Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I just watched a friendly match between my country of origin, Denmark, and my country of birth, Chile. They played in Brøndby stadium, but the Chilean spectators, many of whom had come from Chile, outnumbered the Danes to give a largely Chilean atmosphere at the match. It is a pity that the Danish Football Association, DBU (of course, this is the same association that has never before made a mistake...), inflated prices so much that Danes didn't feel like going.

I had not seen Chile under Argentinean coach Marcelo Bielsa play, but I was impressed: it is understandable that they are second in the South American World Cup qualifier, as they played quick, efficient and entertaining attacking football. One player to notice is the young River Plate player Alexis Sanchez, who played around with the Danish defense, and scored one of the goals in the Chilean 2-1 victory.
Denmark played well, but there were some individual mistakes, perhaps for lack of concentration on some players, that must not happen for the important World Cup qualifier against Portugal on September 5th. On the other hand, some players were solid, notably Jakob Poulsen.

Anyway, Chile won a deserved victory, it was an entertaining match, but it didn't matter much in the overall picture.

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