Sport Round-Up: Denmark mourns Diego Maradona
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The world of football is in mourning following the death of one of its absolute legends … if not the greatest of all time.
Diego Maradona’s passing at 60 following a heart attack has led to an outpouring of grief across the world – most of all in Argentina, where the man is considered a God.
The Danish football association, DBU, also recognised the demise of arguably the best player in the history of the game.
“The Argentine wizard is no longer with us. Maradona was one of the greatest and brightest lights of football history. His performances will be remembered for many years. Few others could replicate what that man could do on a football pitch,” DBU wrote on Facebook.
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The GOAT is gone
A controversial figure during and after his playing days, few can argue the brilliance of Maradona.
Who else could score the greatest and most infamous goals in World Cup history … just four minutes apart in the same game!
Maradona only played against Denmark once: in a penalty-shootout win against the Danes in the Artemio Franchi Trophy in 1993.
Harder among Ballon d’Or nominees … again
Denmark striker Pernille Harder has once again been nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or – the FIFA award given to the best footballer in the world. Harder, who finished runner-up in the 2018 contest, is the current European women’s footballer of the year. Her recent move to Chelsea involved the highest transfer ever paid for a woman. The 28-year-old has scored 64 goals in 122 games for Denmark.
Wolfsburg gets a new Dane
In September, the German side Wolfsburg bid farewell to Pernille Harder in a record deal. Now, the Bundesliga side has a new Danish element, after signing midfielder Sofie Svava from Swedish outfit Rosengård FC. Svava, 23, has 14 caps for Denmark. Wolfsburg has shelled out 730,000 kroner as part of the deal.
Olympic TV deal signed
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FCM Champions League misery continues
FC Midtjylland are done in Europe this season after losing 1-3 at home to Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The result means that the Danes now have no chance of finishing third – a result that would have granted them a spot in the Europa League knockout stage. With zero points, the Wolves sit dead last in Group D, seven points being Atalanta and Ajax, with just two games remaining.
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