When FC Copenhagen take on Viborg at the Telia Parken Stadium, they won’t just be trying to extend their commanding nine-point lead in the Superliga. They’ll be looking to make history.
The Lions have been devouring their opposition for months now and are now just one win away from tying the Superliga record for the most unbeaten games in a row.
Arch-rivals Brøndby set the record back in 1991 with 21 games – which FCK have since matched in 2000 and 2006 – and a win or draw against Viborg tonight will see them equal that record for a third time.
Since losing 2-4 away to Hobro at the end of last season – FCK had already won the league at that point – the Copenhagen club have won 15 and drawn five out of their 20 games this season.
“The stats are a little surreal, but we’ve always been good at Parken, as you can see when we play in Europe,” FCK coach Ståle Solbakken told Ekstra Bladet tabloid.
“I think the mental aspect counts for something. Even though we have gone behind, we know we have a chance to come back.”
838 days and counting
Another surreal statistic is the club’s home form. FCK haven’t lost a Superliga match at home since 15 August 2014. That’s an unbelievable 838 days ago – the longest ongoing streak in Europe.
Only HNK Rijeka from Croatia come close with a streak of 801 days, followed by Olympiacos (Greece, 728 days), Borussia Dortmund (Germany, 606), FK Rostov (Russia, 578) and Juventus (Italy, 465).
And that’s good news for FCK, because in order to set a new Superliga record for the most games in a row without losing, they’ll need to take points from their next two games. And both of them, against Viborg tonight and Randers on Saturday, will be at home.
“It’s not something we have discussed, but at FC Copenhagen it is implied that we must win every match,” William Kvist, FCK midfielder and club stalwart, told Ekstra Bladet.
“Our ambitions mean we must get a result at home, and the pressure we are capable of putting opponents under is simply greater at Parken than it is away.”