Milestones

Achievements
1908: Olympic Tournament, London. Final: Great Britain-Denmark 2-0.
1912: Olympic Tournament, Stockholm. Final: Great Britain-Denmark 4-2.
1920:  Olympic Tournament, Antwerpen.
1948: Olympic Tournament, London, Bronze-game: Denmark-Great Britain 5-3.
1952: Olympic Tournament, Helsinki.
1960: Olympic Tournament, Rome. Final: Jugoslavia-Denmark 3-1.
1972: Olympic Tournament, Munich. Reaching 2nd round.
1984: EURO 84, France. Semifinal: Spain-Denmark 1-1 (5-4 on penalties).
1986: FIFA World Cup 86, Mexico Reaching 1/8 finals: Spain-Denmark 5-1.
1988: EURO 88, West Germany.
1992: European Champions, finals, EURO 92, Sweden. Final: Denmark-Germany 2-0.
1992: (Olympic Tournament, Barcelona - U/21-team)
1995: Intercontinental Champions, Riyad, Saudi Arabia, Final: Denmark-Argentina 2-0.
1996: EURO 96, England
1998: FIFA World Cup 98, France. Reaching 1/4 finals: Brazil-Denmark 3-2
2000: EURO 2000, The Netherlands/Belgium
2002 FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan.
2004 EURO 2004, Portugal
2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa
2012 EURO 2012, Poland/Ukraine

History:

1889 Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU) was founded on 18th May.

1904 DBU was a founding member of FIFA. 

1906 Denmark took home Olympic gold in the extraordinary games in Athens, however, DBU did not register these matches as official internationals.

1908 Denmark played its first official A-international against France (winning 9-0). Three days later Sophus „Curved Legs“ Nielsen scored 10 goals in Denmark`s 17-1 defeat of France.

1921 Carl „Shoemaker“ Hansen was the first Danish player to turn professional when he signed a contract with Glasgow Rangers for the ammount of 20 pounds. Or as he put it himself: „10 kilos“.

1930’s saw the first group of Danish players turned professionals abroad banning themselves from further international representation in the Danish A-national team. 

1956 the Danish A-team appeared on national television for the first time ever, losing 2-5 against the Soviet Union. DBU had sold the tv-rights for live broadcast of the second half for the ammount of USD 333,33. 

1960 eight Danish internationals tragically lost their lives on 16th July in a plane crash on a domestic flight shortly after take of from Copenhagen Airport in Kastrup on their way to a training camp prior to the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

1967 Erik Dyreborg of Næstved scored all five goals in Denmark`s 5-0 win over Norway. 

1971 DBU for the first time selected professional players for the A-national team as the efforts of among others foreign based Finn Laudrup, Ole Bjørnmose, Preben Arentoft, Erik Lykke and Kresten Bjerre were called in. However, the team lost 5-0 to Portugal. 

1976 - playing arch enemy Sweden in a friendly match each year at the time when Denmark won for the first time in 39 years on Swedish soil 2-1 in Gothenburg. 

1977 Allan Simonsen (originally from Vejle Boldklub, at the time with Borussia Mönchengladbach and later to join FC Barcelona and Charlton Athletics for a short spell) was voted European Player of the Year with England’s Kevin Keegan as runner up. 

1978 DBU introduced „pay football“ giving the Danish clubs the possibility of signing players on contracts. Since then relatively few clubs used full time professionals until 1997 when most teams in the Danish premier league have the major part of the players in their rosters signed as full time professionals. 

1984 Denmark participated for the first time in the EURO finals since 1964.

1986 Denmark participated for the first time in a World Cup.

1989 Morten Olsen ended his active career as libero on both club and international level as, at that time, the most capped Danish international having represented Denmark in 102 internationals since his debut in 1970 as a forward. 

1991 Brøndby IF reached the semifinals in the UEFA Cup losing to AS Rome after 0-0 at home and 1-2 away - the best international result for a Danish club side ever. 

1992 Denmark replaced United Nations-banned Yugoslavia in the EURO 92 Final Rounds in Sweden 10 days before the start of the tournament. Denmark faced favourites Germany in the final and surprisingly took home the title after a 2-0 victory. The Danish team was celebrated by more than 300.000 people in the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen upon arrival from Sweden the day after the final. The celebrations was compared to the reactions in Denmark on liberation day 5th May 1945 after World War Two. 

1993 Denmark represented Europe in the Artemio Franchi Cup playing the South American Champions, Argentina, in Mar del Plata. After 1-1 in ordinary time and extra time Argentina went on to win on penalties. 

1995 Denmark participated as European Champions in the Intercontinental Championship in Saudi Arabia and won beating Argentina 2-0 in the final. 

1998 Denmark celebrated its best result in a World Cup by reaching the quarter-finals beating Nigeria 4-1 in the 1/8-final. Brazil, however, put an end to the Danish participation by beating the team 3-2.

