Denmark are the underdogs for this summer’s tournament at 66/1 in the Euro 2012 betting, but that is probably more down to the difficulty of their group rather than the lack of talent in their squad. Denmark qualified for Euro 2012 by winning six of their eight games in a group that had the likes of Portugal and Norway in it, and that should give them the belief that they can conquer this ‘Group of Death’ (Denmark 66/1 in Euro 2012 Betting).
Denmark have had mixed fortunes in the last few major tournaments, failing to get past the group stage at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and not qualifying altogether for Euro 2008 or World Cup 2006. Denmark need to look for inspiration from an earlier generation if they are to make an impact at Euro 2012. At Euro 1992, Denmark won the tournament as completely unfancied outsiders.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has been at the helm for 12 years and this stability should hold them in good stead for Euro 2012, as their side know exactly what is expected of them. There will be some Premier League interest within the Denmark squad, with first choice goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen having played in England for 14 years now.
Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Sunderland’s Nicklas Bendtner should also be in the Danish starting eleven. Their attacking threat will likely come from one of the best prospects in Europe in Christian Eriksen. The 20-year old Ajax star has been touted as the next Michael Laudrup and will be using Euro 2012 as a stage to showcase his talent.
Denmark are in the unenviable position of being drawn in Group B alongside three of the top five sides in the FIFA world rankings, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal. Realistically they will find it extremely tough to progress through to the quarter-final, but never say never. Stranger things have certainly happened in the European Championships before, including Denmark’s win in 1992.
Should Denmark somehow manage to make their way past the group stage then they will fear no-one and they will have no qualms about dealing with the qualifiers from Group A in the quarters (Denmark 6/1 to finish second in Group B Euro 2012 betting).