Denmark at the FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Denmark have appeared in the finals of the World Cup on four occasions, the first being in 1986. They did not qualify for the finals in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as they were ranked as the worst runner-up among all nine UEFA qualification groups.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Denmark's first appearance at the World Cup was at the ninth edition of the tournament in 1986. From 1986 on, they participated at four out of seven World Cup end stages, progressing as far as the quarter-finals in 1998.

1986 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Michael Laudrup in action for Denmark at the 1986 World Cup against Spain.

Denmark made their first World Cup appearance in the 1986 World Cup, and with the attacking duo of Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjær the team surprised the world, sweeping the group, including a 6–1 thrashing of Uruguay.[1] In the second round, Denmark faced Spain losing 5–1 on the strength of four Emilio Butragueño goals; the first Spain goal was caused by a miss-timed backpass by Jesper Olsen to Butragueño, an unfortunate action subsequently coined as "a real Jesper Olsen" ("en rigtig Jesper Olsen"). The phrase would live on for 13 years and was repeated by the Danish TV commentators in 1999, when an identical backpass was carried out by Jesper Grønkjær to Filippo Inzaghi on the former's debut for Denmark.[2]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 West Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1

4 June 1986 (First Round)
16:00 CST
Scotland  0 – 1  Denmark
Report Elkjær Larsen Goal 57'
Estadio Neza 86, Nezahualcóyotl
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Lajos Nemeth (Hungary)
Scotland
SCOTLAND:
GK 1 Jim Leighton
DF 2 Richard Gough
DF 3 Maurice Malpas
DF 5 Alex McLeish
DF 6 Willie Miller
DF 13 Steve Nicol
MF 8 Roy Aitken
MF 4 Graeme Souness (c)
MF 7 Gordon Strachan Substituted off 74'
FW 19 Charlie Nicholas
FW 20 Paul Sturrock Substituted off 61'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Frank McAvennie Substituted in 61'
FW 9 Eamonn Bannon Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Denmark
DENMARK:
GK 1 Troels Rasmussen
DF 3 Søren Busk
DF 4 Morten Olsen (c)
DF 5 Ivan Nielsen
DF 13 Jens Jørn Bertelsen
MF 6 Søren Lerby
MF 8 Jesper Olsen Substituted off 80'
MF 15 Frank Arnesen Substituted off 74'
MF 11 Michael Laudrup
FW 9 Klaus Berggreen YC 84'
FW 10 Preben Elkjær Larsen
Substitutions:
DF 2 John Sivebæk Substituted in 74'
MF 7 Jan Mølby Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Germany Sepp Piontek

8 June 1986 (First Round)
16:00 CST
Denmark  6 – 1  Uruguay
Elkjær Larsen Goal 11'67'80'
Lerby Goal 41'
Laudrup Goal 52'
J. Olsen Goal 88'
Report Francescoli Goal 45' (pen.)
Denmark
DENMARK:
GK 1 Troels Rasmussen
DF 3 Søren Busk
DF 4 Morten Olsen (c)
DF 5 Ivan Nielsen YC 7'
DF 21 Henrik Andersen
DF 12 Jens Jørn Bertelsen Substituted off 57'
MF 6 Søren Lerby
MF 15 Frank Arnesen
MF 11 Michael Laudrup Substituted off 81'
FW 9 Klaus Berggreen
FW 10 Preben Elkjær Larsen
Substitutions:
MF 7 Jan Mølby Substituted in 57'
MF 8 Jesper Olsen Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Germany Sepp Piontek
Uruguay
URUGUAY:
GK 12 Fernando Alvez
DF 2 Nelson Gutiérrez
DF 3 Eduardo Mario Acevedo (c)
DF 4 Víctor Diogo
DF 6 José Batista
MF 5 Miguel Bossio Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 13', 19'
MF 16 Mario Saralegui
MF 11 Sergio Santín Substituted off 57'
MF 10 Enzo Francescoli
FW 9 Jorge da Silva YC 35'
FW 7 Antonio Alzamendi Substituted off 57'
Substitutions:
MF 17 José Zalazar Substituted in 57'
FW 19 Venancio Ramos Substituted in 57'
Manager:
Uruguay Omar Borrás

