With rivers and canals in Denmark’s capital city frozen over and a biting easterly wind that made the skin on your face harden, visiting the Parken Stadion took on the mantle of an extreme groundhopping adventure. Undersoil heating at the Parken meant even with a pitchside temperature of -8 the game was never in doubt.
FC København were formed relatively recently in 1992 as something of a Danish super club have returned from the lengthy winter break with an ample lead at the top of the Superliga table. This evening’s opponents are Silkeborg from the Danish mainland and lie next to bottom with a pretty sorry away record. The home side completely dominate proceedings with the visitors seemingly unable to construct anything of note in front of goal. Their lack of ambition makes them easy pickings for a rampant home side. Much vaunted youngster Andreas Cornelius is the star of the show, his break away and calm finish for København’s third ensured the points were staying in the Parken. The visitors pulled one back with an expertly taken free kick from Jakob Mikkelsen but it was all too late.
The Parken Stadion designed by Gert Andersson was opened in 1992 at a cost of 85 million Euros. It was built over site of the old national stadium, the Idraetsparken famed its classically curved roof. The Parken has a current capacity of a little under 40,000 with much of one end lost to corporate suites it is smaller than it looks from the outside.
Aware of the Sektion12 Ultras of FC København and the infamous Danish fan referee attack at the ground in a match against Sweden in 2007, I was a little sceptical of getting a ticket in this end but my reticence proved to be unfounded. There was a capo in his metal tower at the front of Sektion 12 leading the ultras in song and choreographed bouncing, copious flag waving and beer throwing completed the boisterous but cheerful proceedings.
So that was the Parken, although it does come with the added bonus of the adjacent Østerbro Stadion, home to BK 1893 and BK Skjold. Both clubs share the 7,000 capacity athletics track for their fourth tier matches in the Denmark Series. It is a very photogenic stadium, the grandstand abutting St.James’s Church and the perimeter of the track surrounded by sculptures in nerve and sinew straining sporting activity. Sadly all leagues outside of the Superliga were still on their winter break so no football was taking place.
Sunday March 10th 2013
FC København 3 (Jørgensen 28, Cornelius 39,76) Silkeborg IF 1 (Mikkelsen 80)
Attendance: 12,296 (at Parken Stadion, Copenhagen)
21. Johan Wiland, 12. Ragnar Sigurdsson, 4. Kris Stadsgaard, 2. Lars Jacobsen ©, 12. Daniel Jensen, 3. Pierre Bengtsson, 6.Claudemir de Souza, 30. Christian Bolaños, 11. César Santin, 18. Nicolai Jørgensen, 29. Andreas Cornelius.
Subs: 1. Kim Christensen, 9. Igor Vetoleke (for 29, 81 mins), 15. Michael Jakobsen, 16. Thomas Kristensen, 19. Rurik Gislasson (for 18, 86 mins), 20. Martin Vingaard (for 30, 86 mins), 25. Christoffer Remmer.
1. Lasse Heinze ©, 5.Christian Poulsen, 6. Daniel Pedersen, 13. Süne Killerich, 21. Kasper Risgaard, 2. Jesper Mikkelsen, 14. Dennis Flinta, 22. Martin Svensson, 10. Jesper Bech, 9. Marvin Pourié, 23. Jeppe Illum.
Subs: 7. Christian Holst, 18. Emil La Cour, 24. Nicolaj Kohlert, 25. Nicolaj Ritter, 27. Daniel Flyger, 31. Nicolai Flo.
Yellow Cards: Sigurdsson, Jensen (FCK), Killerich, Flinta (SIK)