Monday, April 9, 2012

Denmark looks forward

Originally this topic was written back in February
Denmark missed to qualify to the WFC floorball, for the first time, whats next?
by Steen Houman

Denmark missed the world championship for the first time ever! On the last day there were two things which should succeed to the Danes. A victory of 12 goals from France, and that Poland would beat Hungary. Already the first part missed when Denmark won with 1 goal for a bit! So it meant less surprising that Hungary played a draw against Poland and grabbed the last European spot!

From the 3 European qulifications, it was interesting to note that Slovakia is still in vigorous growth. But also to Serbia and Hungary are in progress. Generally it can be said that the European bottom level is raised quite well. There are not many easy WO matches as before.

Swedish Players to improve the national team?
The debate on the Danish national team will now flare up, and the question to get Swedish players is obvious. This is something many other nations have done, and Denmark have previously done.

But what would a Swedish improvement mean?
- We would probably be able to move slightly higher up

What would it then mean?
- More players starting to play floorball in Denmark, hardly there is no evidence!
- More funding to Denmark via DIF, Team Denmark or sponsors Nope DIF grants does not mean anything in relation to your international level, and Team Denmark, we are far from it. More sponsorship dollars? Hardly came no special additional revenue when Denmark was in 2 World Cup semifinals. An attempt by DafU, a few years ago to hire a company to obtain sponsorship dollars, gave ZERO dollars in box.

5 Swedish players will instead mean that 5 players from the Danish league does not go, ie less development for Denmark.

So I am in favor of taking the long haul and develop the Danish players.

World rankings as I do for fun based on the results of matches has been updated today.

Denmark still holds a place as no.10 in the world, and is thus highest ranked team not to be at the WFC. So despite a historical game that meant we did not qualify for the World championship, we are still in the top 10 in the world!

IFF also has a ranking, but it is based on the last 2 World Championships, where Denmark is number 12.
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