13 June 1986 (First Round)
12:00 CST
Denmark  2 – 0  West Germany
J. Olsen Goal 43' (pen.)
Eriksen Goal 62'
Report
Denmark
DENMARK:
GK 22 Lars Høgh
DF 2 John Sivebæk
DF 3 Søren Busk
DF 4 Morten Olsen (c)
DF 21 Henrik Andersen
MF 15 Frank Arnesen Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 36', 88'
MF 7 Jan Mølby
MF 8 Jesper Olsen Substituted off 71'
MF 6 Søren Lerby
MF 11 Michael Laudrup
FW 10 Preben Elkjær Larsen Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 19 John Eriksen Substituted in 46'
FW 14 Allan Simonsen Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Germany Sepp Piontek
West Germany
WEST GERMANY:
GK 1 Harald Schumacher (c)
DF 4 Karlheinz Förster Substituted off 71'
DF 5 Matthias Herget
DF 6 Norbert Eder YC 48'
DF 14 Thomas Berthold
DF 17 Ditmar Jakobs YC 51'
DF 3 Andreas Brehme
MF 21 Wolfgang Rolff Substituted off 46'
MF 8 Lothar Matthäus
FW 19 Klaus Allofs
FW 9 Rudi Völler
Substitutions:
MF 7 Pierre Littbarski Substituted in 46'
FW 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Germany Franz Beckenbauer

18 June 1986 (Round of 16)
16:00 CST
Denmark  1 – 5  Spain
J. Olsen Goal 33' (pen.) Report Butragueño Goal 43'56'80'88' (pen.)
Goikoetxea Goal 68' (pen.)
Denmark
DENMARK:
GK 22 Lars Høgh
DF 3 Søren Busk
DF 4 Morten Olsen (c)
DF 5 Ivan Nielsen
DF 21 Henrik Andersen YC 26' Substituted off 60'
DF 12 Jens Jørn Bertelsen
MF 8 Jesper Olsen Substituted off 71'
MF 6 Søren Lerby
MF 11 Michael Laudrup
FW 9 Klaus Berggreen
FW 10 Preben Elkjær Larsen
Substitutions:
FW 19 John Eriksen Substituted in 60'
MF 7 Jan Mølby Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Germany Sepp Piontek
Spain
SPAIN:
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta
DF 2 Tomás
DF 3 José Antonio Camacho (c) YC 32'
DF 5 Víctor
DF 8 Andoni Goikoetxea YC 27'
MF 14 Ricardo Gallego
MF 11 Julio Alberto
MF 18 Ramón Calderé
MF 21 Míchel YC 60' Substituted off 83'
FW 19 Julio Salinas Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Emilio Butragueño
Substitutions:
FW 20 Eloy Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Francisco Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Spain Miguel Muñoz

1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Under coach Bo "Bosse" Johansson, the 1998 FIFA World Cup saw the revival of the Danish team, starring both Laudrup brothers in their last international campaign. After beating Saudi Arabia 1–0, drawing with South Africa and losing 2–1 to later champions France in mediocre games, the Danish team qualified to the knockout stages as second in the group. In the next game however, Denmark played some of the best football of the entire tournament, beating Nigeria 4–1 in a fantastic game. In the quarterfinal against Brazil, the Danes went out with a beautiful 2–3 defeat to the later silver medalists, in a very close and emotional game.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9
 Denmark 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
 Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1

