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Silkeborg IF (Full name: Silkeborg Idrætsforening, or SIF in short) is a professional Danish football club in Silkeborg, Denmark. The club was founded in 1917, reached the highest level of Danish football in 1987, and was during 67bc one of the most successful football clubs in Denmark, in 45th place in the league in 1993–94, third place in 1994–95 and 2000-01, second place in 1997–98 as well as a Danish Cup victory in 2001. Silkeborg has participated in European games several times, and won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1996.

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Full nameSilkeborg Idrætsforening
Short nameSIF
Founded1917; 102 years ago (1917)
GroundJYSK Park
Capacity10,000 (6,000 seated)
ChairmanKent Madsen
ManagerMichael Hansen
LeagueDanish 1st Division
2017–18Danish Superliga, 13th (relegated)



Founded in 1917, the football section of Silkeborg IF played in the top ranks of Jutland until a short visit in the third division in 1962. In 1966, however the team was promoted to the 2nd division of Danish football. In 1982, the club took the decisive step towards the Danish top football, as the company SIF Football Support A / S was founded, a professional company that would be responsible for professional football in Silkeborg. This resulted in a rise in 1987 to the country's top row, the 1st division. This came as a large surprise to most football enthusiasts and a reporter from the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote, "It will be a surprise if Silkeborg will win a corner kick." The team, however, played well and already in the third game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmark's dominant team, Brøndby with a 1-0 win at home.

1994 championshipEdit

There were many vital matches in the 1993–94 season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was the tournament's third round match at home against Brøndby. Just before the game, the team's big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea,[1] and when Brøndby put themselves ahead 2–0 early in the game, it looked difficult for the home team. But Silkeborg totally turned the match upside down and won 4–2 in front of an enthusiastic audience.[2] During the rest of the fall SIF delivered one attractive game after another. The team lost only two of 18 matches and could overwinter in the first place of the Danish Superliga.

The playoffs were a thrilling affair. The superior play by the fall was followed by a more calculating style. On away SIF ran into a few serious defeats, but in turn Silkeborg Stadion was a fortress. Here, SIF won six out of seven games and conceded only one goal. In the second last round SIF could secure the championship with an away win against the only remaining competitor Copenhagen. Silkeborg fans flocked to the national arena, Parken Stadium, where the match was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga, namely 26,679.[3] The many visiting SIF-fans, however, witnessed SIF scoring the first goal of the match but eventually losing 1–4.

The situation before the final round was that SIF should provide a better result than Copenhagen to become champions. At home, SIF played Aalborg BK and won 2–0 on two goals by leading scorer Heine Fernandez, and in Odense OB obtained a Copenhagen lead in the second half and won 3–2 on a goal in injury time, securing SIF the championship.

2001 cup winners and relegationEdit

In 2001, Silkeborg won the Danish Cup with a 4–1 victory against league rivals AB. Behind 0–1 at half-time, the team scored four times in the second half of the match by Brian Pedersen, Thomas Poulsen and two from Henrik Pedersen. Steven Lustü, who later would become a prominent player for Silkeborg, played the entire game for AB. The following years' results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton Wanderers, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş and Thomas Røll to Copenhagen. At the same time, Morten Bruun, the player with most caps to his name in the club history, retired. In 2003, the team was relegated to the second best Danish league, but returned to the top row the following year. For two seasons in a row, the team finished eighth in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated. When former player Troels Bech returned to the club as head coach in 2009, however, he transformed the team and helped the club to promotion. Silkeborg finished fifth in the league in 2011, the best result in 15 years.




Current squadEdit

As of 30 January 2019[4]

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 Nørgaard
4   DF Simon Jakobsen
5   DF Svenn Crone
6   DF Frederik Møller
7   FW Stephan Petersen
8   MF Andreas Heimer
9   FW Shkodran Maholli
13   MF Mikkel Vendelbo
14   MF Dennis Flinta (Captain)
15   DF Gustav Dahl
16   GK Peter Friis Jensen
17   MF Casper Sloth
No. Position Player
19   MF Magnus Mattsson
20   FW Marc Rochester Sørensen
21   MF Mads Emil Madsen
22   MF Valance Nambishi
23   MF Jeppe Okkels
24   DF Jeppe Gertsen
25   DF Anders Hagelskjær
26   MF Rasmus Carstensen
27   DF Sebastian Jørgensen
28   FW Oliver Haurits
29   FW Ronnie Schwartz
30   GK Oscar Hedvall

