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.
With Morten Olsen moving on, there is a sense of emptiness in and around the Denmark camp which is obvious as the 66-year oversaw the operations of the team for over a decade.
Like the other Danish players, the Spurs star Christian Eriksen is also finding it quite strange to work under somebody else all of a sudden, but, he reckons a change was probably the need of the hour for the Red and White and it’s not necessarily a bad thing that a new manager has stepped in.
Denmark has already played its first game in the post Olsen era and that has resulted in a win for them filling the whole squad with confidence according to Eriksen.
Speaking in Glasgow where he is present to represent Denmark in another friendly, Eriksen said, “The confidence is high with the Iceland victory. It was an opportunity for all the players to let the manager know what they had to offer and everyone did his best.”
“As we are not into Euros, it’s about World Cup qualifiers now. We would like to be in a balanced state as a team once we have that campaign on our hands in September. Until then, every friendly match that we are playing, we will push to win because that’s the best way of preparation, to keep winning.” (more…)
New Celtic star Erik Sviatchenko could face a spell out of the national team according to assistant coach of the Denmark national team.
Peter Bonde says that the move to the Scottish giants has the ability to get the best or worst out of the defender.Sviatchenko agreed on a four-and-half year deal with Celtic. There are suggestions that the move may have been motivated by the cash, as he will reportedly earn around £1.5million during the contract period. The player turned down offers from the Italian Serie A in order to join the Scottish club.
Scottish football is going through its worst spell and it has not showed signs of getting better. It is playing catch up with the best leagues in terms of finances. This coupled with Celtic being unable to make any impact in the Champions League is only likely to hurt them in the longer run. Comparatively, the Italian league is better not just in terms of the competitiveness but also in terms of the profile. Joining an Italian club would have given Sviatchenko opportunities to join another bigger club in the near future. Personally, Bonde says that a move to German football would have been better for the former Midtjylland player. (more…)
After managing the Denmark national Football team for a long period of one and half decades, Morten Olsen has made the call that he will be leaving his position post the next Euro Cup.
Olsen has been one of the longest serving managers in international Football in the recent times. He had been appointed as the Denmark boss right back in 2000 and ever since, he has been there at that post.
Olsen has not only served Denmark as manager for so long, as a player too, he made a big contribution, being a part of the team for almost 19 years and winning more than 100 caps.
So, one can easily declare him as a role model for the youngsters in Denmark Football.
Nobody had actually expected the Wily manager to make this announcement at this point of time. It was believed he would decide anything over his future once the Danish are done with the Euro, but, Olsen wanted the Association to start looking for his successor already. So, he let them know his decision early.
The Association has 8-10 months time now and they can easily find the best replacement in this duration. (more…)