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Can the Danes repeat shock of '92?

Group C preview: Denmark

When we think of the Euros and Denmark there is always the memory of the famous 'Danish Dynamite' team. However, the Danes have never able to replicate the surprise success of 1992.

Of course, the last time we saw Denmark at the Euros it was in 2020 when Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest shook the football world. That incident seemed to spurn the country onwards before a semi-final exit. Amazingly, he's back and fit again for Kasper Hjulmand's team.

To find out all about Denmark's talents we once again talked with our expert on all things Danish football, Toke Theilade. When you have a minute spare, please check out his website dedicated to Danish football.

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

Christian Eriksen is coming off a difficult season at Manchester United, where he for the first time in his career wasn’t a regular fixture. But he remains the cornerstone of the Danish team. 

A playmaker in the midfield, everything offensively goes through him. The 32-year-old is also one of the most experienced players in the squad as well as a leader.

Denmark needs Eriksen at his very best if they are to live up to the expectations and advance from the group.


Denmark's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
Belgium
Anderlecht
Goalkeeper
England
Leicester City
Goalkeeper
Germany
1. FC Union Berlin
Defender
England
Crystal Palace
Defender
England
Leicester City
Defender
Italy
Milan
Defender
Germany
Wolfsburg
Defender
Spain
Barcelona
Defender
England
Brentford
Defender
Italy
Bologna
Defender
Portugal
Benfica
Defender
Italy
Roma
Midfielder
England
Brentford
Midfielder
Belgium
Anderlecht
Midfielder
England
Manchester United
Midfielder
England
Brentford
Midfielder
Portugal
Sporting
Midfielder
England
Tottenham
Forward
England
Manchester United
Forward
Belgium
Club Brugge
Forward
Belgium
Anderlecht
Forward
England
Brentford
Forward
Germany
Wolfsburg
Forward
Germany
RB Leipzig
Forward
Belgium
Anderlecht
Forward
England
Burnley
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

There aren’t a lot of young players on the Danish team, but Rasmus Højlund is arguably the most exciting player in the squad. The 20-year-old had a difficult start at Manchester United but grew as the season went on.
 
Højlund is Denmark’s only proper number nine so there's a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Impressive during qualification, he needs to show that he can carry the team and score important goals against the biggest nations.


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Wildcard

26-year-old winger Anders Dreyer had a fantastic season for Anderlecht with 17 goals and nine assists. Although he has only been capped three times at senior level so far, he could end up a key player at EURO 2024. 

Denmark can struggle going forward, especially on the wings, but Dreyer has the ability to take control of games and decide them on his own.
 
One of few Danish players who is vital at club level, he could end up having a similar impact this summer, like Mikkel Damsgaard did last time


Opinion

Denmark stole hearts and minds at the previous Euros, but that scenario is unlikely to happen this time. Kasper Hjulmand’s troops have struggled since that magical summer – especially at the World Cup in Qatar.
 
The bland and uninspiring football continued into the Euro qualification with Denmark struggling offensively to create chances. 

With the likes of Eriksen, Kjær and Schmeichel ageing, the next generation are struggling to break through at club level – many coming off sub-par seasons – and too many players are playing at a low level.
 
Advancing from the group stage would be a success for Denmark, but going any further than that is tough to imagine.


Preferred formation: 4-3-3


 



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SP
2024-06-09 15h42m by sparkerfield
Despite that, he is still Denmark&
HT
2024-06-09 15h19m by hturnerford
He has since moved on to Inter Milan and has regained his form, proving to be a crucial player for the Italian side.

As a big fan of one of the teams competing in the Euros, I have to say that Denmark's Christian Eriksen is a true game-changer. His performance on the field is always top-notch and he has been a key player for the Danish team for many years now. Despite facing a difficult season at Manchester United, he has bounced back and is now a crucial
2024-06-09 15h02m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a fan of Denmark's national team, I am filled with optimism for the upcoming Euros after seeing Christian Eriksen return to full fitness for the team. He has shown time and time again that he is a key player for us, and his presence on the pitch will surely strengthen our chances of success. We may not have replicated the success of the 'Danish Dynamite' team from 1992, but with Eriksen back and leading the team, I have high hopes for
JR
2024-06-09 14h43m by jreedmanbrst
As a football fan, I have to say I am thrilled to see Eriksen back on the national team for Denmark at the Euros. His return is a true testament to his resilience and determination to continue playing at the highest level. I have no doubt he will be a key player for us and help lead the team to success. Let's go Denmark!
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