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Rovers World Cup Connections: Denmark

2 June 2018

We explore ties between FIFA World Cup bound, Denmark and Rovers.

Denmark are competing in their fifth World Cup Finals, having been quarter finalists in 1998.

Two members of the provisional Danish World Cup squad have played against Rovers. Kasper Schmeichel, born in Copenhagen in November 1986 and who was in Bury’s team in November 2006, has 31 full caps to his name.

Uncapped Kenneth Zohore, born in Copenhagen in January 1994, was in the Cardiff City side defeated by Chris Lines’ extra time winner in the League Cup in August 2016.

Danish Rovers

Two Danes have played for Rovers in the Football League.

The first was a real character, with long, flowing locks, Bo Henriksen. Born in Roskilde in February 1975, he played for Herfølge and Boldklub Frem before becoming Kidderminster Harriers’ all time record Football League goalscorer. He joined Rovers in 2004 in time to play four games and he is now manager at Horsens.

Goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen played in 39 League games with Rovers in the 2009/10 season on loan from Reading and is now at Lyngby.

Pirates in Denmark 

David Steele (1894-1964), who won three full caps for Scotland, scored twice in 67 League games for Rovers between 1920 and 1922.

Having played for Huddersfield Town and Preston North End, he became coach from 1931 at Aalborg and later at Bold Klubben.

Junior Agogo, who scored 41 goals in 126 League matches for Rovers between 2003 and 2006, enjoyed a brief spell at Odense in the spring of 2011.

The only Dane to score a Football League goal for Rovers was Preben Arentoft. The Blackburn Rovers defender inadvertently conceded an own goal when playing against Rovers in August 1972. Arentoft had started his career at Brønshøj, a club later managed by Bo Henriksen.

Danish International Players      

In addition to Kasper Schmeichel, four Danish internationals have opposed Rovers in the League.

Viggo Jensen (1921-2005), who scored a penalty against Rovers for Hull City in April 1954, won five full caps for Denmark and won a bronze medal at football at the 1948 London Olympics.

Henrik Risom, the holder of nine full caps, played in both Stoke City’s fixtures with Rovers in the 2000/01 season.

Bjørn Kristensen, with 20 caps to his name, played for Newcastle United against Rovers in 1990/91.

The aforementioned Preben Arentoft (Blackburn Rovers) won nine full caps for the country of his birth. 

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