Jesper Møller has been re-elected for the second time as president of the Danish Football Association (DBU).
Article top media content
At the annual meeting of the DBU’s board of representatives, the 58-year-old lawyer, who has been at the helm of Danish football since 2014, was confirmed in office unopposed for the next four years.
“Danish football is in a good place,” said Møller, a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee since 2019, in presenting the DBU’s current objectives and reviewing recent achievements.
Denmark’s national women’s team will be present at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 in England this summer and are hoping to produce the same impressive form that saw them reach the final in the Netherlands in 2017.
Meanwhile, the national men’s team are looking ahead to the FIFA World Cup finals later this year, following their outstanding run to last year’s UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals. Denmark finished top of their World Cup European Qualifiers group, winning nine out of ten matches, scoring 30 goals and conceding just three.
“This is a result of many years of close cooperation across Danish football,” Møller reflected. “But we are moving on. We are going to invest even more; in children's football and education, in facilities and infrastructure, in the national teams and clubs. We are moving on so that we can also be competitive in the future.”
The DBU president presented a new children’s strategy and pledged an increase in focus on grassroots membership across the country, while also emphasising the need to take better care of referees.
“We must act properly and protect our referees, who are being exposed to violent dissent, both on the pitch and on social media,” he said. “That has to stop. We must take care of our referees and other volunteers in Danish football.”
Møller also highlighted ambitious DBU projects for the coming years – a 50,000-seater stadium in eastern Denmark, a stadium with a seating capacity of 25,000 in the west of the country, and a national training centre. “It is a huge vision,” he reflected, “but it will be crucial for Danish football in ten years.”