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Denmark national football team

The Denmark national football team (Danish: Danmarks fodboldlandshold) represents Denmark in association football and is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU), the governing body for the football clubs which are organized under DBU. Denmark's home ground is Parken Stadium in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen, and their head coach is Åge Hareide.

Denmark
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Danish Dynamites
The Tin Soldiers
Association Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Åge Hareide
Captain Simon Kjær
Most caps Peter Schmeichel (129)
Top scorer Poul Nielsen (52)
Jon Dahl Tomasson (52)
Home stadium Parken Stadium
FIFA code DEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 10 Decrease 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 3 (May 1997, August 1997)
Lowest 51 (April 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 12 Increase 4 (9 July 2018)
Highest 1 (June to October 1916)
Lowest 65 (May 1967)
First international
 Denmark 9–0 France 
(London, England; 19 October 1908)
Biggest win
 Denmark 17–1 France 
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Denmark 
(Breslau, Germany; 16 May 1937)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1986)
Best result Quarter Finals (1998)
European Championship
Appearances 8 (first in 1964)
Best result Champions (1992)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1995)
Best result Champions (1995)

Denmark were the winners of the Football at the 1906 Intercalated Games and silver medalists at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. However, as amateurs who prohibited their internationals from becoming professionals at foreign clubs, Denmark did not qualify for the World Cup until 1986, although they won another Olympic silver in 1960.

Since 1983, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with the triumph in the 1992 European Championship in Sweden as its most prominent victory, defeating defending champions the Netherlands in the semi-final and Germany in the final. They also won the 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup, defeating Argentina in the final. Their best FIFA World Cup result was achieved in 1998, where they narrowly lost 3–2 in a quarter-final against Brazil. Denmark also made the second round in 1986, 2002 and 2018.

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TeamsEdit

Apart from the men's senior A-level team, Denmark competes with a women's national team, and has teams at various youth levels for both men and women, most prominently the under-21 national team. Historically, the A-level team competed in the Olympics until and including the 1988 tournament, whereafter Olympic games count as under-21 national games. In addition to the A-level team and youth teams, Denmark also has a special league national team named Ligalandsholdet, with the best Danish footballers from the Nordic leagues. Ligalandsholdet was created in January 1983, and has played unofficial games for the national team during the winter break of the Nordic leagues every year since, save for 2005 and 2011. Sometimes the media also refer to Ligalandsholdet as Denmark's B-team, as the best Danish footballers selected for the A-team often play in leagues outside of the Nordic countries. As such, the national team coach has on several occasions outlined the purpose of having unofficial matches played by Ligalandsholdet as an opportunity of testing new potential upcoming Danish players for the A-team.

HistoryEdit

Amateur yearsEdit

 
The Danish team that won their first Silver Medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
 
Danish team, winning the Silver medals at the 1912 Olympics.

The first three editions of the Olympic football event in 1900–1906 had an unofficial status, as the event was not yet open for national football teams to compete, and only had limited participation of three or four club teams from a few nations. Denmark had no club team invited in the 1900 Olympics and the 1904 Olympics, but then received a special invitation for the 1906 Olympics, to compete against one Greek club team (Athens) and two club teams from the Ottoman Empire (Smyrna and Thessaloniki). The team to represent Denmark was compiled of players from the Copenhagen Football Association (KBU), and they won the event, and thereby an unofficial gold medal. Two years later, in the first official football tournament at the 1908 Olympics, Denmark won a silver medal. At the next Olympics, in 1912, the team again won a silver medal, which was followed by a golden era from July 1912 until August 1920, with Denmark ranked most of the time as number one in the world by the Elo ranking.

Although Denmark figured fairly prominently in the pre-FIFA World Cup era, international success would elude them for years from the first World Cup in 1930 and forward. Despite the country's ability to produce outstanding football talents, the Danish Football Association (DBU) only had the ambition (or economy) to send the national team to play friendly matches and in the regional tournament, the Nordic Championship, from October 1920 until June 1948. When DBU opted to set their sights higher, they allowed the national team to start contesting the Olympics again, promptly resulting in a bronze medal at the 1948 Olympics. After, the team only reached the quarter-final at the 1952 Olympics, with the DBU choosing not to contest the next 1956 Olympics. As football remained an amateur past-time, most of the best Danish footballers moved abroad to make a living,[1] and due to DBU enforcing the rule to bar all professionals from the national team, it started to become difficult to assemble a highly competitive team.

Denmark experienced their next revival at the 1960 Olympics with a third set of Olympic silver medals. This was followed by another notable performance at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, where Denmark impressively finished in fourth place. However, this finish was considered by many as being more the result of a comparatively easy draw rather than a result of a well-playing team. In order for Denmark to qualify for the semi-final, they only had to defeat Malta, Albania and Luxembourg. In the semi-final, Denmark fell 0–3 to the Soviet Union, then lost the bronze match to Hungary.

The strict rule of only allowing amateurism at the national team was finally abolished by the DBU in May 1971, as they had acknowledged this change was needed in order to build a highly competitive team. In February 1978, when the DBU also decided to allow professional football to be introduced in the Danish leagues, the way was at the same time paved for the national team to sign its first sponsorship with the well-known Danish brewery Carlsberg. The new sponsorship enabled the DBU to hire the German Sepp Piontek in July 1979 as the first full-time professional coach of the national team. The full transition of the national team from amateurism to professionalism had now been accomplished, and indeed, this would soon lead to a vast improvement in the performances of the team.[1]

According to Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen, authors of a 2009 book on the "Danish Dynamite" team that would soon emerge:

Danish Dynamite (1980–1990)Edit

In 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification, Denmark finished with eight points from eight matches, including a 3–1 win against eventual World Cup champions Italy, but Denmark failed to qualify for the final tournament despite the impressive result. Qualification for UEFA Euro 1984 saw Denmark defeat England at Wembley Stadium when Allan Simonsen converted a penalty kick for a 1–0 win. Denmark qualified for their first international tournament since 1964, and the team was dubbed "Danish Dynamite" in a competition for the official Danish Euro 1984 song.[1] Denmark's participation ended in the semi-final when the team lost on penalties to Spain, most remembered for Preben Elkjær's penalty miss, his shorts torn apart. Following the strong performance at the finals, the name of "Danish Dynamite" became a mainstay for the following decade of Danish national team under head coach Sepp Piontek.[3]

