Find the pdf with the official 16 player Delegation List here.
Find the pdf with the official 28 player squad list here.
After having been on the edge of being closed down in 1990 the Danish international women's handball team became one of the biggest sport successes - if not the biggest - of all time.
Olympic Champions 1996, 2000 and 2004, World Champions 1997 and European Champions 1994, 1996 and 2002 the team coached by Ulrik Wilbek and current coach Jan Pytlick have been a dominant force in international handball. After a couple of poor seasons, the Danish National Team is on a march forward once again.
Goalkeeper Karin Mortensen is the only one in the current squad who has won a gold medal at a major senior championship, but the likes of Lærke Møller, Line Jørgensen, Camilla Dalby, Susan Thorsgaard, Mie Augustesen and Kristina Kristiansen - all in their early twenties - have won both European and World championships both at junior and youth level.
And together with experienced players such as Mette Melgaard, Rikke Skov, Christina Pedersen, Maibritt Kviesgaard and Gitte Aaen ”the young lionesses” form a brilliant team displaying all the traditional Danish handball virtues such as a high technical level and lots of creativity.
With so much talent in team, how will they perform at EHF EURO 2010? Will they secure a medal, proving to the handball-crazy fans that the team still has got what it takes?
As one of the two hosts of the 9th Women's European Handball Championship, Denmark qualified directly for the final tournament.
"We have been working very hard for more than a year now and the players are really fighting to be part of a Danish team that hopefully will experience success playing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Many of our players are very young but for the last couple of seasons they have gained priceless international experience and I am sure they will be well prepared. The last two times Denmark has arranged a European championship we have also won the gold medal. We aim at a triple here although the competition is very very hard. But we will do our very best - make no mistake."
Jan Pytlick was born in 1967 on the Danish Constitution Day - June 5th on the small island of Thurø. As a young player he was an extremely talented playmaker but at 19 he had to give up a promising career due to a serious shoulder injury. Instead he took up coaching in his club, GOG Gudme, and at the remarkably young age of 23 he was in charge of the club´s women´s team who won the Danish Championship three years in succession. Pytlick also won the Danish Championship with the male team in GOG before he took over coaching the female national team from Ulrik Wilbek in 1998.
After a silver medal at the European championship the same year Pytlick had his first major triumph when he was in charge of the Danish women´s team when they won gold at the Sydney Olympics 2000. Prior to repeating this success in Athens four years later, Pytlick and the team won the European Championship on Danish soil in 2002.
After a very short retirement in 2005, Pytlick returned as national coach committing hiself to the team until 2012. A learned bricklayer by trade, Coach Pytlick is married to the former international player Berit Bogetoft.
The goalkeeper from Viborg HK had her international debut at the very young age of 19 but had to wait five years until she was a regular player in the team. Being 181 centimetres tall she covers a large radius with her arms. Together with Karin Mortensen the very quick and supple player has formed a very strong duo in the Danish goal for the last couple of years. Christina Pedersen was born in Copenhagen where she played for Ajax and FCK before she moved to Jutland and the EHF Champion League winners Viborg in the summer of 2010. Apart from playing handball she has an education as a lawyer.
She is probably one of the strongest defence players in the world. Mette Melgaard played for the three times EHF Champions League winners Slagelse and FCK before joining Randers HK in the summer of 2010. She originally signed a deal with Hypo NÖ but the contract would not fulfil. But being the sort of person who doesn´t do things by halves Melgaard has sued the Austrian club as a matter of principle rather than money. Apart from playing handball Mette Melgaard is educated as a lawyer of commerce. In 2009 she returned to the Danish national team after a seven year break, chosen by herself.
She is one of the most talented young players in Danish female handball for many years. In 2009 Lærke Møller was ready to fly to the World Championship in China, when she suffered a sprinkled Achilles tendon two days before the first match. From 2004 to 2008 Lærke Møller was an important player in one of the most successful Danish youth national teams ever - a team that played 69 international matches without losing. But it was by coincidence she chose handball as her favourite sport where the playmaker had her debut for Aalborg DH in an EHF Champions League match. Before that Lærke Møller was captain of the Danish U17 team - in women´s football.
|2009||World Championship in China||5th place|
|2008||European Championship in FYR Macedonia||11th place|
|2008||Olympic Games in Beijing||did not qualify|
|2007||World Championship in France||did not qualify|
|2006||European Championship in Sweden||11th place|
|2005||World Championship in Russia||4th place|
|2004||European Championship in Hungary||SILVER|
|2004||Olympic Games in Athens||GOLD|
|2003||World Championship in Croatia||13th place|
|2002||European Championship in Denmark||GOLD|
|2001||World Championship in Italy||4th place|
|2000||European Championship in Romania||10th place|
|2000||Olympic Games in Sydney||GOLD|
|1999||World Championship in Norway/Denmark||6th place|
|1998||European Championship in the Netherlands||SILVER|
|1997||World Championship in Germany||GOLD|
|1996||European Championship Denmark||GOLD|
|1996||Olympic Games in Atlanta||GOLD|
|1995||World Championship in Austria/Hungary||BRONZE|
|1994||European Championship in Germany||GOLD|
They are fast, play technical and love to score. It is in their culture to play with a confident manner. As they know how to read a game, they are bold and always ready. Any time a key player fails to fulfil their tasks; a new and younger player will be waiting in the wings to take responsibility and most likely become the new star. The fact that Denmark is more of an attacking team than a defending team is its only weakness.
Danish Handball Federation Website: www.dhf.dk