The first major silverware in England for the current season was handed to Manchester City who overcame a resilient Liverpool side on penalties to capture the 2016 Capital One Cup trophy. Although there was no Danish involvement in this year’s Wembley show-piece I will take a look at years gone by and which Danes basked in League Cup glory and which collected runners up medals.
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur 0 – Chelsea 2 – League Cup Final 2015
Despite Eriksen’s 2 goal heroics in the Semi Finals it turned out to be a dour day at Wembley for the man from Middlefart. In his first final since joining Spurs, Eriksen’s most meaningful contribution to the wet London derby was rattling the crossbar with a 25 yard free kick in the 10th minute. Other than that it was Chelsea’s day from start to finish with goals from Terry and Costa giving the blues the trophy and the impetuous to go on and capture the Premier League.
Michael Laudrup – Swansea City 5 – Bradford City 0 – League Cup Final 2013
The crowning glory to Michael Laudrup’s tenure in South Wales was no doubt guiding Swansea City to League Cup glory and the club’s first piece of silverware in their 101 year history. The ex Barcelona & Real Madrid star was in his first season as a Premier League manager and although his job would only last 1 more year, goals from Michu, Dyer and De Guzman sealed a demolition job by the Swans on gutsy League 2 hopefuls Bradford City.
Daniel Agger – Liverpool 2 – Cardiff City 2 (3-2 pens) – League Cup Final 2012
Surprising to many this turned out to be Daniel Agger’s sole silverware in his Liverpool career as the Red’s overcame Championship side Cardiff City on penalties. Agger was a big injury doubt going into Liverpool’s first domestic final in 6 years but came through and played 87 minutes before being taken of for Jamie Carragher. The Bluebirds pushed Liverpool all the way but after Steven Gerrard’s cousin Anthony missed his spot kick it was Agger and co that celebrated Liverpool their 8th League Cup trophy.
Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal 1 – Birmingham City 2 – League Cup Final 2011
It was suppose to be a day of relief for the suffering Arsenal fans, after going 6 years without silverware, a match-up against a Birmingham team they had already beaten twice that season was a golden opportunity for Arsene Wenger to silence his critics. The illustrious number 52 Bendtner had to settle for a place on the bench despite scoring 3 goals in his 5 League Cup appearances, It was on the 69th minute that Bendtner entered the fray for the injured van Persie, at 1-1 a great chance presented itself to Bendtner but a well placed Ben Foster earned his Man of the Match performance. Unfortunately for Bendtner a last minute Martins goal ruined the chance for the big Dane to win his first Arsenal trophy.
1992 – 2004 Danish League Cup finalists
- 1992 – Peter Schmeichel – Manchester United 1 – Nottingham Forest 2
- 1997 – Mikkel Beck – Middlesbrough 0 – Leicester City 1 (replay)
- 1998 – Mikkel Beck – Middlesbrough 0 – Chelsea 2
- 1999 – Allan Nielson – Tottenham Hotspur 1 – Leicester City 0
- 2004 – Per Frandsen – Bolton Wanderers 1 – Middlesbrough 2
- 2004 – Henrik Pederson – Bolton Wanderers 1 – Middlesbrough 2