It came as no surprise with 3 games of the Danish Superliga to spare that FC Copenhagen added a second piece of Silverware to their shiny cabinet in the space of 11 days by being crowned champions of Denmark, this was the eleventh time in the capita club’s history that they’ve domestically reigned supreme, to add to that its also the third time they completed the league/cup double.
The stats really don’t lie for Ståle Solbakken’s men; only 1 defeat in 26 games has kept FCK firmly at the top of Danish football. The 2-0 win on Monday against fellow Zealand side FC Nordsjaelland in front of a joyous Parken Stadium cemented the 10 point gap from second placed SønderjyskE. After 2 goals by Paraguayan marksman Federico Santander it was the rock solid back line that yet again proved invaluable on the day to FCK, 22 goals conceded all season with 14 clean sheets have been the recipe for success, this was despite losing star midfielder Daniel Amaartey to English champions Leicester City back in January, a player many believed held the key to success for the title charge.
The party started in Copenhagen on May 1st as FCK took on AGF Aarhus in what was their fourth cup final in five seasons. On a sunny day in front of 35,000 fans at Parken, club legend William Kvist stroked in a 78th minute winner that sealed a 2-1 win for the men in white. Despite Aarhus’s previous history in the Cup it was always a major ask for a team that’s been down at the foot of the table for much of the campaign.
Many observers of Danish football would of placed a large wager on FCK winning the league much earlier than they actually did, As solid as their league campaign has been it was the late surge by Jutland club SønderjyskE that kept the crown of the Lions head, a 5 game winning streak really put pressure on the capital club and many neutral Danes would have been eager to witness a Leicester City style fairy-tale end for SønderjyskE, who regularly feature at the other end of the table.
Top of the league since October and only 3 defeats all season, the cold hard facts don’t lie, FCK have been worthy champions , a deserved spot in the 2016/17 2nd round qualifying awaits, along with local bragging rights over city rivals Brondby yet again. The reputation of Norwegian manager Ståle Solbakken has only been enhanced in what is now his 6th League title and 3rd cup as manager, his place in Lions folklore will a no brainer.