Randers FC

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Randers FC
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Full name Randers Football Club
Nickname(s) Hestene (The horses)
Short name RFC
Founded 1 January 2003; 13 years ago
Ground AutoC Park Randers
Randers, Denmark
Ground Capacity 12,000 (11,000 seated)
Chairman Svend Lynge Jørgensen
Manager Ólafur Kristjánsson
League Danish Superliga
2015–16 Danish Superliga, 6th

Randers FC is a Danish professional football team based in Randers, which plays in the top-flight Danish Superliga championship. Founded on 1 January 2003, the club builds upon the license of Randers Freja, a former three-time Danish Cup winning team. Following the founding of Randers FC, the club has won the Danish Cup once. Randers plays its match at the 10,300-capacity AutoC Park Randers.

Notable players that have played for the club includes Yura Movsisyan, David Ousted, and Djiby Fall.

History[edit]

The club was formed on 1 January 2003, as a collaboration between six local Randers-clubs; Dronningborg Boldklub (founded 1928), Hornbæk Sportsforening (founded 1945), Kristrup Boldklub (founded 1908), Randers Freja (founded 1898), Randers KFUM (founded 1920) and Vorup Frederiksberg Boldklub (founded 1930), continuing Randers Freja's (at the time) 1st division-team.[1]

First years and Cup success[edit]

In the first season as a newly created club, Randers ended in fourth place in the Viasat Sport Division with 51 points. The captain of the Denmark national team which won UEFA Euro 1992, Lars Olsen, was coach of the team. The following year, the team ended in second place with 66 points and was promoted to the country's best league, the SAS Liga.

With only 24 points in 2004–05 season in the SAS Liga, Randers finished in last place. In the 2005–06 season, however, Randers redeemed itself, securing promotion back to the SAS League with 61 points while also winning the Danish Cup with a 1–0 victory over Esbjerg in the final at Parken Stadium on 11 May 2006. Randers was the first team since 1974 who managed to win the Danish Cup although playing in the second-highest league in Denmark.

In mid-2005, the club brought in former Denmark national team midfielder Stig Tøfting on a free transfer, after AGF, his childhood-club, refused to let him play (even for free) due to his violent background with several sentences.[2] Tøfting was appointed Assistant Coach in November 2006.[3]

In the 2006–07 season, Randers finished in eighth place with 38 points, as well as participation in the UEFA Cup the season before, where the club met ÍA of Iceland, FBK Kaunas of Lithuania and major club Fenerbahçe from Turkey.

Before the start of the 2007–08 season, Randers signed former England national team player Colin Todd as its new manager. Randers started the season in great fashion, winning its first four matches (most notably a 5–0 win against Aalborg BK).

In the second half of the 2007–08 season, Randers continued to improve in the Danish league. With new signings Marc Nygaard and Søren Berg, expectations grew as the season progressed, and Randers ultimately finished in sixth place following a 2–1 win against Brøndby IF in the final matchday of the season.

The 2008–09 season started in promising fashion for the club, recording a 3–1 win against the local rivals AGF. Randers continued its solid start with a 1–1 a draw with Copenhagen. In the third round, Randers was to play Brøndby away; the club had never defeated Brøndby away before. Randers won 0–3 following goals from Carsten Fredgaard, Bedi Buval and Tidiane Sane. After the five first rounds, Randers was still undefeated, though at the winter break Randers was placed mid-table.

Up and Down Years[edit]

On 4 November 2008 Randers announced that former Danish international John Jensen (aka John "Faxe" Jensen) would become its new manager from 1 July following the ending of Colin Todd's contract.[4] Todd, however, expressed his frustration about how Randers had dealt with the situation and openly criticised the club for putting him in a difficult situation.[5][6]

Jensen ended up taking the place as manager six months before schedule due to the club having reached an agreement with the then present manager Todd. Jensen was officially announced new manager on 5 January. He started his time in Randers in great fashion, winning the first league game of the season against local rivals AGF 2–1. However, the club failed to sustain the winning form when they went to draw against Vejle BK and thereafter lost the following three games to the top three sides OB, Copenhagen and BIF. The team's losing streak culminated in a 1–6 to Nordsjælland.

