Denmark–Sweden football rivalry

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The Denmark–Sweden football rivalry is a highly competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national men's football teams of Denmark and Sweden. The clashes between the two neighbouring countries has since the very first match in 1913 attracted large crowds that have witnessed several spectacular games and controversial incidents, despite the fact that the two teams very seldom have met in any of the larger international football tournaments. Sweden leads the series 45-18-40.

Memorable competitive matches[edit]

Euro 1992 group match[edit]

Hosting the 1992 European Championships, Sweden was playing in only its second ever game in the tournament's history when they faced Denmark at Rasunda Stadium in Solna. A goal from Tomas Brolin was enough to give Sweden its first ever EURO victory with a 1-0 win over Denmark. Sweden would finish ahead of eventual winners Denmark in the group.[1]


Euro 2004 group match[edit]

UEFA Euro 2004 Group C standings after 2 matches
Team Pld GF GA Pts
Sweden Sweden 2 6 1 4
Denmark Denmark 2 2 0 4
Italy Italy 2 1 1 2
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2 0 7 0
Final tiebreaker standings
SWE DEN ITA GF GA Pts
Sweden 2–2 1–1 3 3 2
Denmark 2–2 0–0 2 2 2
Italy 1–1 0–0 1 1 2

In the group stage of the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament, the two teams met each other for the first competitive game since the UEFA Euro 1992 group stage, and the first rivalry game since April 2000.

Prior to the game on June 22, 2004, the group C standings were as shown in the table to the right. Simultaneously with the game, Italy faced Bulgaria. With a win, Italy would advance from the group stage, unless Denmark and Sweden drew their game, causing all three teams to end with five points. The tiebreaker would then be the match results between the tied teams, and with Sweden playing 1–1 and Denmark 0–0 with Italy, a Denmark-Sweden draw of 2–2 or higher would leave Italy with one goal from the tied matches, and send both Sweden and Denmark through to the quarter finals, regardless of the Italian side's efforts.

After a 28th-minute-opener by Jon Dahl Tomasson, Henrik Larsson equalised on a penalty shortly after the break. Tomasson brought Denmark one up again in the 66th minute, but just minutes before the final whistle Mattias Jonson equalised for Sweden to make up the final score of 2–2.[2]

The Italians, meanwhile, had beaten Bulgaria by 2–1 on a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time, which would have otherwise sent them through. This caused an uproar within the Italian team, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Italian football federation president Franco Carraro both accusing the Danish and Swedish team of match fixing.[3] However then-Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni said that he nor the federation would protest against the result. UEFA did not investigate the case.[4]

Abandoned 2008 Euro qualifier[edit]

The next rivalry games came in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification group games. The first game was played on 2 June 2007, and started out with the Swedish side going three goals up after two goals from Johan Elmander and one from Petter Hansson in the first half hour of the game. However, through goals by Daniel Agger, Jon Dahl Tomasson, and Leon Andreasen, Denmark completed a remarkable comeback.

In the 89th minute, Denmark's Christian Poulsen hit Markus Rosenberg in the stomach, prompting German referee Herbert Fandel to send him off and award Sweden a penalty kick. Before the penalty kick could be executed, a Danish supporter ran unto the pitch and attempted to punch Fandel, but was stopped by Denmark's Michael Gravgaard. Fandel abandoned the match, Sweden was awarded the match as a 3–0 win, and Denmark was sentenced to play its next two qualifying matches at least 140 km away from Copenhagen. The two teams met for the re-match on 8 September 2007 in Stockholm, which ended in a 0–0 draw. Sweden eventually qualified for the UEFA Euro 2008, while Denmark finished fourth in the group and was eliminated.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[edit]

The two teams were once more drawn in the same group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 6 June 2009, Denmark defeated Sweden 1–0 in Solna, the first victory for Denmark over Sweden since 1996. Sweden's Kim Källström was given a penalty early in the game, but Thomas Sørensen saved the shot. Denmark's Thomas Kahlenberg scored the only goal in the 22nd minute after a defensive mistake by Mikael Nilsson.

The 10 October 2009 re-match was the first rivalry game at Parken Stadium since the controversial fan attack incident. During the game, Sweden had two goals correctly annulled for offside, before Denmark's Jakob Poulsen scored the only goal in the 78th minute. Denmark won the game 1–0, and secured Danish qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while Sweden eventually finished third and were eliminated.

Statistics[edit]

Tournament Pld Den Wins Draws Swe Wins Den Goals Swe Goals
World Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0
World Cup qualifying 2 2 0 0 2 0
European Championship 2 0 1 1 2 3
European Championship qualifying 2 0 1 1[5] 3 3
Olympic tournament[6] 1 0 0 1 2 4
Nordic Championship 49[7] 15 9 25 78 104
Exhibition games[8] 4 1 0 3 7 12
Friendly matches 42 21 7 14 76 56
Decade Pld Den Wins Draws Swe Wins Den Goals Swe Goals
1910s 12 9 1 2 35 10
1920s 10 5 2 3 17 10
1930s 10 5 0 5 24 24
1940s 17 4 4 9 30 45
1950s 11 1 3 7 18 35
1960s 10 1 2 7 18 35
1970s 11 3 3 5 11 16
1980s 8 5 1 2 13 7
1990s 6 3 0 3 3 8
2000s 6 2 2 2 4 6
2010s 2 2 0 0 3 0
Place Pld Den Wins Draws Swe Wins Den Goals Swe Goals
In Denmark 48 23 7 18 95 79
In Sweden 52 17 10 25 70 95
Neutral ground 3 0 1 2 4 8
Total 103 40 18 45 169 182

References[edit]

Print
  • Alsiö, Martin (ed.); Frantz, Alf (ed.), Lindahl, Jimmy (ed.) & Persson, Gunnar (ed.) (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004, del 2: statistiken. Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8. 
  • Glanell, Tomas (ed.); Havik, Göran (ed.), Lindberg, Thomas (ed.), Persson, Gunnar (ed.) & Ågren, Bengt (ed.) (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004, del 1. Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8. 
Online

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=1992/matches/round=219/match=5090/postmatch/report/index.html#brolin+dents+danish+dreams
  2. ^ Aftonbladet – Sex matcher vi minns (Swedish)
  3. ^ "Italy angry at rivals' draw", BBC
  4. ^ "Uefa will not investigate", BBC.
  5. ^ The match was abandoned at the score 3–3 but Sweden was awarded a 0–3 win by UEFA.
  6. ^ Only Olympic matches that are counted as full A internationals.
  7. ^ Not including the 1–0 win for Sweden in 2000, which was considered an A international by Sweden, but not by Denmark.
  8. ^ FBF 40-year anniversary tournament game in June 1947. NFF 50-year anniversary tournament game in June 1952. DBU 100-year anniversary tournament game in June 1989. SFF's "Scania 100" exhibition tournament game in June 1991.