12 June 1998 (First Round)
17:30
Saudi Arabia  0 – 1  Denmark
Report Rieper Goal 69'
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 38,140
Referee: Javier Castrilli (Argentina)
Saudi Arabia
Denmark
GK 1 Mohamed Al-Deayea
DF 2 Mohammed Al-Jahani
DF 3 Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi
DF 4 Abdullah Zubromawi
DF 13 Hussein Sulaimani
MF 6 Fuad Amin (c) Substituted off 78'
MF 7 Ibrahim Al-Shahrani
MF 14 Khalid Al-Muwallid YC 11'
MF 16 Khamis Al-Owairan
FW 9 Sami Al-Jaber Substituted off 84'
FW 10 Saeed Al-Owairan Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Hamzah Saleh Substituted in 78'
FW 8 Obeid Al-Dosari Substituted in 79'
FW 15 Yousuf Al-Thunayan Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
GK 1 Peter Schmeichel
DF 2 Michael Schjønberg
DF 3 Marc Rieper YC 60'
DF 4 Jes Høgh
DF 6 Thomas Helveg
DF 12 Søren Colding
MF 10 Michael Laudrup (c)
MF 14 Morten Wieghorst YC 12' Substituted off 65'
MF 21 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 73'
FW 11 Brian Laudrup Substituted off 84'
FW 19 Ebbe Sand
Substitutions:
MF 7 Allan Nielsen YC 73' Substituted in 65'
MF 8 Per Frandsen Substituted in 73'
DF 5 Jan Heintze Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Sweden Bo Johansson

Assistant referees:
Claudio Rossi (Argentina)
Jorge Diaz Garcia (Chile)
Fourth official:
Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

18 June 1998 (First Round)
17:30
South Africa  1 – 1  Denmark
McCarthy Goal 51' Report Nielsen Goal 12'
Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse
Attendance: 33,300
Referee: John Toro Rendón (Colombia)
South Africa
Denmark
GK 1 Hans Vonk
DF 3 David Nyathi YC 28' Substituted off 88'
DF 5 Mark Fish
DF 19 Lucas Radebe (c) YC 73'
DF 21 Pierre Issa YC 63'
MF 7 Quinton Fortune
MF 10 John Moshoeu
MF 11 Helman Mkhalele
FW 9 Shaun Bartlett Substituted off 77'
FW 12 Brendan Augustine Substituted off 46'
FW 17 Benni McCarthy
Substitutions:
MF 8 Alfred Phiri Yellow cardRed card 65', 68' Substituted in 46'
FW 6 Phil Masinga Substituted in 77'
FW 13 Delron Buckley Substituted in 88'
Manager:
France Philippe Troussier
GK 1 Peter Schmeichel YC 57'
DF 2 Michael Schjønberg YC 23' Substituted off 82'
DF 3 Marc Rieper
DF 4 Jes Høgh YC 56'
DF 6 Thomas Helveg
DF 12 Søren Colding
MF 7 Allan Nielsen
MF 10 Michael Laudrup (c) Substituted off 58'
MF 21 Martin Jørgensen
FW 11 Brian Laudrup
FW 19 Ebbe Sand Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Jan Heintze Substituted in 58'
FW 9 Miklos Molnar Red card 66' Substituted in 58'
MF 14 Morten Wieghorst Red card 85' Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Sweden Bo Johansson

Assistant referees:
Jorge Luis Arango (Colombia)
Celestino Galván (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Epifanio González (Paraguay)

24 June 1998 (First Round)
16:00
France  2 – 1  Denmark
Djorkaeff Goal 12' (pen.)
Petit Goal 56'
Report M. Laudrup Goal 42' (pen.)
Stade Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 39,100
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
France
Denmark
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
DF 2 Vincent Candela
DF 8 Marcel Desailly (c)
DF 18 Franck Leboeuf
MF 4 Patrick Vieira YC 62'
MF 6 Youri Djorkaeff
MF 11 Robert Pirès Substituted off 71'
MF 13 Bernard Diomède YC 53'
MF 17 Emmanuel Petit Substituted off 64'
MF 19 Christian Karembeu
FW 20 David Trezeguet Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Alain Boghossian Substituted in 64'
FW 12 Thierry Henry Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Stéphane Guivarc'h Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Aimé Jacquet
GK 1 Peter Schmeichel
DF 2 Michael Schjønberg
DF 3 Marc Rieper
DF 4 Jes Høgh
DF 5 Jan Heintze
DF 6 Thomas Helveg
DF 13 Jacob Laursen Substituted off 46'
MF 7 Allan Nielsen
MF 10 Michael Laudrup (c)
MF 21 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 54'
FW 11 Brian Laudrup Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Søren Colding YC 65' Substituted in 46'
FW 19 Ebbe Sand Substituted in 54'
MF 15 Stig Tøfting YC 78' Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Sweden Bo Johansson

