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Denmark (DEN)

Denmark owe everyone revenge. After delivering a lacklustre performance at the EHF EURO 2020 and seeing themselves eliminated even before the main round, the Danes are clearly back for more at the EHF EURO 2022. Since their failure in Malmö, they won the World Championship in Egypt last January as well as reaching the Olympic final in Tokyo.

Lately, it seems like the world stage is better suited for Denmark than the European one, as Mikkel Hansen and his teammates have not been able to step on the EHF EURO podium since 2014, when they suffered a home loss to France in the final. But they are double European champions from 2008 and 2012. 

It might be time for a change. This Danish team seems more balanced on the court, thanks to Mathias Gidsel’s arrival. The left-hander, who currently plays for GOG, was a surprise for Denmark in the last two competitions they played, and will add even more danger for their opponents.

Coach Nikolaj Jacobsen should be able to count on most of his major players, while using this EHF EURO to add some young blood to his roster. The likes of Emil Jakobsen, Emil Nielsen and Jacob Holm might be encouraged to take even more responsibility than they did in the past.

At the EHF EURO 2022, Denmark will have to navigate through a group consisting of three Balkan teams, including North Macedonia. The side led by legend Kiril Lazaroz defeated Denmark in the EHF EURO 2022 qualifiers back in January and could cause Jacobsen and his boys some trouble.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
32 Holm, Jacob Tandrup 9 27 44 61.36 0 / 0 1 0 0 155
11 Lauge Schmidt, Rasmus 9 21 36 58.33 0 / 0 2 0 0 237
7 Jakobsen, Emil 9 20 25 80 3 / 4 0 0 1 260
4 Landin Jacobsen, Magnus 9 17 24 70.83 0 / 0 0 0 4 281
17 Svan, Lasse 9 16 22 72.73 0 / 0 0 0 1 327
34 Hald Jensen, Simon 9 13 13 100 0 / 0 0 0 4 259
22 Mensah Larsen, Mads 9 6 15 40 0 / 0 0 0 1 251
28 Andersson, Lasse Bredekjaer 8 2 7 28.57 0 / 0 0 0 1 76
21 Møllgaard Jensen, Henrik 8 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 2 119
24 Hansen, Mikkel 7 47 68 69.12 24 / 29 0 0 1 179
33 Gidsel, Mathias 7 37 41 90.24 0 / 0 0 0 1 257
3 Kirkeløkke, Niclas Vest 7 25 41 60.98 0 / 0 0 0 3 145
15 Jensen, Magnus Saugstrup 7 18 22 81.82 0 / 0 2 0 1 338
26 Hansen, Johan a Plogv 5 9 14 64.29 0 / 0 0 0 0 138
23 Toft Hansen, Henrik 5 1 6 16.67 0 / 0 0 0 2 36
29 Mensing, Hans Aaron 4 6 14 42.86 0 / 0 0 0 0 26
18 Lindberg, Hans 3 4 5 80 0 / 1 0 0 0 67
8 Antonsen, Rene 2 2 5 40 0 / 0 0 0 1 78
5 Bramming, Magnus 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
35 Christensen, Nikolaj Læsø Dueholm 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
27 Damgaard Nielsen, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
36 Jakobsen, Benjamin 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
41 Lærke, Emil Buhl 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
13 Larsen, Patrick Wiesmach 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
39 Lassen, Jacob Arenth 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
6 Mortensen, Casper Ulrich 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
31 Nielsen, Nikolaj Øris 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
43 Pytlick, Simon Bogetoft 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
42 Sommer Arnoldsen, Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
19 Toft Hansen, Rene 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 271 402 67.41 27 / 34 5 0 23
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
20 Møller, Kevin 9 42 104 40.38 3 / 13
1 Landin Jacobsen, Niklas 8 76 231 32.9 6 / 16
16 Green, Jannick 1 2 7 28.57 1 / 1
40 Frandsen, Sebastian Leth 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
12 Nielsen, Emil 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 120 342 35.09 10/30

EHF competition history

Top Results

European Championship
2022 - 3rd place

ECh Beach Handball
2021 - Champion

ECh Beach Handball
2019 - Champion

Key Players

Key Players

Niklas Landin Jacobsen)
Niklas Landin Jacobsen

Goalkeeper

Niklas Landin is the current captain of the world-title winning Danish national team. He succeeded legendary goalkeeper Kasper Hvidt after breaking onto the scene at the IHF Men’s World Championship 2011. Landin was elected best goalkeeper at the 2013 and 2019 world championships, EHF EURO 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; named IHF World Player of the Year 2019; and was All-star Team goalkeeper for the EHF Champions League in 2014, 2016 and 2020. He joined THW Kiel in the summer of 2015 after three seasons with Rhein-Neckar Löwen and is the club’s undisputed number one goalkeeper since the departure of Andreas Wolff to Kielce in 2019.

Mikkel Hansen)
Mikkel Hansen

Left back

Mikkel Hansen has not missed an EHF EURO since his major tournament debut in 2012. He has been named EHF EURO All-star left back three times, in 2012, 2014 and 2018. Hansen is currently playing his last club season with Paris Saint-Germain as he is set to go back to Denmark and join Aalborg in the summer of 2022. He has played the EHF FINAL4 five times for Barça, Kobenhavn and PSG, but is yet to lift the trophy – however, Hansen holds the record for the most EHF Champions League goals in a season, having scored 141 in 2015/16. He is the son of former Danish international Flemming Hansen, and started his career at GOG.

Head Coach

Nikolaj Jacobsen

Coach

Nikolaj Jacobsen took over the coaching position for Denmark in 2017, while he was still a coach for Rhein-Neckar Löwen. In his first major tournament as the national coach, Denmark finished fourth at the EHF EURO 2018 before winning world championship gold. A former left wing, Jacobsen played for THW Kiel from 1998 to 2004 before moving back to Denmark to end his career. He was twice elected Danish player of the year, in 1993 and 1999.

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