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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Scandinavia unites behind Danes
Olsen gambled with the line-up to face France
Olsen gambled with the line-up to face France

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The Swedes still have other things to worry about, but Denmark's success at winning World Cup Group A is being celebrated all over Scandinavia.

The website of Norway's biggest tabloid VG has wasted no time in publishing the words to the Danish national anthem.

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Who dares to bet against a Danish World Cup victory now?
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Norway newspaper Aftenposten

"You might as well learn it right away," the paper says.

"Nearly 200 years after the fall of the Danish-Norwegian union, we embrace the Danes, pull Jylland into the Oslo fjord and cheer with our Danish friends.

"Who dares to bet against a Danish World Cup victory now?" adds Aftenposten.

Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet also believes the Danish team can cause further sensations in the tournament, where there is an outside chance they will meet Sweden in the next round.

"The Danes were successful with their man-to-man marking and had a fantastic goalkeeper in Thomas Sorensen," Aftonbladet continues.

"They also had a crossbar which stopped both Marcel Desailly and David Trezeguet from scoring and, last but not least, a counter-attacking style which could cause more upsets in this World Cup."

Dagens Nyheter adds: "This is the latest proof that individual brilliance counts for little compared to motivation, team spirit and battling ability.

"This is also a sign that the world of football has more good teams at the top."

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Olsen gambled and won - the first real shock of the World Cup is a fact
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Danish newspaper BT

In Denmark itself, tabloid BT feels the win against the French was the consequence of a daring gamble by coach Morten Olsen.

"He gambled. And won. The first real shock of the World Cup is a fact," BT says.

"Senegal, Croatia, USA and partly Japan have given us surprises of varying degrees. But, with the humiliated world and European champions leaving Seoul on a plane, this World Cup of sensations is really heating up.

"To place the Danish team's biggest star Ebbe Sand, captain Jan Heintze and the country's most expensive footballer, Jesper Gronkjaer, on the bench must be characterised as pure gambling.

"The decision was enormously brave. And the bravery was rewarded."


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