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When Kylian met Christian: our reporter watched with Denmark fans the match against France Israel today


Ronen Durfen watched Denmark lose 2:1 to France in a pub not far from Copenhagen and remembered the drama from the last Euro, learned about the affection for the Poles and felt how even the cold did not stop the World Cup celebration

Middelfart, with its 16 thousand inhabitants, lies two hours from Copenhagen and three hours from Hamburg, on a peninsula in one of the North Sea bays.

It guarantees cold wind 24 hours a day and more.

The travel site tripadvisor recommended a bar called "Koldronen" as an authentic Danish football pub - and it really is.

Some of the adults arrived yesterday in very nostalgic football shirts - like those of Farben Alkiar Larsen from the 1986 World Cup where Denmark bought our hearts and then broke them.

"Koldronen" was something completely different on June 12, 2021. The corona epidemic was in remission, it was a sunny day, and a man, who today works there, remembers himself standing with hundreds of people outside the pub.

"It was summer, so besides all the screens you see inside there were still outside."

The city's most famous son, Christian Eriksen, was the star of the team in the first game hosted by Denmark in an international tournament.

What happened when he collapsed?

"People outside were shocked at first. People inside the pub started to come out. It was horrible. At one point, when the other players hid him, we thought he was dead, so people started crying. You see, everyone here has met him or knows him or knows someone in his family ".

Mark and Adele were actually at home at the time and did not watch the game in the pub.

"We were shocked, so we went out to the street to talk to people when the news started to flow."

Did the case unite the place?

"To a certain extent yes. You know, we discuss, not too enthusiastic about stars, but seeing him recover like this creates much more sympathy for him."

Then came Mbappe

Another star who may not have received too much sympathy is one, Kylian Mbappe.

While Holland watches the games in Norway, Ronaldo fights for legitimate scraps, and Messi fights for his life in the next game - Mbappe claims the status of the best player in the world with two goals against Denmark.

The writer of these lines remains firm in his opinion - Denmark will beat Australia and more will be discussed in the tournament.

So Denmark lost yesterday and may not be the surprise of the tournament, but any Eriksen game in the squad is a blessing here.

In general there is a strong World Cup atmosphere.

Denmark is a liberal and freedom-loving country, but human rights protests are more of a matter for big cities.

In the early match between Saudi Arabia and Poland, the crowd completely supported the Poles.

This is not a pan-European brotherhood, it is part of the local complexities of Europe.

"When the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and there was a great famine in Europe at the end of the First World War, a lot of Poles started coming here. I'm a quarter like that," Kim, a software engineer who actually didn't stay until the end of the game, tells me.

If in West Germany the Poles took over the coal mines, here they raised the local agriculture, mainly in the cultivation of turnips.

This Polishness is somewhat in the Danish vein, and even Shakespeare's Hamlet speaks of the heroism of the Poles.

More modern heroes are the father and son in the goal of the national team, Peter and Kasper Schmeichel.

In the rituals of almost every international game, Peter waits for the team bus outside the stadium to greet his son, and the "Koldronen" residents respond with applause.

They may not be enthusiastic about stars, but they certainly know how to recognize and appreciate such.

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Source: israelhayom

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