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World cup News: Denmarks expectations are very high

World cup News: Denmarks expectations are very high

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Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:15:22 GMT        
World cup News: Denmarks expectations are very high
On 12 June 1998, Denmark's golden generation - including Peter Schmeichel and the Laudrup brothers Michael and Brian - faced Saudi Arabia in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup™ in France. The Scandinavians won the match 1-0 in front of a crowd of 38,100 spectators at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.
Among those in the stadium that day was seven-year-old Thomas Delaney, who watched his idols up close for the first time alongside his father and grandparents. Fast-forward 20 years and Delaney is now following in the footsteps of his heroes, and is eager to make an impact at Russia 2018 in a few months.
"Back then I obviously never thought that I'd play in a World Cup one day," the 26-year-old told with a smile. "I collected the World Cup stickers and also got an official match ball. It was amazing. It's one of my best memories – the atmosphere around the stadium and the city. It's not only the games that make a World Cup so special; it's mainly the atmosphere in the whole country. As a player you don't pick up on most of that though."
Denmark have been drawn against France, Australia and Peru in Group C at the upcoming finals. They are aiming to reach the last 16 at the very least, but ideally the Danes want to get to the quarter-finals. That would equal their best finish of their four tournament appearances to date, achieved at France 1998.
"We're very optimistic about the group stage," Delaney said. "If you're not in pot 1 then you're inevitably going to face a world-class team. Second place in the group has to be our aim. But obviously we've also got a chance against France. I don't just want to play three games and then have to pack my bags and go home. We're going there with our feet firmly on the ground because we're a small country, but expectations are obviously high."



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