Denmark made their first World Cup appearance in the 1986 World Cup, and with the attacking duo of Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjær, the team surprised the world, sweeping the group, including a 6–1 thrashing of Uruguay. In the second round, Denmark once again faced Spain and once more lost, receiving a trashing of their own, losing 5–1, including four goals by Emilio Butragueño. The first Spanish goal was caused by a miss-timed backpass by Jesper Olsen to Butragueño, an unfortunate action subsequently coined as "a real Jesper Olsen" ("en rigtig Jesper Olsen"). The phrase would live on for 13 years, and was repeated by the Danish TV commentators in 1999, when an identical backpass was carried out by Jesper Grønkjær to Filippo Inzaghi in Grønkjær's debut for the national team.[4]

After the glory days of 1986, the success of the team continued, as it first qualified for Euro 1988, and then had a nearby qualification for the 1988 Olympics. In the qualification group for the Olympics, the job to coach Denmark in these particular games, had for the first time been given to Richard Møller Nielsen, and he proved his skills, as Denmark initially secured a spot for the final tournament – ahead of West Germany. But following the discovery that Dane Per Frimann was not eligible for the team's 2–0 win over Poland, Denmark was penalised the points of the win, and subsequently did not have enough points to qualify. After this disappointing news had arrived, Denmark had to pin all its hope and faith for a successful performance at Euro 1988. However, the opposite happened, as Denmark's participation ended in early defeat after Denmark lost all the group games to Spain, West Germany and Italy. A period of transition with faltering results had now started, and as Denmark subsequently also failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup, Sepp Piontek resigned as head coach of the national team in April 1990, where he was replaced by his assistant, Richard Møller Nielsen.

1992 European Championship victoryEdit

The first goal for the newly appointed Nielsen was to qualify for the Euro 1992 in Sweden. Denmark began with a secure home victory against the Faroe Islands, but the following results in the qualification were an away draw against Northern Ireland and a 2–0 home loss against Yugoslavia. Due to the poor start, as well as a strong disagreement with the coach about the new defensive team tactics, the two best Danish footballers at the time, Michael Laudrup and Brian Laudrup, opted to quit the national team in November 1990. When Nielsen subsequently decided to dismiss quality players such as Jan Mølby and Jan Heintze from the squad, due to disciplinary problems, several newspapers began demanding that Nielsen step down as head coach, as the team was clearly falling apart under his influence. Despite this strong criticism, Denmark won the rest of their five matches in the qualification group, including a 2–1 away win against Yugoslavia. However, this strong comeback was not enough to qualify, as the team still had to settle with a second place in the group, behind Yugoslavia.

What initially appeared to be a failed qualification would soon turn out to become Denmark's finest hour in the international competitions. Due to international sanctions resulting from the Yugoslav wars, UEFA announced on 31 May 1992 – only ten days prior to the competition – that Yugoslavia was to be excluded from the competition and their place given to Denmark, who finished as the second-placed team in its qualifying group.[5]

Contrary to popular belief,[1] the team did not enter the tournament completely unprepared, after having rallied home from seaside vacations. The majority of players were already assembled to play a friendly match against the CIS when Denmark officially received Yugoslavia's spot.[6] Relying heavily on goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and his defence, as well as creative spark Brian Laudrup – having decided to make a comeback for the national team in April 1992 – the Danish team created one of the biggest surprises in the event's history, as they went on to win the European Championship trophy under head coach Nielsen's defensive playing style. Advancing from the group stage ahead of England and France, Denmark defeated the Netherlands – the defending Euro 1988 champions – on penalties in the semi-final. Then, in the final, Denmark won 2–0 win against reigning World Cup champions Germany, ensuring Denmark won its first international trophy.

Decline and Revival (1993–2000)Edit

In August 1993, one year after the Euro 1992 win, Michael Laudrup decided to settle his ongoing dispute with Richard Møller Nielsen about the team tactics and made a comeback to the national team. However, the following years Denmark saw mixed results, as they first failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, but then won the 1995 Confederations Cup, beating Copa América champions Argentina 2–0 in the final. As defending champions at Euro 1996, Denmark was not able to continue its previous success, but disappointed with a lacklustre performance after an early elimination in the group stage. Results-wise, the tournament was not a complete disaster, as the team had achieved a respectable win against Turkey, a draw against Portugal and only a defeat to Croatia. The reason why both the coach and team faced strong criticism after the tournament was mainly because of the defensive and "boring" playing style. As controversy had previously had occurred in fall 1995 over the DBU's decision to extend Richard Møller Nielsen's contract as head coach, there was a strained relationship to the press already ahead of Euro 1996. Facing a new wave of criticism, Nielsen reached a mutual agreement with the DBU to terminate his contract by the end of June 1996.

Nielsen's replacement was the sympathetic Swede, Bo "Bosse" Johansson, who gave the team a more offensive strategy, and the 1998 World Cup saw the revival of the Danish team, starring both Laudrup brothers in their last international campaign. After defeating Saudi Arabia 1–0, drawing with South Africa and losing 2–1 to eventual champions France in mediocre matches, the Danish team qualified to the knockout stages as second in the group. In the next match, however, Denmark played some of the best football of the entire tournament, beating Nigeria 4–1 in a fantastic game. In the quarter-final against Brazil, the Danes went out with a beautiful 2–3 defeat to the later silver medalists in a very close and emotional game.

Johansson's next challenge was to qualify Denmark for Euro 2000, for the first time without the Laudrup brothers. When this goal was achieved by Johansson, he received significant praise. However, at the tournament proper, Denmark disappointed with three losses in the group stage. Johansson was heavily criticized for his squad selection, which containing several players with injury problems and in poor form.

The Olsen Gang (2000–2015)Edit

 
FIFA World Rankings for Denmark, August 1993 – July 2009

The new coach, starting for Denmark in July 2000, turned out to be the former national team captain from the successful team of the 1980s, Morten Olsen, and the team was quickly dubbed the "Olsen Gang", a reference to the series of Danish movies based around the main character Egon Olsen and his genius (criminal) plans. The nickname was also sometimes used for the Danish team as an alternative to the more commonly used "Danish Dynamite", already in those days when Olsen played as a captain. In the era with Olsen as a coach, his great experience from among others Ajax was transferred to the national team, as Denmark's tactics shifted from the preferred 4–4–2 formation practised by Bo Johansson, to an even more attacking style with an emphasis on the speedy wingers available at the time, namely Jesper Grønkjær and Dennis Rommedahl.[7] Accordingly, the Olsen's preferred formation has been either a 4–3–3 or a 4–2–3–1.[8][9] Olsen even possessed an outspoken opposition to the 4–4–2 system, as he threatened to leave his position as head coach in the event he was asked to deploy Denmark in that formation.[10] To support the development of players for the new tactical 4–3–3 system, all national youth teams also changed their formation.[11] Another change Olsen brought to the national team was to stress the importance of only using fit players who had been granted regular playing time at their club. However, at times he was forced to compromise from this principle, as the pool of players available in the relatively small nation did not always provide him viable substitute options.

