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Harald Nielsen, Denmark's 1960 Olympic hero, dies at 73

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Harald Nielsen, a Denmark center forward known as "Gold Harald" after scoring six goals at the 1960 Rome Olympics, has died. He was 73.

His wife, Rudi Nielsen, told Danish news agency Ritzau on Wednesday that "my beloved husband died Aug. 11 after a long illness." The Danish Football Federation also confirmed the death. No details of the illness were given.

Nielsen first played for Denmark in 1959 and scored 15 goals in 14 games. Nielsen started his career at Frederikshavn...

Barcelona won't open youth academy in Denmark, Danish FA says

Denmark's football association says Barcelona won't start a permanent youth academy in Denmark as initially planned.

Federation spokesman Steen Jorgensen says on Thursday that they are satisfied and that both the governing body and the Spanish club would look into the possibilities to organise "common football activities in the near future."

Jorgensen adds the Danes must approve "any kind of permanent football establishment."

In March, the Danish federation DBU rejected a request from Barcelona to...

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Portugal put five past Germany to reach U21 Euros final against Sweden

Portugal thrash Germany to advance to the U21 European Championship.

Portugal and Sweden both cruised through the semifinals on Saturday to set up Tuesday's Under-21 European Championship final.

Luis Figo and Rui Costa may have stumbled in the final 21 years ago, but it will take a lot to stop Portugal's current crop from triumphing if their 5-0 mauling of favourites Germany is anything to go by.

What was supposed to be an intriguing semifinal battle between the tournament's brightest lights ended in a one-sided masterclass from Rui Jorge's side at the Ander Stadium.


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Czech Republic draw with Germany, fail to advance; Denmark beat Serbia

The host nation fails to get out of group stage of the U21 European Championship despite drawing with Germany.

Hosts Czech Republic failed to make it out of the group stage of the U21 Euro Championships after drawing 1-1 with Germany on Tuesday.

The Czech squad turned back numerous scoring opportunities from the Germans in the first half and nearly opened the scoring in the 47th minute only to have Jakub Brabec's header cleared off the goal line by the German defence.

The Germans opened their account eight minutes later when Nico Schulz collected a loose ball outside the six-yard box and put a...

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Kevin Volland helps Germany past Denmark; Czech Republic beat Serbia

Germany U21 captain Kevin Volland bagged a brace in his side's convincing 3-0 victory over Denmark's U21 side.

Germany went top of Group A with a 3-0 victory over Denmark in their second group stage game at the Under-21 European Championship on Saturday.

Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland scored twice, while Dortmund's Matthias Ginter added the third to complete the rout.

Volland, the German captain, first struck in the 32nd minute, his low, right-footed shot from 12 yards beating Denmark goalkeeper Jakob Busk Jensen.