FC Copenhagen back in Champions League heaven

The Lions will be seeded fourth in the group stage draw tonight following a hard-fought aggregate win over Trabzonspor

FC Copenhagen will once again lead the way for Danish teams in Europe after qualifying for the Champions League group stage last night.

The triumph was a reality following a goalless draw away to Trabzonspor, which meant FCK’s 2-1 win at home last week was enough to see them through on aggregate against the Turkish champions.

It is the fifth time in club history that FCK qualifies for a Champions League group stage, and the first time since the 2016/2017 season.

“That’s why I came to FC Copenhagen. For these evenings,” said coach Jess Thorup.

“To win titles and to play against the best in the world. I am very, very proud of the performance of the players tonight!”

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Real, PSG, Bayern?
The group stage draw will take place this evening at 18:00 and some tantalising teams await the Lions. 

The Danes are seeded fourth, so a potential draw could see them grouped up all sorts of world class teams.

Potential difficult scenarios could see them land in a group with Real Madrid, Liverpool and Inter. Or how about Bayern Munich, Juventus and Dortmund? 

Even some of the ‘easier’ draw possibilities look menacing in Frankfurt, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. Or perhaps Ajax Amsterdam, Tottenham and Red Bull Salzburg.

The last time a Danish team made the Champions League group stage was FC Midtjylland in 2020. AaB Aalborg was the first Danish team to make it back in 1995. FCK has the most appearances with five.