Denmark qualified both for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, but despite impressive results in the group stage in both tournaments, especially the 2–0 win against reigning World Cup winners France in 2002, Denmark did not manage to advance any further, and in both tournaments were clearly defeated with a score of 0–3 in the first round after the group stage. At the 2002 World Cup, Denmark was defeated by England in the round of 16, and at Euro 2004, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic. Euro 2004 will also be remembered for an incident in the group stage match against Italy, where Italy star Francesco Totti was caught on camera spitting on Christian Poulsen, then subsequently the joint elimination of Italy by Denmark and Sweden in the last group stage match, when the two teams drew 2–2 following a Swedish goal in the 89th minute, making for the exact and famous result that would see the Italians eliminated.

For the 2006 World Cup qualification, Denmark was paired with, among others, 2002 World Cup bronze winners Turkey and Euro 2004 champions Greece competing for only one guaranteed spot at the final tournament. Following a poor start of the qualification, Denmark was trailing both Turkey and surprise leaders Ukraine. Denmark needed Turkey to lose points in the final games in order for Denmark to clinch the second place of the group and one last chance to qualify via two playoff games. Indeed, had Turkey dropped points to Albania in their last match, Denmark would have gone through, but instead, they had to settle for third place in the group and a longer summer break. After failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Morten Olsen considered leaving the job, having received several offers from club teams, but decided to stay and extended his contract until after the 2010 World Cup, spurred on by his and the team's popularity among the Danish population.[12]

When Denmark's attempt to qualify for the Euro 2008 also failed – after among other things, to have received an administrative defeat against Sweden at home turf due to a spectator's intrusion on the field – the team was heavily criticized, with many Danes asking for the departure of Morten Olsen as a coach. This suggestion was however refused by the DBU and the majority of coaches in the Danish Superliga, who still had trust in Olsen being the best coach for Denmark.[13] In the qualification group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the trust in Olsen was immediately paid back. Despite a difficult group with both Portugal and Sweden as higher-ranked opponents, Denmark qualified for the 2010 World Cup by winning the group, after among other things, earning two wins against Sweden and one win and one draw against Portugal. After having celebrated the successful World Cup 2010 qualification, Olsen's contract as head coach was extended for two further years, until the Euro 2012.[14]

At the 2010 World Cup, Denmark was grouped with Japan, Cameroon and the Netherlands. Denmark lost the first match 2–0 to Netherlands, but then had a vital 2–1 victory against Cameroon, which enabled further advancement in case of victory over Japan, in the last third match. The game against Japan however ended with a 3–1 defeat, and thereby Denmark did not reach their objective of advancing to the round of 16. Apparently the biggest reason for the lack of success, was however this time, that Denmark in both the preface – and during the three games at the tournament – had struggled with a lot of injuries hitting their best players. However, Denmark wouldn't wait for long to please the Danish public once again. In the qualification for Euro 2012, Denmark was once again grouped with Portugal, among other countries. For a second time, Denmark clinched first place in the group, and thereby qualified directly for the final tournament. Out of eight qualifying matches, Denmark won six, drew one and lost one. Mostly because of these results, the DBU extended Olsen's contract until after the 2014 World Cup.

At Euro 2012, Denmark were drawn in the proclaimed "Group of death", Group B, alongside powerhouses Germany, Netherlands and Portugal. Few gave Denmark a chance of proceeding to the second round before the tournament, but after upsetting Netherlands with a 1–0 victory, there was cause for optimism in the Danish camp. However, a narrow 3–2 loss to Portugal meant Denmark would effectively need to defeat Germany in the last match to advance in the tournament. Despite Michael Krohn-Dehli's equaliser, Denmark lost 2–1 to neighbours Germany, and with Portugal defeating the Netherlands 2–1 in the other match, Denmark was eliminated from the tournament after finishing third in Group B. Denmark was mostly praised after the tournament, considering Denmark had exceeded expectations and were close to advancing to the knockout stages despite being drawn in a difficult group.

Denmark failed to qualify for the next two tournaments under Olsen. They finished second in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group but failed to achieve a play-off berth as they were the "worst" of the UEFA group runners-up (after excluding results against the bottom teams). In UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying they finished third in their group, behind Albania and eventual winners Portugal, but lost to Sweden in the play-offs.

When measuring the performance of the national team by winning share and earned points, Olsen's reign of the Danish national team from July 2000 until January 2012 has so far been the second-most successful in the era of full-time professional coaches, which began in July 1979. As of January 2012, Olsen had a winning share of 52.8%, and with three points for a victory and one for a draw, an average of 1.84 points per match.[15] In comparison, Richard Møller Nielsen still has the best record among the professional coaches of the national team, with a 54.8% winning share and an average of 1.89 points per game.[16]

Hareide era: 2016–presentEdit

New coach Åge Hareide presided over the Danish campaign during the qualification stages.[17] Denmark, ranked number 24 in the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the draw, were drawn into Group E, alongside Poland, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.[18] Despite suffering early defeats to Poland and Montenegro,[19][20] the Danes rallied, and secured second place in the group, and a berth in the play-offs, with a 1–0 away to Montenegro.[21]. Denmark were rewarded for their second place finish with a play-off against the Republic of Ireland.[22] Denmark secured qualification with a 5–1 win at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, which included a hat-trick of goals from Christian Eriksen, who added to his tally of eight goals in qualification.[23]

Denmark were allocated into Pot 3 in advance of the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[24] They were drawn into Group C, alongside Australia, Peru, and eventual champions France.[25] Their campaign in Russia began in the Mordovia Arena, Saransk, against CONMEBOL side Peru. A Yussuf Poulsen goal in the second half secured three points for the Danes, leaving them well poised for qualification from the group.[26] However, they struggled against Australia in their second tie, as Christian Eriksen's early goal was cancelled out by a VAR-awarded penalty, converted by Mile Jedinak, in a game which ended as a 1–1 draw.[27] Denmark secured qualification in their final group game, playing out a limp goaless draw, the only such game of the entire tournament,[28] in the Luzhniki Stadium against France; a result which saw both teams progress.[29]

