This Denmark side coached by Kasper Hjulmand could be termed as one of the dark horses in the upcoming Euro 2020. Denmark has shown a lot of potentials which was evident since their 2018 World Cup campaign where they when they missed out narrowly on a quarter-final spot after losing only in penalties to one of the finalists Croatia.
EURO 2020 DENMARK PREVIEW
Since the Round of 16 exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Denmark have successfully kept up their good form and are currently sitting on top of their qualification group for the next edition which is scheduled to be held in Qatar in 2022. The team has a good mix of young and veteran players who can upset any team on their given day. The man at the helm, Kasper Hjulmand is also to be given credit for the steady performance of the team that qualified for the Round of 16, last World Cup without suffering a single defeat. Another notable mention in their qualifying campaign for the next World Cup so far is the fact they have managed to win all the games they have played with a goalscoring record of 14 in just three games.
DENMARK SQUAD FOR EURO 2020
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester/ENG), Jonas Lossl (FC Midtjylland), Frederik Rønnow (Schalke/GER)
Defenders: Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese/ITA), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan/ITA), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/ENG), Joachim Andersen (Fulham/ENG), Daniel Wass (Valencia/ESP), Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta/ITA), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton/ENG), Nicolai Boilesen (FC Copenhagen)
Midfielders: Mathias Jensen (Brentford/ENG), Christian Norgaard (Brentford/ENG), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham/ENG), Thomas Delaney (Dortmund/GER), Anders Christiansen (Malmo), Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan/ITA), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria/ITA), Robert Skov (Hoffenheim/GER)
Forwards: Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona/ESP), Andreas Cornelius (Parma/ITA), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bologna/ITA), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig/GER), Kasper Dolberg (Nice/FRA), Jonas Wind (FC Copenhagen)
EURO 2020 KEY PLAYERS FOR DENMARK
The Denmark squad that would be featuring in the Euro 2020 could be defined as a perfect blend between young and experienced. The team boasts of some serious talents who are plying their trades in the top leagues of Europe and are hungry to make a mark. The gaffer also has some good players to throw off the bench in need that makes this team a good bet against the odds. Some of those key players to keep an eye on are:
Living up to his father’s name, the veteran goalkeeper is someone one would love to have in their team. This Euro cup offers him another chance to showcase his talent after winning the FA Cup this year with Leicester City. He was also a part of the iconic Premier League winning team of Leicester in 2016 but would now be hoping to match his father, Peter Schmeichel’s record of winning the European Championships back in the year 1992. Kasper, who has already voiced his desire to win trophies with his national team, will be guarding the goal for Denmark in the Euro 2020 campaign.
The Chelsea defender has improved massively from what he was two years back. He has been an integral part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea and displayed his caliber in the Champions League final after coming off the bench when Thiago Silva left the field with an injury in the fast half. Christensen’s main advantage is that, apart from the center back position, he can play in a defensive midfield role too and has the ability to pull the task off quite nicely as the coach has experimented with 25-year-old before.
As far as Denmark’s creativity is concerned, Eriksen is the main man to look up to. His is the playmaker in the squad and has the ability to come up with that extra bit of magic when the team is in need. The Inter Milan star has regained his form since his switch to Italy from England, after falling out of favor under former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho. He would be pulling the strings from midfield and hoping for the strikers to justice to his deliveries. Not to forget, Eriksen also has the knack of coming up with some goals for his team, much to the joy of Kasper Hjulmand.
Other notable players include Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham who is now a starter in all their games and a worthy defensive midfielder. The team also boasts of Jens Stryger Larsen, a defender who has not lost a single international match with 20 wins and 13 draws to his name. The likes of Martin Braithwaite and Jannik Vestergaard could also play key roles in attack and defence respectively.
Players to watch out: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, ens Stryger Larsen, Martin Braithwaite, Jannik Vestergaard.
EURO 2020 DENMARK GROUP STAGE
Denmark find themselves in a tricky group with Belgium, Russia, and Finland. Belgium are one of the favorites to lift the Euro Cup with a strong side and a potent coach. It would be hard for Denmark to beat them but they have the potential to manage a draw against a team that has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku in their ranks. Finland would not be a hard hurdle to overcome for Kasper Hjulmand and he would expect his team to secure a victory against them.
But the match against Russia could turn out to be crucial for Denmark as the former have the fire powers to cause them trouble. Russia enjoyed a good campaign in the 2018 World Cup at home which included a victory over Spain in the knock-out stages. Denmark start their campaign against Finland on June 12th in the upcoming euros.
EURO 2020 Denmark Group Stage Fixtures
|June 12||Denmark vs Finland||18:00 (UTC)||Parken, Copenhagen|
|June 17||Denmark vs Belgium||18:00 (UTC)||Parken, Copenhagen|
|June 22||Denmark vs Russia||21:00 (UTC)||Parken, Copenhagen|
Denmark history in Euros
|Year and Venue||Position||Result|
|1984 France||Semi Finals (4th)||Lost to Spain on 4-5 on penalties 1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|1988 West Germany||Group stage||Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 3|
|1992 Sweden||Champions||Won 2-0 against Germany|
|1996 England||Group stage||Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 1|
|2000 Belgium & France||Group stage||Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 3|
|2004 Portugal||Quarter finals||Lost 3-0 to Czech Republic|
|2012 Poland & Ukraine||Group stage||Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 2|
Denmark chances in Euros
It would take something remarkable for Denmark to actually lift the trophy as the likes of France, Portugal, England and Belgium have squads much superior to them. But with the talent in Denmark’s ranks, they have the potential to go a fair distance in the campaign. It would not be much of a surprise if they give tough outings to the superior teams and cause one or two upsets. But first and foremost, Denmark need to qualify from their group which would not be a walk in the park by any means. Their game against Russia, which is their last of the group stage, might just turn out to be the match to watch out for.
Denmark prediction for Euros
Four of the third-place teams from the six groups would get a chance to go to the knockout stages. But Denmark would not want to rely on that and would be hoping to make the second place as Belgium are strong favorites to secure the first. In the knockout stages, the Runner of Group A faces the Runner of Group B. Looking at group A, Italy are the favorites to be on top followed by either Wales or Switzerland. It could be well expected of Denmark to qualify to the quarters irrespective of who they face barring Italy. But the competition is destined to get tougher when it comes down to the last eight and that is when Denmark could see themselves in the path of one of the favorites.
Final Predictions: Knocked out of the Quarter Finals.