Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner has been banned and handed a fine following his antics during the match against Portugal in Lviv last Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Arsenal striker was charged by UEFA following his goal celebration against Portugal, in which he revealed underwear that bore the name of an unofficial sponsor, which breaks European footballs governing body’s strict marketing rules during International tournaments.
The Danes go into their final fixture needing to better Portugal’s result against Holland to progress to the final eight of the competition. Should the Netherlands win, a draw would suffice. Rather than assessing the permutations which may affect Denmark’s chances of reaching the quarter finals of a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 2004, a simplistic, distilled view of the task lying in wait will suffice. Den...More
Few would have seen Denmark placed ahead of Portugal in Group B after one game given the pre-tournament hype surrounding Paulo Bento’s men, but as the build-up to the two sides encounter, Denmark could all but assure their passage to the Quarter-Finals with a win.
Portugal sit bottom of the ‘group of death’ and Paulo Bento knows a loss against the Danes will effectively end their Euro 2012 campaign, which has been marred by a rumoure...More
The predominant tactical trend emerging during the opening stages of the Euro 2012 is the battle between extreme proactivity – a team primarily set out to press high up the pitch, moving the ball rapidly and interchanging positions in attack – and reactivity. However much the English laud their backs-to-the-wall stalemate with France, the Netherlands ultimately futile attempt to break down Denmark’s resistance illustrated the trend in i...More
Owing to little more than the fact that they are playing in the European Championships’ customary Group of Death – had they been drawn in Group A, the Danes would arguably have started as group favourites – viewers are likely to see a more cautious Denmark team than is otherwise custom. To refer to the most famous Danish team of all – indeed, the most famous underdog story in the competition’s history – Morten Olsen’s men are more likel...More
If Denmark could not have wished for a more difficult group upon qualification for Euro 2012, the order of fixtures they face is positively unenviable. With just sixteen spots available, the European Championships concentrates quality competition like no other international tournament. As such - whatever your qualm about the ranking process - although Denmark are ranked 10th in the FIFA World Rankings, the fact that they must face the w...More
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