It was football’s miracle fueled by the most unlikely preparation of burgers, booze and an all-night party.
The triumph against all odds that cost one of its major players not one but TWO vacations.
However, a victory that no one could have bet on less than a month earlier. . . because the eventual winners weren’t supposed to be in the competition.
Denmark had only been called up to Euro 92 when Yugoslavia were expelled – because of the war in the Balkans – ten days before the start of the tournament.
Amazingly, a month later they were champions, after their injury-ravaged and exhausted side shocked Europe’s biggest names at the event in Sweden.
They stunned themselves – and today Denmark’s finest hour heroes will throw an almighty party in Copenhagen to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
Henrik Larsen was one of the lesser-known Danes before Euro 92, spending this season on loan at Lyngby from Serie B side Pisa, where he was surplus to requirement.
He returned to Italy as the tournament’s co-top scorer – and is still recovering from the mother of all hangovers after three days of partying.
Larsen, now 56, remembers that sensational 2-0 final win over Germany – and the crazy antics that made the band of Danish brothers the kings of Europe – like it was yesterday .
FREE BETS AND SIGNUP OFFERS – BEST OFFERS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
He revealed: ‘I had booked a holiday to the Greek Islands with friends so it was canceled when we were called.
“But I thought we would only have our three games against England, Sweden and France and be back on vacation – so I booked one in Mallorca after the group stage.
“Obviously it happened the same way as the first one and in the end I didn’t escape at all because I had to go to a pre-season training camp with Pisa.
“So winning the Euros cost me two vacations and a summer break of some sort. But of course it was worth it.”
With just one point after two group games – a 0-0 draw with Graham Taylor’s Three Lions – the Danes had to beat a French side of Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc and Jean-Pierre Papin to progress.
Amazingly, they did.
Larsen said: “They had qualified with maximum points and were looking at us thinking, ‘We’re playing a holiday team here, they can’t hurt us.'” They were so confident of winning.
“I had only scored once in 18 games for Denmark, but I scored early.
“We were in a hurry, winning all second balls and headers – and beat them 2-1.”
He won a semi-final with defending champions Holland, who were even more popular than France.
And there was more complacency followed by another jaw-dropping clash, this time on penalties with Denmark on empty.
Larsen – who scored both Danish goals in a 2-2 draw – said: “Like France, they thought they just had to run to win.
“We scored early which woke them up a bit and then we got back in front.
“But they equalized with four minutes left and we were really in trouble.
“We went into extra time with two injured players and just fought for penalties.
“But once we did, we had the best goalkeeper in the world, Peter Schmeichel, and that made a huge difference.
“I was struggling with my groin, so I told trainer Richard Moller Nielsen that I would take the first one, because I didn’t want it to be cold.
“I was only nervous afterwards, thinking about what could have happened if I missed – and honestly, it was like taking one in a normal game.
“Anyway, Peter saved Marco van Basten’s penalty and we were done – and we partied until 6am to celebrate!
“There were a lot of beers, a few McDonald’s and it wasn’t the best preparation as the final was only four days later on Friday June 26.”
So it was to take on mighty Germany and, for 20 minutes, it felt like a case of “How much?” as the 1990 World Cup winners were in complete control.
And then everything changed.
Larsen said: “At first they were running around us like we were cones. It was so easy it was like a warm up for them.
“But suddenly John Jensen, who has never scored, put us in front and all our energy came back. We were a new team, winning tackles and second balls, fighting for everything.
“I remember some Germans telling us how they felt every tackle from us. One of them said to me: “You were like lions, nobody could stop you”.
“We had hardly any preparation, we played like it was street football and got a second goal from Kim Vilfort.
“But no one could say we didn’t deserve it. We beat the world champions, the European champions and a great team from France. We had a good spirit and enjoyed being together.
“On the night of the final, we had a big party at the hotel, slept for two hours, then flew back to Copenhagen, where we had another party.
“Sunday was my brother Christian’s bachelor party and we went to the horse races.
“I was in shorts and sunglasses, still drunk from Friday night, celebrating with the winning jockey!
“It was just an amazing moment and I can’t remember the next time I paid for a drink. It was a once in a lifetime adventure, we all knew that. Just amazing!”