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Odense Boldklub (also known as Odense BK or the more commonly used OB) is a Danish professional football club based in the city Odense. The club has won three Danish championships and five Danish Cup trophies. OB play in the Danish Superliga and their home field is EWII Park in Odense on Funen. OB's clubhouse is located in Ådalen near Odense River.

OB
Odense Boldklub.svg
Full name Odense Boldklub
Nickname(s) De Stribede
(The Striped)
Short name OB
Founded July 12, 1887; 130 years ago (1887-07-12)
Ground EWII Park, Odense
Ground Capacity 15,790[1]
Owner Odense Sport & Event A/S
Chairman Niels Thorborg
Manager Jakob Michelsen
League Danish Superliga
2017–18 Danish Superliga, 10th
Current season

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

OB were founded on 12 July 1887 as Odense Cricketklub, with cricket the only sport. In 1889, football and tennis departments were included in the club, and it changed name to the present Odense Boldklub. The club were then located in Munke Mose (The Monks bog) in Odense. OB moved to Ådalen in 1968, where the club still trains today.

In 1916, OB won the province championship for the first time and qualified to the semi-final of the Danish championship. They lost this match 3–9 to later champions B.93 from Copenhagen.

1945–1975: Mixed resultsEdit

When the Danish championship was reorganized after the Occupation of Denmark during World War II, OB were placed in the third best league, then named the Danish 3rd Division. After good help from the top goalscorers Svend Jørgen Hansen and Jørgen Leschly Sørensen, the club were quickly promoted to the best league. Svend Jørgen Hansen became OB's first Danish national team player in 1942, while Jørgen Leschly Sørensen was sold to the professional Italian team Atalanta in 1949.

In 1951, OB won their first medals, when the club won silver after runaway champions Akademisk Boldklub. Following the early success, it went down hill for the club. OB were relegated to the second-tier Danish 2nd Division in 1955, and the team had a hard time regaining its position in the top of Danish football. Despite promotions to the Danish 1st Division in 1957 and 1966, the club did not succeed to permanently stay in the top-flight until the promotion in 1975.

It did not help that the local rivals from B 1909 and B 1913 stayed in the top of the 1st Division in this period, where B 1909 won the 1959 and 1964 Danish championships. The intense local rivalry culminated in 1973, when 28,000 spectators watched the 2nd Division match between De Stribede and De røde (B 1909) on Odense Stadion. The match is still the spectator record for an OB home game.

In 1974, the club were in their first Danish Cup final, where the team lost 5–2 to Vanløse IF. Per Bartram from OB were awarded the title as Cup Fighter.

1975–1990: The golden yearsEdit

In 1975, OB was once more promoted to the 1st Division. This time the club had the players to be a top team in the best league under the reign of coach Richard Møller Nielsen. Just two years later, OB won their first Danish championship in the 1977 season. OB's midfielder Allan Hansen was the top goalscorer in the 1st Division and he was awarded as 1977 Danish Player of the Year' award, a double triumph he repeated in 1981.

The championship win meant that OB played their first European matches in 1978. They competed in the 1978 European Cup, where they lost in the first round to Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia.

In 1980, OB won bronze and the Danish championship was won for the second time in 1982. As Ricard Møller Nielsen's OB team were one of the dominating teams in Danish football in this period, B 1909 finished last in the 1982 1st Division, and were relegated to the 2nd Division. This made OB the best team of the Funen region. In 1983 OB took the cup to win their – so far – only The Double (with the 82' championship).

The team's success was built on many talented Danish players, counting 1982 Danish 1st Division Talent of the Year Keld Bordinggaard. The most prolific OB player of the era was goalkeeper Lars Høgh, who was a constant part of the team from 1977 to 1999 as he played a club record of 817 total matches for the first team.

In 1989, the club won the Danish championship again ahead of defending champions Brøndby IF under new manager Roald Poulsen. The profiles of Roald Poulsen's team included, apart from Lars Høgh, the midfielder Ulrik Moseby, the big defender Johnny Hansen, and the young forward Per Pedersen, who became the most expensive OB player sold, when he was bought by English team Blackburn Rovers for £2.3 million in 1997.

