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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)De Rød-Hvide
(The Red and Whites)
Danish Dynamite
AssociationDansk Boldspil-Union (DBU)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMorten Wieghorst (caretaker)
CaptainSimon Kjær
Most capsChristian Eriksen (134)
Top scorerPoul Nielsen
Jon Dahl Tomasson (52)
Home stadiumParken Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 21 Steady (18 July 2024)[1]
Highest3 (May 1997, August 1997)
Lowest51 (April 2017)
First international
 Denmark 9–0 France B 
(London, England; 19 October 1908)
Biggest win
 Denmark 17–1 France 
(London, England; 22 October 1908)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Denmark 
(Breslau, Germany; 16 May 1937)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1986)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1998)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1964)
Best resultChampions (1992)
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Appearances1 (first in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (1993)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (1995)

The Denmark national football team (Danish: Danmarks herre-fodboldlandshold or herrelandsholdet) represents Denmark and Greenland in men's international football competitions. It is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU), the governing body for the football clubs which are organised under DBU. Denmark's home stadium is Parken Stadium in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen; their head coach is Morten Wieghorst.

Denmark were winners of the 1906 Intercalated Games football competition and silver medalists at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. However, as amateurs who prohibited their internationals from becoming professionals at foreign clubs, Denmark did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 1986, although they won another Olympic silver in 1960.

Since the 1980s and the "Danish Dynamite" team, Denmark has remained competitive in international tournaments. Triumph in the 1992 European Championship in Sweden marked the team's most prominent victory, defeating defending champions the Netherlands in the semi-final and world champions Germany in the final. They also won the 1995 King Fahd Cup, defeating Argentina in the final. Their best World Cup result was achieved in 1998, where they narrowly lost 3–2 in a quarter-final against Brazil. Denmark also made the round of 16 in 1986, 2002 and 2018. Their most prominent result in recent history was at Euro 2020, where the team lost in the semi-final against England after extra time.



Apart from the men's senior A-level team, Denmark competes with a women's national team, and has teams at various youth levels for both men and women, most prominently the under-21 national team. Historically, the A-level team competed in the Olympics until and including the 1988 tournament, whereafter Olympic games count as under-21 national games. In addition to the A-level team and youth teams, Denmark also has a special league national team named Ligalandsholdet, with the best Danish footballers from the Nordic leagues. The Ligalandsholdet was created in January 1983, and has played unofficial games for the national team during the winter break of the Nordic leagues every year since, save for 2005 and 2011. Sometimes the media also refer to Ligalandsholdet as Denmark's B-team, as the best Danish footballers selected for the A-team often play in leagues outside of the Nordic countries. As such, the national team coach has on several occasions outlined the purpose of having unofficial matches played by Ligalandsholdet as an opportunity of testing new potential upcoming Danish players for the A-team.



Amateur years

The Danish team that won their first silver medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics
Danish team, winning the silver medals at the 1912 Olympics

On 12 April 1896, Denmark XI defeated Podilatikos Syllogos Athinon, either 9–0 or 15–0, at the Neo Phaliron Velodrome in Athens in a demonstration game during the 1896 Olympic Games.[3]

On 18 April 1897, a game was played in Hamburg when a selection team from the Danish Football Association defeated a selection team from the Hamburg-Altona Football Association, 5–0 in the presence of 5,000 spectators.[4][5][6]

The first three editions of the Olympic football event in 1900–1906 had an unofficial status, as the event was not yet open for national football teams to compete, and only had limited participation of three or four club teams from a few nations. Denmark had no club team invited in the 1900 Olympics and the 1904 Olympics, but then received a special invitation for the 1906 Olympics, to compete against one Greek club team (Athens) and two club teams from the Ottoman Empire (Smyrna and Thessaloniki). The team to represent Denmark was compiled of players from the Copenhagen Football Association (KBU), and they won the event, and thereby an unofficial gold medal. Two years later, in the first official football tournament at the 1908 Olympics, Denmark won a silver medal. At the next Olympics, in 1912, the team again won a silver medal, which was followed by a golden era from July 1912 until August 1920, with Denmark ranked most of the time as number one in the world by the Elo ranking. The first official national football match was played on 19 October 1908 during the Olympic Games in London. Denmark beat France's second team 9–0 in the tournament's quarterfinals.

Although Denmark figured fairly prominently in the pre-FIFA World Cup era, international success would elude them for years from the first World Cup in 1930 and forward. Despite the country's ability to produce outstanding football talents, the Danish Football Union (DBU) only had the ambition (or economy) to send the national team to play friendly matches and in the regional tournament, the Nordic Championship, from October 1920 until June 1948. When DBU opted to set their sights higher, they allowed the national team to start contesting the Olympics again, promptly resulting in a bronze medal at the 1948 Olympics. After, the team only reached the quarter-final at the 1952 Olympics, with the DBU choosing not to contest the next 1956 Olympics. As football remained an amateur past-time, most of the best Danish footballers moved abroad to make a living,[7] and due to DBU enforcing the rule to bar all professionals from the national team, it started to become difficult to assemble a highly competitive team.

Denmark experienced their next revival at the 1960 Olympics with a third set of Olympic silver medals. This was followed by another notable performance at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, where Denmark impressively finished in fourth place. However, this finish was considered by many as being more the result of a comparatively easy draw rather than a result of a well-playing team. In order for Denmark to qualify for the semi-final, they only had to defeat Malta, Albania and Luxembourg. In the semi-final, Denmark fell 3–0 to the Soviet Union, then lost the third-place match to Hungary.

The strict rule of only allowing amateurism at the national team was finally abolished by the DBU in May 1971, as they had acknowledged this change was needed in order to build a highly competitive team. In February 1978, when the DBU also decided to allow professional football to be introduced in the Danish leagues, the way was at the same time paved for the national team to sign its first sponsorship with the well-known Danish brewery Carlsberg. The new sponsorship enabled the DBU to hire the German Sepp Piontek in July 1979 as the first full-time professional coach of the national team. The full transition of the national team from amateurism to professionalism had now been accomplished, and indeed, this would soon lead to a vast improvement in the performances of the team.[7]

According to Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen, authors of a book on the "Danish Dynamite" team that would soon emerge:

That process [the transition to professionalism] was accelerated by the fact that so many of the national team were playing abroad, and values learned there were slowly seeping in. ... Denmark got a headstart on football globalisation, benefiting from the enlightenment and experience that comes with playing abroad. At Euro 84, their 20-man squad contained 14 overseas-based players; the other seven teams had only five between them. At Mexico 86, their squad included players from the champions of Italy, West Germany, England, Holland and Belgium, but not Denmark.[8]

Danish Dynamite (1980–1990)


In the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification, Denmark finished with four wins and four losses, including a 3–1 win against the eventual World Cup champions Italy, but Denmark failed to qualify for the final tournament. Qualification for UEFA Euro 1984 saw Denmark defeat England at Wembley Stadium when Allan Simonsen converted a penalty kick for a 1–0 win. Denmark qualified for their first international tournament since 1964, and the team was dubbed "Danish Dynamite" in a competition for the official Danish Euro 1984 song.[7] Denmark's participation ended in the semi-final when the team lost on penalties to Spain, most remembered for Preben Elkjær's penalty miss, his shorts torn apart. Following the strong performance at the finals, the name "Danish Dynamite" became a mainstay for the following decade of the Danish national team under head coach Sepp Piontek.[9]

