Kjøbenhavns Boldklub

Kjøbenhavns Boldklub or KB is a Danish sports club based in Copenhagen. The club was founded 26 April 1876 on the grassy fields in outer Copenhagen which later became Fælledparken. Tennis has been played since 1883. The club hosted, in 1921, one of the early tennis majors: the World Covered Court Championships, won by William Laurentz that year. Today, along with the sports already mentioned, the club also has facilities for badminton, swimming and pétanque.

KB's logo
Full nameKjøbenhavns Boldklub
Short nameKB
Founded26 April 1876; 146 years ago (1876-04-26)
GroundFrederiksberg I P Opvisning,
Capacity —
ChairmanNiels-Christian Holmstrøm
ManagerNiels Sørensen
LeagueKøbenhavnsserien (tier 5)
WebsiteClub website

The football team went on to become the most successful club in Denmark, winning a record 15 Danish championship titles from 1913 to 1980. In 1991, KB and B 1903 merged their professional football teams and formed F.C. Copenhagen. Until 1 January 2009, the F.C. Copenhagen reserves played under the KB name.

It took until 7 September 1879 for a first 'show'-game at Eremitagen in Klampenborg. Football and cricket has been played in KB since 1879.


KB's logo is designed by architect and designer Thorvald Bindesbøll (1846–1908). Bindesbøll also designed the Carlsberg logo, and KB's logo is believed to be sponsored by Carlsberg.



Football was added to the club's programme on 24 October 1878, making it the oldest football club in the world outside of United Kingdom.[1] The first advertised games were scheduled for the military exercise ground near Rosenborg Castle on 5 January 1879 (at 11am).[2] It took until 7 September 1879 for a first 'show'-game at Eremitagen in Klampenborg. This makes KB to be the oldest football club on continental Europe.

Since November 2018, KB is a member of the Club of Pioneers.

Danish national football team all-time top scorer Poul Nielsen (1891–1962) played for KB during all of his career.

One of Denmark's all-time greatest players, Michael Laudrup, played for the club from 1980 to 1982 before rejoining Brøndby IF.

Legendary striker Preben Elkjær played for KB for one season as a trainee (1973–1974), while Nicklas Bendtner, who as of 2019 plays for FCK, was a former trainee at KB between the years of 2002 and 2004.


Danish championship

Danish Cup

Notable playersEdit

50 or more appearancesEdit

All players who have played in 50 or more such matches or played international football during their time at the club are listed below. Players are listed according to the date of their first professional contract signed with the club. Appearances and goals are for first-team competitive matches only; wartime matches are excluded, substitute appearances are included.

Poul Nielsen holds both the appearance and goalscoring records, with 201 appearances and 276 goals between 1907 and 1927. Torben Piechnik is the only other player with over 100 appearances, with 175 between 1980 and 1987.

Name Nationality Position Kjøbenhavns Boldklub career Appearances Goals
Ludvig Drescher   Denmark Goalkeeper 1897–1917 Unknown
Kristian Middelboe   Denmark Defender 1897–1921 Unknown
Oskar Nørland   Denmark Striker 1898–1918 Unknown
Bjørn Rasmussen   Denmark Striker 1901–1921 Unknown
Nils Middelboe   Denmark Midfielder 1903–1913 Unknown
Ivar Lykke   Denmark Defender 1905–1925 Unknown
Svend Aage Castella   Denmark Midfielder 1906–1926 Unknown
Poul Nielsen   Denmark Striker 1907–1927 201 276
Christian Morville   Denmark Midfielder 1907–1913


Steen Steensen Blicher   Denmark Defender 1915–1935 Unknown
Poul Graae   Denmark Goalkeeper 1915–1925 Unknown
Alf Olsen   Denmark Striker 1915–1923 Unknown
Vilhelm Wolfhagen   Denmark Striker 1915–1929 Unknown
Eigil Nielsen   Denmark Goalkeeper 1934–1954 Unknown
Dion Ørnvold   Denmark Midfielder 1937–1951 Unknown
Niels Bennike   Denmark Midfielder 1943–1950 Unknown
Per Jensen   Denmark Striker 1947–1953 Unknown
Jørn Sørensen   Denmark Striker 1958–1961 Unknown
Niels-Christian Holmstrøm   Denmark Striker 1967–1969


Finn Laudrup   Denmark Striker 1976–1980 Unknown
Ole Qvist   Denmark Goalkeeper 1979–1986 39 0
Torben Piechnik   Denmark Defender 1980–1987 175 Unknown
Prince Nana Takyi   Ghana Striker 2001–2003 27 3
Jamil Fearrington   Denmark Defender 2004–2006


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International playersEdit

In the first official game of the Denmark national football team on 19 October 1908, at the 1908 Summer Olympics, five players represented KB in that team, including team captain Kristian Middelboe. Since then, a total 75 players have represented KB in the senior Danish national team.[3][4]

Listed according to the year of debut.

Further readingEdit

  • Jens Jam Rasmussen and Michael Rachlin, "Slaget om København" (The battle of Copenhagen), Denmark, 2005, ISBN 87-91693-55-1.
  • Allan Mylius Thomsen, "K.B. – 125 år. Et kalejdoskopisk billede af en boldklub og dens by"


  1. ^ "Archived copy". www.dbukoebenhavn.dk. Archived from the original on 2015-08-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.dbukoebenhavn.dk/oevrigt_indhold/DBUK_Historie/KBUs%20historie/KBU%20100%20aar[dead link]
  3. ^ "Landsholdsdatabasen".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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