1991–: OB in the SuperligaEdit

 
Odense Stadion during a Superliga game between OB and Brøndby IF in 2008.

1991 was a special year for OB. They won the Danish Cup final against AaB after two goalless matches, extra time and penalty shootout. As the national arena Idrætsparken were under reconstruction in 1991, the final was played home at Odense Stadion. The cup success was not matched in the league, now known as the Danish Superliga. After the main tournament of the 1991–92 season, OB was relegated to the Qualifying League.

They finished in second place of the 1992 Qualifying League, and OB were back in the Superliga for the 1992–93 season. In that season, the club won silver medals after F.C. Copenhagen and they won their third Danish Cup trophy in 1993.

As the Danish Football Association (DBU) restructured the Superliga before the 1995–96 season, and introduced a league format of 33 games spanning a full year; OB won bronze once more. Even though the team had many profiles and good players, the team lacked stability and in the 1997–98 season, and OB ended last with six season victories to suffer relegation to the second tier league, the Danish 1st Division.

The club were runaway winners of the 1999 1st Division and subsequently returned to the Superliga for the 1999–2000 season. OB won the 2002 Danish Cup with a 2–1 victory against Copenhagen at Parken Stadium. Since their promotion 1999, OB's best league performance has been second place, occurring in the 2008–09 season. In 2006, OB ended third, its first top-three finish in ten years. Furthermore, the club had fourth-place finishes in 2003, 2004 and 2007.

In the 2006–07 season, OB finished fourth in the league after a close race in the last rounds. Nonetheless, OB won the Danish Cup after defeating Copenhagen 2–1, which gave OB the opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the second-straight year.

In the 2007–08 season, OB once again ended in fourth, which gave a chance to qualify to the UEFA Cup through the Intertoto Cup. On 19 and 26 July 2008, they played English side Aston Villa in the third round of the Intertoto Cup for the right to play in the second round of the UEFA Cup. OB managed a 2–2 home draw on 19 July, but a 1–0 away defeat on the 26 July resulted in a 2–3 aggregate loss to Villa.

OB finished second in the 2008–09 season, which led to a two-game playoff with Genoa for participation in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League. The first leg away at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris resulted in a 3–1 defeat, and the home game a 1–1 draw. In 2009–10, OB once again finished second in the league. After a fantastic start of the season the club disappointingly did not take the first place, due to a string of lost and drawn games in the spring of 2010. OB were drawn to face Scottish club Motherwell in the fourth qualifying round of the 2010–11 Europa League.

1994–95 UEFA Cup: The Miracle in MadridEdit

In the 1994–95 UEFA Cup, OB reached beyond the first round in a European tournament for the first time in club history. The team beat several opponents and most famously defeated Real Madrid to reach the quarter-final of the tournament.

In the first round, OB won both the home and away game 3–0 against Estonian Flora Tallinn. In the second round, they drew 1–1 in the away game against Northern Irish club Linfield and won 5–0 at home, including two long-range goals by defender Steen Nedergaard. In the third round, the played German team 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where OB managed a 1–1 draw in Germany and a 0–0 draw at home; OB advanced on the away goals rule.

In the fourth round, the opponent was Real Madrid, which at that time had Danish national team captain Michael Laudrup on the team. The first match was played at a sold-out Odense Stadion, and OB surprisingly scored on a corner kick in the first half. In the second half, Real Madrid quickly scored two goals, but OB managed to come back into the game, when they equalized to 2–2. Shortly before full-time, Real Madrid scored to 2–3, which was the final result of the game.

Due to the away goals rule, OB needed to win with a margin of two goals to advance to the quarter-finals. Ulrik Pedersen scored for a 1–0 lead to OB, and with a good goalkeeping by Lars Høgh, OB kept Real Madrid from scoring. With a goal by Morten Bisgaard shortly before stoppage time, OB achieved the needed 2–0 victory, and advanced to the quarter-final. OB's victory attracted attention in great parts of Europe and in Denmark the event was named "The Miracle in Madrid."

