Euro 2012: Spotlight on Denmark
- 31 May 2012 16:10
- Posted by Chris Eccles
In a group containing Holland, Germany and Portugal, Denmark will start as Group B’s rank outsiders.
Not that being the underdogs will particularly worry the Danes who won Euro 92 having failed to even qualify for the tournament in the first place!
They were called up in place of Yugoslavia and, playing without expectation or pressure saw off all-comers for what remains their only major championship triumph.
Now they will hope to prove they can escape the ‘Group of Death’ and again shock the rest of Europe. If they do progress, they will surely become the competition’s dark horses.
City connection: Kasper Schmeichel
Son of former City and United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper won a late call-up to the Danish squad after Stoke’s Thomas Sorensen picked up an injury.
A product of City’s Academy, Kasper made eight appearances for City and was loaned out five times to different clubs before he finally joined Notts County. Moves to Leeds then Leicester – his current club – followed and the 25-year-old is yet to be capped by the Danish senior team.
The boss: Morten Olsen
One of the longest serving international managers in the world, Morten Olsen won 50 caps for his country before taking the reins in 2000. This is likely to be his last tournament with Michael Laudrup already identified by Olsen as his possible replacement.
One to watch: Christian Eriksen
The current Danish Player of the Year also carries the hopes of a nation on his shoulders. The 20-year-old playmaker is perhaps Denmark’s most creative talent and has already won more than 20 caps.
Ajax star Eriksen was the youngest player at the 2010 World Cup and will look to impress at Euro 2012 and is likely to form a three-man attacking midfield behind Nicklas Bendtner..
Key man: Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner showed what a talent he can be as he caused numerous problems for City during last season’s 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium, scoring a terrific header and setting up another for Sebastian Larsson.
Goalkeepers: Stephan Andersen (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City).
Defenders: Lars Jacobsen (FC Kobenhavn), Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Simon Kjær (AS Roma), Andreas Bjelland (Nordsjælland), Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar), Jores Okore (Nordsjælland).
Midfielders: Christian Poulsen (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Jakob Poulsen (Midtjylland), William Kvist (FC Nürnberg), Niki Zimling (Club Brugge), Thomas Kahlenberg (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Christian Eriksen (Ajax), Michael Silberbauer (BSC Young Boys), Lasse Schone (NEC Nijmegen).
Forwards: Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby IF), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brondby IF), Tobias Mikkelsen (FC Nordsjælland), Nicklas Pedersen (FC Groningen).
Odds via Paddy Power: 80/1
Come along and enjoy Euro 2012 at City Square, the only outdoor venue in Manchester showing the England matches. We are kicking off with England’s opening match against France on June 11, with City Square open from 2:30pm.
There will be free giveaways from the CityStore and EA, parking is free and The Summerbee Bar, Blue Moon Café and Star Bar will all be open.
Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for kids and are available now from the box office - advance purchase only.