2018–19 Odense Boldklub season

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Odense BK
2018–19 season
OB victory against Vejle.jpg
OB players celebrating a victory against Vejle in august 2018.
ChairmanNiels Thorborg
ManagerJakob Michelsen
StadiumNature Energy Park
Danish Superliga5th
Sydbank PokalenSemi-final
Top goalscorerLeague: Bashkim Kadrii (10 goals)
All: Bashkim Kadrii (11 goals)

The 2018–19 Odense Boldklub season was the club's 130th season, and their 57th appearance in the Danish Superliga. As well as the Superliga, the side was also compete in Sydbank Pokalen.

At the end of the 2017–18 season, head coach Kent Nielsen got fired.[1] Jakob Michelsen signed a 3-year contract on May 29 as new head coach.[2]

Season review[edit]

The new OB[edit]

The 2018–19 season indicated a new start and reboot for the club. Beside from the two new coaches, the club got a new CEO in April.[3] The new CEO, Enrico Augustinus, had ambitions right from the start, and he wanted to create a new OB and make the club great again. Therefore, Augustinus and the board started to focus on better communication and branding, which hopefully will result in more spectators, due to the low average attendance the last few seasons.[4]

Sponsors[edit]

After 16 years as a main sponsor, Carlsberg was replaced by Albani. The new main sponsor is located in Odense as well, which makes the club more local.[5] Furthermore, the stadium sponsor was changed too. NGF Nature Energy became new stadium sponsor, and the name was now Nature Energy Park.[6]

Mascot[edit]

OB retired their mascot, the tiger Victor, who has been the mascot for over a decate. Instead they brought in an almost identical mascot, a cat, who was the OB mascot in the 90's.[7] At the same time, the old intro song "Eye of the Tiger" was switched out with Carl Nielsens "Espansiva".[8]

Pre-season[edit]

The OB pre-season were kicked off with the signings of academy players Jonathan Harboe and Mads Frøkjær-Jensen.[9][10] They later on signed Horsens player Alexander Ludwig[11] and academy player Mathias Jørgensen.[12]

OB went on playing five pre-season games by winning them all, against Taarup/Paarup, Östersund, Kalmar, Roskilde and Hvidovre. A perfect start for the new head coach Jakob Michelsen. But people were still doubting the team to do well in the Superliga. The reason for was that sporting director Jesper Hansen did not acquire new big profiles. Although he promised a minimum of three new signings in the summer transfer window, but could not promise it would be done before the first Superliga match.[13]

July[edit]

OB's opening Superliga fixture was away against promoted side Vendsyssel on 15 July. OB looked solid, but fell apart in the second half with two quick goals by Vendsyssel. Even though OB scored twice, the Stripes couldn't hold off Vendsyssel from winning 3–2. 17-year old Mathias Jørgensen came in as a sub and scored his first ever Superliga goal.[14]

After the disappointing loss, OB acquired Janus Drachmann from FC Midtjylland on a four-year deal.[15] They also sold André Rømer to Randers.[16]

With the reinforcement they went on playing their home opener against head coach Michelsen's former team SønderjyskE. OB were down 0–2 at half time, but a few substitutions turn things upside down. Jørgensen only needed 13 minutes on the pitch before he could score his second goal in the season, again as a sub, and brought OB on 1–2. Anders K. Jacobsen equalized at the 78 minute-mark. The game ended 2–2 even though OB had the chances for a win.[17]

OB hoped to bring the good play from the SønderjyskE-game into the next game away against Randers. They played well, but it did not bring them the first win of the season.[18] It was Rømer who scored the crucial goal after just 39 seconds, after OB just sold him Randers. After the loss, people started to doubt if Michelsen was the right to take over the head coach position after just one point in three games against Vendsyssel, SønderjyskE and Randers.[19]

August[edit]

OB went on playing a tough game against F.C. Copenhagen in the fourth round at home. It looked like they did not stand a chance after the first three game, but OB did quite well. They had their chances to get in front and also could have got a penalty or two. With many missed chances and some bad luck, Dame N'Doye instead scored the deciding goal in favour of Copenhagen in the 85th minute.[20] OB were now sitting in 13th place.

