Austria will be guesting with a completely renovated eleven at the World Cup round of 16 finalists Denmark. It is a chance for players like Alessandro Schöpf to advertise themselves.
Herning – It’s just a word. But one that makes the pulse of ÖFB team boss Franco Foda beat faster. The German ÖFB team boss didn’t like the fact that an Austrian daily newspaper headlined “Departure for the B eleven” yesterday.
“There is no B-Elf. All the players in the squad have shown their clubs that they are rightly in the national team, nobody has to prove themselves,” emphasised Foda. “Everyone who is here has the right to play. So there can be no question of “casting”. But: “Everybody who plays against Denmark has the possibility to show himself and to recommend for further tasks”. Among them is the Tyrolean Alessandro Schöpf, who could move into the starting line-up just like Kainz, Dragovic, Schlager, Schaub, Wimmer and Keeper Strebinger.
With Denmark, the ÖFB eleven now face the number ten in the FIFA rankings. But even the northern Europeans are not free of problems – with Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Thomas Delaney (Dortmund) and Andreas Cornelius (Bordeaux) three high-calibre players are missing. Moreover, the conflict with the association is still not completely resolved. It is freely after Shakespeare’s Hamlet something lazy in the state Denmark. This was shown by an open letter from the executives Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer and Christian Eriksen to the association, in which the trio objected to the rough tone with them and their representative Mads Öland in the negotiations about the sponsoring dispute. It was about the permission for the kickers to conclude individual sponsor contracts, even if they are in competition with the national team donor.
Kasper Schmeichel Honours
- Football League Two: 2009–10
- Premier League: 2015–16
- Football League Championship: 2013–14
- Danish Football Player of the Year: 2016, 2017
- Danish Football Association’s award: 2015
- Football League Team of the Decade: 2005–2015
- PFA Team of the Year: 2009–10 League Two, 2012–13 Championship, 2013–14 Championship
- Football League Two Player of the Month: October 2009
- PFA League Two Fans’ Player of the Year: 2009–10
- Leicester City Player of the Season: 2011–12, 2016 –17
- Leicester City Player’s Player of the Season: 2011–12, 2016 –17
- Leicester City Supporters’ Club Player of the Season: 2011–12
- Leicester City Champagne Moment of the Season: 2012–13
- The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2018 (3rd place)
The association finally gave in, but before that a lot of porcelain had been smashed. The Danish team players had even boycotted an international away game against Slovakia in September. In this game, they played with a trunk team of professionals from lower leagues and futsal players and lost 0:3. If the game had been cancelled, high penalties and possibly even an exclusion for the European Championship 2020 would have been threatened.
Captain’s question: A lot speaks for Prödl
In terms of sport, however, “Danish Dynamite” still brings international class from the back (Leicester Masterkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Chelsea Legionnaire Andreas Christensen) to the front (former Bavarian jewel Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, young star Pione Sisto, Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen). “The Danes are compact, stable on the defensive and try to switch quickly,” Foda analysed in the knowledge that his squad is facing a completely different game today than against the Northern Ireland defensive bar on Friday. “They will want to play the game at home,” believes the ex-Sturm coach, who also yesterday made a big secret about today’s captain. Sebastian Prödl has a lot to offer.
In addition to Andreas Ulmer, the attacker Guido Burgstaller is also questionable today. If the Schalke regional team doesn’t make it, Marc Janko could even get his chance. But Marcel Sabitzer is also considered a possible candidate for the Sturmzentrum. Check Jackpot Strike for more details about their promotions and bonuses.