In the quarter-final, OB met Parma. In the first game away in Parma, OB and Lars Høgh almost prevented the Italians from scoring, but Steen Nedergaard committed a penalty which Parma converted and thus won the game 1–0. The second leg in Odense ended a 0–0 draw, which meant the end of OB's European adventure.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 18 June 2018

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 Thomas Mikkelsen
2   DF Kenneth Emil Petersen (captain)
4   DF Ryan Johnson Laursen
5   DF Alexander Ludwig
6   DF Jeppe Tverskov
8   DF André Rømer
10   FW Rasmus Festersen (vice-captain)
11   MF Casper Nielsen
13   GK Sten Grytebust
14   MF Jens Jakob Thomasen
15   FW Nicklas Helenius
16   MF Julius Eskesen
No. Position Player
17   MF Jonathan Harboe
19   MF Mikkel Desler
20   DF Jacob Barrett Laursen
21   MF Mathias Greve
23   MF Troels Kløve
24   DF Marco Lund
25   FW Mathias Jørgensen
26   FW Yao Dieudonne
27   GK Oliver Christensen
28   FW Anders K. Jacobsen
29   MF Mads Frøkjær-Jensen

Club officialsEdit

Odense Boldklub Board[2]

  • Board chairman: Niels Thorborg
  • Chief executive: Enrico Augustinus
  • Communication chief: Peter Hørlüch
  • Communication consultant: Asger Torning
  • Chief Scout: Ole Nielsen
  • Kit manager: Steffen Nielsen
  • Material manager: Thomas Johansson

Coaching and medical staff

  • Manager: Jakob Michelsen
  • Assistant managers: Henrik Hansen
  • Sports director: Jepser Hansen
  • Talent manager: Uffe Pedersen
  • Goalkeeping coach: Lars Bjerring
  • Chief scout: Ole Nielsen
  • Physioterapist: Daniel Borgen
  • Doctor: Christen Vilberg
  • Assistant doctor: Thomas Haller
  • Masseur: Mustapha Lamnaouar
  • Team manager: Steffen Nielsen
  • Material: Thomas Johansson

Managerial historyEdit

Dates Name Notes
1948–50   Denis Neville
1950–54   Géza Toldi
1955–58   Jørgen Leschly Sørensen
1961   Svend Hugger
1962–63   Dragisa Milic
1963   Jørgen Leschly Sørensen Manager for the second time.
1964–68   Børge Jacobsen
1969–72   Jack Johnson
1972–74   Kaj Hansen
1975–85   Richard Møller Nielsen Achieved the first league title for OB in 1977.
1986–87   Walther Richter
1988–91   Roald Poulsen
1991–95   Kim Brink Became sportsdirector in 2000.
1995–97   Viggo Jensen
1997–98   Roald Poulsen Manager for the second time.
1998   Jens Plambech
1999–00   Torben Storm
2000–02   Troels Bech
2002–04   Uffe Pedersen
1 Jan 2004 – 30 June 2005   Klavs Rasmussen &
  Troels Bech
Bech manager for the second time.
1 July 2005 – 12 March 2007   Bruce Rioch
2007   Michael Hemmingsen Stepped in from the role as assistant manager.
25 Jan 2007 – 14 Sept 2010   Lars Olsen
14 Sept 2010 – 7 Nov 2010   Uffe Pedersen Temporary manager – manager for the second time,
7 Nov 2010 – 26 Mar 2012   Henrik Clausen
27 Mar 2012 – 30 June 2012   Poul Hansen Temporary manager
1 July 2012 – 30 Sept 2014   Troels Bech Manager for the third time.
30 Sept 2014 – 7 June 2015   Ove Pedersen
8 June 2015 – 21 May 2018   Kent Nielsen
29 May 2018 – present   Jakob Michelsen

SponsorshipEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1972–1977 none Texaco
1977–1978 Puma
1978–1980 unknown
1980–1985 Paaskebrød
1985–1986 Nykredit
1986–1987 Bendix Bank
1987–1991 Albani
1991–1997 Damixa
1997–2001 Adidas
2001–2008 Nike Carlsberg
2008–2015 Puma
2016–2018 hummel
2018– Albani

Carlsberg has been OB's main sponsor since 2001, while hummel has been its kit sponsor since January 2016.[3] Before that, Puma was kit sponsor from the end of the 1970s to the end of the 1990s, and has been kit sponsor for every three league titles OB has won. When OB signed with Puma in 2008, the board was hoping that the history with Puma could achieve their ambition with two league titles before 2015.[4]

After 16 years with Carlsberg on the front of the shirt, OB changed main sponsor to Royal Unibrew. They signed a contract until 31 May 2023, and the new sponsor on the front of the shirt would become Albani Brewery, that is owned by Royal Unibrew. This came into force from the summer 2017.[5]

AwardsEdit

Player of the YearEdit

Talent of the YearEdit

OB in EuropeEdit

2004–05 Intertoto CupEdit

  • Intertoto Cup
  • First Round
Odense   0–0   Ballymena United
Attendance: 1,197
Referee: Prades Mengual

Ballymena United   0–7   Odense
Miti   25'62'88'
Højer   33'55'
Møller Pedersen   80'
Borre   82'
Attendance: 2,107
Referee: Egill Mar Markusson

Odense won 7–0 on aggregate.


  • Second Round
Odense   0–3   Villarreal
Anderson   66'
Cazorla   70'
Guayre   88'
Attendance: 523
Referee: Mike Dean

Villarreal   2–0   Odense
José Mari   23'
Font   39'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Wolfgang Sowa

Villarreal won 5–0 on aggregate.

2006–07 Intertoto Cup and UEFA CupEdit

  • Intertoto Cup
  • Second Round
Odense   3–0   Shelbourne
Fevang   28'42'58'
Attendance: 1,903
Referee: Tsvetan Georgiev

Shelbourne   1–0   Odense
Ndo   33'
Attendance: 800

Odense won 3–1 on aggregate.


  • Third Round
Odense   1–0   Hibernian
Sørensen   33'
Attendance: 2,341
Referee: Phillipe Kalt

Hibernian   2–1   Odense
Jones   53'
Dalglish   79'
Grahn   50'
Attendance: 10,640
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni

Odense won 2–2 on aggregate and away goal.


  • UEFA Cup
  • Second qualification round
Odense   1–0   Llanelli
Bechara   29'
Attendance: 2,744
Referee: Eigil Magnus Kristinsson

Llanelli   1–5   Odense
McCabe   10' Timm   15'
Hansen   30'
Sørensen   59'
Ophaug   65'
Bechara   90'
Attendance: 2,759
Referee: Dejan Delević

Odense won 6–1 on aggregate.


  • First round

Hertha BSC   2–2   Odense
Giménez   38'
Boateng   50'
Šimunić   7' (o.g.)
Bechara   52'
Attendance: 12,814
Referee: Viktor Kassai

Odense   1–0   Hertha BSC
Timm   63'
Attendance: 11,462
Referee: Iain Robertson

Odense won 3–2 on aggregate.


  • Group Stage

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Parma 4 3 0 1 6 6 0 9
  Osasuna 4 2 1 1 7 4 3 7
  Lens 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 4
  Odense 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
  Heerenveen 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2 4

Odense   1–2   Parma
Hansen   7' Dessena   39'
Budan   51'
Attendance: 12,559
Referee: Serge Gumienny

Heerenveen   0–2   Odense
Lekić   45'59'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Tony Asumaa

Odense   1–1   Lens
Grahn   58' Jemâa   87'
Attendance: 7,707
Referee: Alon Yefet

Osasuna   3–1   Odense
Puñal   28'65'
Romeo   85'
Puñal   73' (o.g.)
Attendance: 13,115
Referee: Peter Sippel

2007–08 UEFA CupEdit

  • First qualification round

St Patrick's Athletic   0–0   Odense
Report
Attendance: 2,800
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (France)

Odense   5–0   St Patrick's Athletic
Andreasen   20'
Christensen   29'
Borring   45'
Christensen   73'
Nymann   88'
Report
Attendance: 5,306
Referee: Bernie Raymond Blom(Nederland)

Odense won 5–0 on aggregate.


