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World Cup at the CPH Post: Spain's winning can get draining


Is it the Danish journalist Andreas Jakobsen or the Dutch football player Wesley Sneijder? N

June 13, 2014
07:00

by Ben Hamilton


Grandfathers have their uses. Like having someone to blame when your tinkle turns into a sprinkle and when you’re all out of crutches as your cover to assassinate General de Gaulle.

And in our Danish journalist Andreas Jakobsen’s case, having someone other than his homeland to support at this summer’s World Cup, now his first-choice team are out of the running.

We know what you’re thinking: couldn’t he get a Dutch shirt? After all, Andreas resembles Wesley Sneijder so closely, they probably share the aforementioned ‘Can’t piss straight’ grandfather.

No, Andreas’s abuelo hails from Spain, the European and world champions who will be aiming for an unprecedented fourth major football title triumph when they kick off on Friday – against Andreas, sorry Sneijder and the rest of the men in orange.

“It’s true, I have been told I look like Wesley Sneijder a couple of times,” confides Andreas. “By Ben, and then, under his prompting, by his brother. And it’s already getting a little bit annoying.”

And Andreas doesn’t really know if he wants to win, or at least not by a 1-0 scoreline in every single game.

“Four could start to look a little greedy,” he said. “One more 1-0 win and I’m going to disown my grandfather.”


As part of our World Cup coverage this year, our international staff decided it would be fun to dress up in our national shirts for the Copenhagen Post Wallchart, which hit the streets on June 12. 

Partly that, and to rub it in the faces of our Danish colleagues that they haven't qualified this time around. 

Taking a leaf out of the Jack Charlton guide to national coaching, we sourced a few errant grandfathers and even found room for Scotland. 

And just in case you want to 'go local' to watch a game, check out our guide to the best bars in town for finding authentic nationalistic fervour..




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