Viborg FF

Viborg Fodsports Forening ("Viborg Footsport Association"), or Viborg F.F. and VFF for short, is a Danish professional football club based in Viborg. The club was founded in 1896, but would have to wait more than a century before winning its only national trophy, the 2000 Danish Cup.

Viborg
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Full nameViborg Fodsports Forening
Nickname(s)The Greens
Short nameVFF
Founded1 April 1896; 125 years ago (1896-04-01)
GroundViborg Stadion, Viborg
Capacity9,566
Managing DirectorMorten Jensen
Head CoachLars Friis
LeagueDanish 1st Division
2019–20Danish 1st Division, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Viborg FF was founded in 1896, with several other sports apart from football - among other things were gymnastics, cricket, field hockey, boxing, athletics, skiing, weight-lifting, and wrestling.

The first big sporting highlight of the club came in 1924, when Viborg FF won the championship in Mesterrækken (The Champion Division), which was the best regional division in Jutland. A big title win at the time when, among others, AGF were a dominating club in Jutland.

Following the championship, Viborg dropped somewhat out of the picture, but never more than the club has always been on the Danish footballing map. It was a big relief for the club when it was promotion to the national competitions (4th Division) for the first time in 1959, following many closely missed attempts at qualification. One of the players taking part in the promotion was Erik Bundgaard, whose 421 matches for VFF is still club record.

Except for a couple of seasons in the start of the 1970s, Viborg has not been relegated to a tournament lower than the national competitions since 1959. Though the country's best league have been domicile for Viborg, during the last couple of years the club has been moving up and down between the country's two best leagues.

The finest achievements of the club came in the 1999–2000 season, where the Superliga bronze medals were missed by the smallest margin. Instead, the team was celebrated as winner of the Danish Cup, the DONG Cup. They then added the Danish Super Cup, beating champions Herfølge Boldklub in a penalty shoot out.

In 2021, Viborg finished first in the Danish 1st Division, earning promotion to the top tier.

Colours and badgeEdit

Viborg F.F.'s colours are green and white.

StadiumEdit

Viborg plays its home matches at Viborg Stadion, which has a capacity of 9,566 spectators, all seated. The biggest stand is the eastern stand (2,792 seats) and the smallest is the southern (2,040 seats). The field size is 105 x 68 m, the same size as the national stadium, Parken. The light is 1200 lux. The sound comes from an Ascon PA-system. There is undersoil heating installed at the venue, which UEFA has approved as an international stadium.

SupportersEdit

Viborg FF has no official fanclub. A former official fanclub is The Green Pride. It was one of the largest in Denmark with over 500 members. There is a small continuation of The Green Pride active in Viborg to this day.

The first ultra group was established in 2002, when a group of young adults established Fanatikos. In 2004 a new group, Shamrock Ultras, was born.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 13 February 2021. 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 Lucas Lund Pedersen
2 DF   DEN Alexander Fischer
4 DF   RSA Lorenzo Gordinho
5 DF   IRQ Frans Dhia Putros
6 DF   NED Lars Kramer
7 DF   DEN Christian Sørensen
8 MF   NED Justin Lonwijk (on loan from Utrecht)
9 FW   DEN Sebastian Grønning
10 MF   DEN Jeff Mensah
11 MF   DEN Emil Scheel
12 FW   GAM Alassana Jatta
13 MF   DEN Jeppe Grønning
15 MF   DEN Mads Aaquist
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   DEN Jacob Bonde
18 FW   GEO Davit Skhirtladze
21 MF   DEN Sofus Berger
23 FW   DEN Younes Bakiz
26 GK   DEN Can Dursun
28 FW   CIV Serge Déblé
29 MF   DEN Frederik Brandhof
30 FW   NGA Ibrahim Said
31 MF   DEN Tobias Bech Kristensen
32 FW   DEN Christian Wagner
35 MF   DEN Mads Søndergaard
48 GK   DEN Mads Knügle

Youth players in useEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   DEN Sofus Berger
No. Pos. Nation Player
36 DF   DEN Mads Frederiksen

Leaving playersEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   DEN Alexander Fischer (leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)
11 MF   DEN Emil Scheel (leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)
28 FW   CIV Serge Déblé (leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 MF   DEN Frederik Brandhof (leaving on 30 June 2021 AGF)
48 GK   DEN Mads Knügle (leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)

