The fairy-tale journey then ended in semitei!
You can think of Casper Smile on the return flight. He saved after the match against England, even the source of the decisive goal of the match, the penalty kick was almost blocked. However, he could not stop the goal, his team did not rise to the final after the semifinals. However, as the tournament in Denmark started, Hans Christian Anderson also refused to go further.
The euro festival came for the first time on home soil. It took 42 minutes to break that festival, the biggest star of the team dropped out of the whole tournament. But instead of being frustrated, one has to convey the opposite satisfaction to Antarami. The star, who suffered a cardiac arrest during the game, somehow survived; Life and death became the biggest question then by printing a trivial game.
The match also stopped there. However, he returned to the field after recovering a bit. However, it took a few more days to return to the festival. The Danish players proved their nervousness in the match against Finland which was stopped in the middle. The head that Caspar Smiley would have stuck at other times slipped that day. Hibiao also missed the penalty. The first match with Finland was lost 1-0.
The next match against Belgium was also lost. At that time, the dream of the second round was about to be abandoned. After losing the first two matches of the tournament, no team had the record of advancing to the next round.
But the fairy tale was written from there. The Danes advanced to the last 16, beating Russia 4-1, while Wales lost to the Czech Republic in the last eight. I had to get stuck there in spite of that smiley-heroism. That’s right, even in a fairy tale, it would seem ‘extremely unreal’!
Of course, when the central character of the story is the Danes, it can be a story that defeats even such a fairy tale. I don’t remember that, at ’92 Euros, the Danes actually wrote such an awkward story!
Where is Denmark?
The tournament was scheduled to take place in ’87 in four cities in Sweden. The theme song of the tournament will be ‘Small is Beautiful’, so the length of the tournament cannot be more than 15 matches. And because you have to finish in 15 matches, you can’t have more than 6 teams. The host Sweden got the chance directly; France, Scotland, CIS, Yugoslavia, Germany, the Netherlands and England all came through the qualifiers. The question arose? Denmark can’t win in the tournament that won the title! Denmark was not available in the host country even a decade before the start of the tournament.
Let’s cough. Denmark was in the group of Yugoslavia in the qualifying round. They were in Group E with Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia. It started with a draw with Northern Ireland, losing the next match at home to Yugoslavia.
The decline of Danish football has been seen for several years. The team, which reached the semi-finals of the 1974 Euros, also advanced to the group stage in the ’86 World Cup. Under German coach Sepp Piantech, the team got applause from all quarters. Some even called the pair of Michael Laudrop and Preben Elcair of that team ‘coming from heaven’. However, the decline began in ‘8; The euro was cut short by a crushing defeat, with the Olympic qualifiers seemingly possible, but arguably eliminated by an ineligible player. Piantech, therefore, was forced to withdraw under adverse circumstances.
He was replaced by Richard Moeller Nielsen, who had worked as his assistant for so long. Moller Nielsen chose the path of direct football from the beginning, following the principle of ‘there is a lot of worship of beauty, this time we have to play fruitful football’
The Laudrop (Michael and Brian) brothers were already at loggerheads with the coach. When that result didn’t come either, Michael angrily said goodbye to the national team after playing three matches in the Euro qualifiers. His younger brother Brian also accepted the impossibility of playing under Nielsen.
However, the departure of the two biggest stars of the team came as a shock to the Danes. The Danes have won the last five matches of the qualifying round, although the initial push has not been overcome. Finished from behind the Yugoslavs. And according to the pre-determined rules, only the team that finishes at the top of the group in the qualifying round will get a chance in the main round.
As such, Yugoslavia boarded the Swedish plane. But as they landed in Lakesand, Sweden, they learned that the Balkan Wars had spread across Yugoslavia. And the players felt the side effects while sitting abroad. The UN Security Council has imposed a ban on the participation of any so-called Yugoslav team in all sports. UEFA also accepted the decision to send the Yugoslav footballers back to Belgrade.
Will the tournament be with seven teams? That’s why, the second place team in the group of Yugoslavia is called! The Danish football team was called to Sweden. May 30, ’92. Meanwhile, the tournament is scheduled to start on June 11.
It seems that the proverb was introduced in Bengal to explain the whole matter, ‘Get up, knife, your marriage!’
Whispers, whispers were already floating in the air. However, after the official announcement, the hurry started. The Danish Football Association never thought UEFA would return the application. Nor did they have the courage to say ‘no’ for fear of deteriorating.
It is heard that Danish footballers are walking on the beach at the end of the season. Peter Smykel, however, disagrees.
‘Many are trapped in the story, when we were on vacation on the beach. That’s a lie. We were match-fit even though we switched off. We just needed to get the motivation to play. ‘
Coach Richard Moller Nielsen told the 20 to hurry up and pack their clothes. And Michael Laudrup, who has been out of the national team since October ’90, ignored the national team this time as well. Did you know then, what a fairy tale journey you are going to miss!
