Winner or Loser: Peru vs Denmark World Cup Insights


Peru’s first World Cup opponent, Denmark, focuses on experience. Do you think Peru has what it takes to go head-to-head with these masters?

On June 16th, the Danish soccer team will face off with Peru as their first rival during this summer’s World Cup.

The twenty-four Danish players that have already been selected, are focusing on experience as they begin their friendly games against Panama and Chile in the next coming days.

It was without much surprise when the Norwegian coach Åge Hareide announced his selected 24 favorites. And although the Danish team faces immediate challenges due to recent injuries to key defensive players -both Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) and Pattrick Westergård (Borussia Munich Gladblach) suffered injuries in the recent club matches which might just open a door for new players- generally the Danish central defense is occupied by many strong international players.

“Peru may or may not find a weakness in Denmark’s back line-up…”

Peru may or may not find a weakness in Denmark’s back line-up as it seems that no less than 3 left back players were selected, signaling that this position seems to continue to be one of the delicate spots in the Danish squad. Also interesting to note, in the last matches for qualifying to the World Cup, the Danish team played with a right footer (Jens Stryger Larsen, Udine) on the left back position and the coach now seems eager to find alternatives to this by selecting Durmisi (Real Betis), Knudsen (Ipswich) and Boilesen (FC Copenhagen).

Reminder: Peru plays a friendly game verse Croatia this Friday, March 23rd in Miami, US. Next up, Peru faces off with Iceland on the 27th of March in New Jersey, US.

Hareide also mentioned that he might consider using their young shooting star Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) as a defensive midfielder instead of his usual defending position. Peru may need to watch out for this as well.

As they head into their first World Cup match against Peru, the coach no doubt made it clear that now is not the time for experimenting, but to focus on good team spirit, and experienced players with room for only some minor adjustments and back-ups in case of injuries.

Peruvian fans, tell us what you think! How will our querida Peru fair against the Danish squad?

Please share your thoughts and comments below and let’s kick off the conversation and start getting excited for this year’s World Cup!

Below is the Danish Squad selected for friendly matches against Panama and Chile on March 22 and 27:

(Photo: Morten Bruun Jensen/Peru Experience)


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Morten, originally from Denmark, has an MA in Spanish and Comparative Literature from Denmark and Spain. In 2007 he worked abroad in Cusco for a Danish travel agency. 2009 led him to a position as a high school teacher in Denmark, before embarking into the entrepreneurial world back in Peru as the co-founder of the travel agency Peru Experience.