International Friendlies

Denmark field a student and internet star during 3-0 defeat by Slovakia

Denmark were forced to field a starting 11 which included a salesman, a student and an internet star for Wednesday's 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia.

The national team is involved in a commercial rights dispute with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

Players from Denmark's top two divisions and those based overseas were unavailable and will probably not play in the Nations League against Wales.

Danish futsal players also featured in the makeshift starting 11.

Christian Offenberg, who led the attack for Denmark on Wednesday, is a part-time salesman who also plays for Danish third-tier side Avarta.

Right-back Simon Vollesen, who plays in the Danish fifth tier, is also a student, while Rasmus Johansson - a midfielder who plays in Denmark's third tier - is best known as an internet freestyle footballer, with tens of thousands of followers on Instagram and YouTube.

Slovakia's line-up boasted former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik.

Denmark's unfamiliar starting line-up: Back row (from left): Christoffer Haagh, Christian Bannis, Kasper Kempel, Daniel Nielsen, Nicolai Johansen, Christian Offenberg. Front row: Mads Bertelsen, Oskar Hoybye, Simon Vollesen, Rasmus Gaudin, Rasmus Johansson

Two goals in the first half from Adam Nemec and Albert Rusnak gave the hosts a commanding lead before an own goal from Danish futsal player Adam Fogt, on as a substitute, made it 3-0.

Denmark managed only one shot on target during the 90 minutes and had 27% possession.

Professional futsal goalkeeper Christoffer Haagh did manage to save seven of the 10 shots he faced.

Denmark's next fixture is in the new Nations League on Sunday against Wales in Aarhus - and if the dispute is not sorted out, then the emergency stand-ins are likely to find themselves up against Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Rasmus Johansson and Vladimir Weiss
Rasmus Johansson (left) plays in the Danish third tier for Hellerup IK, but is better known as a futsal player and an internet football freestyler



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kozácik
  • 15Hubocan
  • 3SkrtelSubstituted forGyömbérat 83'minutes
  • 4Satka
  • 16Mazán
  • 19KuckaSubstituted forGregusat 61'minutes
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forDudaat 61'minutes
  • 10RusnákSubstituted forMakat 45'minutes
  • 11NemecSubstituted forDurisat 45'minutes
  • 7WeissSubstituted forPacindaat 67'minutes


  • 2Valjent
  • 5Gyömbér
  • 6Gregus
  • 8Duda
  • 9Pacinda
  • 12Sulla
  • 14Skriniar
  • 18Sabo
  • 20Mak
  • 21Duris
  • 22Lobotka
  • 23Dubravka


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Haagh
  • 2Moller VollesenSubstituted forJakobsenat 77'minutes
  • 3Johansen
  • 6Nielsen
  • 5BertelsenSubstituted forFonssat 71'minutes
  • 4BannisSubstituted forHusballeat 45'minutes
  • 8JohansonSubstituted forChristiansenat 84'minutes
  • 9HojbyeSubstituted forFogtat 61'minutes
  • 10Gaudin
  • 7KempelSubstituted forHolmat 61'minutes
  • 11Offenberg


  • 12Skraep
  • 13Fogt
  • 14Jakobsen
  • 15Nielsen
  • 16Bank
  • 17Fonss
  • 18Husballe
  • 19Jorgensen
  • 20Christiansen
  • 21Veis
  • 22Larsen
  • 23Holm
Julian Weinberger

Match Stats

Home TeamSlovakiaAway TeamDenmark
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Rasmus Gaudin.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Mak (Slovakia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Duda.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Nicolai Johansen.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Mazán (Slovakia) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Robert Mak.

  8. Post update

    Erik Pacinda (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Holm (Denmark).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Slovakia. Robert Mak tries a through ball, but Erik Pacinda is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Erik Pacinda (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Fogt (Denmark).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Norbert Gyömbér (Slovakia).

  14. Post update

    Daniel Holm (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Denmark. Christian Christiansen replaces Rasmus Johanson.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Rasmus Johanson (Denmark) because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Slovakia. Norbert Gyömbér replaces Martin Skrtel.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Slovakia. Tomas Hubocan tries a through ball, but Robert Mak is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


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