Denmark FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips


Denmark had to come through the play offs to qualify for the World Cup this summer, but after their 5-1 destruction of Ireland in Dublin, you can't deny that the Scandinavians deserve a spot in Russia.

An exciting team with a balance of youth and experience, Denmark have the capacity to be the surprise package at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen is amongst the best players in the world, and with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel supported by a defensive axis of Andreas Christensen and Simon Kjaer, the Danes will be a match for any nation.

If you're looking for a challenge on FIFA 18’s World Cup update, Denmark may just be the country for you. A kind group will allow you time to ease into the competition before causing some serious shocks in the knockout stages. RealSport gives you all you need in setting up with Denmark for the tournament. 

Team rating

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Denmark have a four star rating on the World Cup update. This is made up by a 76 attack, 79 midfield and 76 defence. 

Denmark’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group stage

Peru

Australia

France

Round of 16

Argentina

Quarter-finals

Spain

Semi-finals

Brazil or Belgium

Final

Germany or France

Considering they came through the play offs, this is a dream draw for Denmark. The fact their fixtures get harder as the group stages goes along is a blessing, as they should have six points on the board before they face the giants of France. Look to rack up the goals against World Cup debutants Peru and the timid Australians, as topping Group C may come down to goal difference.

The matchup against France to complete the group is huge, but chances are, you will finish second in the group and go on to face Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The South Americans, despite their attacking talent, are vulnerable, and that is a tough but winnable tie for the Danes.

It would then be the likes of Spain, Brazil and Germany for the remainder of the tournament, and you struggle to see a way past any of those sides for Denmark. Can you do you unthinkable and plot a deep run into the tournament with this Danish side?

Formation

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Denmark use the offensive 4-3-3 attack formation, and you should stick to this, but it may be worth experimenting with a 3-4-1-2 in kick-off mode.

Reliable stopper Kasper Schmeichel (87 GK reflexes) is in goal, as Simon Kjaer and defensive rock Andreas Christensen (88 standing tackle) are flanked by Jens Stryger Larsen and Riza Durmisi in defence.

Daniel Wass and Thomas Delaney are in midfield, as the mercurial Christian Eriksen (90 ball control) operates in attacking midfield. Pione Sisto and Martin Braithwaite are in the wide areas with Nicolai Jorgensen as a traditional number 9. 

Tactics

With an 89 overall rating, you must be looking to get architect Christian Eriksen (90 vision) on the ball as much as possible. You will want to free up the Tottenham midfielder, so head to the instructions tab and on positioning freedom select ‘free roam’. Not only that, but his support runs on crosses should be altered to ‘stay on edge of box for cross’ and defensive support to ‘stay forward’.

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For a so-called ‘lesser nation’, Denmark have a very attacking system. It is, therefore, vital that there is balance in midfield, and you tell one of your defensive midfielders to ‘stay back while attacking’ for attacking support. This is most likely to be Werder Bremen man Thomas Delaney.

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There is some pretty useful pace out wide for Denmark in the form of Martin Braithwaite (86 sprint speed) and Pione Sisto (85 sprint speed). They line up in wing positions, so they should be looking to ‘get in behind’ for their support runs.

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Against France and in the knockout stages, you may have to think differently. The 4-3-3 attack is very offensive, and you should, at a minimum, be looking to bring in a more defensively aware central midfielder than Daniel Wass. Lasse Schone should be the man to come in, and if you wish you can move Eriksen out wide and play Wass as the number 10. Other things you can do is alter the system to a 4-2-3-1 wide, or simply slide into a defensive mentality using the D-pad.

A Great Danish upset

Reaching the Round of 16 is perhaps the realistic goal for Denmark, but hypothetically speaking, if you were to play both France and Argentina, you should back your own ability to cause an upset. So, a trip to the quarter-finals is within your grasp, but you will need every ounce of quality in this Danish squad.

The players’ ratings may not be astronomic, but they all offer something different. Whether it be a competent defence, creativity in midfield or pace out wide, you can cause the opposition some serious trouble as you plot a deep run at the World Cup, with Denmark never previously reaching beyond the quarter-finals. 

Denmark squad player ratings

Player
Age
Pos
Club
OVR
Goalkeepers
Kasper Schmeichel
31
GK
Leicester
83
Jonas Lossl
29
GK
Huddersfield
75
David Jensen
26
GK
Utrecht
75
Frederik Ronnow
25
GK
Brondby
74
Jesper Hansen
33
GK
Midtjylland
73
Defenders
Andreas Christensen
22
CB CDM
Chelsea
82
Simon Kjaer
29
CB
Sevilla
80
Jannik Vestergaard
25
CB
‘Gladbach
78
Mathias Jorgensen
28
CB
Huddersfield
76
Frederik Sorensen
26
CB
Koln
75
Erik Sviatchenko
26
CB
Midtjylland
73
Jens Stryger Larsen
27
RB LB
Udinese
73
Riza Durmisi
24
LB LWB
Real Betis
73
Peter Ankersen
27
RB
Copenhagen
72
Andreas Bjelland
29
CB LB
Brentford
72
Jonas Knudsen
25
LB CB
Ipswich
71
Henrik Dalsgaard
28
RB
Brentford
71
Lasse Nielsen
30
CB
Malmo
70
Midfielders
Christian Eriksen
26
CAM RM LM CM
Tottenham
89
Daniel Wass
28
CM CAM
Celta Vigo
80
Thomas Delaney
26
CM CDM
Werder Bremen
78
Lasse Schone
32
CM CDM
Ajax
77
Martin Braithwaite
26
CAM ST LM
Bordeaux
75
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
22
CM CDM
Southampton
75
Michael Krohn-Dehli
34
CM LM CDM CAM
Deportivo La Coruna
74
Mike Jensen
30
CM
Rosenborg
74
Lukas Lerager
24
CM CDM
Bordeaux
74
William Kvist
33
CM CDM
Copenhagen
73
Attackers
Nicolai Jorgensen
27
ST
Feyenoord
79
Pione Sisto
23
LW LM RW
Celta Vigo
78
Kasper Dolberg
20
ST
Ajax
77
Nicklas Bendtner
30
ST
Rosenborg
74
Andreas Cornelius
25
ST
Atalanta
74
Viktor Fischer
23
LW ST CAM
Copenhagen
74
Rasmus Falk Jensen
26
RW LW
Copenhagen
73
Lasse Vibe
31
ST RM
Changchun Yatai
71
Marcus Ingvartsen
22
ST
Genk
71
Nicolaj Thomsen
25
LW CM RB
Copenhagen
69
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