Esbjerg fB

Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber (EfB; pronounced [ˈɛspjæɐ̯ˀ]) 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. 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 Stofa 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.

Esbjerg
Full nameEsbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short nameEfB
Founded23 July 1924 (1924-07-23)
GroundBlue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Capacity16,942
ChairmanBrian Knudsen
ManagerLars Olsen
LeagueDanish Superliga
2018–193rd

History

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

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 16,942 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: 16,942 (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

Champions (5): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1979
Silver (3): 1956, 1968, 1978
Bronze (2): 1977, 2004, 2019
Winners (3): 1964, 1976, 2013
Lost Finals (6): 1957, 1962, 1978, 1985, 2006, 2008

Achievements

Players

Current squad

As of 2 September 2019[1]

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

No. Position Player
2 DF Jonas Mortensen
3 MF Simon Bækgaard
4 DF Viktor Tranberg
5 DF Markus Halsti
6 MF Lasha Parunashvili
7 MF Joni Kauko
8 DF Rodolph Austin
9 FW Adrian Petre
10 MF Mohammed Dauda (on loan from Anderlecht)
11 MF Pyry Soiri
14 DF Jesper Lauridsen
16 GK Jeppe Højbjerg
No. Position Player
18 FW Nicklas Røjkjær
21 MF Mark Brink
23 FW Yuriy Yakovenko
25 DF Jeppe Brinch
26 MF Mathias Kristensen
29 DF Noah Nurmi
30 GK Mads Kikkenborg
35 GK Mathias Rosenørn
38 MF Jakob Lungi Sørensen
40 DF Daniel Anyembe
47 FW Patrick Egelund
50 MF Mads Larsen

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player

Staff

  • Head Coach: Lars Olsen
  • Assistant Coach: Johnny Mølby
  • A + Coach: Lars Vind
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Lars Winde
  • Physical Coach: Torben Nielsen
  • Assistant Physical Coach: Søren Nielsen
  • Physio: Christian Søborg
  • Masseur: Lars Kikkenborg
  • Scout: Jimmi Nagel Jacobsen
  • Kit Manager: Kaj Schmidt

Former coaches

Denmark national football team players

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

  • Ove Hansen (1956/9/0)
  • Johannes Schmidt (1955/1/0)
  • Søren Andersen (1951/5/0)
  • Erik Terkelsen (1950/17/0)
  • Jens Peder Hansen (1949/38/18)
  • Curt Christensen (1949/1/0)
  • Viggo Jensen (1945/15/1)
  • Jørgen Iversen (1937/5/1)
  • Olaf Brockhoff (1935/2/0)
  • Arthur Nielsen (1935/1/0)
  • Emil Møller (1932/3/0)

Former notable foreign players

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


Player of the year Esbjerg fB

Player of the year Denmark

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1999–2000 SL 12 338421 407028 Quarter-final relegated
2000–01 1D 1 301983 792965 5th round promoted
2001–02 SL 7 3313614 424445 Semi-final
2002–03 SL 5 33121110 655747 Quarter-final
2003–04 SL 3 331887 714462 5th round
2004–05 SL 5 33131010 614749 5th round
2005–06 SL 6 3312615 434542 Runner-up
2006–07 SL 7 33101013 465140 4th round
2007–08 SL 7 3313614 595445 Runner-up
2008–09 SL 9 3371115 324132 3rd round
2009–10 SL 4 3313119 484350 4th round
2010–11 SL 12 3371214 364933 Semi-final relegated
2011–12 1D 1 262132 601966 3rd round promoted
2012–13 SL 4 3313812 383247 Winner
2013–14 SL 5 3313911 473848 4th round
2014–15 SL 8 33101013 474540 Semi-final
2015–16 SL 11 337917 386430 3rd round
2016–17 SL 14 3261214 325430 3rd round relegated
2017–18 1D 2 331869 613660 1st round promoted
2018–19 SL 3 3616812 454756 Quarter-final

References

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  2. "Esbjerg fB's officielle hjemmeside | Regionens Hold" (in (in Danish)). EfB.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
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  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Sæsonens Spiller 2018/2019: Joni Kauko - EfB" (in (in Danish)). Efb.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
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