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AaB Fodbold

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Full name  Aalborg Boldspilklub
Ground Capacity  13,997 (8,997 seated)
Sports director  Allan Gaarde
Arena/Stadium  Nordjyske Arena
League  Danish Superliga
Chairman  Allan Gaarde
Short name  AaB
Owner  AaB A/S
Founded  1885
Manager  Morten Wieghorst
Location  Aalborg, Denmark
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Ground  Nordjyske Arena, Aalborg

AaB Fodbold, also referred to as Aalborg BK or AaB, is a professional football team of Danish sports conglomerate Aalborg Boldspilklub, located in Aalborg. They play in the Danish Superliga and have won four Danish Superliga championships and three Danish Cup trophies. The last trophy they won was the double in 2014, the Danish cup and championship.

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AaB became the first Danish team ever to participate in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 1995. AaB also qualified for the 2008–09 Champions League and qualified for the UEFA Cup in the same season by finishing in 3rd place in their Champions League group.

History

Aalborg BK was a part of the top-flight Danish leagues from the 1928–29 season, until the relegation of the club in 1947. The club came back to the best league in 1963, and except from the years of 1972, 1978 and 1981–1986, Aalborg BK has since been a part of the various editions of the Danish football championship. Despite its many years in the Danish championship, the club never won a championship title, but Aalborg BK won the Danish Cup competition in 1966 and 1970. Paid football was introduced in Denmark by the Danish Football Association in 1978. As Aalborg BK returned to the best Danish league, the club founded the professional branch of AaB A/S in 1987 to run a professional football team.

Through the 1990s, the club won its first two Danish championships. In the Danish Superliga 1994-95 season, 24 goals from league topscorer Erik Bo Andersen secured the championship title for the team of coach Poul Erik Andreasen. The club was initially eliminated by Dynamo Kyiv in the qualification matches for the UEFA Champions League 1995-96, but following a bribing scandal Kyiv was banned from the tournament and Aalborg BK entered in their place. Aalborg BK thus became the first Danish team to compete in the UEFA Champions League. As they managed a 2–1 home win over Panathinaikos and a 2–2 draw with Porto in the six matches the club played in the initial group stage, Aalborg BK was eliminated. Erik Bo Andersen left the club for Scottish club Rangers, but in Søren Frederiksen, the club found its next goal-getter. Though not the league top scorer, Frederiksen scored 17 goals in the Danish Superliga 1998-99 which the club won under guidance of Swedish coach Hans Backe. Once again, Aalborg BK faced Dinamo Kyiv in the Champions League qualification, but this time they fell short, losing 1–2 at home and drawing 2–2 in Kyiv after a late Aalborg BK goal was disallowed for being behind the goal line.

Since then, the club established itself in the top half of the Superliga and won a bronze medal and qualified for the 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Aalborg beat Honka on the away goals rule (2–2 in Finland and 1–1 in Denmark) in the second round, and in the third and final round Aalborg BK faced Gent and drew, 1–1, in the away game but beat them 2–1 in the following home match. Thus they "won" a place in the UEFA Cup's second qualification round and met HJK, the first match ended 2–1 to Helsinki, but in the last match Aalborg BK won 3–0 and were thus ready for the UEFA Cup 2007-08. Drawing the Italian team Sampdoria in the First Round, which have Antonio Cassano and Vincenzo Montella as notable players, made the task seem impossible. Aalborg made it again on the away goals rule (getting 2–2 in Genoa and managing 0–0 in Aalborg), and qualified for the group stage – being the first Danish team ever, to send an Italian team "out of Europe." In the group stage Aalborg BK was seeded in the lowest pot, and drew Anderlecht, Tottenham Hotspur, Getafe, and Hapoel Tel Aviv. Drawing with Anderlecht at home, and losing 2–3 to Tottenham (after being ahead 2–0 after the first half) forced Aalborg to win at home against Getafe, a match Aalborg BK lost 1–2.

In the 2007–08 season, Aalborg won their third Danish Championship and qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. in the second qualifying round, Aalborg easily eliminated FK Modriča 7–1 on aggregate. In the third round, before the group stage, they defeated FBK Kaunas 2–0 both at home and away and reached the group stage of the Champions League for the second time, the first time a Danish team has achieved this. In the group stage, they were drawn in Group E along with defending champions Manchester United, Villarreal and Celtic. Aalborg finished third in the group, ahead of Celtic, with 6 points and progressed to the 2008–09 UEFA Cup knockout stage.

