Danish national football team


October 17, 2021

The Danish national football team is the selection of the best football players from the Danish Football Association. The team took part in five world championships and nine times in European championships, where they became European champions in 1992.


Before 1979

On April 18, 1897, a Danish selection played for the first time in an unofficial game and played this in Hamburg against a selection from Altona. At the Olympic Intermediate Games in Athens in 1906, Denmark won the gold medal. The first official international match of the Danish national team is the 9-0 victory during the 1908 Olympic Games at the White City Stadium in London against the B-team of France. Less than three days later, the Danish team won against the French A-team 17-1 and thus reached the final, in which the Danes lost 2-0 to the hosts. Two years later - on May 5, 1910 - on Sct. Markus-Platz in Copenhagen the first international match on Danish soil, in which England was received and took revenge with a 2-1 win. At the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, after victories against Norway and the Netherlands, they failed again in the final against England. In the first ten years a total of 37 games were played, only nine of which ended in defeat. Another two games ended in a draw, while the Danish team recorded 26 wins. After the Second World War, the Danes won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 1948 and the silver medal for the third time in 1960. The fluctuations in performance or the lack of professionalism - at that time, professionalism was not permitted in Danish football - was expressed in a game in the late summer of 1961: On September 20, 1961, there was a clash with West Germany and against Uwe Seeler's team in Düsseldorf the Danes lost 1: 5. Also because of the successes at the Olympic Games in 1948 and 1960, the Danish Football Association fought against profit. The rule was first relaxed in 1969, before professionals could play in the Danish national team from 1971.

Piontek era (1979–1990)

On July 1, 1979, the German and former Bundesliga player Sepp Piontek became the new coach of the Danish national team. After a bumpy start with two defeats in qualifying for the 1980 European Championship against England and Bulgaria, Denmark under Piontek achieved a respectable success a short time later with a 3-1 win in a friendly against Spain in Cadiz. Participation in the European Championship finals in Italy was missed, but the Danish team and the association assumed that qualifying for the 1982 World Cup would be more successful and that they would be there. In this, Sepp Piontek's team started with three defeats, but a high point in the qualification was the 3-1 away win against the eventual titleholders Italy. Together with the away win against Spain two years earlier, the success against Squadra Azzurra was seen as a hint of a successful future for the Danish national team, in fact, the future should really be better, after a 1-0 win at Wembley in London against the host English in 1983, Denmark qualified for the 1984 European Championship in France. There the Scandinavians played in a group with the hosting French, Belgium and Yugoslavia. After a 1-0 defeat in the opening game against France, in which striker Allan Simonsen was injured and was out for the rest of the tournament, the next games for the Danish team were successful under the motto "Danish Dynamite": Yugoslavia was hit by Arnesen , Berggreen and Lauridsen mi

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