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Euro 2012 Spotlight - Denmark
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago

FIFA World Ranking

Tournament Odds

Key Players
Daniel Agger – DF – 45 Caps, 5 Goals
Christian Eriksen – MF - 22 Caps, 2 Goals
Nicklas Bendtner – ST – 47 Caps, 18 Goals

Team Rating

B: Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark

Notable Facts
  • Have qualified for last 2 major tournaments by winning their group ahead of Portugal.

  • Won Euro 1992 after Yugoslavia were disqualified & Denmark took their place.

  • Manager Morten Olsen has been in charge for 12 years.

Denmark’s Chances
Bacon, Carlsberg, Lars Ulrich and Peter Schmeichel, all Danish and all factually accurate so far!

Based on recent success it may be wise to end this article here, thus avoiding any further potential for half-truths and outright lies about how the Danish team are only ranked 10th in the world because Sepp Blatter is particularly fond of the Dane’s for becoming first European nation to abolish slavery thus releasing poor old Cristiano Ronaldo from his life time of torment.

Whatever the reasons it may come as a surprise to some that Denmark are ranked 10th in the world, and according to FIFA currently a better side than Italy, France, Ivory Coast and Sweden who are all below them.

This lofty standing has been derived from Denmark’s international performances over the last 4 years so it does not include the dramatic European Championships win in 1992 when the Danes, having originally failed to qualify for the final stage were thrust back in to the tournament after Yugoslavia were disqualified for being from Eastern Europe whilst not being Soviet state (!).

Denmark went on to shock the world when the afore mentioned Schmeichel, saved a penalty from Marco Van Basten in the Semi-Final shootout on the road to securing the title by beating Germany 2-0 in the final game and leaving the football world with the sort of shock on their faces that can only be brought about by a John Jensen goal or a first visit to an insane asylum.

The Danes faced their biggest recent disappointment when they failed to qualify for Euro 2008 by finishing 4th (behind Spain, Sweden and Northern Ireland) in their qualifying group, that failure almost cost Morten Olsen his job but the Danish Manager survived and responded by helping Denmark qualify for the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships on both occasions by finishing ahead of Portugal in their qualifying group, and in the case of Euro 2012 by beating the Portuguese 2-1 in their final qualifying match in order to secure the group, and now extending Olsen's tenure in charge to 12 years.

The Danes do have decent credentials, and a clutch of very handy players in their squad. Christian Eriksen who became Denmark’s youngest full international since Michael Laudrup when he made his debut in 2010 is still only 20 years old and having finished last season with 7 goals from his 20 Eredivisie matches he gets his first taste of the big international stage and could really mark his arrival on the world stage at Euro 2012.

The squad also includes Daniel Agger, Nicklas Bendtner, the ageless Dennis Rommedahl and a wealth of other players with experience at the top level such as Christian Poulsen and Lars Jacobsen so you would think that even though veteran Goalie Thomas Sørensen has been sidelined they might have an outside chance of getting past the group stage at the Euros for the first time since the goal difference triumph over Italy in 2004. In any other group you would be right, but not in Group B.

Denmark’s group includes Germany, Holland and Portugal all of whom are ranked in the top 5 teams in the world by FIFA. Despite the rock hard group don’t expect the Danes to be humiliated by anyone, their qualifying record suggests they have what it takes to punch with the big boys and beat them on occasion, so don’t be surprised if they do manage play a pivotal role in proceedings by snatching a point or more from one of their games but in this group they will need to repeat the feats of 1992 to even get through the group stage and whilst their squad is decent that may be a step beyond them.

“Araz Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 15%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Group Phase

“Matt Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 5%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Group Phase

Matt's Possibly True Trivia

  • Hans Christian Andersen played as winger and a striker for the national side and is most notable for being the only player to kill a duck on the field of play whilst attempting a bicycle kick

  • Danish people smell slightly of torn paper this is one of the few ways to tell them apart from other Nordic peoples (other ways include a different language and culture)

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Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
Whoa, guys, please do you research a bit better. Yugoslavia was disqualified for being from Eastern Europe? What?
It was disqualified because of war (sanctions). Calling Czech Republic an ex-Soviet state was tolerable, but this is a bit much.
Despite the criticism, I do enjoy these a lot, keep 'em coming
Araz (Queens Park Rangers) 4 years ago
I may be badly mistaken but this would appear to be one of those things one might call a joke! I believe it might be the author mocking his own shambolic previous mistake, I'm no sherlock but that "(!)" may be a cunning clue?
Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
I noticed that as well but I thought (!) only refers to the part about Yugoslavia being from outside the Soviet Union, and not the reasons for disqualification from the Euro. However, after re-reading the whole segment, I do see how the joke was intended to include the part about Yugoslavia's disqualification
Rezatnt (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Denmark ! Sad face !

They have the worst draw of any of the 16 teams in the competition !
Come on ! Germany, Netherlands, Portugal !

Next time !
Hertzen (FC København) 4 years ago
In your face, Denmark alé alé alé!  

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