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Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber (EfB; pronounced [ˈɛsbjæɐ̯ˀ]) is a professional Danish football club from the port city of Esbjerg in West Jyland. 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
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Full nameEsbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short nameEfB
Founded23 July 1924; 94 years ago (1924-07-23)
GroundBlue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Capacity16,942
ChairmanBrian Knudsen
ManagerJohn Lammers
LeagueDanish Superliga
2017–18Danish 1st Division, 2nd (promoted)

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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. 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.

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

AchievementsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 5 November 2018[1]

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 Jonas Jensen
3   MF Simon Bækgaard
4   DF Agus
5   DF Markus Halsti
6   MF Lasha Parunashvili
7   MF Joni Kauko
8   DF Rodolph Austin
9   FW Adrian Petre
11   MF Adnane Tighadouini (on loan from Málaga)
14   DF Jesper Lauridsen
16   GK Jeppe Højbjerg
17   FW Emmanuel Oti Essigba
18   FW William Møller
No. Position Player
21   MF Mark Brink
22   FW Brent McGrath
23   FW Yuriy Yakovenko
24   DF Kristian Riis
25   DF Jeppe Brinch
26   MF Mathias Kristensen
32   DF Nikolaj Hagelskjær
38   MF Jakob Sørensen
40   DF Daniel Anyembe
42   MF Klaus Moesgaard
44   MF Mads Zaar
50   MF Mads Larsen

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
11   FW Budu Zivzivadze (at Dinamo Tbilisi until 31 December 2018)
35   GK Lasse Askou Mikkelsen (at Kolding IF until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
  FW Mads Hvilsom (at SønderjyskE until 30 June 2019)
  Jeppe Schultz (at Kolding IF until 30 June 2019)

StaffEdit

  • Head Coach: John Lammers
  • 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 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superligatrup | Esbjerg fB". efb.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. ^ http://www.efb.dk/kian_aarets_spiller_ankersen_scorede_saesonens_maal
  3. ^ http://www.efb.dk/jonas_knudsen_repraesenterer_efb_ved_em_i_tjekkiet
  4. ^ https://www.bold.dk/fodbold/nyheder/anders-dreyer-aarets-spiller-i-esbjerg/

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