Silkeborg IF

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Silkeborg IF
Silkeborg IF Logo.svg
Full name Silkeborg Idraetsforening
Short name SIF
Founded 1917; 97 years ago (1917)
Ground MASCOT Park, Silkeborg
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Kent Madsen
Manager Jesper Sørensen
League Danish Superliga
2013–14 Danish 1st Division, 1st (promoted)

Silkeborg IF (Full name: Silkeborg Idrætsforening, or SIF in short) is a professional Danish football club in Silkeborg, Denmark. Silkeborg IF plays in the Danish Superliga, the highest football league in Denmark. The club was founded in 1917, reached the highest level of Danish football in 1987, and was during the 1990s one of the most successful football clubs in Denmark, achieving a first place in the league in 1993-94, a third place in 1994/1995, a second place in 1997-98 as well as a Danish Cup victory in 2001. Silkeborg IF has participated in European games several times, and won the Intertoto Cup in 1996.

History[edit]

Founded in 1917, the football section of Silkeborg IF played in the top ranks of Jutland, until a short visit in the third division in 1962. However, in 1966 the team was promoted to 2nd division of Danish football. In 1982 the club took the decisive step towards the Danish top football, as the company SIF Football Support A / S was founded, a professional company that would be responsible for professional football in Silkeborg. This resulted in a rise in 1987 to the country's top row; the 1st division. This came as a big surprise to most football enthusiasts and a reporter from the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: "It will be a surprise if Silkeborg will win a corner kick" However, the team played well and already in the third game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmark's dominant team, Brøndby IF with a 1-0-win at home.

1994 championship[edit]

There were many vital matches in the 1993/1994-season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was already in the tournament's third round at home against Brøndby IF. Just before the game, the team's big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea FC,[1] and when Brøndby put themselves ahead 2-0 early in the game, it looked difficult for the home team. But Silkeborg totally turned the match upside down and won 4-2 in front of an enthusiastic audience.[2] During the rest of the fall SIF delivered one attractive game after another. The team lost only two of 18 matches and could overwinter in the first place of the Danish Superliga.

The playoffs were a thrilling affair. The superior play by the fall was followed by a more calculating style. On away SIF ran into a few serious defeats, but in turn Silkeborg Stadion was a fortress. Here SIF won six out of seven games and conceded only one goal. In the second last round SIF could secure the championship with an away win against the only remaining competitor FC Copenhagen. Silkeborg-fans flocked to the national arena, Parken where the game was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga, namely 26,679.[3] However, the many visiting SIF-fans witnessed SIF scoring the first goal of the match but eventually losing 1-4.

The situation before the final round was that SIF should provide a better result than FC Copenhagen to become champions. At home SIF played AaB and won 2-0 on two goals by leading scorer Heine Fernandez, and in Odense OB obtained a Copenhagen lead in the second half and won 3-2 on a goal in injury time; securing SIF the championship.

2001 cup winners and relegation[edit]

I 2001 Silkeborg IF won the Danish Cup with a 4-1 victory against league rivals AB. Behind 0-1 at half time, the team scored four times in the second half of the match. The Silkeborg-goals were scored by Brian Pedersen, Thomas Poulsen, and Henrik Pedersen (2). Steven Lustü, who later would become a prominent player for Silkeborg IF played the whole game for AB. The following years results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş and Thomas Røll to FC Copenhagen. At the same time Morten Bruun, the player with most caps to his name in the club history, retired. In 2003 the team was relegated to the second best Danish league, but returned to the top row the following year. Two seasons in a row the team finished 8th in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated. However, when former player Troels Bech returned to the club as head coach in 2009 he transformed the team and helped the club to promotion. Silkeborg IF finished 5th in the league in 2011, the best result in 15 years.

Achievements[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 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 Kasper Jensen
2 Denmark MF Jesper Mikkelsen
3 Denmark MF Christian Sørensen
4 Denmark DF Simon Jakobsen
5 Faroe Islands DF Ari Mohr Jónsson
6 Denmark DF Daniel A. Pedersen
7 Denmark FW Nicolaj Agger
8 Iceland MF Bjarni Viðarsson
9 Denmark FW Morten Beck Andersen
10 Denmark MF Jesper Bech
11 Nigeria FW Adeola Runsewe
13 Denmark DF Sune Kiilerich
No. Position Player
14 Denmark MF Dennis Flinta
15 Denmark MF Emil Scheel
16 Denmark GK Thomas Nørgaard
17 Denmark DF Frans Dhia Putros
20 Denmark DF Frank Hansen
23 Denmark FW Jeppe Illum
24 Denmark MF Nicolaj Køhlert
25 Denmark MF Nicolaj Ritter
26 Denmark DF Thorbjørn Holst Rasmussen
27 Denmark DF Jens Martin Gammelby
29 Denmark MF Robert Skov
31 Denmark GK Nicolai Flø

