Perhaps you’ve been avoiding Danish football because of the weather. Or maybe potential standard has spooked you off. Whatever the reason, you need to reconsider that decision next time. The bitter Copenhagen rivalry between Brøndby IF v FC Copenhagen – also known as the New Firm – is up there amongst the most intense derbies in Europe. In the first weekend of November, we travelled to Copenhagen with travelers from the Netherlands, England, Poland and Northern Ireland to experience the Danish derby together with local hosts and Brøndby fans, Nicolai and Lasse.
On Saturday morning, we all gathered in Copenhagen around 11 o’clock at the hotel lobby, where we were introduced to each other while enjoying a few beers. Never a bad start of the weekend! Around 12 o’clock we were picked up by Lasse, the SLO of Brøndby IF at our hotel.
He took us to the Brøndby stadium just outside the city centre of Copenhagen. At the stadium, the group also met Nicolai, the local host of this weekend. We started with a stadium tour at Brøndby, guided by Lasse, who talked passionately about his club and really showed us every corner and lounge of the stadium.
After the tour, it was time for another few beers in the Supporters home that was opened just for our group on Saturday afternoon. In the evening, Nicolai took us to a typcial Danish restaurant where we had dinner with the group. We spent the evening in the restaurant with some beeres, cola and Danish specialties. After dinner, we returned to the hotel for some sleep as the it was an early kick-off time on Sunday for the derby.
At 8:20, Nicolai was already at our hotel, ready to take us to the stadium. After about 40 minutes, we arrived at the supporters home near the stadium where we had our first beers of the day with other Brøndby fans. After an hour we walked towards the stadium and we went to the new fanzone which has been open for just 2 months at Brøndby.
We went to early to the stands in the stadium and the derby kicked off with a great tifo by Brøndby throughout the whole stadium. Both groups of fans created an unbelievable atmosphere with a lot of smoke and torches, this is what makes derby days so beautiful. The quality of football from both sides was not at a high level on the pitch, but in the stands it definitely was.
Like usual, with a lot of derbies, it stayed 0-0 for a very long time until the 91st minute of the match. FC Copenhagen a last minute winner against Brøndby and won the derby again this season. After the match, we had another few beers with Nicolai and Lasse and looked back at the incredible atmosphere during the match. Unfortunately, the result was not in Brøndby’s favour this time.
On Monday, everyone went back home after a great weekend in Copenhagen. I’d like to thank Nicolai and Lasse for sharing their passion for their club Brøndby IF. This experience made a huge difference to our football weekend, thanks!
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Written by Nick Herpen