Euro 2024: Against Slovenia, Denmark begins its difficult quest for a new feat

Euro 2024: Against Slovenia, Denmark begins its difficult quest for a new feat

Ready to start their Euro 2024 against Slovenia this Sunday (6 p.m.), Denmark will struggle to do better than three years ago. In England, Simon Kjaer’s teammates went through all the emotions. Fear first after the heart attack of a Cristian Eriksen who was very close to death, the joys of an incredible journey to the semi-final, and the disappointment of a narrow elimination against England in the Wembley Gates.

Three years later, the men haven’t changed much. Eriksen is still standing. But the Danes, falling to 21st place in the world in the Fifa rankings, have clearly lost their splendor. Proof of this comes 18 months ago with a completely missed World Cup (1 point in the group of France, Australia and Tunisia).

Hojlund alone in front?

Since then, the Danes have certainly finished at the top of a qualifying group without a leader, but have suffered two defeats against Northern Ireland and Kazakhstan. Their only match against a “reference” nation ended in a timid draw against Switzerland (0-0). Without much guarantee. On the ground, the big names always resonate a little, but are less frightening. Example in the goals where the highly contested Kasper Schmeichel, 37, still holds his place despite his disappearance from European radars on the side of Anderlecht.

So we had to count on a little helping hand from destiny and a favorable draw to hope for something in this Euro 2024. Something done with, apart from England, ultra-favorite, a totally affordable Group C. On their road to the round of 16, in addition to Serbia, Kasper Hjulmand’s players will have to make a successful start at my Stuttgart Arena against Slovenia this Sunday.

The Danes know this opponent well since they faced each other twice in the qualifying phase in 2023. With a victory and a draw (2-1, 1-1), the psychological advantage is for the Danes. partners of Rasmus Hojlund. The young star striker from Manchester United, already a scorer against Slovenia, is responsible for leading Denmark’s attack for its first major international competition. Three years after the exploits of Mikkel Damsgaard who we have lost sight of, Denmark wants to make him its new hero.

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