Viborg FF

Viborg Fodsports Forening ("Viborg Footsport Association"), or Viborg F.F. and VFF for short, is a Danish professional football club based in Viborg. The club was founded in 1896, but would have to wait more than a century before winning its only national trophy, the 2000 Danish Cup.

Viborg
Full nameViborg Fodsports Forening
Nickname(s)The Greens
Short nameVFF
Founded1 April 1896 (1896-04-01)
GroundViborg Stadion, Viborg
Capacity9,566
Managing DirectorMorten Jensen
Head CoachJacob Neestrup
LeagueDanish 1st Division
2018–19Danish 1st Division, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

History

Viborg FF was founded in 1896, with several other sports apart from football - among other things were gymnastics, cricket, field hockey, boxing, athletics, skiing, weight-lifting, and wrestling.

The first big sporting highlight of the club came in 1924, when Viborg FF won the championship in Mesterrækken (The Champion Division), which were the best regional division in Jutland. A big title win at the time when, among others, AGF were a dominating club in Jutland.

Following the championship, Viborg dropped somewhat out of the picture, but never more than the club has always been on the Danish footballing map. It was a big relief for the club when it was promotion to the national competitions (4th Division) for the first time in 1959, following many closely missed attempts at qualification. One of the players taking part in the promotion was Erik Bundgaard, whose 421 matches for VFF is still club record.

Except for a couple of seasons in the start of the 1970s, Viborg has not been relegated to a tournament lower than the national competitions since 1959. Though the country's best league have been domicile for Viborg, during the last couple of years the club has been moving up and down between the country's two best leagues.

The finest achievements of the club came in the 1999–2000 season, where the Superliga bronze medals were missed by the smallest margin. Instead, the team was celebrated as winner of the Danish Cup, the DONG Cup. They then added the Danish Super Cup, beating champions Herfølge Boldklub in a penalty shoot out.

Colours and badge

Viborg F.F.'s colours are green and white.

Stadium

Viborg plays its home matches at Viborg Stadion, which has a capacity of 9,566 spectators, all seated. The biggest stand is the eastern stand (2,792 seats) and the smallest is the southern (2,040 seats). The field size is 105 x 68 m, the same size as the national stadium, Parken. The light is 1200 lux. The sound comes from an Ascon PA-system. There is undersoil heating installed at the venue, which UEFA has approved as an international stadium.

Supporters

Viborg FF has no official fanclub. A former official fanclub is The Green Pride. It was one of the largest in Denmark with over 500 members. There is a small continuation of The Green Pride active in Viborg to this day.

The first ultra group was established in 2002, when a group of young adults established Fanatikos. In 2004 a new group, Shamrock Ultras, was born.

Players

Current squad

As of 5 August 2019. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Ellery Balcombe (on loan from Brentford)
2 DF Alexander Fischer
3 DF Mikkel Knudsen
4 DF Jacob Dehn Andersen
5 DF Nikko Boxall
6 DF Lars Kramer
7 FW Christian Sørensen
8 FW Mikkel Agger
9 FW Albion Avdijaj
10 MF Jeff Mensah
11 MF Emil Scheel
12 FW Alassana Jatta
13 MF Jeppe Grønning
14 MF Shelove Achelus
No. Position Player
15 DF Mads Aaquist
17 DF Jacob Bonde
19 MF Casper Gandrup
23 MF Christian Sivebæk
24 DF Simon Trier
25 GK Ingvar Jónsson
26 GK Can Dursun
27 FW Christian Moses
29 MF Frederik Brandhof
31 MF Tobias Bech Kristensen
32 MF Mads Kjellerup
33 DF Simon Søndergaard
48 GK Lucas Lund Pedersen

Retired numbers

Academy

Managerial history

 
Name Nationality Years
Harald Hansen 1926–27
Axel Holm 1930–31
Sofus Nielsen 1932–33
Charlie Pohl 1933–35
Arnold Thisted 1935–37
Valdemar Bodilsen 1937–38
Emil Asmussen 1940–41
Willy Henriksen 1942–44
Valdemar Bodilsen 1945–47
Poul Snedker 1947–49
Aksel Larsen 1949–50
Svend H. Mønster 1950–53
Walter Presch 1953–54
Harry Albertsen 1954–55
Svend H. Mønster 1955–56
Walter Presch 1956–57
Karlo Niilonen 1958–60
Leo Nielsen 1961–63
Rudi Strittich 1964
Erik Schou 1965
Knud Schou 1966–68
Jim Magill 1969
Robert Andreasen 1970–71
Kaj Stærk 1972–74
Eduard Bründl 1975
Bent Martin 1976
Erik Bundgaard 1977–79
Svend Hugger 1980–81
 
Name Nationality Years
Eduard Bründl 1982–83
Erik Bundgaard 1984
Jens Tang Olesen 1984–87
Hans Ove Andersen 1988–89
Peter Rudbæk 1990–93
Roald Poulsen 1993–94
Ole Skouboe 1994
Viggo Jensen 1995
Ove Christensen 1995–99
Kim Poulsen July 1, 1999–Oct 23, 2001
Søren Kusk 2001–03
Benny Lennartsson 2003
Ove Christensen July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2006
Tommy Møller Nielsen Feb 2, 2006–Nov 9, 2007
Anders Linderoth Dec 1, 2006–Nov 30, 2007
Hans Eklund Nov 26, 2007–April 8, 2009
Søren Frederiksen April 8, 2009 – June 30, 2009
Lars Søndergaard July 3, 2009–Nov 24, 2010
Steffen Højer &
Søren Frederiksen
(interim)

Nov 24, 2010–June 30, 2011
Ove Christensen July 1, 2011 – January 31, 2014
Auri Skarbalius Feb 1, 2014–June 30, 2015
Johnny Mølby July 1, 2015–Aug 2, 2017
Steffen Højer Aug 2, 2017–June 3, 2019
Jacob Neestrup June 20, 2019–Present

Achievements

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996-97 1D 11 3361116 315829 relegated
1997-98 2D 1 302073 722967 promoted
1998-99 1D 8 3313515 615944
1999-00 1D 4 3315711 565052 winner
2000-01 1D 6 3313713 524246 semi-final
2001-02 1D 8 33101112 464541 last 16
2002-03 1D 8 33111012 585543 semi-final
2003-04 1D 7 3311913 474442 quarter-final
2004-05 1D 7 3313911 434548 4th round
2005-06 1D 4 331599 624354 5th round
2006-07 1D 9 338520 346429 semi-final promoted
2007-08 SL 11 335523 296839 2nd round relegated
2008-09 1D 4 3017310 594054 third round
2009-10 1D 7 3010146 302644 fourth round
2010-11 1D 11 309615 374333 fourth round
2011-12 1D 4 2610106 453440 fourth round
2012-13 1D 1 3317115 603062 second round promoted
2013-14 SL 12 3361017 386328 third round relegated
2014-15 1D 1 3317142 472065 first round promoted
2015-16 SL 8 3311715 344240 fourth round

References

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