It was now everything or nothing when OB faced Hobro away in the fifth round. A battle between number 13 and 14, and therefore a battle of not sitting in last place. OB was anything else than lucky, and within 35 minutes they were down with 0–3. In the rainy conditions OB had a hard time creating chances, but they got a few in the closing minutes. Rasmus Festersen missed a penalty, and that was just the symbol of the OB's game. Helenius and Festersen made it 2–3, but could not get the equalizer.[21] OB were now sitting in last place. The worst start to a season in 19 years.[22]

Meanwhile Sten Grytebust was rumored away, OB acquired Ivorian goalkeeper Sayouba Mandé.[23] According to a lot of medias, Mandé were brought in to replace Grytebust. Therefore, everybody expected OB to sell the Norwegian keeper.[24]

OB were now facing defending Superliga champion FC Midtjylland at home. Not exactly an easy job against the league's current number 3, who got also got three wins in a row. But against Copenhagen, OB showed that they could play against even the best teams. And that theory was proved correct as OB were the dominating team in the match. The only problem was still getting the opening goal. And after 74 minutes Marc Dal Hende banged Midtjylland in front, and OB were now facing another questionable defeat. But three minutes into stoppage time Nicklas Helenius equalized and got OB their second point of the season.[25] A very deserved point that should have been three points, according to several medias.[26]

First team[edit]

Last updated on 20 March 2019[27]
Squad no. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age)
Goalkeepers
13 Sten Grytebust Norway GK (1989-10-25)25 October 1989 (aged 29)
27 Oliver Christensen Denmark GK (1999-03-22)22 March 1999 (aged 20)
30 Sayouba Mandé Ivory Coast GK (1993-06-15)15 June 1993 (aged 25)
Defenders
2 Oliver Lund Denmark RB/CB (1990-08-21)21 August 1990 (aged 28)
3 Alexander Ludwig Denmark CB (1993-06-30)30 June 1993 (aged 25)
4 Ryan Johnson Laursen Denmark RB (1992-04-14)14 April 1992 (aged 27)
5 Ramon Leeuwin Netherlands CB (1987-09-01)1 September 1987 (aged 31)
6 Jeppe Tverskov (vice-captain) Denmark CB (1993-03-12)12 March 1993 (aged 26)
20 Jacob Barrett Laursen Denmark LB (1994-11-17)17 November 1994 (aged 24)
24 Marco Lund Denmark CB (1996-06-30)30 June 1996 (aged 22)
Midfielders
8 Janus Drachmann (captain) Denmark CM (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 (aged 31)
11 Casper Nielsen Denmark CM/RM (1994-04-29)29 April 1994 (aged 25)
14 Jens Jakob Thomasen Denmark CM/AM (1996-05-25)25 May 1996 (aged 23)
16 Julius Eskesen Denmark CM/RM (1999-03-16)16 March 1999 (aged 20)
17 Jonathan Harboe Denmark CM (2000-05-24)24 May 2000 (aged 19)
21 Mathias Greve Denmark RM/LM (1995-02-11)11 February 1995 (aged 24)
23 Troels Kløve Denmark LM (1990-10-23)23 October 1990 (aged 28)
26 Yao Dieudonne Ivory Coast LM/RM/ST (1997-02-14)14 February 1997 (aged 22)
29 Mads Frøkjær-Jensen Denmark LM/CM (1999-07-29)29 July 1999 (aged 19)
Forwards
9 Bashkim Kadrii Denmark ST/LW (1991-07-09)9 July 1991 (aged 27)
10 Rasmus Festersen Denmark ST (1986-08-26)26 August 1986 (aged 32)
15 Nicklas Helenius Denmark ST (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 28)
28 Anders K. Jacobsen Denmark ST (1989-10-27)27 October 1989 (aged 29)