The club, however, responded well to the losing streak and won its following five games, ironically setting a new club winning streak. The season ended with a 3–3 draw away against Danish champions Copenhagen and a fifth-place finish, it highest league rank in club history. Marc Nygaard claimed the golden boot for 16 goals during the season. Morten Nordstrand was later credited for a goal on penalty in the final match, and also had a goal tally of 16, but Nygaard was awarded the title as he was the first to reach the 16 goals.[7]

Randers and Faxe decided that Tøfting was not the right choice as assistant manager, and, on 1 May 2009, the club announced that Tøfting's contract would not be extended. On 2 June, the club announced that two of Jensen's colleagues from the Euro 1992-winning Danish side – Henrik Larsen and Flemming Povlsen – as its new assistant managers; Larsen was named first assistant manager while Povlsen as assistant focused on the club's attack. However, after a catastrophic start to the 2009–10 season with only 2 points earned from 11 league games, Jensen and his assistants were released from their contracts.[8]

Ove Christensen was appointed new head coach for Randers for the remainder of the 2009–10 season.[9] He was given the objective to save Randers from relegation, although Randers was projected to be relegated at the winter break by the media and experts. However, a historic comeback with 16 games without defeat[10] meant that its topflight status was to be decided on the final day of the season. A loss to Brøndby would mean that if AGF won its game against OB, the best team of the spring season would be relegated. OB won 0–3 and Randers lost its first match in the second half of the season 1–3, ensuring Randers kept their top-flight status. Yura Movsisyan was arguably the key in Randers' survival, as he scored 7 goals in 13 games.

When Ove Christensen arrived, he gave the squad an overhaul and nine players were released or sold in the winter break of 2009–10 season. He also made several signings: Anders Egholm from SønderjyskE, Morten Karlsen from Nordsjælland and Søren Jensen on loan from Odd Grenland. Christensen signed a new one-year contract as head coach on 17 May 2010.

In the following season, however, Christensen could not follow up un the success and was fired after a loss to Brøndby. Peter Elstrup and Allan Kuhn were Brough in as caretakers but could not prevent Randers' relegation at the end of the season. Michael Hemmingsen was named new head coach with the first task to bring Randers back to the Superliga. With Hemmingsen as head coach, Randers ended the 2011–12 season in second place in the Danish 1st division, thereby earning promotion back to the Superliga.

League success and europa league-qualification[edit]

Despite having earned promotion to the Danish Superliga, Hemmingsen was replaced as head coach by former Randers coach Colin Todd, who returned to the club following his coaching spell from 2007–2009. Randers did well in its first season after being promoted, ending its 2012–13 league campaign in third place, the club's best ever league finish. The team also reached the final in the Danish Cup, but lost 0–1 to Esbjerg. Nonetheless, the league result meant that Randers was to participate in the UEFA Europa League. It entered the tournament in the third round of qualifying, where it met Rubin Kazan. Randers, however, lost the home match 1–2 and the away match 0–2, thus failing to qualify for the group stage.

European record[edit]

The 2006–07 season Randers managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup as Danish Cup winners. The 2009–10 season the club was invited to participate in the Europa League due to its second-place in the Danish league Fair Play ranking – behind 2008–09 champions Copenhagen, which claimed Denmark's UEFA Champions League spot. During the 2010–11 season, the club participated in the Europa League due to its second place finish in the Danish league Fair Play ranking – behind 2009–10 champions Copenhagen, which again claimed the Champions League spot.

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
2006–07[11] UEFA Cup First qualifying round Iceland ÍA 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Second qualifying round Lithuania FBK Kaunas 3–1 0–1 3–2
First round Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–3 1–2 1–5
2009–10[12] UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Northern Ireland Linfield 4–0 3–0 7–0
Second qualifying round Lithuania Sūduva 1–1 1–0 2–1
Third qualifying round Germany Hamburger SV 0–4 1–0 1–4
2010–11[13] UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 6–1 1–2 7–3
Second qualifying round Slovenia Gorica 1–1 3–0 4–1
Third qualifying round Switzerland Lausanne-Sport 2–3 1–1 3–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Russia Rubin Kazan 1–2 0–2 1–4
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Andorra Sant Julià 3–0 1–0 4–0
Second qualifying round Sweden Elfsborg 0–0 0–1 0–1

Stadium[edit]

Randers Stadium[edit]

Randers Stadium was founded in 1961. It was built to hold 18,000 spectators and in 1969 a record of 16,500 people attended the UEFA Cup loss against 1. FC Köln.

AutoC Park Randers[edit]

AutoC Park has a capacity of 10,300 spectators. It was built by C. F. Møller Architects and is established on the former Randers Stadion.

The current stadium attendance record is 11.824, set against Brøndby on 16 May 2010.

BioNutria Park Randers[edit]

On 22 September 2015, it was announced that local company BioNutria had bought the name rights of the stadium until 31 October 2018.

Supporters[edit]

The official supporters are The Blue Horses, however there are more factions within the fanculture of Randers.

