Danish 1st Division

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1. division
NordicBet Ligaen.jpg
Country Denmark
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1945
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Superliga
Relegation to 2nd Divisions
Domestic cup(s) Danish Cup
Current champions Silkeborg IF
(2013–14)
TV partners TV 2 Sport
Website 1division.dk
2014–15 Danish 1st Division

The Danish 1st Division, called NordicBet Ligaen for sponsorship reasons, is the name of the second highest football league in Denmark. From 1945 to 1991 the 1st Division was the name of the highest level of football in Denmark. With the formation of the Danish Superliga, the second tier of Danish football became the 1st Division. While all the teams in the Superliga are full-time professional the 1.division has a mixture of full-time professional and semi-professional teams.

The top-ranking teams each year win promotion to the Superliga, while the bottom finishers get relegated to the Danish 2nd Divisions.

TV3 Sport 1 broadcasts one match per week from the league. The competition has been named NordicBet Ligaen for sponsorship reasons since 2012.

History[edit]

After World War II the format of the top-flight football division in Denmark, the "Championship League", where reverted with the tournament now named the "1st Division".[1] There were 10 teams in the top division once again, playing each other twice, with the lowest team being relegated.[2] The 1953–54 season saw the first non-Copenhagen team win the Danish championship, when Køge Boldklub won the title.[3] The championship title was not reclaimed by a Copenhagen team in more than ten years, until Akademisk Boldklub (AB) won the 1967 season.

From 1958, the Danish championship was arranged through one calendar year,[1] and the 1956–57 season lasted 18 months with the teams playing each other thrice for a 27 games total.[4] From 1958 to 1974, the tournament was expanded to 12 teams,[1] playing each other twice for 22 games per season each, but now the bottom two teams faced relegation.[5] The number of teams was increased to 16 for the 1975 season,[1] which resulted in 30 games per season.[6] In 1986, the number of participants was altered once more, this time decreasing the number of teams to 14,[1] and the number of games to 26.[7]

Former 1st Division sponsors and logos
Faxe Kondi Divisionen logo
Faxe Kondi Divisionen (1996–2001) 
Viasat Sport Divisionen logo
Viasat Sport Divisionen (2004–2007) 
Viasat Divisionen logo
Viasat Divisionen logo (2007–2010) 
First Division logo
Sponsorless First Division logo (2011-1 January 2012) 

In 1991, the Danish Superliga was created.[1] This meant the 1st Division became the second highest league. Together with the Superliga introduction the best Danish leagues changed back to autumn-spring seasons.

In 1996, the 1st Division had its first name sponsor, as the league received the official name "Faxe Kondi Divisionen" after main sponsor Faxe Brewery. The sponsor deal ended in 2001, but from 2004 to mid-2007 it was named "Viasat Sport Divisionen". The "Sport" was omitted upon the closing of the Viasat Sport-channels in Denmark, and the opening of TV 2 Sport. The sponsorship finally ended prior to the start of the 2010–11 season.

Current Teams (2014–15)[edit]

Winners[edit]

Season Winner
1945–46 B.93
1946–47 AB
1947–48 KB
1948–49 KB
1949–50 KB
1950–51 AB
1951–52 AB
1952–53 KB
1953–54 Køge BK
1954–55 AGF
1955–56 AGF
1956–57 AGF
1958 Vejle Boldklub
1959 B 1909
1960 AGF
1961 Esbjerg fB
1962 Esbjerg fB
1963 Esbjerg fB
1964 B 1909
1965 Esbjerg fB
1966 Hvidovre IF
1967 AB
1968 KB
1969 B 1903
1970 B 1903
1971 Vejle Boldklub
1972 Vejle Boldklub
1973 Hvidovre IF
1974 KB
1975 Køge BK
1976 B 1903
1977 OB
1978 Vejle Boldklub
1979 Esbjerg fB
1980 KB
1981 Hvidovre IF
1982 OB
1983 Lyngby BK
1984 Vejle Boldklub
1985 Brøndby IF
1986 AGF
1987 Brøndby IF
1988 Brøndby IF
1989 OB
1990 Brøndby IF
1991 Næstved IF
Autumn 1991 Viborg FF
Spring 1992 Brønshøj BK
Autumn 1992 Esbjerg fB
Spring 1993 Horsens fS
Autumn 1993 Vejle Boldklub
Spring 1994 B.93
Autumn 1994 Viborg FF
Spring 1995 Esbjerg fB
1995–96 Hvidovre IF
1996–97 Ikast FS
1997–98 Viborg FF
1998–99 OB
1999-00 FC Midtjylland
2000–01 Esbjerg fB
2001–02 Køge BK
2002–03 Herfølge BK
2003–04 Silkeborg IF
2004–05 SønderjyskE
2005–06 Vejle Boldklub
2006–07 Lyngby BK
2007–08 Vejle Boldklub
2008–09 Herfølge BK
2009–10 AC Horsens
2010-11 AGF
2011–12 Esbjerg fB
2012–13 Viborg FF
2013–14 Silkeborg IF

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Historien om Danmarksmesterskabet i fodbold" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1945 – 46". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Køges første DM-titel blev til på "Ungarsk Rapsodi"" (in Danish). Køge Boldklub. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1956 – 57". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1958". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1975". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Danmarksturneringen 1986". Peders fodboldstatistik. Retrieved 2007-02-22.