Denmark national football team

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Denmark Denmark
Nickname(s) De Rød-Hvide (The Red-White)
Association Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU)
Confederation EFU
FIFA ranking 53 Decrease 9 (31 December 1963)
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (1928)
Lowest FIFA ranking 53 (1963)
First international  Denmark 17–1  France
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
Biggest defeat  Denmark 17–1  France
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
World Cup appearances 4 (First in 1910)
Best result Champions, 1914

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1908 London Team
Bronze medal – third place 1912 Stockholm Team

The Denmark national football team represents Denmark is international association football. It is controlled by the Dansk Boldspil-Union.

Denmark is one of nine nations that have won the FIFA World Cup with their first (and only) title being in 1914 when they defeating England at England in extra time which shocked the football world.

History[edit | edit source]

Amateur status[edit | edit source]

Amateur football was in Denmark for the first half of the 20th century which led to problems later on. The first official Olympics football tournament for Denmark was a gold medal after the late withdrawal of the Great Britain team. This included a 17-1 win over France which at the time was the biggest football win in history. They were expected to be one of the favourites for the 1910 FIFA World Cup held in Austria. After knocking off Scotland, they lost to Argentina in the quarter-finals.

After finishing in the bronze medal position at the next Olympics. They were expected to be knocked out in the group stage of the 1914 FIFA World Cup held in England. But after they finished top of Pool B, they would surprise the football world as they defeated Norway and Italy to meet England in the final. After the normal time ended at 2-2, extra time had to be played and two goals from Dolf Van der Nagel and Sophus Nielsen helped Denmark take their first (and to date only) World Cup, 4-2.

With the first World War over, Denmark struggled to get into an international football tournament with them winning their second Nordic Football Championship in 1918 which would be their last successful tournament win until 1938. The team struggled to get it through to the World Cup after three qualifying rounds that they didn't get through. In the 1938 edition, they finished on top of the group, which meant qualifying through before bundling out in the first round by Brazil in a replay.

The next two tournaments for the Danish would end in first round eliminations. At the 1948 Summer Olympics, the Danes lost to Egypt in extra time when Mahmoud Hafez scoring a late goal in the 114th minute to knock out the Danes. After only scraping through to the 1950 FIFA World Cup by a virtual of a playoff against Luxembourg, they got the luxury of playing at home after the DBU and the SvFF agreed to host matches held at Denmark. Not that this helped them much with only three points (a win against Costa Rica and a draw against Spain to finish in third place for Group D.

The next major tournament would see them losing to Greece in the first round of the 1952 Olympics, the team would just miss out on qualifying for the 1954 FIFA World Cup with José Águas ending the Danish hopes and sending Portugal to their second WC. The struggle of qualifying for a major tournament and doing well seemed to be gone as they crashed out in the second round of qualifying for the European Nations Cup before finishing second in their qualifying group, five point full points behind the winners in Great Britain.

Denmark's poor run continued with a first round exit at the 1960 European Nations' Cup to East Germany before they finished fourth in their qualifying group for the 1962 FIFA World Cup with their only win being against East Germany at home.

Tournament History[edit | edit source]

FIFA World Cup[edit | edit source]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
France 1906 Did Not Compete
1910 Quarter Finalist 5th 2 1 0 1 5 4
England 1914 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 15 9
Netherlands 1922 Did Not Compete
1926 Did Not Qualify
Uruguay 1930
1938 Round 1 9th 2 0 1 1 1 4
Sweden 1950 Group Stage 11th 4 1 1 2 10 5
Chile 1954 Did Not Qualify
Switzerland 1958
Mexico 1962
Total Champions 4/12 14 5 5 4 31 22

External Links[edit | edit source]

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