Denmark made their first World Cup appearance in the 1986 World Cup, and with the attacking duo of Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjær, thrashed Uruguay 6–1. In the second round, Denmark once again faced Spain and once more lost, 5–1, including four goals by Emilio Butragueño. The first Spanish goal was caused by a miss-timed backpass by Jesper Olsen to Butragueño, an unfortunate action subsequently coined as "a real Jesper Olsen" ("en rigtig Jesper Olsen"). The phrase would live on for 13 years, and was repeated by the Danish TV commentators in 1999, when an identical backpass was carried out by Jesper Grønkjær to Filippo Inzaghi in Grønkjær's debut for the national team.[10]

Denmark qualified for Euro 1988, and nearly made the 1988 Olympics. Richard Møller Nielsen guided Denmark to a secured spot for the final tournament – ahead of West Germany, but following the discovery that Dane Per Frimann was not eligible for the team's 2–0 win over Poland, Denmark was penalised, and subsequently failed to qualify. At Euro 1988, Denmark's participation ended in early defeat after Denmark lost all the group games to Spain 3–2, West Germany 2–0 and Italy 2–0. They then failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup; Sepp Piontek resigned as head coach of the national team in April 1990, where he was replaced by Richard Møller Nielsen.

The Møller Nielsen fairytale: 1992 European Championship


Denmark began Euro 1992 qualification with a home victory against the Faroe Islands, and followed up with an away draw against Northern Ireland and a 2–0 home loss against Yugoslavia. Danes Michael Laudrup and Brian Laudrup opted to quit the national team in November 1990. When Nielsen subsequently decided to dismiss quality players such as Jan Mølby and Jan Heintze from the squad due to disciplinary problems, several newspapers began demanding that Nielsen step down as head coach. Despite this, Denmark won the rest of their five matches in the qualification group, including a 2–1 away win against Yugoslavia. This was not enough to qualify, as the team still had to settle for second place in the group, behind Yugoslavia.

Due to international sanctions resulting from the Yugoslav wars, UEFA announced on 31 May 1992 – only 10 days before the competition – that Yugoslavia was to be excluded from the competition and their place given to Denmark, who finished as the second-placed team in its qualifying group and ironically the best runner-up across all groups.[11][12][13][14]

Contrary to popular belief,[7] the team did not enter the tournament completely unprepared, after having rallied home from seaside vacations. The majority of players were already assembled to play a friendly match against the CIS when Denmark officially received Yugoslavia's spot.[15] Relying heavily on goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and his defense, as well as creative spark Brian Laudrup – having decided to make a comeback for the national team in April 1992 – the Danish team created one of the biggest surprises in the event's history, as they went on to win the European Championship trophy under head coach Nielsen's defensive playing style. Advancing from the group stage ahead of England and France, Denmark defeated the Netherlands – the defending Euro 1988 champions – on penalties in the semi-final. Then, in the final, Denmark won 2–0 win against reigning World Cup champions Germany, ensuring Denmark its first international trophy.

Decline and revival (1993–2000)


In August 1993, Michael Laudrup decided to settle his ongoing dispute with Richard Møller Nielsen about the team tactics and made a comeback to the national team. However, the following years Denmark saw mixed results, as they first failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, but then won the 1995 Confederations Cup, beating Copa América champions Argentina 2–0 in the final. As defending champions at Euro 1996, Denmark disappointed with a lackluster performance after an early elimination in the group stage. The team had achieved a respectable win against Turkey, a draw against Portugal and only a defeat to Croatia.

Nielsen's replacement was Swede Bo "Bosse" Johansson, who gave the team a more offensive strategy, and the 1998 World Cup saw the revival of the Danish team, starring both Laudrup brothers in their last international campaign. After defeating Saudi Arabia 1–0, drawing with South Africa and losing 2–1 to eventual champions France, Denmark defeated Nigeria 4–1 in the round of 16. They exited in the quarterfinals with a 3–2 loss to Brazil.

Without the Laudrup brothers, Denmark qualified for Euro 2000, only to lose all three matches in the group stage.

The Olsen Gang (2000–2015)

FIFA World Rankings for Denmark, August 1993 – July 2009

Morten Olsen was named the new manager for Denmark in 2000 and the team was quickly dubbed the "Olsen Gang", a reference to the series of Danish movies based around the main character Egon Olsen and his genius (criminal) plans. The nickname was also used for the Danish team as an alternative to the more commonly used "Danish Dynamite", already in those days when Olsen played as a captain. Denmark's tactics shifted from the preferred 4–4–2 formation practised by Bo Johansson to an even more attacking style with an emphasis on the wingers available at the time, namely Jesper Grønkjær and Dennis Rommedahl.[16] Accordingly, Olsen's preferred formation was either a 4–3–3 or a 4–2–3–1.[17][18] Olsen even possessed an outspoken opposition to the 4–4–2 system, as he threatened to leave his position as head coach in the event he was asked to deploy Denmark in that formation.[19] To support the development of players for the new tactical 4–3–3 system, all national youth teams also changed their formation.[20] Another change Olsen brought to the national team was to stress the importance of only using fit players who had been granted regular playing time at their club. However, at times he was forced to compromise from this principle, as the pool of players available in the relatively small nation did not always provide him viable substitute options.

Denmark qualified both for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, but despite impressive results in the group stage in both tournaments, especially the 2–0 win against reigning World Cup winners France in 2002, Denmark failed to advance any further. At the 2002 World Cup, Denmark was defeated by England in the round of 16, and at Euro 2004, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic.

For the 2006 World Cup qualification, Denmark was paired with 2002 semi-finalists Turkey and eventual Euro 2004 champions Greece. Following a poor start to qualification, Denmark was trailing both Turkey and Ukraine. After failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Morten Olsen considered leaving the job, having received several offers from club teams, but decided to stay and extended his contract until after the 2010 World Cup.[21]

Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2008, but qualified for the 2010 World Cup by winning their qualifying group, earning two wins against Sweden and four points against Portugal. Olsen's contract was extended for two more years, until Euro 2012.[22] At the 2010 World Cup, Denmark was grouped with Japan, Cameroon and the Netherlands. Denmark lost the first match 2–0 to the Netherlands, but then scored a 2–1 victory against Cameroon. The game against Japan, however ended with a 3–1 defeat.

In qualification for Euro 2012, Denmark was once again grouped with Portugal; Denmark secured first place in the group, qualifying directly for the final tournament. Out of eight qualifying matches, Denmark won six, drew one and lost one, resulting Olsen's contract to be extended until after the 2014 World Cup.

At Euro 2012, Denmark were drawn in the proclaimed "group of death", Group B, alongside Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. After defeating the Netherlands 1–0, they lost 3–2 to Portugal, requiring a win against Germany to advance in the tournament. Despite Michael Krohn-Dehli's equaliser, Denmark lost 2–1 to Germany, and with Portugal defeating the Netherlands 2–1, Denmark was eliminated from the tournament after finishing third in Group B.

