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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has expressed his displeasure at the way his star midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has been treated by Tottenham Hotspur since the season came to a close.
Eriksen is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Denmark national team, but also feels that he has been looking extremely tired in recent games and during the training sessions. This is largely because Tottenham have been involved in an end of season tour. The tour of Australia and Malaysia has seen Spurs play a number of friendly matches with Eriksen being involved in most of them.
The 23-year-old is one of the most heavily used players by manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League campaign. He featured in all 38 games with only one of them not from the start. He was also a regular in almost every competition. This saw him rack up 42 appearances in all competitions.Eriksen was clearly one of the top players in the team after he returned an impressive 13 goals from this matches. His goal tally is especially great considering that he is a playmaker who comes forward to support the strikers. The concerns from Olsen were ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Serbia. Denmark are second in the group behind Portugal. (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…)