Of course, who dreamed of such a thing! The Danish footballers were shocked to get the opportunity to fall. Everyone boarded the Swedish plane with the idea of ’I have to go, so I’m going’ As team member Johnny Malby puts it,
‘We were laughing when we heard that. No one had any hope for us. Everyone was looking at us with pitying eyes as we started the tournament late. ‘
Denmark were in Group A in the main draw. With hosts Sweden, France, and England. Didn’t prepare for a while, had to go down to the group stage match. However, watching the game in Denmark, who understood the lack of preparation! The opponent of the first match in Malm was England, a team that then had footballers like Gary Lineker, Paul Marson, David Platt. But Denmark got the best chance to score. Denmark could have been the winning team if John Jensen’s shot had not hit the post.
However, England could not score in that match. Peter Smiley blocked Tony Delaney’s shot in the second half, Alan Smith also reached the goal before the break. However, the goal was not scored, the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Meanwhile, the France-Sweden match also ended in a 1-1 draw. At the end of the first match, all four teams have 1 point.
In the second match, however, the Danes lost. On several occasions, Fleming Povsen’s shot went wide of the bar, Kim Wilfort’s ball was caught by Swedish goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli, who pushed it into the net with a touch of the chest, and then Kim Christophe’s powerful free-kick was blocked. The host Sweden scored instead. Thomas Berlin from Kent Nielsen’s cross in the box. Sweden won with those 1 goal.
At the end of the two matches, Sweden’s points stood at 3, Denmark’s 1. The Danes then could easily have understood partial integration rather than understanding the equation of rising to the next stage.
France came to the Euros with the title claim, winning all eight of their qualifying matches. Despite drawing the first two matches of the tournament, Michel Platini’s team had no reason to panic. In the last match, the opponent Denmark, against whom the Danes themselves are not expecting, the French would have won.
But Denmark won the match 2-1! Henrik Larsen led the team with a goal in the eighth minute of the match. Turbine Frank could have widened the gap if he hadn’t missed the goal, which was later scored by Lars Elstrup. However, Jean-Philippe Durand returned the equalizer to France by scoring a goal against the game between the two, although in the end there was no profit.
France made their way home, while their partner England also lost 2-1 to Sweden. Eight-team tournament, four teams will advance to the semifinals. Denmark came to the tournament to fill the gap and became the group runners-up in the semifinals!
And only ‘one’ match
Holland, who came to Sweden from the top in Group B, came to Sweden with the title of ‘Defending Champion’. Denmark was the ‘underdog’ against the team of Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp and Ronald Cuomo. The Danes, of course, say we’ve been there since the beginning of the tournament.
The adjective was already known, so there was no sign of nervousness in the Danish game, they controlled the second half of the match. Going forward, of course, at the beginning of the first half. Although brother Michael did not come, Brian Loudrop responded to the coach’s call, even in the semifinals. Larsen scored in the 5th minute of the match by heading his compass measured cross, Larsen scored another goal later. However, Bergkamp equalized for the Dutch for the first time with a goal in the 23rd minute of the match, and Rud Khulit equalized for the second time with 4 minutes left in the allotted time.
The extra 30 minutes is bound to seem eternity for Denmark. Roy came very close to scoring, but was turned back by Smilekel. The match ended in a tiebreaker, where Smykel also blocked Fon Basten by jumping to the left.
None of the Danish players missed the opportunity (read leg-free). The gap remained 5-4. The result? Denmark in the final.
And fairy tales!
Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. This heavenly feeling that he had to turn to hell from time to time!
Even before the tournament, his seven-year-old daughter Lane was battling leukemia, but Wilfort decided to go to the tournament after a positive response to treatment. However, he left the tournament at the end of the second match of the group stage. The body of the line began to break again. Thoughts about the game are far away; If you think about it, it is better not to print the idea that the rest of the party will return to the country very soon.
However, his teammates forced him to think for the second time. Although he would leave his wife and daughter and return to Sweden, Wilfort did not think of anything like that. However, family members explained,
‘It’s just a matter of a few days, at least two matches. It will be cut to see. Come play. ‘
Henrik Larsen, who got a chance to replace Wilfort, also played great against France. Wilfort was thinking more and more about not coming back. However, when he returned, he found out that coach Nielsen had included him in the team along with Larsen. In midfield, Wilfort played a role in making the Dutch a minority that day, but he did not lose his temper in the face of pressure. “I played my best match against Holland,” Wilfort said after many years.
Wilfort returned to Denmark after the semi-final against the Netherlands, once again deciding not to play in the final. But this time Abdar came to him from the line. At the request of the girl, Wilfort had to join the team once again, just the evening before the match.
Despite playing the best match against Holland, the goal was not scored that day. Which got, in the final. After the two Germans came together, the first donation reached the final. The Germans were very close to the goal throughout the match, although they fell behind at first due to Jensen’s goal, but repeatedly went back to the door of Peter Smykel. Kim Wilfort’s moment came right after that. With 11 minutes left in the match, he took a shot with his left foot from just outside the German D-box, the ball went into the net near the far post.
Line lost to leukemia within the last month of the tournament. But before the defeat, he saw a fairy tale, which ended at the feet of his father.
The name of Hans Christian Anderson has been mentioned once before in this article. Coming again. I also take this opportunity to introduce this legendary gentleman. The caste was Danish, with the author of fairy tales. Hans Christian Andersen, however, has the courage to write the fable of the story of Denmark’s conquest of Europe in ’92, no matter how much nationalism and the whimsy of storytelling may be on the inside.