Assistant referees:
Nimal Wickeramatunge (Belgium)
Emanuel Zammit (Malta)
Fourth official:
Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)

28 June 1998 (Round of 16)
21:00
Nigeria  1 – 4  Denmark
Babangida Goal 78' Report Møller Goal 3'
B. Laudrup Goal 12'
Sand Goal 60'
Helveg Goal 76'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,000
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
Nigeria
Denmark
GK 1 Peter Rufai
RB 8 Mutiu Adepoju
CB 5 Uche Okechukwu (c)
CB 6 Taribo West
LB 3 Celestine Babayaro
DM 15 Sunday Oliseh
RM 7 Finidi George
LM 11 Garba Lawal Substituted off 73'
AM 10 Jay-Jay Okocha YC 49'
SS 4 Nwankwo Kanu Substituted off 65'
CF 20 Victor Ikpeba
Substitutes:
FW 9 Rashidi Yekini Substituted in 65'
DF 13 Tijjani Babangida Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Peter Schmeichel
RB 12 Søren Colding
CB 3 Marc Rieper YC 24'
CB 4 Jes Høgh
LB 5 Jan Heintze
CM 6 Thomas Helveg
CM 7 Allan Nielsen
RW 21 Martin Jørgensen
LW 10 Michael Laudrup (c) Substituted off 84'
SS 11 Brian Laudrup Substituted off 78'
CF 18 Peter Møller Substituted off 59'
Substitutes:
FW 19 Ebbe Sand Substituted in 59'
MF 14 Morten Wieghorst Substituted in 78'
MF 8 Per Frandsen Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Sweden Bo Johansson

Assistant referees:
Hussain Ghadanfari (Kuwait)
Fernando Tresaco Gracia (Spain)
Fourth official:
Rahman Al Zaid (Saudi Arabia)

3 July 1998 (Quarter-Finals)
21:00
Brazil  3 – 2  Denmark
Bebeto Goal 10'
Rivaldo Goal 25'59'
Report Jørgensen Goal 2'
B. Laudrup Goal 50'
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 35,500
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)
Brazil
Denmark
GK 1 Cláudio Taffarel
RB 2 Cafu YC 81'
CB 3 Aldair YC 37'
CB 4 Junior Baiano
LB 6 Roberto Carlos YC 11'
CM 5 César Sampaio
CM 8 Dunga (c)
AM 10 Rivaldo Substituted off 87'
AM 18 Leonardo Substituted off 71'
CF 20 Bebeto Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Ronaldo
Substitutes:
FW 19 Denílson Substituted in 64'
MF 11 Emerson Substituted in 71'
MF 16 Zé Roberto Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Mário Zagallo
GK 1 Peter Schmeichel
RB 12 Søren Colding YC 39'
CB 3 Marc Rieper
CB 4 Jes Høgh
LB 5 Jan Heintze
CM 6 Thomas Helveg YC 19' Substituted off 87'
CM 7 Allan Nielsen Substituted off 46'
RW 21 Martin Jørgensen
LW 10 Michael Laudrup (c)
SS 11 Brian Laudrup
CF 18 Peter Møller Substituted off 66'
Substitutes:
MF 15 Stig Tøfting YC 72' Substituted in 46'
FW 19 Ebbe Sand Substituted in 66'
DF 2 Michael Schjønberg Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Sweden Bo Johansson