Their first match in their UEFA Cup run was against Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruña. Aalborg BK won the first leg at home 3–0 and the second leg at the Estadio Riazor 1–3, securing a 6–1 aggregate. Aalborg BK thereby earned a place among the last 16 teams. where they faced Manchester City. After a 2–0 loss in Manchester in the first leg Aalborg BK fought back to tie the score with a 2–0 win at home. The tie ended in agony however, as Aalborg were defeated by 4–3 on penalties.

On May 11, 2014, the club won their 4th Danish Championship, and four days later the double was secured, as the club defeated Copenhagen 4–2 in the Cup final.

Stadium

Since 1920, Aalborg BK has played its games at Aalborg Stadion. The stadium was opened on 18 July 1920 with a north-south aligned playing field. The first spectator seats was built in 1927, and in 1937 a wooden terrace for 3,000 standing spectators was built. In 1960, the stadium burned down and a new east-western aligned concrete stadium was opened in 1962. In recent years the stadium have been enlarged and rebuilt so that it now has modern facilities and roof over all spectator stands. The stadium currently has the capacity of 16,000 people (7,700 seats) or 10,500 people (all seats).

Current squad

As of 19 February 2017

Out on loan

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

Incoming players

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

Retired numbers

12 – Torben Boye, defender (1984–2002)

Current management

AaB Fodbold

  • Sports director Allan Gaarde (2013–)
  • Head coach Morten Wieghorst (2017–)
  • Assistant coach Jakob Friis (2016–)
  • Assistant coach Thomas Augustinussen (2016–)
  • Assistant coach Scott Miller (2016–)
  • AaB Fodbold is owned by AaB A/S.

    Head coaches

    The following managers have coached AaB since it re-entered the Danish top-flight in 1986:

  • Peter Rudbæk (1983–89)
  • Poul Erik Andreasen (July 1, 1990–95)
  • Sepp Piontek (July 1, 1995–96)
  • Per Westergaard (1996–97)
  • Lars Søndergaard (1997)
  • Hans Backe (1998–00)
  • Peter Rudbæk (2000–02)
  • Poul Erik Andreasen (2002–03)
  • Søren Kusk Larsen (2003)
  • Erik Hamrén (Jan 1, 2004 – May 30, 2008)
  • Bruce Rioch (Jul 1, 2008 – Oct 23, 2008)
  • Allan Kuhn (interim) (Oct 24, 2008 – Dec 31, 2008)
  • Magnus Pehrsson (Jan 1, 2009 – Oct 11, 2010)
  • Kent Nielsen (Oct 11, 2010 – Jun 30, 2015)
  • Lars Søndergaard (Jun 22, 2015 – Dec 15, 2016)
  • Morten Wieghorst (Jan 2, 2017 – Present)
  • Leagues

  • Danish Superliga
  • Winners (4): 1994–95, 1998–99, 2007–08, 2013–14
  • 3rd place (3): 1935–36, 1969, 2006–07
  • Cups

  • Danish Cup
  • Winners (3): 1965–66, 1969–70, 2013–14
  • Runners-up (8): 1966–67, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2008–09
  • Danish Supercup
  • Runners-up (3): 1995, 1999, 2004
  • Viasat Cup
  • Runners-up (1): 2006
  • European

  • UEFA Champions League
  • Group stage (2): 1995–96, 2008–09
  • 3rd qualifying round/Play-off round/ (2): 1999–2000, 2014–15
  • UEFA Europa League
  • Round of 16 (1): 2008–09
  • Round of 32 (1): 2014–15
  • Group stage (1): 2007–08
  • 1st round (3): 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2004–05
  • 2nd qualifying round (2): 2009–10, 2013–14
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • 1st round (3): 1966–67, 1970–71, 1987–88
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • Group winners (1): 2007
  • Group participants (3): 1996, 1997, 2000
  • 49 seasons in the Highest Danish League
  • 19 seasons in the Second Highest Danish League
  • 5 seasons in the Third Highest Danish League
  • References

    AaB Fodbold Wikipedia


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