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How underdog Denmark became European soccer champions in 1992

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- Denmark's Meta Film partners with UK’s PeaPie Films to stage Danish director Kasper Barfoed's Denmark '92, about the Danish football team's surprising victory at the UEFA European Championship

How underdog Denmark became European soccer champions in 1992

Denmark only entered the tournament because of the breakup of Yugoslavia, and against all odds the under-tipped team won the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship in Sweden.

This proud moment will be relived in Denmark '92, a Danish-UK co-production staged by Denmark's Meta Film with the UK's PeaPie Films, which Danish director Kasper Barfoed (photo) will adapt from an original screenplay by Danish writer Anders August.

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"It is not merely about football, but about redemption, pride, friendship, determination and triumph against all the odds," explained Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager, who set up Meta Film after being in-house producer with Zentropa Entertainments, where she most recently signed such titles as Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair [+see also:
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and Lars von Trier's Melancholia [+see also:
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After three local features and the Those Who Kill television series, Barfoed is currently finishing his first international movie, the US-produced The Numbers Station with Malin Akerman, John Cusack and Lucy Griffiths. His credits include Danish blockbuster My Sister's Kids in Egypt.

A recipient of Denmark's Nordisk Film Prize, August – a graduate from the Danish National Film School - delivered the screenplays for such films as Martin Pzandvliet's Applause [+see also:
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, A Funny Man [+see also:
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and Ole Christian Madsen's Superclasico [+see also:
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Before launching PeaPie Films in 2009, UK producer Kris Thykier partnered with Matthew Vaughn in MARV Films, which backed such features as UK director John Madden's The Debt [+see also:
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, with Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson and US director Daniel Barber's Harry Brown [+see also:
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, starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer, adding two films directed by Vaughn, Kickass and Stardust [+see also:
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