  • Second qualification round

Dinamo Minsk   1–1   Odense
Putjila   72' Report Laursen   90'
Referee: Mark Courtney (Northern Ireland)

Odense   4–0   Dinamo Minsk
Nielsen   37'55'
Absalonsen   76'79'
Report
Attendance: 6,416
Referee: Michael Weiner(Germany)

Odense won 5–1 on aggregate.


  • First round

Sparta Prague   0–0   Odense
Report
Attendance: 7,247
Referee: Edo Trivkovic (Croatia)

Odense   0–0   Sparta Prague
Report
Attendance: 10,565
Referee: Igor Egorov(Russia)

Sparta Prague won 4–3 after penalty shootout.

2008–09 UEFA Intertoto CupEdit

  • Second Round
TPS Turku   1–2   Odense
One   37' Djiby Fall   5'
Sørensen   84'
Attendance: 2,400
Referee: Andrejs Sipailo (Latvia)

Odense   2–0   TPS Turku
Djiby Fall   21'52'
Attendance: 4,034
Referee: Igor Zakharov (Russia)

Odense won 4–1 on aggregate.


  • Third Round
Odense   2–2   Aston Villa
Sidwell   25' (o.g.)
Møller Christensen   90'
Carew   7'
Laursen   76'
Attendance: 11,393
Referee: Andrea De Marco

Aston Villa   1–0   Odense
A. Young   50'
Attendance: 31,423
Referee: C. Cakir

Aston Villa won 3–2 on aggregate.

2009–10 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

  • Third qualification round

Rabotnički   3–4   Odense
Savić   21'
Wandeir   24'
Zé Carlos   74'
Report Cacá   20'34'70'
Sørensen   62' (pen.)
Referee: Vladislav Bozborodov (Russia)

Odense   3–0   Rabotnički
Utaka   52'76'80' Report
Referee: Hannes Kaasik (Estonia)

Odense won 7–3 on aggregate.


Genoa   3–1   Odense
Moretti   9'
Figueroa   48'56'
Report Gíslason   58'
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

Odense   1–1   Genoa
Figueroa   45+2' (o.g.) Report Criscito   53'
Attendance: 10,001
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Genoa won 4–2 on aggregate.

2010–11 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

  • Third qualification round

Odense   5–3   Zrinjski
Gíslason   16'
Absalonsen   23'
Utaka   31'60'
Andreasen   37'
Report Zadro   15'70'
Žižović   65' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,500

Zrinjski   0–0   Odense
Report
Attendance: 6,332

Odense won 5–3 on aggregate.


  • Play-off

Odense   2–1   Motherwell
Sørensen   31'
Utaka   78'
Report Hateley   90+4'
Attendance: 14,911
Referee: Zsolt Szabo (Hungary)

Motherwell   0–1   Odense
Report Utaka   28'
Attendance: 9,105

Odense won 3–1 on aggregate.


  • Group stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  VfB Stuttgart 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15
  Young Boys 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
  Getafe 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 7
  Odense 6 1 1 4 8 14 −6 4
  GET OB STU YB
Getafe 2–1 0–3 1–0
Odense 1–1 1–2 2–0
VfB Stuttgart 1–0 5–1 3–0
Young Boys 2–0 4–2 4–2

Getafe   2–1   Odense
Arizmendi   51'
Ríos   81'
Report Andreasen   44'

Odense   1–2   VfB Stuttgart
Johansson   78' Report Kuzmanović   72'
Harnik   86'
Attendance: 14,761

Young Boys   4–2   Odense
Bienvenu   25'
Sutter   34'
Degen   61'
Lulić   74'
Report Utaka   48'
Sørensen   84' (pen.)
Attendance: 12,511

