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2010 World Cup Team Previews: Denmark

World Cup 2010 Team Spotlight – Denmark

Capperspicks.com is previewing The Teams For World Cup 2010 in South Africa – Venues, History, and more. If you’re Looking To gamble On The 2010 World Cup here is your insider betting guide and World Cup 2010 Preview. We will also have game by game Free World Cup soccer predictions and more.

The WORLD CUP FINALS had their final draw on Dec 4th, 2009. 32 teams were picked out of their respective pots and we now know the matchups for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Need predictions for Denmark ?

From the Coach

Analysis from the coach: “”World Cups are always special. The fact it’s the first time in Africa is fantastic because it’s bringing it closer to the people there, but every World Cup has its own unique flavour and appeal.” Denmark coach Morten Olsen

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After missing out on both the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, Denmark has returned to the World Cup after a six-year hiatus and is once again poised to bring home some silverware.

Group E: Denmark, Holland, Japan and Cameroon

FIFA Ranking: 26
Denmark Odds to win World Cup: +12500

Matchups:
June 14 vs. Netherlands
June 19 vs. Cameroon
June 24 vs. Japan

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Than Danes have done well in three prior appearances reaching the round of 16 twice and the quarterfinals once. Few believed Denmark could reach the World Cup when the qualifying groups were announced three years ago, but the Danes cruised past Sweden, Portugal and Hungary to earn an automatic berth to South Africa this summer.

Danish born boss Morten Olsen, who took the helm in 2000, has piloted the Danes to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004, but has yet to get the side past the round of 16.

The 60-year old plied a solid career that spanned 19 years retiring at 40 to begin a coaching career, including spells with FC Koln and Ajax.

The Danes, who are known for their stingy defense, will be led by Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaar.

The two formed a brilliant relationship during qualification and worked together well. Agger is known for his ball handling and tough tackling while Kjaar anticipates well and is known for strength and quick feet. Bet on Soccer at Sportsbook.com

Thomas Sorenson, who was the goalie for Denmark in the 2002 World Cup Finals when the side reached the quarterfinals, will once again be between the pipes.

Denmark’s attack will be led by a trio of midfielders, Daniel Jensen (Bremen), Christan Poulsen (Juventus) and Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax), along with national captain, striker Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Denmark was a shocker to qualify for the World Cup beating Portugal, who was ranked 5th in the world, and Sweden to advance out of their group with just one defeat in ten matches.

The Danes Cinderella campaign included a 3-2 win and 1-1 draw with Portugal followed by a victory over bitter rivals and close neighbors Sweden at home and away by a one-goal difference on both occasions. The Hungarians posed the biggest problem for the Denmark side, and after opening with a goalless draw against them; the Danes lost 1-0 in their final group fixture, but had already secured their bid for South Africa, finishing with an overall record of 6-3-1.

Should head coach Morten Olsen be spared the injury woes that nearly derailed his side’s qualification campaign, a trip to the second round is possible from this Denmark squad.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. “ Football (soccer) is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.”

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  1. How they got here
    Denmark secured its place in South Africa by winning one of the toughest qualifying groups in the entire competition. A thrilling 3-2 on the road to Portugal in their second game gave Denmark the advantage in a group where Sweden and Hungary also looked capable of qualifying. Three more quick wins followed while their rivals faltered. A 1-0 victory at Sweden gave Denmark its fifth straight win in the campaign.

    Home draws with Albania and Portugal were only brief bumps in the road. With two games to go the talk in Europe was of how Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo could miss out on the World Cup because of Denmark’s dominance. A win at home to Sweden secured victory in the group and inadvertently helped Portugal as well.

    Who to watch
    This is a team loaded with veteran talent but the most critical player in the Denmark squad has yet to hit the peak of his career. Liverpool’s Daniel Agger will make or break Denmark’s campaign. The 25 year old defender will need to be on top form in the group games to control the attacking threats posed by the Netherlands and Cameroon.

    Juvenutus midfielder Christian Poulsen will look to use South Africa as a platform to re-start his career which has suffered since moving to the Italian giants in 2008. Keep an eye on Poulsen’s work-rate in the opening games when looking at World Cup betting. Wolfsburg’s Thomas Kahlenburg is also returning to form and looks likely to feature in the 2010 World Cup. Up front Denmark will lean heavily on veteran Jon-Dahl Tomasson of Feyenoord and Arsenal’s Niklas Bendtner for goals. If Denmark want to make it out of the group stages, this strike partnership needs to work.

    How they will perform
    Denmark’s past form in the World Cup made them a good choice for savvy bettors. Always under-rated in the group stage, Denmark would be available at a good price with plenty of value while smart bettors would know to jump ship as soon as the knockout rounds get under way. The 2010 incarnation could prove just as appealing. I feel it will be a battle between Denmark and Cameroon for second place in the group. It’s going to go down to the last round of games but the second round of games, where Denmark will face Cameroon, will go a long way towards determining which of these sides progresses to the knockout rounds.

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