For nostalgic reasons – my father was born and raised in the Danish town of Vejle and a lifelong supporter of the local football team – I try to follow the fortunes of Vejle Boldklub. In the last decade or so misfortunes is perhaps a better word as the club has been in the doldrums for most of the time.
This season VB made it to the top division in Danish football but the team has been stuck in the lower part of the table fighting the prospect of immediate relegation.
Why? Well, according to Danish news agencies because the players are too healthy. This is what Ritzau had to say about the latest defeat:
Et Vejle-hold uden kræft og energi kom tættere nedrykning efter et 0-3-nederlag til FC Nordsjælland.
Or in English:
A Vejle team without cancer or energy moved closer to relegation following a 0-3 defeat against FC Nordsjælland.
I always thought sport was promoted because it was good for your health but obviously I was wrong: You have to ruin your health to make it in sports.