Denmark wins a Eurocup for which they did not qualify

first_imgAnd then came the script twist. That moment as unexpected as necessary in the middle of the films that make the viewer stay hooked on the story. In France I played the current Golden Ball Jean-Pierre Papin, along with other world-class stars like Cantona, Blanc and Deschamps, among others, and were led by the great French myth, Michel Platini. And even so, Denmark, which had not scored a single goal in the previous two games, won (2-1). England fell to Sweden so the Danes passed as group seconds: Holland of Gullit, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Koeman, Bergkamp and company, champion of the previous Eurocup, waited in the semifinals. “It has to be a joke”, were the first words of Peter SchmeicheHe, goalkeeper of that team and considered one of the best in history, when he was announced that his team would go to the Euro Cup. The goalkeeper, like the rest of his teammates, was on vacation when the Danish federation informed them that they would play in the continental tournament. “Get out and not make the ridiculous” were the words the coach told them Richard Nielsen their players before starting each of the three group stage matches against England, Sweden and France.Don’t make the ridiculous. That was the motto. Nobody was betting a hard one because Denmark passed the group stage of the tournament and less without Michael Laudrup, the best Danish player of all time, who had left the team a few months earlier due to disagreements with Nielsen. In the opening match, against England, the result was better than expected (0-0) but evidenced the lack of rhythm of the Nordic team, which hardly disturbed the goal of Woods. The second match was against Sweden, the host, and in it all the omens were confirmed: the Swedes won 1-0 and Denmark still did not approach the rivals with danger. Brian Laudrup, Michael’s brother, was the center-forward of the national team and was not optimistic: “We were already thinking about continuing with the holidays, because beating France in those conditions was impossible.” The goal of not making a fool of himself was accomplished. Going through the phase was a real merit and falling to one of the best teams of the moment in the semifinals was something that was logical. Holland believed themselves superior and looked in the final and left the game extremely relaxed. Denmark took advantage of it. Larsen He was the great Danish star with his two goals and the Netherlands slipped the whole game, tied thanks to goals from Bergkamp and Rijkaard. The penalty shootout was seen as a duel between two of the great goalkeepers of the moment: Van Breukelen, who had already given PSV a European Cup in the set, and Schmeichel, who many considered the best goalkeeper in the world. The Danish was victorious after stopping a Van Basten shot, no less, and put the Nielsen team in the final of a Euro Cup for which he had not qualified.In the final they ran into the Germany’s first team reunited after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Things of destiny. Denmark had participated in the Euro Cup because a country was breaking and the title was played against one that had just been restructured. This time, unlike the movies, there was no heart attack ending. Denmark won 2-0 without going through too much trouble thanks to goals from Jensen and Vilfort and gave a unique ending to that historic Eurocup. “Without a doubt, the fact that nobody trusted us, not even ourselves, was what allowed us to become champions,” was the conclusion Schmeichel drew after the tournament. Live to believe.center_img The history of the selection of Denmark in the summer of ’92 it seems to be taken from the script of movies like Wimbledon or Rocky. In them, a hero protagonist, for reasons foreign to him, is invited to participate in the biggest sporting event of the moment and has just conquered the hearts of all fans. He even wins (in Rocky’s case, spoiler alert, the second time). The story of the Danes is a tracing. Denmark, which had not qualified for the European Championship in Sweden that year, was invited to replace Yugoslavia, whose country was immersed in the tragic and terrible Balkan War, and ended up winning the tournament against all odds. Pure Hollywood.last_img

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