FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Denmark have made it to the finals on four occasions, though it took until 1986 for them to take their debut bow on the world stage. Their next trip, 12 years later, turned out to be their most successful, battling to the quarter-finals only to lose 3-2 against eventual finalists Brazil. The Danes narrowly missed out on the European qualifying play-offs last time out, where a 90th-minute Italy equaliser effectively denied them a best-runners-up spot.

The team
Built around the creative talents of playmaker Christian Eriksen, the Danish side features a blend of veterans and youngsters being integrated into the side. Michael Krohn-Dehli, one of the surprise packages of South Africa 2010, features in midfield with the likes of Simon Kjaer behind him and Nicklas Bendtner in front. The name Schmeichel has returned between the posts in the form of Kasper, son of legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter.

The coach
Morten Olsen is the longest-serving coach in Danish history, having taken charge of over 150 games since 2000, but it will likely be another man at helm once their qualification campaign begins, with Olsen planning to step down after UEFA EURO 2016.

The stat
129 –
The record number of caps Kasper Schmeichel's father, Peter, holds for Denmark.

The former stars
Peter Schmeichel, Michael Laudrup, Frank Arnesen, Morten Olsen