Aarhus Gymnastikforening

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AGF
Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Full name Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Nickname(s) GF, De Hvide, De Hviie(The Whites), Byens Hold (The City's Team)
Short name AGF
Founded 1880; 136 years ago (1880) (sports club)
1902; 114 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. However AGF is best known for its association 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 reached AGF the quarter final in the European Cup where they lost to S.L. Benfica (1–4 home and 1–3 away). In 1989 AGF again reached a European quarter final this time losing to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (0–1 home, 0–0 away). AGF has after the millennium experienced some poor results which has led to relegation from the Danish Superliga in 2005–06, 2009–10 and in 2013–14 though every time securing a quick return to the top-flight.

History[edit]

AGF played its first football match against Aarhus Idrætsklub Olympia in November 1902. The match ended 5-2 to Olympia. Six years later won AGF 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 started AGF to play its home matches at the newly build Aarhus Stadion, where the club has played ever since. In 1941 moved AGF 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 twelve seasons AGF won four Danish Football Championships and five Danish Cups.[2] AGF also participated in the first edition of the European Cup where they lost to the French team Stade Reims, In 1961 reached AGF the quarter final in the same tournament where AGF lost to the later winners of the tournament portguese 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 finished AGF third in the Danish Superliga but financial problems resulted in some poor results the following years. In 2000 was Peter Rudbæk fired after seven years as manager. From year 2000 and forward experienced AGF some of the worst results which resulted in relegations in the seasons 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2013–14. Every time though AGF secured a quick return to the top-flight.

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

Supporters[edit]

AGFs official fan club is AGF Fanclub Aarhus and it was founded on the 9. November 1992. AGF also have several unofficial fan clubs like 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 27 January 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 (captain)
2 Croatia DF Dino Mikanović
3 Sweden DF Niklas Backman
4 Denmark MF Daniel A. Pedersen
5 Denmark DF Alexander Juel Andersen
6 Denmark DF Daniel Christensen
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
No. Position Player
14 Denmark MF Jens Stage
15 United States DF A. J. Soares
16 Denmark MF Jens Jønsson
17 Denmark DF Oskar Buur
20 Iceland MF Theódór Elmar Bjarnason
21 Georgia (country) FW Mate Vatsadze
22 Denmark MF Benjamin Hvidt
26 Serbia GK Aleksandar Jovanović
27 Denmark MF Michael Zacho
28 Russia DF Dzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
31 Denmark GK Thomas Hagelskjær

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 1/8 France Stade de Reims 0–2 2–2 2–4
1956/57 Q France OGC Nice 1–1 1–5 2–6
1957/58 Q Northern Ireland Glenavon FC 0–0 3–0 3–0
1/8 Spain Sevilla FC 2–0 0–4 2–4
1960/61 Q Poland Legia Warszawa 3–0 0–1 3–1
1/8 Norway Fredrikstad FK 3–0 1–0 4–0
1/4 Portugal SL Benfica 1–4 1–3 2–7
1987/88 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse d'Esch 4–1 0–1 4–2
1/8 Portugal SL 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 FC Bayern Munich 1–2 1–3 2–5
1983/84 1R Scotland Celtic FC 1–4 0–1 1–5
1984/85 1R Poland Widzew Łódź 1–0 0–2 1–2
1985/86 1R Belgium KSV Waregem 0–1 2–5 2–6
1997/98 2Q Hungary Újpest FC 3–2 0–0 3–2
1R France FC Nantes 2–2 1–0 3–2
2R Netherlands FC Twente 1–1 0–0 1–1
2012/13 2Q Georgia (country) FC Dila Gori 1–2 1–3 2–5
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961/62 1/8 Germany SV Werder Bremen 2–3 0–2 2–5
1965/66 1R Portugal Vitória Setúbal 2–1 2–1 4–2
1/8 Scotland Celtic FC 0–1 0–2 0–3
1988/89 1R Northern Ireland Glenavon FC 3–1 4–1 7–2
1/8 Wales Cardiff City 4–0 2–1 6–1
1/4 Spain FC Barcelona 0–1 0–0 0–1
1992/93 1R Sweden AIK Stockholm 1–1 3–3 4–4
1/8 Romania Steaua Bucharest 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
  5. ^ www.haslund.info – Pokalturneringen – Finalehold
  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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