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AaB
Aalborg Fodbold.png
Full name Aalborg Boldspilklub
Short name AaB
Founded 1 May 1885;
129 years ago
 (1885-05-01)
Ground Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg
Ground Capacity 13,800
Owner AaB A/S
Sports director Allan Gaarde
Head coach Kent Nielsen
League Danish Superliga
2013–14 Superliga, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

AaB Fodbold,[1] also referred to as Aalborg BK[2] or AaB,[3] is a professional football team of Danish sports conglomerate Aalborg Boldspilklub, located in Aalborg. They play in the Danish Superliga and have won four Danish Superliga championships and three Danish Cup trophies. They are the current Danish Champions winning the double in 2014.

AaB became the first Danish team ever to participate in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 1995. AaB also qualified for the 2008–09 Champions League and qualified for the UEFA Cup in the same season by finishing in 3rd place in their Champions League group.

History[edit]

Aalborg BK was a part of the top-flight Danish leagues from the 1928–29 season, until the relegation of the club in 1947. The club came back to the best league in 1963, and except from the years of 1972, 1978 and 1981–1986, Aalborg BK has since been a part of the various editions of the Danish football championship. Despite its many years in the Danish championship, the club never won a championship title, but Aalborg BK won the Danish Cup competition in 1966 and 1970. Paid football was introduced in Denmark by the Danish Football Association in 1978. As Aalborg BK returned to the best Danish league, the club founded the professional branch of AaB A/S in 1987 to run a professional football team.[4]

Through the 1990s, the club won its first two Danish championships. In the Danish Superliga 1994-95 season, 24 goals from league topscorer Erik Bo Andersen secured the championship title for the team of coach Poul Erik Andreasen. The club was initially eliminated by Dynamo Kyiv in the qualification matches for the UEFA Champions League 1995-96, but following a bribing scandal Kyiv was banned from the tournament and Aalborg BK entered in their place. Aalborg BK thus became the first Danish team to compete in the UEFA Champions League. As they managed a 2–1 home win over Panathinaikos and a 2–2 draw with Porto in the six matches the club played in the initial group stage, Aalborg BK was eliminated. Erik Bo Andersen left the club for Scottish club Rangers, but in Søren Frederiksen, the club found its next goal-getter. Though not the league top scorer, Frederiksen scored 17 goals in the Danish Superliga 1998-99 which the club won under guidance of Swedish coach Hans Backe. Once again, Aalborg BK faced Dinamo Kyiv in the Champions League qualification, but this time they fell short, losing 1–2 at home and drawing 2–2 in Kyiv after a late Aalborg BK goal was disallowed for being behind the goal line.

Since then, the club established itself in the top half of the Superliga and won a bronze medal and qualified for the 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Aalborg beat Honka on the away goals rule (2–2 in Finland and 1–1 in Denmark) in the second round, and in the third and final round Aalborg BK faced Gent and drew, 1–1, in the away game but beat them 2–1 in the following home match. Thus they "won" a place in the UEFA Cup's second qualification round and met HJK, the first match ended 2–1 to Helsinki, but in the last match Aalborg BK won 3–0 and were thus ready for the UEFA Cup 2007-08. Drawing the Italian team Sampdoria in the First Round, which have Antonio Cassano and Vincenzo Montella as notable players, made the task seem impossible. Aalborg made it again on the away goals rule (getting 2–2 in Genoa and managing 0–0 in Aalborg), and qualified for the group stage – being the first Danish team ever, to send an Italian team "out of Europe." In the group stage Aalborg BK was seeded in the lowest pot, and drew Anderlecht, Tottenham Hotspur, Getafe, and Hapoel Tel Aviv. Drawing with Anderlecht at home, and losing 2–3 to Tottenham (after being ahead 2–0 after the first half) forced Aalborg to win at home against Getafe, a match Aalborg BK lost 1–2.

In the 2007–08 season, Aalborg won their third Danish Championship and qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. in the second qualifying round, Aalborg easily eliminated FK Modriča 7–1 on aggregate. In the third round, before the group stage, they defeated FBK Kaunas 2–0 both at home and away and reached the group stage of the Champions League for the second time, the first time a Danish team has achieved this. In the group stage, they were drawn in Group E along with defending champions Manchester United, Villarreal and Celtic. Aalborg finished third in the group, ahead of Celtic, with 6 points and progressed to the 2008–09 UEFA Cup knockout stage.

Their first match in their UEFA Cup run was against Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruña. Aalborg BK won the first leg at home 3–0 and the second leg at the Estadio Riazor 1–3, securing a 6–1 aggregate. Aalborg BK thereby earned a place among the last 16 teams. where they faced Manchester City. After a 2–0 loss in Manchester in the first leg Aalborg BK fought back to tie the score with a 2–0 win at home. The tie ended in agony however, as Aalborg were defeated by 4–3 on penalties.

