Kjøbenhavns Boldklub

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KB
KB's logo
Full name Kjøbenhavns Boldklub
Short name KB
Founded 26 April 1876; 138 years ago (1876-04-26)
Ground Frederiksberg I P Opvisning,
Copenhagen
Ground Capacity
Chairman Niels-Christian Holmstrøm
Manager Niels Sørensen
League Københavnsserien (tier 5)

Kjøbenhavns Boldklub or KB is a Danish sports club based in Copenhagen. The club was founded 26 April 1876 on the grassy fields in outer Copenhagen which later became Fælledparken. Football and cricket has been played in KB since 1879, making KB one of the oldest football clubs on Continental Europe and the oldest general sports club on the continent (with more than just one sport). Tennis has been played since 1883. The club hosted, in 1921, one of the early tennis majors: the World Covered Court Championships, won by William Laurentz that year. Today, along with the sports already mentioned, the club also has facilities for badminton, swimming and pétanque.

The football team went on to become the most successful club in Denmark, winning a record 15 Danish championship titles from 1913 to 1980. In 1991, KB and B 1903 merged their professional football teams and formed F.C. Copenhagen. Until 1 January 2009, the F.C. Copenhagen reserves played under the KB name.

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KB's logo is designed by architect and designer Thorvald Bindesbøl (1846–1908). Bindesbøl also designed the Carlsberg logo, and KB's logo is believed to be sponsored by Carlsberg.

Football[edit]

History[edit]

Football was added to the club's programme on 24 October 1878.[1] The first advertised games were scheduled for the military exercise ground near Rosenborg Castle on 5 January 1879 (at 11am).[2]

Danish national football team all-time top scorer Poul Nielsen (1891–1962) played for KB during all of his career.

One of Denmark's all-time greatest players, Michael Laudrup, played for the club from 1980–1982 before rejoining Brøndby IF.

Legendary striker Preben Elkjær Larsen played for KB for one season as a trainee (1973–1974), while Nicklas Bendtner, who currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga was a former trainee at KB between the years of 2002 and 2004.

Achievements[edit]

International players[edit]

In the first official game of the Denmark national football team on 19 October 1908, at the 1908 Summer Olympics, five players represented KB in that team, including team captain Kristian Middelboe. Since then, a total 75 players have represented KB in the senior Danish national team.[3][4]

Listed according to the year of debut.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jens Jam Rasmussen and Michael Rachlin, "Slaget om København" (The battle of Copenhagen), Denmark, 2005, ISBN 87-91693-55-1.
  • Allan Mylius Thomsen, "K.B. – 125 år. Et kalejdoskopisk billede af en boldklub og dens by"

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