S11E66 Euro 92 Throwback 4: Scandinavian Surprise – Sweden and Denmark

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We’ve saved the best until last in our Euro ’92 throwback series as John Bleasdale looks at the success of the two Scandinavian sides in the tournament, hosts Sweden and late entrants, and surprise winners, Denmark. He is joined by 96-capped Swedish internationalist Patrik Andersson, Danish journalist Sebastian Stanbury, and Danish commentator Niels Harild.

Patrik broke into the Sweden side at the turn of 1992 and impressed enough in pre-tournament friendlies and with Malmo to become a starter at the Euros. He talks about the expectation for the host nation to do well in the tournament, and they delivered by topping their group, including a famous 2-1 win over England to send them home before the postcards. However, Patrik missed the Semi Final with Germany through suspension, and watched in agony as his side went down 3-2 to the Germans that ended their fairy-tale of Euro glory on home soil. It would form part of a good era for the Swedes as they went onto finish third at the USA ’94 World Cup.

As Denmark were the ones who won the tournament, it was only right that we allowed two Danish guests in Sebastian and Niels. They both go through the remarkable zero to hero tale of Richard Moller Nielsen, who recovered from such a bad start that saw the Laudrup brothers quit international football to lead his nation, with Brian Laudrup back in the fold, to European Championship glory. What makes their success even more remarkable was that they weren’t even in the tournament until ten days before, then only picked up one point from two games, then they beat France, Netherlands and Germany to lift the trophy.

Music – “The Sesh” by PG Ciarletta (@PGCiarletta)
Intro – Paul Mitchell (@pwmcomms)

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