I’m a former Premier League star who scored a “shitty” Champions League winning goal against Man Utd… I had a baby named after me

MARCUS ALLBACK had a baby named after him in honor of his “shitty” historic winning goal for Copenhagen against Manchester United.

After failing to make a name for himself at Aston Villa, his career enjoyed a fresh start in the Danish capital.

Marcus Allback played for Aston Villa in the Premier League


Marcus Allback played for Aston Villa in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: PA:Press Association
The now 50-year-old Allback scored for Copenhagen against Man Utd


The now 50-year-old Allback scored for Copenhagen against Man UtdPhoto credit: Sportsbeat Images

The former Swedish striker handed United a shock 1-0 defeat by scoring Copenhagen’s first Champions League goal in 2006.

Allback’s fierce finish was crucial both in the evening and in the delivery room.

He said: “Getting your first goal and your first points in the Champions League against the giants of Man United was massive.”

“I am still recognized in Denmark, especially because of this goal. It was a big moment for football in Denmark.

“It was my only chance in the game. The ball came over and I tried to volley it but missed and then scored in the second attempt after Edwin van der Sar went down.

“I barely had a touch and it was a crappy goal but nobody cared. You don’t remember how it was scored.

“Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed and a draw was a fair result, but we held on and the celebrations were great.” I remember it clearly and it’s always talked about when I travel to Denmark.

“I had a really good story two or three years ago when I was back in Copenhagen for a game and a lady and her son came up to me on the street and asked for a photo.


“She explained she was pregnant while at the United game and for that reason decided to name her son Marcus when he was born.

“It was a bit surreal what happened in honor of my shitty goal!”

Allback believes Copenhagen can face United again tonight and seek revenge for their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford last month.

He said: “United will be on a high after beating Fulham but they are not in a great moment. They are no longer the force they were and it wouldn’t be a surprise like it was when we beat them 17 years ago.

“They had a lot of stars in the team but now it is difficult for United.

“Copenhagen has a chance of beating them, there is no doubt about that.

“They are now the biggest club in Scandinavia and it all started with the win in 2006. United will be the favorites but Copenhagen are very capable of beating them and of course they need the win.”

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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