Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football’s Greatest Cult Team
The Denmark side of the 1980s was one of the last truly iconic international football teams. Although they did not win a trophy, they claimed something much more important and enduring: glory, and in industrial quantities. They were a bewitching fusion of futuristic attacking football, effortless Scandinavian cool and laid-back living. They played like angels and lived like you and I, and they were everyone’s second team in the mid-1980s. The story of Danish Dynamite, as the team became known, is the story of a team of rock stars in a polyester Hummel kit.
Heralding from a country with no real football history to speak of and a population of five million, this humble and likeable team was unique. Everymen off the field and superheroes on it, they were totally of their time, and their approach to the game was in complete contrast to the gaudy excess and charmless arrogance of today’s football stars. That they ultimately imploded in spectacular style, with a shocking 5-1 defeat to Spain in the 1986 World Cup in a game that almost everyone expected them to win, only adds to their legend. This is a joyous celebration of one of the most life-affirming teams the world has ever seen.
About the Author
Rob Smyth is a specialist in modern sport history who has written for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, FourFourTwo, Yahoo, ITV, Intelligent Life, GQ and Virgin Media. He is co-author of Danish Dynamite, one of the Observer‘s Sports Books of the Year 2014, and was highly commended at the 2010 Sports Journalists’ Association awards.
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