Esbjerg fB

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Esbjerg fB
Football efb logo.png
Full name Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short name EfB
Founded 23 July 1924; 90 years ago (1924-07-23)
Ground Blue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Leif Thomsen
Manager Niels Frederiksen
League Danish Superliga
2014–15 Danish Superliga, 8th

Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber (EfB; pronounced [ˈɛsb̥jæɐ̯ˀ]) is a professional Danish football club from the port city of Esbjerg in West Jutland. The club was formed in 1924, as a merger between Esbjerg Boldklub af 1898 and Esbjerg Amatørklub af 1911. The club has training facilities and stadium at Gl. Vardevej in Esbjerg, and plays in blue and white striped shirts. Following the departure of long time club player and former head coach Jess Thorup, Niels Frederiksen is the current head coach. Esbjerg fB is one of the more successful clubs in Denmark in terms of trophies. They have won the Danish championship five times (1961, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1979) and three Danish cup titles (1964, 1976 and 2013).

The main sponsor is Syd Energi and the club's kit sponsor is Nike. The official fanclub of Esbjerg fB is Blue Knights.

In 2005 EfB took over the management of the elite ice hockey club, Esbjerg Ishockey Klub (EIK). Which is now called EfB Ishockey.

History[edit]

Original logo

Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber was officially established in 1924 as a merger between Esbjerg Boldklub af 1898 (E.B. 98) and Esbjerg Amatørklub af 1911 (EAK) after 12 years of competition between the two clubs. The new club was driven by ambition for something bigger, which already produced results the day after when the club's best start-up team defeated Kolding IF with 7-0.

The club's golden years was in the first half of the 1960s with the Austrian coach Rudi Strittich throughout most of the decade. The club won the Danish Championship in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965 and won the DBU national Cup for men in 1964. In the 2010–11 Danish Superliga season EfB finished 12th and was relegated to the Danish 1st Division for the first time since the 1999–00 season.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Blue Water Arena

Esbjerg fB plays at Blue Water Arena, which is the name of Esbjerg Stadion at Gl. Vardevej and part of Esbjerg Sports Park. In 2004 a new stand was built on the eastern side of a stadium. A new stadium with seating for 18,000 spectators, was completed in August 2009. It is currently the second biggest stadium in Jutland, and the fourth biggest in Denmark.

  • Location: Gl. Vardevej 62, 6700 Esbjerg
  • Year built: 1955
  • Extended / renovated: 1999, 2004, 2008–09
  • Capacity: 18,000 (11,451 seats)
  • Pitch Size: 105 x 68 meters
  • Lighting: 1200 lux.
  • Record attendance: 22,000 (Esbjerg fB - KB, 1961)
  • Address: Gl Vardevej 82, 6700 Esbjerg

Honours[edit]

Esbjerg fB by season.
Champions (5): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1979
Silver (3): 1956, 1968, 1978
Bronze (2): 1977, 2004
Winners (3): 1964, 1976, 2013
Lost Finals (6): 1957, 1962, 1978, 1985, 2006, 2008

Achievements[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Updated 2 July 2015 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 Daniel Iversen
2 Denmark DF Michael Jakobsen
3 Denmark DF Daniel Stenderup
6 Norway MF Magnus Lekven
7 Denmark FW Mikkel Vestergaard
8 Denmark MF Jeppe Andersen
9 Netherlands FW Mick van Buren
10 Denmark MF Emil Lyng
11 Denmark FW Lasse Rise
12 Denmark FW Søren Andreasen
15 Denmark DF Ryan Laursen
16 Denmark GK Jeppe Højbjerg
17 Denmark MF Casper Nielsen
19 Sweden DF Michael Almebäck (on loan from Brøndby)
No. Position Player
20 Denmark MF Hans Henrik Andreasen (Captain)
22 Norway MF Mohammed Fellah
23 Denmark DF Jonas Knudsen
24 Denmark DF Marco Lund
25 Denmark DF Jeppe Brinch
26 Denmark MF Mathias Kristensen
27 Sweden FW Robin Söder
29 Denmark MF Jonas G. Hansen
30 Slovakia GK Martin Dúbravka
31 Denmark MF Jesper Rasmussen
33 Denmark MF Kevin Mensah
35 Denmark GK Jonas Jensen
Denmark FW Nicki Bille

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Staff[edit]

  • Manager: Niels Frederiksen
  • Ass. Coach: Lars Lungi Sørensen
  • Ass. Coach: Michael Pedersen
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Lars Winde
  • Team Leader: Allan Jensen
  • Team Leader: Kaj Schmidt
  • Masseur: Lars Kikkenborg
  • Physioterapeut: Henrik Christensen
  • Physioterapeut: Søren Møller Kristensen
  • Team Doctor: Uwe Jürgensen

Former coaches[edit]

Denmark national football team players[edit]

The following 32 Esbjerg football players has been picked and had their debut on the Danish national football team (debut/matches/goals):

Former notable foreign players[edit]

Esbjerg has a list of former notable foreign players of which some have represented their national team. Some of the most memorable are listed here:

Player of the year[edit]

Player of the year Esbjerg fB

Player of the year Denmark

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1999–2000 SL 12 33 8 4 21 40 70 28 Quarter-final relegated
2000–01 1D 1 30 19 8 3 79 29 65 5th round promoted
2001–02 SL 7 33 13 6 14 42 44 45 Semi-final
2002–03 SL 5 33 12 11 10 65 57 47 Quarter-final
2003–04 SL 3 33 18 8 7 71 44 62 5th round
2004–05 SL 5 33 13 10 10 61 47 49 5th round
2005–06 SL 6 33 12 6 15 43 45 42 Runner-up
2006–07 SL 7 33 10 10 13 46 51 40 4th round
2007–08 SL 7 33 13 6 14 59 54 45 Runner-up
2008–09 SL 9 33 7 11 15 32 41 32 3rd round
2009–10 SL 4 33 13 11 9 48 43 50 4th round
2010–11 SL 12 33 7 12 14 36 49 33 Semi-final relegated
2011–12 1D 1 26 21 3 2 60 19 66 3rd round promoted
2012–13 SL 4 33 13 8 12 38 32 47 Winner
2013–14 SL 5 33 13 9 11 47 38 48 4th round
2014–15 SL 8 33 10 10 13 47 45 40 Semi-final

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