BY qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals, Denmark surprised some of their own fans. Despite initially topping their group ahead of Portugal and arch rivals Sweden – just four in 10 Danes polled at the time believed Denmark would make it to the finals.
But veteran coach Morten Olsen – a former Danish international – succeeded in getting the most out of his squad.
The last time Denmark appeared at the World Cup finals was 2002 while their best World Cup result was a quarter-final spot in 1998.
Denmark's top football merit is the 1992 European championship title with a 2-0 upset against reigning world champions Germany.