AC Horsens

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AC Horsens
AC Horsens logo.png
Full name Alliance Club Horsens
Nickname(s) Den Gule Fare
(The Yellow Danger)
Short name ACH
Founded January 1, 1991; 23 years ago (1991-01-01)
Ground CASA Arena Horsens,
Horsens
Ground Capacity 10,400 (7,500 seated)
Chairman Ole W. Rasmussen
Manager Bo Henriksen
League Danish 1st Division
2011–12 Danish 1st Division, 2nd

AC Horsens is a professional Danish football team, playing in the Danish 1st Division. They play on Casa Arena Horsens in Horsens. The club was founded in 1994, as a superstructure on Horsens fS (founded 1915) and the merger of Dagnæs IF and B 1940; FC Horsens.

History[edit]

When the new team started in 1994, Horsens fS had finished sixth in the 1994–95 1st Division season, which qualified AC Horsens to play for promotion to the 1994–95 Superliga through the 1994 Qualifying League.[1] As AC Horsens only won two of 14 matches, and finished last in the Qualifying League, they missed their opportunity of instant promotion for the Superliga.[2]

In the first half of the 1994–95 1st Division season, AC Horsens finished at the bottom of the table after winning only a single game, and did not proceed to the Qualification League. In the second half of the season, AC Horsens managed three victories, but finished dead last and were relegated to the 2nd Division.[3] AC Horsens spent two seasons in the 2nd Division before winning promotion back to the 1st Division.[4][5] From the 1997–98 1st Division season forward, AC Horsens established itself as a consistent part of the 1st Division,[6] as they finished just below the promotion candidates for five seasons in a row.[1]

In July 2001, Horsens hired former Danish international Kent Nielsen as their new manager. The 2002–03 1st Division season did not go well for Den Gule Fare (The Yellow Danger). After the winterbreak halfway through the season, the club was close to relegation to the 2nd Division, but a good ending of the season secured an 11th place, seven points from the relegation zone.[1][7] In the next season, ACH started out on amazing form. After 15 matches, AC Horsens were leading the 1st Division with 40 points, but a weak finish to the season saw the club surpassed by Silkeborg IF and Randers FC, who won promotion to the Superliga four points ahead of Horsens.[1][8] In the 2004–05 1st Division season, Horsens finally succeeded in winning promotion. Though amassing only one point more than in the 2003–04 season, AC Horsens finished in the runner-up spot, trailing winners SønderjyskE by a single point.[9]

In their first year in the Superliga, AC Horsens became famous for their strong defence, as they finished in 10th place and avoided relegation. They drew 13 of 33 matches; 8 of them ending 0–0. They conceded just 41 goals in 33 matches, a statistic only bettered by the defences of the top-three finishing teams that season.[10]

The Superliga season of 2006–07 saw AC Horsens take an early lead over relegation rivals Vejle Boldklub and Silkeborg IF. In the spring of 2007, a slew of strong performances were followed by a series of disappointing defeats and draws, which again brought AC Horsens dangerously close to relegation. New offensive midfielder Henrik Hansen joined the squad midway through the season and became a key player, whereas striker and Canadian national Ali Gerba finished a half-year loan period in the summer of 2007 without being offered a contract. Instead, Brazilian Gilberto Macena from the Danish 2nd Division East team Holbæk B&I became the top scorer for AC Horsens, netting twelve times during the season.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 September 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Frederik Rønnow
2 Denmark DF Mads Aaquist
3 Denmark DF Morten Rasmussen
4 Faroe Islands DF Sonni Nattestad (loan from FC Midtjylland)
5 Denmark DF Frederik Helstrup
6 Denmark DF Jacob Berthelsen
7 Denmark MF Mathias Nielsen
9 Denmark MF Steffen Kielstrup
10 Denmark MF Martin Lund
11 Nigeria FW Jude Nworuh
12 Ghana MF Joseph Mensah
13 Denmark MF Thomas Kortegaard
No. Position Player
14 Denmark MF Martin Retov
15 The Gambia DF Bubacarr Sanneh
18 Denmark MF Jeppe Mehl
20 Denmark MF Janus Drachmann
21 Denmark GK Aleksandar Stanković
23 Iceland FW Kjartan Henry Finnbogason
26 Denmark MF Troels Kløve
29 Denmark MF André Bjerregaard
30 Denmark GK Jacob Busk (loan from FC København)
32 Denmark DF Joakim Momme
36 Denmark MF Niclas Balleby

