|Taken from Ripple’s Web|
Denmark, a country best known for its rich Viking history, being the home of the famous toys brand LEGO and for their love towards football.
As a Danish fan there was no better time than the 90s, assigning Coach Richard Møller Nielsen who used to be Sepp Piontek’s assistant coach for a few years (1987-1990). His first task was to secure a place in Euro 1992 that took place in Sweden.
After a bad start several players left the squad including Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup and Jan Heintze, fans were demanding that Richard Møller Nielsen steps down but against all the odds and without his key players he lead the team to win the rest of their games including a 2-1 away win against Yugoslavia. However they still ended 2nd behind Yugoslavia and that was not enough to qualify.
Luckily for them, Yugoslavia were banned by UEFA due to the civil war and Denmark were the replacement.
|Taken from Euro 2012 Blog|
Denmark went to Sweden without their star player Michael Laudrup, to take part in the first major competition in which the players had their names printed on their backs.
A 0-0 draw against England followed by a 2-1 defeat against hosts Sweden placed them in 4th place with one match left against Papin’s France, Denmark took the lead through Henrik Larsen in the 8th min but Papin took back the match to its starting point with a goal in the 60th min.
18 mins later Lars Elstrup put Denmark on the score sheet again and that goal was the winner, Denmark qualified in 2nd place behind Sweden with 3 points (1W, 1D, 1L), back then a win was worth only 2 points.
The underdogs had to face Netherlands (reigning champions) in the semi-finals, a close match that ended 2-2 with a late equalizer for the Dutch through Frank Rijkaard in the 86th min extending the match to penalties.
Peter Schmeichel saved Van Basten’s shot leading Denmark to defeat the Euro reigning champions and booking a place in the final against the World Cup reigning champions Germany.
Germany’s coach Berti Vogts started with a 5-3-2 sweeper while on the other side Richard Møller Nielsen preferred the 4-4-1-1 with Brian Laudrup behind Povlsen upfront.
26 June 1992, the match kicked off in Ullevi stadium, Gothenburg. A right footed shot from John Jensen gave Denmark the lead in the 18th min and late into the 2nd half (78th min) Kim Vilfort fired a low shot that came off the post and past Bodo Illgner to kill the German hopes of a comeback.
A fairytale ending for Denmark who thought they will be watching the Euro from their living rooms.
|Taken from Click Sports|
Fast-forward 20 years, after finishing on top of group H forcing Portugal who came 2nd to take part in the play-offs, Denmark were drawn in group B “Group of death” alongside Germany, Holland and Portugal.
After an unforgettable 1-0 win against Holland in the opening match followed by a 3-2 defeat to Portugal due to poor defending from Simon Poulsen the left back (personal opinion).
Denmark will face the mighty Germans next, will Germany keep their winning streak or will history repeat itself and Denmark will defeat both Holland and Germany in one tournament?
Written by Fouad AlBastaki
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