Denmark failed to qualify for the next two tournaments under Olsen. They finished second in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group but failed to achieve a play-off berth as they were the worst UEFA group runners-up after removing results against the last-place teams.[23][24] In Euro 2016 qualifying they finished third in their group, behind Albania and eventual winners Portugal, but lost to Sweden in the play-offs.

When measuring the performance of the national team by winning share and earned points, Olsen's reign of the Danish national team from July 2000 until January 2012 had at the time been the second-most successful in the era of full-time professional coaches, which began in July 1979. As of January 2012, Olsen had a winning share of 52.8%, and with three points for a victory and one for a draw, an average of 1.84 points per match.[25] In comparison, Richard Møller Nielsen still had the best record among the professional coaches of the national team, with a 54.8% winning share and an average of 1.89 points per game.[26]

Hareide era: 2016–2020


New coach Åge Hareide presided over the Danish campaign during the qualification stages.[27] Denmark, ranked number 24 in the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the draw, were drawn into Group E, alongside Poland, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.[28] Despite suffering early defeats to Poland and Montenegro,[29][30] the Danes rallied, and secured second place in the group, and a berth in the play-offs, with a 1–0 away to Montenegro.[31] Denmark were rewarded for their second-place finish with a play-off against the Republic of Ireland.[32] Denmark secured qualification with a 5–1 win at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, which included a hat-trick by Christian Eriksen, who added to his tally of eight goals in qualification.[33]

Denmark were allocated into Pot 3 in advance of the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[34] They were drawn into Group C, alongside Australia, Peru, and France.[35] Their campaign in Russia began in the Mordovia Arena, Saransk, against Peru. A Yussuf Poulsen goal in the second half secured three points for the Danes.[36] However, they struggled against Australia in their second tie, as Christian Eriksen's early goal was cancelled out by a VAR-awarded penalty, converted by Mile Jedinak, in a game that ended 1–1.[37] Denmark secured qualification in their final group game, playing out the only goalless draw in the entire tournament,[38] in the Luzhniki Stadium against France; a result which saw both teams progress.[39]

Denmark faced Croatia in the round of 16, with the Croats topping Group D with three wins.[40] Mathias Jørgensen scored within the first minute of the game to give Denmark the lead, but Mario Mandzukic equalised only three minutes later, leaving the teams equally perched at one goal apiece.[41] The match remained at 1–1 after ninety minutes, necessitating thirty minutes of extra-time, which still failed to separate the teams, as Luka Modrić saw his late penalty saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.[41] As such, the tie was to be decided with a penalty shoot-out, with Schmeichel and his Croatian counterpart, Danijel Subašić, positioning themselves on the line to face five penalties each.[42] Croatia advanced, as Subašić saved three shots from Eriksen, Lasse Schöne and Nicolai Jørgensen respectively. Ivan Rakitić scored the decisive penalty to eliminate the Danes,[42] putting an end to their best World Cup campaign since 2002.[43]

Following the World Cup, Denmark prepared for participation in the inaugural iteration of the UEFA Nations League, having been drawn in League B against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.[44] The tournament offers an alternative route of qualification for the European Championship and World Cup,[45] and increases the number of competitive games for international sides, replacing friendlies.[46]

Owing to a dispute with the players' union regarding the commercial rights of the players,[47] the Danish Football Union named an entirely uncapped squad, consisting of a mixture of futsal players and players from the Danish 2nd Division and the Denmark Series (the third and fourth tier of Danish football respectively), in lieu of the regular side, to face Slovakia in a pre-Nations League friendly, and it was feared that the same squad would be used for the competitive fixture against Wales.[48][49] The dispute arose due to the image rights of the players,[50] with Hummel having the exclusive right to the manufacture and marketing of Danish kits.[51] The DBU wanted to use individual players, without explicit permissions, in their advertising.[52][53] Hareide would similarly not be involved, with the side instead falling under the temporary management of John Jensen, with Hasse Kuhn serving as the assistant manager.[47] The Danish FA was under a four-year probationary period with UEFA for having forfeited a Women's World Cup qualification game against Sweden in 2017 due to a similar dispute with the women's team,[54] and a further violation could have resulted in Denmark being prohibited from participation in either the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League or the 2020 European Championship.[55] After a temporary agreement enabled the return of the regular players, the Danes won their first Nations League fixture 2–0.[56]

Hareide managed Denmark during UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying and won four matches, drawing four more. This meant Denmark qualified for the tournament, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the tournament was postponed to 2021, and Hareide's contract expired on 30 June 2020. He was replaced by Kasper Hjulmand.

Hjulmand era: 2020–2024


At UEFA Euro 2020, Denmark were beaten 1–0 by Finland, for whom it was its very first participation in a major international competition, when Joel Pohjanpalo scored on the hour mark, while Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's penalty was saved by Finnish goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecký almost a quarter of an hour after the opening goal; in a match marked by Christian Eriksen's heart attack in the 42nd minute[57] which led to the match being suspended for over two hours. The following day, Denmark put in an attractive display of teamwork against Belgium, symbolized by Yussuf Poulsen's early opener in the 2nd minute. However, the Danish Dynamites failed to capitalize on their subsequent opportunities in the first half, and paid for their lack of attacking flair in the second half, when Kevin De Bruyne, who came on at the start of the second half, turned the match on its head by providing the decisive assist for Belgium's equaliser, and then scoring a quarter of an hour later (1–2). With their backs against the wall ahead of the final day, Denmark put in a fine performance to crush Russia (4–1), finishing 2nd in the group with the same number of points as the Finns and the Russians, but a superior head-to-head goal difference. Simon Kjær's teammates also became the first team to qualify for the knockout phase of a European Championship despite two opening defeats. Facing Wales in the Round of 16, Denmark won by a large margin (4–0) to challenge the Czech Republic for a place in the last four of the competition. It won this duel of outsiders (2–1), although Denmark's opening goal after 5 minutes was the result of a refereeing error due to a non-existent corner.[58][59] Its run came to an end in the semi-final against England (a 1–2 defeat in extra time),[60] despite Mikkel Damsgaard opening the scoring with a sublime free-kick on the half-hour mark; in a match marked by a new refereeing controversy, this time with a generous penalty[61][62] awarded to England in the 102nd minute when the score was 1–1, a penalty converted by Harry Kane in two stages after an initial save by Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Despite the disappointment of being eliminated at the final hurdle, the Scandinavian team's performance was widely praised by the sporting press, in particular for its resilience in overcoming the difficult situation caused by Eriksen's heart condition in the first group match, and for its high-quality teamwork and attacking play.[59]

In the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A, they finished second in their group, only one point behind Croatia and winning twice against world champions France.[63][64] Denmark also qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, topping Group F in the qualification campaign ahead of Scotland, with nine victories, eight of which without conceding a goal.[65][66][67] They only lost one game in the final fixture against the Scots in a game which Denmark were already guaranteed a direct place in Qatar, and Scotland was seeded for the playoff draw.[68][69]

In the 2022 World Cup, Denmark were drawn again with old foe France, together with African powerhouse Tunisia and Asian underdogs Australia in group D.[70] Due to their impressive Euro 2020 performance and World Cup qualifying and Nations League displays, expectations for Denmark to make a historic breakthrough were high and the Danes were even seen as the biggest dark horses in the World Cup, with predictions going as far as winning it.[71] Denmark were reinforced with the return of captain Christian Eriksen, who recovered from the Euro 2020 stroke.[72] They began their World Cup quest in Qatar with a goalless draw to Tunisia in a game where the Danes controlled possession.[73] In the second game, Denmark played France in the Nations League rematch. This time Les Bleus prevailed over the Danes 2–1, with a brace from Kylian Mbappé after an equaliser from Andreas Christensen.[74] Denmark were forced to beat Australia, who previously downed Tunisia; however, Denmark demonstrated a rather poor performance against the Aussies, unable to break the deadlock and conceding a goal by Mathew Leckie to lose 1–0.[75] Denmark finished last in their group with only one point and one goal scored.[76][77] Moreover, the elimination by Australia meant Denmark were eliminated by an Asian representative for the second time in its history, having been eliminated by Japan back in 2010.

The UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers were also a tough affair for Denmark, seeded first in the draw but struggling in most of their matches, including a humiliating 3–2 defeat in Kazakhstan after leading 2–0. Nevertheless, the Danish team managed to finish top of their group with 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats, and qualified for their 10th continental finals.[78]

The UEFA Euro 2024 proved somewhat successful for Denmark as they qualified for the Round of 16 after accumulating a total of 3 points, finishing second in their group. Despite their success in the group stage, Denmark were knocked out after a 2–0 loss to Germany in the Round of 16.[79]

Following the Euro 2024, Hjulmand resigned on 19 July 2024, and his assistant Morten Wieghorst was made new manager on a short term contract running for the rest of 2024.[80]

Team image



Crowd watching the Denmark–Sweden Euro 2004 match at the Copenhagen City Hall Square

Apart from the national team, Denmark is famous for its traveling fans, known as roligans. The movement emerged during the 1980s as the declared opposition to hooliganism. The goal of the roligan movement is calm, yet cheerful, support during the matches, as "rolig" means "calm" in the Danish language. The roligans have since developed an image of easy-going nature and rabid support, and are often considered amongst the world's best national team fans, along with the Tartan Army of Scotland. They were collectively given the FIFA FairPlay Award at the 1984 European Championships.[81] The term "roligan" was invented by the editors of the Danish newspaper B.T. in 1985, and later included in the Danish dictionary.[82] Just before the 1986 World Cup, the roligan movement was organized in order to support the national team at the tournament.

The reputation of the Danish supporters was sullied by an attack from a fan which occurred in June 2007 in the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Sweden, when an enraged Danish supporter invaded the pitch and tried to attack the referee, following his decision to hand out a red card for Christian Poulsen and a penalty kick to Sweden in the last minute of the match. The attacking fan was stopped by some of the Danish football players on the field before he reached the referee, but due to the episode, the match was immediately cancelled by the referee, with UEFA subsequently deciding to award a 3–0 default defeat to Denmark as punishment.[citation needed]



Denmark's main rival is Sweden. The countries have played against each other 107 times, of which Denmark have won 40, drawn 20 and lost 47. The first match between the teams was an 8–0 Denmark win in May 1913. Denmark won their first five matches against Sweden before their first defeat in October 1916, 4–0.

The first competitive match between the countries was a 1–0 loss for Denmark in the group stage of UEFA Euro 1992. Both teams advanced from the group stage and Denmark went on to win the tournament. In UEFA Euro 2004 the teams drew 2–2 in the last group match, ensuring that both teams advanced at the expense of Italy. In Denmark's home match against Sweden in the qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, the visitors were awarded a 3–0 win after a Danish fan invaded the pitch and attacked the referee. The reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw and Denmark failed to qualify for the final tournament.

In the qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Denmark won both matches against Sweden 1–0 and qualified for the World Cup. In the play-off round of the qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, Denmark lost to Sweden 4–3 on aggregate and failed to qualify for the finals. The most recent match between the countries was a 2–0 win for Denmark in November 2020.[83]



The team kit is produced by Danish company Hummel. It is all-red with white details to reflect the colours of the Danish national flag. Prior to the period of Adidas sponsorship, the kit provider was also Hummel from 1979 to 2004.[84]

Kit provider Period
Denmark Hummel 1979–2004
Germany Adidas 2004–2016

Media coverage


Denmark's home and away matches are broadcast by TV2 on television, and DR on radio.

Home stadium

Parken Stadium, with a capacity of 38,065 spectators, located in Copenhagen, and used as official home stadium by the Denmark football team

The first home match for the Danish national team was a 2–1 friendly win over England on 25 May 1910, taking place with 12,000 spectators at the stadium "KBs baner" (located in the area "Granen", where the Forum Copenhagen later was built).[85] As the facilities were considered too small, a new stadium in Copenhagen was built with the name Idrætsparken. Since its opening on 25 May 1911, it has hosted all the home matches of the football club KB and most of the home matches of the national team. During the first 82 years of the national team, from October 1908 until November 1990, Denmark played a total number of 254 A-level home matches, of which 232 were played in Idrætsparken. Among all the played home matches in Idrætsparken, Denmark achieved 125 victories (54%), 41 draws (18%) and 66 defeats (28%). The stadium reached a record of 51,600 spectators for the 1–2 game against Sweden in June 1957.[86]

In regards of the first era from 1908 to 1990, only 22 home matches were played at other stadiums than Idrætsparken, of which 11 took place at Aarhus Idrætspark (then known as Atletion) in Aarhus, followed by Aalborg Stadion in Aalborg with six games, and the remaining five matches hosted by four other stadiums. Whenever another stadium than Idrætsparken was used for a home match, it was only for some of the less important friendly games or Olympic qualifiers, while only Idrætsparken was used to host the matches related to bigger tournaments, like the Nordic championship, the European Championship and World Cup. When a major rebuild of Idrætsparken began in December 1990, the subsequent two official Euro 1992 qualification matches were moved to Odense Stadium in Odense.

On 9 September 1992, the rebuilt Idrætsparken, now called Parken and later renamed Telia Parken for sponsorship reasons, became the biggest venue in Denmark with a capacity of 42,358 spectators, and was opened with a friendly 1–2 defeat against Germany. This first match in Parken was viewed by 40,500 spectators,[87] while the current stadium record of 42,099 spectators was set on 8 October 2005 for a World Cup qualifying match against Greece.[88]

The capacity of the stadium was later reduced to 38,009 seats after the upper part of the D-side was converted from 4,000 extra seats into office and VIP areas in June 2009.[89][90] Despite this decrease in capacity, the stadium is today still the biggest venue in Denmark by far; the next largest venue, Brøndby Stadium, only has a capacity of 26,000 seats. From September 1992 to May 2006, Parken was the sole stadium of all the men's senior national team matches. However, meagre spectator support at some of the friendly matches at Parken, which from 2000 to 2005 attracted an acceptable average of 23,862 per match – but down to 9,598 for the friendly 3–1 win over Israel in April 2002[91] – prompted the DBU to start hosting many of the friendly matches to other stadiums around Denmark. These other stadiums had less spectator capacity than Parken, but just about enough to cover the Danes' somewhat lesser interest for friendly matches.

