Denmark qualified for the first UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship in 2008, finishing third, but have had to wait until this season to return to Nyon.
It went down to a thrilling last day of second qualifying round action in Copenhagen, Denmark beginning the games trailing Sweden on goals scored but leading opponents Finland by a point. With 12 minutes left both they and Sweden led 1-0 but Sarah Hansen then scored again on Denmark's way to a 3-0 victory while their neighbours were to lose 2-1 to the Netherlands.
"This is a further proof of the great development in Danish women's football at the moment," coach Anders With Damgaard told UEFA.com. "Recently our U19 team also qualified for the EURO finals, and our senior team is very close to qualifying as well. In the U17 team we have an extremely interesting and talented vintage – among the players born in 1995 as well as those born in 1996."
Maria Christensen (goalkeeper, Team Viborg), Frederikke Thøgersen (forward, Thisted FC), Sara Dyrehauge Hansen, (forward, Vejle BK)
Coach: Anders With Damgaard
Date of Birth: 11 January 1971
Playing career: Aalborg Chang
Coaching career: Aalborg Chang U23, Hadsund BK, Lindholm IF, Denmark Women's U16/U19 (assistant), Demark Women's U17
Former third division player Damgaard is a trained schoolteacher and coached at men's youth and lower-division level before going to work for the Danish Football Association (DBU) full time in 2007. The following year he took over the women's U17 team and has now led them to the European finals for the first time under his leadership.
Qualifying top scorer
Sarah Hansen: 8
UEFA European Women's U17 Championship best
Third place: 2008
Honours in other UEFA women's competitions:
UEFA European Women's U18 Championship
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