Denmark faced Croatia in the round of 16, with the Croats having claimed victory in Group D with three consecutive wins.[30] Mathias Jørgensen scored within the first minute of the game to give Denmark the lead, but Mario Mandzukic equalised only three minutes later, leaving the teams equally perched at one goal apiece.[31] The match remained at 1–1 after ninety minutes, necessitating thirty minutes of extra-time, which still failed to separate the teams, as Luka Modric saw his late penalty saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.[31] As such, the tie was to be decided with a penalty shoot-out, with Schmeichel and his Croatian counterpart, Danijel Subašić, positioning themselves on the line to face five penalties each.[32] Despite Schmeichel making two saves, it was Croatia who progressed, as Subašić saved three shots from Eriksen, Lasse Schöne and Nicolai Jørgensen respectively. Ivan Rakitić scored the decisive penalty to eliminate the Danes,[32] putting an end to their best World Cup campaign since 2002, when they were eliminated at the same stage.[33]

Following the World Cup, Denmark prepared for participation in the inaugural iteration of the UEFA Nations League, having been drawn in League B against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.[34] The tournament offers an alternative route of qualification for the European Championship,[35] and increases the number of competitive games for international sides, replacing friendlies.[36]

Owing to a dispute with the players' union regarding the commercial rights of the players,[37], the Danish Football Association named an entirely uncapped squad, consisting of a mixture of futsal players and players from the Danish 2nd Division and the Denmark Series (the third and fourth tier of Danish football respectively), in lieu of the regular side, to face Slovakia in a pre-Nations League friendly, and it was feared that the same squad would be used for the competitive fixture against Wales.[38][39] The dispute arose due to the image rights of the players,[40] with Hummel having the exclusive right to the manufacture and marketing of Danish kits.[41] The DBU wanted to use individual players, without explicit permissions, in their advertising.[42][43] Hareide would similarly not be involved, with the side instead falling under the temporary management of John Jensen, with Hasse Kuhn serving as the assistant manager.[37] The Danish FA are currently under a four-year probationary period with UEFA for having forfeited a Women's World Cup qualification game against Sweden in 2017 due to a similar dispute with the women's team,[44] and a further violation could result in Denmark being prohibited from participation in either the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League or the 2020 European Championship.[45] After a temporary agreement enabled the return of the regular players, the Danes won their first Nations League fixture 2–0.[46]

SupportersEdit

Apart from the national team, Denmark is equally famous for its traveling fans, known as roligans. The movement emerged during the 1980s as the declared opposition to hooliganism. The goal of the roligan movement is calm, yet cheerful, support during the matches, as "rolig" means "calm" in the Danish language. The roligans have since developed an image of easy-going nature and rabid support, and are often considered amongst the world's best national team fans, along with the Tartan Army of Scotland. They were collectively given the FIFA FairPlay Award at the 1984 European Championships.[47] Just before the 1986 World Cup, the roligan movement was organized in order to support the national team at the tournament.

However, the good reputation of the Danish supporters was sullied by the 2008 UEFA qualifier fan attack which occurred in June 2007 in the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Sweden when an enraged Danish supporter invaded the pitch and tried to attack the referee, following his decision to hand out a red card for Christian Poulsen and a penalty kick to Sweden in the last minute of the match. The attacking fan was stopped by some of the Danish football players on the field before he reached the referee, but due to the episode, the match was immediately cancelled by the referee, with UEFA subsequently deciding to award a 0–3 default defeat to Denmark as punishment.

RivalryEdit

Denmark's historical rival is Sweden. The countries have played against each other 107 times, of which Denmark have won 40, drawn 20 and lost 47. The first match between the teams was an 8–0 Denmark win in May 1913. Denmark won their first five matches against Sweden before their first defeat in October 1916 by the score 4–0. The first competitive match between the countries was as 1–0 loss for Denmark in the group stage of UEFA Euro 1992. Both teams advanced from the group stage and Denmark went on to win the tournament. In UEFA Euro 2004 the teams drew 2–2 in the last group stage match, ensuring that both teams advanced at the expense of Italy. In Denmark's home match against Sweden in the qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, the visitors were awarded a 3–0 win after a Danish fan invaded the pitch and attacked the referee. The reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw and Denmark failed to qualify for the final tournament. In the qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Denmark won both matches against Sweden by 1–0 and qualified for the World Cup. In the play-offs round of the qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, Denmark lost against Sweden by 4–3 on aggregate and failed to qualify for the final tournament. The most recent match between the countries was a goalless draw in June 2018.[48]

KitEdit

Kit provider Period
  Hummel 1979–2004
  Adidas 2004–2016
  Hummel 2016 – present

The team kit is produced by Danish company Hummel. It is all-red with white details to reflect the colours of the Danish national flag. Prior to the period of Adidas sponsorship, the kit provider was also Hummel from 1979 to 2004.[49]

Media coverageEdit

Denmark's home and away matches are broadcast by SBS Discovery Media (Kanal 5, 6'eren, Canal 9).

StadiumEdit

 
Parken Stadium, with a capacity of 38,065 spectators, located in Copenhagen, and used as official home stadium by the Denmark national football team.

The first home match for the Denmark national team was a 2–1 friendly win over England on 25 May 1910, taking place with 12,000 spectators at the stadium "KBs baner" (located in the area "Granen", where the Forum Copenhagen later was built).[50] As the facilities were considered too small, a new stadium in Copenhagen was built with the name Idrætsparken, that since its opening 25 May 1911 hosted all the home matches of the football club KB and most of the home matches of the national team. During the first 82 years of the national team, from October 1908 until November 1990, Denmark played a total number of 254 A-level home matches, of which 232 were played in Idrætsparken. Among all the played home matches in Idrætsparken, Denmark achieved 125 victories (54%), 41 draws (18%) and 66 defeats (28%). The stadium reached a record of 51,600 spectators for the 1–2 game against Sweden in June 1957.[51]

In regards of the first era from 1908–1990, only 22 home matches were played at other stadiums than Idrætsparken, of which 11 took place at Aarhus Idrætspark (then known as Atletion) in Aarhus, followed by Aalborg Stadion in Aalborg with six games, and the remaining five matches hosted by four other stadiums. Whenever another stadium than Idrætsparken was used for a home match, it was only for some of the less important friendly games or Olympic qualifiers. While only Idrætsparken was used to host the matches related to big important tournaments, like the Nordic championship, the UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup. When a major rebuilt of Idrætsparken began in December 1990, the subsequent two official Euro 1992 qualification matches were moved to Odense Stadium in Odense.

