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Calendar (French time) in group D

November 22: Denmark-Tunisia, at the Education City stadium (2 p.m., BeIN Sports 1)

November 26: France-Denmark, at Stade 974 (5 p.m., TF1 and BeIN Sports 1)

November 30: Australia-Denmark, at Al-Janoub Stadium (4 p.m., BeIN Sports 1)

Their nickname. It was in France, during Euro 1984, that the Danish selection took the nickname of Danish Dynamite (“Danish dynamite”). That year, the Scandinavians had climbed to the semi-finals of the competition, after giving the host country a hard time in the opening match at the Parc des Princes. Since 1986 and the song box Re-Sepp-Ten by the VM Holdet group, another nickname, more classic, has imposed itself: the Rod-Hvide, which means the “Red and White” in the language of Andersen.

The group of 26:

Goalkeepers: Oliver Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel, Frederik Ronnow.

Defenders: Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Joakim Maehle, Victor Nelsson, Daniel Wass, Alexander Bah.

Midfielders: Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Andreas Skov Olsen, Robert Skov, Christian Norgaard.

Forwards: Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Mikkel Damsgaard, Kasper Dolberg, Jesper Lindström, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen.

Better Qatar than ever. Semi-finalist of the last Euro, Denmark will participate in its seventh World Cup. Its best performance dates back to 1998, with a quarter-final loss against Brazil. Denmark find themselves in France’s group for the fourth time (2-1 for Les Bleus in 1998, 0-2 for Les Rouge et Blanc in 2002, 0-0 in 2018).

Denmark has only one major title to its name: to everyone’s surprise, the Red and Whites won Euro 1992, after replacing Yugoslavia at the last minute, excluded due to the war then raging in the country. .

The selector. Kasper Hjulmand, 50 years. This former coach of Lynhby BK and FC Nordsjaelland has been at the helm of the Danish national team since 2020. Briefly spent by the German club 1. FSV Mainz 05, this former right-back, whose career was stopped at 26 by a knee injury, can rely on a generation of talented players he has seen grow up. Kasper Hjulmand appreciates France, especially Provence, where his parents used to go on vacation in his childhood.

Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde

The strong points. “We have become a family for life and death”, coach Kasper Hjulmand said recently. At Euro 2021, the Danes had shown impressive mental resources after the heart attack in the middle of the match from Christian Eriksen, their master to play. Once renowned for their simple and direct game, they have since been able to modernize their football. If they have lost none of their physical qualities, it is now a team that plays an attractive game, resolutely offensive.

The weak spots. This team also lacks a reliable goalscorer. Neither Martin Braithwaite, nor Kasper Dolberg, nor Andreas Cornelius won at the forefront of the attack. Revelation of the last Euro, the Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard did not confirm his great promises to Sampdoria then to Brentford FC. The defeat (1-2) against Croatia on September 22 in the League of Nations showed that the Danes were not invincible.

The rating of the firm (out of 5): 3.5

With 9 wins and only 1 defeat (30 goals scored, 3 conceded), the Danes impressed in qualifying. Denmark have built up a lot of confidence. A confidence reinforced by the two victories against the Blues in the League of Nations (1-2, June 3, 2022 at the Stade de France, and 2-0, in Copenhagen). Despite the presence of France, reigning world champion, the Red and Whites will therefore aim for first place in their group.

Keep an eye on him. Back in selection after his rupture of the cruciate ligaments in December 2021, the solid central defender Simon Kjaer (33), who plays at AC Milan, has found his armband in selection. From the height of his 1.90 meters and his 121 caps, he is the team’s control tower. Even if he is not yet at 100%, he will be the boss of a particularly physical defense. Simon Kjaer was particularly illustrated by his reactivity during the heart attack of his friend Eriksen.

Denmark's captain Simon Kjaer, in 2021, during a press conference.

Imagine Arsene… that the equipment manufacturer of the Danish selection, Hummel, designed for the Mondial a black jersey, “the color of mourning”, in tribute to workers who died on Qatari construction sites. Besides, the Danish players will travel to the World Cup without their families. The Danish Football Association (DBU) intends to protest against the country’s human rights record.


If you have decided to boycott… you could take the opportunity to visit Kronborg Castle, known to be the setting of the tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Located on a sandy tip of the island of Seeland, this Renaissance castle played an important role in the history of Northern Europe between the 16the and the XVIIIe century.

And if you want to discover what Danish pop sounds like, we recommend the singer MO, whose new album entitled Motordrome was released in January, with the title song Kindness.

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