Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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.

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