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Women’s World Cup 2023: Everything you need to know about Denmark


Denmark′s World Cup 2023 fixtures, betting odds and statistics

You can read all about China PR, Haiti and England by clicking on their names here.

How did Denmark qualify?

Denmark qualified by finishing top of UEFA Group E. They won all nine matches against Russia (later disqualified), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Azerbaijan and Malta, scoring 43 goals and conceding only three.

Denmark’s major tournament record:

World Cup

Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals- 1991 & 1995.

European Championships

Best Euros result: Runners-up- 2017.

Olympic Games

Best Olympics result: Group stages- 1996.

Denmark at World Cup 2023

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De rød-hvide were mainstays of early World Cups, featuring at four of the first five, reaching the quarter-finals in both 1991 and 1995, ousted by Germany and then Nordic rivals Norway respectively.

However, they then failed to qualify for all three editions during the 2010s, ousted 4-3 by Sweden after extra time in the 2011 play-offs and then 4-1 by Netherlands in a 2019 play-off semi.

This time round, Lars Søndergaard’s team cruised through qualification, winning nine out of nine, ending up a whopping 13 points clear of second-placed Bosnia & Herzegovina.

So, can the 2017 European Championships runners-up make a deep run at this World Cup too?

Well, last summer, Denmark exited the Euros at the group stage, beating Finland in Milton Keynes but suffering defeats to Germany and Spain in an admittedly extremely tough group.

So far this year, the Red and Whites have beaten Uruguay, Japan, Sweden and Norway in friendlies, whilst also losing to the hosts in the Tournoi de France

So, Denmark are competitive up to a point, but struggle to be competitive against the crème de la crème.

At this World Cup, De rød-hvide’s opening match is likely to be their most important, taking on Asian champions China at Perth Rectangular Stadium.

After that, the Danes will face European Champions England in Sydney before returning to the west coast for a meeting with minnows Haiti.

In short, with England likely to take top spot and Haiti rank-outsiders, the game between China and Denmark could be an early direct shootout for qualification.

Denmark team news

Everton defender Sara Holmgaard has been ruled out due to injury, as has striker Stine Larsen.

35 year old Nadia Nadim, who has over 100 caps to her name, retired from international football last summer.

Denmark′s key players: Sofie Junge Pedersen

With 85 caps to her name, Sofie Junge Pedersen is this team’s key midfielder, set to make her World Cup debut this summer.

Six summers ago, she started the European Championships Final as her team were beaten 4-2 by hosts Netherlands at De Grolsch Veste.

At club level, Junge joined Juventus in 2019, with whom she’s won three Scudettos, a Coppa Italia and a trio of Supercoppa Italianas.

She also featured in all ten of Juve’s Champions League fixtures, starting ten of them, looking to dictate play from deep for Denmark Down Under.

Denmark′s key players: Signe Bruun

After scoring 13 times during qualification, Signe Bruun will be looking to showcase her talents on the biggest stage.

The 25 year old winger will be one of Denmark’s primary threats, having taken her international tally to 18 by bagging a brace in Schaffhausen against Switzerland last year.

At last summer’s European Championships, Brunn started against both Germany and Finland, taken off in the latter and subsequently missing the crucial third game against Spain that her side lost 1-0.

She’ll certainly be hoping for better 12 months on.

Despite being 25, Brunn has already played for three of Europe’s biggest clubs, namely PSG, Lyon and Manchester United, spending a brief time on loan in the WSL last year.

In France, she’s won a Division 1 title and the Champions League, scoring nine goals for Olympique Lyonnais Féminin this season.

Denmark′s key players: Pernille Harder

Denmark’s undisputed taliswomen though is Pernille Harder, who’s scored a staggering 70 times for her country, doing so in just 140 appearances.

She was on target in vain in the Euro 2017 Final defeat to Netherlands, before bagging Denmark’s sole goal at Euro 2022, the late winner against Finland at Stadium MK.

Now, Harder gets the opportunity to show everybody what she can do at the World Cup for the very first time.

The 30 year old has been ultra-successful in club football, winning the domestic double in each of the last seven seasons, four with Wolfsburg and then three with Chelsea.

She has though tasted defeat in not fewer than three Champions League Finals, scoring as die Wölfinnen were smashed 4-1 by Lyon in 2018.

This summer, she’s departed the FAWSL Champions, returning to Germany with Bayern Munich for next season.

At World Cups, Denmark’s top-scorer is Gitte Krogh with three, a record Harder is capable of breaking on debut.

Denmark′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023

Denmark′s full squad for World Cup 2023

Goalkeepers

NameCapsGoalsClub
Lene Christensen200Rosenborg
Kathrine Larsen80Brøndby
Maja Bay Østergaard20FC Thy-Thisted Q

Defenders

Katrine Veje1449Everton
Simone Boye Sørensen835Hammarby
Frederikke Thøgersen611Internazionale Milano
Rikke Sevecke485Everton
Stine Ballisager Pedersen433Vålerenga
Sofie Svava403Real Madrid
Luna Gevitz210Montpellier

Midfielders

Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen17655Reading
Sofie Junge Pedersen856Juventus
Nicoline Sørensen498Everton
Emma Snerle282West Ham United
Janni Thomsen274Vålerenga
Kathrine Møller Kühl261Arsenal
Karen Holmgaard263Everton
Josefine Hasbo82Harvard Crimson

Forwards

Pernille Harder14070Chelsea
Signe Bruun3218Olympique Lyonnais
Mille Gejl247North Carolina Courage
Rikke Marie Madsen241North Carolina Courage
Amalie Vangsgaard90Paris Saint-Germain

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Group D table

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".


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