It may have escaped your notice this season but the Premier League is one of the most open we have seen for decades. The situation is not the same across Europe though. Head 600 miles east from London and you will land pretty much in the centre of Copenhagen, home to FCK, or FC Kobenhavn to give them their full name. Half way through the season and they are 19 points clear, with a goal difference of plus 33. They have made it through to the knock out phases of the Champions League where they will play Chelsea in late February.
So why have they become so dominant? We sat down with three FCK fans, all long term fans of The Ball is Round to discuss the situation. We provided the Carlsberg, they provided the insight.
Have FCK just better in past 2 years or have the rest got worse?
Ivar Petersen – Mainly FCK have gone better for reasons listed below which then make the other teams, relatively speaking, seem worse.
Charlie Anderson – Ominously, it’s mostly been improvement from FCK. The last two seasons have seen Copenhagen, OB and Brøndby finish first, second and third respectively, so the challengers – such as they are – have been pretty consistent. The mid- and lower-placed teams have got worse, though, which has had an effect on FCK’s margin of victory. In 2008-09 they won the league by five points, and last season that gap increased to nine. Halfway through this campaign, FCK are nineteen points clear and haven’t lost a game. A marked improvement is also indicated by their results in Europe. In 2006, an FCK team containing Brede Hangeland, Marcus Allbäck and Lars Jacobsen finished fourth with seven points in their Champions League group. This year under the same coach, Ståle Solbakken, the club qualified for the knockout stages, taking a point from FC Barcelona on the way to finishing second with ten points. Continue reading