Euro 2012 Preview: Denmark

Euro 2012 Preview: Denmark
COACH
BEST SHOWING
QUALIFICATION
CURRENT WORLD RANKING
HIGHEST WORLD RANKING
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TOURNAMENT ODDS
Morten Olsen
Winners 1992
Qualifying Group H Winners
9
3 (May 1997)
38 (Mar 2009)
100/1 (sportingbet)

 

FIXTURES
June 9th – Holland (1700 BST, Kharkiv, BBC)
June 13th – Portugal (1700 BST, Lviv, ITV)
June 17th – Germany (1945 BST, Lviv, ITV)



Disappointing in South Africa, the Danes made up for it by winning a tough qualifying group with an impressive 2-1 win over Portugal sealing their place in the finals.

Morten Olsen overhauled an ageing squad with Martin Jorgensen and Jesper Gronkjaer being left out in the cold, William Kvist and Niki Zimling may play in the centre of a 4-2-3-1 formation.


With Thomas Sorensen being injured,Manchester United’s Anders Lindegaard is the likely starter with Kasper Schmeichel a late call-up to replace Sorensen.

The spine of the Danish side does look fairly solid with Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer together at centre-back although Andreas Bjelland could deputise for either.

the exciting Christian Eriksen will support Nicklas Bendtner in the attack with Dennis Rommedahl and Michael Krohn-Dehli playing on the wings.

The conundrum for Olsen is who will score the goals if Bendtner is not firing, the other two forwards in the provisional squad Tobias Mikkelsen and Nicklas Pedersen haven’t scored an international goal in 10 appearances between them.

Another problem is whilst the Danes probable starting eleven can hold their own against anyone, they do lack depth should they pick up injuries and suspensions.



ONE TO WATCH – CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN
The 20 year old has already been compared to Danish great Michael Laudrup, although he didn’t get much playing time in South Africa, he has steadily progressed since then with 2011 seeing him being named “Dutch Talent of the Year” and “Danish Player of the Year”

Despite his tender age he already has over 20 international caps and knows pressure situations having dealt with title races for his club.

A creative midfielder with the ability to produce something out of nothing, a good tournament can push him to among Europe’s elite midfielders.

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

A lot of people have written the Danes off in this group but the other three sides won’t relish playing them.They are a better side now than they were in South Africa and on their day can cause problems for anyone. They come into Euro 2012 knowing they can beat Portugal and with a team spirit and confidence.Their weakness however comes if they pick up injuries or suspensions as they lack depth.

There’s no pressure on them either and for my money they could spring a surprise.

VERDICT
A repeat of 1992 is unlikely but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they could advance and if that happens they have a real chance of making the last four.

Danny (D-Good)
Owls Alive
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