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

Most games played: 223 Denmark Mads Fenger

Most goals: 41 Denmark Ronnie Schwartz

Biggest league win: 5–0 Randers  – AAB[14]

Biggest league loss: 1–6 Randers  – Nordsjælland, SønderjyskE – Randers FC[15]

Highest attendance(home): 11,824 Randers  – Brøndby[16]

Longest run without defeat: 16 (29 November 2009 – 5 May 2010)

Longest winning streak: 5 (13 April 2010 – 3 May 2010)

Longest run without a win: 18 (31 May 2009 – 29 November 2009)

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 February 2017[17]

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

No. Position Player
1 Iceland GK Hannes Halldórsson
2 Denmark DF Kasper Enghardt
4 Denmark DF Johnny Thomsen
5 Denmark DF Mads Agesen
6 Finland MF Joni Kauko
7 Denmark MF Andreas Bruhn
8 Faroe Islands MF Brandur Hendriksson
9 Costa Rica FW Mayron George
10 Germany FW Marvin Pourié
11 Denmark DF Erik Marxen
13 Denmark DF Mads Fenger (captain)
15 Sweden FW Sam Lundholm (on loan from NEC)
No. Position Player
16 Denmark MF Kasper Fisker
18 Denmark FW Lucas Haren
19 Denmark MF Mikkel Kallesøe
20 Sweden MF Joel Allansson
21 Denmark DF Alexander Fischer
22 Denmark GK Frederik Due
23 Sweden FW Viktor Lundberg
24 Denmark DF Jonas Bager
28 Serbia FW Nikola Đurđić
38 Denmark MF Nicolai Poulsen
70 Denmark FW Marcus Mølvadgaard

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
7 Denmark MF Edgar Babayan (at Hobro IK until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
17 South Africa MF Mandla Masango (at SuperSport United until 30 June 2017)

Managers[edit]

Staff[edit]

Management

Position Name
Chief Executive Officer Michael Gravgaard
Head of Financials Henrik Jørgensen
Sales Kathrine Fisker
Administration Manager Jesper Hansen
Press Officer Kristian Fredslund Andersen
Press Officer Ib Rasmussen
Team Services Manager Jan Faurskov
Sponsor Coordinator Anders Rasmussen
IT & Ticket Coordinator Michael Møller Højfeldt
Sales Assistant Lone Nikolajsen

Team

Position Name
Director of Football Ole Nielsen
Head Coach Colin Todd
Assistant Coach Thomas Thomasberg
Youth-Development Coach Peter Elstrup
Goalkeeper Coach Erik Boye
Fitness Coach Peter Sand Sørensen
Chief Physio Jens T. Møller
Team assistant Peer Kam
Team assistant Erik Jespersen
Team assistant Lars Pedersen
Team assistant Hans Kirkegaard
Medical Dr. Lars Enevoldsen
Dr. Peter Faunø

Shirt sponsors[edit]

2003 – 2005–06: Nike

2006–07 – 2009–10: Umbro

2010–11 – 2012–13: H2O[18]

2013–14 – 2014–15: Warrior[19]

2015–16 – : Puma

League statistics[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002–03 2D 4 30 15 6 9 65 49 51 Fourth round
2003–04 2D 2 30 21 3 6 85 43 66 Fourth round promoted
2004–05 1D 12 33 5 9 19 30 64 24 Fourth round relegated
2005–06 2D 2 30 19 4 7 64 30 61 winner promoted
2006–07 1D 8 33 10 8 15 41 53 38 quarter-final UEFA Cup 1st round
2007–08 1D 6 33 13 8 12 41 33 47 quarter-final
2008–09 1D 5 33 11 13 9 52 50 46 Fourth round
2009–10 1D 10 33 10 10 13 37 43 40 Fourth round Europa League – 3. Qualifying round
2010–11 1D 11 33 6 16 11 41 48 34 Semi Finals relegated/Europa League – 3. Qualifying round
2011–12 2D 2 26 15 4 7 38 22 49 3rd round promoted
2012–13 1D 3 33 15 7 11 36 42 52 runner up

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(In Danish)". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ Michael Olesen. "Stig Tøfting til Randers | Sport | DR". Dr.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Randers FC – Stig Tøfting bliver i Randers FC". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Faxe præsenteret i Randers". Bold.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Colin Todd vil fyres". Bold.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Todd skuffet over håndteringen". Bold.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Nordstrand fik sit mål – Fodbold". Sporten.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Randers FC – John Faxe stopper i Randers FC". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Randers FC – Ove Christensen er den nye cheftræner". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  10. ^ "FØR AAB-KAMPEN: VIDSTE DU AT". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2012-11-22. "FØR AAB-KAMPEN: VIDSTE DU AT". Randersfc.dk. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  11. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2006/07 – History – Randers –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  12. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2009/10 – History – Randers –". Uefa.com. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  13. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2010/11 – History – Randers –". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  14. ^ [1] Archived 3 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Randers FC". Ligafodbold.dk. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived 26 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Randers FC squad, Randers FC website
  18. ^ "Danish sportswear". H2O Sportswear. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  19. ^ "Randers FC". Warrior Football. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 

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