When Liverpool came out of the hat for FC Midtjylland in the Champions League, tears were shed.
As the draw happened earlier this month, Danish club's past and present directors sat in a restaurant in Herring and watched.
There was joy when they came out in the same group as the current Premier League champions.
But somewhere else, probably while back at the club's training ground folding kits, a couple of tears flowed.
Jorgen Kjaer, the father of current Denmark captain and AC Milan defender Simon, is the FC Midtjylland kitman but also a diehard Liverpool fan.
His kit room at the club's MCH Arena is a shrine to the Reds and nobody was happier than him when tomorrow night's trip to Anfield was secured.
“He cried when he saw the draw here because this is obviously a very, very big thing for him to go to Anfield,”said Rasmus Ankersen, the 37-year-old club chairman who also acts as director of football at Brentford.
“You will probably have more of these stories here because Liverpool has been a big part of people's lives here.
“A lot of people in Denmark in our area have two clubs they support and that's Midtjylland and Liverpool.”
But it is dream moments like tonight when the Danish champions travel to Anfield in the Champions League that some of the giants in Europe don't want happening.
They want a closed shop European Premier League where the smaller teams across the continent can't crash.
“I think Midtjylland is a good example of, you know, the importance of keeping the dream alive for small clubs,” said Ankersen.
“I've been taking part in all these ECA meetings in the past few years, where all the conversations are what the future is going to look like in European football.
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“And listen, I think, unfortunately the way it's going, there's going to be some reforms coming up in the next years, they will move football towards becoming more of a closed league for the big teams. “But I think it's really important for football, too, because that's the fairytale we love.
“To follow that it's actually possible for a team like Midtjylland, from a small town with 50,000 people in the middle of nowhere in the west of Denmark, to go and play on the biggest stage.
“So I hope that opportunity will still be kept alive for us, and other teams in similar positions, but I think it's going to be more and more difficult.”
While Midtjylland may be small fish in the European pond, they are now one of the top teams in Denmark having won three Superliga titles in the last five years.
They were only formed in 1999 when two local rivals who hated each other were merged.
There have, of course, been accusations of being a “plastic club” lacking the history of the country's other top teams.
While they've not been afraid to take a different approach with, like Brentford, recruitment data driven.
There have been different types of meditation brought in, brain scientists to read into how the players work and a throw-in coach, initially ridiculed but now used by Liverpool themselves.
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“It is very much in the DNA of Midtjylland to try and do things differently,” added Ankersen, who admits his dual role has affected the quality of his life.
“David had to beat Goliath by using different weapons, having different strategy, being more innovative, all that and that's why we try to do in an international context as well.”
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