PREVIEW: 2014 Football European Championships – Team Denmark

“We can show the world how far football has come in Denmark!”

Everyday this week AFI will be bringing you an introduction to each country represented in this year’s 2014 Eat the Ball Football European Championship taking place in Austria from May 30th to June 7th. Game venues in the preliminary round will include Graz and St. Poelten, while the final games of the championship will be held at the Ernst Happel- Stadium in Vienna.

Today:

DENMARK

This team from the Dansk Amerikansk Fodbold Forbund (DAFF), recently promoted from the B-Group, is the great unknown of this tournament. The Danes defeated Serbia and then fought valiantly in Italy and managed a surprising final defeat over the host Italians in the Group B European Championship last July. Denmark is a force to be reckoned with in flag football, and is an up and coming American Football nation who should not be underestimated.

Denmark 2014

According the the DAFF, all 2014 preparations for the Denmark A-team have been focused on one task – the 2014 European Championships! This is the biggest stage Team Denmark has ever played on. This is the first time that the Danish Football Federation participates in the European Championships for the A-team.

Denmark is part of Group B along with France and host country Austria. They will play their first round in Graz, Austria and their schedule is as follows:

  • May 31st 7pm: Austria vs. Denmark
  • June 2nd 7pm: Denmark vs. France
  • June 4th 7pm: France vs. Austria

From Danish Head Coach Lars Carsen:

“Let’s come together to make the best national team ever, so we can show the world how far football has come in Denmark, and how well that worked out in the clubs and the League of Nations.

The expected itinerary for A national team is leaving Denmark Monday, May 26 and returning Sunday, June 8, as they plan to camp in Austria in the days before the tournament starts.

 A Short Documentary on the DAFF and Danish National American Football Team:

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TEAM DENMARK 45 MAN ROSTER

Name Club Position
Andreas Philip Heath Herlev Rebels DL
Andreas Schneider Copenhagen Towers LB
Asger Johansen Copenhagen Towers DB
Bear Bach Christensen Esbjerg Hurricanes RB
Brian Pilgren Mortensen Copenhagen Tomahawks Olympics
Frederik Nielsen Myrup Aalborg 89ers WR
His Niels-Christiansen Copenhagen Towers DB
Hjalte Kristian William Froholdt Gold Diggers DL
Jens Kristian Moeller Copenhagen Towers Olympics
Jesper Andersen Farai Mabira Holbaek RedDevils DL
Jesper Larsen Cold Aarhus Tigers WR
Jesper Jensen Storebjerg Horsens Stallions DL
Jimi Smidt Laursen Gold Diggers LB
Joachim Christian Hannesbo Herning Hawks AFC RB
Joachim Navntoft Christensen Wagner Seahawks Olympics
Jonas Bo Hansen Gold Diggers WR
Kasper Jensen Skyum Aalborg 89ers QB
Kenneth Stender Lund Gold Diggers QB
Kevin Kaare Schmalz Herlev Rebels Olympics
Lars Alexander Froholdt Gold Diggers DL
Lars Larsen Hyrsting Amager Demons RB
Call Lars Petersen Aalborg 89ers LB
Magnus Alexander Bitsch Copenhagen Towers DB
Marco Kleinnibbelink Rysgaard Aarhus Tigers RB
Martin Jepsen Kolding Guardians DB
Mathias Lilhauge Aarhus Tigers QB
Mikkel Sejersbøl Lindsø Gold Diggers DB
Mikkel Vangsgård Gold Diggers LB
Nichlas Christian Steglich Herlev Rebels DL
Oliver Roman Holmlund Odense Swans WR
Peter Andreas Moller Gold Diggers Olympics
Peter Ebdrup Herlev Rebels WR
Philip Nørregaard Hargett Copenhagen Towers LB
Phillip Friis Andersen Berlin Adler K
Rasmus Thejl Jespersen Copenhagen Towers Olympics
Rupan Ralf Paramasivam Aarhus Tigers DB
Thomas Asbjørn Thomsen Aalborg 89ers DB
Thomas Johansen Holbaek Red Devils WR
Thomas Zinck Thellufsen Aalborg 89ers WR
Timmi Kleinnibbelink Rysgaard Aarhus Tigers LB
Tobias Bek Sandau Gold Diggers Olympics
Tobias Sølver Rehling Gold Diggers Olympics
Toke Pilkær Eriksen Holbaek Red Devils DL
Victor Ebsen Andersen Copenhagen Towers DB
Victor Kaiser Greve Gold Diggers DL

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John McKeon
John McKeon is a former professional and collegiate American Football player and coach now living and working in New York. His goal is to spread news, information, and opinion on the global growth of the sport he loves.
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