PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER, THE BEST NEW FANTASY FOOTBALL GAME ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! Denmark did not qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing second in Group I to Albania. So, how exactly did that happen? Lord Bendtner and his teammates, on the other hand, will be in the 2018 World Cup, due largely to Christian Eriksen's brilliant qualification performance.
Denmark were drawn into a tough group with France, Romania and Wales. They started off by losing 1-3 to France before beating Romania 4-1. But then they lost 2-4 to Wales in their last match, failing to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1964. Christian Eriksen was named player of the tournament.
Christian Eriksen is a Danish football player who plays as a forward for Tottenham Hotspur and the Danish national team. He has been praised for his accurate passes and ability in scoring goals. Christian Eriksen made his international debut against Sweden in August 2015 and has so far scored six times for his country. He won the UEFA Europa League with Tottenham in 2014-15. The 23-year-old signed a new contract with Spurs in February 2016.
He was born on 14 January 1992 in Hillerød, a small town near Copenhagen, Denmark. His parents are Pia and Peter Eriksen and he has one sister named Lotta. Christian Eriksen started playing soccer when he was five years old and moved to SC Heerenveen when he was 12.
Yugoslavia Denmark replaced Yugoslavia in the 1992 tournament lineup after failing to qualify. Brian Laudrup reflects on how the Danes defeated the odds to become Europe's improbable champions after making the short trip to the eight-team finals in Sweden.
Denmark became the first team from outside Europe or South America to win the European Championship when they beat Greece in the final on June 12, 1992. The victory made them world champions as well since Switzerland had been unable to travel to Sweden due to security concerns. Greece won two of the three previous matches between these old rivals with one match drawn. Denmark qualified for their first World Cup the following year by winning the European Championship. They were eliminated in the group stage.
The Danish squad was composed of players from English Premier League teams and managed by Peter Schmeichel, who would go on to be named Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament. His younger brother Thomas also took part in some of Denmark's games. Peter Nielsen, who played alongside his brother Jan at Hamburg, was chosen as captain.
Denmark's success in Sweden is even more impressive when you consider that they did not have a single player based in Scandinavia or Europe. All of their starters came from overseas, with only two players being born in Europe (one each from Israel and America).
Denmark had not qualified for a major tournament for 20 years, between 1964 and 1984, when the team that would later be dubbed "Danish dynamite" secured a place at the European Championship under Sepp Piontek with a qualifying record that included a 1-0 victory over England at Wembley as the Danes topped Group 3. However, they were knocked out by Portugal in the first round.
They have never missed the second round of the tournament since its inception in 1996.
Currently ranked 6th, their best finish at Euro 2008 was reached in 2000 when they came in 4th. Their most recent appearance at a FIFA World Cup was in 1994 when they went out in the group stage.
Denmark's all-time leading scorer is Peter Møller who scored 46 goals during his career which lasted from 1956 to 1976. He is also the father of current Danish national team player Michael Møller.
Peter Møller played in two eventsful Euro 1972 where he helped his country reach the final before losing to West Germany on penalties. He then went on to play in three more European Championships - 1976, 1980 and 1984 - without much success except for that memorable win over England.
Denmark may still move from Group B if it defeats Russia in Copenhagen and Belgium defeats Finland in St. Petersburg. Denmark has one more chance to advance to the European Championship Round of 16. Russia plays Germany on June 19.
Belgium must win its last match against Finland to ensure itself a place in the European Championship Round of 16. The two teams are already through to the quarter-finals with first-place finishes in their group. Belgium will play Poland while Finland faces Sweden.
Russia needs only a draw to be sure of advancing to the quarter-finals. Germany plays France on June 19.
Euro 2020 runs from 10 June until 1 September 2020. The final stage of the tournament will take place in Budapest, Hungary.
The Danish football association announced on April 15 that they would not be moving forward with their plan to host UEFA's 2024 European Championships after all due to budget constraints. Denmark was scheduled to open their EURO 2020 campaign against Russia on June 11 at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. However, following the announcement that Denmark will not be hosting UEFA's 2024 European Championships, the Russian Football Union said that they will submit a request to replace Denmark as hosts.
At the time of writing, there were no updates regarding Russia's request.