5 things to know about Denmark

France will face Denmark on Friday evening at Stade de France (8:45 pm).

Euro 1992 winner

It is the highest achievement of weapons. In 1992, during the European Championships, Denmark made the surprise. The team drafted a few days before the start of the competition to replace Yugoslavia, after being excluded due to the war and the embargo imposed by the United Nations, the team led by Richard Muller Nielsen reached the last four places by grabbing second place in Group 1, behind Sweden, ahead no more and no less than France and England. After eliminating the Netherlands on penalties (2-2, 5 pencils vs. 4) in the semi-finals, the Danes beat Germany’s Ogre (0-2) – West Germany won the 1990 World Cup – to lift their first continental cup. It’s history. In addition, Denmark has another important title to its name: the 1995 Confederations Cup.

see also – Preparing the Blues for the League of Nations

First official match against France

The Danish national football team has been one of the football teams for a century. After joining FIFA in 1904, Red and White participated in their first official match on October 19, 1908 at the London Olympics. A contested meeting against the Blues… who left them no chance, crushing them 9 to 0. For the record, the two selections clashed again three days later. The Danes seized the opportunity to achieve their biggest success in their history (17-1).

Kasper Schmeichel, in the name of the father

He is one of the legends of Danish football. Peter Schmeichel, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, made history in his selection by winning the 1992 Euros – with a decisive save in the semi-final during a penalty shootout against the Netherlands – but also by retaining, for the time being, the highest number of appearances with red and white (129) . But if at the beginning of the century his international career ended, in 2001 his son Kasper Schmeichel took up his torch. In fact, the current Leicester City goalkeeper has been defending his country’s colors since 2013. He has 80 choices in his favour. At the age of thirty-five, it will probably be difficult for him to beat the record set by his father.

No victory over the Blues for 20 years

Denmark has not beaten France in twenty years. Their last victory dates back to June 11, 2002, during the group stage of the World Cup. The selection, led by Morten Olsen, won after that, scoring two goals against 0 thanks to the achievements of Dennis Romdahl and John D. Thomason. Since then, the team has faced the Reds, Whites, and Blues four times. Tricolores scored three successes before receiving the draw on June 26, 2018, during the group stage of the World Cup 2018.

Christian Eriksen maybe the captain

The picture was terrifying. On June 12, 2021, during the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland, Christian Eriksen collapsed on the grass. A victim of cardiac arrest, the attacking midfielder was saved with the quick intervention of doctors. His career was seriously endangered. But after he underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker, the former Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham player had the chance to return to the field this winter, alongside Brentford. Last March, he also returned to the selection. This Friday (8:45 p.m.), against the Blues, Didier Deschamps, should be established. In Simon Kjaer’s absence, he will likely wear the captain’s armband.

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