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Posts tagged F.C. København

Goal!

FCK soccer goal

Rasmus Falk scores a goal for F.C. Kobenhavn

This past summer I went to my third professional soccer match. All three were in Copenhagen. All three were blowouts in favor of the home team. All three were at a mostly empty Parken Stadium.

I don’t really understand how European soccer works, but F.C. Copenhagen won the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup in the prior year and the Danish Superliga again before I saw this game. Maybe those games are better attended.

By the time I’m in Denmark in the middle of summer things have moved on to the UEFA Europa League, in which FCK dominates in the early rounds and gets crushed in later rounds. I’m only there for the early rounds. On this night, FCK beat the Crusaders F.C. (Belfast, Ireland) 6-0.

F.C. København

copenhagen football soccer

F.C. København scores a goal against Odense

My second trip to an FCK soccer game was even better than the first. This time we sat in a more serious and crowded part of the stadium.

The weather was really poor, but it wasn’t wet, windy, or cold once we got inside Parken in Copenhagen. It was wet, windy, and cold on the outside of the stadium, and it took us nearly an hour to get in with all of the security. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a full pat down before.

When we went to purchase tickets, we were asked if we wanted to sit with the regulars or the “crazy people.” Of course, we went for the crazy people. So when the match began and our section sat there drinking their beers and smoking their pot it seemed like the section of regulars were far more crazy. We commented to each other on this and the guy in front of us must have heard. After the first half, he stood up and told us that the second half would be a whole different story. He then left, never to return.

The second half was crazy. Constant singing, chanting, fist pumping, etc. kept us on our feet the entire time. The video below is a small sample of the last hour or so. It doesn’t quite capture the feeling (and smell of marijuana), but it gives you a bit of a taste of Danish Superliga.

FCK

Does the title of this blog entry shock you? It shouldn’t. You see it all over Copenhagen, Denmark on t-shirts, hats, jewelry, etc. It stands for F.C. København or Football Club Copenhagen which is the local football (soccer) team.

We went to one game while in Copenhagen and had a blast. They were playing against the Cliftonville FC from Ireland and made the Irish team look really bad. The final score was something like 9-0, but they completely dominated even more than the score indicated.

You’re safe! No, wrong sport. I’ll stick with baseball in the future.

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