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…)
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.
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…)
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…)