Esbjerg fB


Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber (Danish pronunciation: [ˈesˌpjɛɐ̯ˀ fʌˈe̝ˀnð̩ ˈpʌltkʰlupɐ]; commonly known as Esbjerg fB or EfB in short) is a professional football club based in Esbjerg, West Jutland, Denmark, that plays in the 1st Division, the second-tier of the Danish football league system. Founded in 1924 as a merger between Esbjerg Boldklub af 1898 and Esbjerg Amatørklub af 1911, the first team play their home games at Blue Water Arena which has been the club's home ground since its opening in 1955.

Esbjerg fB
Full nameEsbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short nameEfB
Founded23 July 1924; 96 years ago (1924-07-23)[1]
GroundBlue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Capacity18,000
OwnerChien Lee
Partners Path Capital
Pacific Media Group
Krishen Sud
Head coachÓlafur Kristjánsson
League1st Division
2019–20Superliga, 13th
WebsiteClub website

History


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.[1] 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.[2]

The club's golden years were in the first half of the 1960s with the Austrian coach Rudi Strittich throughout most of the decade.[3][4] The club won the Danish Championship in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965 and won the DBU Cup in 1964.[5] 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.[6]

In March 2021, Chien Lee, Partners Path Capital, Pacific Media Group and Krishen Sud invested in Esbjerg fB and became the majority shareholder.[7]

Stadium


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

Honours


Esbjerg fB by season.

Danish Superliga

Danish Cup

Danish 1st Division

Achievements


Players


Current squad

As of 27 March 2021[8]

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 Jonas Mortensen
3 MF  DEN Simon Bækgaard
4 DF  DEN Viktor Tranberg
6 MF  GEO Lasha Parunashvili
7 MF  FIN Joni Kauko
8 DF  JAM Rodolph Austin
9 FW  ISL Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
10 MF  DEN Jakob Ankersen
11 MF  FIN Pyry Soiri
13 DF  GHA Clinton Antwi (on loan from Nordsjælland)
16 GK  DEN Jeppe Højbjerg
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF  DEN Kevin Conboy
19 MF  DEN Nicklas Strunck
23 FW  UKR Yuriy Yakovenko
25 DF  DEN Jeppe Brinch
26 MF  DEN Mathias Kristensen
30 GK  DEN Mads Kikkenborg
32 DF  DEN Kasper Pedersen
35 GK  DEN Nicolai Vistisen
40 DF  DEN Daniel Anyembe
47 MF  DEN Patrick Egelund
50 MF  DEN Mads Larsen

Youth players in use

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
42 FW  DEN Phun Mang
45 FW  DEN Zean Dalügge
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 DF  DEN Denis Catovic
55 MF  DEN Andreas Lausen

Leaving players

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
7 MF  FIN Joni Kauko (Leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)
8 DF  JAM Rodolph Austin (Leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF  GHA Clinton Antwi (Leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of loan)
26 MF  DEN Mathias Kristensen (Leaving on 30 June 2021 - end of contract)

Incoming players

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF  DEN Kristoffer Lund Hansen (From FC Midtjylland on 1 July 2021)
FW  DEN Emil Holten (From Silkeborg IF on 1 July 2021)
19 MF  DEN Nicklas Strunck (From Groningen - on 1 July 2021)

Staff


  • Head Coach: Peter Hyballa
  • Assistant Coach: Claus Nørgaard
  • 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 coaches

Denmark national football team players


The following 32 Esbjerg football players has been picked and had their debut on the Danish national football team (debut/matches/goals):

  • Ove Hansen (1956/9/0)
  • Johannes Schmidt (1955/1/0)
  • Søren Andersen (1951/5/0)
  • Erik Terkelsen (1950/17/0)
  • Jens Peder Hansen (1949/38/18)
  • Curt Christensen (1949/1/0)
  • Viggo Jensen (1945/15/1)
  • Jørgen Iversen (1937/5/1)
  • Olaf Brockhoff (1935/2/0)
  • Arthur Nielsen (1935/1/0)
  • Emil Møller (1932/3/0)

Former notable foreign players


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 year



Player of the year Esbjerg fB

Player of the year Denmark

Recent history


Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1999–2000 SL 12 338421 407028 Quarter-final relegated
2000–01 1D 1 301983 792965 5th round promoted
2001–02 SL 7 3313614 424445 Semi-final
2002–03 SL 5 33121110 655747 Quarter-final
2003–04 SL 3 331887 714462 5th round
2004–05 SL 5 33131010 614749 5th round
2005–06 SL 6 3312615 434542 Runner-up
2006–07 SL 7 33101013 465140 4th round
2007–08 SL 7 3313614 595445 Runner-up
2008–09 SL 9 3371115 324132 3rd round
2009–10 SL 4 3313119 484350 4th round
2010–11 SL 12 3371214 364933 Semi-final relegated
2011–12 1D 1 262132 601966 3rd round promoted
2012–13 SL 4 3313812 383247 Winner
2013–14 SL 5 3313911 473848 4th round
2014–15 SL 8 33101013 474540 Semi-final
2015–16 SL 11 337917 386430 3rd round
2016–17 SL 14 3261214 325430 3rd round relegated
2017–18 1D 2 331869 613660 1st round promoted
2018–19 SL 3 3616812 454756 Quarter-final
2019–20 SL 14 325720 325822 Quarter-final relegated
2020–21 1D 3rd round

References


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  2. "Esbjerg fB - 3F Superliga". superliga.dk. Superliga. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. Kjærbøl, Michael (24 August 2018). "Diametrale trænermodsætninger – DBUs slingrekurs". ekstrabladet.dk. Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. "Trænerlegenden Rudi Strittich er død". ekstrabladet.dk. Ekstra Bladet. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. "Det gyldne efterår 1961 - et tronskifte i dansk fodbold". jv.dk. JydskeVestkysten. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. Fodbold, danske kampe 2011 (1st ed.). Carlsens Årbøger. 2011. p. 16.
  7. “EfB presents new majority shareholder”
  8. "Superligatrup | Esbjerg fB". efb.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. "Esbjerg fB's officielle hjemmeside | Regionens Hold" (in Danish). EfB.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
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  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. "Sæsonens Spiller 2018/2019: Joni Kauko - EfB" (in Danish). Efb.dk. Retrieved 2019-11-26.