The team of Denmark
2018 june 29.
Coach: Heine Eriksen
Key players: Ida-Marie Dahl (line player), Amalie Milling (goalkeeper)
Qualification information: Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2017 – third place
History in tournament: 1977: 10th, 1979: 5th, 1981: 5th, 1983: 10th, 1985: 11th, 1987: 2nd, 1989: 7th, 1991: 3rd, 1993: 4th, 1995: 2nd, 1997: 1st, 1999: 3rd, 2001: 7th, 2003: 7th, 2005: 5th, 2008: 2nd, 2010: DNQ, 2012: 9th, 2014: 3rd, 2016: 1st
As defending champions of the Under 21 world title, with a squad that finished as runners-up at the 2016 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship and took bronze at the 19 EHF EURO 2017 last summer, Denmark are one of the favourites to finish the 2018 IHF Women’s Junior World Championship with a medal.
Denmark have a strong tradition at the Junior World Championship, with the third-highest medal record in the history of the competition – behind Soviet Union and Russia. The team have accumulated two gold medals, three silver and three bronze, and have finished in the top three at the last two editions.
The 1998-born generation of players celebrated the silver medal at the IHF Women’s Youth World Championship two years ago, following an undefeated campaign that included victories against Egypt, Slovakia, Slovenia, Argentina and Uzbekistan in the group phase, before they beat Romania in an extra-time eighth-final, Croatia in the quarter-final and Norway in the semi.
Denmark lost to Russia decisively in the final, 22:30, but could still celebrate a silver medal and the fact that three members of the squad were named in the All-star Team: goalkeeper Laerke Sorensen, left wing Emma Friis and line player Ida-Marie Dahl were all selected as the best players in their position at Slovakia 2016. At the Women’s 19 EHF EURO in Slovenia in 2017, a different goalkeeper, Amalie Milling, was part of the All-star Team.
Such a talented squad makes it clear that Denmark have the ability to reclaim the title won in 2016, but coach Heine Eriksen believes hosts Hungary have the upper hand: “It is going to be a very tough tournament with strong competition from every side. I think that the hosts from Hungary are the favourites for the title, but there are many talented teams at this championship.”
Playing in Group C, Denmark will come up against Netherlands, Romania, Angola, Japan and Paraguay.
“We are facing a group with strong teams. Group C is represented with many different playing styles, so I expect that we are going to learn a lot from these games. We are also facing a difficult start against Angola, which is a team that is on the rise,” says Eriksen. “The group stage is going to be a difficult challenge for us, but I expect us to advance with hopefully a good placement in the group.”
Group C: Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Angola, Japan, Paraguay
Games at Hungary 2018
All times local
Monday 2 July: DEN-ANG (10:00)
Wednesday 4 July: JPN-DEN (18:00)
Thursday 5 July: DEN-PAR (16:00)
Saturday 7 July: ROU-DEN (15:30)
Sunday 8 July: DEN-NED (20:00)