Transfers and loans[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref.
1 July 2018 MF 29 Denmark Mads Frøkjær-Jensen Youth academy None [10]
1 July 2018 MF 17 Denmark Jonathan Harboe Youth academy None [9]
1 July 2018 DF 5 Denmark Alexander Ludwig Denmark AC Horsens [11]
1 July 2018 FW 25 Denmark Mathias Jørgensen Youth academy None [12]
18 July 2018 MF 8 Denmark Janus Drachmann Denmark FC Midtjylland 2,600,000 DKK [15]
16 August 2018 GK 30 Ivory Coast Sayouba Mandé Norway Stabæk Fotball [28]
22 August 2018 DF 5 Netherlands Ramon Leeuwin Netherlands FC Utrecht 1,850,000 DKK [29]
23 August 2018 MF 7 Czech Republic Kamil Vacek Poland Śląsk Wrocław Free transfer [30]
31 August 2018 FW 9 Denmark Bashkim Kadrii Denmark Copenhagen 1,000,000 DKK [31]
1 January 2019 GK 1 Denmark Thomas Mikkelsen Denmark Lyngby BK Back from loan
25 January 2019 DF 2 Denmark Oliver Lund Denmark Lyngby BK [32]
Total 5,450,000 DKK

Transfers out[edit]

Departure date Position No. Player To club Fee Ref.
30 June 2018 DF 17 Denmark Jacob Buus Denmark FC Fredericia End of contract [33]
30 June 2018 FW 7 Denmark Jóan Símun Edmundsson Germany Arminia Bielefeld End of contract [34]
30 June 2018 FW 9 Sweden Rasmus Jönsson Sweden Helsingborgs IF End of contract [35]
30 June 2018 DF 5 Portugal João Pereira Denmark SønderjyskE End of contract [36]
30 June 2018 MF 21 Denmark Mathias Thrane End of contract [37]
30 June 2018 MF 22 Ghana Nana Welbeck Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladost Doboj Kakanj End of contract [38]
19 July 2018 MF 8 Denmark André Rømer Denmark Randers FC [16]
31 August 2018 GK 1 Denmark Thomas Mikkelsen Denmark Lyngby BK Loan [39]
31 December 2018 DF 2 Denmark Kenneth Emil Petersen Retired [40]
8 January 2019 GK 1 Denmark Thomas Mikkelsen Denmark Lyngby BK [41]
31 August 2018 MF 7 Czech Republic Kamil Vacek Czech Republic Bohemians 1905 Loan [42]
12 February 2019 FW 25 Denmark Mathias Jørgensen United States New York Red Bulls 15,000,000 DKK [43]
20 March 2019 MF 19 Denmark Mikkel Desler Norway FK Haugesund [44]
Total 15,000,000 DKK

New contracts[edit]

Date Pos No. Player Ref.
9 July 2018 DF 6 Denmark Jeppe Tverskov [45]
25 September 2018 DF 20 Denmark Jacob Barrett Laursen [46]
15 May 2019 DF 4 Denmark Ryan Johnson Laursen [47]
15 May 2019 DF 2 Denmark Oliver Lund [48]

Friendlies[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Winter[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Superliga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Copenhagen 26 19 4 3 65 23 +42 61 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Midtjylland 26 18 6 2 62 26 +36 60
3 OB 26 12 6 8 35 31 +4 42
4 Brøndby 26 11 5 10 44 40 +4 38
5 Esbjerg 26 11 5 10 32 35 −3 38
Source: Danish Football Association ‹See Tfd›(in Danish), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Play-off (played on neutral ground if determining teams for different rounds); 6) Draw.[49][50]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
26 12 6 8 35 31  +4 42 7 4 2 19 9  +10 5 2 6 16 22  −6