Odense   2–0   Young Boys
Andreasen   12'60' Report
Attendance: 5,600

Odense   1–1   Getafe
Andreasen   90+2' Report Ríos   17'
Attendance: 5,599

VfB Stuttgart   5–1   Odense
Gebhart   20'
Høegh   47' (o.g.)
Gentner   65'
Pogrebnyak   70'
Marica   90+3'
Report Utaka   72'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

2011–12 UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

  • Third qualification round

Odense   1–1   Panathinaikos
Reginiussen   90' Report Leto   47'
Attendance: 10,055

Panathinaikos   3–4   Odense
Boumsong   37'
Toché   50'
Petropoulos   90+5'
Report Johansson   12'
Ruud   58'
Kadrii   80'
Andreasen   87'
Attendance: 25,000

Odense won 5–4 on aggregate.


  • Play-off round

Odense   1–0   Villarreal
Andreasen   84' Report
Attendance: 13.002
Referee: Damir Skomina

Villarreal   3–0   Odense
Rossi   50'66'
Marchena   82'
Report
Attendance: 18.000
Referee: Craig Thomson

Villarreal won 3–1 on aggregate.


2011–12 UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

  • Group stage

Group K

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Twente 6 4 1 1 14 7 7 13
  Wisła Kraków 6 3 0 3 8 13 −5 9
  Fulham 6 2 2 2 9 6 3 8
  Odense 6 1 1 4 9 14 −5 4
  FUL OB TWE WK
Fulham 2–2 1–1 4–1
Odense 0–2 1–4 1–2
Twente 1–0 3–2 4–1
Wisła Kraków 1–0 1–3 2–1

Wisła Kraków   1–3   Odense
Kirm   54' Report Johansson   35'
Utaka   80'
Falk   90+2'

Odense   0–2   Fulham
Report Johnson   36'88'
Attendance: 7,969

Odense   1–4   Twente
Fall   71' Report Brama   13'
Bajrami   31'
Chadli   65'
De Jong   82'
Attendance: 8,036

Twente   3–2   Odense
Høegh   35' (o.g.)
Landzaat   37'
Fer   82'
Report Fall   11'62'
Attendance: 20,000

Odense   1–2   Wisła Kraków
Jensen   51' Report Biton   20'
Malecki   29'
Attendance: 5,824

Fulham   2–2   Odense
Dempsey   27'
Frei   31'
Report Andreasen   64'
Fall   90+3'
Attendance: 15,757
Referee: Alon Yefet

RankingsEdit

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

(As of 4 Oct 2014), Source: Bert Kassies website

Team Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
  OB Odense Team Rank
Points
113 
 14.970 
104 
 18.610 
112 
 15.005 
136 
 12.640 
145 
 11.760 

Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 SL 7 33 11 8 14 59 61 41
1997–98 SL 12 33 6 7 20 40 57 25 relegated
1998–99 1D 1 30 24 2 4 81 24 74 promoted
1999–00 SL 9 33 11 10 12 42 44 43
2000–01 SL 7 33 13 7 13 49 45 46 last 16
2001–02 SL 6 33 13 10 10 56 51 49 winner
2002–03 SL 4 33 12 12 9 55 50 48 last 16
2003–04 SL 4 33 16 9 8 66 46 57 semi-final
2004–05 SL 6 33 13 9 11 61 41 48 5th round
2005–06 SL 3 33 17 7 9 49 28 58 quarter-final
2006–07 SL 4 33 17 7 9 46 36 58 winner
2007–08 SL 4 33 12 16 5 46 27 52 last 16
2008–09 SL 2 33 21 6 6 65 31 69 5th round
2009–10 SL 2 33 17 8 8 46 34 59 semi-final
2010–11 SL 2 33 16 7 9 55 39 55 last 16
2011–12 SL 10 33 8 10 15 46 50 34 3rd round
2012–13 SL 10 33 10 8 15 52 59 38 quarter-final
2013–14 SL 8 33 10 10 13 47 46 40 last 16

HonoursEdit

AchievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit