Sport Round-Up: Denmark secures top-15 coefficient mark

Elsewhere, UEFA greenlights Copenhagen as a Euro 2021 host city, Pernille Harder equals Denmark goal record and a teen beats long-standing 200m mark

There was good news today for the Danish teams taking part in Europe next season.

Denmark has secured 14th spot on the UEFA coefficient list for the 2022/23 season after Dinamo Zagreb and Slavia Prague were ousted in the Europa League last night.

It means that the Danish champions will enter the Champions League qualification in the third round instead of the second.

And four other Danish teams will also be vying to reach a European group stage – two in the Champions League (CL), one in the Europa League and two in the new Europa Conference League ECL).

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The Chelsea route
Denmark will need every point it can get next season as it stands to lose 8,500 points gained from the highly-successful 16/17 season.

But another bit of good news is that if Chelsea fail to win the Champions League this season, the Danish champions will be guaranteed a spot in the Europa League group stage if they bow out of the CL qualifiers.

This would also happen if Chelsea manage to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season. They currently sit fifth, one point behind surprise outfit West Ham.

SønderjyskE or Randers in Europe
The Danish Cup winner will also be guaranteed group stage participation as they enter the playoff round of the Europa League qualifications and will thus take part in the ECL group stage if they lose that.

This means that either Randers or SønderjyskE will be playing in Europe next season.

Yesterday, Randers beat AGF Aarhus and SønderjyskE upset FC Midtjylland to reach the final.

Holders SønderjyskE won their first cup title last year and it will be the second year in a row that the final will be without any Copenhagen teams.

UEFA confirms Euro games in Copenhagen
Have no fear, as benches and seats will soon be warmed with the arrival of the EURO 2020 tournament at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. The European footballing body UEFA has confirmed that fans will be able to watch four matches in the Danish capital during the tournament. The question is: how many will be able to attend these games? At this point, the government estimates around 12,000 spectators could be allowed to watch each game. Denmark is set to take on Finland in its opening on June 12, before also taking on Belgium and Russia. All three games will be in Copenhagen, as will a last-16 fixture yet to be decided.

Harder reaches goal landmark
Danish forward Pernille Harder has equalled the goal record for the Danish women’s national football team. Merete Pedersen scored 65 goals from 1993-2009, a mark that Harder tied with a strike against Wales in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff earlier this week. Denmark, unbeaten in their last nine games, has qualified for next summer’s European championship.

Teen beats 41-year-old 200m mark
Tazana Kamanga-Dyrbak has broken a Danish men’s track record that has stood for 41 years. Competing in a 200-metre race in Zambia, the 19-year-old ran the 200 metres in a time of 20.48 seconds – breaking the previous record, set by Jens Smedegaard in 1979, by 0.04 seconds. Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt holds the world record with a time of 19.19 seconds.

Curling men disappoint at worlds
Denmark’s Olympic curling aspirations are on thin ice after the team finished third-last at the World Championships. The Danish national men’s team had an unfortunate journey in Canada, finishing 11th out of 14 countries. This year’s World Cup in Calgary left the Danish team with three victories and ten defeats. Sweden ended up winning the tournament. Denmark will have another chance to qualify for the Winter Olympics when the final spots are vied for later in 2021.

Main sponsor wants out of DBU contact
Denmark’s national football union, the DBU, will be searching for a new main sponsor after losing its primary affiliation with Arbejdernes Landsbank due to a conflict sparked by the Quick Loan Act. The Quick Loan Act bans DBU from having loan providers advertising side-by-side with betting advertisements. Betting firm Oddset is another main sponsor of DBU.

Rune out in Monte Carlo
Danish tennis prospect Holger Rune did not get the start he hoped for at the Monte Carlo Masters, losing 2-6, 1-6 to Norwegian star Casper Ruud in the first round. The 17-year-old Dane is ranked 322 in the world and could not compete with the Norwegian world number 27. However, Rune did secure a check worth 90,000 kroner for his participation in the tournament.

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