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Kasper Hjulmand and Denmark Hope to Repeat 1992 Heroics at Euro 2024

Kasper Hjulmand and Denmark Hope to Repeat 1992 Heroics at Euro 2024

Denmark were crowned champions of Europe in just their third appearance at the competition, in what remains arguably the most shocking championship outcome to this day. Since their triumph, they have competed at the Euros in five of the last six editions, missing out on the tournament in Euro 2008.

The Danes’ record in the Euros has been fairly impressive, reaching the knockout rounds four times out of nine. They’ve also made it to the final four on three occasions, including at Euro 2020, where they were knocked out by England in extra time.

Kasper Hjulmand and his men seek to make another deep run in the tournament this year and hopefully get their hands on the big prize in July. They find themselves in an interesting Group H, with Slovenia, Serbia, and a semi-final rematch against England on the horizon. The Red and White will fancy their chances of winning the group for an easier knockout round fixture, but should at least take the runner-up spot if all things go well. As the start of the tournament draws closer, we take a deep dive into Denmark’s prospects in Germany, focusing on their potential roster and the Danes’ path to a second championship.

Christian Eriksen, and Rasmus Højlund Among the Players Representing Denmark at the Euros

After a horrendous World Cup campaign, Hjulmand will be going to the Euros with a stronger team than he had in Qatar. However, the 52-year-old, who has held this position since 2020, will be without his preferred choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The veteran shot-stopper played in each of the last three tournaments for Denmark and was the starting goalie during the qualifiers but has opted to sit out Euro 2024 due to fatigue.

The new update leaves Hjulmand with no choice but to field Frederik Rønnow. The Union Berlin goalkeeper has only made eight appearances for the Red and Whites but will be allowed to prove himself on the big stage. Joining him in goal will likely be homegrown goalkeeper Andreas Hansen, who plays for Danish side FC Nordsjælland, and Leicester City’s Mads Hermansen.

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Hjulmand prefers to line up his players in a 4-3-3 formation, and this will likely not change at the Euros. The defense should not be much of a headache for the four-year head coach, with wing-backs Joakim Mæhle, Elias Jelert, and Victor Kristiansen fit and ready to play. Losing top defenders like Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjær, and Alexander Bah to injury is a big blow for the Danes. But the former Nordsjælland manager will have two great centre-backs to rely on in Jannik Vestergaard and Joachim Andersen. He has also called up 27-year-old Jacob Rasmussen and Brentford’s Mads Roerslev, two uncapped players, to join his defense squad. Galatasaray’s Victor Nelsson featured in two qualifying rounds and is also likely to make the final cut as well.

Denmark’s midfield will center around Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The 28-year-old center midfielder has been a staple for Tottenham, averaging 36 Premier League games per season since joining the London-based club. He will be joined by Tottenham alumnus Christian Eriksen, who is expected to retain his spot in the starting lineup despite his poor season at Manchester United. Eriksen has been a shadow of his former self since suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, but his experience will be difficult to replace. It remains to be seen if Mathias Jensen will start in his place, however, with Morten Hjulmand expected to hold the midfield.

Defensive midfielder Christian Nørgaard failed to be cut and will be replaced by Matt O’Riley while attacking midfielder Gustav Isaksen has been preferred over Andreas Skov Olsen. Another notable absentee will be Thomas Delaney, whose crucial goal against Slovenia secured Denmark’s top-placed finish in the Euro Qualifiers.

Denmark’s forward line will revolve around none other than Rasmus Højlund, who led the Red and Whites in goals scored (7) during the qualifiers. Although he had a slow start at Manchester United, he has started adapting to life under Erik ten Hag. He was particularly brilliant for the Red Devils in the Champions League this season, with five goals in six group-stage games. He also scored 10 goals in his last sixteen appearances and will be charged with leading the attack for Denmark at Euro 2024.

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The 21-year-old centre-forward will play with Anders Dreyer on the right wing. Dreyer has been playing the best football of his life for Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht, scoring 19 goals in 30 league games. The left flank will be occupied by Mikkel Damsgaard, who has featured in 23 Premier League games for Brentford.

Kasper Dolberg, another Anderlecht forward, will be on the bench for Hjulmand, while RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen and Reims winger Mohamed Daramy are likely to make the final squad list. However, Wolfsburg forward Jonas Wind will not be on the plane to Germany.

Denmark’s Euro 2024 Campaign in View

Denmark will open their Euro 2024 campaign with a game against Slovenia on June 16 before facing one of the tournament favourites, England. The game against the Three Lions is one of the most anticipated group-stage fixtures, given the way Hjulmand’s men were knocked out of the Euros last year. As a result, the demand for Denmark tickets for the game against England is expected to be high. They will wrap up their group stage journey with another potentially critical game against Serbia.

If Denmark makes it out of the group as winners, they will face either one of the best runners-up, but a second-place finish will see them play against a group winner. Going by the best-case scenario of winning the group, they could face either host Germany or the winner of Group B, which could be Spain, Italy, or Croatia. Should they advance to the semi-final as they did in 2021, they will face France or Belgium, and if they come out on top, they could potentially play England again in the final.

Football writer at AllSoccer. Graduate of Computer Science from Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic. Dreamt of becoming a footballer, find self writing about football.

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