On 9 September 1992, the rebuilt Idrætsparken, now called Parken and later renamed Telia Parken for sponsorship reasons, became the biggest venue in Denmark with a capacity of 42,358 spectators, and was opened with a friendly 1–2 defeat against Germany. This first match in Parken was viewed by 40,500 spectators,[52] while the current stadium record of 42,099 spectators was set on 8 October 2005 for a World Cup qualifying match against Greece.[53]

The capacity of the stadium was later reduced to 38,009 seats after the upper part of the D-side was converted from 4,000 extra seats into office and VIP areas in June 2009.[54][55] Despite this decrease in capacity, the stadium is today still the biggest venue in Denmark by far; the next largest venue, Brøndby Stadium, only has a capacity of 26,000 seats. From September 1992 to May 2006, Parken was the sole stadium of all the men's senior national team matches. However, meagre spectator support at some of the friendly matches at Parken, which from 2000 to 2005 attracted an acceptable average of 23,862 per match – but down to 9,598 for the friendly 3–1 win over Israel in April 2002[56] – prompted the DBU to start hosting many of the friendly matches to other stadiums around Denmark. These other stadiums had less spectator capacity than Parken, but just about enough to cover the Danes' somewhat lesser interest for friendly matches.

On 27 May 2006, Parken's 13-year monopoly on national team matches was broken for the first time when Denmark played a friendly match at the Aarhus Idrætspark against upcoming 2006 World Cup participants Paraguay. Tickets to this match were sold out quickly, with almost 19,000 of the 20,227 tickets sold within the first hour of sale,[57] and was support-wise a big success with a total audience of 20,047 spectators.[58] When the two next friendly matches were played at some other new venues, 16 August at Fionia Park in Odense against Poland, and on 1 September at Brøndby Stadium against Portugal, the number of spectators dropped to a disappointing level. The Poland match attracted only 11,088 spectators,[59] while the Portugal match only 13,186 spectators.[60] In particular, the Portugal match was deemed as a support-wise failure because it featured a higher-ranked opponent, which spectators normally would have a high interest to watch. The main reasons why Brøndby Stadium failed to attract a high number of spectators were generally thought to be a combination of the poor rainy weather and the fact the stadium is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, and as such does not attract a new demographic audience compared to Parken, due to the travel distances being more or less the same for the majority of the population.

Currently, while most of the friendly matches continue to be played at some of the smaller stadiums in Denmark, it has been decided to continue playing all of the qualifying matches for the European Championships and World Cup only at Parken Stadium.[61] Those friendly matches, which are believed to create a high interest from spectators, will also continue to be played at Parken. For example, the friendly against Germany in August 2010 was played at Parken Stadium due to the general expectation of many spectators having a desire to watch the match. However, after Denmark's weak performance at the 2010 World Cup, the friendly only drew 19,071 spectators.[62] During the last 19.5 years, from September 1992 to January 2012, Denmark played a total of 77 A-level matches at Parken Stadium, of which 49 were won (64%), 16 were drawn (21%) and only 12 lost (15%).[63]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 13
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 18
  1970 6 2 1 3 6 10
  1974 4 0 1 3 2 13
  1978 6 2 0 4 14 12
  1982 8 4 0 4 14 11
  1986 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 10 6 8 5 1 2 17 6
  1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 15 6
  1994 12 7 4 1 15 2
  1998 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 9 7 8 5 2 1 14 6
    2002 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 5 10 6 4 0 22 6
  2006 Did not qualify 12 6 4 2 24 12
  2010 Group stage 24th 3 1 0 2 3 6 10 6 3 1 16 5
  2014 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 17 12
  2018 Round of 16 11th 4 1 3 0 3 2 12 7 3 2 25 9
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total Quarter-finals 5/21 20 9 5 6 30 26 122 58 30 34 212 141
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Denmark's World Cup record
First Match   Scotland 0–1 Denmark  
(Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico; 4 June 1986)
Biggest Win   Denmark 6–1 Uruguay  
(Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico; 8 June 1986)
Biggest Defeat   Denmark 1–5 Spain  
(Querétaro, Mexico; 18 June 1986)
Best Result Quarter-finals at the 1998 FIFA World Cup
Worst Result Group Stage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Overview of FIFA World Cup matchesEdit

No. Date Type Opponent Result Denmark scorers Attendance Record
1 4 June 1986 Group stage   Scotland 1–0 Elkjær 57' 18,000 1–0–0
2 8 June 1986 Group stage   Uruguay 6–1 Elkjær (3) 11', 67', 80', Lerby 41', Laudrup 52', Olsen 88' 26,500 2–0–0
3 13 June 1986 Group stage   West Germany 2–0 Olsen 43' (pen.), Eriksen 62' 36,000 3–0–0
4 18 June 1986 Round of 16   Spain 1–5 Olsen 33' (pen.) 38,500 3–0–1
5 12 June 1998 Group stage   Saudi Arabia 1–0 Rieper 69' 38,140 4–0–1
6 18 June 1998 Group stage   South Africa 1–1 Nielsen 12' 33,300 4–1–1
7 24 June 1998 Group stage   France 1–2 M. Laudrup 42' (pen.) 39,100 4–1–2
8 28 June 1998 Round of 16   Nigeria 4–1 Møller 3', B. Laudrup 12', Sand 60', Helveg 76' 77,100 5–1–2
9 3 July 1998 Quarter final   Brazil 2–3 Jørgensen 2', B. Laudrup 50' 77,100 5–1–3
10 1 June 2002 Group stage   Uruguay (2) 2–1 Tomasson (2) 45', 83' 30,157 6–1–3
11 6 June 2002 Group stage   Senegal 1–1 Tomasson 16' (pen.) 43,500 6–2–3
12 11 June 2002 Group stage   France (2) 2–0 Rommedahl 22', Tomasson 67' 48,100 7–2–3
13 15 June 2002 Round of 16   England 0–3 40,582 7–2–4
14 14 June 2010 Group stage   Netherlands 0–2 83,465 7–2–5
15 19 June 2010 Group stage   Cameroon 2–1 Bendtner 33', Rommedahl 61' 38,074 8–2–5
16 24 June 2010 Group stage   Japan 1–3 Tomasson 81' 27,967 8–2–6
17 16 June 2018 Group stage   Peru 1–0 Poulsen 59' 40,502 9–2–6
18 21 June 2018 Group stage   Australia 1–1 Eriksen 7' 40,727 9–3–6
19 26 June 2018 Group stage   France (3) 0–0 78,011 9–4–6
20 1 July 2018 Round of 16   Croatia 1–1 M. Jørgensen 1' 40,851 9–5–6

Summer Olympics (unofficial)Edit

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1896 No medal was awarded 2 2 0 0 17 0
  1900 Was not invited - - - - - -
  1904 Was not invited - - - - - -
  1906 Gold 2 2 0 0 14 1
Total 1/3 2 2 0 0 14 1

The first 4 Olympic football events were only unofficial tournaments, with a few nations represented by a club team. Starting from 1908, the Olympic football tournament became an official event staged by FIFA, with representation of the official national football teams.

