‘Crazy journey’ to Euro 2017 final for Denmark’s Røddik

More than eleven years ago, defender Line Røddik embarked on a "crazy journey" ending, for now, in Sunday's women's Euro final against the Netherlands in Enschede.

'Crazy journey' to Euro 2017 final for Denmark's Røddik
Line Røddik duels with Norway's Nora Holstad Berge during Denmark's 1-0 group stage victory. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Scanpix

“I think it sounds pretty good, it's an amazing feeling at the moment, I think you don't really believe it at the same time, right?” Røddik told AFP a day after Denmark had edged Euro newcomers Austria on penalties in the semi-final.

“It's been a crazy journey and I think before the Euros, you were dreaming about going to the final but I'm not sure that you really could believe that you would be there. So it's for sure a dream come true.”

The 29-year-old Barcelona full back is playing at her third Euro tournament since starting her national team career in 2006.

In 2009, Denmark did not make it past the group stage, while in 2013 they crashed out of the semi-final after losing to Norway on penalties.

“Being in the semi-final, you just want to go to the final, and I remember that game against Norway because I actually think that we were worth going to that final,” Røddik said.

“We ended up in penalties as well and like always with penalties it's so difficult.”

“When you stand there in the semi-final it's not so easy, I remember we were so disappointed. And yesterday I was like, this can't happen again, for sure.”

In 2013, the team changed the coach, with Nils Nielsen taking the helm, and set the goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“This has been a journey for us not only for this tournament but for a couple of years,” said Røddik, who was picked as Denmark's football player of the year in 2010.

“We didn't qualify for the World Cup (in 2015), that was really, really disappointing, but I think after that we just kept growing,” she added.

Røddik (L) with coach Nils Nielsen and teammate Pernille Harder during a Euro 2017 press conference. Photo: Reuters/Scanpix

“And I think that's what we see now, how we kept growing as a team, as being ready to play as needed for the day.”

“If we need to fight, we are ready to take up the fight, if we're not able to play football the way we want to play, then we are ready to fight instead and I think that's maybe one of the keys.”

“We find the solutions on the field and we have different tools in our toolbox that we can play in different ways.”

Tools for Sunday's final against the Netherlands, who swept England 3-0 in Thursday's semi-final and hold on to a perfect record from the tournament, will include tight defence.

“They have these really, really good offensive players and that's what we have to be ready for,” said Røddik, who expects a tough fight with speedy right winger Shanice van de Sanden.

“It would be stupid to start running with her,” Røddik said, adding she was planning to “put her under pressure before she gets the ball” or slow her down.

The two teams met at the 2009 Euro and the Netherlands won, confirming Denmark's early exit.

“This time they can't stop us. Or I hope so,” said Røddik. 

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New €100 and €200 notes go into circulation in Germany

Since Tuesday, Europe's monetary authorities have been printing the two banknotes with new security features.

New €100 and €200 notes go into circulation in Germany
The new 100- and 200-euro notes are being printed as of Tuesday. Photo: DPA

New 100 and 200 bills are supposed to make it more difficult for counterfeiters to do their job.

The issuing of these bills completes the second series of Euro bank notes, the first series which began being issued in 2002, according to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. The 500 note has not been issued since the end of April.

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“The manufacturers of ATMs and cash safes have already been able to borrow the new banknotes for test purposes for the last nine months, so the technical conversion should run smoothly,” assured Johannes Beermann, Chairman of the Bundesbank (German Central Bank).

Last year, six percent of the euro notes in circulation in Germany were 100 notes and one percent were 200 notes, according to the Deutsche Bundesbank.

By far the most frequently counterfeited banknote in Germany has been the the 50 note. A revised version of the orange-brown note was issued in 2017. While the 'state of the art' bill had more security features, Germany's police union remained skeptical that it could still be counterfeited.

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Anyone who immediately hopes for the new notes when withdrawing money in the coming days could, however, be disappointed. The introduction of 2.3 billion revised 100 notes and 700 million €200 banknotes throughout the eurozone will take place gradually.

The old notes are gradually being withdrawn from circulation by the central banks, but first-generation euro banknotes will remain valid.

New security features

Graphic: DPA

The 100 and €200 notes have a “satellite hologram” on the front top right. When tilted, small euro symbols move around the value numeral. There are additional euro symbols in the emerald number.

“These two security features make counterfeiting of the new 100 and €200 banknotes even more difficult,” Beermann recently explained.

The new notes also use security features already found on the twenties and fifties: They also have a “portrait window”. If you hold the glow against the light, the window becomes transparent, showing a portrait of the Greek mythical figure of Europe.

The value “100” or “200” printed as a glossy number on the front changes the colour from emerald green to deep blue when the banknote is tilted.

The basic colours of the notes will not change either. The hundred note is still green, while the two-hundred note keeps its mixture of yellow and brown. The colours are slightly stronger than those of the old banknotes.

The format of the banknotes has also been altered slightly: The €100 and €200 of the new series are just as long as the 50 note. The width of the banknotes, on the other hand, remains the same.

The 500 note, which will no longer be issued, will remain legal tender, however, and will be exchangeable indefinitely.


Monetary authorities – (Die) Währungshüter

Released – Herausgegeben

Emerald number – (Die) Smaragdzahl

Imprinted – aufgedruckt