The long wait to see Champions League football back in Parken is finally over

Last Wednesday FC Copenhagen played their first Champions League group stage match since 2016

By Ander Dacosta

People in the queue waiting to enter the stadium. Photo: Ander Dacosta

Last Wednesday FC Copenhagen played against Sevilla their first Champions League group stage game at Parken since 22nd November 2016, where they drew 0-0 against Porto. And you can tell by the atmosphere, people know it has been six years since they were in the Champions League and people go to Parken knowing it is an important match for the club, and people queue up at the gates an hour and a half before the game. The fans agree that the wait has been too long, but it does not matter when you are back fighting against the biggest clubs in Europe. “It’s been a bit too long, we were in the Conference League last year, so being back here [in the Champions League] is absolutely fantastic”, says Hans, a Copenhagen supporter.

The correct way of supporting

When you go to Parken’s surroundings you see very different kind of people, people who have different origins and backgrounds, but they all gather around the stadium to support the football team, which probably is one of the best things football has, that as long as you support the team, nobody cares where you come from. “That is the correct way to support whatever the situation it is”, says Tony, a local supporter.

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