The 2016 qualification marked the international debut for Danish head coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson, who replaced Ulrik Wilbek in the summer of 2014. Gudmundsson had big shoes to fill: Wilbek led the Danish men’s national team to two EHF EURO titles (2008 and 2012), silver at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013, and silver on a home court at the EHF EURO 2014.
Although experienced players such as Thomas Mogensen and Michael Knudsen left the team prior to the start of the campaign, Denmark had no trouble qualifying as winners of Group B. With stars such as goalkeeper Niklas Landin and former World Handball Player Mikkel Hansen in the squad, Denmark are arguably one of the favourites to medal at the EHF EURO 2016.
Niklas Landin is regarded as one of the most talented goalkeepers in Danish handball ever. He rose through the ranks of Danish handball, playing for both the Danish junior national team and youth national team at the same time.
When he had just turned 20, he was part of the Danish team at the World Championship 2009 in Croatia. At the age of 23 he left Denmark and joined German Bundesliga side Rhein-Neckar Löwen with whom he won the EHF Cup in 2013. Since the 2015/16 season he plays for German champions THW Kiel.
A memorable moment in Landin's career came in June 2015 when he was joined on court by his younger brother Magnus in the EHF EURO qualifiers against Lithuania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mikkel Hansen is the son of former international Fleming Hansen, and like his father the back court player, arguably one of the biggest Danish handball talents in the past 30 years, is first and foremost known for the enourmous strength of his shots.
Hansen's career started at Danish side GOG before he joined FC Barcelona in 2008 for two seasons. He then returned to his native Denmark where he played for AG Kobenhavn. After having recovered from a troublesome knee injury he is now one of the key players at star-studded Paris St. Germain for which he has been playing since 2012.
Mikkel Hansen's popularity in Denmark is gigantic, and outside the handball court he has established himself as a socially committed role model, founding "MH 24 - against bullying", an organization working to prevent harassment among children.
As a left wing for Vikingur, Reykjavik, Gudmundur Gudmundsson won six Icelandic championships and his team also won the Icelandic Cup on six occasions. He played 236 national team matches for Iceland, scoring 358 goals and participating at six World Championships and two Olympic Games.
Ending his career as a playing coach, he continued coaching after his active career was over, and in 1999 he took over at the helm of German Bundesliga club Bayer Dormagen. From 2001 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2012 Gudmundsson coached the Icelandic men’s national team, leading them to Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008 and bronze at the EHF EURO in Austria in 2010.
He had two spells in Denmark with clubs - as a trainer with GOG and as sports director of AG Copenhagen - before he joined German team Rhein-Neckar Löwen from 2010 to 2014, leading the club to EHF Cup victory in 2013.
Gudmundsson, who has university degrees in International Finance and Banking as well as in Leadership and Human Ressource Management and Computer Science, was given the highest civil decoration of Iceland - Hin íslenska fálkaorða – in 2008 for his achievements in Icelandic handball.
In 2014 he joined the Danish Handball Association as coach of the men’s national team, succeeding the highly successful Ulrik Wilbek on a three-year contract.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events