|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Danish 1st Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||Danish Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League,
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||FC Midtjylland (1 title)
|Most championships||Copenhagen (10 titles)|
|TV partners||Viasat (TV3+, TV3 Sport 1)
C-More (Canal 8 Sport, Canal 9)
Others (see section)
|2015–16 Danish Superliga|
The Danish Superliga (Superligaen in Danish) is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest association football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year, with 2 teams to be relegated, which proves to be one of the highest chances of relegation in Europe. Superliga has experienced a great development in the past 5 years, with new stadiums and greater attendances, and the league rank has shifted from twenty-third to twelfth in the country ranking system of UEFA. FC Copenhagen's recent strong performances in Europe are the main reason for the sudden rise of the Danish Superliga, but teams like Odense BK, AaB and Brøndby IF contributed as well.
The Superliga is generally perceived as being able to attract players of a slightly higher level than that of the rest of the Scandinavian leagues, partly favoured by a lucrative tax-scheme. Two of the best players in the league in the season of 2010 were former Manchester United player Eric Djemba-Djemba, who now plays at Partizan Belgrade and former Panathinaikos-player Dame N'Doye for FC Copenhagen. For the 2009–10 season, the average attendance per game was 8,315. According to the soccer site Soccerlens.com the Danish Superliga is number 11 in Europe by attendances, ahead of countries such as Greece, Ukraine and Austria.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 UEFA ranking
- 4 Broadcasting rights
- 5 Seasons
- 6 Notable players
- 7 Attendances
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark. From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating. The opening Superliga season was played during the spring of 1991, with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years. The 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, and the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season.
This practice was abandoned before the 1995–96 season, when the number of teams competing were increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season. For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, which was then named Coca-Cola Ligaen. After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001–02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) became the head sponsor, and the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen. From the start of the 2010–2011 season, the current Superliga name and logo were adopted, replacing the old SAS Ligaen name and logo. From January 2015 the Danish Superliga will be known as Alka Superliga, as the Danish insurance company Alka becomes the new name sponsor
As of 1996 the league includes 12 clubs who play each other three times. The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season are relegated to the Danish 1st Division and replaced by the top two teams of that division.
Each team plays every other team at least once at home and once away plus once more either at home or away. The top six teams of the previous season get to play 17 matches at home and 16 away while the teams in 7th to 10th place plus the two newly promoted teams play 16 matches at home and 17 away.
Internationally, winners of the Danish Superliga enter the UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round for champions and runner-ups in the third qualifying round for non-champions. Third- and fourth-placed teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the third and second qualifying rounds respectively. Additionally, winners of the Danish Cup qualify for the UEFA Europa League in the 4th qualifying round.
Current ranking (2013–14 UEFA competitions)
Correct as of 1. July 2013
As of 2008[update], Modern Times Group owns the rights to broadcast all of the matches from the league, and uses them to broadcast matches on channels TV3+ and TV 2 Sport (through sub licensing). However, the current deal was found, by the Danish Competition Authority (Konkurrencestyrelsen) not to comply with the Danish competition legislation. Therefore, a new deal was made on 21 December 2008, dividing the Superliga TV-rights between three parties. The deal amounted to DKK 1,062,300,000 (USD 210 million, EUR 140 million), effective from the 2009–10 season.
|TV, I||Modern Times Group||TV3+, TV3+ HD||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the game played Sunday 18.00 (1st choice)|
|TV, II||Bonnier Group2||Canal 9, Canal 8 Sport||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Sunday 14.00 and 16.00 on live television (2nd and 5th choice)|
|TV, III||Modern Times Group||TV3 Sport 1, TV3 Sport 2||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Saturday 17.00, Sunday 16.00 and Monday 19.00 on live television (3rd, 4th3 and 6th choice)|
|TV, Cup||SBS Broadcasting Group||Kanal 5, Kanal 5 HD, 6'eren||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish Cup on live television|
|TV, 1st Division||TV 2 Sport||TV 2 Sport, TV 2 Sport HD||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish 1st Division on live television|
|Radio||DR||DR P3||Grants exclusive rights to broadcast all the games on live radio|
|Highlights||DR, TV 2||DR1, TV 2||Grants rights to show highlights in sports news broadcasts|
Outside of Scandinavia, IMG holds the rights to the Superliga until the 2011–2012 season, and they have reportedly sold the rights to networks in Greece, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, as well as several betting sites. It airs on Terra TV in Brazil.
Current teams (2014–15)
|First season in
|First season of
current spell in
|Hobro IK||2nd in 1st Division||2014–15||2014–15|
|Silkeborg IF (R)||1st in 1st Division||1987||2014–15|
Most capped players
Most capped foreign players
|1||Arek Onyszko||Poland||362||Viborg FF, OB, FC Midtjylland|
|2||Karim Zaza||Morocco||322||FC København, OB, Brøndby IF, AaB|
|3||Jerry Lucena||Philippines||317||Esbjerg fB, AGF Aarhus|
|4||Todi Jónsson||Faroe Islands||243||Lyngby BK, FC København|
|5||Andrew Tembo||Zambia||218||Odense BK|
|6||Kolja Afriyie||Germany||203||Esbjerg fB, FC Midtjylland|
|8||Rawez Lawan||Sweden||168||AC Horsens, FC Nordsjælland|
|9||Dan Eggen||Norway||167||BK Frem, Brøndby IF|
|10||Andreas Johansson||Sweden||162||AaB Aalborg, OB Odense|
|11||Abdul Sule||Nigeria||160||AB, AC Horsens|
|12||Espen Ruud||Norway||158||Odense BK|
|Sibusiso Zuma||South Africa||158||FC København, FC Nordsjælland|
|14||Fernando Derveld||Netherlands||156||Odense BK, Esbjerg fB|
|15||Aurelijus Skarbalius||Lithuania||150||Brøndby IF, Herfølge BK|
|16||César Santin||Brazil||149||FC København|
|17||Christian Holst||Faroe Islands||147||Silkeborg IF, Lyngby BK|
|18||Martin Ericsson||Sweden||146||AaB, Brøndby IF|
|19||Razak Pimpong||Ghana||145||FC Midtjylland, FC København|
|20||Gilberto Macena||Brazil||141||AC Horsens|
|21||Atiba Hutchinson||Canada||139||FC København|
|22||Oscar Wendt||Sweden||138||FC København|
|23||Jakup Mikkelsen||Faroe Islands||136||Herfølge BK|
|24||Mattias Jonson||Sweden||131||Brøndby IF|
|25||Rúrik Gíslason||Iceland||127||Viborg FF, Odense BK, FC København|
|Andreas Klarström||Sweden||127||Esbjerg fB|
|27||Njogu Demba-Nyrén||Gambia||126||Esbjerg fB, OB Odense|
|28||Atle Roar Håland||Norway||124||OB Odense, AGF Aarhus|
|29||Tidiane Sane||Senegal||121||Randers FC|
|30||Tobias Grahn||Sweden||117||Lyngby BK, AGF, OB, Randers FC|
|Andres Oper||Estonia||117||AaB Aalborg|
|31||Johan Wiland||Sweden||111||FC København|
|As at the end of season 2012–13|
According to soccerlens.com the Danish Superliga was number 11 in Europe in 2009, ahead of strong leagues such as Greece, Austria and Ukraine: http://soccerlens.com/the-top-15-leagues-in-europe/39185/
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- Calculated using Google Calculator's currency converting feature  
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- Tally includes points carried over from the first half of the season.
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