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UEFA EURO: Denmark - Finland Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

DenmarkDenmarkParken Stadium - CopenhagenSaturday 12 June 2021
18.00CET (18.00 local time)
Group B - Matchday 1
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Match background Only this chapter

Denmark will be looking to make the most of home advantage as they kick off their UEFA EURO 2020 campaign against Finland in Copenhagen – although their Nordic neighbours will be equally keen to make an impression in their first ever match at a final tournament.

• While this opening Group B fixture kicks off a ninth EURO appearance for 1992 winners Denmark, Finland are making their UEFA European Championship debut in the 2020 competition.

• Denmark last appeared in a EURO final tournament in 2012, and will be confident of making a positive start at Parken Stadium given their overall record against the Finns.

Previous meetings
• This is the teams' first meeting since a friendly in Esbjerg on 15 November 2011. Aleksei Eremenko gave Mixu Paatelainen's visitors an unexpected lead on 17 minutes but Morten Olsen's Denmark staged a second-half rally, two goals in three minutes just before the hour from Daniel Agger and Nicklas Bendtner securing a 2-1 victory.

• That made it one defeat in their last 22 games against Finland for the Danes (W15 D6), the sole reverse in that sequence a 2-1 loss in the Spanish resort of La Manga in February 2000, Vesa Vasara scoring twice for the Finns including an 89th-minute winner.

• That 22-match sequence also includes both the sides' previous EURO contests, in qualifying for the 1988 finals. Denmark won 1-0 home and away, thanks to goals from Jens Jørn Bertelsen and Jan Mølby respectively, en route to the final tournament.

• Finland are without a win in Denmark since a 2-0 friendly success in September 1949 – only their second victory away to their neighbours, the other having come in October 1931 (3-2).

• Denmark's home record against Finland since that 1949 defeat is W18 D3.

• Finland's record in Copenhagen overall is W2 D3 L22. Their last visit was a 1-1 friendly draw in August 2003, Jesper Grønkjær giving the home side a 42nd-minute lead before Aki Riihilahti earned Finland a draw with two minutes remaining.

• That was only the second match between the sides at Parken Stadium, following a 2-1 friendly win for Denmark in August 1994. Brian Laudrup and Morten Wieghorst scored second-half goals after Finland's Kim Suominen had opened the scoring five minutes before the break.

EURO facts: Denmark
• This is Denmark's ninth appearance in the UEFA European Championship, but only their second in the past four editions. They were eliminated in the group stage at UEFA EURO 2012, finishing third in their section behind Germany and Portugal with three points from three games.

• The Danes lost to Scandinavian neighbours Sweden in the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs, going down 4-3 on aggregate (1-2 a, 2-2 h).

• Denmark were winners at EURO '92, finished fourth in 1964 and reached the semi-finals in 1984. Their most recent knockout appearance came in 2004, when they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

• Denmark have lost their last two games in the EURO final tournament, and three of the last four; they have recorded only two wins in their last ten EURO finals matches (D2 L6).

• The Danes booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing second behind Switzerland in Group D despite remaining unbeaten in their eight qualifiers (W4 D4). They reached the finals with a 1-1 draw away to the Republic of Ireland in their final qualifier.

• Denmark are one of five teams to have reached UEFA EURO 2020 unbeaten along with Belgium, Italy – who both won every game – Spain and Ukraine. They are the only one of the five who did not top their group.

• Åge Hareide, who oversaw the successful qualifying campaign, was replaced by Kasper Hjulmand following the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020; the former Nordsjælland coach had been due to take over from Hareide after the tournament.

• Denmark's record in Copenhagen is W139 D60 L70. At Parken Stadium it is W61 D25 L18. They have lost only one their last 11 matches there (W6 D4) – 0-1 against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League on 5 September 2020.

EURO facts: Finland
• This is Finland's debut in the UEFA European Championship. The closest they previously came to reaching the finals was in the UEFA EURO 2008 preliminaries when they failed to beat Portugal in their final qualifier, allowing their opponents to qualify instead thanks to a 0-0 draw in Porto.

• Finland are the 34th country to have qualified for the EURO.

• Having never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, this is Finland's debut in a major tournament. They are one of two countries to be making their first appearance at UEFA EURO 2020, along with North Macedonia in Group C.