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 Denmark GK Frederik Rønnow (at Esbjerg fB)

Managers[edit]

Achievements[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2012-13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Sweden Elfsborg 1–1 3–2 4–3
Play-off round Portugal Sporting CP 1–1 0–5 1–6

Season overview[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1994 spring[2] QL 8 14 2 4 8 14 30 11 Not competing relegated
1994 autumn[3] 1D 10 18 1 6 11 15 50 8 3rd round
1995 spring[3] 1D 8 14 3 6 5 15 26 12 relegated
1995 autumn[4] 2D 6 14 5 3 6 27 29 18 4th round
1996 spring[4] 2D 3 14 6 6 2 27 14 24
1996 autumn[5] 2D 3 14 9 2 3 35 22 29 2nd round
1997 spring[5] 2D 2 14 8 4 2 32 10 28 promoted
1997–98[6] 1D 5 30 12 8 10 49 44 44 4th round
1998–99[11] 1D 6 30 13 5 12 47 44 44 4th round
1999-00[12] 1D 5 30 14 8 8 57 31 50 4th round
2000–01[13] 1D 7 30 11 10 9 41 38 43 5th round
2001–02[14] 1D 7 30 12 8 10 39 31 44 3rd round
2002–03[7] 1D 11 30 9 9 12 45 49 36 3rd round
2003–04[8] 1D 3 30 19 5 6 50 26 62 Quarterfinal
2004–05[9] 1D 2 30 19 6 5 51 23 63 Semifinal promoted
2005–06[10] SL 10 33 8 13 12 29 41 37 5th round
2006–07[15] SL 10 33 6 10 17 29 53 28 Quarterfinal
2007–08[16] SL 5 33 14 10 9 47 43 52 3rd round
2008–09[17] SL 12 33 5 9 19 35 58 24 Quarter-final relegated
2009–10[18] 1D 1 30 21 3 6 67 27 66 3rd round promoted
2010–11[19] SL 9 33 9 10 14 29 40 37 Quarter-final
2011–12[20] SL 4 33 17 6 10 53 39 57 Final Europa League 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Klubhistorie, AC Horsens
  2. ^ a b Danmarksturneringen 1993–94, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  3. ^ a b c Danmarksturneringen 1994–95, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  4. ^ a b c Danmarksturneringen 1995–96, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  5. ^ a b c Danmarksturneringen 1996–97, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  6. ^ a b Danmarksturneringen 1997–98, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  7. ^ a b Danmarksturneringen 2002–03, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  8. ^ a b Danmarksturneringen 2003–04, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  9. ^ a b Danmarksturneringen 2004–05, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  10. ^ a b SAS Ligaen 2005–06, Haslund.info
  11. ^ Danmarksturneringen 1998–99, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  12. ^ Danmarksturneringen 1999-00, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  13. ^ Danmarksturneringen 2000–01, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  14. ^ Danmarksturneringen 2001–02, Peders Fodboldstatistik
  15. ^ SAS Ligaen 2006–07, Haslund.info
  16. ^ SAS Ligaen 2007–08, Haslund.info
  17. ^ SAS Ligaen 2008–09, Haslund.info
  18. ^ 1. division 2009–10, bold.dk
  19. ^ Superligaen 2010–11, bold.dk
  20. ^ Superligaen 2011–12, bold.dk

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