Last updated: 17 March 2019.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by round[edit]

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
GroundAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAH
ResultLDLLLDWDLWWDDDWWWWLLLWWWWW
Position109121314141313131210111110744347984333
Updated to match(es) played on 17 March 2019. Source: Soccerway
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Championship round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification COP MID ESB BRO ODE NOR
1 Copenhagen (C) 36 26 4 6 86 37 +49 82 Champions League second qualifying round 3–0 1–0 3–2 4–0 1–3
2 Midtjylland 36 21 8 7 76 43 +33 71 Europa League third qualifying round 4–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–0
3 Esbjerg 36 16 8 12 45 47 −2 56 Europa League second qualifying round 4–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–0
4 Brøndby (O) 36 15 7 14 60 52 +8 52 European play-off match 1–2 4–1 0–1 2–2 2–0
5 Odense 36 14 10 12 48 48 0 52 0–1 3–1 4–1 0–2 2–2
6 Nordsjælland 36 10 14 12 52 54 −2 44 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–2
Source: Soccerway
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.

Sydbank Pokalen[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Squad statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

As of match played 19 May 2019
Rank Pos. No. Player Superliga Sydbank Pokalen Total
1 FW 9 Bashkim Kadrii 10 1 11
2 FW 15 Nicklas Helenius 7 3 10
3 MF 11 Casper Nielsen 3 2 5
DF 20 Jacob Barrett Laursen 5 0 5
FW 28 Anders K. Jacobsen 2 3 5
6 MF 14 Jens Jakob Thomasen 3 1 4
MF 23 Troels Kløve 4 0 4
8 DF 4 Ryan Johnson Laursen 2 1 3
FW Mathias Jørgensen 2 1 3
10 DF 2 Oliver Lund 2 0 2
DF 5 Ramon Leeuwin 2 0 2
FW 10 Rasmus Festersen 2 0 2
13 DF 3 Alexander Ludwig 1 0 1
DF 6 Jeppe Tverskov 1 0 1
MF 8 Janus Drachmann 1 0 1
DF 24 Marco Lund 1 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0
TOTALS 48 12 60

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played 25 May 2019
No. Pos. Name Superliga Sydbank
Pokalen
Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
5 DF Netherlands Ramon Leeuwin 6 0 0 0 6 0
6 DF Denmark Jeppe Tverskov 5 0 0 0 5 0
8 MF Denmark Janus Drachmann 5 0 0 0 5 0
24 DF Denmark Marco Lund 5 0 0 0 5 0
11 MF Denmark Casper Nielsen 3 0 1 0 4 0
9 FW Denmark Bashkim Kadrii 4 0 0 0 4 0
16 MF Denmark Julius Eskesen 3 0 0 0 3 0
20 DF Denmark Jacob Barrett Laursen 3 0 0 0 3 0
2 DF Denmark Oliver Lund 2 0 0 0 2 0
3 DF Denmark Alexander Ludwig 2 0 0 0 2 0
4 DF Denmark Ryan Johnson Laursen 2 0 0 0 2 0
13 GK Norway Sten Grytebust 2 0 0 0 2 0
23 MF Denmark Troels Kløve 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Denmark Kenneth Emil Petersen 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF Denmark Mikkel Desler 2 0 0 0 2 0
10 FW Denmark Rasmus Festersen 1 0 0 0 1 0
14 MF Denmark Jens Jakob Thomasen 1 0 0 0 1 0
15 FW Denmark Nicklas Helenius 1 0 0 0 1 0
21 MF Denmark Mathias Greve 1 0 0 0 1 0
26 MF Ivory Coast Yao Dieudonne 0 0 1 0 1 0
27 GK Denmark Oliver Christensen 1 0 0 0 1 0
29 MK Denmark Mads Frøkjær-Jensen 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 54 0 2 0 56 0

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