Danish Handball League

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Danish Handball League
Current season, competition or edition:
2017–18
Danish Handball League.png
Countries  Denmark
Confederation EHF
Founded 1936
Number of teams 14
Domestic cup(s) Santander Cup
International cup(s) EHF Champions League
Current champions Skjern Håndbold
Most championships KIF Kolding (14 titles)
Website tophaandbold.dk

The Danish Handball League, officially known as 888ligaen for sponsorship reasons, is the men's top Danish professional handball league.[1] The winners of the Danish Handball League are recognised as the Danish handball champions. The current champions are KIF Kolding, who gained their twelfth title in June 2009 defeating previous champions FCK Håndbold in playoff finals.

Season[edit]

The Danish Handball League season consists of 14 teams, each playing 26 regular season games. The eight best teams of the regular season advance to further games, where they are divided into two groups of four teams each. No. 1 and 2 from the regular season start with 2 points. No. 3 and 4 start with 1 point, while no. 5-8 start with no points. After these six games the two group winners meet in the championship finals, while the runners-up will play for the bronze medals. Both the finals and the bronze matches are played as a "best of 3" series. The lowest placed team of the regular season is directly relegated to the second-best division, and replaced by the winner of this. The teams finishing as 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 will together with no. 2, 3 and 4 from 1st division be divided in two groups of four teams each. The group winners and the runners-up will qualify for the league in the next season. No. 3 in each group will meet each other in up to three games to play for the last spot in the league. The loser and no. 4 in each group will play the 1st division the following season.

Teams[edit]

The fourteen teams of the 2017-18 season are:

Team Location Arena Capacity
Aalborg Håndbold Aalborg Jutlander Bank Arena 5,009
Aarhus Håndbold Aarhus Ceres Arena 5,001
Bjerringbro-Silkeborg Bjerringbro Silkeborg-Hallerne 2,845
GOG Gudme Gudme-Hallerne 2,265
HC Midtjylland Herning Messecenter Herning 3,350
KIF Kolding Copenhagen Kolding

Copenhagen

Tre-For Arena
Brøndby Hall
5,182
5,063
Mors-Thy Nykøbing Mors

Thisted

Jyske Bank Mors Arena

Thy Hallen

2,296

1,284

Nordsjælland Håndbold Helsinge
Hillerød
Helsinge-Hallen
FrederiksborgCentret
1,600
1,100
Ribe-Esbjerg Esbjerg

Ribe

Blue Water Dokken

Invactor Arena

3,386

1,976

Skanderborg Skanderborg Fælledhallen 2,000
Skjern Skjern Skjern Bank Arena 3,264
SønderjyskE Sønderborg Broager Sparekasse Skansen 2,200
TTH Holstebro Holstebro Idrætscenter Vest 3,250
TM Tønder Tønder Tønder Sport- og FritidsCenter 1,500

Champions[edit]

The complete list of the Danish handball champions since 1936.

