Canada and Denmark to meet in Tucson for friendly soccer match
Les Rouges vs. De Rød-Hvide at Kino Stadium on Jan. 26
FC Tucson announced Monday that the team will host an international friendly between Canada and Denmark at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Jan. 26. Tickets for the 1 p.m. match will go on sale at a later date.
“There isn’t a better way to kick off a month of soccer in Tucson than with an international friendly,” said FC Tucson's Greg Foster in a press release. “We’re proud to bring Tucson its first international soccer match alongside SUM (Soccer United Marketing, the commercial arm of Major League Soccer). This is just the first of many exciting events we’ll be hosting from mid-January to mid-February that builds Tucson’s reputation as a world-class soccer venue.”
The Canadian national soccer team recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a 0-0 draw against the United States on June 3. Among its international accomplishments, the Canadian national team won the CONCACAF championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. Canada also won gold at the 1904 Olympics.
The Danish national soccer team, managed by Morten Olsen, is 22nd in the world in the latest FIFA World Ranking. Among its international accomplishments, the Danish national soccer team has won three Olympic silver medals (1908, ’12 and ’60) and one bronze (1948), the 1992 UEFA European Championships and the 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup.
'Denmark in the Desert'
Despite FC Tucson trying to keep a lid on the announcement, a small contingent of the local Danish community showed up, complete with flags and hats.
“We obviously have some supporters that got early word of what is going on,” joked FC Tucson’s Chris Keeney. “We didn’t hold down the information well enough.”
Local resident Mia Hansen was born in Oregon to immigrant Danish parents, and has been active in the local Danish community ever since moving here.
Hansen, by coincidence, is also bringing another bunch of Danish athletes to Tucson.
“I’m bringing the national Danish performance team which are Denmark’s top gymnasts,” she said. “They are display gymnasts that are coming here at the same time.”
She's hoping to make the game the center of something she calls "Denmark in the Desert."
“The Danish performance team will perform at halftime at the soccer match,” she said. “So, there will be a whole confluence of Danishness.”
“We’ll let Canada in on the fun too,” she said. “We’ve talked about having a throw-down: Danish bacon versus Canadian bacon.”