Assistant referees:
Mohamed Mansri (Tunisia)
Dramane Danté (Mali)
Fourth official:
Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Denmark qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but despite impressive results in the group stage, especially the 2–0 win against reigning World Cup winners France, Denmark didn't manage to advance any further as they were defeated with a 0–3 score in the round of 16 against England.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Senegal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
 France 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1



All times local (UTC+9)

1 June 2002 (First Round)
18:00
Uruguay  1–2  Denmark
Rodríguez Goal 47' Report Tomasson Goal 45'83'
Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan
Attendance: 30,157
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)
Uruguay
Denmark
GK 1 Fabián Carini
RB 2 Gustavo Méndez YC 25'
CB 14 Gonzalo Sorondo
CB 4 Paolo Montero (c)
LB 6 Darío Rodríguez Substituted off 87'
RM 8 Gustavo Varela
CM 5 Pablo García
LM 7 Gianni Guigou
AM 20 Álvaro Recoba Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Darío Silva
CF 13 Sebastián Abreu Substituted off 88'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Mario Regueiro Substituted in 80'
FW 11 Federico Magallanes Substituted in 87'
FW 18 Richard Morales Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Víctor Púa
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg
CB 4 Martin Laursen YC 51'
CB 3 René Henriksen
LB 5 Jan Heintze (c) YC 34' Substituted off 58'
CM 2 Stig Tøfting
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 70'
CF 11 Ebbe Sand Substituted off 89'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Niclas Jensen Substituted in 58'
FW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted in 70'
MF 17 Christian Poulsen Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)

Assistant referees:
Awni Hassouneh (Jordan)
Dramane Dante (Mali)
Fourth official:
Byron Moreno (Ecuador)

6 June 2002 (First Round)
15:30
Denmark  1–1  Senegal
Tomasson Goal 16' (pen.) Report Diao Goal 52'
Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu
Attendance: 43,500
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
Denmark
Senegal
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg YC 82'
CB 4 Martin Laursen
CB 3 Rene Henriksen
LB 5 Jan Heintze (c)
CM 2 Stig Tøfting
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen Substituted off 62'
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl Substituted off 89'
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson YC 20'
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 50'
CF 11 Ebbe Sand YC 7'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted in 50'
MF 17 Christian Poulsen YC 84' Substituted in 62'
FW 18 Peter Løvenkrands Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
GK 1 Tony Sylva
RB 17 Ferdinand Coly
CB 13 Lamine Diatta
CB 4 Papa Malick Diop (c)
LB 2 Omar Daf
RM 14 Moussa N'Diaye Substituted off 46'
CM 3 Papa Sarr Substituted off 46'
CM 15 Salif Diao Yellow cardRed card 62', 80'
CM 19 Papa Bouba Diop
LM 10 Khalilou Fadiga YC 10'
CF 11 El Hadji Diouf
Substitutions:
FW 7 Henri Camara Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Souleymane Camara Substituted in 46' Substituted off 83'
DF 21 Habib Beye Substituted in 83'
Manager:
France Bruno Metsu

Man of the Match:
Khalilou Fadiga (Senegal)

Assistant referees:
Ferenc Szekely (Hungary)
Visva Krishnan (Singapore)
Fourth official:
Kim Young-Soo (Korea Republic)

11 June 2002 (First Round)
15:30
Denmark  2–0  France
Rommedahl Goal 22'
Tomasson Goal 67'
Report
Denmark
France
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg
CB 4 Martin Laursen
CB 3 Rene Henriksen (c)
LB 12 Niclas Jensen YC 71'
CM 2 Stig Tøfting Substituted off 79'
CM 17 Christian Poulsen YC 27' Substituted off 76'
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
LW 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 46'
CF 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
Substitutions:
FW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted in 46'
DF 20 Kasper Bøgelund Substituted in 76'
MF 23 Brian Steen Nielsen Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 2 Vincent Candela
CB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Substituted off 71'
CM 7 Claude Makélélé
RW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 83'
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane
LW 21 Christophe Dugarry YC 8' Substituted off 54'
CF 20 David Trezeguet
Substitutions:
FW 9 Djibril Cissé Substituted in 54'
MF 22 Johan Micoud Substituted in 71'
MF 6 Youri Djorkaeff Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Roger Lemerre

