Denmark

Denmark qualified for their first Under-17 finals since 2003 in dramatic style and boast a talented squad.

Denmark celebrate their dramatic qualification
Denmark celebrate their dramatic qualification ©Laskaris Tsoutsas

Denmark are in their first UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals since 2003 and needed a last-gasp Yussuf Poulsen header against elite round Group 3 hosts Greece to end that wait and deny the Republic of Ireland a berth. But hopes had always been high for this squad, and their highly rated forward Viktor Fischer, the grandson of Poul Pedersen, who was the first man to be capped 50 times by Denmark and captain of the 1960 Olympic silver-medallists.

Fischer, in fact, equalled a competition record with his five goals against Lithuania in the qualifying round while Kenneth Zohore seemed to have won the opening elite round game against the Republic of Ireland with a 77th-minute strike only for Denmark to concede an equaliser. But two days later Frederik Holst's late goal defeated Latvia and in the decider Poulsen came off the bench to strike in added time. Coach Thomas Frank said: "My team have great potential and I am certain that in the finals, where they will not have the stress of qualification, they will be at their best."

Qualifying round: Wales 1-0, Belgium 2-0, Lithuania 7-0 (Group 8 winners)

Elite round: Republic of Ireland 2-2, Latvia 1-0, Greece 1-0 (Group 3 winners)

Key players
Viktor Fischer (forward, FC Midtjylland), Lucas Andersen (midfielder, Aalborg BK), Frederik Holst (defender, Brøndby IF), Kenneth Zohore (forward, FC København)

Coach: Thomas Frank

Date of Birth: 9 September 1973
Nationality:
Danish
Playing career:
Frederiksværk BK
Coaching career:
Frederiksværk BK youth,Hvidovre IF youth, BK 1893 København youth, Lyngby BK youth, Denmark U16/U17

Frank's playing days were spent in the lower divisions with Frederiksværk, where he began his coaching career before his retirement. He has concentrated on youth development with a number of clubs before joining the Danish Football Association (DBU) in 2008.

He has worked with the national U16 and U17 teams for the DBU, leading the latter to the 2011 European finals. Frank is also one of the authors of the book Age-Related Training I and works as a coaching and managing consultant.

Team records

Qualifying top scorer
Viktor Fischer: 7

UEFA European Under-17 Championship best:
Quarter-finals: 2002
Eight-team final tournament: 2003

Honours in UEFA youth competitions:
UEFA European Under-16 Championship
Runners-up: 1994