Denmark National Football Team
Few teams outshine their country’s small size like Denmark does. With a population smaller than London, Denmark has proven itself an indispensable part of the global game.
International trophies have come from victories against globally revered opponents. It could be argued that no country has been as deceptively successful in football as Denmark.
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Tuesday November 22 – Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 2pm).
Friday November 25 – France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 5pm).
Wednesday November 30 – Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 4pm).
Denmark National Football’s Unparalleled Start
The Denmark National Football team has been winning trophies in football for over a century. You may not think of them as one of the historic football nations, but their national football Association (the DBU) was set up as far back as 1889.
It didn’t take long for them to start getting results either, with the team taking home Olympic gold at the 1906 Olympics. Denmark’s football association didn’t mark those matches as official, but there’s no doubt that the country’s supporters hold onto the story now.
Making Things Official
The authorities quickly caught on to the fact that it would be worth taking things seriously, and in 1908 the Danish team played their first official match against France B. The 9-0 result would sound impressive if Denmark hadn’t gone on to beat France A 17-1 just three days later. Clearly, the Danes had a knack for the game.
In 1912 the team put in another great Olympic performance, but they were resigned to taking home the silver medal after losing 4-2 to Great Britain in the final.
Although the national team had been doing well, the domestic game was still some way from liftoff. However, in 1921 Carl Hansen became the first Danish footballer to play professionally after signing for Glasgow Rangers.
In the build-up to the 1960 Olympics, much of the Denmark National Football team tragically died in a plane crash. Despite the loss of eight people, the team still reached the final, where they lost 3-1 to Yugoslavia.
Allan Simonsen became the country’s first player to win Europe’s Player Of The Year award in 1977 after transferring to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Making a Major Tournament Mark
In the 1980s, Denmark started doing exceptionally well, first in the Euros and then in the World Cup. A small blip arrived in 1990 when the team failed to qualify for the World Cup in Italy, but that was more than made up for in 1992. Initially, Denmark didn’t qualify for the Euros, but they were given a place after Yugoslavia was forced to pull out. Against all odds, the team fought their way to the final and then defeated Germany to take home the country’s first major trophy.
The performance at the World Cup in 1998 was also impressive as the side reached the quarter-finals.
Since then, the team has become a regular fixture in the European Championships and World Cup finals. While not currently as high as the 3rd place ranking they achieved in 1997, the 10th position they currently hold in the FIFA world rankings suggests that they go into the 2022 Qatar World Cup as genuine contenders. European stars like Simon Kjær and Christian Eriksen give the team a good chance of taking home the trophy.
Denmark National Football Team Trivia
- Denmark National Football’s top scorer record is shared between two players, Poul “Tist” Nielsen and Jon Dahl Tomasson. The pair played decades apart, but both hung up their boots after finding the back of the net 52 times for their country.
- There are few stadiums as fancy as Denmark’s Parken Stadium. As well as a capacity of 50,000 people, there is also a three-star Michelin restaurant within named Geranium.