The Euro Cup and Denmark

Every 4 years, the European Cup is held to decide the best national team in European football (soccer). This year, the tournament is being held in Poland and Ukraine. Despite qualifying first in their division, Denmark recieved a tough draw and landed in Division B with Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.

After beating Holland 1-0 in the first match, Denmark was up against Portugal tonight. A win would almost assure them a place in the second round; even a tie would also leave them well-placed to advance.

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Ask any Dane about the Euro Cup and they will take you back to 1992. The country failed to qualify but was invited to take the place of war-torn Yugoslavia which was unable to participate. Against the odds, the country advanced to the finals, beating Germany 2-0 in the championship. With 16 teams in 2012 vs 8 in 1992, the likelyhood of another Danish Miracle is more remote but a win tonight would be a good step in the right direction.

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For mere mortals unable to score tickets to the games in Ukraine, the Danish TV broadcasters DR and TV2 set up giant big-screens in Kongens Have (King’s Garden) and Ophelia Beach on the Copenhagen waterfront, respectively. I went to the Denmark-Portugal game in Kongens Have tonight with family.

After falling behind 2-0 early, Denmark clawed back to 2-2 late in the game. Unfortunately, their defense was unable to hold and Portugal scored in the last few minutes, making their road to the next round a whole lot more complicated. Despite this, there is still the chance for a win against Germany on Sunday and the memory of the 1992 Miracle to hold on to.

Here are a few pictures from tonight’s game, including after Denmark scored the tying goal.

Tens of thousands of people in Kongens Have (King’s Garden)

The big screen with some tall Dane’s head in the way (not an uncommon occurence)

Denmark drawing even, 2-2

The celebrations continue. Unfortunately, Denmark was unable to hold on and they lost 3-2

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About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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