Age Hareide says that he is extremely delighted to have guided Denmark to the World Cup 2018, but things could have been very different for the manager had it not been for the patient approach from the national team during difficult times. Hareide has revealed how he was on the brink of leaving the job after a 1-0 loss against minnows Montenegro earlier in the campaign. After taking over as the coach of the national team in December 2015, Hareide was given the task of qualifying for the World Cup 2018 without fail. This was due to the national team’s failure to reach the Euro 2016 under Morten Olsen.
Denmark had a difficult start to the campaign under Hareide as the team suffered defeats against Poland and Montenegro. This was in the second and third games of the World Cup qualification. This immediately raised doubts about the ability of Hareide to be able to lead the national team role. It was only after a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan that things looked on the positive side for Denmark. Immediately after this result, the national team had to go through three consecutive draws – across friendly and World Cup qualification matches combined. Denmark’s form improve only towards the end of the campaign, and they were able to beat Ireland in a play-off game.
Denmark goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel has sent out a warning to the national team to guard against complacency in the upcoming crunch World Cup playoff against the Republic of Ireland.
The former Manchester United stopper was initially very happy being drawn against the Irish but has been thinking again as the tie looms ever nearer.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard feels Dele Alli won’t be missed by Tottenham Hotspur when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The north London outfit will be without Alli for the first three games of the group stage after he received a straight red card in last season’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Genk.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Lampard insisted that Spurs can cope without the presence of Alli as Eriksen can step up to the plate. The Denmark international has often played second fiddle to Alli in the forward department, but Lampard backs him to impress in the Champions League following his impressive showing at Everton.
He said: “Christian Eriksen has become such a good player for Tottenham he can ensure Dele Alli won’t be missed too much against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up. I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play. Now, it is important for Tottenham’s season to get their first win at Wembley.” (more…)
England women would face their Danish counterparts as they make the final preparations for the forthcoming Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.
Denmark are amongst the top 15 women soccer nations in the world. Having qualified for the tournament as well, England want a final warm up against them.
Reports in England say the game would hold on July 1 at Copenhagen Gladsaxe Stadium. The head coach of England Mark Sampson says they would be a good challenge ahead of the tournament. (more…)
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…)