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European Championships: Denmark-Finland, the match of the first times

2021-06-12T19:44:41.733Z

Eriksen: 'Favorites but it doesn't count'. The 'Owls' with Pukki for the story (ANSA)



Denmark is hosting a European for the first time, while Finland has just never played one in its history. There is certainly no lack of motivation for the two national teams who will inaugurate Group B tomorrow at 6pm, and start with decidedly different profiles and ambitions. The Danes have a first level backbone, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, central defender Simon Kjaer and attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Finnish totem is Teemu Pukki, 31, Norwich City's goal scorer in the English Serie B: at home he is a hero and his injury a few weeks ago created panic ("Now my ankle is in perfect condition, I'm ready" , guarantees) but it's anything but a star. Within the group of Finnish coach Markku Kanerva, elementary teacher turned coach,however, everyone is convinced that the sum of the puzzle will surprise Europe. "The European is a great challenge, but the confidence I have in my team is also great", said Kanerva, hoping to "sleep well before this historic match". Kasper Hjulmand's Danes do not underestimate the challenge. "If we look at the ranking we are favorites but every game is different. The data and the numbers do not count when you start playing", preached the inter player Eriksen, in a press conference alongside Kjaer. "It is important to start well, but let's take one game at a time," said the Milan defender, who has studied the Finns for a long time with the coaching staff. "We are doing well and we are confident - explained Hjulmand -. Other national teams have a better chance of winning the title,"for now we want to overcome the first phase and then anything can happen because this is football. "In Denmark we dream of repeating the feat of 1992, and in a country that is preparing to eliminate anti-Covid restrictions, from the day 25 thousand spectators in the group will become at the Parken stadium, and 100 thousand red and white flags have been distributed to push the 'Danish dynamite'. A flag is also the protagonist of the Finnish European Championship: it is the one around which the 'Owl' team is gathers in a circle, with the players taking turns giving a speech to give each other a boost.from the day of the group will become 25 thousand spectators at the Parken stadium, and 100 thousand red and white flags have been distributed to push the 'Danish dynamite'. A flag is also the protagonist of the European Championship of Finland: it is the one around which every morning the team of the 'Owls' gathers in a circle, with the players taking turns making a speech to give each other a boost.from the day of the group will become 25 thousand spectators at the Parken stadium, and 100 thousand red and white flags have been distributed to push the 'Danish dynamite'. A flag is also the protagonist of the European Championship of Finland: it is the one around which every morning the team of the 'Owls' gathers in a circle, with the players taking turns making a speech to give each other a boost.

Source: ansa

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