Incoming playersEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
8 MF   NED Justin Lonwijk (from Utrecht on 1 July 2021)
MF   DEN Frederik Ørsøe Christensen (from FC Midtjylland U-19 on 1 July 2021)

Retired numbersEdit

AcademyEdit

Managerial historyEdit

 
Name Nationality Years
Harald Hansen   1926–27
Axel Holm   1930–31
Sofus Nielsen   1932–33
Charlie Pohl   1933–35
Arnold Thisted   1935–37
Valdemar Bodilsen   1937–38
Emil Asmussen   1940–41
Willy Henriksen   1942–44
Valdemar Bodilsen   1945–47
Poul Snedker   1947–49
Aksel Larsen   1949–50
Svend H. Mønster   1950–53
Walter Presch   1953–54
Harry Albertsen   1954–55
Svend H. Mønster   1955–56
Walter Presch   1956–57
Karlo Niilonen   1958–60
Leo Nielsen   1961–63
Rudi Strittich   1964
Erik Schou   1965
Knud Schou   1966–68
Jim Magill   1969
Robert Andreasen   1970–71
Kaj Stærk   1972–74
Eduard Bründl   1975
Bent Martin   1976
Erik Bundgaard   1977–79
Svend Hugger   1980–81
 
Name Nationality Years
Eduard Bründl   1982–83
Erik Bundgaard   1984
Jens Tang Olesen   1984–87
Hans Ove Andersen   1988–89
Peter Rudbæk   1990–93
Roald Poulsen   1993–94
Ole Skouboe   1994
Viggo Jensen   1995
Ove Christensen   1995–99
Kim Poulsen   July 1, 1999–Oct 23, 2001
Søren Kusk   2001–03
Benny Lennartsson   2003
Ove Christensen   July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2006
Tommy Møller Nielsen   Feb 2, 2006–Nov 9, 2007
Anders Linderoth   Dec 1, 2006–Nov 30, 2007
Hans Eklund   Nov 26, 2007–April 8, 2009
Søren Frederiksen   April 8, 2009 – June 30, 2009
Lars Søndergaard   July 3, 2009–Nov 24, 2010
Steffen Højer &
Søren Frederiksen
(interim)
 
 
Nov 24, 2010–June 30, 2011
Ove Christensen   July 1, 2011 – January 31, 2014
Auri Skarbalius   Feb 1, 2014–June 30, 2015
Johnny Mølby   July 1, 2015–Aug 2, 2017
Steffen Højer   Aug 2, 2017–June 3, 2019
Jacob Neestrup   June 20, 2019–December 22, 2020
Lars Friis   January 16, 2021–Present

HonoursEdit

Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 1D 11 33 6 11 16 31 58 29 Relegated
1997–98 2D 1 30 20 7 3 72 29 67 Promoted
1998–99 1D 8 33 13 5 15 61 59 44
1999–2000 1D 4 33 15 7 11 56 50 52 Winners
2000–01 1D 6 33 13 7 13 52 42 46 Semi-final
2001–02 1D 8 33 10 11 12 46 45 41 Last 16
2002–03 1D 8 33 11 10 12 58 55 43 Semi-final
2003–04 1D 7 33 11 9 13 47 44 42 Quarter-final
2004–05 1D 7 33 13 9 11 43 45 48 Fourth round
2005–06 1D 4 33 15 9 9 62 43 54 Fifth round
2006–07 1D 9 33 8 5 20 34 64 29 Semi-final Promoted
2007–08 SL 11 33 5 5 23 29 68 39 Second round Relegated
2008–09 1D 4 30 17 3 10 59 40 54 Third round
2009–10 1D 7 30 10 14 6 30 26 44 Fourth round
2010–11 1D 11 30 9 6 15 37 43 33 Fourth round
2011–12 1D 4 26 10 10 6 45 34 40 Fourth round
2012–13 1D 1 33 17 11 5 60 30 62 Second round Promoted
2013–14 SL 12 33 6 10 17 38 63 28 Third round Relegated
2014–15 1D 1 33 17 14 2 47 20 65 First round Promoted
2015–16 SL 8 33 11 7 15 34 42 40 Fourth round

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