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While we wait for kick-off

Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 12.00CET
They may have been dismayed to find no golf course near their team hotel, but the Denmark squad can enjoy TV from their home country as they prepare for their opening game.
by Thomas Mark
from Kolobrzeg
 
Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 12.00CET

While we wait for kick-off

They may have been dismayed to find no golf course near their team hotel, but the Denmark squad can enjoy TV from their home country as they prepare for their opening game.

It's now been seven days since our four-man crew left UEFA headquarters in Warsaw to go to the much smaller resort town of Kolobrzeg. We were the first ones on the spot, which gave us the chance to check everything was ready for the players' arrival. It also meant we became tour guides for the Danish press corps, most of whom joined us after arriving on the same flight as the squad. Being in a small city means limited options when you go out for dinner. And, by our recommendation, some of these small restaurants simply overflowed with journalists, giving them more business than ever.

As for the players, everyone seems fit and ready for their first match to be played in Kharkiv three days from now. Though there is no golf course, much to the chagrin of certain players, there are still many ways to while away the time between training sessions either relaxing in the spa or watching Danish TV, specially installed by the hotel manager.

A 15-minute interview session before training gave us the chance to chat to goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Anders Lindegaard while the new number one, Stephan Andersen, is the next interviewee on the list. The three have just 15 international caps between them, the lowest tally of any goalkeeping trio at UEFA EURO 2012. By comparison, Spain's custodians have played more than 160 international games between them.

Andersen, who has stepped into the shoes of injured first-choice 'keeper Thomas Sørensen, has never seen action on the pitch at a major tournament, though he was on the bench at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With ten caps for Denmark, everyone is curious to see whether he can handle the pressure of facing some of the best attacking talents Europe has to offer. I'm sure he will. I'm not saying he won't concede goals, I just don't think he’ll be responsible for any of them as he is calm and focussed.

Last updated: 28/06/12 14.47CET

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