Silkeborg IF

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Silkeborg IF logo.svg
Full nameSilkeborg Idrætsforening
Short nameSIF
Founded1917; 104 years ago (1917)
GroundJYSK Park
Capacity10,000 (6,000 seated)
ChairmanKent Madsen
Head coachKent Nielsen
League1st Division
2019–20Superliga, 14th Decrease
WebsiteClub website

Silkeborg Idrætsforening, (pronounced [ˈse̝lkəˌpɒˀ ˈitʁætsfɒˌe̝ˀne̝ŋ]; commonly known as Silkeborg IF or SIF in short) is a professional football club based in Silkeborg, Denmark. The club was founded in 1917, reached the highest level of Danish football in 1987, and afterwards became one of the most successful football clubs in Denmark. They won the 1993–94 Danish Superliga, finished 3rd in 1994–95 and 2000–01, 2nd in 1997–98, and won the Danish Cup in 2001. Silkeborg has participated in Europe several times, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1996.


Founded in 1917, the football section of Silkeborg IF played in the top ranks of Jutland until a short visit in the third division in 1962. In 1966, however the team was promoted to the 2nd division of Danish football. In 1982, the club took the decisive step towards the Danish top football, as the company SIF Football Support A / S was founded, a professional company that would be responsible for professional football in Silkeborg. This resulted in a rise in 1987 to the country's top row, the 1st division. This came as a large surprise to most football enthusiasts and a reporter from the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote, "It will be a surprise if Silkeborg will win a corner kick." The team, however, played well and already in the third game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmark's dominant team, Brøndby with a 1–0 win at home.

1994 championship[edit]

There were many vital matches in the 1993–94 season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was the tournament's third round match at home against Brøndby. Just before the game, the team's big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea,[1] and when Brøndby put themselves ahead 2–0 early in the game, it looked difficult for the home team. But Silkeborg totally turned the match upside down and won 4–2 in front of an enthusiastic audience.[2] During the rest of autumn, SIF delivered one attractive game after another. The team lost only 2 of 18 matches and finished the autumn in 1st place.

The playoffs were a thrilling affair. The superior play in the autumn was followed by a more calculating style. Away from home, SIF ran into a few serious defeats, but, in turn, Silkeborg Stadion was a fortress. Here, SIF won six out of seven games and conceded only one goal. In the second-to-last round, SIF could secure the championship with an away win against the only remaining competitor, Copenhagen. Silkeborg fans flocked to the national arena, Parken Stadium, where the match was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga, namely 26,679.[3] The many visiting SIF fans, however, witnessed SIF scoring the first goal of the match but eventually losing 1–4.

The situation before the final round was that SIF should provide a better result than Copenhagen to become champions. At home, SIF played Aalborg BK and won 2–0 on two goals by leading scorer Heine Fernandez. In Odense, OB obtained a lead over Copenhagen in the 2nd half and won 3–2 on a goal in injury time, securing SIF the championship.

2001 cup winners and relegation[edit]

In 2001, Silkeborg won the Danish Cup with a 4–1 victory against league rivals AB. Behind 0–1 at half-time, the team scored 4 times in the second half of the match by Brian Pedersen, Thomas Poulsen and 2 from Henrik Pedersen. Steven Lustü, who later would become a prominent player for Silkeborg, played the entire game for AB. The following years' results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton Wanderers, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş and Thomas Røll to Copenhagen. At the same time, Morten Bruun, the player with most caps to his name in the club history, retired. In 2003, the team was relegated to the 1st Division, but returned to the Superliga the following year. For two seasons in a row, the team finished eighth in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated. When former player Troels Bech returned to the club as head coach in 2009, however, he transformed the team and helped the club to promotion. Silkeborg finished fifth in the league in 2011, the best result in 15 years.

2018-19 1st Division Title[edit]

In the 2018–19 Danish 1st Division Silkeborg IF were crowned champions of the First Division for a third time, ensuring a return to the Danish Superliga for the 2019–20 season following a one-year absence.

Danish Striker Ronnie Schwartz was the league's top scorer for Silkeborg with 17 league goals registered; sharing the golden boot with Roskilde's Emil Nielsen.

They secured the league title with 61 points, only 1 point clear of nearest rivals Viborg FF ensuring an automatic return to the Superliga.






Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Denmark DEN Oscar Hedvall
2 MF Denmark DEN Rasmus Carstensen
3 DF Netherlands NED Milan Massop
4 DF Denmark DEN Joel Felix
6 MF Denmark DEN Pelle Mattsson
7 MF Denmark DEN Nicolai Vallys
8 MF Iceland ISL Stefán Teitur Þórðarson
9 FW Denmark DEN Alexander Lind
10 MF Denmark DEN Magnus Mattsson
11 FW Denmark DEN Emil Holten
13 DF Denmark DEN Oscar Fuglsang
14 MF Denmark DEN Mark Brink
15 MF Denmark DEN Gustav Dahl
16 GK Netherlands NED Stan van Bladeren
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Denmark DEN Mads Kaalund
18 MF Denmark DEN Anders Dahl
19 FW Denmark DEN Nicklas Helenius
20 DF Denmark DEN Tobias Salquist
21 MF Denmark DEN Anders Klynge
22 MF Zambia ZAM Valance Nambishi
23 MF Denmark DEN Nicklas Røjkjær
24 DF Denmark DEN Jeppe Gertsen
25 DF Denmark DEN Anders Hagelskjær
26 MF Denmark DEN Niclas Holm Pedersen
27 MF Denmark DEN Sebastian Jørgensen
28 DF Denmark DEN Anders Sønderby
29 FW Denmark DEN Wessam Abou Ali
30 GK Iceland ISL Patrik Gunnarsson

