Aarhus Gymnastikforening

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AGF
AGF Aarhus.png
Full name Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Nickname(s) GF, De Hvide, De Hviie(The Whites), Byens Hold (The City's Team)
Short name AGF
Founded 1880; 137 years ago (1880) (sports club)
1902; 115 years ago (1902) (football team)
Ground Ceres Park, Aarhus
Ground Capacity 20,032
Chairman Lars Fournais
Manager Glen Riddersholm
League Danish Superliga
2015–16 Danish Superliga, 10th
Website Club home page

Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF or AGF Aarhus) is one of the oldest sport clubs in Denmark. The club was founded in 1880, mainly with gymnastics but also fencing as the main sports. AGF, however, is best known for its football team, which was introduced in 1902.

AGF has won the Danish Football Championship five times and the Danish Cup a record nine times. In 1961, it reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup, where the club lost to Benfica (1–4 home and 1–3 away). In 1989, AGF again reached a European quarter-final, this time losing to Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (0–1 home, 0–0 away). After the turning of the millennium, AGF experienced some poor results which has led to relegation from the Danish Superliga in 2005–06, 2009–10 and in 2013–14, though each time securing a quick return to the top-flight.

History[edit]

AGF played its first football match against Aarhus Idrætsklub Olympia in November 1902, a 5–2 loss. Six years later, the club won the Jutland Football Championship by winning 3–2 over Ringkøbing in the final. AGF won the Jutland Football Championship seven times and was in three finals of the Danish Football Championship before AGF became a member of the newly founded Denmark Tournament in 1927.

In 1911, AGF got its own clubhouse then the club brought the pitches at Dalgas Avenue. In 1920, AGF began to play its home matches at the newly build Aarhus Stadion, where the club has played ever since. In 1941, the club moved from the clubhouse at Dalgas Avenue to Fredensvang in the suburb Viby.[1]

AGF ended from 1949 to 1951 three times in a row as third in the 1. division. After spending the 1952–53 season in the 2. division, AGF returned strongly to the 1. division and in the next 12 seasons won four Danish Football Championships and five Danish Cups.[2] AGF also participated in the first edition of the European Cup, where it lost to French club Stade de Reims. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-final in the same tournament where it lost to eventual tournament winners Benfica.[3] AGF was relegated to the 2. division in 1968 and in 1973 but returned to the 1. division in 1976. This was the start of 30 years in the best division.

The introduction of professional football in Denmark had a big influence on the succes AGF experienced from the late 1970s and forward until 1998. With the former Real Madrid star Henning Jensen on the team was AGF close at winning the Danish Football Championship in 1982. AGF played 2–2 against B 93 in the last game of the season sending the championship to Odense Boldklub. In 1984 AGF was again close at winning the championship but lost it by a singe point to the rivals from Vejle Boldklub. Finally in 1986 AGF won its fifth Danish Football Championship. Flemming Povlsen, Jan Bartram and John Stampe was the profiles in the team. In 1987, 1988 and 1992 AGF also won the Danish Cup.

In 1996, with players like Stig Tøfting and Håvard Flo, was AGF again close at winning the Danish Football Championship but AGF was overtaken by Brøndby IF in the second last round of the tournament. AGF got revenge by winning the final of the Danish Cup against Brøndby IF in the same season.

In 1998, AGF finished third in the Danish Superliga but financial problems resulted in some poor results the following years. In 2000, Peter Rudbæk was fired after seven years as manager. From 2000 onwards, the club experienced some of its worst ever results, which led to relegations in the 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2013–14 season. Each time, however, the club secured a quick return to the top-flight.

In the summer of 2014, AGF appointed Jacob Nielsen as its new director. Nielsen had been successful as director of Randers where he had managed to secure fine economic results. AGF also hired a new sporting director and Morten Wieghorst as manager. On 6 December 2015, however, Nielsen announced that Wieghorst was fired and that former Danish champion Glen Riddersholm was hired as his replacement.

Supporters[edit]

AGF's official fan club is AGF Fanclub Aarhus, founded on 9 November 1992. AGF also has several unofficial fan clubs, such as Vesterbro Hardcore AGF, The Madhouse (Danish: Galehuset), The front (Danish: Forenden), CERES’ AGF fanklub, Nysir-Aarhus, AGF Fanclub Odder and Aarhus Youth (Danish: Aarhusiansk Ungdom).

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

  • Danish Football Championship
    • Winners (5): 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1986
    • Runners-up (8): 1920–21, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1944–45, 1964, 1982, 1984, 1995–96
    • Bronze (11): 1933, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997
  • Danish Cup
    • Winners (9) (record): 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1995–96
    • Runners-up (3): 1958–59, 1989–90, 2015–16

Sources:,[4][5]

International honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2016[6]

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 Steffen Rasmussen
2 Croatia DF Dino Mikanović
3 Sweden DF Niklas Backman
4 Denmark MF Daniel A. Pedersen
5 Denmark DF Alexander Juel Andersen
6 Iceland MF Björn Daníel Sverrisson
7 Denmark MF Stephan Petersen
8 Australia MF Mustafa Amini
9 Denmark FW Kasper Junker
10 Denmark MF Martin Spelmann
11 Denmark MF Danny Olsen
13 Denmark FW Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen (captain)
14 Denmark MF Jens Stage
No. Position Player
15 Denmark DF Mikkel Rask
16 Australia MF Chris Ikonomidis (on loan from Lazio)
17 Denmark DF Oskar Buur
18 Denmark DF Jesper Juelsgård
19 Sierra Leone FW Mustapha Bundu
20 Iceland MF Theódór Elmar Bjarnason
22 Denmark MF Benjamin Hvidt
24 Denmark DF Emil Christensen
26 Serbia GK Aleksandar Jovanović
27 Denmark MF Michael Zacho
28 Russia DF Dzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
31 Denmark GK Thomas Hagelskjær
34 Denmark FW Nimo Gribenco