Man of the Match:
Zinedine Zidane (France)

Assistant referees:
Carlos Matos (Portugal)
Elise Doriri (Vanuatu)
Fourth official:
Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

15 June 2002 (Round of 16)
20:30
Denmark  0–3  England
Report Ferdinand Goal 5'
Owen Goal 22'
Heskey Goal 44'
Big Swan Stadium, Niigata
Attendance: 40,582
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
Denmark
England
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Thomas Helveg Substituted off 7'
CB 4 Martin Laursen
CB 3 René Henriksen (c)
LB 12 Niclas Jensen
CM 2 Stig Tøfting YC 24' Substituted off 58'
CM 7 Thomas Gravesen
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær
CF 11 Ebbe Sand
Substitutions:
DF 20 Kasper Bøgelund Substituted in 7'
MF 14 Claus Jensen Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
GK 1 David Seaman
RB 2 Danny Mills YC 50'
CB 5 Rio Ferdinand
CB 6 Sol Campbell
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 David Beckham (c)
CM 8 Paul Scholes Substituted off 49'
CM 21 Nicky Butt
LM 4 Trevor Sinclair
CF 11 Emile Heskey Substituted off 69'
CF 10 Michael Owen Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Robbie Fowler Substituted in 46'
MF 23 Kieron Dyer Substituted in 49'
FW 17 Teddy Sheringham Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson

Man of the Match:
Rio Ferdinand (England)

Assistant referees:
Heiner Müller (Germany)
Evzen Amler (Czech Republic)
Fourth official:
Mourad Daami (Tunisia)

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

At the 2010 World Cup, Denmark was grouped with Japan, Cameroon and the Netherlands. Denmark lost the first match 2–0 to Netherlands, but then had a vital 2–1 victory against Cameroon, which enabled further advancement in case of victory over Japan, the final match of the group stage. Denmark, however, lost 3–1, thereby failing to reach their goal of advancing to the round of 16.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0


All times local (UTC+02)

14 June 2010 (First Round)
13:30
Netherlands  2–0  Denmark
Agger Goal 46' (o.g.)
Kuyt Goal 85'
Report
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 83,465
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)[3]
Netherlands[4]
Denmark[4]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
CM 6 Mark van Bommel
CM 8 Nigel de Jong YC 44' Substituted off 88'
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted off 67'
CF 9 Robin van Persie YC 49' Substituted off 77'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 67'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 77'
MF 14 Demy de Zeeuw Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
NED-DEN 2010-06-14.svg
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 3 Simon Kjær YC 63'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
RM 20 Thomas Enevoldsen Substituted off 56'
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted off 73'
LM 10 Martin Jørgensen (c)
SS 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner Substituted off 62'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted in 56'
FW 17 Mikkel Beckmann Substituted in 62'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
Netherlands vs Denmark

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Eric Dansault (France)[3]
Laurent Ugo (France)[3]
Fourth official:
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)[3]
Fifth official:
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)[3]

19 June 2010 (First Round)
20:30
Cameroon  1–2  Denmark
Eto'o Goal 10' Report Bendtner Goal 33'
Rommedahl Goal 61'
Cameroon[5]
Denmark[5]
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 19 Stéphane Mbia YC 75'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
CB 5 Sébastien Bassong YC 49' Substituted off 72'
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 6 Alex Song
CM 8 Geremi
CM 18 Eyong Enoh Substituted off 46'
LM 10 Achille Emana
SS 15 Pierre Webó Substituted off 78'
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Jean Makoun Substituted in 46'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou Substituted in 72'
FW 23 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted in 78'
Manager:
France Paul Le Guen
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GK 1 Thomas Sørensen YC 86'
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær YC 87'
CB 4 Daniel Agger
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 46'
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c) Substituted off 86'
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 67'
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 7 Daniel Jensen Substituted in 46'
MF 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted in 67'
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Daniel Agger (Denmark)

