Denmark – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Morten Olsen
Captain: Jon Dahl Tomasson
FIFA World Ranking: 34
World Cup Appearances: 3
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals – 1998
Denmark Team Profile
The Danes came through what looked a potential tricky Group 1 in the European sector with ease, topping the table above both Portugal & Sweden – both world class international nations. Morten Olsen’s side also achieved qualification with a game to spare and there superb form in qualifying will have raised their credentials and the expectations back home of a big summer in South Africa, possibly emulating their Quarter-Final success of France 1998.
The quarter-finals is the furthest the Danes have progressed in a World Cup, mainly because they’ve failed to qualify for the big event on nine occasions. They didn’t make the cut for Germany 2006, much to the dismay of the loyal followers back home, so perhaps the Denmark squad owe their fans with a big performance in this summers showcase. Morten Olsen does have a few players capable of shining on the big stage but the Danish fans should keep their feet firmly on the ground as, despite their steam rolling display in qualifying, they aren’t as well equipped as some other nations.
Morten Olsen has become a familiar face in international football after nearly a ten year stint at the Danish helm. He took over the reigns back in 2000 but it hasn’t all been plain sailing for the former Denmark international, reaching 102 caps for the Denmark national team as a player. Although the vast majority of his managerial years have been spent managing his native country, he does acquire experience at the helms of your average club. Brondby, FC Koln & Ajax are all clubs Olsen has managed during his managerial career but it does appear he has found home in his current role as Denmark manager.
Morten Olsen did win several honours as a manager, including two Danish league titles & a Dutch league success with Ajax. However, he was sacked at his three of his previous managerial posts and some were surprised to see his name still associated with the National side after they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He came back with aplomb though and has now achieved arguably his greatest achievement as manager, guiding his own country to a World Cup, albeit at his second attempt.
Denmark Key Players
Bendtner is one of the younger players in this Denmark squad, but arguably the most talent of the lot. The tall Dane plies his trade for Arsenal in England, already adoring himself to the Arsenal fans with some big goals for the Gunners. He’s maturing well and at a stead pace, while he’s an ambitious lad and he will be eager to impress in South Africa.
He has a decent goal return for Denmark, averaging a goal every three games, but he did manage just the three goals during qualifying, which is a concern considering he’s their main man up front. Even so, he’s a player with immense talent and potential, and at Arsenal he’s developing into a fine footballer. There are still aspects of his game which need improving; awareness, forward positioning and his sharpness in front of goal, but he has time on his side and could be in for a big tournament leading the line for his country.
Jon Dahl Tomasson
Tomasson may have been around the block at club level but his been a consistent performer for his country, playing in no less than 107 first team internationals for Denmark. With this, Tomasson brings added experience to the fort and manager Morton Olsen obviously felt this was key as Jon Dahl Tomasson was handed the captain armsband and will do so into the finals itself in which it could be Tomasson last World Cup as the former Feyenoord great will be close to 34 years-of-age when the tournament comes a calling next summer.
The Danish captains best attributes are his off the ball movement and his predator like finishing. If the opposition presents Jon Dahl with an opportunity to find the back of the net then more times then not Tomasson will comply. He has scored 51 goals at international level making him the second highest goalscorer for Denmark in their history.
Denmark’s strong defence was undoubtedly what led them to such a successful qualifying campaign in a group which required plenty of concentration and maturity at the back. The Danes, who has a stalwart between their sticks in Thomas Sorenson, conceded just 5 goals on route to winning Group 1 in the European sector, keeping the likes of Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at arms length.
The Danes have two robust centre-backs in Daniel Agger (Liverpool) and Michael Gravgaard, both of whom are not only a rock at the heart of the Danish defence but can be of great use from set-plays. Moreover, the former, Agger, is a great distributor of the ball and an often help his team spring an instant attack straight from defence with his accurate over-the-top balls.
Providing the Denmark defence remains well disciplined and organised at all times, Thomas Sorenson shouldn’t have too much work to do.
