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Capital One Cup victory is my finest hour in football, believes Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

Nathan Dyer (left) and Ashley Williams give the thumbs up at the final whistle

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MICHAEL Laudrup toasted his finest hour in football as Swansea City demolished Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.

Swansea blew away any pre-match concerns about a Wembley humiliation as they saw off Phil Parkinson's League Two outsiders in emphatic fashion.

Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman each scored two goals and Michu was also on target as ten-man Bradford were hammered under the arch.

Laudrup was thrown up in the air by his own players afterwards as he celebrated the latest big win of his remarkable football career.

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And despite all his successes with some of Europe's biggest clubs, the Dane pinpointed Swansea's first major trophy win as his finest hour.

"It is one thing to win a trophy with Barcelona, Real Madrid or Juventus, but to do it with a smaller club like Swansea is absolutely fantastic," Laudrup declared.

"It's the first major trophy for this club and it is our centenary year. It is right up there for me.

"It's special to do it as a manager — more than the feeling you get as a player.

"And though I won three trophies in Denmark as a manager, they were for one of the top two clubs in the country.

"They were still nice to win, but to me this is something different."

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  • Mr20cman  |  February 26 2013, 12:52PM

    "finest hour, what wining a mickey mouse cup, against a lower placed team.." You can blame that on Arsenal, Villa & Wigan's for not being able to beat them ;-)

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  • cresswell1  |  February 26 2013, 11:44AM

    finest hour, what wining a mickey mouse cup, against a lower placed team,who is he kidding. he will be gone by this time next season, madrid here he comes.

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  • CroJack  |  February 25 2013, 9:24PM

    First of all I want to thank all of you Jacks for your fantastic support at Wembley. This season has been outstanding and extremly joyfull for all Jacks around the world. This humble club got supporters from Chile to Canada, From South Korea to Australia, from US, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, England, Scotland, Ireland...I can go on and on. P.S. And sorry Charles, we have two Kings of Wales in Huw Jenkins & Michael Laudrup.

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  • VISIONSKI  |  February 25 2013, 8:37PM

    Our Country is a very proud nation today with our National Rugby Team doing well,Swansea City winning the Capital 1 Cup in their Centenary year,also wins for Cardiff City and our teams in the lower leagues. We must not forget also Becky James winning 4 medals in the World Cycling Championships. Not bad for a small but proud nation.

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  • odinhouse  |  February 25 2013, 3:22PM

    Great day for Swansea and its Fans. played a weaker team this time out 5 - 0... WELL DONE AGAIN, but can we then Get back to Some Normal NEW'S , that's all there has been in the papers is Swansea Football . i am am not complying Swans Fan's ... There is Rugby as Well ....

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  • brochadav  |  February 25 2013, 1:52PM

    I'm living a dream. I never want to wake up. Thank you Huw Jenkins, Michael Laudrup, the staff and players, thank all of you. Fantastic support from the Jack army too, a day to remember.

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  • swanseaola  |  February 25 2013, 1:12PM

    Well said Lynbaz,he is a Legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday was an emotional awesome experience - the stadium, the stewards, the organisation of coaches all so that the Jack Army could experience a scintalising Sunday. To the directors, players and staff a massive THANK YOU.

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  • Lynbaz  |  February 25 2013, 10:47AM

    I just want to add my congratulations to the entire squad, to the club as a whole. But most of all I want acknowledge what a fantastic job Michael Laudrup is doing for us. "Fantastic", now there's a word that is overused in football but it doesn't even begin to describe Michael Laudrup the football manager, the man. Intelligent, articulate, modest and highly knowledgeable, could any club have a better man at the helm? What an ambassador he is for our club and that's before we take into account his managerial ability, which is awesome. I'm very proud to have such an outstanding person with us and long may that continue.

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  • abertawejack  |  February 25 2013, 10:29AM

    This was a supreme effort by Swansea City Football Club Management and team, I could name individually the many people, whom inspired all around them, by This Teams performance but that would be unfair to "The Team" so to all at our Brilliant club. I am once again in Awe to your professionalism. God how proud am I to be a Jack. "The League Cup" one of many from here on in, I suspect. Now go out and grab them forty something overall points, to show we ain't a "will o a wisp" club to our doubters. C'mon u SwansssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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  • morton1947  |  February 25 2013, 9:53AM

    "What a fantastic day for the team and their achievement is phenomenal being that only a few years ago they nearly went out of the League. They are a credit to the City and deserve all the plaudits given to them as they have done the City of Swansea proud and really put it on the map worldwide. Congratulations Michael Laudrup and the entire backroom and playing staff. I for one am proud to be a Jack and thoroughly enjoyed living the dream at Wembley yesterday."

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