Aarhus Gymnastikforening

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AGF Aarhus logo.svg
Full nameAarhus Gymnastikforening
De hviie (The Whites)
Byens hold (The city’s team)
Short nameAGF
Founded1880;141 years ago (1880) (sports club)
1902;119 years ago (1902) (football team)
Ground Ceres Park, Aarhus
ChairmanJacob Nielsen
Head coach David Nielsen
League Danish Superliga
2020–21 Danish Superliga, 4th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Aarhus Gymnastikforening (Danish:  [ˈɒːˌhuˀs kymnaˈstikfʌˌe̝ˀne̝ŋ] ; commonly known as AGFDanish:  [æke̝ˀˈef] ), is a professional sports club based in Aarhus, Jutland, Denmark. Founded in 1880, it is one of the oldest clubs in the country and gymnastics and fencing are featured as its main sports. However, AGF is mostly known for its football department, which was established in 1902. Currently, the club's first team plays in the Danish Superliga, the top flight of the Danish football league system.


AGF has won 5 Danish Football Championships and a record 9 Danish Cups. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup where they were knocked out by later winners, Benfica. In 1989, AGF again reached a European quarter-final. This time in the European Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost 01 on aggregate to later winners FC Barcelona.


AGF played its first football match against Aarhus Idrætsklub Olympia in November 1902, a 2–5 loss. Six years later, the club won the Jutland Football Championship by winning 3–2 over Ringkøbing IF in the final. AGF won the Jutland Football Championship seven times and was in three finals of the Danish Football Championship before AGF became a member of the newly founded Denmark Tournament in 1927.

In 1911, AGF got its own clubhouse after which the club bought the pitches at Dalgas Avenue. In 1920, AGF began to play its home matches at the newly built Aarhus Stadium, where the club has played ever since. In 1941, the club moved from the clubhouse at Dalgas Avenue to Fredensvang in the suburb of Viby J. [1] For three seasons in a row from 1949 to 1951 AGF finished in third place in the top division. After spending the 1952–53 season in the 2. division, AGF returned strongly to the 1. division and in the next 12 seasons won four Danish Football Championships and five Danish Cups. [2] AGF also participated in the first edition of the European Cup, where it lost to French club Stade de Reims. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-final in the same tournament where it lost to eventual tournament winners Benfica. [3] AGF was relegated to the 2. division in 1968 and in 1973 but returned to the 1. division in 1976. This was the start of 30 years in the top division.

The introduction of professional football in Denmark had a big influence on the success AGF experienced from the late 1970s and forward until 1998. With the former Real Madrid star Henning Jensen on the team was AGF close at winning the Danish Football Championship in 1982. AGF played 2–2 against B 93 in the last game of the season sending the championship to Odense Boldklub. In 1984 AGF was again close to clinching the championship but lost it by a single point to the rivals from Vejle Boldklub. Finally in 1986 AGF won its fifth Danish Football Championship. Flemming Povlsen, Jan Bartram and John Stampe was the profiles[ clarification needed ] in the team. In 1987, 1988 and 1992 AGF also won the Danish Cup.

In 1996, with players like Stig Tøfting and Håvard Flo, was AGF again close at winning the Danish Football Championship but AGF was overtaken by Brøndby IF in the second last round of the tournament. AGF got revenge by winning the final of the Danish Cup against Brøndby IF in the same season.

In 1998, AGF finished third in the Danish Superliga but financial problems resulted in some poor results the following years. In 2000, Peter Rudbæk was fired after seven years as manager. From 2000 onwards, the club experienced some of its worst ever results, which led to relegations in the 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2013–14 season. Each time, however, the club secured a quick return to the top-flight.

In the summer of 2014, AGF appointed Jacob Nielsen as its new director. Nielsen had been successful as director of Randers where he had managed to secure fine economic results. AGF also hired a new sporting director and Morten Wieghorst as manager. On 6 December 2015, however, Nielsen announced that Wieghorst was fired and that former Danish champion Glen Riddersholm was hired as his replacement.