Staff[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Denmark Jesper Sørensen
Assistant manager Denmark Anders Gerber
Goalkeeping coach Denmark Finn Secher
Fitness coach Denmark Michael Larsen
Fitness coach Denmark Lars Raundahl Rasmussen
Sporting director Denmark Peder Knudsen
Youth manager Denmark Jesper Stüker

Last updated: 14 March 2014
Source: Silkeborg IF

Managerial history[edit]

European cup history[edit]

Season Cup Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1991 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Hammarby IF 4-1 1-3
Group East Germany Energie Cottbus 4–1 0–1
Group Czechoslovakia FK Dukla Banská Bystrica 1–3 2–0
1993 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Switzerland FC Zürich 2–0
Group Germany VfL Bochum 2–2
Group Austria FC Tirol 1–1
Group Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1
1994 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Halmstads BK 2–0
Group Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–0
Group Czech Republic Sparta Prague 4–1
Group Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 7–2
1994–95 Champions League 1Q Ukraine Dynamo Kiev 0–0 3–1 1-3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–0 1–2 6-1
2Q Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–2 0–1 2-2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Belgium R. Charleroi S.C. 2–4
Group Poland Zaglebie Lubin 0–0
Group Austria SV Ried 0–3
Group Wales Conwy United 4–0
Final Russia Uralmash 0-1 1-2 2-2
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Croatia Segesta Sisak 0–1 1–2 2-2
2Q Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–2 3-5
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Austria Grazer AK 2–0
Group Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5–0
Group France SC Bastia 1–0
Group Wales Ebbw Vale 6–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Slovenia Mura 2–0 0–0 2-0
2Q Italy AS Roma 0–2 1–0 0-3
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belarus FC Dnepr Mogilev 1–2 2-1 2-4
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Spain Real Zaragoza 1–2 3–0 1-5

Former notable players[edit]


Most scoring players[edit]

Competitive matches only. To matches played June 9, 2014.[4]

# Name Career Goals
1 Denmark Pedersen, HenrikHenrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 96
2 Denmark Fernandez, HeineHeine Fernandez 1990–1998 96
3 Denmark Lekic, RajkoRajko Lekic 2003–2004 and 2008–2011 76
4 Faroe Islands Holst, ChristianChristian Holst 2008–2014 47
5 Denmark Thygesen, JesperJesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 45
6 Denmark Alkhag, IddiIddi Alkhag 2001–2007 41
7 Denmark Hansen, MichaelMichael Hansen 1991–1996 and 2006–2007 39
8 Denmark Bruun, MortenMorten Bruun 1988–2001 35
9 Denmark Skov, OleOle Skov 1988–1992 35
10 Denmark Jokovic, NockoNocko Jokovic 1996–1999 33
11 Denmark Lassen, PeterPeter Lassen 1999–2000 33
12 Denmark Reese, AllanAllan Reese 1991–1997 32
13 Denmark Erfurt, HansHans Erfurt 1987–1994 31
14 Germany Pourie, MarvinMarvin Pourie 2011–2013 29
15 Denmark Bech, JesperJesper Bech 2004–present 28

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only. To matches played June 9, 2014.[5]

# Name Career Appearances
1 Denmark Bruun, MortenMorten Bruun 1988–2001 424
2 Denmark Jensen, BjarneBjarne Jensen 348
3 Denmark Johansen, IngvarIngvar Johansen 1979–1993 325
4 Denmark Skovbo, ArneArne Skovbo 308
5 Denmark Nielsen, KurtKurt Nielsen 307
6 Denmark Kjær, PeterPeter Kjær 1993–2001 291
7 Denmark Duus, ChristianChristian Duus 1991–2005 283
8 Denmark Pedersen, HenrikHenrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 270
9 Denmark Larsen, MichaelMichael Larsen 1992–2003 269
10 Denmark Poulsen, ThomasThomas Poulsen 1997–2006 255
11 Denmark Skaarup, BrianBrian Skaarup –1991 254
12 Denmark Fernandez, HeineHeine Fernandez 1990–1998 246
13 Denmark Hansen, JørgenJørgen Hansen 245
14 Denmark Thygesen, JesperJesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 245
15 Denmark Flinta, DennisDennis Flinta 2005–2007 and 2009–present 234

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1993-1994 season, Silkeborg IF by year, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Superstats SIF-BIF 15.08.1993, SIF-BIF: 4-2, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Superstats FCK-SIF 05.06.1994, FCK-SIF: 4-1, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on June, 2014.
  5. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on June, 2014.

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