Well, the preparation is a much larger part of the journey than the actual race. And I will have to rewind and take you back a bit further to understand what really happened. Nationals in June.
But it ended in a different kind of exhibition. As the dispute between the Denmark players and their national football association DBU over image rights continues, Denmark were forced to put together a provisional squad that had never played for the national side and might never again and were largely unknown even to Danish experts. Since the Danish players' association supports the players in the conflict, Denmark could only select players who are not its members -- that means semi-professional and amateur footballers from the third and fourth tier of the Danish league system, plus a several players from the national futsal team.
The players' union wants sponsorship deals to continue to focus on the team and not individuals, while the DBU is understood to want more flexible rules about the use of players in commercial contexts. As things stand, manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson are also not expected to be in charge for either match. Instead, the DBU was also warned that Denmark faced exclusion from any Uefa tournament if it cancelled another match in the next four years.
Anders Hansen has had a long and illustrious career on the European Tour but he rates teeing it up alongside his son Marcus at this week's Made in Denmark as the highlight. The pair will be following in the footsteps of some illustrious fathers and sons to have played in the same European Tour event, including Bernhard and Stefan Langer, Bill and Jay Haas, and Craig and Kevin Stadler. Marcus won the Danish Amateur Championship last week, prompting his tournament invite, and Anders admits it has been a whirlwind since. When the organisers called on Monday and said he was in, we immediately started getting him sorted for playing and doing all the things that I have people to do for me so it was kind of weird.
Denmark, fielding a severely weakened team containing players from the third tier of the national league and futsal players because of a pay dispute involving their top performers, were beaten by Slovakia in a friendly at Trnava on Wednesday. Slovakia strolled to victory against a side lacking names such as Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, who helped Denmark reach the last 16 of the World Cup. Futsal is a five-a-side game usually played indoors on a hard court with a heavier ball.
Please refresh the page and retry. A team of Danish amateurs, futsal players and lower-league journeyman had the opportunity of a lifetime on Wednesday night when they lined up for their country against a full-strength Slovakia side. Unwilling to forfeit the international friendly fixture, the Danish FA installed former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen as temporary manager.
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Indeed, DBU CEO Claus Bretton-Meyer has ominously warned that the affair could potentially send football in the country "back to the Stone Age in many areas", such is the perceived severity of the situation. So what exactly is going on in the state of Denmark? The stand-off between the Danish national team players and the DBU has arisen over a disagreement on a new deal concerning match fees and commercial rights.