Summer Olympics (official)Edit

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  London 1908 Silver 3 2 0 1 26 3
  Stockholm 1912 Silver 3 2 0 1 13 5
  Antwerpen 1920 First round 1 0 0 1 0 1
1924 – 1936 Did not enter
  London 1948 Bronze 4 3 0 1 15 11
  Helsinki 1952 Quarter-finals 3 2 0 1 7 6
  Melbourne 1956 Did not enter
  Rome 1960 Silver 5 4 0 1 11 7
  Tokyo 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Mexico City 1968 Did not enter
  Munich 1972 Quarter-finals 6 3 1 2 11 7
  Montréal 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Moscow 1980 Did not enter
  Los Angeles 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Seoul 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Barcelona 1992 First round 3 0 2 1 1 4
  Atlanta 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Sydney 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Athens 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Beijing 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  London 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  Rio de Janeiro 2016 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 1 6
  Tokyo 2020 To be determined
Total 9/22 29 17 4 11 85 50

After the Olympics 1988, the football event was changed into a tournament, with participation only for the U23 national teams plus three overage players.

European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1960 Did not qualify
  1964 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 6
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 9 4
  1988 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 7
  1992
Champions[a] 1st 5 2 2 1 6 4
  1996 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4
    2000 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 8
  2004 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 4 5
    2008 Did not qualify
    2012 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 5
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
Total 1 Title 8/15 27 7 6 14 30 43
  1. ^ Did not qualify according to UEFA rules, but allowed to participate following the exclusion of Yugoslavia under United Nations Security Council Resolution 757

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1992 Did not enter[64]
  1995 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
2021 To be determined
Total 1 Title 1/10 3 2 1 0 5 1

Nordic Football ChampionshipEdit

Nordic Football Championship record
Year Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1924–28 1st 10 7 2 1 25 11
1929–32 3rd 12 6 0 6 37 24
1933–36 2nd 12 6 2 4 30 25
1937–47 2nd 12 7 1 4 34 21
1948–51 2nd 12 7 0 5 19 15
1952–55 3rd 12 3 3 6 23 26
1956–59 3rd 12 5 3 4 30 23
1960–63 2nd 12 7 2 3 40 15
1964–67 2nd 12 5 2 5 22 16
1968–71 2nd 12 4 3 5 21 16
1972–77 2nd 12 7 3 2 15 7
1978–80 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
1981–85 1st 6 4 1 1 11 8
2000–01 3rd 5 2 0 3 7 8
Total 3/14 147 75 23 49 323 218
*Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 9 September 2018[65]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

HonoursEdit

Major titlesEdit

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

StandingsEdit

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Denmark 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   Peru 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
4   Australia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

2018–19 UEFA Nations League B – Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation      
1   Denmark 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3[a] Promotion to League A 2–0 19 Nov
2   Wales 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3[a] 16 Nov 4–1
3   Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0 Relegation to League C 13 Oct 16 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 9 September 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Denmark 3, Wales 0.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the match against Wales in the Nations League on 9 September.[66]
Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2018 after the match against Wales.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kasper Schmeichel (Vice-captain) (1986-11-05) 5 November 1986 (age 31) 40 0   Leicester City
16 1GK Jonas Lössl (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 29) 1 0   Huddersfield Town
22 1GK Frederik Rønnow (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Eintracht Frankfurt

2 2DF Nicolai Boilesen (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 26) 17 1   Copenhagen
3 2DF Jannik Vestergaard (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 26) 16 1   Southampton
4 2DF Simon Kjær (Captain) (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 29) 83 3   Sevilla
5 2DF Jonas Knudsen (1992-09-16) 16 September 1992 (age 26) 4 0   Ipswich Town
6 2DF Andreas Christensen (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 22) 20 1   Chelsea
13 2DF Mathias Jørgensen (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 28) 16 1   Huddersfield Town
14 2DF Henrik Dalsgaard (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 29) 16 0   Brentford
17 2DF Jens Stryger Larsen (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 27) 17 1   Udinese

7 3MF Viktor Fischer (1994-06-09) 9 June 1994 (age 24) 21 3   Copenhagen
8 3MF Thomas Delaney (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 27) 32 4   Borussia Dortmund
9 3MF Anders Christiansen (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Malmö
10 3MF Christian Eriksen (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 26) 83 25   Tottenham Hotspur
12 3MF Mike Jensen (1988-02-19) 19 February 1988 (age 30) 6 0   Rosenborg
15 3MF Christian Nørgaard (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Fiorentina
18 3MF Lukas Lerager (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 25) 5 0   Bordeaux
19 3MF Lasse Schöne (1986-05-27) 27 May 1986 (age 32) 40 3   Ajax

11 4FW Martin Braithwaite (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 27) 25 1   Middlesbrough
20 4FW Yussuf Poulsen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 24) 32 5   RB Leipzig
21 4FW Andreas Cornelius (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 25) 22 4   Bordeaux
23 4FW Pione Sisto (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 23) 19 1   Celta

Recent call-upsEdit

The following list of active players were not called up for the latest match of the national team, but were called up for an A-level match within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Christoffer Haagh (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 31) 1 0   Jægersborg Boldklub v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
GK Morten Bank (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 21) 0 0   BK Avarta v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
GK Victor Vobbe Larsen (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Tarup-Paarup IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
GK Jesper Hansen (1985-03-31) 31 March 1985 (age 33) 0 0   Midtjylland 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

DF Christian Bannis (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Tarup-Paarup IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Mads Bertelsen (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Tarup-Paarup IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Christian Bommelund Christensen (1989-09-03) 3 September 1989 (age 29) 1 0   Jægersborg Boldklub v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Nicolai Johansen (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Vanløse IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Daniel Nielsen (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Vanløse IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Kasper Skræp (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Tarup-Paarup IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Victor Hansen (1997-11-19) 19 November 1997 (age 20) 0 0   Frederikssund IK v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
DF Andreas Bjelland (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 30) 28 0   Copenhagen 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Riza Durmisi (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 24) 23 0   Lazio 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Peter Ankersen (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 28) 21 1   Copenhagen 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Lasse Nielsen (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988 (age 30) 1 0   Malmö v.   Chile, 27 March 2018

MF Rasmus Gaudin (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Vanløse IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Adam Fogt (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Kastrup Boldklub v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Anders Hunsballe (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Greve Fodbold v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Oskar Høybye (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Vanløse IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Christopher Jakobsen (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Hillerød Fodbold v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Rasmus Johansson (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Hellerup IK v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Kasper Kempel (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Skovshoved IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Simon Vollesen (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 20) 1 0   IF Skjold Birkerød v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF Kevin Jørgensen (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Jægersborg Boldklub v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
MF William Kvist (1985-02-24) 24 February 1985 (age 33) 81 2   Copenhagen 2018 FIFA World Cup RET
MF Michael Krohn-Dehli (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 35) 59 6   Deportivo La Coruña 2018 FIFA World Cup RET
MF Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 23) 21 1   Southampton 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Daniel Wass (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 29) 16 0   Valencia 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Mathias Jensen (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Celta 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Robert Skov (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Copenhagen 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

