The Denmark national football team is controlled by the Danish Football Association and has represented the country of Denmark in international football competitions since 1908.
The team has been a solidly competitive side in international football since the mid-1980s, with the triumph in the 1992 European Championships (Euro 1992) tournament as its most prominent victory, beating the European champions in the semi-final, and the world champions in the final. They also won the Confederations Cup in 1995 defeating Argentina 2–0 in the final match. The Danish team made their first World Cup appearance in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and with the attacking duo of Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjær the team surprised the world, sweeping the group, including a 6–1 thrashing of Uruguay. In the second round Denmark once again faced Spain, and once more Denmark lost out. The team received a trashing of their own, losing 5–1, including four goals by Emilio Butragueño.
After the glory days of 1986 came a period of transition with faltering results. The Euro 1988 tournament ended in early defeat as Denmark lost the group games to Spain, Germany, and Italy. When Denmark failed to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the coach Sepp Piontek was replaced by his assistant Richard Møller Nielsen. Denmark which has qualified three times to the world cup performed best in 1998 when they emerged into the quarter finals.
Denmark qualified to the World cop 2010 on October 10, 2009 by finishing top of Group One with six wins, three draws and one defeat, evoking memories of the Euro 1992 winning team. The campaign included 1-0 victories home and away against arch-rivals Sweden and a 3-2 win in Portugal.
COACH: Morten Olsen since 2000. As a central defender he won more than 100 caps. After hanging up his boots he went on to coach Danish club Brondby, Germans Cologne and Ajax Amsterdam.
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal): Aged 21 and plays forward. Bendtner was a regular goal-scorer for Arsenal last season and was also on target three times in World Cup qualifying. Was voted 2009 Danish Player of the Year.
Christian Poulsen (Juventus): Aged 29 and plays in the midfield. He plays an important role as the only Denmark midfielder with a clear defensive role. His work-rate allows the team to keep their attacking 4-3-3 shape.
Daniel Agger (Liverpool): Aged 24 and plays in the defence. Is probably Denmark`s best defender. Left-footed and good with his head but he has suffered a series of injuries recently.
Denmark which was 26th as of FIFA world ranking in November 2009 surprised many with their strength in qualifying despite being dogged by injuries. They have enough fire-power and talent to get past the group stages.