Qatar 2022, France-Denmark: a match unlike any other

All the previous ones, are 16, of a historic rivalry

The confrontation between France and Denmark has often extinguished the football history of the transalpines, for better or for worse. In 1984, at the European Championships, Michel Platini’s France beat Denmark 1-0 and then won the competition. In 1992, again at the Europeans, the transalpines met again the ‘surprise’ Denmark, invited to replace Yugoslavia excluded due to the war in the Balkans. France lost 2-0 and Denmark subsequently became European champions.

In 1998, at the World Cup, France crossed paths with Denmark again. That time the team coached by Aimé Jacquet beat Denmark 2-1 and subsequently won their first World Cup, beating Brazil 3-0 in the final. At the 2000 European Championship, the world champions beat Denmark 3-0 and subsequently won the European Championship by beating Italy in the final. In 2002 France meets Denmark again and the world champions lose 2 to 0 by not getting past the World Cup groups. In 2018 new match between the two national teams. This time in Moscow the match ends 0-0 but at the end of the tournament France will still be world champions by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

Overall, the two national teams have met 16 times. The first matches between Denmark and France date back to the 1908 Olympic Games where, for a twist of history, the French present two teams. The first national team loses in the quarter-finals by 9 to 0, the second, in the semi-finals of the tournament in London, loses by 17-1. This is the largest defeat in the history of the French national team.