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FC Copenhagen's Thomas Joseph Delaney: more American than Irish and very Danish

Some have wondered whether the midfielder has links to Ireland.

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FC COPENHAGEN RACKED up a 4-0 home win over Club Bruges in last night’s Champions League clash and the best goal of the game came courtesy of the Danish side’s captain: midfielder Thomas Joseph Delaney.

The name usually leads to a raised eyebrow but the Irish links are pretty dated.

His ancestors left Ireland hundreds of years ago and settled outside New York before some relocated to Scandinavia and made their home there.

Playing for Ireland was never a possibility but Delaney does have American citizenship and could have elected to represent the US.

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But, Delaney was born and raised in Copenhagen and that fueled his decision. He played in a variety of Danish underage teams before making his senior debut in 2013.

The 25-year-old has spent his entire club career in the capital but will move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on 1 January 2017.

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