Youth players in use[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK Denmark DEN Esben Lange
40 DF Denmark DEN Alexander Busch
41 MF Denmark DEN Jeppe Kilden

Leaving players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Zambia ZAM Valance Nambishi (to FC Fredericia on 30 June 2021)
24 DF Denmark DEN Jeppe Gertsen (to FC Fredericia on 30 June 2021)
25 DF Denmark DEN Anders Hagelskjær (to AaB on 30 June 2021)

Incoming players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Denmark DEN Andreas Oggesen (From FC Fredericia on 1 July 2021)


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Denmark Kent Nielsen
Assistant manager Denmark Peder Knudsen
Goalkeeping coach Denmark Thomas Nørgaard
Fitness coach Denmark Rasmus Hansen
Fitness assistant Denmark Mikkel Cramer
Physiotherapist Denmark Michael Larsen
Sporting director Denmark Jesper Stücker

Last updated: 14 July 2019
Source: Silkeborg IF

Managerial history[edit]

European cup history[edit]

Season Cup Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1991 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Hammarby IF 4–1 1–3
Group East Germany Energie Cottbus 4–1 0–1
Group Czechoslovakia Dukla Banksá Bystrica 1–3 2–0
1993 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Switzerland Zürich 2–0
Group Germany VfL Bochum 2–2
Group Austria Tirol 1–1
Group Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1
1994 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Halmstads BK 2–0
Group Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–0
Group Czech Republic Sparta Prague 4–1
Group Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 7–2
1994–95 Champions League 1Q Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 3–1 1–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–0 1–2 6–1
2Q Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–2 0–1 2–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Belgium Sporting Charleroi 2–4
Group Poland Zagłębie Lubin 0–0
Group Austria SV Ried 0–3
Group Wales Conwy United 4–0
Semi Final Russia Uralmash 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final Croatia Segesta Sisak 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
1996–97 UEFA Cup Q Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–2 3–5
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Austria Grazer AK 0–2
Group Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5–0
Group France Bastia 0–1
Group Wales Ebbw Vale 6–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Slovenia Mura 2–0 0–0 2–0
2Q Italy Roma 0–2 1–0 0–3
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belarus Dnepr Mogilev 1–2 2–1 2–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Spain Real Zaragoza 1–2 3–0 1–5

Former notable players[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive matches only. To matches played 22 March 2017.[5]

# Name Career Goals
1 Denmark Henrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 96
2 Denmark Heine Fernandez 1990–1998 96
3 Denmark Rajko Lekić 2003–2004 and 2008–2011 76
4 Faroe Islands Christian Holst 2008–2014 47
5 Denmark Jesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 45
6 Denmark Iddi Alkhag 2001–2007 41
7 Denmark Michael Hansen 1991–1996 and 2006–2007 39
8 Denmark Morten Bruun 1988–2001 35
9 Denmark Ole Skov 1988–1992 35
10 Denmark Nocko Joković 1996–1999 33
11 Denmark Peter Lassen 1999–2000 33
12 Denmark Allan Reese 1991–1997 32
13 Denmark Hans Erfurt 1987–1994 31
14 Germany Marvin Pourie 2011–2013 29
15 Denmark Jesper Bech 2004–2014 28

Top appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only. To matches played 22 March 2017.[6]

# Name Career Appearances
1 Denmark Morten Bruun 1988–2001 424
2 Denmark Bjarne Jensen 348
3 Denmark Dennis Flinta 2005–2007 and 2009–present 329
4 Denmark Ingvar Johansen 1979–1993 325
5 Denmark Arne Skovbo 308
6 Denmark Kurt Nielsen 307
7 Denmark Peter Kjær 1993–2001 291
8 Denmark Christian Duus 1991–2005 283
9 Denmark Henrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 270
10 Denmark Michael Larsen 1992–2003 269
11 Denmark Thomas Poulsen 1997–2006 255
12 Denmark Brian Skaarup −1991 254
13 Denmark Heine Fernandez 1990–1998 246
14 Denmark Jørgen Hansen 245
15 Denmark Jesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 245


  1. ^ 1993–1994 season, Silkeborg IF by year, accessed on 4 December 2013.
  2. ^ Superstats SIF-BIF 15.08.1993, SIF-BIF: 4–2, accessed on 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ Superstats FCK-SIF 05.06.1994, FCK-SIF: 4–1, accessed on 4 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Nordicbet Liga-trup | Silkeborg IF". (in Danish). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on 22 March 2017.

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