Draw lots tonight at 18.00
When you keep in mind that no group may consist of more than two teams from Europe and a team from the other world football federations – so Brazil or Iran can not be drawn with a team from their own football federation – a future dream draw for Denmark might look like this : Qatar, Denmark, Tunisia and Canada.
In the meantime, a potential ‘death group’ for Denmark may be similar: Brazil, Denmark, Serbia and Ghana.
Keep in mind that the three remaining teams that have to reach it will be found among the winners of Wales vs. Scotland / Ukraine, Costa Rica vs. New Zealand and Peru vs. Australia / United Arab Emirates.
Denmark out of the top 10
After a friendly defeat to the Netherlands last week, Denmark has dropped out of the top 10 on FIFA’s world rankings. The Danes beat Serbia back a few days later, but it was not enough when both the Dutch and Mexico came by and pushed Denmark down to 11th place. Brazil tops the rankings ahead of Belgium, France, Argentina and England. Italy, which is number six, will be the only country in the top 16 that does not participate in the World Cup in 2022.
Historical ice hockey ranking
The men’s ice hockey team made history this week by being ranked among the top 10 nations in the world for the first time by the IIHF. A good show at the recent Winter Olympics pushed the Danes into a 10th place – the highest ranking previously achieved was a 12th place. Finland tops the rankings ahead of Canada and Russia. The Danish women’s team is also in 10th place in the world.
On the verge of an NHL debut
Mads Søgaard looks set to be the next Dane to make his NHL debut after being drafted into the Ottawa Senators this week. The 21-year-old goalkeeper, who was drafted by Sens in 2019, would become the 16th Dane in history to play in the world’s best ice hockey league. And his debut seems almost certain, as his coach DJ Smith has confirmed that he will get started sometime in the coming days.
FCK draws Swedish international
With Superlia on its way into its final piece, FC Copenhagen has picked up the Swedish national team player Viktor Claesson. The 30-year-old winger, who has 58 caps for Sweden, signed on a leave of absence after leaving his Russian club Krasnodar due to the war in Ukraine. Claesson has played almost 150 matches for Krasnodar since 2017 and collected 43 goals and 31 assists. His contract with FCK runs until the end of this season.
Mark O gets UFC contract
Former Olympic wrestler Mark O Madsen has been awarded another contract by the mixed martial arts (MMA) giant UFC. Madsen will meet American fighter Vinc Pichel on April 10, but his extension will ensure he gets more fights in the future. The 37-year-old’s entry into MMA has so far yielded 11 wins in as many fights. Madsen won a silver medal in wrestling at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The best handball players in the world
According to the International Handball Federation (IHF), the best handball players – and coaches – in the world are from Denmark. In a public vote organized by the IHF, Niklas Landin (24 percent of the vote) was voted the best male player, and Sandra Toft (30 percent of the votes) was voted the best female player. Meanwhile, Jesper Jensen was named best coach on a women’s team and Nikolaj Jacobsen was named best coach on a men’s team. Toft is the first Danish woman to have won the award since Anja Andersen won it in 1997.
Source: The Nordic Page