World dominance the FCK way…part 2


Continuing our discussions with our 3 FCK fans about their dominance in the Danish game.

Do you think that the departure of Solbakken next year will have a big effect on the side?

IP -Very tough question, and shying away from answering I would say: It certainly depends on who replaces him.  However, I have, as my previous answers should indicate, a strong faith in the management and I think they would only get someone in who would fit into the long term strategies for the club. They would of course have their own style and methods, and in the job they will get a lot of tactical and operational freedom, but strategy is everything. So the answer must be, that I don’t think it will have a big effect.

CA – Inevitably. Solbakken leaves at the end of the season to take charge of the Norway national team in 2012, and it’s going to have a huge impact on FCK. The coach has been far and away the key figure in the team’s recent success, and it’s testament to his tactical acumen that Copenhagen put in such impressive European performances. Solbakken’s usual formation is 4-4-2, but he’s not a manager who imposes a dogmatic philosophy on his sides, and FCK are eminently capable of switching systems between and during games. This was particularly evident in the Champions League, where only in one game – away to Rubin Kazan – did Solbakken clearly get some tactical decisions wrong. In my opinion, he’s establishing himself as one of the finest emerging coaches in Europe.

CW – It’s hard to say. I think it would be different if it happened one day to another. Everybody knows that Solbakken is out after this season – at least as things are right now, rumours are beginning to circulate – but of course it will be difficult. But Solbakken has made it very clear that he intends to hand over a side with a lot of possibilities so that the work he’s done can be continued.

Is there a frustration that the club sold out for the game versus Barcelona yet for normal league games there are thousands of empty seats?

IP – Yeah, some fans are frustrated. Fans attend games for some of the same reasons and also for different reasons. Personally, as long as the 20-30 people I stand with are there – and they normally always are – I am happy. I think the club did what they could ensuring the FCK Supporters areas were filled with FCK supporters and not Barcelona fans – not a 100% success but I don’t think they practically could have done more.  I thought it slightly bemusing how many friends I had suddenly coming out of the closet as FCK fans asking if I could get them tickets. For me, the more people the merrier. For me, the glass is either full against Barcelona or half full against Esbjerg. It’s never half empty. Continue reading

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Football in Denmark weekly round up


You would have been mistaken to think that you were sitting in a living room somewhere in England this week, picking up the Danish newspapers or turning on the sports news.  The two big stories this week have been the whole sorry mess at Anfield plus the failure of England to beat the “minnows” of Montenegro, a result that one paper compared to Faroe Islands beating Austria back in September 1990.  In fact the Faroe Islands also featured heavily as part of the Kingdom of Denmark they are seen in the same light as us English see Northern Ireland, the team that they earnt a 1-1 draw with.

Despite the national team’s 2-0 against Cyprus in a half full Parken, the press focused more on the injury problems that the positive result.  Daniel Agger lasted just 30 minutes before “kicking a pole and falling down” – as you can see my Danish isn’t quite yet perfect, although I do love my literal translation of events from the 20th minute which appear to say that Leon Jenssen completed a “jerk” on the verge of the penalty area.  Interesting!  Still a win is a win at this stage in the qualifying competition. Continue reading