On May 11th 2014, the club won their 4th Danish Championship, and four days later the double was secured, as the club defeated Copenhagen 4-2 in the Cup final.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Nordjyske Arena
The northern facade of Nordjyske Arena, 2008.

Since 1920, Aalborg BK has played its games at Aalborg Stadion. The stadium was opened on 18 July 1920 with a north-south aligned playing field. The first spectator seats was built in 1927, and in 1937 a wooden terrace for 3,000 standing spectators was built. In 1960, the stadium burned down and a new east-western aligned concrete stadium was opened in 1962. In recent years the stadium have been enlarged and rebuilt so that it now has modern facilities and roof over all spectator stands.[5] The stadium currently has the capacity of 16,000 people (7,700 seats) or 10,500 people (all seats).

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 August 2014
No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Nicolai Larsen
2 Denmark DF Patrick Kristensen
3 Denmark DF Jakob Ahlmann
5 Denmark DF Kenneth Emil Petersen
6 Netherlands DF Donny Gorter (on loan from AZ Alkmaar)
7 Denmark MF Thomas Enevoldsen (on loan from Mechelen)
8 Denmark MF Rasmus Würtz
9 Denmark MF Thomas Augustinussen
10 Sweden FW Rasmus Jönsson
11 Denmark FW Nicklas Helenius (on loan from Aston Villa)
14 Denmark MF Mathias Wichmann
15 Faroe Islands FW Gilli Sørensen
No. Position Player
16 Denmark MF Mathias Thrane
18 Denmark FW Anders K. Jacobsen
19 Denmark FW Søren Frederiksen
20 Denmark DF Henrik Dalsgaard
21 Denmark MF Kasper Risgård
22 Denmark GK Carsten Christensen
23 Denmark MF Nicolaj Thomsen
25 Denmark MF Frederik Børsting
26 Denmark DF Rasmus Thelander
28 Denmark FW Viktor Ahlmann
30 Denmark MF Andreas Bruhn
31 Denmark DF Jakob Blåbjerg
32 Denmark DF Kasper Pedersen
33 Lithuania FW Lukas Spalvis

Retired numbers[edit]

12Denmark Torben Boye, defender (1984–2002)

Notable former players[edit]

Current management[edit]

AaB Fodbold

AaB Fodbold is owned by AaB A/S.

Head coaches[edit]

The following managers have coached AaB since it re-entered the Danish top-flight in 1986:

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

European[edit]

Superliga history[edit]

AaB's final ranking in the Danish Superliga standings since 1991
Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup
1991 SL 6 18 6 5 7 29 33 17 final
1991–92 SL 6 32 10 12 10 45 44 32 quarter-final
1992–93 SL 4 32 12 12 8 48 40 36 final
1993–94 SL 5 32 8 15 9 46 44 31 quarter-final
1994–95 SL 1 32 19 6 7 74 38 44 semi-final
1995–96 SL 5 33 15 6 12 57 38 51 quarter-final
1996–97 SL 5 33 12 11 10 46 40 47 quarter-final
1997–98 SL 7 33 12 8 13 54 48 44 quarter-final
1998–99 SL 1 33 17 13 3 65 37 64 final
1999–00 SL 5 33 12 13 8 57 40 49 final
2000–01 SL 5 33 13 10 10 51 49 49 5th round
2001–02 SL 4 33 16 6 11 52 45 54 quarter-final
2002–03 SL 6 33 14 4 15 42 45 46 semi-final
2003–04 SL 5 33 16 9 8 55 41 57 final
2004–05 SL 4 33 15 8 10 59 45 53 5th round
2005–06 SL 5 33 11 12 10 48 44 45 semi-final
2006–07 SL 3 33 18 7 8 55 34 61 2nd round
2007–08 SL 1 33 22 5 6 60 38 71 4th round
2008–09 SL 7 33 9 12 12 40 49 39 final
2009–10 SL 5 33 13 9 11 36 30 48 4th round
2010–11 SL 10 33 8 11 14 38 48 35 quarter-final
2011–12 SL 7 33 12 8 13 42 48 44 2nd round
2012–13 SL 5 33 13 8 12 51 46 47 4th round
2013–14 SL 1 33 18 8 7 60 38 62 Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Årsrapport for 2009, Aalborg Boldspilklub A/S, p.28
  2. ^ Denmark – Danish Super League UEFA.com
  3. ^ AaB Danish Football Association
  4. ^ (Danish) Om Aalborg Boldspilklub af 1885 at Aalborg Boldspilklub af 1885
  5. ^ (Danish) Aalborg Stadion 1920–2001, Aalborg.dk, 8 February 2006

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 57°2′37″N 10°1′15″E / 57.04361°N 10.02083°E / 57.04361; 10.02083