MY Father did not like football, he saw it as over-rated and over-hyped. But in 1992, just a few months before he retired from his job as a social club manager, he joined in the celebrations when Denmark became European champions. On the night that Denmark beat Germany […]
THEY’RE flying little blue flags from the front of buses in Aarhus this year. They’ve also chiselled the motto, “Aarhus 2017” into the paving slabs around Denmark’s second biggest city. They’re expecting lots of visitors, though heaven knows how Aarhus’ very provincial airport will handle them. For this […]
IN 2017, Aarhus is one of the European Capitals of Culture. It’s a city of 300,000 and Denmark’s second biggest. It is also Denmark’s oldest city. AGF, Aarhus’ biggest club, last won anything big in 1995-96 – the Danish Cup.
HVIDOVRE is a suburb of Copenhagen where a number of Danish TV programmes and films have been shot. It’s the sort of area that looks like many small towns that form part of greater Copenhagen – neat, uniform and well served from an infrastructure perspective. Hvidovre Stadion is […]
THE BUNTING is up in Lyngby, the leafy and sleepy town that forms part of Storkøbenhavn (greater Copenhagen) for the local football club, Lyngby BK has won promotion to the Danish Superliga. The Danes don’t need much encouragement to wave their flag around, but Lyngby’s success this season […]
COPENHAGEN belongs to FC København, so I was told. The battle, which started in 1992, has been won by the team from what is a well-heeled part of the Danish capital. Although I would get some abuse from my Danish family members for admitting it, if I lived […]
IN 1971, Danish football was a backwater, an amateur game played by butchers, bakers and postmen. The Danes had their moments, though, and the Scots certainly underestimated Denmark around this time. In June 1971, Denmark surprisingly beat Scotland 1-0 in Copenhagen in a European Championship qualifier, thanks to […]
Danish football has its legends. The Laudrups, Alan Simonsen, Peter Schmeichel, Morten Olsen and Preben Elkjaer are written into Denmark’s football folklore. But the man who was really Denmark’s first all-action hero was Harald Nielsen. In August this year, Denmark mourned the death of a player who not […]