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Denmark

Denmark

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Team Profile: Denmark

GettyImagesDenmark's high point was demolishing Uruguay 6-1 in 1986

Appearances at finals:
1986 - Second round
1998 - Quarter-finals
2002 - Second round

Overall record at finals: Played 13, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 4.

Best performance: The quarter-finals in 1998.

Most appearances at finals: Michael Laudrup (1986, 1998) - 8.

Most goals at finals: Preben Elkjaer-Larsen (1986), Jon Dahl Tomasson (2002) - 4.

World Cup high: Beating defending world and European champions France 2-0 in 2002 to complete an inspired run that saw them top their group.

World Cup low: Spain's Emilio Butragueño scoring four goals in their first appearance at the finals in 1986, where they lost in the knockout stages 5-1.

World Cup legend: Michael Laudrup. Named Denmark's best ever player in 2006, the midfielder retired on a high after helping the side to the quarter-finals in 1998.

The story so far: It took a long time for one of FIFA's founding members to make their mark on a World Cup, which they eventually managed in 1986. A 5-1 humiliation by Spain after making it into the knockout stages gave them a platform to win the European Championship in 1992, but a talented squad was not seen again in a World Cup until 1998, where they said goodbye to Peter Schmeichel and the legendary Laudrup brothers - Michael and Brian.

That squad reached the quarter-finals, where they lost 3-2 to Brazil. England then knocked them out in 2002 and, despite having a rich history in the European game, 2010 will mark only their fourth World Cup appearance.

Qualification: Losing only once, in the final game to Hungary - when qualification was already assured - progress was unexpectedly easy in a seemingly tough group. Beating local rivals Sweden 1-0 both home and away made things a lot easier, but the wheels were put into motion with a stunning last-gasp comeback to beat Portugal 3-2 in September.

Given solidity from the fine performances of Christian Poulsen in midfield and the pairing of Simon Kjaer and Daniel Agger in defence also proved invaluable in the latter stages.

Qualifying record: P10, W6, D3, L1, F16, A5, Pts21.

Most appearances: Christian Poulsen, Dennis Rommedahl (10).

Top goalscorer: Soren Larsen (5).