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So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
 
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

When football in Denmark is mentioned, clubs such as FC København (or FC Copenhagen) and Brøndby are usually the first two clubs that come to mind, while Aalborg BK (AaB) are another Danish club that a fairly educated football fan could name off the top of their heads. Looking at UEFA’s club coefficient rankings (Rankings that determine seeds for European competitions) it would suggest that Danish football isn’t exactly doing brilliantly, with FC København the only side above the 100th ranking (47). However, with the emergence of Danish talents in the …

The second semi final was contested between the two time champions Norway, and the team that has failed to win a game inside 90 minutes. Going into the game, the Norwegians were slight favourites because they are unbeaten and comfortably got through the last round. Not to mention their 1-0 victory over the Germans.
On the other hand, Denmark only got two points from their group and scraped through the quarter final by beating France in a penalty shoot out. Could their potentially be a replay of when the men’s team …

Action from the Euro 20120 qualifier were Portugal beat Denmark 3-1
Portugal will be desperate for a win when they play Denmark tomorrow, 13th, but with the Danes in great form the match is sure to be a fight, especially as Denmark finished above the Selecção in Euro qualifying.
This year has not been kind for the Portuguese so far with no wins and just one goal from four matches – not the desired form to be in during a major championship year. Paulo Bento’s men did hit the post twice against …

The opening fixture in the group of death pits two of the competitions former winners in a ‘neither-team-can-afford-to-lose’ clash.
The game also brings together a clash of arguably Europe’s best playmaker and one of the pretenders to the throne. Wesley Sneijder has had an indifferent season for Inter Milan, but has recently shown signs of the form that made him the Netherlands key performer of a side that finished runners-up to Spain at the last World Cup. On the other hand Denmark’s playmaker Christian Eriksen has had a great season for …

When the ex-captain of the ‘Danish Dynamite’ team of the 80’s and 90’s named his 23 man squad to compete in Poland and Ukraine this summer there were exactly zero eyebrows raised over the squad Martin Olsen had picked. It’s a well balanced team, mixed not only with youth and experience but discipline and flair as well.
And whilst the players that have travelled to the Euro’s are as unspectacular as a Jack Charlton combover the lack of expectance and hype will suit the Danes perfectly. After all, who can forget the Danes completely …

Group E concluded with the Netherlands topping the group with Japan finishing runners-up after Denmark lost a must-win game that see’s them eliminated and failing to progress from the World Cup group stages for the first time in their history.
Denmark and Japan clashed in Rustenburg tonight with Morten Olsen’s Denmark side needing all three points to progress to the last 16 stage of the World Cup.
Denmark began the match as the brighter of the two teams as they displayed fluent passing and made it difficult for Japan to gain possession.
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Denmark bounced back from their Netherlands defeat with a narrow 2-1 victory over Cameroon which eliminates the African nation from the tournament but keep’s alive the Dane’s chances of progressing from the group stages.
Both teams approached the game knowing a win was the only option and Paul Le Guen’s Cameroon lead the chase for the three points when lackluster defending from Denmark gifted Cameroon the opening goal in the 9th minute. Christian Poulsen played a slack pass on the edge of his own box which was intercepted by Pierre Webo …

Soccer City hosted Denmark and The Netherlands in the opening game of Group E with the Netherlands being many people’s outside bet to go all the way in the tournament. Although much was not expected of Denmark in the build-up, for 45 minutes Denmark had looked equal to Netherlands attacking qualities and were unlucky not to bring a 1-0 lead into the half-time break with the Dane’s carving out several chances in the first half. Nicklas Bendtner went closest in the 26th minute when Dennis Rommedahl’s cross was met by …