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 defender Andreas Christensen claims that the blues need to be extremely clever and be ready for a fight when they take on Tottenham during the weekend.
The London rivals will be meeting each other at the Wembley stadium, which has been the source of several miseries for Tottenham. However, Spurs will be playing at this ground for the foreseeable future until the ground work on their new stadium completes. Chelsea come into the match after having suffered a 3-2 defeat against Burnley in the opening match of the season. It was a surprise result that further complicated the negativity surrounding the club.
The blues have sold plenty of players in the summer transfer window and the lack of high quality players led to the manager fielding inexperienced players in the first game of the season against Burnley. Even though the blues came up with an impressive fight back to almost snatching a point with a numerical disadvantage, it was a need to result at the start of the season which could complicate things going forward. (more…)
Denmark’s Under-21 team recently ended their miserable Under-21 European Championship campaign with a victorious win over Czech Republic.
The game which saw Kenneth Zohore, Cardiff City ace score a stunning brace for Denmark was not enough to ensure that they remained in the competition.
Denmark had previously lost out in their two previous opening encounters against Italy and Germany, two games which saw Zohore sit on the bench at their start.
In the two games, he however came in as a substitute, going on to show his prowess and at the end of the game against Germany where they lost 3-0, he received praise for his efforts.
However, he ended the game on a frightening note as he collapsed to the ground in agony, clutching his knee.
For his efforts, the 23-year old was rewarded with a starting place against Czech, which was Denmark’s third and final group match. (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…)
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.