Assistant referees:
Pablo Fandino (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)

Japan opened the scoring in the 17th minute from a direct free kick taken by Keisuke Honda – only the second goal scored from a free kick in the tournament.[6] Honda, standing to Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen's left, kicked the ball with great force; Sørensen initially moved to his left, and as the ball sailed past the wall, he shifted direction, but could not recover in time to make the save. Japan's second goal came thirteen minutes later, also from a direct free kick, this time by Yasuhito Endō. Standing outside the penalty area directly in front of the Danish goal, he curled the ball around the wall. Sørensen had been standing on the right side of his goal and could not move to his left fast enough. Endō almost scored from yet another free kick early in the second half. This time, Sørensen appeared to have difficulty judging the path of the ball, and was only able to palm it away at the last second, where it caromed off the goalpost.

Denmark needed to win this game in order to advance and increased their attacks accordingly. Late in the second half, Christian Eriksen put his shot over the goal and Søren Larsen hit the goalpost. They were finally able to score in the 82nd minute. When Makoto Hasebe was adjudged to have fouled Daniel Agger inside the penalty area, Denmark were awarded a penalty kick. Jon Dahl Tomasson took the shot, which was saved by Eiji Kawashima; the goalkeeper, however, was unable to control the rebound, which fell to Tomasson, and he was able to put it in the goal. Japan scored their final goal in the 87th minute. Honda dribbled into the penalty area, forcing Sørensen to attempt to block a potential shot, but Honda passed it to substitute Shinji Okazaki, who merely had to put the ball into an empty net.

The victory was Japan's second World Cup tournament victory on foreign soil, and only their second against a European team. Japan finished group play in second place with six points, and advanced to the knockout round for the second time in their history, and the first time on foreign soil.[7] Denmark ended in third with three points. This was the first time Denmark failed to get past the group stage in the World Cup.

24 June 2010 (First Round)
20:30
Denmark  1–3  Japan
Tomasson Goal 81' Report Honda Goal 17'
Endō Goal 30'
Okazaki Goal 87'
Denmark[8]
Japan[8]
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 13 Per Krøldrup YC 29' Substituted off 56'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
DM 2 Christian Poulsen YC 48'
CM 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 34'
CM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted off 63'
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c)
AM 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner YC 66'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen Substituted in 34'
FW 18 Søren Larsen Substituted in 56'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen Substituted in 63'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
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GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 3 Yūichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo YC 26'
DM 2 Yuki Abe
CM 8 Daisuke Matsui Substituted off 74'
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō YC 12' Substituted off 90+1'
RW 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted off 88'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted in 74'
DF 15 Yasuyuki Konno Substituted in 88'
MF 20 Junichi Inamoto Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Man of the Match:
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Célestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
Enock Molefe (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)

Summary table[edit]

Location and Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to Switzerland 1954 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did not enter - - - - - - -
England 1966 to Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 9 4 3 0 1 10 6
Italy 1990 to United States 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1998 Quarter-finals 8 5 2 1 2 9 7
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round of 16 10 4 2 1 1 5 5
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Round 1 24 3 1 0 2 3 6
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Russia 2018 - - - - - - - -
Qatar 2022 - - - - - - - -
Total 4/20 - 16 8 2 6 27 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The cult World Cup teams we loved: Denmark 1986". The Score. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Politiken.dk (1999-03-28). "Den aften, da Jesper Olsen blev glemt" (in Danish). 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group E – Netherlands-Denmark" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group E – Cameroon-Denmark" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Sheringham, Sam (24 June 2010). "Denmark 1-3 Japan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Honda drives Japan through". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. 24 June 2010. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group E – Denmark-Japan" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 

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