On 27 May 2006, Parken's 13-year monopoly on national team matches was broken for the first time when Denmark played a friendly match at the Aarhus Idrætspark against upcoming 2006 World Cup participants Paraguay. Tickets to this match were sold out quickly, with almost 19,000 of the 20,227 tickets sold within the first hour of sale,[92] and was support-wise a big success with a total audience of 20,047 spectators.[93] When the two next friendly matches were played at other new venues, such as a match on 16 August at Fionia Park in Odense against Poland, and on 1 September at Brøndby Stadium against Portugal, the number of spectators dropped. The Poland match attracted only 11,088 spectators,[94] while the Portugal match had only 13,186 fans.[95] In particular, the Portugal match was deemed as a support-wise failure because it featured a higher-ranked opponent, which spectators normally would have a high interest to watch. The main reasons why Brøndby Stadium failed to attract a high number of spectators were generally thought to be a combination of the poor rainy weather and the fact the stadium is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, and as such does not attract a new demographic audience compared to Parken, due to the travel distances being more or less the same for the majority of the population.

Currently, while most of the friendly matches continue to be played at some of the smaller stadiums in Denmark, it has been decided to continue playing all of the qualifying matches for the European Championships and World Cup only at Parken Stadium.[96] Those friendly matches, which are believed to create a high interest from spectators, will also continue to be played at Parken. For example, the friendly against Germany in August 2010 was played at Parken Stadium due to the high expectation of spectators desiring to watch the match. However, after Denmark's performance at the 2010 World Cup, the friendly only drew 19,071 spectators.[97] From September 1992 to January 2012, Denmark played a total of 77 A-level matches at Parken Stadium, of which 49 were won, 16 were drawn and 12 lost.[98]

Results and fixtures


The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture


7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Denmark  4–0  San Marino Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45 CEST
Report Stadium: Parken
Attendance: 36,262
Referee: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (Latvia)
10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Finland  0–1  Denmark Helsinki, Finland
18:00 CEST Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 32,571
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Denmark  3–1  Kazakhstan Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45 CEST
Report Stadium: Parken
Attendance: 35,845
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying San Marino  1–2  Denmark Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 CEST Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle
Attendance: 2,984
Referee: Viktor Kopiievskyi (Ukraine)
17 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Denmark  2–1  Slovenia Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45 CET
Stadium: Parken
Attendance: 35,608
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
20 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Northern Ireland  2–0  Denmark Belfast, Northern Ireland
20:45 CET
Report Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 17,366
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)


23 March 2024 Friendly Denmark  0–0   Switzerland Copenhagen, Denmark
20:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 30,731
Referee: Allard Lindhout (Netherlands)
26 March 2024 Friendly Denmark  2–0  Faroe Islands Brøndby, Denmark
20:15 UTC+1 Stadium: Brøndby Stadium
Attendance: 17,332
Referee: Philip Farrugia (Malta)
5 June 2024 Friendly Denmark  2–1  Sweden Copenhagen, Denmark
19:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 35,522
Referee: Kristoffer Hagenes (Norway)
8 June 2024 Friendly Denmark  3–1  Norway Brøndby, Denmark
19:30 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Brøndby Stadium
Attendance: 23,390
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
16 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group C Slovenia  1–1  Denmark Stuttgart, Germany
18:00 CEST
Stadium: MHPArena
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
20 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group C Denmark  1–1  England Frankfurt, Germany
18:00 CEST Hjulmand 34' Report Kane 18' Stadium: Waldstadion
Attendance: 46,177
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
25 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group C Denmark  0–0  Serbia Munich, Germany
21:00 CEST Report Stadium: Allianz Arena
Attendance: 64,288
Referee: François Letexier (France)
29 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 Germany  2–0  Denmark Dortmund, Germany
21:00 CEST
Report Stadium: Westfalenstadion
Attendance: 61,612
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
15 November 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League A Denmark  v  Spain Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45 CEST Report Stadium: Parken Stadium

Coaching staff


When the national team is assembled and train together ahead of a match, the team is coached by:

As of 19 July 2024
Coaching staff
Position Name
Head coach Denmark Morten Wieghorst (caretaker)
Assistant coach Denmark Christian Poulsen
Fitness coach Spain Ismael Camenforte
Goalkeeper coach Denmark Kim Christensen
Match Analysts Denmark Thomas Sørensen
Denmark Christian Kejser
Medical staff
Position Name
Doctor Denmark Morten Boesen
Physiotherapists Denmark Morten Skjoldager
Denmark Tom Boysen
Denmark Mikkel Ottesen
Denmark Benno Gøttsche
Sports Psychologist Denmark Carsten Hvid



The responsibility and job description for the manager of the Denmark national football team has changed throughout the history. From 1908 to 1918, the DBU preferred to assign a manager with the overall responsibility. This was followed by a long era from 1919 to 1956 where either no manager or only a caretaker manager was assigned. When the DBU assigned Arne Sørensen (November 1956 – December 1961) and Poul Petersen (January 1962 –December 1966) as managers for a rolling period of several years, they were given the responsibility to coach the physical training and decide the team tactics before and during each match, but had no influence upon the selection of players for the national squad, which was a job for the specially-appointed selection committee, the UdtagelsesKomitéen.[99]

From 1967 to 1969, the management of the team more or less became a sole responsibility for the UdtagelsesKomitéen, following a new approach. In this new approach, the job to select players continued to be the responsibility for the UdtagelsesKomitéen, but the chairman of the committee was now also appointed to be the "tactical manager" of the national team, as the DBU realized the need of having a special tactical manager assigned to get influence upon both the selection of players and the related tactics before and during the game. However, the appointed tactical manager did not have the responsibility to train the squad, as a special physical coach was instead selected for that job. In 1970, the approach with two managers assigned was again abandoned when the DBU realized the need to assign only one manager with the sole responsibility for the squad.[99]

From 1970 to 1979, the job to select players was not yet a sole responsibility of the manager alone, but only a shared responsibility, as this continued to be a matter for the UdtagelsesKomitéen to decide. When a selection of players had to be made, it was decided by a vote in the committee, with the appointed manager being granted an influence of three votes and the four members of the committee being granted one vote each. This special selection procedure continued until July 1979, where it was decided to award the sole responsibility of all manager-related areas to the manager himself, with the assignment of Sepp Piontek as the first full-time professional manager of the national team.[99]

Manager history


This is a complete overview of every national team manager since the first official game in October 1908. From 1911 to 1961, a total of 169 games were played without a designated manager.

