Jakob Michelsen

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Jakob Michelsen
Personal information
Full name Jakob Saldern Stein Michelsen
Date of birth (1980-09-30) 30 September 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Tønder, Denmark
Club information
Current team
OB (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1994–2001 TM Tønder (youth)
2001–2004 Kolding FC (youth)
2005–2007 IK Skovbakken (youth)
2007–2009 IK Skovbakken (women)
2009–2010 IK Skovbakken
2011–2012 Hobro IK
2012–2013 Tanzania U-19
2014–2015 Skive IK
2015–2016 SønderjyskE
2017–2018 Hammarby IF
2018– OB

Jakob Saldern Stein Michelsen (born 30 September 1980) is a Danish football manager. He is the manager of Danish Superliga club OB.

Jakob Michelsen was selected coach of the year in Denmark in 2015. He was the coach behind the sensational silver medals for SønderjyskE in 2016 and the good run in Euro League for the club. In november 2016 the Swedish club Hammarby bought him of his contract with Sønderjyske. In january 2018 Hammarby and Jakob Michelsen separated ways after different opinion about the strategy in the future. Jakob Michelsen is known for his good tactical skills and his management skills, where his in known for good people skills. His nickname is Mini Mourinho.

Managerial career[edit]


His career started by coaching TM Tønder's team of 10-year old boys.[1] He later coached youth teams at Kolding FC and IK Skovbakken, and in 2007 he became head coach of the women team of IK Skovbakken playing in the Danish top tier, Elitedivisionen.[2]

In January 2009 he became new manager of IK Skovbakken's senior male team i the Denmark Series. He managed the club to a promotion to the Danish 2nd Divisions in 2010.[3] Because of his success at Skovbakken he was hired as new manager of the Danish 1st Division team Hobro IK in January 2011.[4]

Following one and a half year good years at Hobro he was brought to Tanzania to coach the Tanzania national U17 and U20 team by fellow Dane Kim Poulsen in 2012.[5] In March 2014 he returned to Denmark to manage Skive IK.[6]

In Skive he took the 2 division team up into 1 division and underway the team made a Danish record with 18 consecutive wins.

In July 2015 he replaced Lars Søndergaard as manager of SønderjyskE in the Danish Superliga.[7] after Sønderjyske bought him out of his contract in Skive. In his first season, he took the SønderjyskE into new successful heights and was the coach behind the club's historical 2nd place in the 2015–16 Danish Superliga. He was later named "coach of the year" in 2015 by the Danish Football Association.

He has been called the "mini Mourinho", as a homage to the Portuguese manager José Mourinho, because of his good tactical skills.[8]


On 30 November 2016, he agreed terms with Swedish side Hammarby, signing a three-year deal, and effectively joined his new club on 1 January 2017.[9] Hammarby had a promising first half of the 2017 Allsvenskan season, claiming the 6th place in the table after 12 games.[10] During the spring, Hammarby also won both fixtures against fierce rivals AIK (2–1) and Djurgården (3–1).[11] In the second half of the campaign, Hammarby struggled to produce any sort of challenge in the league, and subsequently dropped of in the table. Both manager Jacob Michelsen and several of the players suffered criticism from supporters and pundits as the club eventually finished 9th in Allsvenskan.[12]

On 4 January 2018, the board and director of football Jesper Jansson, announced that Hammarby had sacked Michelsen, citing differences regarding the view on transfers and playing style, as well as a disappointing development of the team and its results.[13]


  1. ^ Det handler om mennesker og projekter med muligheder
  2. ^ Skovbakken-træner går i utide
  3. ^ Skovbakken: Oprykningen er hjemme
  4. ^ Hobro har præsenteret sin cheftræner
  5. ^ Hobro-træner skal til Tanzania
  6. ^ Skive plukker træner i Tanzania
  7. ^ Sønderjyske har fundet Lars Søndergaards afløser
  8. ^ A Coach Is Forging a New Path in Danish Soccer
  9. ^ Jakob Michelsen ny huvudtränare i Hammarby
  10. ^ "Michelsen nöjd med vårsäsongen: "Vi kan slå alla lag"". Fotbollskanalen. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ "De är Stockholms derbykungar". Aftonbladet. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Michelsen: "Jag är inte orolig"". Aftonbladet. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Jakob Michelsen lämnar Hammarby". Hammarby Fotboll. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018.