Martin Laursen on his career from Verona to Villa – The Broken Metatarsal

Martin Laursen is best remembered on these shores for his time at Aston Villa – but the former Denmark defender also recalled some fantastic tales from his time in Italy in the first episode of series three of The Broken Metatarsal podcast.

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Seven months after series two was brought to an abrupt end by you know what, we’re back with a different format as Laursen joins Rich Williams and Mark Holmes for our first 45-minute player special.

The Villa cult hero talked us through his career from moving to Italy with Verona as a youngster to being half-owned by Parma, somehow engineering a move to AC Milan, the nightmare of life under David O’Leary and then finally the wonderful times he experienced under Martin O’Neill and the incredible bond he formed with Aston Villa fans.

Episode Highlights

Hello to Martin Laursen – 5m 25s
The King of Headers – 5m 41s
Obligatory and Unprofessional Leeds & Stoke mentions – 7m 49s
The Premier League in the 2000s – 10m 1s
Moving from Denmark to Italy – 10m 58s
The start of the injuries and settling in – 12m 30s
How dual ownership works – 15m 40s
Amazing story of signing for AC Milan – 17m 47s
Poor relationship with O’Leary – 20m 18s
Milan to Birmingham – 23m 00s
Relationship with Villa fans – 25m 45s
The Serie A relegation play-off – 27m 04s
The AC Milan squad – 29m 44s
Carlo Ancelotti – 31m 31s
The 5yr contract offer from AC Milan – 33m 16s
Great relationship with Martin O’Neill – 34m
The Villa squad – 36m 54s
A word on Milner – 38m 55s
Enduring career memories – 40m 10s

You can listen to the episode directly below or find us on Apple PodcastsSpotifyAcastCastBoxGoogle PodcastsDeezer and RadioPublic among other providers, where you can hear plenty more episodes in which we celebrate the best of noughties football.

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