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Karl Aage Præst

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Date of birthFebruary 26, 1922(age 94)
Place of birthCopenhagen, Denmark
Playing positionForward

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Karl Aage Præst, also spelled Carl Aage Præst, (born February 26, 1922 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish former football player. Playing in the left winger position, Præst won two Serie A championships with Italian club Juventus FC. He played 24 games and scored 17 goals for the Danish national team from 1945 to 1949, and won a bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He is an Danish Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Born in Copenhagen, Præst started his career with Østerbros Boldklub (ØB). At ØB, he played alongside Helge Broneé. Præst was acknowledged as a world-class talent, with great balance and dribbling, and a great end-product of either precise crossing or a good shot on goal.

Præst made his debut for the Denmark national football team in June 1945. He was a part of the Danish team at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where Præst played four games and scored two goals as Denmark won a bronze medal. After the Olympics, Præst signed a professional contract with Italian club Juventus FC, and was thus banned from the amateur-only Danish national team.

With Juventus, Præst won the 1949-50 and 1951-52 Serie A championships. Though considered fast in Denmark, Præst was not as fast as most Italian defenders, but succeeded through his dribbling skills. Præst played alongside Danes John Hansen and Karl Aage Hansen at Juventus, and his dribbling and crossing ability was a key in making John Hansen top goal-scorer of the 1951-52 season. Præst played 239 games and scored 51 goals for Juventus FC in the Serie A championship from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, Præst moved on to league rivals SS Lazio. He played seven games for the club, before ending his career in 1957.

In November 2008, Præst was voted into the Danish Football Hall of Fame, for his achievements with Juventus FC and the Danish national team.

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