Year Winner (titles) Top goalscorer (goals), club
1936 IF Vidar (1)
1937 IF Ajax (1)
1938 IF Vidar (2)
1939 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (1)
1940 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (2)
1941 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (3)
1942 IF Ajax (2)
1943 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (4)
1944 IF Ajax (3)
1945 Season suspended
1946 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (5)
1947 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (6) Svend Aage Madsen (36), IF Ajax
1948 IF Ajax (4) Svend Aage Madsen (47), IF Ajax
1949 IF Ajax (5) Per Theilmann (42), Helsingør IF
1950 IF Ajax (6) Svend Aage Madsen (48), IF Ajax
1951 Helsingør IF (1) Per Theilmann (56), Helsingør IF
1952 IF Ajax (7) Per Theilmann (97), Helsingør IF
1953 IF Ajax (8) Mogens Olsen (109), Aarhus KFUM
1954 Tarup HK (1) Mogens Olsen (101), Aarhus KFUM
1955 Aarhus KFUM (1) Mogens Olsen (130), Aarhus KFUM
1956 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (7) Mogens Olsen (128), Aarhus KFUM
1957 AGF (1) Mogens Olsen (144), Aarhus KFUM
1958 Helsingør IF (2) Mogens Olsen (162), Aarhus KFUM
1959 AGF (2) Mogens Olsen (178), Aarhus KFUM
1960 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (8) Jens Ove Hansen (144), IF Stjernen
1961 AGF (3) Max Nielsen (127), MK 31
1962 Skovbakken (1) Jørgen P. Hansen (128), Tarup Pårup IF
Peter Nielsen (128), IF Ajax
1963 Aarhus KFUM (2) Mogens Olsen (102), Aarhus KFUM
1964 IF Ajax (9) USG
1965 AGF (4) Jørgen Petersen (142), H.G. Handball
1966 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (9) Aarhus KFUM
1967 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (10) Jørgen Petersen (118), H.G. Handball
1968 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (11) Karl Erik Jørgensen (131), IF Stjernen
1969 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (12) Hans Jørn Graversen (132), Skovbakken
1970 Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening (13) Hans Jørn Graversen (128), Skovbakken
1971 Efterslægten (1) Flemming Hansen (161), Fredericia KFUM
1972 IF Stadion (1) Flemming Hansen (97), Fredericia KFUM
1973 IF Stadion (2) Flemming Hansen (152), Fredericia KFUM
1974 Aarhus KFUM (3) Flemming Hansen (137), Fredericia KFUM
1975 Fredericia KFUM (1) Flemming Hansen (109), Fredericia KFUM
1976 Fredericia KFUM (2) Flemming Hansen (136), Fredericia KFUM
1977 Fredericia KFUM (3) Michael Berg (168), Holte IF
1978 Fredericia KFUM (4) Michael Berg (201), Holte IF
1979 Fredericia KFUM (5) Michael Berg (148), Holte IF
1980 Aarhus KFUM (4) Michael Berg (141), Holte IF
1981 Helsingør IF (3) Michael Berg (148), Holte IF
1982 Skovbakken (2) Bjarne Jeppesen (117), Fredericia KFUM
1983 Aarhus KFUM (5) Erik Veje Rasmussen (121), Helsingør IF
1984 Gladsaxe/HG (1) Michael Berg (125), Holte IF
1985 Helsingør IF (4) Michael Berg (101), Holte IF
Hans Henrik Hattesen (101), Virum/Sorgenfri HK
1986 HIK (1) Flemming Hansen (100), Helsingør IF
1987 Kolding IF (1) Flemming Hansen (98), Helsingør IF
1988 Kolding IF (2) Kim G. Jacobsen (105), Kolding IF
1989 Helsingør IF (5) John Mortensen (112), Nyborg GIF
1990 Kolding IF (3) Otto Mertz (107), Kolding IF
1991 Kolding IF (4) John Jacobsen (150), Ribe HK
1992 GOG (1) Sabroe Thomsen (121), GOG
1993 Kolding IF (5) Fritz Thomsen (141), Aalborg KFUM
1994 Kolding IF (6) Kim Keller Christensen (170), Virum-Sorgenfri HK
1995 GOG (2) Jan Paulsen (168), HK Roar
1996 GOG (3) Klavs Bruun Jørgensen (167), Virum-Sorgenfri HK
1997 Virum-Sorgenfri HK (1) Nikolaj Jacobsen (205), GOG
1998 GOG (4) Lars E. Jørgensen (142), HK Roar
1999 Skjern Håndbold (1) Ole Nielsen (158), Team Esbjerg
2000 GOG (5) Brian Jensen (140), Vrold/Skanderborg HK
2001 Kolding IF (7) Bilal Schumann (178), Kolding IF
2002 KIF Kolding (8) Heins Kart Pedersen (172), Bjerringbro FH
2003 KIF Kolding (9) Lars Rasmussen (179), Ajax/Farum
2004 GOG (6) Micke Næsby (227), Fredericia HK
2005 KIF Kolding (10) Robert Gunnarsson (241), Århus GF
2006 KIF Kolding (11) Jesper Nøddesbo (178), KIF Kolding
2007 GOG (7) Hans Lindberg (187), Viborg HK
2008 FCK Håndbold (1) Milutin Dragićević (177), Bjerringbro-Silkeborg
2009 KIF Kolding (12) Fredrik Petersen (171), GOG
2010 AaB Håndbold (1) Claus Møller Jakobsen (149), Skjern
2011 AG København (1) Jonas Larholm (160) AaB Håndbold
2012 AG København (2) Michael Pedersen (184), Skive fH
2013 Aalborg Håndbold (2) Jeppe Riber (196), Ribe-Esbjerg HH
2014 KIF Kolding Copenhagen (13) Henrik Møllgaard (228), Skjern
2015 KIF Kolding Copenhagen (14) Nikolaj Ø. Nielsen (205), Bjerringbro-Silkeborg
2016 Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (1) Patrick Wiesmach Larsen (217), Team Tvis Holstebro
2017 Aalborg Håndbold (3) Sander Sagosen (206), Aalborg Håndbold
Jacob Holm (206), Ribe-Esbjerg HH
2018 Skjern Håndbold (2) Nikolaj Ø. Nielsen (202), Bjerringbro-Silkeborg

Total titles won[edit]

The following clubs have won the Danish championship.

Club Winners
KIF Kolding 14
Handelsstandens Gymnastikforening 13
IF Ajax 9
GOG 7
Helsingør IF 5
Aarhus KFUM 4
Fredericia KFUM 4
AGF 4
Aalborg Håndbold 3
Skjern Håndbold 2
AG København 2
Skovbakken 2
IF Stadion 2
IF Vidar 2
Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 1
FCK Håndbold 1
Virum-Sorgenfri HK 1
HIK 1
Gladsaxe/HG 1
Efterslægten 1
Tarup HK 1

EHF coefficient ranking[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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