Denmark's World Cup 2022 Standings
Denmark completes Group C, which also includes France, Australia and Peru. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday. You can review offensive production, view defensive statistics and even check out how the team's first and second half performances differ. There is a wealth of information available to you right here.
Denmark's Odds To Win The World Cup
Denmark has a great opportunity to make it to the second round for the fourth time in five World Cup campaigns when they travel to Russia. France will prove their biggest test, although they will be buoyed by their win over them in the 2002 tournament. Australia and Peru will test the Danes, but overall there is a feeling that they should progress from Group C.
Sports Interaction has listed Denmark as a good chance of making it to the Round of 16, offering odds of -167, while they are paying +125 to repeat their 2010 performance and be eliminated from the first round. Our prediction is for the Danes to qualify behind France, meaning they will face a strong Argentinian team in the second round. You can get odds of +160 on Denmark being eliminated at the Round of 16 stage, which is a great pick.
Denmark is priced at +8900 to win the 2018 World Cup, and while that is almost certainly not going to happen, you never know. Regardless of their overall performance, a team containing Christian Eriksen will never fail to entertain, which makes Denmark a great country to follow at the upcoming tournament.
Denmark's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Danish team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Christian Eriksen (Midfielder)
The Tottenham Hotspur star will be the one pulling the strings in Russia, as he did so well in qualification for his country. Eriksen scored a remarkable hat trick in Dublin against Ireland, and finished with 11 goals in 12 matches throughout the qualifying round - only Poland's Robert Lewandowski and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo managed to hit the back of the net on more occasions.
Eriksen's threat in midfield is lethal, and his partnership with Harry Kane in the English Premier League is evidence of his ability. Without Kane at an international level, Eriksen tends to take more on himself, and he is certainly capable of taking apart teams with his technical ability and excellent passing.
Kasper Schmeichel (Goalkeeper)
Following in the footsteps of his famous father, who also starred in goal for Denmark, Kasper Schmeichel is one of the better goalkeepers in the EPL. He was instrumental to Leicester City's shock Premier League title and has shown his class countless times between the sticks for his nation.
Thomas Delaney (Midfielder)
Delaney made 244 appearances for FC Copenhagen before making the move to the Bundesliga in 2017 with Werder Bremen. Known for his free kicks, particularly the one that was ranked as the third-best 2016 UEFA Champions League goal, Delaney is a great foil for Eriksen in midfield. He is also known for his goal-scoring threat, recording hat tricks in both a Bundesliga match and a World Cup qualifier against Armenia in 2017.
The Coach (Age Hareide)
Hareide returned to international football management after an eight-year absence following his role as head of his national team Norway between 2003 and 2008. He commenced his role following Denmark's failure to qualify for the 2016 European Championships and has been an immediate success considering he achieved the nation's primary goal of qualifying for Russia.
His record since taking over is solid, particularly as there have been so few defeats. In 19 games in charge, he has overseen ten wins, six draws and just three losses, and the team went through 2017 undefeated.
Hareide has plenty of managerial experience. He first took on a role in 1985 as player-manager at Molde, the club that made him as a defender before stints in England with Manchester City and Norwich City, and has over 30 years of first-team management on his resume, consisting almost solely of Scandinavian teams.
Denmark's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Denmark's latest international was played against the Republic of Ireland on November 14th, 2017. The full lineup was as follows:
Starting Lineup (3-2-3-2)
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) - Andreas Bjelland (Brentford), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjær (Sevilla) - William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) - Jens Stryger-Larsen (Udinese), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) - Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord).
Reserves: Nicklas Bendtner, Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Frederik Ronnow, Lukas Lerager, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Knudsen, Peter Ankersen, Andreas Cornelius, Mathias Jorgensen, Jonas Lossl.
Denmark's FIFA World Cup History
Denmark qualified for Russia at the expense of the Republic of Ireland in a European play-off, which they won thanks to a 5-1 victory in Dublin. Prior to that, they had performed well to finish second behind Poland in their qualification group, winning six of their ten matches and capping off their progress with a 4-0 thumping of the Poles.
Despite various European nations appearing at the World Cup regularly since its inception in 1930, it wasn't until 1986 that Denmark made their first start in the tournament. They certainly made a promising start, winning all three group matches, including a 2-0 win against West Germany and a 6-1 demolition of Uruguay. However, they were eliminated in similarly spectacular fashion, losing 5-1 to Spain.
Their next tournament was in 1998, and they exceeded expectations by making it to the final eight, their best performance at the World Cup to date. While their group stage performance wasn't overly impressive, collecting four points with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia and a 1-1 draw with South Africa, they saved their best for the Round of 16 match against Nigeria which they won 4-1. Denmark led early against Brazil in their quarter-final but was eventually overthrown by the 1998 finalists 3-2.
Denmark qualified for two consecutive World Cups for the first and only time when they made it to the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea, and once again performed well, topping their group thanks to wins over Uruguay and France. They bowed out in the second round after losing 3-0 to a strong England side.
The Danes' most recent appearance at the World Cup came in 2010 and proved to be the first and only time that the nation would not advance from their group. After losing to eventual finalists the Netherlands in the opening fixture, Denmark still had a place in the final sixteen within their grasp before the Japanese ended their hopes with a 3-1 victory.
2018 marks their fifth start at the World Cup, and once again they will face France in the group stages, a team they have a 1-1 record against at the tournament. Denmark will also face Peru and Australia in what looks to be a tough Group C, although they are expected to reach the second round alongside their European counterparts.