Denmark

More details on Football in Denmark can be found at our new Danish football site here.

Capital: Copenhagen
Population: 5.3 million
Currency: Krone
Official Language: Danish
Borders: Germany (South).  The opening of the Oresund Bridge to the east now means there is a tenuous border with Sweden
GNP per Capita: $34,890 (5th in world)
Main Airport: Kastrup – Copenhagen

The most southerly country in Scandanavia, Denmark occupies the Jutland peninsula and more than 400 other smaller islands.  Its terrain is one of the flattest in the world.  Denmark also own the Faroe Islands and Greenland.  It posseses a very liberal and forward thinking.  The summer’s can be beautiful, but the winters can be really cruel.

For a more detailed view on where the top clubs play in Denmark, go to Football in Denmark to view a  comprehensive Danish football picture and full guides to over a dozen clubs.

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest league of football (soccer) in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year.

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is the main sponsor of the Superliga, and the official name of the tournament is SAS Ligaen.Since the 2000-01 season, the competition has been dominated by F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby IF who have taken turns finishing champions and runners up.

Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark.  From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating. The opening Superliga season was played during the spring of ., with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years.

The 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, and the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season.

This practice was abandoned before the 1995-96 season, when the number of teams competing were increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season. For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, which was then named Coca-Cola Ligaen.

After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001-02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) became the head sponsor, and the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen.Since 1996, 12 clubs have played in the league, playing each other thrice.

Each team meets each one of the other teams one time at home, one time away, plus one more time home or away dependent of the clubs placement in the previous season. The two teams with the fewest points are relegated to the Danish 1st Division.

The Danish champion will play in the UEFA Champions League in the upcoming season where they will start in the 2nd qualifying round. The runner-up will play the UEFA Cup along with the winner of the Danish Cup. Both teams will start in the 2nd qualifying round. 

The third-placed team will play in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the upcoming season and will start in the 2nd round. Teams finishing 1st to 4th are all qualified for the Royal League, although this was postponed in 2007 and 2008 due to a row over the share of TV money.

The teams in the 2009/10 SAS La Liga are:-

F.C. Copenhagen – Copenhagen – Parken Stadium – Capacity: 42,358
Undisputed kings of Danish football, although they benefit significantly by having the national stadium as their home ground.  Champions again last season after a two year gap.  They played in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League this season before losing surprisingly to APOEL Nicosia.  A few seasons ago they played, and beat Manchester United in a Champions League Group game.  The ground is located in the north of the city and is easily walkable from the city or by local S-Tog station.  Few games sell out and tickets are available on the day of the game.  See below for a more detailed view on watching FC Copenhagen.

Brøndby  IF – Copenhagen – Brøndby Stadium – Capacity:  29,000
The traditional rivals to FCK are located in the west of the city in the Glostrup area.  An excellent stadium, similar in design to a number of English stadiums including the Ricoh, Walkers Bowl and St Mary’s.  Success has been thin on the ground in the past few seasons and a succession of coaches have tried, but failed to bring the good times back to Brondby.  Tickets for most games are easy to come by, with average attendances normally failing to reach over the 15,000 mark.  Tickets for the Copenhagen derby go on sale about a month in advance and are normally the cost but relatively easy to come by online.  More details on the club and watching a game at Brondby can be found in the section below.

AGF – Aarhus – NRGi Park – Capacity: 20,200
The third biggest stadium in Denmark is located in the second biggest city, Aarhus, which is on the main part, Jutland.  AGF are now back in the top division and enjoying live again after a few years in the second division.  The stadium was redeveloped in the past decade and is now a smart 20,000 stadium on the edge of the city, close to the Tivoli part.  It is occasionally used by the national team.  Fans flying in for a weekend will have no problems getting in to see a game in Aarhus.  The club average just over 10,000 for their league matches, meaning that an average stadium utilisation of 50% should see you gain entry on the day without a problem.  Ticket prices for the majority of games start at 100Dkr for adults and 40Dkr for concessions.  For the matches versus Kopenhagen and Brondby ticket prices rise to 130Dkr and 50Dkr accordingly.  Tickets can be purchased online from http://ww.athletion.com.

AaB – Aalborg – Aalborg Stadion – Capacity:16,000
Located in the far north of Jutland, AaB were the champions just two seasons ago under Bruce Rioch.  Last season proved to be a nightmare as they flirted with relegation but were eventually safe.  The stadium is located to the west of the centre, close to the marina area.  It is a simple walk from the old town, and the waterfront.  Either follow the waterline westwards along the Vestre Havnpromenade, before turning left into Skudehavngarde just after the railway line.  Take the next left into Ryesgade and the stadium is on your right hand side.  Alternatively Bus number 2 runs regularly from the central station, with a journey time of 5 minutes.  More details can be found in the section below.

OB Odense – Odense – Fionia Park – Capacity: 15,761
Current high fliers and pushing FCK hard for the top spot this season thanks to the goals of Peter Utaka and Roy Carroll in goal.  Odense was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen and is around 80 minutes by train from Copenhagen.  The ground is located in the west of the city, outside the main ring road and whilst the 30 minute walk from the central station is not taxing the number 31 bus does the trip in just 10 minutes.  A taxi, again from outside the station will cost aroun 70DKR.