FW Christian Offenberg (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 30) 1 0   BK Avarta v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
FW Anders Fønss (1988-06-20) 20 June 1988 (age 30) 1 0   Tarup-Paarup IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
FW Daniel Holm (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Skovshoved IF v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
FW Troels Cillius Nielsen (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0   IF Skjold Birkerød v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
FW Louis Veis (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Jægersborg Boldklub v.   Slovakia, 5 September 2018
FW Nicolai Jørgensen (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 27) 34 8   Feyenoord 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
FW Kasper Dolberg (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 20) 7 1   Ajax 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
FW Nicklas Bendtner (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 30) 81 30   Rosenborg 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Kenneth Zohore (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Cardiff City 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

INJ Injured or recovering from surgery.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Previous squadsEdit

Player historyEdit

The players are freely chosen by the national team manager. They are normally assembled from their respective club teams at the Hotel Marienlyst in Elsinore for a week-long training camp preluding the upcoming match. Friendly matches are typically played on a Wednesday evening. World Cup qualifiers are played on both Saturday and Wednesday evenings, while Euro qualifiers now take place on both a Friday and Tuesday evening when playing two matches in a row, or on a Friday/Saturday/Tuesday at rounds with only one match scheduled.[67][68]

Best players of all timeEdit

In November 2006, the DBU nominated eight Danish national team footballers for the "Best Danish Footballer of All Time" award. The nominated players were Morten Olsen, Henning Jensen, Allan Simonsen, Preben Elkjær, Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup, Peter Schmeichel and Jon Dahl Tomasson. The winner of the award was decided by a public vote arranged by the broadcasting channel TV2, which ended with Michael Laudrup as a clear winner, with 58% of the votes.[69]

Hall of FameEdit

Denmark's Hall of Fame was established in October 2008, as a special award to celebrate the best footballers, teams and coaches; throughout the history of the national team. A jury with 6 people (representing the newspapers, authors of football books, active players of the national team, TV2, the DBU, and a Hall of Fame member), each year have the job to award one or two new members for the Hall of Fame. The award will be handed out at the official Danish Football Awards, which is a yearly television broadcast event – organized by the DBU in November throughout 2008 to 2013 and subsequently moved to a later date in February. Beside of receiving the award, all Hall of Fame members are also invited to leave a footprint in bronze, to decorate the entrance hall at "Fodboldens hus" -the DBU headquarters in Brøndby.[70] When the DBU celebrated its 125-year anniversary in May 2014, it decided to make an extraordinary award of nine additional Hall of Fame Members, all playing during the first half of the DBU national team's existence, from 1908 to 1964.[71] Because of financial restraints, the DBU cancelled the planned televised broadcast of the Football Award in February 2015, and for the same reason opted not to award any new Hall of Fame members in this specific year. The DBU expected to return awarding new Hall of Fame members again, when the next broadcast Football Award event is organized in February 2016.[72]


Hall of Fame members (sorted by last year appearing at the national football team):

PaymentEdit

Each national team player receives a set amount of money per match, including bonuses for a win and qualification for European Championship and World Cup tournaments. Throughout the years, the prize money has gone from around €1,340 for a match win in 1987 and around €26,800 for the Euro 1988 participation alone, to around €67,000 for the 1998 World Cup, and up to €107,000 for the 2002 World Cup participations, per player.[86]

Currently, the payments for participation in games outside the big tournaments are regulated by a collective agreement – to be renegotiated after a certain number of years – while all payments for participation of players in a final tournament squad are regulated by the "1998 agreement" between the DBU and Spillerforeningen. The "1998 agreement" stipulates that whenever the national team qualifies for a World Cup or European Championship tournament, the selected players for the final tournament shall receive 50% of the DBU's revenues from the event, and 65% of the DBU's revenues from the sale of merchandise and license agreements. Additionally, the sponsors of the national team also pay a relatively high "qualification bonus" each time the team qualifies for a final tournament. This bonus is shared between the group of players being selected for the final 18-man squad, to one or several of the qualification matches played, with the exact distribution normally decided according to the number of times the player was selected.[87]

Each of the 23 selected players for the 2002 World Cup received DKK 498,000 (equal to €66,800) from the event revenues,[87] plus DKK 122,900 (equal to €16,500) from the sale of merchandise and license agreements, plus an unknown qualification bonus from the sponsors, plus the standard payment from the DBU each time they were selected for the final 18-man squad to a qualification match.[88] In comparison, each of the 23 selected players for the 2010 World Cup received DKK 635,000 (equal to €85,100) from the event revenues, plus DKK 98,900 (equal to €13,200) from the sale of merchandise and license agreements, plus a qualification bonus from the sponsors at DKK 2,800,000 (equal to €375,000) to be shared between the players – corresponding to an amount of €2,080 per time the player was selected for the final 18-man squad to a qualification match. In addition to the qualification bonus, the players also received this standard payment from the DBU each time they were selected for the 18-man squad to a qualification match:[88]

  • Starting fee: home games = DKK 1,2 per spectator, away games = DKK 8,290
  • Bonus for a draw: home games = DKK 0, away games = DKK 9,475
  • Bonus for a win: home games = DKK 17,765, away games = DKK 29,600

Based on Denmark's results and number of spectators at home matches,[15] the standard qualification match payment to a player selected for all Denmark's qualification matches equals a total amount of DKK 235,898 (or €31,600) for the six qualification matches in the 2008–09 season, and a total amount of DKK 170,788 (or €22,900) for the four qualification matches in the 2009–10 season. Finally, the players could also add a seasonal payment named "regular bonus" from the sponsors, with a total of DKK 4,350,000 (equal to €583,100) to be shared each season by the squad of 18 players selected for a match, meaning a player who was selected for all national team matches from 1 August to 31 July would receive an additional DKK 241,700 (equal to €32,400) payment in both the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons.[88]

The last amount of a players income generated by the national team is the standard payment received for each friendly match:[89]

  • Starting fee: home games = DKK 1,0 per spectator, away games = DKK 5,000
  • Bonus for a draw: home games = DKK 0, away games = DKK 0
  • Bonus for a win: home games = DKK 10,000, away games = DKK 10,000

Based on Denmark's results and number of spectators at home matches,[15] the standard payment to a player selected for all Denmark's friendly matches equals a total amount of DKK 41,426 (or €5,500) for the three friendly matches in the 2008–09 season, and a total amount of DKK 88,773 (or €11,900) for the seven friendly matches in the 2009–10 season.