• Markku Kanerva's side won six of their ten UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers (L4) to finish second in Group J behind Italy.

• Teemu Pukki scored ten of Finland's 16 goals in qualifying. Having also provided an assist, he was involved in 68.75% of their qualifying strikes.

Links and trivia
• Have played together:
Jesper Hansen & Tim Sparv (Midtjylland 2017–20)
Andreas Bjelland, Peter Ankersen, Robert Skov & Jesse Joronen (FC Copenhagen 2018/19)
Frederik Rønnow, Christian Nørgaard & Teemu Pukki (Brøndby 2015–18)
Frederik Rønnow & Paulus Arajuuri (Brøndby 2017–18)
Joachim Andersen & Fredrik Jensen (Twente 2017)
Christian Nørgaard & Lukáš Hrádecký (Brøndby 2013–15)
Jonas Knudsen, Martin Braithwaite & Lukáš Hrádecký (Esbjerg 2009–13)
Peter Ankersen & Lukáš Hrádecký (Esbjerg 2009/10, 2012/13)

• Have played in Denmark:
Tim Sparv (Midtjylland 2014–20)
Pyry Soiri Esbjerg 2019–)
Joni Kauko (Randers 2016–18, Esbjerg 2018–)
Jesse Joronen (Horsens 2017/18, FC Copenhagen 2018/19)
Lukáš Hrádecký (Esbjerg 2009–13, Brøndby 2013–15)
Paulus Arajuuri (Brøndby 2017–19)
Teemu Pukki (Brøndby 2014–18)
Juhani Ojala (Vejle 2019–)

• Robert Skov scored the only goal as Copenhagen won 1-0 away to Finnish club KuPS in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first leg on 12 July 2018.

• Current Finland goalkeeping coach Antti Niemi played for Copenhagen between 1995 and 1997.


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Denmark

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – group stage
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – quarter-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – group stage
1992 – winners
1988 – group stage
1984 – semi-finals
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – fourth place
1960 – last 16

Final tournament win
5-0: Denmark v Yugoslavia, 16/06/84

Final tournament defeat
3-0 five times, most recently Czech Republic v Denmark, 27/06/04

Qualifying win
6-0 three times, most recently Denmark v Gibraltar, 15/11/19

Qualifying defeat
6-0: Hungary v Denmark, 21/09/66

Final tournament appearances
13: Peter Schmeichel
10: Michael Laudrup
10: John Sivebæk
9: Thomas Helveg

Final tournament goals
3: Frank Arnesen
3: Henrik Larsen
3: Brian Laudrup
3: Jon Dahl Tomasson
2: Preben Elkjær
2: Nicklas Bendtner
2: Michael Krohn-Dehli

Overall appearances
39: Peter Schmeichel
33: Dennis Rommedahl
32: Thomas Helveg
31: Martin Jørgensen
31: Morten Olsen
31: Jon Dahl Tomasson
29: Michael Laudrup
29: Thomas Sørensen
28: Simon Kjær
27: Nicklas Bendtner
27: Christian Eriksen

Overall goals
22: Jon Dahl Tomasson
11: Ole Madsen
10: Preben Elkjær
10: Michael Laudrup
9: Nicklas Bendtner
Dennis Rommedahl
7: Kim Vilfort


UEFA European Championship records: Finland

2016 – did not qualify
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not participate
1960 – did not participate

Qualifying win
Finland v San Marino, 17/11/10

Qualifying defeat
Greece v Finland, 11/10/78

Overall appearances
Jari Litmanen
33: Sami Hyypiä
29: Joonas Kolkka
28: Jonathan Johansson
27: Petri Pasanen
26: Mikael Forssell
24: Mika Väyrynen
23: Teemu Pukki
23: Hannu Tihinen
22: Ari Hjelm
22: Mixu Paatelainen
22: Joona Toivio

Overall goals
Mikael Forssell
10: Jari Litmanen
10: Mixu Paatelainen
10: Teemu Pukki
5: Jonatan Johansson
4: Kasper Hämäläinen
4: Ari Hjelm
4: Sami Hyypiä
4: Atik Ismail
4: Joonas Kolkka
4: Joel Pohjanpalo



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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