Viborg FF

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Viborg F.F.
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Full name Viborg Fodsports Forening
Nickname(s) De Grønne (The Greens)
Short name VFF
Founded 1896
Ground Viborg Stadion, Energi Viborg Arena, Viborg
Ground Capacity 9,566
Managing Director Morten Jensen
Head Coach Aurelijus Skarbalius
League Danish 1st Division
2013–14 Danish Superliga, 12th
(Relegated)

Viborg F.F. is a Danish professional football club located in Viborg. The full name of the club is Viborg Fodsports Forening (Viborg Footsport Association), but the name is frequently abbreviated as Viborg F.F. or VFF. The club was founded in 1896, but would have to wait more than a century before winning its only countrywide trophy, the 2000 Danish Cup. Their most recent spell in the top Danish Superliga division began in the 1998-99 season and ended in the 2007–08 season.

History[edit]

Viborg F.F. was founded in 1896, with several other sports apart from football - among other things were gymnastics, cricket, field hockey, boxing, athletics, skiing, weight-lifting, and wrestling.

The first big sporting highlight of the club came in 1924, when Viborg F.F. won the championship in Mesterrækken (The Champion Division), which were the best regional division in Jutland. A big title win at the time when, among others, Aarhus GF were a dominating club in Jutland.

Following the championship, Viborg F.F. dropped somewhat out of the picture, but never more than the club has always been on the Danish footballing map. It was a big relief for the club when it was promotion to the national competitions (4th Division) for the first time in 1959, following many closely missed attempts at qualification. One of the players taking part in the promotion was Erik Bundgaard, whose 421 matches for VFF is still club record.

Except for a couple of seasons in the start of the 1970s, Viborg F.F. have not been relegated to a tournament lower than the national competitions since 1959. Though the country's best league have been domicile for Viborg F.F., during the last couple of years, the club has been moving up and down between the country's two best leagues.

The finest achievements of the club came in the 1999–2000 season, where the Superliga bronze medals were missed by the smallest margin. Instead, the team was celebrated as winner of the Danish Cup, the DONG Cup. They then added the Danish Super Cup, beating champions Herfølge Boldklub in a penalty shoot out.

Colours and badge[edit]

Viborg F.F.'s colours are green and white.

In the badge there is a shamrock.

Stadium[edit]

Viborg F.F. play their home matches on Viborg Stadion. It has a capacity of 9,566 spectators, all seated. The biggest stand is the eastern stand (2,792 seats) and the smallest is the southern (2,040 seats). The field size is 105 x 68 m, the same size as the national stadium, Parken. The light is 1200 lux. The sound comes from an Ascon PA-system. There is undersoil heating installed at the venue, which UEFA has approved as an international stadium.

Supporters[edit]

Viborg F.F.'s has no official fanclub. A former official fanclub is The Green Pride. It was one of the largest in Denmark with over 500 members. There is a small continuation of The Green Pride active in Viborg to this day.

The first ultra group was established in 2002, when a group of teenagers established Fanatikos. In 2004 a new group, Shamrock Ultras, was born.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 May, 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Denmark DF Jonas Thorsen
4 Denmark DF Jacob Egeris
5 Denmark DF Mikkel Rask
6 Denmark DF Christopher Poulsen
8 Denmark DF Patrick Nielsen
9 Denmark MF Kevin Mensah
11 Chile FW Danilo Arrieta
13 Denmark MF Jeppe Grønning
14 United States DF Babajide Ogunbiyi
15 Denmark DF Kristoffer Pallesen
No. Position Player
16 Republic of Macedonia FW Aleksandar Stankov
17 Sweden FW Ken Fagerberg
18 Denmark DF Nicholas Gotfredsen
19 Denmark MF Jeff Mensah
21 Denmark MF David Boysen
23 Denmark MF Marcel Rømer
24 Denmark MF Lukas Lerager
27 Denmark MF Sebastian Andersen
29 Denmark FW Thomas Dalgaard

Retired numbers[edit]

Main article: Retired numbers

Academy[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Harald Hansen Denmark 1926–27
Axel Holm Denmark 1930–31
Sofus Nielsen Denmark 1932–33
Charlie Pohl Germany 1933–35
Arnold Thisted Denmark 1935–37
Valdemar Bodilsen Denmark 1937–38
Emil Asmussen Denmark 1940–41
Willy Henriksen Denmark 1942–44
Valdemar Bodilsen Denmark 1945–47
Poul Snedker Denmark 1947–49
Aksel Larsen Denmark 1949–50
Svend H. Mønster Denmark 1950–53
Walter Presch Austria 1953–54
Harry Albertsen Denmark 1954–55
Svend H. Mønster Denmark 1955–56
Walter Presch Austria 1956–57
Karlo Niilonen Finland 1958–60
Leo Nielsen Denmark 1961–63
Rudi Strittich Austria 1964
Erik Schou Denmark 1965
Knud Schou Denmark 1966–68
Jim Magill Northern Ireland 1969
Robert Andreasen Denmark 1970–71
Kaj Stærk Denmark 1972–74
Eduard Bründl Belgium 1975
 
Name Nationality Years
Bent Martin Denmark 1976
Erik Bundgaard Denmark 1977–79
Svend Hugger Denmark 1980–81
Eduard Bründl Belgium 1982–83
Erik Bundgaard Denmark 1984
Jens Tang Olesen Denmark 1984–87
Hans Ove Andersen Denmark 1988–89
Peter Rudbæk Denmark 1990–93
Roald Poulsen Denmark 1993–94
Ole Skouboe Denmark 1994
Viggo Jensen Denmark 1995
Ove Christensen Denmark 1995–99
Kim Poulsen Denmark July 1, 1999–Oct 23, 2001
Søren Kusk Denmark 2001–03
Benny Lennartsson Sweden 2003
Ove Christensen Denmark July 1, 2003–June 30, 2006
Tommy Møller Nielsen Denmark Feb 2, 2006–Nov 9, 2007
Anders Linderoth Sweden Dec 1, 2006–Nov 30, 2007
Hans Eklund Sweden Nov 26, 2007–April 8, 2009
Søren Frederiksen Denmark April 8, 2009–June 30, 2009
Lars Søndergaard Denmark July 3, 2009–Nov 24, 2010
Steffen Højer &
Søren Frederiksen
(interim)
Denmark
Denmark
Nov 24, 2010–June 30, 2011
Ove Christensen Denmark July 1, 2011–January 31, 2014
Auri Skarbalius Lithuania Feb 1, 2014-

Notable former players[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996-97 1D 11 33 6 11 16 31 58 29 relegated
1 season at lower levels
1998-99 1D 8 33 13 5 15 61 59 44
1999-00 1D 4 33 15 7 11 56 50 52 winner
2000-01 1D 6 33 13 7 13 52 42 46 semi-final
2001-02 1D 8 33 10 11 12 46 45 41 last 16
2002-03 1D 8 33 11 10 12 58 55 43 semi-final
2003-04 1D 7 33 11 9 13 47 44 42 quarter-final
2004-05 1D 7 33 13 9 11 43 45 48 4th round
2005-06 1D 4 33 15 9 9 62 43 54 5th round
2006-07 1D 9 33 8 5 20 34 64 29 semi-final

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