Esbjerg fB

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Esbjerg fB
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Full nameEsbjerg forenede Boldklubber
Short nameEfB
Founded23 July 1924;97 years ago (1924-07-23) [1]
Ground Blue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Capacity18,000
Owner Chien Lee
Partners Path Capital
Pacific Media Group
Krishen Sud
Head coach Peter Hyballa
League 1st Division
2020–21 1st Division, 3rd of 12
Website Club website

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.

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History

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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.

Honours

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Esbjerg fB by season.

Danish Superliga

Danish Cup

Danish 1st Division

Achievements

Players

Current squad

As of 27 July 2021 [8]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Kikkenborg
2 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jonas Mortensen
3 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Simon Bækgaard
4 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Viktor Tranberg
5 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Kristoffer Lund
6 MF Flag of Georgia.svg  GEO Lasha Parunashvili
7 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Patrick Egelund
8 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Larsen
9 FW Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Andri Rúnar Bjarnason
11 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Pyry Soiri
13 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Denis Catovic
14 FW Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Patrick Schmidt (on loan from Barnsley)
15 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Marcus Gudmann
16 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jeppe Højbjerg
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Nicklas Strunck
20 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jacob Rasmussen
22 DF Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Ísak Ólafsson
24 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Emil Holten
25 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jeppe Brinch
27 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Marcus Hansen
29 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Borchers
30 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Con Ouzounidis
36 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Helliwell(on loan from Barnsley)
37 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Charlie Winfield(on loan from Barnsley)
38 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matty Wolfe (on loan from Barnsley)
39 FW Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Steven Simpson(on loan from Barnsley)
42 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Phun Mang
FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Elias Sørensen

Other players under contract

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
10 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jakob Ankersen
17 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Kevin Conboy
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 FW Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yuriy Yakovenko
45 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Zean Dalügge

Youth players in use 2021-22

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Marcus Kristensen
35 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Emil Jørgensen
No.Pos.NationPlayer
51 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Gustav Jensen
52 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Bendix Bennetzen

Staff

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):

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

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Notes
1999–2000 SL12338421407028 Quarter-final relegated
2000–01 1D1301983792965 5th round promoted
2001–02 SL73313614424445 Semi-final
2002–03 SL533121110655747 Quarter-final
2003–04 SL3331887714462 5th round
2004–05 SL533131010614749 5th round
2005–06 SL63312615434542 Runner-up
2006–07 SL733101013465140 4th round
2007–08 SL73313614595445 Runner-up
2008–09 SL93371115324132 3rd round
2009–10 SL43313119484350 4th round
2010–11 SL123371214364933 Semi-final relegated
2011–12 1D1262132601966 3rd round promoted
2012–13 SL43313812383247 Winner
2013–14 SL53313911473848 4th round
2014–15 SL833101013474540 Semi-final
2015–16 SL11337917386430 3rd round
2016–17 SL143261214325430 3rd round relegated
2017–18 1D2331869613660 1st round promoted
2018–19 SL33616812454756 Quarter-final
2019–20 SL14325720325822 Quarter-final relegated
2020–21 1D 3rd round

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