Silkeborg IF is a professional Danish football club in Silkeborg, Denmark. Silkeborg has participated in European games several times, and won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1996, founded in 1917, the football section of Silkeborg IF played in the top ranks of Jutland until a short visit in the third division in 1962. In 1966, however the team was promoted to the 2nd division of Danish football and this resulted in a rise in 1987 to the countrys top row, the 1st division. This came as a surprise to most football enthusiasts and a reporter from the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote. The team, played well and already in the game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmarks dominant team. There were many vital matches in the 1993–94 season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was the third round match at home against Brøndby. Just before the game, the big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea. But Silkeborg totally turned the match upside down and won 4–2 in front of an enthusiastic audience, during the rest of the fall SIF delivered one attractive game after another.
The team lost only two of 18 matches and could overwinter in the first place of the Danish Superliga, the playoffs were a thrilling affair. The superior play by the fall was followed by a more calculating style, on away SIF ran into a few serious defeats, but in turn Silkeborg Stadion was a fortress. Here, SIF won six out of seven games and conceded one goal. In the second last round SIF could secure the championship with a win against the only remaining competitor Copenhagen. Silkeborg fans flocked to the arena, Parken Stadium, where the match was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga. The many visiting SIF-fans, witnessed SIF scoring the first goal of the match, the situation before the final round was that SIF should provide a better result than Copenhagen to become champions. In 2001, Silkeborg won the Danish Cup with a 4–1 victory against league rivals AB, behind 0–1 at half-time, the team scored four times in the second half of the match by Brian Pedersen, Thomas Poulsen and two from Henrik Pedersen.
Steven Lustü, who would become a prominent player for Silkeborg, the following years results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton Wanderers, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş, at the same time, Morten Bruun, the player with most caps to his name in the club history, retired. In 2003, the team was relegated to the second best Danish league, for two seasons in a row, the team finished eighth in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated
Mathias Aaris Kragh Nielsen is a Danish footballer. He plays at centre back for AC Horsens in the Danish First Division, Nielsen has 1 youth cap for Denmark, playing for the Danish under-20s. A versatile player, Nielsens preference is playing as a midfielder, though mostly utilized at centre back. Mathias Nielsen spent his youth career with Herfølge Boldklub, joining the club at 4 years of age. During the winter he would play football with the teams indoor division. When Herfølge BK merged with Køge BK, Nielsen was carried over in to the newly formed club HB Køge,1 July 2010 Nielsen moved to Superliga team F. C. Nordsjælland on a free transfer, signing a 1 year contract. He made his debut the following month as a substitute during the leg of FCNs third qualifying round of the Europa League. Amid interest from Italian clubs Parma and Napoli in March 2011,17 July 2012, Nielsen left FCN for Næstved BK, having made a single appearance for the Farum club. As of July 1,2012 Danish Cup, Winners, 2010–11 Profile at DBU.
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Danish 2nd Division
The 2nd Division is the third tier Danish football league, just after the 1st Division. It was founded in 1945, after World War II, as the second-best Danish football division, when the Danish Superliga was founded in 1991, the 2nd Division became the third level league. From 1991 to 1997 the league was played as half-year seasons, as the league played spring-autumn tournaments. Former 1st Division sponsors and logos, From 1991 to 1997 the Danish 2nd Division was spilted into two groups and West, in 2005 the Danish 2nd Division was split into two groups and West
Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a sovereign state between Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb, which one of the countrys primary subdivisions. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres and has diverse, mostly continental, Croatias Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The countrys population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, the Croats arrived in the area of present-day Croatia during the early part of the 7th century AD. They organised the state into two duchies by the 9th century, tomislav became the first king by 925, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for nearly two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Petar Krešimir IV and Dmitar Zvonimir, Croatia entered a personal union with Hungary in 1102. In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1918, after World War I, Croatia was included in the unrecognized State of Slovenes and Serbs which seceded from Austria-Hungary, a fascist Croatian puppet state backed by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany existed during World War II.
After the war, Croatia became a member and a federal constituent of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On 25 June 1991 Croatia declared independence, which came wholly into effect on 8 October of the same year, the Croatian War of Independence was fought successfully during the four years following the declaration. A unitary state, Croatia is a republic governed under a parliamentary system, the International Monetary Fund classified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high-income economy. Croatia is a member of the European Union, United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization, the service sector dominates Croatias economy, followed by the industrial sector and agriculture. Tourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer, with Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world, the state controls a part of the economy, with substantial government expenditure. The European Union is Croatias most important trading partner, since 2000, the Croatian government constantly invests in infrastructure, especially transport routes and facilities along the Pan-European corridors.
Internal sources produce a significant portion of energy in Croatia, the rest is imported, the origin of the name is uncertain, but is thought to be a Gothic or Indo-Aryan term assigned to a Slavic tribe. The oldest preserved record of the Croatian ethnonym *xъrvatъ is of variable stem, the first attestation of the Latin term is attributed to a charter of Duke Trpimir from the year 852. The original is lost, and just a 1568 copy is preserved—leading to doubts over the authenticity of the claim, the oldest preserved stone inscription is the 9th-century Branimir Inscription, where Duke Branimir is styled as Dux Cruatorvm. The inscription is not believed to be dated accurately, but is likely to be from during the period of 879–892, the area known as Croatia today was inhabited throughout the prehistoric period
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their teams defenders and forwards, some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being mobile and efficient in passing, they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the teams formation, most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing teams attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who typically travel the greatest distance during a match, central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided roughly equally between attack and defence. When the opposing team has the ball, a midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward. The 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders, the 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, and in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder.