With Glen Riddersholm as manager AGF finished the 2015–16 season in tenth place having won 3 games, drawn 7, and lost 5 in the remainder of the season. AGF qualified for 2016 cup final losing 2–1 to FC Copenhagen. In the 2016–17 season AGF finished 11th after having played relegation play-off matches in the new league structure introduced that season.

On 30 September 2017 Riddersholm was fired due to inconsistent results. At that point AGF was 7th in the league having started the 2017–18 season with 4 wins, 5 defeats, and 2 draws. Riddersholm's last match was a 5–1 win against FC Helsingør. New manager was David Nielsen who started with 4 consecutive league defeats but finished the season in 7th place after losing a European play-off final against FC Copenhagen 4–1. After reaching 8th place in 2018–19 season, the club managed to keep bronze medal in 2019–20


Their home ground is Aarhus Stadium, renamed Ceres Park for sponsorship reasons since 2015, which has a capacity of 19,433. [4]


National honours

Sources: [5] [6]

International honours


Current squad

As of 31 August 2021 [7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jesper Hansen
3 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Niklas Backman ( vice-captain )
4 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Yann Aurel Bisseck (on loan from 1. FC Köln )
5 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Frederik Tingager
6 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Nicolai Poulsen
7 FW Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  SLE Mustapha Bundu (on loan from Anderlecht )
8 MF Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Mikael Anderson
9 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Patrick Mortensen ( captain )
10 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Patrick Olsen
11 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Gift Links
13 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Alexander Munksgaard
15 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Oliver Lund
17 MF Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson
18 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jesper Juelsgård
19 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Eric Kahl
20 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Zach Duncan
21 FW Flag of Poland.svg  POL Dawid Kurminowski
22 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Benjamin Hvidt
23 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Thomas Thiesson Kristensen
26 DF Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  COD Anthony D'Alberto
27 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Albert Grønbæk
29 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Frederik Brandhof
36 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Daniel Gadegaard Andersen
37 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Sebastian Hausner
38 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Alexander Ammitzbøll
41 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE William Eskelinen
DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Magnus Anbo

Youth players in use

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

32 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Bager(from AGF U19)
43 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Frederik Ihler (from AGF U19)
48 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jacob Andersen(from AGF U19)
49 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mathias Sauer(from AGF U19)
FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Jing Reec

Out on loan

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

25 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mikkel Lassen (at AC Horsens until 31 December 2021)

Retired numbers

12  Flag of Denmark.svg AGF Fanclub Aarhus

Former players


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2003-2004 Danish Superliga 83311319456736
2004-2005Danish Superliga93311616475339
2005-2006Danish Superliga123341019366322
2006-2007 Danish 1st Division 2301857583859
2007-2008Danish Superliga10337818335129
2008-2009Danish Superliga63313614394445
2009-2010Danish Superliga113310815364738
2010-2011Danish 1st Division1302262662572
2011-2012Danish Superliga53312129474048
2012-2013Danish Superliga73311814504941
2013-2014Danish Superliga11339519386032
2014-2015Danish 1st Division23317106593361
2015-2016Danish Superliga103381312474937
2016-2017Danish Superliga113210715454637
2017-2018Danish Superliga73211813354341
2018-2019Danish Superliga63212119464047
2019-2020Danish Superliga33619710584164
2020-2021Danish Superliga3221084352238


Since 1927, AGF has played 68 seasons at the highest level in Danish football, which is a record. [9]

Other records

[ citation needed ]

AGF In European Competition

AGF's first competitive European match was on September 21, 1955, in the 1955–56 European Cup, losing 0–2 at home to France's Stade Reims & eventually losing on aggregate 2–4 in the first round. Since then, the club has participated in numerous UEFA competitions, advancing as far as the quarter-finals of the 1960–61 European Cup and 1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

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