Euro 2024: Christian Eriksen is back as Denmark plays Slovenia

Euro 2024: Christian Eriksen is back as Denmark plays Slovenia

Published Jun. 15, 2024 11:04 a.m. ET

Denmark plays Slovenia on Sunday in their first Group C match at the European Championship (noon ET on FS1). The other teams in the group are England and Serbia.

Here's what to know about the match:

Match facts


— Denmark, the European champion in 1992 after coming into that tournament as a late replacement for war-torn Yugoslavia, is looking to back up its run to the semifinals at Euro 2020.

— Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to make his 131st international appearance in what would be his first match in a European Championship since his cardiac arrest in the country's opener against Finland at Euro 2020.

— Slovenia is competing in only its second European Championship. In 2000, the team drew two of its three games and didn't make it out of the group stage.

— The teams were in the same qualifying group. They drew 1-1 in Slovenia, while Denmark won 2-1 at home.

Team news

— Denmark has no major injury problems, with the biggest dilemma for coach Kasper Hjulmand being who to play alongside, or just behind, striker Rasmus Hojlund.

— Miha Blažič and Benjamin Verbič are back in training for Slovenia after injury issues, while midfielder Petar Stojanović is ready to return after missing warmup matches against Armenia and Bulgaria.

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By the numbers

— Denmark has only missed two of the last 11 European Championship tournaments — in 2008 and '16.

— Slovenia is on a six-match unbeaten run after drawing 1-1 with Bulgaria in its final warmup for Euro 2024.

— Benjamin Šeško, Slovenia's star striker, was the team's top scorer in qualifying with five goals. He has just signed a new deal at Leipzig after being linked with a move away to top teams including Manchester United.

What they're saying

— "We're already very pleased with him but there's more to come." — Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand on Rasmus Hojlund, the 21-year-old striker who has just finished a tough first year at Manchester United.

— "I am convinced Slovenia will not just be a ‘tourist' team in the championship." — Slovenia coach Matjaž Kek.

Reporting by The Associated Press.


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