1998 Michael Laudrup ended his active career with 104 internationals.

2001 Peter Schmeichel set a new recored when finishing his career in the A-national team playing his 129th international.

2002: Denmark reached the second stage in the World Cup in Korea/Japan by topping Senegal and the reigning World Champions, France, and Uruguay in the preliminary stage. Denmark lost the 1/8-final match 3-0 to England

2004: Denmark reached the second stage in the European Championship in Portugal after eliminating Italy on better goal difference. Denmark lost the quaterfinale med 3-0 to the Czech Republic


World Cup:

Qualification to the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 is Denmark’s third successful World Cup participation.

Denmark first enrolled in a World Cup-qualification prior to the 1958 World Cup to be held in Sweden.

The participation was an expression of a friendly gesture to our colleagues in Svenska Fotbollförbundet more than based on development or financial objectives.

The DBU didn’t enroll in the following World Cup-qualification 1958-62 hosted by Chile in 1962, but has participated in every qualification round ever since.

Established as an amateur organization it was not until 1971 the DBU allowed full time professional Danish players with foreign clubs in the A-national team.

Successful qualification was first obtained at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Successful first group stage wins against Scotland (1-0), Uruguay (6-1) and West Germany (3-2) took the team to the 1/8-finals only to be beaten 1-5 by Spain.

Denmark missed both the 1990 and the 1994 World Cups in Italy and the USA. The 1994 qualification was devastating when deprived participation by the smallest of margins – on goal difference by one single goal - when Spain and Ireland took the two places.

At the 1998 World Cup in France the team made it to the 1/8-finals defeating Nigeria 4-1 but losing 2-3 to Brazil in the ¼-finals.

In 2002 Denmark advanced to the second stage meeting England in the 1/8-final with a 3-0 defeat as a result.

In 2010 Denmark failed to qualify to the second stage in the World Cup in South Africa after loosing the decisive match to Japan with 1-3.



European Championship:

Since June 1992 the European Championship has been synonymous with the biggest achievement in the history of Danish sports.

The DBU has enrolled the A-national team in every competition since the first qualification in 1958 where the team lost to the future winners from Czechoslovakia in the two leg-matches played according to the cup-system.

The first successful qualification came in 1964 when the team went directly in to the semi finals in Spain. The match was lost 0-3 to the Soviet Union followed by a 1-3 defeat by Hungary in the match for the third-place.

It took twenty years until the notoriously famous team of the eighties - “Danish Dynamite” - qualified for the EURO 84 in France under the guidance of German head coach Sepp Piontek. 

In the opening match of the tournament Denmark went down 0-1 to the host nation at the Parc des Princes, upset Yugoslavia 5-0 and Belgium 3-2 in the preliminary round. In the semi finals Denmark went down after a penalty shoot out to Spain.

In EURO 88 in West Germany the team made a poor performance losing to host West Germany, Spain and Italy which ended the famous Sepp Piontek era of the 1980’s.

Having ended as runners up in the qualification group 1990-91 with new head coach Richard Møller Nielsen, UEFA asked the DBU to replace Yugoslavia on the basis of an international financial and cultural boycott of the country and a United Nations ban on the country for the EURO 92 in Sweden.

With only 10 days of preparation Denmark succeeded a 0-0 draw with England in the first group match, lost 0-1 to the host nation but made it through to the semi finals after a 2-1 win over France in the last match. The semi final against Holland ended 2-2 after both ordinary time and extra time but the penalty shoot out was won by 5-4.

In the final at Nya Ullevi in Gothenburg Denmark won the European Championship with a 2-0 win over favorites Germany after 1-0 at half time with goals from John "Faxe" Jensen and Kim Vilfort respectively under the reign of Richard Møller Nielsen.

The team managed to qualify for EURO 96 as well but lost the title already in the group stages when a draw with Portugal, loss to a Croatia and win over Turkey resulted in the third place in the group.

New coach Bo Johansson successfully qualified the team for the 1998 World Cup in France and continued his success with the team in the 1998-99 qualification stage for the EURO 2000.

With only two points after the first four qualification matches the team was left with little expectations for qualifying but a magnificent string of four wins in a row - including the 3-2 win over Italy in Neaples after being 0-2 down - secured a place in the play offs against Israel; 5-0 in Tel Aviv and 3-0 in Copenhagen four days later!

The team, however, disappointed by losing all three group matches to France, Holland and the Czech Republic.

After securing participation in the World Cup 2002, national team coach Morten Olsen repeated the success in 2004 by qualifying Denmark to the European Championship in Portugal. After a 0-0 tie against Italy and a 2-0 win against Bulgaria, Denmark progressed to the quarterfinal together with Sweden, after the two teams played an exhilarating 2-2 match.

In the quarterfinal Denmark faced the Czech Republic, who won 3-0 after a goalless first half.