Denmark Team Preview
Posted by gmorgan4982 on May 19, 2010
Although not much was expected from them in qualifying, Denmark finished first in a relatively tough group that included the likes of Sweden and Portugal. Denmark’s only loss in qualifying came after they had already wrapped up a spot at the World Cup. The Danish team got a little easier draw for the World Cup, being put in Group E with beatable, although formidable squads such as Cameroon and Japan. Denmark will enter the World Cup brimming with confidence and fulling expecting to advance into the Round of 16. Their journey will start on Monday, June 14, at 6:30 a.m. as they take on the Netherlands in Soccer City Stadium.
Despite not having qualified for the 2006 World Cup or Euro 2008, Denmark will have an experienced squad. There are few stellar names on the squad, but they will be a disciplined unit under long-time coach Morten Olsen. Who will lead the attack for the Danes? From the Footballistic Blog:
The three senior citizens will help support the country’s up-and-coming star, Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. He scored three times in qualifying, two of which came against mighty Portugal. Bendtner had success in Arsenal’s Champions League campaign, firing a hat-trick against Porto and scoring at the Nou Camp in the 4-1 loss to Barcelona.
Denmark brings one of the tournament’s oldest squads, especially in their attack. Aging stars Dennis Rommedahl, Martin Jorgensen and former AC Milan striker Jon Dahl Tomasson are all expected to figure in the starting XI for the Danes. All of them have more than 90 caps, and all of them are at least 31-years-old.
The defense will be led by the flamboyant and controversial Christian Poulsen. From the Footballistic Blog:
The Danes are led in the defensive midfield by Christian Poulsen, who is usually known for his temper before his actual ability. He’s been involved in a number of incidents, including getting spit on by Francesco Totti at Euro 2004. Then there was the qualifier versus Sweden, where Poulsen punched an opposing player in the stomach. The subsequent red card he received caused one Danish fan to run onto the field and attack the referee. The match was abandoned, and Denmark was given a 3-0 loss as a result.
Twohundredpercent.net rounds out the rest of the backline:
In defence, OB right-back Lars Jacobsen played all but one of the qualifying games. He’ll likely be joined by Daniel Agger of Liverpool and Per Koldrup of Fiorentina, both centre-backs. 21-year old Simon Kjaer of Palermo has also broken into contention in recent seasons. William Kvist of FC Kobenhavn may also feature, but as a true utility player, he may also feature in midfield or attack.
A big question mark for this Danish squad will be at goalkeeper. Thomas Sorenson, the expected starter, is attempting to come back from injury. From ESPN Soccernet:
Thomas Sorensen is expected to be fit for the World Cup finals after Stoke manager Tony Pulis confirmed the goalkeeper did not require an operation to correct a dislocated elbow.
Sorensen was taken off on a stretcher during Stoke’s 7-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday after he sustained the injury when attempting to stop Salomon Kalou’s second goal.
While there is much confidence surrounding this Denmark team, there are a few questions that will need to be answered, starting on Monday, June 14, in South Africa.