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Sport Round-Up: Football heroes, Axelsen and cyclists among those who choose the name of the year - Nord News

Sport Round-Up: Football heroes, Axelsen and cyclists among those who choose the name of the year

Sport Round-Up: Football heroes, Axelsen and cyclists among those who choose the name of the year

Heroes on the field

The heavy favorites must be the men’s football team, which overcame Christian Eriksen’s collapse, galvanized a nation in its Euro 2020 semi-final and then qualified for the 2022 World Cup in epic style.

Viktor Axelsen has also had a landmark year, where he has won a wealth of trophies such as the Olympics and several Super 1000 tournaments.

Cyclist Jonas Vingegaard can be a dark horse thanks to a fantastic year in which he finished second in the Tour de France. Had he won it, he probably would have been a shoe-in.

The 15 nominees and their best performances are:

Men’s handball team: World Cup gold and Olympic silver
– 4 km team pursuit, track cycling: Olympic silver
– Jonas Vingegaard: Second in the Tour de France, stage winner of the UAE Tour and overall winner of Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.
– Anne-Marie Rindom, sailor (laser radial) Olympic gold
– Jesper Hansen, skeet shooting: Olympic silver, World Cup gold and silver
– Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth, track cycling: Olympics and Euro-silver
– Viktor Axelsen, badminton: Olympic gold, winner of Thailand Open x 2 (Super 1000), Denmark Open (Super 1000), Indonesia Open (Super 1000), finalist at All England, finalist at World Tour finals, bronze at Thomas Cup.
– National football team (men): EC 2020 semi and 2022 World Cup qualification
– Tobias Thorning Jørgensen, para-dressage: 2 x Paralympic gold
– Emma Aastrand Jørgensen, kayak: 2 x Olympic bronze medals, 2 x European Championship gold and 3 x gold and 2 x bronze in the World Cups.
– Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton, rowing: Olympic bronze
– Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Mørkøv, track cycling: Olympic and World Cup gold
– Lisa Gjessing, Para taekwondo: Paralympic gold
– Kasper Asgreen, cycling: winner of Around Flanders, E3 SaxoBank Classic, time trial in Volta i.a. Algarve and number four at the World Time Trial Championships.
– Pernille Blume, swimming: Olympic bronze and Euro-silver

Ladies win a huge qualification

The Danish women’s national team took a big step towards qualifying for the World Cup next year by beating Russia 3-1 last night. Denmark stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to three goals in the second half before the Russians withdrew one near the end of the match. Both teams had maximum points before the match, and with the victory, the Danes move up to 18 points three ahead of the Russians. The group winner qualifies directly for the tournament, which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Kjær paid tribute at the Ballon d’Or ceremony
Denmark’s and AC Milan’s defender Simon may only have been number 18 in the race for the Ballon d’Or this year, but for a few moments he was in the center of attention during the ceremony. “Former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba took the stage and praised Kjær for his handling of the Christian Eriksen situation during the European Championships 2020, which received applause from the audience. Allan Simonsen is still the only Dane to have won the coveted award when it bore the title. as European Footballer of the Year in 1977. At the same time, Pernille Harder was number seven in the women’s award.

Denmark is approaching the coefficient target

Thanks to a sovereign race in Europe last week, Denmark is closer to reaching the goal of reaching the top 15 on the UEFA coefficient rankings. FC Copenhagen, Randers and FC Midtjylland all won and pushed Denmark into 18th place, just a few points behind Greece in 15th place. With one round left, FCK have already won their group, while FCM and Randers have a chance to finish in the top two of their groups. Brøndby is meanwhile last in their group, but can become number three and qualify for the knockout phase of the Conference League if they win their last match.

DBU condemns the arrest of journalists
Last month, two Norwegian media members were arrested in Qatar while completing a report on the working conditions of foreign workers involved in the construction of the World Cup facilities in 2022. They were detained for 36 hours and their equipment confiscated. DBU chief Jakob Jensen has condemned the action, calling it unacceptable and accusing Qatar of denying it. free press. Meanwhile, the Qataris claim that the two journalists violated Qatar law by committing the invasion of private property.

DBU more involved in opposition to Qatar
The DBU has decided to continue the fight for the improvement of human rights in Qatar. After the national team’s World Cup qualification, it was decided that both sponsors Danske Spil and Arbejdernes Landsbank will simultaneously waive their logos on the player’s jersey in favor of critical messages. The aim is also to downplay the team’s presence in Qatar as a purely sporting participation and not promote the organizer’s events.

Eriksen is still among the most expensive
Christian Eriksen is reportedly the second highest salary in Serie A, according to the Italian media Calcio e Finanza. At the end of 2020, Inter went to great lengths to secure the Dane’s benefits of DKK 136 million and offered him a contract of DKK 55,770,000 per year. He played 43 matches, but has not played this season after his collapse during EC 2020. Eriksen’s future at Inter is uncertain, as he has had a pacemaker implanted – players are not allowed to play with such a device in Serie A. His club is working on a solution and asks UEFA for financial support.

A new Roony teen sensation
On November 21, Roony Bardghij wrote history in FC Copenhagen by becoming the club’s youngest debutant at the age of 16 years and six days and saw the Super League’s youngest goal scorer just seven days later. The young Swede is also one of the three youngest players in the history of the Super League, after Jeppe Kjær, who made his debut for AC Horsens on his 16th birthday, and Filip Bundgaard, who was just two days older when he performed for Randers . . Kjær previously held the record as the league’s youngest goal scorer.

Axelsen wins the intangible Indonesian trophy
Viktor Axelsen continued his good form by winning the Indonesia Open for the first time in his career. Axelsen beat Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 in the final of the Super 1000 tournament. The victory pushes the Dane to the top of the BWF World Rankings ahead of Kento Momota from Japan. One week earlier Anders Antonsen – in third place in the world – lost to Momota in the final of the Indonesia Masters in two sets (17-21, 11-21). Denmark now has three players in the top 10 in the world, where Rasmus Gemke jumps three places to 10th place.

The land of all confrontations
The Danish men’s and women’s handball teams will have a home advantage for the European Championships 2026 (men) and 2028 (women), as they will host the tournaments with Sweden and Norway after European Federation Congress on Saturday 20 November. Denmark is also a co-host of the world championships in 2023 (women) and 2025 (men). The last time a handball final was hosted by Denmark was in 2020 in Herning and Kolding.

Young gun coveted in the United States
Magnus Møller, 18, has received 12 offers to play American football at American universities. An offensive lineman for the Triangle Razorbacks, he has impressed with his physicality (208 cm, 135 kilos) and his eyesight. Møller must choose which offer he will accept this month. Among the deals he is considering are bids from Illinois, Cincinnati and Fresno State.

Source: The Nordic Page

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