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Encyclopedia > Danish national football team
Denmark
Nickname -
Association Danish Football Association
Coach Morten Olsen, 2000-
Most caps Peter Schmeichel (129)
Top scorer Poul Nielsen (52)
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Home colours
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Away colours
First International
Denmark 2 - 1 England
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 5 May 1910)
Largest win
Denmark 17 - 1 France
(London, England; 19 October 1908)
Worst defeat
Germany 8 - 0 Denmark
(Breslau, Germany; 16 May 1937)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1986)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1998
European Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1964)
Best result Winners, 1992

The Denmark national football team, controlled by the Danish Football Association, has been a solidly competitive side in international football since the mid-1980s.


Denmark's finest hour in international competition came in Euro 92. The Danes initially failed to qualify, as they finished second behind Yugoslavia in their qualifying group. However, due to international sanctions resulting from the Yugoslav wars, Yugoslavia was barred from the tournament, and Denmark entered as the second-place team in its group. In one of the biggest surprises in the event's history, the Danes went on to win.


Denmark made their first World Cup in 1986, when they surprised the world, sweeping the group, including a 6-1 trashing of Uruguay. In the second round, they did receive a trashing of their own, losing to Spain 5-1.


Denmark is equally famous for its traveling fans, known as roligans, which have received numerous awards from FIFA and UEFA for their combination of easy-going nature and rabid support.


The national team's current coach, Morten Olsen, is one of the country's highest capped players (102).


World Cup record

European Championship record

Famous players


National football teams of Europe (UEFA)

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International Football

FIFA - World Cup - Women's World Cup - World Rankings - Player of the Year
Asia: AFC - Asian Cup | Africa: CAF - African Nations Cup
South America: CONMEBOL - Copa América | North America: CONCACAF - Gold Cup
Oceania: OFC - OFC Nations Cup | Europe: UEFA - European Championship


 
 

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