It was business as usual for Romania as they were forced to a goalless draw at home by Denmark.
The result from the World Cup Group E qualifier leaves the hosts in fourth place after five games. Romania have now failed to get any goal in four straight matches for the first time since the 1930s.
Montenegro and Denmark have garnered seven points, a point ahead of Romania. Poland top the group with six points above the nearest competitor; their 2-1 away victory over Montenegro helped.
The result against Denmark means Romania are yet to get their first home victory in the qualifying series. German tactician ChristohpDaum has supervised an unimpressive run that is threatening to end his role in the Romanian senior team. (more…)
Denmark women played a 2-2 draw with Scotland in an international friendly game between both sides.
Denmark scored the first goal with the Scots barely settling in. Gemma Fay cleared the ball only for Sanne Troelsgaard to pick up the ball, then skipper Pernille Harder netted the first goal of the game after receiving the ball from Johanna Rasmussen.
The Danes – a higher ranked side – continued their strong press in the first half but they were caught off guard as Kim Little fed Manchester City forward Jane Ross the ball, which she converted from 22 yards. The scoreline was 1-1.
Fay tried collecting a high ball but injured herself. This forced a delay as she was pulled out for Shannon Lynn. The player has been taken to the hospital for tests on her left foot. The replacement could not stop the attack from the Danish women as Rasmussen, who got an assist for the first goal, scored the second. (more…)
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen says that the club are going through an exciting period of time.
Aside from building a brand-new stadium at a cost of around £ 750 million, the club have also been able to rise up as Premier League title contenders without investing a substantial amount of money. The progress has been steady and manager Mauricio Pochettino has been a major factor. When Christian Eriksen came to the club in the summer of 2014, Tottenham were largely seen as competitors for the top four places. Now, they are in contention with Chelsea for the title.
The progress has certainly been masterminded by some of the players likeEriksen and Dele Alli. While the former has suffered periods of poor form, the latter has been a consistent name in the Tottenham team sheet.Eriksen, though, is certainly on his way back towards achieving his top form. He has five goals in 21 league appearances, but more importantly he has also chipped in with eight assists. (more…)
Recent reports coming from the Denmark national team have claimed that manager Age Hareidewas pressured by Tottenham to rest Christian Eriksen for the friendly match against Czech Republic.
Hareide cited a knock as the reason for Eriksen not being involved in the friendly game despite having taken part in the key World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan a few days earlier.Eriksen seemed in great shape and even managed to score twice in the match. Tottenham have been extremely concerned about their players getting injured.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has had to do without a number of key players for major chunks of the campaign so far.
It has undoubtedly affected of their form and the club are struggling just outside the top four with only one win in the last five matches. Managers are always concerned about international teams using their star players in meaningless friendly games.Hareide, though, has rejected suggestions that he was pressurised by Tottenham.
The manager is also facing the same acquisition with regard to striker Andreas Cornelius of FC Copenhagen. The acquisitions seemed to take a shine away from the victory, which has potentially put Denmark back on track for qualification to the World Cup 2018.
After two consecutive defeats, the team had to win against Kazakhstan in order to stay in touch with the likes of Poland and Montenegro.“We have injuries, and must always be respectful. We have a responsibility to the players and the press have a responsibility to write it correctly and not speculate that people will not play.And I have not been pressured by Copenhagen or Tottenham over players, I have not spoken to Tottenham.I cursed the fact that the press suddenly can write what it wants. Now I’ve said it so everyone will understand it,” said the Denmark manager.
Caltex Socceroo rising youngster Chris Ikonomidis has gotten his first goal for AGF Aarhus, ensuring the team was victorious in the Danish Cup clash.
AGF defeated their opponents Holbaek 3-1 as Ikonomidis got the match-winning goal. We take a look at other Socceroos players.
The game was a good one for the Aussie pair in Denmark as Mustafa Amini impressed for the visitors. Amini was prominent in the build up to Ikonomidis effort. Ange Postecoglou would be happy with the goal from the young player, particularly after naming him in his 30-man squad for the FIFA World Cup affair against Thailand next month.
Ikonomidis was named 24 hours earlier but seems to have proved that he merited the call in the first place.
On the other hand, Brad Jones maintained yet another clean sheet. The Feyenoord shot-stopper has earned a lot of commendation for his recent efforts, and was crucial as the team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Excelsior in the KNVB Beker – Dutch Cup.
Head Coach of Mamelodi Sundowns Pitso Mosimane claims the club is the ‘Denmark’ of the African Champions League after the side booked their place in the 2016 final of the tournament.
