Delving into the archives I discover how the dreams to create a popular and vibrant city club, changed the face of Danish football forever.
Photo: FCK.DK / Daniel Rommedahl
Floating at stratospheric heights at the top of the Danish Super League is the ‘City’s Team’, FC Copenhagen. With a staggering 21-point lead and just 11 games left to play, the team is playing with unmatched class and efficiency.
A relative infant, the club was created in 1992 through a merger of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) and B1903 – a move widely credited as improving the standard of Danish league football over the last two decades.
The idea of creating a merged team to represent the city as a whole had been on the table since the late-‘80s. The main issue was that the city’s many regional clubs were all vying against each other, thinning the spectator base and preventing any one side from developing a strong team.
Finally, in September 1991, it was announced that two of Copenhagen’s clubs would merge to create a citywide team. The news came as a surprise to many, with Danish paper BT writing: “A fusion of KB and B1903 has become a reality, dropped like a bomb.”
But board members of the as-of-yet non-existent team defended the decision. One of whom, the well-known lawyer and billionaire Christian Kjær, stated: “We need a team that can draw a crowd and get football to blossom. We need to get the spirit back to the good old days when more people went to watch football and got more involved – when they shouted and cheered and had a great time.” Continue reading