EURO 2014: Focus on, Denmark

National team of Denmark

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Journey:

Denmark is the host of Men’s European Championship 2014 and they automaticly earned a spot in the 16 teams that will fight for the European title. Denmark did not have any official matches from January 2013 and in order to keep the form and prepare better for EURO 2014, together with France and Norway, established the Golden League, a series of friendly matches played as a tournament. Denmark won the tournament in Oslo and in Paris (with a goal in the last seconds against France).

They are the defending European champions, so their expectations will be high, a serious obstacle on their road to the title would have in the national teams of Croatia, Spain, France, Poland, Iceland or Serbia.

They are playing in Group A in Herning against Macedonia, Czech Republic and Austria.

Key Player(s):

hansenmikkelMikkel Hansen is a Danish handball player currently playing in PSG Handball. This 26 year left back was already titled IHF World Player of the Year for 2011. He won gold medal at the European championship in Serbia 2012, and was a member of the All-Stars team for that tournament. He started his career in IF Helsingør and was part of GOG, AG København, FC Barcelona and now PSG Handball.
His strong and precise shot from distance is what makes him one of the best players in the world.

Strengths:

Denmark will have the biggest support from their fans in Herning. Their collective had played together for long time, this team won the EURO 2012 and played in the final of the World Championship 2013, they are individually one of the best teams, with players who are integral part of their teams. Their defense is strong and their game is fast. They are led by one of the most awarded coaches in handball history, Ulrik Wilbek.

Weaknesses:

They are the defending champions and the pressure is bigger to prove themselves in front of their home crowd. They had difficulties with the wing positions because of injuries, Eggert can hardly walk and Lindberg walked out of the last friendly match against France. Mikkel Hansen form in PSG Handball was not on a highest level, Ulrik Wilbek announced his retirement after this tournament, which might affect Denmark’s morality.