One of the most spectacular stories in international footballing history is to be turned into a motion picture by a team of Scandinavian filmmakersThe story of Denmark's against-all-odds 1992 European Championship victory is to be made into a movie.
Written by Anders August, Denmark 92 will retell the fascinating journey of Richard Moller Nielsen's side, who, having failed to qualify for the tournament, entered on a last-minute wildcard by virtue of war-torn Yugoslavia being excluded by Uefa.
Moller Nielsen's men produced a number of impressive performances to shake off their underdog tag and claim their first major international trophy, beating the likes of Germany and Netherlands along the way.
"The idea of the Danish victory in 1992 as the basis for a screenplay about friendship, teamwork and the will to win is completely compelling," August was quoted as saying by the Hollywood Reporter.
Producer Meta Foldager added that the film is not "merely about football, but about redemption, pride, friendship, determination and triumph against all the odds."
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of recent Hollywood blockbuster Moneyball, which charted the success of baseball team Oakland Athletics under visionary general manager Billy Beane, fellow producer Kris Thykier believes the story will be well-recieved worldwide.
"We believe that this story has enormous potential not just in Scandinavia but around the world, and we look forward to a truly Danish collaboration with international commercial appeal," he said.
The movie will look to cover all aspects of the achievement, from the courage and comedy of the youthful squad, to the tactical ingenuity of the coach, who allowed his players to eat at a burger restaurant and play mini golf before key games.
Danish director Kasper Barfoed added: "I was at the final game of the 1992 Championship with my father and the team and its story will always have a special place in my heart."
Denmark beat Germany 2-0 in the final in Gothenburg.