Copenhagen gearing up for New Firm heaven

FCK and Brøndby clashing three times over the next two weeks

Perhaps you’ve been avoiding Danish football because of the weather. Or maybe potential standard has spooked you off. Whatever the reason, you might want to reconsider that decision over the next two weeks.

The bitter Copenhagen rivalry between FC Copenhagen and Brøndby IF – dubbed the ‘New Firm’ – will take place no less than three times over the next fortnight, starting with the first cup semi match tonight at 18:00 in Telia Parken.

The two arch rivals then meet again in the Superliga at the same venue on April 17, before clashing a third time in the second leg of the cup at Brøndby Stadium on April 20.

FCK’s new Swedish defender Erik Johansson has yet to take part in a Copenhagen derby, but he knows what it’s all about.

“I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about the derby games against Brøndby, like the many fans and amazing atmosphere in the stands,” Johansson told

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Anything can happen
Meanwhile across town in the western suburbs, new Brøndby coach Auri Skarbalius revealed that his team were prepared to die with their boots on.

“That’s what we will see today. That the players will come out with their chins up and battle for Brøndby,” he said.

His side will likely have to work extra hard to get a result. Their opponents are leading the Superliga by nine points and Brøndby have struggled with poor form, key injuries and a recent scandal that led to their coach Thomas Frank resigning recently.

But despite being favourites in the cup and league, the Lions aren’t taking anything for granted. It’s derby day after all and anything can happen.