Danish Could Be Ultimate Dark Horses Again

The Danish national team are always a team to lookout for in a big tournament.

In the 80s they had the Danish Dynamite team that took the world by storm. In 1998 they took then world champions Brazil to their limits at France 98.

When you think of the ultimate dark horses; it’s hard not to think of the Danish side that climbed off their deckchairs, clambered off the beaches and won EURO 92. They only qualified because Yugoslavia went into a civil war and couldn’t compete.

Denmark have always produced fantastic players and played with a real flair. You’ve had the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Preben Elkjaer, Jon Dahl Tomasson and the Laudrup brothers shining in Danish red!

Coming into Euro 2020 and once again the Dane’s look like a strong unit.

They have a great goalkeeper and leader in Kasper Schmeichel (Son of Peter).

They have plenty of experience in Simon Kjaer, Thomas Delaney and Daniel Wass.

A talented Champions League winner in Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen.

Playmaker Christian Eriksen is still the maestro that makes this generation tick for The Red and Whites. He might have endured a tough start to his Inter Milan career but the twenty-nine year old managed to break into their side and help them win the Scudetto this season. He’s this Danish side’s leading scorer with 36 strikes in his 108 caps. He has also bagged four in his last six for his national side.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg could prove to be vital in breaking up play and getting the ball to talisman Eriksen’s feet.

While it’s true that none of their strikers has reached double figures in international football, they still provide a threat. FC Barcelona man Martin Braithwaite is always dangerous. Kasper Dolberg has plenty of potential and twenty year old Mikel Damsgard is an exciting attacker who likes to dribble at the opposition.

Looking at this Danish side, they have a good mix of young talent and old experienced heads. They look very strong as a unit, yet still have a magical source in Eriksen.

They come into the tournament in fine form too. They’re unbeaten in their last five outings and that includes a superb 4-0 victory over a pretty decent Austrian team (Via UEFA.com).

The Dane’s will also have a very manageable group and have a very intriguing opening game against fellow Scandinavians Finland. Playing that first game in Copenhagen and in front of their own support should give Denmark all the encouragement they need to start well!

They could finish second behind the Belgians in Group B and that might actually give them an easier route to the Euro 2020 final.

With Denmark’s history and the strength in depth they possess in their current squad it would be foolish not to see them as potential dark horses once again!

Their manager Kasper Hjulmand has stated that his squad are already dreaming of success:

“We are comfortable and we believe in ourselves,” 

“We do dare to dream big but we also know that there are bigger countries out there with better opportunities to win it all. So our first aim is to progress from the group and then everything can happen.”

Via Barron’s

It will be interesting to see just how far this Danish side can go, can they really explode and surprise the world yet again?

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