Esbjerg fB – Esbjerg – Blue Water Arena     13,282
Located on the far west coast of Jutland with only the North Sea separating it from England.  Always been a low performing team but changes to the stadium and club infrastructure has re-invigorated them and they are on the charge up the league this season.     The stadium is located around 2km out of the town centre.  On a nice sunny day the walk is very pleasant.  Head westward out of the town centre along Strandbygade until you reach the roundabout with Gl Bardevej and turn right.  Follow this road northwards, in-between the parks of Stranskoven and Vognbølparken.  Just after the junction with Parkvej the stadium will be visible on the left hand side.  If you feel like letting public transport take the strain then catch bus number 4 in the direction of Umanakparken to Gjesing Nord.  More details can be found in the section below.

Randers FC – Randers –  Essex Park Randers – Capacity: 12,000
Located in the small town of Randers on the  north east of Jutland and not far from Aarhus. The club was formed on January 1, 2003, as a merger between 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 1915), continuing Randers Freja’s (at the time) 1st division-team. Previous managers include Colin Todd and John Jensen.

FC Midtjylland
– Herning – SAS Arena – Capacity: 11,809
Located not far north from Billund, home of Legoland.  FCM have made massive strides in the past few years.   The Club has been runner-up twice in the Danish Cup final, and finished second twice and third twice in the Superliga.  On 14 Aug 2008 they beat Manchester City 1-0 in Manchester, in the 2nd Qualifying Round 1st leg of the UEFA cup. It was Manchester City’s first ever loss at home to a foreign team, having only ever lost at home in European Competition to Chelsea. Manchester City won the return leg in Denmark 1-0 after Danny Califf scored a last minute own-goal. Neither team was able to score in extra time and Midtjylland eventually lost the tie on penalties.  In 2004 the team moved to a new stadium in Herning with a capacity of approximately 12000 spectators. FC Midtjylland was the first Danish club to sell the stadium name to a sponsor, resulting in the name MCH Arena

Sonderjske – Haderslev – Hardersley FB Stadium – Capacity: 10,000
Sønderjyske was created as a club for the whole region of South Jutland as it was obvious that it was impossible to create elite teams able to compete in the top leagues on the former basis of city teams. The men’s football team used to be solely based in the city of Haderslev under the name Haderslev FK. Tenth last season, narrowly avoiding relegation.

FC Nordsjælland – Farum – Farum Park – Capacity: 10,000
Located in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen at the end of the S-Tog line, Nordsjaelland have more than held their own for the past few seasons and in fact they qualified for UEFA Cup 2008–09 by UEFA’s Fair-Play quota with Hertha BSC.They won against FC TVMK Tallinn and Queen of the South before being eliminated by greek side Olympiakos. FC Nordsjælland is known as an attacking minded team, that plays a 4-3-3 system which is well suited for their fluid passing style football.  Despite its modest attendance the stadium is hardly ever close to filling up and so tickets can be purchased from the booths on both sides of the stadium prior to kick off. All seats are 125DKR for Adults and 50DKR for Children. Tickets for the games versus the big two from the city are 175DKR and 75DKR respectively. They can also be bought online via the website at http://www.fcn.dk

Silkeborg IF – Silkeborg – Silkeborg Stadion – Capacity: 8,500
Champions as recently as 1994, and Danish Cup winners in 2001, they have spent more time recently out of the top flight than in it.  They won the 2nd division last season to return to the top flight after a two year absence.  It is one of the smaller stadiums in the top flight and used to be used for Speedway.  Plans have been drawn up to move to a new stadium outside the town.  Silkeborg is located in the north of Jutland not too far from Randers.

HB Koge – Herfolge – SEAS-NVE Park – Capacity: 8,000
Created after a merger between Koge and Herfolge last season, when the latter won the 2nd division and thus promotion.  The stadium is in the village of Herfolge, a few miles from Køge. If you are coming from Copenhagen then the easiest way to reach the ground is to take S-tog line A to its southern end at Køge (approx journey time from central station is 35 minutes) and then cross the platform and take a regional train one stop south to Herfolge (in the direction of Naestved). On exiting the station follow the rural road southwards to the main road and then turn left. You should see the floodlights ahead of you and the entrance to the ground is 150 yards on your right. Bus 502 also runs between the two stations.

More details on Football in Denmark can be found at our new Danish football site here.

Nearest Airport – Kastrup Copenhagen (CPH)
Telephone:              +45 3231 3231
Website:                  http://www.cph.dk

Copenhagen’s main airport is located around 8 miles to the south of the city.  It has three terminals – two dedicated to international and intercontinental flights, and the remote Terminal 1 is dedicated to internal flights.  Easyjet are the main budget carrier to fly to Copenhagen.  They fly here daily from London Gatwick and Stansted.  BA and SAS also fly here from London Heathrow. Cimber Sterling are Denmark’s biggest Budget airline – they fly three times a day from London Gatwick as too do Norwegian.

To get to the centre of the city from the airport, then you have two options.  The fastest way is to catch one of the regular trains that run from below terminal 3 to the central station.  The journey takes around 12 minutes and costs 34.50Kr.

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