Ireland and Sweden fans have already come together to sing ABBA and now we have another charming story of Irish-Swedish relations.
During Sunday’s Northern Ireland-Poland match, Hurricanes forward Joakim Nordstrom was walking by an Irish pub in Paris with his two brothers. The fans saw they were Swedes and started talking trash about the upcoming Ireland-Sweden game.
The eldest of them, Joakim, happened to mention that he was a hockey player but at the time nothing more was thought of it. After a couple of more songs and a beer, the bar man in Quigley’s Point informed us that there was a drink for the house paid for by Joakim.
As you can imagine, this was met with a huge cheer and everyone went over to thank him for his huge generosity. I estimate the round must have cost him around €500, so it was very generous indeed.
When I asked him why he did it, he just said that we were so welcoming to him and his two brothers and that they had such a good time with us that he wanted to show his appreciation.
Nordstrom must have had a good time, because he ended up wearing an Irish flag on his head. He and Keane also traded Twitter info and now Keane is one of the 283 people Nordstrom follows.
While much has been made of the fan violence at Euro 2016, at least two fanbases seem to be getting along swimmingly.