Let's have some Danish tonight!

So tonight it will all cut loose for us. Pondering this opponent, what comes to mind is this…

1. Who the ^#@() is Michael Krohn-Dehli?

I know that name… And then it sinks in. This guy played for Ajax. Then Sparta and then RKC and then he went back to Denmark. There’s more mediocre Eredivisie players in the Danish squad ( with all due respect). There’s Pedersen, Schone, Rommedahl and Silberbauer. Not names that will panic Van Marwijk any time soon. These guys wouldn’t make it to our squad. Simon Poulsen, the AZ leftback would be the only player who’d be called up, most likely. Even Christian Eriksen, the Danish star, would have left after the prelim days were over. With Wijnaldum and Maher.

In other words: Oranje has much more quality.

2. Agger
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger got on the score sheet in the World Cup 2010. By beating his own goalie. The center back, playing Van Persie tonight, will most certainly remember this.

3. 1967
Oranje hasn’t been beaten by the Danes since 1967!!! That is, if we count matches to be decided in 90 minutes! And that is how long we’ll play tomorrow. Oranje lost 3-2 in 1967. Cruyff played his fourth cap and Wim Jansen made his debut. (We do not mention the lost semis in 1992!!)

4. Danish attack
Our defense may be a bit wobbly at times. With Denmark it’s the forwards. Their star player is Nicklas Bendtner. He was loaned out by Wenger and he scored eight goals for Sunderland in 27 games. Yes, eight. Huntelaar and Van Persie score that number after a quarter of the competition. Their other striker is Tobias Mikkelsen. Played 4 internationals, scored zero. So you know.

5. Decisions…
Team manager Morten Olsen was confronted with a late decision to be made. His midfielder Zimling ( formerly of NEC) got injured and needs to be replaced. Bert van Marwijk already knows who he will play (and that he’ll miss Mathijsen). The big question for us is: will Jetro Willems grab Scifo’s record of youngest player ever on a Euros?

Bert’s staff is making sure they cover everything. One item that came up is the low hanging sun at the start of our game. It’s skipper Mark van Bommel’s task to make sure we win the toss so he can have the Danish goalie squint his eyes…

Speaking of Van Bommel, our skipper is making his Euros debut at 35 years of age. He was injured for the Euros 2004 and not available for 2008 ( the Van Basten rift). “I am keen to play. I really want to win a trophy. I was heartbroken after the World Cup finals. I cried for days. I have never been able to watch the game ever again. And with the passing of time, I sort of regret mostly that we failed to play our own game. We were very reactive, and a bit stressed I suppose…”

Today is the day that Wesley Sneijder turns 28 years old. Isn’t that the age a player is at his peak??

Oranje: Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems; Van Bommel, De Jong; Robben, Sneijder, Afellay; Van Persie.

Denmark: Lindegaard; Jacbosen, Kjaer, Agger, S. Poulsen; Kvist, Eriksen, C. Poulsen; Rommedahl, Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli.

Venue: Metalist (Charkov)
Referee: Skomina (Slovenia)

The Sneijder pic above is made by Pim Ras

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  1. 3-0..will be the outcome…and u know in whose favour…just have a gut feeling robin after scoring two will be subbed by huntelaar..and he would score the third…

  2. I am going to a wedding out of town today but will be disappearing mid day for two hours. Don’t tell my girlfriend, she doesn’t know 🙂

      1. I’ll have to use some stealth skills to mysteriously disappear. The good news is that the wedding is on this massive estate and hotel/conference center with about 14+ buildings so I should be able to slip away and find a telly.

        The girlfriend is still confused and intrigued why I insisted on wearing an orange flower for my lapel… 🙂

        Carlos, I think the hotel doesn’t have a phone and anyway he doesn’t need any help on the girlfriend front 🙂

        1. Whats worse Finn? The GF thinking you snuck off to watch the Oranje game or snuck off with another woman? I think you are in trouble brother! My thoughts are with you LOL!

  3. @Jan I made some prototype design for a header, in which I used your logo and incorporated euro logo and some of the icons of the world cup blog, if youre interested send me your email and I will send it to you…

  4. I think Denmark will pull everyone back and wait for couter attack. The game will be played mostly on Denmark’s half with Oranje trying to penetrate this defense. We will prevail and score first and the game opens up and we score again. It is all over for Denmark. Any more goal from Oranje is a bonus.

    1. Let’s make sure we don’t open up the defense so much. If Jetro and Iby play then we will be able to hold 3-4 players back to make sure no counter attack happens.

      For sure many teams will park the bus against the Oranje but we shall not fall in the trap of pushing too hard. Wes can pass one or two lethal ones and Iby/Arjen can penetrate from the wings.

      Let’s not get too stressed about scoring. It WILL happen 🙂

  5. I sincerely hope despite the no names, Holland takes this one serious from the get go. The ball is round and thats how the Danes will hurt you – that and maybe you get side tracked by looking at all the uber hot danish blond chicks in the stands.

    History doesn’t account for shit – if the Danes haven’t won since god knows when it means nothing and frankly I hate it when people bring up history because it usually is the start of disappointment. Its for the same reason that we will beat Portugal this time around – simply because we haven’t beat them since god knows when.

    So nervous, couldn’t sleep …

    Hup Holland Hup!

  6. I literaly had a scare when there was heavy lightning here and there was no signal …now things r back and good…waiting with my jersey on…HUP HOLLAND HUP..

  7. Latest from the Danish newspapers (BT.dk): Zimling may still play. Game time decision. Only 1700 Danish fans are expected at the match vs 25000 Oranje fans. Danish fans claims Dutch fans smells of sweat 🙂 Eriksen can walk better on water than Jesus. Danish coach Olsen say the Danes needs a massive amount of luck to get a result

  8. Okay guys,
    this is it! Almost 2 years since that night in S. Africa. This is what we have been waiting for. Time for redemption, time for glory. It all starts now…

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