When all these payments are added together for a player, under the assumption a player was selected for all matches in each season as well as the final 2010 World Cup squad, he would have received a total payment from the DBU of €69,500 in the 2008–09 season and a total payment from the DBU of €186,300 in the 2009–10 season.

Player recordsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

As of 22 March 2018

Players listed in bold are still active at national level.

 
Peter Schmeichel is the most capped player in the history of Denmark with 129 caps.
Rank Name Period Caps Goals
1 Peter Schmeichel 1987–2001 129 1
2 Dennis Rommedahl 2000–2013 126 21
3 Jon Dahl Tomasson 1997–2010 112 52
4 Thomas Helveg 1994–2007 108 2
5 Michael Laudrup 1982–1998 104 37
6 Morten Olsen 1970–1989 102 4
Martin Jørgensen 1998–2011 102 12
8 Thomas Sørensen 1999–2012 101 0
9 Christian Poulsen 2001–2012 92 6
10 John Sivebæk 1982–1992 87 1

Top scorersEdit

As of 9 September 2018

Players listed in bold are still active at national level.

 
Jon Dahl Tomasson is the joint top scorer in the history of Denmark with 52 goals and current assistant manager of the Danish national team.
Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1 Jon Dahl Tomasson 1997–2010 52 112 0.46
Poul "Tist" Nielsen 1910–1925 52 38 1.37
3 Pauli Jørgensen 1925–1939 44 47 0.94
4 Ole Madsen 1958–1969 42 50 0.84
5 Preben Elkjær Larsen 1977–1988 38 69 0.55
6 Michael Laudrup 1982–1998 37 104 0.36
7 Nicklas Bendtner 2006–present 30 81 0.37
8 Henning Enoksen 1958–1966 29 54 0.54
9 Christian Eriksen 2010–present 25 83 0.30
10 Michael Rohde 1915–1931 22 40 0.55
Ebbe Sand 1998–2004 22 66 0.33

Coaching staffEdit

When the national team is assembled and train together ahead of a match, the team is coached by:

Coaching staff Name
National manager Åge Hareide
Assistant manager Jon Dahl Tomasson
Goalkeeper coach Lars Høgh
Forward coach Jon Dahl Tomasson
Physical coach Ben Rosen

ManagersEdit

The responsibility and job description for the manager of the Denmark national football team, has changed throughout the history. From 1908 to 1918, the DBU preferred to assign a manager with the overall responsibility. This was followed by a long era from 1919 to 1956 where either no manager or only a caretaker manager was assigned. When the DBU assigned Arne Sørensen (November 1956 – December 1961) and Poul Petersen (January 1962 –December 1966) as managers for a rolling period of several years, they were given the responsibility to coach the physical training and decide the team tactics before and during each match, but had no influence upon the selection of players for the national squad, which was a job for the specially-appointed selection committee, the UdtagelsesKomitéen.[90]

From 1967 to 1969, the management of the team more or less became a sole responsibility for the UdtagelsesKomitéen, following a new approach. In this new approach, the job to select players continued to be the responsibility for the UdtagelsesKomitéen, but the chairman of the committee was now also appointed to be the "tactical manager" of the national team, as the DBU realized the need of having a special tactical manager assigned to get influence upon both the selection of players and the related tactics before and during the game. However, the appointed tactical manager did not have the responsibility to train the squad, as a special physical coach was instead selected for that job. In 1970, the approach with two managers assigned was again abandoned when the DBU realized the need to assign only one manager with the sole responsibility for the squad.[90]

From 1970 to 1979, the job to select players was not yet a sole responsibility of the manager alone, but only a shared responsibility, as this continued to be a matter for the UdtagelsesKomitéen to decide. When a selection of players had to be made, it was decided by a vote in the committee, with the appointed manager being granted an influence of three votes and the four members of the committee being granted one vote each. This special selection procedure continued until July 1979, where it was decided to award the sole responsibility of all manager-related areas to the manager himself, with the assignment of Sepp Piontek as the first full-time professional manager of the national team.[90]

The box below, list all assigned football managers for the national team, since the first official game in October 1908. During the years from 1911 to 1961, a total of 169 games were played without an assigned manager.

Manager From To Record
G W D L Win %
  Charlie Williams October 1908 December 1910 4 3 0 1 075.00
No manager January 1911 December 1912 5 3 0 2 060.00
  Axel Andersen Byrval January 1913
January 1917
December 1915
December 1918
16 14 1 1 087.50
No manager January 1916
January 1919
December 1916
July 1920
10 5 1 4 050.00
Caretaker manager August 1920 August 1920 1 0 0 1 000.00
No manager September 1920 December 1938 77 35 13 29 045.45
Caretaker managers January 1939 October 1956 18 10 3 5 055.56
No manager July 1939 September 1956 74 29 11 34 039.19
  Arne Sørensen November 1956 December 1961 41 20 8 13 048.78
No manager June 1957 September 1961 3 1 0 2 033.33
  Poul Petersen January 1962 December 1966 47 17 8 22 036.17
  Erik Hansen (tactical coach)
  Ernst Netuka (training coach)
January 1967 December 1967 8 4 2 2 050.00
  Erik Hansen (tactical coach)
  Henry From (training coach)
January 1968 January 1969 11 4 1 6 036.36
  John Hansen (tactical coach)
  Henry From (training coach)
February 1969 December 1969 9 5 1 3 055.56
  Rudi Strittich January 1970 December 1975 61 20 11 30 032.79
  Kurt "Nikkelaj" Nielsen January 1976 June 1979 31 13 6 12 041.94
  Sepp Piontek July 1979 April 1990 115 52 24 39 045.22
  Richard Møller Nielsen May 1987
May 1990
May 1988[a]
June 1996
73 40 18 15 054.79
  Bo Johansson July 1996 June 2000 40 17 9 14 042.50
  Morten Olsen July 2000 November 2015 166 80 42 44 048.19
  Åge Hareide December 2015[b] 28 14 11 3 050.00
  John Jensen (caretaker)[c] 5 September 2018 1 0 0 1 000.00
Total 834 385 169 280 046.16
  1. ^ Nielsen coached 8 games in the 1988 Olympics qualification, winning 6, drawing 1, and losing 1.
  2. ^ Accurate up to and including 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ Caretaker manager for Denmark's replacement squad against Slovakia.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  • Palle "Banks" Jørgensen (2002), "Landsholdets 681 profiler fra 1908 til i dag", TIPS-Bladet, ISBN 87-91264-01-4. (in Danish)

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