5 Reasons Denmark Is a Dark Horse for Knockout Stage of Euro 2012

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5 Reasons Denmark Is a Dark Horse for Knockout Stage of Euro 2012
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Despite being put in a group with three teams all capable of winning the 2012 Euros, Denmark has to be considered a dark horse to advance through Group B.

The Danes finished at the top of their qualification group, and in return they received dates with the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal in the group stage.

Almost immediately as the groups were drawn, Group B was labeled the "Group of Death," and for good reason. According to FIFA and as of June 4, Germany rank second, the Netherlands fourth, Portugal fifth and bringing up the rear is Denmark at a whopping 10th.

And then, almost equally as quickly as the group earned its moniker, Denmark was dismissed as contenders to make it through to the knockout stage. It isn't exactly an indictment on the quality of their national team, but rather an indication of how strong the group is.

However, despite the tall task ahead of them, the Danes should be at the very least discussed as one of the top two finishers in Group B.

Here are five reasons why.

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