The concern for Morten Olsen will be the lack of depth in Denmark in that while he may have a decent enough starting eleven, one more than capable of springing a surprise of two, where a number of his key players to fall foul to an injury in South Africa, he doesn’t have very many suitable replacements ready to fill the voids left by those instrumental to their chances.
Also, Denmark weren’t exactly prolific in front of goal during qualifying, but they’ve been very successful at winning games in a clinical manner, so that may not be a big negative, just a little niggle of concern.
Denmark Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 16
Goals Conceded: 5
Denmark Qualifying statistics:
- Denmark lost just a single qualifier on route to securing a place in the finals, that coming in the form of a 1-0 home defeat against Hungary, a game where Denmark were already through and Hungary desperately needed all three points.
- Were it not for defeat to Hungary in the very last qualifier, Denmark would have ended qualifying undefeated in ten qualifiers. However, they did go on a nine match run without defeat beforehand.
- Denmark share the honour of having the second best defensive record in the European sector out of the eight six team groups, conceding just five goals.
- Soren Larsen, a Schalke player, finished qualifying as Denmark’s highest goalscorer with five goals, closely followed by Bendtner with 3.
- Denmark’s disciplinary record during qualifying was merit-able, with the Danes receiving just 14 yellow cards in ten qualifiers, and they didn’t receive a single red card.
World Cup Potential: 3/5
The Danes qualified for South Africa with a little something to spare but are still one of the unpopular bunch to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Perhaps it’s because they don’t pack as much International pedigree as some, or just simply because many don’t rate the players in the their squad. Either way, we feel Denmark could potentially be one of the summer’s surprise packages, especially as they’re part of a Group they could quite easily progress from: Group E – Holland, Japan and Cameroon.
Morten Olsen, the Denmark manager, has tightened up the Danish defence and the proof was in their qualification campaign which seen them concede just 5 goals in 10 qualifiers. However, their tally of just 16 goals scored in 10 qualifiers was the lowest of any of the European nations who finished top of their respective Group, so it would seem the Danes’ success through qualifying was brought about through their tidy defence and this enabled them to notch up sufficient points by winning the majority of their qualifiers by the odd goal. We suppose you could say Denmark are a clinical nation.
Their strength in depth is a big concern of ours as they don’t have world-class talent in every position. In fact, players with genuine World Cup quality are few and far between, but the Danes play as a team and didn’t need individual stars to get them this far. Even so, there’s only so far you can take a team without players who can really make things happen against the superior nations, and while we fancy Denmark’s chances of making it through their group, the knock-out stages is where they will find their match and then some. Still, on their day Denmark could spring a shock and are certainly one of the more valued E/W punts.
Denmark World Cup Betting Odds
Denmark to win the World Cup: 250/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Denmark were 150/1
Official Denmark World Cup Squad
Jesper Christiansen (FC Copenhagen)
Stephan Andersen (Bröndby IF)
Thomas Sörensen (Stoke City)
Daniel Agger (Liverpool FC)
Lars Jacobsen (Blackburn Rovers)
Patrick Mtiliga (FC Malaga)
Per Kröldrup (Fiorentina)
Simon Kjaer (US Palermo)
Christian Poulsen (Juventus)
Christian Eriksen (Ajax Amsterdam)
Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen)
Jakob Poulsen (Aarhus GF)
Mikkel Beckmann (Randers FC)
Thomas Enevoldsen (FC Groningen)
Thomas Kahlenberg (VfL Wolfsburg)
Martin Jörgensen (Aarhus GF)
Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar)
William Kvist (FC Copenhagen)
Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax Amsterdam)
Jesper Grönkjaer (FC Copenhagen)
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
Sören Larsen (MSV Duisburg)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Denmark Fixtures – Group E
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|14/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Denmark||2-0|
|14/06 - 15.00||E||Japan - Cameroon||1-0|
|19/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Japan||1-0|
|19/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Denmark||1-2|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Denmark - Japan||1-3|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Holland||1-2|
World Cup 2010 Group E - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Holland||3 Matches / 9 Points|
|2||Japan||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|3||Denmark||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Cameroon||3 Matches / 0 Points|