Akademisk Boldklub

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AB Gladsaxe
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Full name Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe[1]
Nickname(s) Akademikerne (The Academics)
Short name AB
Founded 1889; 129 years ago (1889)
Ground Gladsaxe Stadion,
Gladsaxe
Ground Capacity 13,800 (8,000 seated)
Chairman Ronny Saul
Manager Michael Madsen
League Danish 2nd Division P1
2016–17 Danish 1st Division, 12th (relegated)

Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe[1] (or AB, AB Gladsaxe) is a Danish professional football club from Gladsaxe north of Copenhagen, currently playing at the 3rd highest level of Danish domestic football the Danish 2nd Division group 1.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1889 by a group of academics, and the only requirement to play for the club at that time was to be a university student. The club was dominant in early Danish football and won the Danish championship, which was introduced in 1913, in 1919 and 1921. In all, AB has won the championship on 9 occasions (1919, 1921, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1952 and 1967).

One of the most renowned players of the club is Harald Bohr, the brother of Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, who himself played a number of games as goalkeeper. Other famous footballers from the AB history include Knud Lundberg, who represented the Danish national team in not one, but three sports (basketball, handball and football), and Karl Aage Hansen, who scored 17 goals in 22 matches for the national team. Both Lundberg and Hansen played for the club in its heyday, from the end of the Second World War to the mid-fifties, a period when the club won four championships in ten years.

Since the 1970s, and especially after the introduction of professional football in the 80s, the club has had a difficult time and has been outside the topflight of Danish football. Although, the late 90s were an exception — in 1996 the club got promoted to the top Danish Superliga division, and enjoyed a couple of successful years, winning the Danish Cup in 1998–99, and finishing third in both 1999 and 2000.

In 2004 the club was relegated after a bad season. On top of the fact that they finished 11th, they were deducted 9 points (and thus finished last) as it was discovered that their player Ali Akida had been playing under a false name.

In 2007 the AB board announced that AB would be back in the Superliga by 2010 and to help with that they brought in several good players like Casper Henningsen, Simon Bræmer and Carsten Fredgaard.

In June 2012 the football club AB A/S was saved from bankruptcy by the majority of the city council (23 in favor and 2 against). On 28 September 2012, the club changed its name from Akademisk Boldklub (AB) to Akademisk Boldklub Gladsaxe (AB Gladsaxe) after Gladsaxe Municipality became a sponsor and partner.[1]

The 2015-16 season was a successful one for the club as it bounced back from relegation to win promotion back to the Danish 1st Division at the first time of asking under the dutiful charge of manager Per Frandsen.[2] Despite this, however, the beginning of the season proved a challenging with the club suffering a heavy defeat in the first round of the Danish Cup at the hands of rivals Lyngby Boldklub and only finishing third in its group behind Hvidovre IF and Hellerup IK to progress to the Spring promotion group.[3]

Concerns remained after a 1-0 defeat to Aarhus Fremad in the opening game of the Spring promotion round, although they quickly dissipated over the following months as AB strolled to the Danish 2nd Division title with promotion finally confirmed after a 2-1 win over Aarhus Fremad.

The season came to a close following a remarkable 6-4 home victory over second placed Fremad Amager.[4] Whilst the game saw AB lift the Danish 2nd Division trophy after the final whistle, it also proved a poignant moment for the club with a number of well regarded players, including cult hero Simon Bræmer, saying their farewells.

Current squad - 2017/18[edit]

As of 4 March 2018

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 Mark Fabricius Jensen
2 Denmark DF Sebastian Lassen
3 Denmark DF Simon Schultz
4 Denmark DF Philip Olsen
5 Denmark DF Adnan Curovic
6 Denmark MF Daniel Warmbach
7 Denmark MF Kristian Uth
8 Denmark MF Tobias Noer
9 Albania FW Armend Aslani
10 Denmark FW Rasmus Tangvig
No. Position Player
11 Denmark FW Stefan Nygaard
13 Denmark DF Matti Olsen
14 Denmark FW Nichlas Rohde
15 Denmark MF Rasmus Nielsen
17 Denmark MF Lucas Petersen
18 Denmark MF Sylvester Seeger-Hansen
19 Denmark FW Robel Hagos
20 Denmark DF Daniel Thorup
23 Denmark MF Martin Nielsen

Achievements[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 SL 10 33 8 12 13 56 62 36 semi-final
1997–98 SL 5 33 13 8 12 61 52 47 4th round
1998–99 SL 3 33 17 5 11 49 36 56 champions
1999–00 SL 3 33 14 10 9 52 35 52 semifinal
2000–01 SL 10 33 8 15 10 43 41 39 final
2001–02 SL 5 33 13 11 9 48 38 50 quarter-final
2002–03 SL 9 33 10 12 11 44 48 42 last 16
2003–04 SL 12 33 8 2 23 31 70 17 last 16 relegated
2004–05 1D 11 30 10 5 15 49 52 35 3rd round
2005–06 1D 12 30 11 4 15 43 54 37 4th round
2006–07 1D 10 30 8 9 13 36 53 33 3rd round
2007–08 1D 6 30 11 8 11 38 36 41 1st round
2008–09 1D 3 30 19 4 7 56 30 61 4th round
2009–10 1D 4 30 15 9 6 47 30 54 3rd round
2010–11 1D 9 30 9 10 11 48 49 37 1st round
2011–12 1D 11 26 7 8 11 32 44 29 3rd round
2012–13 1D 10 33 8 13 12 33 34 37 1st round
2013–14 1D 10 33 9 9 15 42 57 36 1st round
2014–15 1D 11 33 8 8 17 35 61 32 3rd round relegated
2015–16 Group 1 2D 3 14 7 2 5 17 13 23 1st round promotion group
2015–16 Promotion Group 2D 1 16 12 2 2 44 15 46 - promoted
2016–17 1D 12 33 6 6 21 34 61 24 3rd round relegated
2017–18 Group 1 2D 6 14 3 5 6 21 23 14 2nd round relegation group

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Akademisk Boldklub og Gladsaxe Kommune". Akademisk Boldklub A/S – den professionelle afdeling – 1. holdet – nyheder (in Danish). Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  2. ^ bold.dk. "AB tilbage i næstbedste række". bold.dk. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 
  3. ^ "AB vs. Lyngby - 12 August 2015 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  4. ^ bold.dk. "AB tilbage i næstbedste række". bold.dk. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 

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