Where are They Now: Marc Rieper

Marc Rieper was a solid defender and one of Harry Redknapp’s first forays into the foreign transfer market. He playedn 93 games for us, scoring five goals between 1994 and 1997, when he departed for Celtic. His partnership with Slaven Bilic was one of the best central defensive partnership’s in recent memory. Any idea what has happened to him since and what he’s doing now?

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21 Responses to Where are They Now: Marc Rieper

  1. Just look at Wikipedia says:

    Marc Jensen Rieper (born June 5, 1968) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player, who most notably played as a central defender for English club West Ham United F.C. and Celtic F.C. from Scotland. He played 61 matches and scored two goals for the Denmark national football team, first as the defensive partner of Lars Olsen and most prominently as part of a defending duo with Jes Høgh in the Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He is the older brother of footballer Mads Rieper.

    Born in Rødovre, Rieper started his career at Danish club AGF Aarhus in 1988. While at AGF, he debuted for the Danish national team in the 1-0 friendly match win against Sweden on September 5, 1990. He played a further three national team matches before moving on to Danish Superliga rivals Brøndby IF in 1992. While at Brøndby, he secured a place in the national team starting line-up, as he played 38 matches in a row from October 1992 to August 1996.

    Rieper won the 1994 Danish Cup trophy with Brøndby, before he moved abroad in December that year to play for West Ham United F.C. in England. While at West Ham, he was selected for the Danish national team which won the the 1995 King Fahd Cup, with Rieper playing full time in all three matches. He also played full time in Denmark’s three matches at the Euro 1996 tournament. In 1997, he went to Scotland to play for Celtic F.C., with whom he won the 1998 Scottish Premier League championship. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Rieper played full time for the Danish national team, and scored a goal against Saudi Arabia. Denmark’s World Cup campaign ended in a quarter-final defeat to later runners-up Brazil. Following one year at Celtic, Rieper suffered a foot injury which ended his career in late 1998.

    Following his retirement he spent some time in 2001 as an assistant coach at childhood club AGF Aarhus. Through his connections to Celtic, he brought over many reserve team players to AGF Aarhus, including later Republic of Ireland international player Liam Miller. As head coach John Stampe was fired in 2002, Rieper resigned from the club as well. He now owns and runs a hotel in the town of Aarhus.

  2. HammerRon says:

    Following his retirement he spent some time in 2001 as an assistant coach at childhood club AGF Aarhus. Through his connections to Celtic, he brought over many reserve team players to AGF Aarhus, including later Republic of Ireland international player Liam Miller. As head coach John Stampe was fired in 2002, Rieper resigned from the club as well. He now owns and runs a hotel in the town of Aarhus.

  3. robbie says:

    He now owns and runs a hotel in the town of Aarhus.

  4. Gary - North Wales says:

    According to Wikipedia, Marc currently owns and runs a hotel in Aarhus.

  5. Bobby says:

    You can read about Marc’s hotel at http://www.hotelphilip.dk/

  6. nr2iron says:

    I am not sure but………..i think he owns and runs a hotel in Aarhus.SWT.

  7. DevoDevo says:

    Aarhus.

  8. Neil Patchett says:

    I would be interested know what Ian Bishop is up to these days,in my view he was a very very talented and skillfull player and as frustrating as he was on his all to many off days he was always a firm favourite of mine.

  9. Russell says:

    He may be workin in Marc’s hotel..because he owns a hotel in Aarhus

  10. john pope says:

    re where are they.
    danny williamson.
    ade coker.
    george cowie.
    any info on these players please.

  11. Roshi says:

    I think this is a good subject. I would like to know whatever happened to Bobby Ferguson.
    He was transferred to the Hammers from I think Kilmarnock for a then record price for a goalkeeper of £65000.00 in 1967. ( somehow those schoolboy facts just stick)
    After a shaky start he quickly became a stalwart of that great team (Moore, Hurst , Peters etc)
    He gave one of the best goalkeeping displays I have ever seen, as we battled to I believe a 0/0 draw against Arsenal at Highbury, the Daily Express had a whole series of photo’s showing his saves in the Monday edition.

  12. Dave King says:

    I had a lot of time Rieper and was disappointed when he went. I’ll never forget one game where he lost a contact lens. Anyone remember who it was against?

  13. Petur Christiansen says:

    Marc Rieper runs Hotels and two great restaurants along with his wife in center of Aarhus.
    I´ve met them there.
    He is still involved in football in his hometown and is doing some coaching with kids every now and then. They actually have a great youth team I´m told.
    I think it would be a good idea for our academy to be in touch with him.
    The Danes always produce some great talents.

  14. Mattyhammers says:

    Was it Lens? lol

  15. Keith R says:

    I guess the answer is Wikipedia…

  16. NunheadHammer says:

    In response to john Pope’s question about George Cowie – I just heard from a friend in Papua New Guinea that he is coaching the under-23 team there.

  17. Frenchie says:

    After some digging around I’ve found out he runs a hotel in Aarhus …. I’ll update Wipedia with this info.

  18. Frenchie says:

    WIpedia is a smaill scottish version of wikipedia.

  19. Jason says:

    I wonder what a smaill is? Is it a very small snail?

  20. vdm says:

    My mate met George Cowie 3 weeks ago in Australia where he is coaching

  21. Lakers says:

    As many in here write he owns a restaurant and a café in Aarhus, but he recently sold his business because he has other plans. I worked close with Marc and he is a funny boss always up for some fun.

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