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!
Denmark will trade tackles with host of the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, Brazil, South Africa and Asian squad, Iraq, in Group A of the tournament poised to begin in over 100 days. Niels Frederiksen, the head coach of the under-21 side for Denmark was quite elated with the draw.
“We could‘t have hoped for a better draw,” the coach began after the draws were concluded.”
“Even though it certainly won’t be easy, we see good possibilities against South Africa and Iraq
, and it’s in these games we must get results,” the coach added.
“We’ll meet the toughest team in Brazil in the final game, which is good for us as we will have hopefully acclimatized by then. Our ambition is to reach the quarter finals,” the coach said on an endnote.
The Danes will play its first two games in the capital Brasilia before taking on the hosts in Salvador. The DBU is making plans to ensure the Danish squad meet in June and partake in some pre-tournament games. (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…)
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 the exit of Morten Olsen, Denmark have decided to go for former Malmo manager Age Hareide to lead the national team.
One of the experienced managers in Danish and Norwegian football, the 62-year-old has been in charge of teams in the Champions League. As a result, he has immense experience especially when it comes to dealing with the top players.Malmo were recently seen in the latest Champions League group stages in which they faced the likes of Real Madrid and Paris St Germain.
Both these teams are regarded as amongst the best in club football and it was not a surprising to seeMalmo receive a thrashing on more than one occasion. Still, the quality of the opposition is largely led to have lessened the criticism of manager Hareide. The 62-year-old has had no trouble in finding a new job after taking over as the Denmark national team coach. Under this job, he will have the opportunity to manage some exciting players like Christian Eriksen. The midfielder is regarded as one of the exciting talents in English football right now. It remains to be seen ifHareide can improve the player to touch new heights as far as international football goes. (more…)
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon almost helped his team win the Champions League last season. It may have been a disappointment in the final against Barcelona after Juventus lost narrowly, but they still ended the season in positive fashion after having lifted two more trophies. After all these successes, the player would have been hoping to make it into the FIFA Ballon d’Or award shortlist. The 59 man strong shortlist was recently announced by FIFA and there was major surprise for the Italian superstar as he did not feature in this list. His agent has come out in criticism of the list.
A number of Juventus players have featured in this list like Paul Pogba, but the agent of Gianluigi Buffon believes that his client should have been the first name among them. Buffon has been praised for his loyalty to Juventus even when the club went into the second division. At 37 years of age, the Italian goalkeeper has showed no signs of ageing and may continue to play for the next few years. No goalkeeper has managed to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, but a few have come very close to doing so. Giorgio Chiellini, Alvaro Morata, and Paul Pogba are the Juventus players included in this list. (more…)