F.C. Copenhagen is one of the most influential and most popular football clubs in Denmark.
F.C. Copenhagen (Danish: F.C. København) was founded in 1992. However, it is only superficially a young club. F.C. Copenhagen was created as a superstructure based on two venerable Danish clubs: the B1903 of 1903; and KB, the oldest continental football club, founded in 1876. This cooperation—unique in Scandinavia at that time, but since often copied—was necessary if the clubs wanted to maintain an elite, professional football squad.
B1903 and KB are still alive and kicking, and continue to fulfill an important role today as the basis for talent development for their “shared” first team, F.C. Copenhagen. Traditionalists have never entirely forgiven the clubs for forming an alliance between the two former Copenhagen arch-rivals and an intense but good-natured rivalry still exits between fans of B1903 and those of KB.
From the get-go, F.C. Copenhagen has been an ambitious club that has modelled itself on the elite European clubs, such as Real Madrid, AC Milan or Bayern Munich, and the players' home kit is All White like Real's. Though it is often mocked domestically for its lofty aspirations, the club has become one of the Europe-wide soundest economic enterprises in the volatile world of professional soccer, and though the club has yet to join the most prestigeous football tournament, Champions League, it is creating a steady profit of between three and ten million dollars a year.
The club's main sponsors are Carlsberg and Kappa.
The sporting results have been less stellar than the economic, but in the last few seasons the pre-season ambitions have been honored.
- League Championship, The U/23 Trophy
- Silver medalists, The King's Cup
- The National Cup (∼ The FA Cup), The Super Cup (∼ The Charity Shield)
- The League Cup
- The National Cup
- Bronze medalists
- The Ørestad Cup
- League Championship, The Super Cup
- Silver medalists
- League Championship
- The Double: League Championship (back to back) and The National Cup
- Royal League Championship
- League Championship, Royal League Championship
The club has made a few good showings in Europe (along many poor ones), for instance, defeating SS Lazio and eliminating Ajax Amsterdam.
The club has often been criticized by rival fans for using its healthy economy to buy its way to the top, but the squad is characterized by local talent as much as the other clubs in the Danish league and this season (2003/2004) has seen young players Hjalte Nørregaard, Jesper Bech, Christian Traoré and Martin Bergvoldt breaking through. Current star players are Swedish internationals Tobias Linderoth, and Marcus Allbäck, Brazilian Álvaro Santos, Danish internationals Michael Gravgaard and Jesper Christiansen. The coach is Norwegian Ståle Solbakken.
F.C. Copenhagen's venue is PARKEN [sic], seating more than 40000 people. It is located in the centre of Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. The attendance record for a league game is 41201 against derby rivals, Brøndby IF from the Copenhagen suburbs. Parken is a modern venue and has a UEFA-rating of Four Stars out of Five, placing it in league with venues such as Anfield Road or Parc des Princes, but out of league of Five Star-stadiums such as Camp Nou, Old Trafford or Saint Denis. Parken hosted the high risk 2000 UEFA Cup Final between Arsenal and Galatasaray and the more pacific UEFA-Cup Final in 1994 between Parma and (once more) Arsenal. Parken was recently retrofitted with a movable roof and converts into one of the largest, heated, indoor arenas in Europe in thirty minutes.
F.C. Copenhagen's attendance average is more than 20000, which is top of the league in Denmark, and it is rising. The official fan club has more than eighteen thousand registered members, making it the biggest of its kind in Denmark. The fans, though somewhat vocal, are generally very peaceful with a strong sentiment for anti-racism, and are almost entirely from the greater Copenhagen area, and from all rungs of life. Rival fans like to portray the Copenhagen fan as a metrosexual, cafe latte-drinking pseudointellectual, which really isn't that objectionable to many Copenhagen-fans.
The club's steady rise in power is expected to continue the next couple of years, and the club is working towards qualifying for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, still F.C. Copenhagen has also had time to follow in the footsteps of F.C. Barcelona and has bought the local handball-team, and there are rumours of buying the local ice hockey-team as well, cementing its reputation as a dynamic and unpredictable club.