A football team of selected top players from Denmark will come to Thailand to fight against the Thai national football team in Bangkok in a training match on 29 January. The team has previously played in Bangkok in 1988, 1996 and 1998. Last time, the Danish team participated in the King’s Cup, where the Danes were up against the Thai national tam twice. The Danes eventually won the third place in the tournament, but this year’s match is organized only as a training match. The King’s Cup takes place a few weeks later with Swedish participation this year.
As one of the main sponsors of the team, Arla Foods will take the opportunity to promote LURPAK, the famous Danish butter brand further in Thailand, says Arla Foods new regional manager Lars Moller Henriksen.
From Bangkok, the team will continue to Hong Kong where they are playing on Saturday 1 February and Tuesday 4. February. These matches will be played against either the local HK team, Uruguay or Iran who are both participating in the annual Carlsberg Cup Last time the Danish team was in Hong Kong was in 1994, where the Danes beat the host nation in the Carlsberg Cup 2-0.
The Danish team will on this years tour be headed by the national Danish football coach Morten Olsen. He announced the composition of this year’s team shortly before Christmas.
From the Danish club Brondby, the defense players Morten Wieghorst and Per Nielsen are both on the team. For Morten Wieghorst its his first time on the special team. But he is by far the most experienced player with a record of 19 matches on the national Danish football team. Per Nielsen has previously played six matches on the special team, called Ligalandsholdet in Danish, but during the matches in Bangkok in 1998 he was injured and couldn’t play.
Other players are Mats Jorgensen, Peter Madsen and Kasper Dalgas who have all previously played on the ligalandshold as well and the first two have likewise played on the Danish national team.
From the football club Aab, Brian Priske is on the team for the third consecutive year. In 2000 he played on the team in La Manga in Spain and in 2001 in Dubai. Jimmy Nielsen has also played three times before on the team while Allan K. Jepsen has played on the team once in March 2002.
Michael Johansen was on the team when it played in Hong Kong in 1994 and in Canada the following year. First timers are Nicolai Stokholm and Rasmus Daugaard.
“The most important purpose of the tour is to give the players more international experience and it it therefore of less importance, which teams we will be up against. But all the teams we are going to meet represent different interesting challenges for us,” Morten Olsen said when announcing the composition of this year’s team.
Complete list of players going to Bangkok and Hong Kong in January 2003:
Allan K. Jepsen
Thomas R๘ll Larsen
Kenneth M๘ller Pedersen