Players with dual nationality[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Denmark AGF Fanclub Aarhus

List of AGF managers[edit]

[citation needed]

Records[edit]

Since 1927, AGF has played 68 seasons at the highest level in Danish football, which is a record. AGF has also played 1.632 matches in the best danish football league which also is a record.[7]

  • Biggest victory: 13–1 against Fremad Amager, 28. October 1934
  • Biggest defeat: 0–9 against B 93, 7. April 1946, 0–9 against B 1913 20. October 1940 and 0–9 against KB, 15. September 1968.
  • Most undefeated games in a row: 26 (4. November 1985 – 9. November 1986)
  • Most undefeated home games in a row: 26 (19. March 1995 – 16. August 1996)
  • Most home victories in a row: 15 (7. September 1952 – 10. May 1953)
  • Most games in a row without a victory: 16 (9. June 1968 – 7. April 1969)
  • Most lost games in a row: 11 (22. August 1968 – 3. November 1968)
  • Attendance record: 23.990. AGF – Esbjerg fB 0–4, (23. October 1962)
  • Most matches: John Stampe 444 matches (1977–1991)
  • Most seasons: Aage Rou Jensen 19 seasons (1943–1961)
  • Most titles: John Amdisen, 4 Danish Football Championships and 5 Danish Cups (1955–1965)
  • Youngest player: Navid Dayyani, 16 years 244 days, (19. October 2003)
  • Oldest player: Erik Boye, 39 years 59 days, (6. April 2003)

Recent history[edit]

[citation needed]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1995–96 1D 2 33 18 12 3 61 28 66 Winner
1996–97 1D 3 33 14 10 9 75 51 52 last 16
1997–98 1D 8 33 11 10 12 53 52 43
1998–99 1D 10 33 11 10 12 45 55 43
1999–00 1D 10 33 9 9 15 36 55 36
2000–01 1D 8 33 13 5 15 54 58 44
2001–02 1D 10 33 7 10 16 42 56 31 last 16
2002–03 1D 10 33 10 10 13 49 59 40
2003–04 1D 8 33 11 3 19 45 67 36
2004–05 1D 9 33 11 6 16 47 53 39 quarter-final
2005–06 1D 12 33 4 10 19 36 63 22 4th round relegated
2006–07 2D 2 30 18 5 7 58 38 59 promoted
2007–08 1D 10 33 7 8 18 33 51 29
2008–09 1D 6 33 13 6 14 39 44 45
2009–10 1D 11 33 10 8 15 36 47 38 relegated
2010–11 2D 1 30 22 6 2 66 25 72 quarter-finals promoted
2011–12 1D 5 33 12 12 9 47 40 48 4th round
2012–13 1D 7 33 11 8 14 50 49 41 4th round
2013–14 1D 11 33 9 5 19 38 60 32 quarter-final relegated
2014–15 2D 2 33 17 10 6 59 33 61 3rd round promoted

AGF in Europe[edit]

Up to date as of 29 July 2012[8]
European Champion Clubs' Cup / UEFA Champions League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1955–56 1R France Stade de Reims 0–2 2–2 2–4
1956–57 Q France Nice 1–1 1–5 2–6
1957–58 Q Northern Ireland Glenavon 0–0 3–0 3–0
1/8 Spain Sevilla 2–0 0–4 2–4
1960–61 Q Poland Legia Warsaw 3–0 0–1 3–1
1/8 Norway Fredrikstad 3–0 1–0 4–0
1/4 Portugal Benfica 1–4 1–3 2–7
1987–88 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse d'Esch 4–1 0–1 4–2
1/8 Portugal Benfica 0–0 0–1 0–1
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1979–80 1R Poland Stal Mielec 1–1 1–0 2–1
2R Germany Bayern Munich 1–2 1–3 2–5
1983–84 1R Scotland Celtic 1–4 0–1 1–5
1984–85 1R Poland Widzew Łódź 1–0 0–2 1–2
1985–86 1R Belgium Waregem 0–1 2–5 2–6
1997–98 2Q Hungary Újpest 3–2 0–0 3–2
1R France Nantes 2–2 1–0 3–2
2R Netherlands Twente 1–1 0–0 1–1
2012–13 2Q Georgia (country) Dila Gori 1–2 1–3 2–5
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 1/8 Germany Werder Bremen 2–3 0–2 2–5
1965–66 1R Portugal Vitória de Setúbal 2–1 2–1 4–2
1/8 Scotland Celtic 0–1 0–2 0–3
1988–89 1R Northern Ireland Glenavon 3–1 4–1 7–2
1/8 Wales Cardiff City 4–0 2–1 6–1
1/4 Spain Barcelona 0–1 0–0 0–1
1992–93 1R Sweden AIK 1–1 3–3 4–4
1/8 Romania Steaua București 3–2 1–2 4–4
1996–97 1R Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 1–1 0–0 1–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mindernes Allé". www.agffodbold.dk. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Ungarsk magi på banen". Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Verdens bedste kom forbi". Agffodbold.dk. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ www.haslund.info – Bedste rćkke – Guld, sřlv og bronze Archived 2 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ www.haslund.info – Pokalturneringen – Finalehold Archived 2 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ AGF squad, agf.dk
  7. ^ "Rangliste 1927–2012". Haslund.info. 
  8. ^ "EUROPÆISK STATISTIK" (in Danish). superstats.dk. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

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