Finn Kobberø

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Finn Kobberø
Personal information
Country Denmark
Born(1936-03-13)March 13, 1936
DiedJanuary 21, 2009(2009-01-21) (aged 72)
Doubles, singles
Career title(s)15 All Englands

Finn Kobberø (13 March 1936 – 21 January 2009) was a badminton player from Denmark, who won numerous international titles in all of badminton's three events (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.

He was one of the most successful players in the history of the All England Open Badminton Championships with 15 titles between 1955 and 1966, 7 in men's doubles, mainly with hard-hitting Jorgen Hammergaard Hansen, and 8 in mixed doubles. He was also a three-time singles finalist at the All-Englands[1] despite a storied disdain for conditioning. A leading player on all of Denmark's Thomas Cup (men's international) teams from 1954 through 1964, he won 55 of 64 individual matches.[2] Powerful, quick, and deceptive, he has been rated among the most talented players in the sport's history.[3] He won 22 Danish national championships in all. He also won each of the three events at the Danish Open Championships though the tournament was not held during most of the years that he was active as a player.

Kobberø was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997.[4] He later worked as a sports journalist for national television in Denmark. He died January 21, 2009.

Major achievements (partial list)[edit]

Rank Event Date Venue
Open Championships
1 Men's doubles 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 All England Open
Mixed doubles 1955, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
1 Singles 1956, 1957 U.S. Open
1 Men's doubles 1961, 1962 French Open
Mixed doubles 1962
2 Men's doubles 1958, 1966 All England Open
Mixed doubles 1954, 1958, 1964


  1. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1967 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1967) 166-170.
  2. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1967 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A, Jennings Ltd., 1967) 71-87.
  3. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England, 1983) 112.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame of the Badminton World Federation". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 24 July 2016.