’s way to U20 is the outcome of this strategy and it is the present and the future of MSO. In addition to the training program and development talks between the club and U20, Røjkjær transferred to MSO last season and another approval of our new strategy. Also it is both our way to say thanks for noticing our talent and to help Denmark to set the strongest squad possible. Unthinkable situation two years ago and another outcome of a strong strategy for MSO.

What is next?
This season is all about Rahman and Røjkjær representing Denmark. It is a milestone and a motivation to continue what we are doing. Flamskär, Klokmose, Schwaner, Coling and Hestehauge is the next pool of talents from the academy promoting this season. Not on the level as Rahman, but strong enough to make a wider, stronger and flexible squad of homegrown players to keep pushing the limit for how strong MSO can get, both with the homegrown players but also compared to our entire history. A reasonable aim for the future and more realistic than dreams, ideas and hopes from the past.


Six years with ‘The Next Big Thing’

September 14, 2011
9/11 – A day most will remember for the rest of our life. It was also a historic day for MS Odense. In a much more positive days though and it has become even more defining that i could ever imagine. MSO was searching for a big talent. One who could change the club forever. One with a good chance to play for U20 – the first MSO player to ever reach U20/NT.

‘The hoss’ hatchet men’ from Scotland, managed by, the current U20 manager at the time, the Hoss was selling an eye catching young goalkeeper talent. At age 17,16 the young goalkeeper transferred to Odense on the day most of us just refer to as 9/11 today. 800000$ was the price and Scotland U20 was the main aim for MSO and a very young Paolo Baggio. The hopes and dreams for Baggio was sky high and in no time he got the nickname ‘The Next Big Thing’.

The inspiration that made the transfer was mutual for both MSO and Baggio. The idea was to make Baggio as good as Truls Vorgaard – Vorgaard was one of the best, probably the best, U20 goalkeeper in the world back then. Huge ambitions for both Baggio and MSO. He couldn’t match Vorgaard but he made his own legacy by getting 28 matches for Scotland U20, 46 matches for NT and one match in HT Masters. He has been honoured with HTU- and MS Awards and have a lifelong ongoing feud with Rochdale United’s Charles ‘Charlie Boy’ Colbourne. Six years ago there was a little hope and some dreams, but it was never expected to be anything compared to this. The money earned and spend for his transfers in and out of MSO tells the story of a great goalkeeper too – Just take a look at the end of this post. Where historic top 20’s for MSO can be seen

‘The Next Big Thing’ Paolo ‘Goldenboy’ Baggio is still active and hopefully he will play a handful of seasons more – only injuries can stop him. three weeks from now Baggio will celebrate his 37th birthday, but is far from done. Today he played match number 201 for MSO and got clean sheet number 81. To mention his two goals scored against FC X-Team and Langer House back in 2012 will be to cruel…. well 😉

MSO is on their way to the best level in the 30 season long history. Baggio started it all six years ago and now he lead the talents to ever better times and greater moments. Even more important is the history in the making. the one i will look back at six years from know 😉

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