Incoming playersEdit

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

No. Position Player
  FW Emil Holten (From Næstved BK on 30 June 2019)[5]
  MF Mads Kaalund (From Næstved BK on 30 June 2019)[5]

Leaving playersEdit

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

No. Position Player
7   FW Stephan Petersen (To HB Køge on 30 June 2019)[6]
17   MF Casper Sloth (To Motherwell on 30 June 2019)


Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Michael Hansen
Assistant manager   Peder Knudsen
Goalkeeping coach   Henrik Ipsen
Fitness coach   Lars Raundahl Rasmussen
Fitness assistant   Mikkel Cramer
Fysiothearpeut   Michael Larsen
Sporting director   Jesper Stücker

Last updated: 5 September 2015
Source: Silkeborg IF

Managerial historyEdit

European cup historyEdit

Season Cup Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1991 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group   Hammarby IF 4–1 1–3
Group   Energie Cottbus 4–1 0–1
Group   Dukla Banksá Bystrica 1–3 2–0
1993 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group   Zürich 2–0
Group   VfL Bochum 2–2
Group   Tirol 1–1
Group   Slovan Bratislava 2–1
1994 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group   Halmstads BK 2–0
Group   Maccabi Netanya 0–0
Group   Sparta Prague 4–1
Group   Lokomotiv Sofia 7–2
1994–95 Champions League 1Q   Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 3–1 1–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q   Crusaders 4–0 1–2 6–1
2Q   Sparta Prague 1–2 0–1 2–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group   Sporting Charleroi 2–4
Group   Zagłębie Lubin 0–0
Group   SV Ried 0–3
Group   Conwy United 4–0
Semi Final   Uralmash 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final   Segesta Sisak 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
1996–97 UEFA Cup Q   Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–2 3–5
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group   Grazer AK 0–2
Group   Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5–0
Group   Bastia 0–1
Group   Ebbw Vale 6–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   Mura 2–0 0–0 2–0
2Q   Roma 0–2 1–0 0–3
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Dnepr Mogilev 1–2 2–1 2–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q   Real Zaragoza 1–2 3–0 1–5

Former notable playersEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

Competitive matches only. To matches played March 22, 2017.[7]

# Name Career Goals
1   Henrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 96
2   Heine Fernandez 1990–1998 96
3   Rajko Lekić 2003–2004 and 2008–2011 76
4   Christian Holst 2008–2014 47
5   Jesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 45
6   Iddi Alkhag 2001–2007 41
7   Michael Hansen 1991–1996 and 2006–2007 39
8   Morten Bruun 1988–2001 35
9   Ole Skov 1988–1992 35
10   Nocko Joković 1996–1999 33
11   Peter Lassen 1999–2000 33
12   Allan Reese 1991–1997 32
13   Hans Erfurt 1987–1994 31
14   Marvin Pourie 2011–2013 29
15   Jesper Bech 2004–2014 28

Top appearancesEdit

Competitive matches only. To matches played March 22, 2017.[8]

# Name Career Appearances
1   Morten Bruun 1988–2001 424
2   Bjarne Jensen 348
3   Dennis Flinta 2005–2007 and 2009–present 329
4   Ingvar Johansen 1979–1993 325
5   Arne Skovbo 308
6   Kurt Nielsen 307
7   Peter Kjær 1993–2001 291
8   Christian Duus 1991–2005 283
9   Henrik Pedersen 1995–2001 and 2008–2012 270
10   Michael Larsen 1992–2003 269
11   Thomas Poulsen 1997–2006 255
12   Brian Skaarup −1991 254
13   Heine Fernandez 1990–1998 246
14   Jørgen Hansen 245
15   Jesper Thygesen 1994–1998 and 2000–2003 245


  1. ^ 1993–1994 season, Silkeborg IF by year, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Superstats SIF-BIF 15.08.1993, SIF-BIF: 4–2, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Superstats FCK-SIF 05.06.1994, FCK-SIF: 4–1, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nordicbet Liga-trup | Silkeborg IF". (in Danish). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b Silkeborg henter NFC-profiler til sommer,, 29 January 2019
  6. ^ Stephan Petersen fortsætter i HB Køge,, 15 May 2019
  7. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on March 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on March 22, 2017.

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