Calendar (French time) in group D

November 22: Denmark-Tunisia, at the Education City stadium (2:00 p.m., BeIN Sports 1)

November 26: France-Denmark, at Stade 974 (5:00 p.m., TF1 and BeIN Sports 1)

November 30: Australia-Denmark, at the Al-Janoub Stadium (4:00 p.m., BeIN Sports 1)

His nickname. It was in France, during Euro 1984, that the Danish team took the nickname of Danish Dynamite (“Danish dynamite”). That year, the Scandinavians had reached the semifinals of the competition, after embarrassing the host country in the opening match at the Parc des Princes. Since 1986 and the song box Re-Sepp-Ten by the VM Holdet group, another, more classic nickname has been imposed: Rod-Hvide, which means “Red and White” in Andersen’s language.

The group of 26:

Goalkeepers: Oliver Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel, Frederik Ronnow.

Defenders: Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Joakim Maehle, Victor Nelsson, Daniel Wass, Alexander Bah.

Midfielders: Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Andreas Skov Olsen, Robert Skov, Christian Norgaard.

Forward: Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Mikkel Damsgaard, Kasper Dolberg, Jesper Lindström, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen.

Better Qatar than ever. Semifinalist of the last European Championship, Denmark will participate in its seventh World Cup. Her best performance dates back to 1998, with a quarterfinal loss to Brazil. Denmark is in the France group for the fourth time (2-1 to Les Bleus in 1998, 0-2 to Les Rouge et Blanc in 2002, 0-0 in 2018).

Denmark only has one important title to its credit: to everyone’s surprise, the rojiblancos won the 1992 Euro Cup, after substituting Yugoslavia at the last minute, excluded by the war that was raging in the country at the time.

The selector. Kasper Hjulmand, 50 years. This former Lynhby BK and FC Nordsjaelland coach has been in charge of the Danish national team since 2020. He had a brief stint with German club 1. FSV Mainz 05, this former right-back, whose career was cut short at the age of 26 by a knee injury . , he can rely on a generation of talented players that he has seen grow up. Kasper Hjulmand appreciates France, especially Provence, where his parents used to go on vacation when he was a child.

Summary note from the Le Monde cabinet

Strengths. “We have become a life and death family”, said coach Kasper Hjulmand recently. At Euro 2021, the Danes had shown impressive mental resources after Christian Eriksen, their teacher in the game, had a heart attack mid-match. Once renowned for their simple and direct play, they have since been able to modernize their football. If they have not lost any of their physical qualities, now they are a team that plays an attractive game, decidedly offensive.

The weak points. This team also lacks a reliable goalscorer. Neither Martin Braithwaite, nor Kasper Dolberg, nor Andreas Cornelius won at the forefront of the attack. Revelation of the last Eurocup, the Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard did not confirm his great promises against Sampdoria and then against Brentford FC. The defeat (1-2) against Croatia on September 22 in the League of Nations showed that the Danes were not invincible.

The signature rating (out of 5): 3.5

With 9 wins and only 1 loss (30 goals scored, 3 conceded), the Danes impressed in the standings. Denmark has built up a lot of confidence. A confidence reinforced by the two victories against the Blues in the League of Nations (1-2, on June 3, 2022 at the Stade de France, and 2-0, in Copenhagen). Despite the presence of France, current world champion, the rojiblancos will thus aspire to the first place in their group.

Keep an eye on him. Back in the national team after his cruciate ligament tear in December 2021, the solid center back Simon Kjaer (33), who plays for AC Milan, has found his bracelet in the national team. From the height of his 1.90 meters and his 121 picks, he is the control tower of the team. Although he is not 100% yet, he will be the boss of a particularly physical defense. Simon Kjaer was particularly illustrated by his reactivity during the heart attack of his friend Eriksen.

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer in 2021 during a press conference.

Imagine Arsenio… that the Danish team’s kit manufacturer, Hummel, designed a black jersey for the World Cup, “the color of mourning”, in tribute to the workers who died on construction sites in Qatar. In addition, the Danish players will travel to the World Cup without their families. The Danish Football Association (DBU) intends to protest against the country’s human rights record.

Proof

If you have decided to boycott… you could take the opportunity to visit Kronborg Castle, known for being the scene of the tragedy Village by William Shakespeare. Located on a sandy tip on the island of Seeland, this Renaissance castle played an important role in the history of northern Europe between the 16th andme and the eighteenthme century.

And if you want to discover what Danish pop sounds like, we recommend singer MO, whose new album titled motorodrome was released in January, with the title song Amiability.