Vì sao đội bóng yêu thích của người dân New York lại ở Đan Mạch?

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One Sunday morning last month, several dozen American soccer fans gathered inside a Brooklyn bar to cheer on a middling, minor league club from Denmark.

Many arrived wearing the team’s Kelly-green gear and used the royal “we” to discuss the composition of the squad. As kickoff loomed, a statuette (bức tượng) resembling the club’s avian mascot made its way around the room.

The scene felt inexplicable — a pack of Americans zealously rooting for a third-tier Scandinavian team — save for one key fact: They own it.

Some people splurge on beach vacations (kỳ nghỉ ở bãi biển) or handbags or bottle service. A year and a half ago, a group of roughly 140 people, many of them New Yorkers, pooled some cash to buy a struggling Danish soccer team called Akademisk Boldklub, also known as A.B. The club plays in an unassuming suburb of Copenhagen called Gladsaxe and only draws a couple hundred fans to its games.

The morning of the meet-up last month, Nina Grieco, a trained chef from Syosset, N.Y., arrived with two trays of kanelstang, or Danish cinnamon twists, that she had baked the night before. Her family’s investment prompted her to learn some Danish recipes, with frikadeller (người bán hàng rong) — traditional meatballs — being her kids’ favorite so far.

Tina Carr, Gordon’s neighbor on the Lower East Side and the group’s one Danish member, added traditional cardamom buns from Smør, a Danish cafe in Manhattan, between the coffee and bagels at the bar.

As the minutes ticked away, Gabe Lewner, 16, watched with his father and shrugged his shoulders (nhún vai). There was work to do, on and off the field. Wearing Nike sneakers in the team’s colors, the teenager explained how he’d taken it upon himself to start an English-language Instagram account for the team. His next challenge: learning to speak Danish.

source: nytimes,

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