Manager From To Record Notes
M W D L Win %
England Charlie Williams October 1908 December 1910 4 3 0 1 075.00
No manager January 1911 December 1912 5 3 0 2 060.00
Denmark Axel Andersen Byrval January 1913
January 1917
December 1915
December 1918
16 14 1 1 087.50
No manager January 1916
January 1919
December 1916
July 1920
10 5 1 4 050.00
Caretaker manager August 1920 August 1920 1 0 0 1 000.00
No manager September 1920 December 1938 77 35 13 29 045.45
Caretaker managers January 1939 October 1956 18 10 3 5 055.56
No manager July 1939 September 1956 74 29 11 34 039.19
Denmark Arne Sørensen November 1956 December 1961 41 20 8 13 048.78
No manager June 1957 September 1961 3 1 0 2 033.33
Denmark Poul Petersen January 1962 December 1966 47 17 8 22 036.17
Denmark Erik Hansen (tactical coach)
Austria Ernst Netuka (training coach)
January 1967 December 1967 8 4 2 2 050.00
Denmark Erik Hansen (tactical coach)
Denmark Henry From (training coach)
January 1968 January 1969 11 4 1 6 036.36
Denmark John Hansen (tactical coach)
Denmark Henry From (training coach)
February 1969 December 1969 9 5 1 3 055.56
Austria Rudi Strittich January 1970 December 1975 61 20 11 30 032.79 Qualified for the 1972 Summer Olympics — reached Quarter-finals
Denmark Kurt Nielsen January 1976 June 1979 31 13 6 12 041.94
Germany Sepp Piontek 1 July 1979 April 1990 115 52 24 39 045.22 Euro 1984 — Semi-finals
1986 World Cup — Round of 16
Euro 1988 — Group stage
Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen May 1987
May 1990
May 1988[a]
June 1996
73 40 18 15 054.79 1st place, gold medalist(s) Euro 1992 — Champions
1st place, gold medalist(s) 1995 Confederations Cup — Champions
Euro 1996 — Group stage
Sweden Bo Johansson July 1996 June 2000 40 17 9 14 042.50 1998 World Cup — Quarter-finals
Euro 2000 — Group stage
Denmark Morten Olsen July 2000 November 2015 166 80 42 44 048.19 2002 World Cup — Round of 16
Euro 2004 — Quarter-finals
2010 World Cup — Group stage
Euro 2012 — Group stage
Norway Åge Hareide December 2015 31 July 2020 42 21 18 3 050.00 2018 World Cup — Round of 16
Euro 2020Qualified
Denmark John Jensen (caretaker)[b] 5 September 2018 1 0 0 1 000.00
Denmark Kasper Hjulmand 1 August 2020 19 July 2024 55 33 8 14 060.00 Euro 2020 — Semi-finals
2022 World Cup — Group stage
Euro 2024 — Round of 16
Denmark Morten Wieghorst (caretaker)[c] 19 July 2024 0 0 0 0 !
Total 908 426 185 297 046.92
  1. ^ Nielsen coached 8 games in the 1988 Olympics qualification, winning 6, drawing 1, and losing 1.
  2. ^ Caretaker manager for Denmark's replacement squad of predominantly amateur players in a friendly match against Slovakia.
  3. ^ Accurate up to and including 25 June 2024.

Manager records




Current squad


The following 26 players were selected for the UEFA Euro 2024. On 3 June 2024, Mathias Jørgensen was called up as a stand-by due to injury concerns in the squad. On 7 June, Mathias Jørgensen was named in the final squad as Victor Nelsson was substituted due to injury concerns.

Caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2024, after the match against  Germany.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kasper Schmeichel (1986-11-05) 5 November 1986 (age 37) 105 0 Scotland Celtic
16 1GK Mads Hermansen (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 24) 0 0 England Leicester City
22 1GK Frederik Rønnow (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 31) 10 0 Germany Union Berlin

2 2DF Joachim Andersen (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 28) 36 0 England Crystal Palace
3 2DF Jannik Vestergaard (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 31) 45 3 England Leicester City
4 2DF Simon Kjær (captain) (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 35) 132 5 Free agent
5 2DF Joakim Mæhle (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 27) 49 11 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
6 2DF Andreas Christensen (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 28) 73 3 Spain Barcelona
13 2DF Mathias Jørgensen (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 34) 37 2 England Brentford
17 2DF Victor Kristiansen (2002-12-16) 16 December 2002 (age 21) 12 0 England Leicester City
18 2DF Alexander Bah (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 26) 15 1 Portugal Benfica
25 2DF Rasmus Kristensen (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 27) 21 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt

7 3MF Mathias Jensen (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 28) 30 1 England Brentford
8 3MF Thomas Delaney (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 32) 81 8 Denmark Copenhagen
10 3MF Christian Eriksen (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 32) 134 42 England Manchester United
14 3MF Mikkel Damsgaard (2000-07-03) 3 July 2000 (age 24) 28 4 England Brentford
15 3MF Christian Nørgaard (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 30) 28 1 England Brentford
21 3MF Morten Hjulmand (1999-06-25) 25 June 1999 (age 25) 10 1 Portugal Sporting CP
23 3MF Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 28) 81 10 France Marseille

9 4FW Rasmus Højlund (2003-02-04) 4 February 2003 (age 21) 18 7 England Manchester United
11 4FW Andreas Skov Olsen (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 24) 33 8 Belgium Club Brugge
12 4FW Kasper Dolberg (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 26) 49 11 Belgium Anderlecht
19 4FW Jonas Wind (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 25) 31 8 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
20 4FW Yussuf Poulsen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 30) 83 13 Germany RB Leipzig
24 4FW Anders Dreyer (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 26) 3 0 Belgium Anderlecht
26 4FW Jacob Bruun Larsen (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 25) 7 1 Germany TSG Hoffenheim

Recent call-ups


The following players were called up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Andreas Hansen (1995-08-11) 11 August 1995 (age 28) 0 0 Denmark Nordsjælland v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024

DF Victor Nelsson (1998-10-14) 14 October 1998 (age 25) 12 0 Turkey Galatasaray UEFA Euro 2024INJ
DF Jacob Rasmussen (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 27) 0 0 Denmark Brøndby v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024
DF Mads Roerslev (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 25) 0 0 England Brentford v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024
DF Elias Jelert (2003-06-12) 12 June 2003 (age 21) 3 0 Denmark Copenhagen v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024
DF Jens Stryger Larsen (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 33) 54 3 Sweden Malmö v.  Northern Ireland, 20 November 2023

MF Matt O'Riley (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 23) 2 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024
MF Gustav Isaksen (2001-04-19) 19 April 2001 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Lazio v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024
MF Jesper Lindstrøm (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 24) 16 1 Italy Napoli v.  Northern Ireland, 20 November 2023
MF Morten Frendrup (2001-04-07) 7 April 2001 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Genoa v.  Northern Ireland, 20 November 2023
MF Philip Billing (1996-06-11) 11 June 1996 (age 28) 5 0 England Bournemouth v.  Kazakhstan, 14 October 2023
MF Nicolai Vallys (1996-09-04) 4 September 1996 (age 27) 1 0 Denmark Brøndby v.  San Marino, 7 September 2023

FW Mohamed Daramy (2002-01-07) 7 January 2002 (age 22) 10 1 France Reims v.  Faroe Islands, 26 March 2024INJ
FW Robert Skov (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 28) 14 7 Free agent v.  Slovenia, 17 November 2023INJ
FW Martin Braithwaite (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 33) 69 10 Brazil Grêmio v.  Finland, 10 September 2023

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • ST = Standby
  • SUS = Serving suspension
  • RET = Retired from the national team

Previous squads


Player history


The players are freely chosen by the national team manager. They are normally assembled from their respective club teams at the Hotel Marienlyst in Elsinore for a week-long training camp preluding the upcoming match. Friendly matches are typically played on a Wednesday evening. World Cup qualifiers are played on both Saturday and Wednesday evenings, while Euro qualifiers now take place on both a Friday and Tuesday evening when playing two matches in a row, or on a Friday/Saturday/Tuesday at rounds with only one match scheduled.[100][101]

