Akademisk Boldklub

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AB
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Full name Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe
Nickname(s) Akademikerne (The Academics)
Short name AB
Founded 1889 (merger)
Ground Gladsaxe Stadion,
Gladsaxe
Ground Capacity 13,546 (7,746 seated
Chairman Leif Vejhe Djurhuus
Manager Thomas Nørgaard
League Danish 1st Division
2012–13 1st Division, 10th

Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe or AB is a Danish professional football club from Gladsaxe north of Copenhagen, currently playing at the second highest level in Danish domestic football, the 1st Division.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1889 by a group of academics, and the only requirement to play for the club at that time was to be a university student. The club was dominant in early Danish football and won the Danish championship, which was introduced in 1913, in 1919 and 1921. In all, AB has won the championship on 9 occasions (1919, 1921, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1952 and 1967).

One of the most renowned players of the club is Harald Bohr, the brother of Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, who himself played a number of games as goalkeeper. Other famous footballers from the AB history include Knud Lundberg, who represented the Danish national team in not one, but three sports (basketball, handball and football), and Karl Aage Hansen, who scored 17 goals in 22 matches for the national team. Both Lundberg and Hansen played for the club in its heyday, from the end of the Second World War to the mid-fifties, a period when the club won four championships in ten years.

Since the 1970s, and especially after the introduction of professional football in the 80s, the club has had a difficult time and has been outside the topflight of Danish football. Although, the late 90s were an exception — in 1996 the club got promoted to the top Danish Superliga division, and enjoyed a couple of successful years, winning the Danish Cup in 1998–99, and finishing third in both 1999 and 2000.

In 2004 the club was relegated after a bad season. On top of the fact that they finished 11th, they were deducted 9 points (and thus finished last) as it was discovered that their player Ali Akida had been playing under a false name.

In 2007 the AB board announced that AB would be back in the Superliga by 2010 and to help with that they brought in several good players like Casper Henningsen, Simon Bræmer and Carsten Fredgaard.

In June 2012 the football club AB A/S was saved from bankruptcy by the majority of the city council (23 in favor and 2 against).

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 November, 2013. 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 Jens Waltorp
2 Denmark DF Emil Farver
3 Denmark DF Mads Brandis
4 Denmark DF Mads Ibenfeldt
5 Denmark DF Casper Grönn
6 Germany DF Ayo Simon Okosun
7 Denmark MF Kristian Uth
8 Denmark MF Rasmus Mathiesen
9 Denmark MF Klaus Lykke
10 Denmark FW Simon Braemer
11 Denmark FW Patrick Naundrup
12 Denmark MF Kasper Kristensen
13 Denmark MF Altrim Aliti
14 Denmark DF Martin Fisch
No. Position Player
15 Denmark DF Casper Nordström
16 Denmark GK Kim Drejs
17 Denmark FW Kevin Bechmann Timm
18 Denmark MF Thomas Ibsen
19 Denmark MF Semere Haile
20 Denmark MF Jonas Henriksen
21 Denmark MF Younes Namli
22 Denmark FW Nick Christensen
23 Denmark DF Saleem Nanji
24 Denmark DF Jan Frederiksen
25 Denmark MF Andreas Baes
26 Denmark GK Lucas Ivik
30 Denmark FW Marc Nygaard

The first team squad as of August 5, 2012.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 1D 10 33 8 12 13 56 62 36 semi-final
1997–98 1D 5 33 13 8 12 61 52 47 4th round
1998–99 1D 3 33 17 5 11 49 36 56 champions
1999–00 1D 3 33 14 10 9 52 35 52 semifinal
2000–01 1D 10 33 8 15 10 43 41 39 final
2001–02 1D 5 33 13 11 9 48 38 50 quarter-final
2002–03 1D 9 33 10 12 11 44 48 42 last 16
2003–04 1D 12 33 8 2 23 31 70 17 last 16 relegated
2004–05 2D 11 30 10 5 15 49 52 35 3rd round
2005–06 2D 12 30 11 4 15 43 54 37 4th round
2006–07 2D 10 30 8 9 13 36 53 33 3rd round
2007–08 2D 6 30 11 8 11 38 36 41 1st round
2008–09 2D 3 30 19 4 7 56 30 61 4th round
2009–10 2D 4 30 15 9 6 47 30 54 3rd round

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