Denmark 1986

back , l-r: Preben Elkjaer-Larsen (Hellas Verona), Frank Arnesen (PSV), Jan Molby (Liverpool), John Sivebaek (Manchester United), Michael Laudrup (Juventus), Soren Busk (MVV Maastricht); 
front, l-r: Henrik Andersen (Anderlecht), Jesper Olsen(Manchester United), Morten Olsen(Anderlecht), Lars Hogh (Odense), Soren Lerby (Bayern Munich). 

Some teams are considered great having narrowly missed out on major honours (Hungary 1954, Netherlands 1974). In the 1986 World Cup Denmark suffered a second round hammering at the hands of Spain, but are still remembered as one of the most stylish sides ever seen. In their group matches they managed a 1-0 win over Scotland and then beat Uruguay (6-1) and West Germany (2-0).