Mamelodi Sundowns would trade tackles with Zamalek of Egypt after thrashing Zesco United of Zambian 2-0 in the second leg of the semi final game on Saturday.
The club were earlier knocked out by AS Vita Club of DR Congo, but the Pretoria-based club got a rare chance to continue in the tournament after Vita were disqualified. The football apex body, CAF, disqualified Vita for fielding an ineligible player during the opening rounds of the tournament. Sundowns surprisingly won four of its group matches to top the table. They met and eliminated Zesco in the last four with a 3-2 aggregate.
Mosimane referred to his side as Denmark due to the exploits of the country as far back as 1992. Denmark received a invitation in the last minute to take the spot reserved for Yugoslavia at the European Championship in Sweden. Yugoslavia was war-torn so they couldn’t make the tournament. (more…)
Middlesbrough recently signed Viktor Fischer for around € 5 million from Ajax.
The Danish winger has been spoken of as one of the finest young and upcoming players available for the national team. Hence, it was not surprising that new Danish manager Age Hareide was happy to see the player sign for a Premier League team. Middlesbrough are back in the top division of English football after an extended absence. However, this has been seen as a positive thing for the club since it has allowed them to rebuild from the bottom up.
Almost every one of the squad is new and Middlesbrough will be hoping to stay up and enjoy several seasons of the Premier League once again. The vast sums of TV money set to flow into the club has allowed them to sign players likeFischer. Last season, he almost helped Ajax win the Dutch league title. The highly rated youngster made 28 appearances in the league and scored eight goals. Even though Middlesbrough have not enjoyed the best of players coming from Dutch football, the club are confident about Viktor Fischer being a success. Despite being only 22,Fischer has already made a nine appearances for the national team and scored two goals.
World football powerhouse Brazil avoided another embarrassment when they defeated Denmark 4-0 at the men’s football tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The host moved to the quarter final as they chase their first gold medal in football in the Olympics. They were set to get another embarrassment had they played a draw or lost, having played two draws already against South Africa and Iraq.
Brazil were shamed when they hosted the World Cup in 2014 as they lost to Germany 7-1. They were knocked out in the group stage of the Copa America this year by Peru, and could have lost a golden chance to add a medal to their tally at the Olympics, especially since the one in football had eluded them for long despite being a football stronghold. Brazil are even five time world champions at a bigger stage, and have a good reputation in the age grade tournaments.
Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa grabbed a brace and Gabriel Jesus and Luan added one goal each to make the 4-0 routing of Denmark complete. The game played at Arena Fonte Nova saw the fans chant “the champions are back.” Brazil hadn’t scored any goal before the game as two of their earlier encounters ended in a goalless draw. Denmark had four points after getting a win and a draw. Their loss to Brazil left them with same four points but enough to qualify for the quarter finals. Brazil had two points but with the victory, they end up with five points and as group leaders.
Denmark failed to qualify for the 2016 Euro’s and have recently experienced a number of switches with the prominent figure Daniel Agger announcing his retirement not only from the international stage but also from football in it’s entirety as the former captain of Denmark has been suffering from a number of health issues that has been affecting him in these past few seasons.
Daniel Agger decided to retire at the age of 31 and even with all of the requests from the current coach of Denmark Age Hareide, it made no difference upon the decision of Agger as the former Liverpool player stated that he just couldn’t continue to do it
The Danish player announced his decision to step down from the pitch and no longer play at a competitive level during a news conference as he said: ‘’It’s been a tough decision but I am pulling the plug. It has been difficult in recent years. The last two-three years I think I’ve been at an acceptable level but acceptable is not good enough for me. I don’t want my level to fall any further and so it time to stop’’ (more…)
After having scored over 500 career goals, Diego Milito announced his retirement from playing football at a competitive level.
The captain and iconic figure of the Argentine club Racinghung up his boots on May 21 in what was his final match for Racing where he managed to score a goal and help Racing on claiming a 2-0 victory over Temperley.
Diego Milito scored the last goal of his playing career with Racing at the 17th minute against Temperley as he found the back of the net through a penalty kick.
It was a very emotional match as he announced his farewell from football and supporters of the Argentine attacker were heard shouting his name as they were voicing their support and love to the veteran player who decided to retire after having performed for over 13 years.
Javier Zanetti is another Argentinean who made his mark in the world of football and he wrote on his twitter account: ‘’ Thanks Diego for all the emotions that you gave us, a big hug to you my friend!