Esbjerg fB

Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber (Danish pronunciation: [ˈesˌpjɛɐ̯ˀ fʌˈe̝ˀnð̩ ˈpʌltkʰlupɐ]; commonly known as Esbjerg fB or EfB in short) is a professional football club based in Esbjerg, West Jutland, Denmark, that plays in the 1st Division, the second-tier of the Danish football league system. Founded in 1924 as a merger between Esbjerg Boldklub af 1898 and Esbjerg Amatørklub af 1911, the first team play their home games at Blue Water Arena which has been the club's home ground since its opening in 1955.

Esbjerg fB
Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber logo.png
Full nameEsbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short nameEfB
Founded23 July 1924; 97 years ago (1924-07-23)[1]
GroundBlue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Capacity18,000
OwnerChien Lee
Partners Path Capital
Pacific Media Group
Krishen Sud
Head coachPeter Hyballa
League1st Division
2020–211st Division, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

 
Original logo

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.[1] 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.[2]

The club's golden years were in the first half of the 1960s with the Austrian coach Rudi Strittich throughout most of the decade.[3][4] The club won the Danish Championship in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965 and won the DBU Cup in 1964.[5] 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.[6]

In March 2021, Chien Lee, Partners Path Capital, Pacific Media Group and Krishen Sud invested in Esbjerg fB and became the majority shareholder.[7]

StadiumEdit

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

HonoursEdit

 
Esbjerg fB by season.

Danish Superliga

Danish Cup

Danish 1st Division

AchievementsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 27 July 2021[8]

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   DEN Mads Kikkenborg
2 DF   DEN Jonas Mortensen
3 MF   DEN Simon Bækgaard
4 DF   DEN Viktor Tranberg
5 DF   DEN Kristoffer Lund
6 MF   GEO Lasha Parunashvili
7 MF   DEN Patrick Egelund
8 MF   DEN Mads Larsen
9 FW   ISL Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
11 MF   FIN Pyry Soiri
13 DF   DEN Denis Catovic
14 FW   AUT Patrick Schmidt (on loan from Barnsley)
15 DF   DEN Marcus Gudmann
16 GK   DEN Jeppe Højbjerg
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   DEN Nicklas Strunck
20 DF   DEN Jacob Rasmussen
22 DF   ISL Ísak Ólafsson
24 FW   DEN Emil Holten
25 DF   DEN Jeppe Brinch
27 FW   DEN Marcus Hansen
29 MF   DEN Mads Borchers
30 DF   AUS Con Ouzounidis
36 DF   ENG Jordan Helliwell (on loan from Barnsley)
37 DF   ENG Charlie Winfield (on loan from Barnsley)
39 FW   CAN Steven Simpson (on loan from Barnsley)
40 MF   ENG Matty Wolfe (on loan from Barnsley)
42 FW   DEN Phun Mang
53 FW   DEN Elias Sørensen

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
10 MF   DEN Jakob Ankersen
17 DF   DEN Kevin Conboy
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   UKR Yuriy Yakovenko
45 FW   DEN Zean Dalügge

Youth players in use 2021-22Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   DEN Marcus Kristensen
35 MF   DEN Emil Jørgensen
51 MF   DEN Gustav Jensen
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 MF   DEN Bendix Bennetzen
57 DF   DEN Malthe Kristensen

StaffEdit

  • Head Coach: Peter Hyballa
  • Assistant Coach: Claus Nørgaard
  • 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 coachesEdit

Denmark national football team playersEdit

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

Former notable foreign playersEdit

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 yearEdit

Player of the year Esbjerg fB

Player of the year Denmark

Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1999–2000 SL 12 33 8 4 21 40 70 28 Quarter-final relegated
2000–01 1D 1 30 19 8 3 79 29 65 5th round promoted
2001–02 SL 7 33 13 6 14 42 44 45 Semi-final
2002–03 SL 5 33 12 11 10 65 57 47 Quarter-final
2003–04 SL 3 33 18 8 7 71 44 62 5th round
2004–05 SL 5 33 13 10 10 61 47 49 5th round
2005–06 SL 6 33 12 6 15 43 45 42 Runner-up
2006–07 SL 7 33 10 10 13 46 51 40 4th round
2007–08 SL 7 33 13 6 14 59 54 45 Runner-up
2008–09 SL 9 33 7 11 15 32 41 32 3rd round
2009–10 SL 4 33 13 11 9 48 43 50 4th round
2010–11 SL 12 33 7 12 14 36 49 33 Semi-final relegated
2011–12 1D 1 26 21 3 2 60 19 66 3rd round promoted
2012–13 SL 4 33 13 8 12 38 32 47 Winner
2013–14 SL 5 33 13 9 11 47 38 48 4th round
2014–15 SL 8 33 10 10 13 47 45 40 Semi-final
2015–16 SL 11 33 7 9 17 38 64 30 3rd round
2016–17 SL 14 32 6 12 14 32 54 30 3rd round relegated
2017–18 1D 2 33 18 6 9 61 36 60 1st round promoted
2018–19 SL 3 36 16 8 12 45 47 56 Quarter-final
2019–20 SL 14 32 5 7 20 32 58 22 Quarter-final relegated
2020–21 1D 3rd round

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ahlstrøm, Frits (2013). Fodbold i sjov og alvor (1. E-bogsudgave ed.). Politiken. ISBN 9788740013207.
  2. ^ "Esbjerg fB - 3F Superliga". superliga.dk. Superliga. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ Kjærbøl, Michael (24 August 2018). "Diametrale trænermodsætninger – DBUs slingrekurs". ekstrabladet.dk. Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Trænerlegenden Rudi Strittich er død". ekstrabladet.dk. Ekstra Bladet. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Det gyldne efterår 1961 - et tronskifte i dansk fodbold". jv.dk. JydskeVestkysten. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ Fodbold, danske kampe 2011 (1st ed.). Carlsens Årbøger. 2011. p. 16.
  7. ^ “EfB presents new majority shareholder”
  8. ^ "Superligatrup | Esbjerg fB". efb.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. ^ "Esbjerg fB's officielle hjemmeside | Regionens Hold" (in Danish). EfB.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  10. ^ "Esbjerg fB's officielle hjemmeside | Regionens Hold" (in Danish). EfB.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Sæsonens Spiller 2018/2019: Joni Kauko - EfB" (in Danish). Efb.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.

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