Best players of all time


In November 2006, the DBU nominated eight Danish national team footballers for the "Best Danish Footballer of All Time" award. The nominated players were Morten Olsen, Henning Jensen, Allan Simonsen, Preben Elkjær, Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup, Peter Schmeichel and Jon Dahl Tomasson. The winner of the award was decided by a public vote arranged by the broadcasting channel TV2, which ended with Michael Laudrup as a clear winner, with 58% of the votes.[102]

Hall of Fame


Denmark's Hall of Fame was established in October 2008, as a special award to celebrate the best footballers, teams and coaches; throughout the history of the national team. A jury with six people (representing the newspapers, authors of football books, active players of the national team, TV2, the DBU, and a Hall of Fame member), each year has the job to award one or two new members for the Hall of Fame. The award is handed out at the official Danish Football Awards, which is a yearly television broadcast event – organized by the DBU in November throughout 2008 to 2013 and subsequently moved to a later date in February. Besides receiving the award, all Hall of Fame members are also invited to leave a footprint in bronze, to decorate the entrance hall at "Fodboldens hus" -the DBU headquarters in Brøndby.[103] When the DBU celebrated its 125-year anniversary in May 2014, it decided to make an extraordinary award of nine additional Hall of Fame Members, all playing during the first half of the DBU national team's existence, from 1908 to 1964.[104] Because of financial restraints, the DBU cancelled the planned televised broadcast of the Football Award in February 2015, and for the same reason opted not to award any new Hall of Fame members in this specific year. The DBU expected to return awarding new Hall of Fame members again, when the next broadcast Football Award event was organized in February 2016.[105]

Hall of Fame members


Sorted by last year appearing in the national football team.

  1. Sophus "Krølben" Nielsen (1908–1919)[104]
  2. Nils Middelboe (1908–1920)[104]
  3. Sophus "Målmand" Hansen (1911–1920)[104]
  4. Carl "Skoma'r" Hansen (1918–1921)[104]
  5. Poul "Tist" Nielsen (1910–1925)[104]
  6. Michael Rohde (1915–1931)[106]
  7. Valdemar Laursen (1918–1934)[107]
  8. Fritz Tarp (1918–1934)[108]
  9. Pauli Jørgensen (1925–1939)[104]
  10. 1948 Summer Olympics team (July–August 1948)[109]
  11. John Hansen (1948)[110]
  12. Carl Aage Præst (1945–1949)[111]
  13. Jørgen Leschly Sørensen (1946–1949)[112]
  14. Eigil Nielsen (1940–1951)[104]
  15. Knud Lundberg (1943–1956)[104]
  16. Aage Rou Jensen (1945–1957)[113]
  17. 1960 Summer Olympics team (August–September 1960)[114]
  18. Harald Nielsen (1959–1960)[115]
  19. Henry From (1957–1961)[113]
  20. Jørgen Olesen (1951–1962)[116]
  21. Poul Pedersen (1953–1964)[104]
  22. Henning Enoksen (1958–1966)[117]
  23. Ole Madsen (1958–1969)[118]
  24. Ulrik le Fevre (1965–1976)[119]
  25. Johnny Hansen (1965–1978)[120]
  26. Henning Jensen (1972–1980)[121]
  27. Per Røntved (1970–1982)[122]
  28. Allan Simonsen (1972–1986)[111]
  29. Frank Arnesen (1977–1987)[123]
  30. Preben Elkjær (1977–1988)[124]
  31. Søren Lerby (1978–1989)[123]
  32. Danish Dynamite team (1980–1989)[note 1]
  33. Sepp Piontek (coach, 1979–1990)[126]
  34. Jan Mølby (1982–1990)[127]
  35. Euro 1992 team (June 1992)[note 2]
  36. Lars Høgh (1983–1995)[128]
  37. Richard Møller Nielsen (coach, 1990–1996)[129]
  38. Michael Laudrup (1982–1998)[103]
  39. Brian Laudrup (1987–1998)[130]
  40. Peter Schmeichel (1987–2001)[131]
  41. Jon Dahl Tomasson (1997–2010)[132]
  42. Morten Olsen (1970–1989, coach 2000–2015)[133]



Each national team player receives a set amount of money per match, including bonuses for a win and qualification for European Championship and World Cup tournaments. Throughout the years, the prize money has gone from around €1,340 for a match win in 1987 and around €26,800 for the Euro 1988 participation alone, to around €67,000 for the 1998 World Cup, and up to €107,000 for the 2002 World Cup, per player.[134]

Currently, the payments for participation in games outside the big tournaments are regulated by a collective agreement – to be renegotiated after a certain number of years – while all payments for participation of players in a final tournament squad are regulated by the "1998 agreement" between the DBU and Spillerforeningen. The "1998 agreement" stipulates that whenever the national team qualifies for a World Cup or European Championship tournament, the selected players for the final tournament shall receive 50% of the DBU's revenues from the event, and 65% of the DBU's revenues from the sale of merchandise and license agreements. Additionally, the sponsors of the national team also pay a relatively high "qualification bonus" each time the team qualifies for a final tournament. This bonus is shared between the group of players being selected for the final 18-man squad, to one or several of the qualification matches played, with the exact distribution normally decided according to the number of times the player was selected.[135]

Each of the 23 selected players for the 2002 World Cup received DKK 498,000 (equal to €66,800) from the event revenues,[135] plus DKK 122,900 (equal to €16,500) from the sale of merchandise and license agreements, plus an unknown qualification bonus from the sponsors, plus the standard payment from the DBU each time they were selected for the final 18-man squad to a qualification match.[136] In comparison, each of the 23 selected players for the 2010 World Cup received DKK 635,000 (equal to €85,100) from the event revenues, plus DKK 98,900 (equal to €13,200) from the sale of merchandise and license agreements, plus a qualification bonus from the sponsors at DKK 2,800,000 (equal to €375,000) to be shared between the players – corresponding to an amount of €2,080 per time the player was selected for the final 18-man squad to a qualification match. In addition to the qualification bonus, the players also received this standard payment from the DBU each time they were selected for the 18-man squad to a qualification match:[136]

  • Starting fee: home games = DKK 1,2 per spectator, away games = DKK 8,290
  • Bonus for a draw: home games = DKK 0, away games = DKK 9,475
  • Bonus for a win: home games = DKK 17,765, away games = DKK 29,600

Based on Denmark's results and number of spectators at home matches,[25] the standard qualification match payment to a player selected for all of Denmark's qualification matches equals a total amount of DKK 235,898 (or €31,600) for the six qualification matches in the 2008–09 season, and a total amount of DKK 170,788 (or €22,900) for the four qualification matches in the 2009–10 season. Finally, the players could also add a seasonal payment named "regular bonus" from the sponsors, with a total of DKK 4,350,000 (equal to €583,100) to be shared each season by the squad of 18 players selected for a match, meaning a player who was selected for all national team matches from 1 August to 31 July would receive an additional DKK 241,700 (equal to €32,400) payment in both the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons.[136]

The last amount of a players income generated by the national team is the standard payment received for each friendly match:[137]

  • Starting fee: home games = DKK 1,0 per spectator, away games = DKK 5,000
  • Bonus for a draw: home games = DKK 0, away games = DKK 0
  • Bonus for a win: home games = DKK 10,000, away games = DKK 10,000

Based on Denmark's results and number of spectators at home matches,[25] the standard payment to a player selected for all Denmark's friendly matches equals a total amount of DKK 41,426 (or €5,500) for the three friendly matches in the 2008–09 season, and a total amount of DKK 88,773 (or €11,900) for the seven friendly matches in the 2009–10 season.[citation needed]

When all these payments are added together for a player, under the assumption a player was selected for all matches in each season as well as the final 2010 World Cup squad, he would have received a total payment from the DBU of €69,500 in the 2008–09 season and a total payment from the DBU of €186,300 in the 2009–10 season.[citation needed]

Player records

As of 29 June 2024.[138]
Players listed in bold are still active with Denmark.

