Denmark will be hoping to mark their return to the World Cup with a deep run in the competition.
The Scandinavian nation haven’t been in the World Cup since 2007, missing the last three editions, but went perfect in qualifying for their trip to Australia and New Zealand. Can they make their mark on the world stage?
Latest Denmark odds to win the Women’s World Cup
|Denmark to win the Women’s World Cup||100/1|
|Denmark to win Group D||4/1|
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Denmark’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage fixtures
|Denmark 1-0 China||Perth Rectangular Stadium||22 July, 1pm BST|
|England 0-1 Denmark||Sydney Football Stadium||28 July, 9:30am BST|
|Haiti vs Denmark||Perth Rectangular Stadium||1 August, 12pm BST|
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Who could Denmark meet in the knockout rounds?
If Denmark slightly upset the odds and manage to win Group D, they’d face the runners-up of Group B which includes host nation Australia, Republic of Ireland, Canada and Nigeria. After that, it’s either the Group H winners or Group F’s runners-up, most likely to be Germany.
Should Denmark get through that, things don’t get any easier with France a potential semi-final opponent and USA likely to await in the final.
|Route as Group D winners||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Canada|
Confirmed Denmark Women’s World Cup squad
|Maja Bay Ostergaard||Goalkeeper||25||FC Thy-Thisted Q|
|Sofie Svava||Defender||22||Real Madrid|
|Stine Ballisager Pedersen||Defender||29||Valerenga|
|Frederikke Thogersen||Defender||27||Inter Milan|
|Sara Thrige||Midfielder||27||AC Milan|
|Emma Snerle||Midfielder||22||West Ham|
|Josefine Hasbo||Midfielder||21||Harvard Crimson|
|Pernille Harder||Forward||30||Bayern Munich|
|Mille Gejl||Forward||23||North Carolina Courage|
|Rikke Madsen||Forward||25||North Carolina Courage|
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Denmark players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Denmark World Cup Golden Boot contender – Pernille Harder
Pernille Harder was injured for a lot of the 2022/23 campaign but returned at just the right time to help Chelsea win the Double, scoring five goals and recording three assists in seven games in the league and FA Cup, including setting up the winner for Sam Kerr in the FA Cup final. Despite playing just 15 matches across all competitions, only Sam Kerr (35) and Guro Reiten (32) were directly involved in more goals for Chelsea than Harder’s 16, with the Dane ending the campaign on 11 goals and five assists. It’s form that came at just the right time for Denmark too, as Harder has gained match fitness ahead of her first World Cup, finally giving the 30-year-old her moment on the biggest stage.
Denmark player to watch – Signe Bruun
Sharing the goalscoring responsibilities for Denmark this summer will be Signe Bruun, who had a decent campaign for Lyon in the French top flight, without being one of their main stars. In 18 appearances for the eventual French champions, eight of which came from the start, Bruun scored eight goals as well as two more in the Champions League. Now 25, Bruun has been linked with a move away from Lyon and while nothing materialised in January, she could also be playing for a move this summer.
Denmark emerging player to look out for – Kathrine Kuhl
Katherine Kuhl isn’t necessarily an emerging player, as she’s made almost 30 appearances for Denmark, but at 19 she is still very much one for the future and there’s a lot of room for her to grow. Spending most of her career in the Danish league so far, Kuhl made the move to England in January, joining WSL side Arsenal. A rotational player for Jonas Eidevall, Kuhl definitely showed signs of what she is capable of in England and no doubt we’ll be seeing more of her at the World Cup.
Denmark tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Last year, Denmark utilised a 3-4-2-1 formation to get Pernille Harder closer to the attack if she wasn’t the leading woman, but in her absence in 2023 Lars Sondergaard opted for a 4-3-3. And he’s so far stuck with that variation at the World Cup, with Harder still leading the line ahead of Signe Bruun, with Kathrine Kuhl playing a supporting role.
In the midfield, Josefine Hasbo holds firm and protects the defence while Karen Holmgaard — not to be confused with defender twin sister Sara Holmgaard — completes the pivot. At the back, Simone Boye and Stine Ballisager Pedersen are the unsurprising centre-back pairing with Everton duo Katrine Veje and Rikke Sevecke the full-backs.
Where are Denmark in the FIFA world rankings?
Denmark are currently 13th in the FIFA world rankings, jumping up two places in the latest update to overtake Iceland and China.
Who is the Denmark manager?
Lars Sondergaard has been Denmark manager since 2017, taking over from Nils Nielsen after their run to the European Championship final where they lost to Netherlands.
Who is the current Denmark captain?
Pernille Harder is the current Denmark captain.
How many times have Denmark won the World Cup?
Denmark have never won the World Cup, with their best finish being two quarter-final runs in 1991 and 1995.
How many times have Denmark competed in the World Cup?
This will be Denmark’s fifth time at the World Cup, but their first since 2007, failing to qualify for the last three tournaments.
Who has scored Denmark’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Helle Jensen and Gitte Krogh are Denmark’s top scorers at World Cups with three goals each. Jensen’s three came in 1991 and 1995, while Krogh got all of her three in 1995.