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Denmark's finest hour came with their shock triumph at EURO '92 ©Getty Images

Denmark

Best result: winners 1992
Coach: Morten Olsen
Leading scorers: all-time – Poul Nielsen, Jon Dahl Tomasson (52); current – Nicklas Bendtner (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Peter Schmeichel (129); current – Dennis Rommedahl (126)
Association formed: 1889
Nickname: None
Where they play: Parken, Copenhagen

Denmark boast a proud UEFA European Championship record. Since qualifying for the 1984 finals at England's expense, they have competed in every tournament bar one (2008) and memorably lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup in neighbouring Sweden in 1992, the team having failed to qualify in the first instance before being reinstated in place of Yugoslavia. The famous 1980s 'Dynamite' side starring, among others, strike duo Preben Elkjær and Michael Laudrup, is fondly remembered, not least as the first Denmark team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. There have been three further participations since then, including a quarter-final at France '98.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P132 W57 D29 L46 F207 A173
Final tournament: P27 W7 D6 L14 F30 A43
Qualifying: P105 W50 D23 L32 F177 A130

Denmark's finest hour came in Sweden after the suspension of Yugoslavia handed them a second chance they grasped with both hands. Having had just ten days to prepare they eliminated England and France in the group stage, then the Netherlands in a semi-final shoot-out. Goals from John Jensen and Kim Vilfort saw off Germany in the showpiece.

Denmark were no strangers to the latter stages of the competition, though, having reached the last four in 1964 and 1984. Morten Olsen's charges again overcame the initial hurdle in 2004, but three Czech Republic goals early in the second half ended their interest in the quarter-finals. Having failed to qualify for the 2008 edition, Denmark returned in 2012 but fell at the group stage despite upsetting the Netherlands in their opening match.

Memorable EURO matches
22/06/04: Denmark 2-2 Sweden, UEFA EURO 2004 group stage
Jon Dahl Tomasson twice gave Denmark the lead as a draw took them through to the last eight.

26/06/92: Denmark 2-0 Germany, EURO '92 final
Goals from Jensen and Vilfort completed the fairy tale for Richard Møller Nielsen's last-minute entrants.

19/05/84: Denmark 3-2 Belgium, 1984 UEFA European Championship group stage
Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, Sepp Piontek's side recovered to book a place in the semis.

Did you know?
Denmark have appeared in all 14 UEFA European Championship qualifying competitions, playing their first game in September 1959, a 2-2 draw with Czechoslovakia in Copenhagen.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.21CET

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Trophy cabinet

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    12/10/1983, Denmark 6-0 Luxembourg, Copenhagen
  • Biggest defeat:
    21/09/1966, Hungary 6-0 Denmark, Budapest
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 39
    Peter Schmeichel (DEN)
  • Top scorers: 21
    Jon Dahl Tomasson (DEN)
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