Most appearances

Christian Eriksen is Denmark's most capped player with 134 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Position Period
1 Christian Eriksen 134 42 MF 2010–present
2 Simon Kjær 132 5 DF 2009–present
3 Peter Schmeichel 129 1 GK 1987–2001
4 Dennis Rommedahl 126 21 MF 2000–2013
5 Jon Dahl Tomasson 112 52 FW 1997–2010
6 Thomas Helveg 108 2 DF 1994–2007
7 Kasper Schmeichel 105 0 GK 2013–present
8 Michael Laudrup 104 37 MF/FW 1982–1998
9 Martin Jørgensen 102 12 MF 1998–2011
Morten Olsen 102 4 DF 1970–1989

Top goalscorers

Jon Dahl Tomasson is Denmark's joint all-time top goalscorer with 52 goals. He is also a former assistant manager of the team.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Poul "Tist" Nielsen (list) 52 38 1.37 1910–1925
Jon Dahl Tomasson 52 112 0.46 1997–2010
3 Pauli Jørgensen 44 47 0.94 1925–1939
4 Ole Madsen 42 50 0.84 1958–1969
Christian Eriksen 42 134 0.31 2010–present
6 Preben Elkjær 38 69 0.55 1977–1988
7 Michael Laudrup 37 104 0.36 1982–1998
8 Nicklas Bendtner 30 81 0.37 2006–2018
9 Henning Enoksen 29 54 0.54 1958–1966
10 Michael Rohde 22 40 0.55 1915–1931
Ebbe Sand 22 66 0.33 1998–2004

Competitive record

Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
FIFA World Cup* 0 0 0 0
UEFA European Championship 1 0 2 1
FIFA Confederations Cup 1 0 0 0
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 0 1
Olympic Games 0 3 1 0
Total 2 4 3 1

*Best result: Quarter-finals in 1998.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
1930 to 1954 Did not enter Did not enter
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 13
Chile 1962 Did not enter Did not enter
England 1966 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 18
Mexico 1970 6 2 1 3 6 10
West Germany 1974 4 0 1 3 2 13
Argentina 1978 6 2 0 4 14 12
Spain 1982 8 4 0 4 14 11
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 10 6 Squad 8 5 1 2 17 6
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 15 6
United States 1994 12 7 4 1 15 2
France 1998 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 9 7 Squad 8 5 2 1 14 6
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 5 5 Squad 10 6 4 0 22 6
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 12 6 4 2 24 12
South Africa 2010 Group stage 24th 3 1 0 2 3 6 Squad 10 6 3 1 16 5
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 17 12
Russia 2018 Round of 16 11th 4 1 3 0 3 2 Squad 12 7 3 2 25 9
Qatar 2022 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 1 3 Squad 10 9 0 1 30 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030[a]
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total Quarter-finals 6/22 23 9 6 8 31 29 132 67 30 35 242 144
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
Denmark's World Cup record
First match  Scotland 0–1 Denmark 
(Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico; 4 June 1986)
Biggest win  Denmark 6–1 Uruguay 
(Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico; 8 June 1986)
Biggest defeat  Denmark 1–5 Spain 
(Querétaro, Mexico; 18 June 1986)
Best result Quarter-finals in 1998
Worst result Group stage in 2010 and 2022

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 7
Spain 1964 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 6 7 4 2 1 19 8
Italy 1968 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 6 16
Belgium 1972 6 1 0 5 2 11
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 0 1 5 3 14
Italy 1980 8 1 2 5 13 17
France 1984 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 9 4 8 6 1 1 17 5
West Germany 1988 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 7 6 3 2 1 4 2
Sweden 1992 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 6 4 8 6 1 1 18 7
England 1996 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4 10 6 3 1 19 9
Belgium Netherlands 2000 16th 3 0 0 3 0 8 10 6 2 2 19 8
Portugal 2004 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 4 5 8 4 3 1 15 9
Austria Switzerland 2008 Did not qualify 12 6 2 4 21 11
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 5 8 6 1 1 15 6
France 2016 Did not qualify 10 3 4 3 11 9
Europe 2020 Semi-finals 3rd 6 3 0 3 12 7 8 4 4 0 23 6
Germany 2024 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 2 4 10 7 1 2 19 10
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland 2028 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 Title 10/17 37 10 9 18 44 54 133 64 31 38 227 155
Denmark's European Championship record
First match  Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union 
(Barcelona, Spain; 17 June 1964)
Biggest win  Denmark 5–0 Yugoslavia 
(Lyon, France; 16 June 1984)
Biggest defeat 0–3
(five matches)
Best result Champions in 1992
Worst result Group stage in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2012

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Round Pos. Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 B 4 Group stage 1st 4 2 2 0 4 1 Rise 15th
2020–21 A 2 Group stage 2nd 6 3 1 2 8 7 Same position 7th
2022–23 A 1 Group stage 2nd 6 4 0 2 9 5 Same position 5th
2024–25 A 4 To be determined
Total Group stage
League A
3/3 16 9 3 4 21 13 5th

Olympic Games

Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
France Paris 1900 Was not invited
United States St. Louis 1904
United Kingdom London 1908 Silver medal 3 2 0 1 26 3
Sweden Stockholm 1912 Silver medal 3 2 0 1 13 5
Belgium Antwerp 1920 Group stage 1 0 0 1 0 1
19241936 Did not enter
United Kingdom London 1948 Bronze medal 4 3 0 1 15 11
Finland Helsinki 1952 Quarter-finals 3 2 0 1 7 6
Australia Melbourne 1956 Did not enter
Italy Rome 1960 Silver medal 5 4 0 1 11 7
Japan Tokyo 1964 Did not qualify
Mexico Mexico City 1968 Did not enter
West Germany Munich 1972 Quarter-finals 6 3 1 2 11 7
Canada Montréal 1976 Did not qualify
Soviet Union Moscow 1980 Did not enter
United States Los Angeles 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea Seoul 1988
Since 1992 See Denmark national under-21 football team
Total 7/16 25 16 1 8 83 40

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not enter[140]
Saudi Arabia 1995 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total 1 Title 1/10 3 2 1 0 5 1

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1985 Did not qualify
Argentina 1993 Runners-up 2nd 1 0 1 0 1 1
England 2022 Did not qualify
Total Runners-up 1/3 1 0 1 0 1 1
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Head-to-head record


As of 25 June 2024 after the match against  Serbia.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record



Major titles


Minor titles





  1. ^ Represented with a footprint of Morten Olsen (c, 1970–1989) and Sepp Piontek (coach, 1979–1990).[125]
  2. ^ Represented with a footprint of Lars Olsen (c, 1986–1996) and Richard Møller Nielsen (coach, 1990–1996).[103]


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