The term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who have abilities and are skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots. A good box-to-box midfielder needs good passing, control, stamina and marking in defence and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch. They may be asked to cross the ball into the penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1, a notable example of a right midfielder is David Beckham. Defensive midfielders are players who focus on protecting their teams goal. These players may defend a zone in front of their teams defence, defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude, The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someones position, great. A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their teams defence, a player in this role will try to protect their goal by disrupting the opponents attacking moves and stopping long shots on the goal.
The holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball and this player will make mostly short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the teams strategy
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe.
The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established and episkyros were Greek ball games.
An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Kent Nielsen is a Danish association football manager and former player, who was named 2006 Danish Coach of the Year. He is the current head coach of Odense Boldklub and he started his coaching career as caretaker of AGF Aarhus, before getting his breakthrough with AC Horsens, guiding the club to promotion to the top-flight Danish Superliga championship in 2005. He coached Superliga club Brøndby IF for 15 months, in his active career, Nielsen played as a centre back. He won two Danish championships and a Danish Cup trophy with Brøndby IF and he played three years in England with Aston Villa, before ending his career after winning the Danish Cup with AGF Aarhus. He played 54 games and scored three goals for the Denmark national football team, winning the Euro 1992 championship and representing Denmark at the 1986 FIFA World Cup tournament, the son of former Danish international Erik Nielsen, Kent Nielsen started his career in Eriks former club Brønshøj BK. Incidentally both Kents father and brother, had around 300 appearances for Brønshøj, Kent Nielsen switched to the Danish team Brøndby IF in 1987, with whom he won the 1987 and 1988 Danish championships, as well as the 1989 Danish Cup.
Following 91 first team games for Brøndby, Nielsen left the club in 1989 and he was bought by English club Aston Villa for a reported £500,000 transfer fee, and secured himself a place in the starting line-up in his two first seasons with the club. New Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson did not see Nielsen as fitting into his 4–4–2 tactics and brought in replacement Shaun Teale, in early 1992, he moved back to Denmark, to play for AGF Aarhus. He won the 1992 Danish Cup with AGF, before he retired in 1994, Nielsen started his international career with the Denmark national under-19 football team in July 1979. He was called up for the Denmark national under-21 football team in May 1983 and he reverted to the under-21 team. He was a part of Olympic manager Richard Møller Nielsens team for the 1988 Summer Olympics qualification tournament, under new national team manager Richard Møller Nielsen, Kent Nielsen became a constant member of the Denmark squad. After his return to AGF, he was selected to represent Denmark at the Euro 1992 and he ended his international career following the 2–0 win against Germany.
Following his retirement, Nielsen spent years as a football manager until he. He and Lundkvist kept AGF from being relegated, but left the club after the season end, in 2001, he was appointed manager of Danish 1st Division club AC Horsens, which he managed to promotion for the Danish Superliga. Against all odds, he led the team to survive the 2005–06 Superliga season and his success continued during the following season, and he was named 2006 Danish Coach of the Year. In the 2007–08 season, his team finished in a fifth place. Eventually, Nielsens achievements with Horsens caught the attention of other clubs, in January 2009, he signed a four-year contract with his former club Brøndby IF. He managed Brøndby to 17 victories in 38 games, in March 2010, he was sacked, following a 1–3 defeat to HB Køge
Michael Lumb (footballer)
Michael Lumb is a Danish footballer who currently plays for Lyngby BK in the Danish 1st Division. Lumb was born in Aarhus, Denmark to a Danish mother and he is left-footed and plays left back. He came from AGFs 1988-born Danish Youth Championship-winning team, a side that included Morten Beck Andersen, Frederik Krabbe, Michael Vester, Niels Kristensen, Jesper Blicher, Lumb was named the young gun Shooting Star of the autumn season 2007–08 by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Despite his youth age, Lumb has played more than 100 matches for AGF in the Superliga, on 11 January 2010, it was reported on AGFs website that he was moving to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League. Lumb signed a contract with Sine-Belo-Golubye. In Zenit, Lumb faced a tough competition for a back position with likes of Slovak international Tomáš Hubočan. Lumb played for the first team just twice in the first half of 2010 season, Lumb was initially loaned out to Dutch side Feyenoord, but the move proved unsuccessful, as he was of cause relegated to the bench and in the stands.
He was subsequently recalled and loaned to his homeland club AaB Fodbold, Lumb returned to Zenit in summer 2011, to a team that, in addition to Hubočan and Luković, had signed Italy national team left wing-back Domenico Criscito. Lumb spend the rest of the playing for the reserves. After having been on trial first, Lumb was signed by SC Freiburg on 17 January 2012 until the end of the season on a loan deal, on 25 January 2013, Lumb signed a contract until the end of the season with VfL Bochum. On the 19 June 2013, Lumb signed a contract with FCV. On 17 July 2015, Lumb signed a contract with Lyngby Boldklub
The term Danish Realm refers to the relationship between Denmark proper, the Faroe Islands and Greenland—three countries constituting the Kingdom of Denmark. The legal nature of the Kingdom of Denmark is fundamentally one of a sovereign state. The Faroe Islands and Greenland have been part of the Crown of Denmark since 1397 when the Kalmar Union was ratified, legal matters in The Danish Realm are subject to the Danish Constitution. Beginning in 1953, state law issues within The Danish Realm has been governed by The Unity of the Realm, a less formal name for The Unity of the Realm is the Commonwealth of the Realm. In 1978, The Unity of The Realm was for the first time referred to as rigsfællesskabet. The name caught on and since the 1990s, both The Unity of The Realm and The Danish Realm itself has increasingly been referred to as simply rigsfællesskabet in daily parlance. The Danish Constitution stipulates that the foreign and security interests for all parts of the Danish Realm are the responsibility of the Danish government, the Faroes received home rule in 1948 and Greenland did so in 1979.
In 2005, the Faroes received a self-government arrangement, and in 2009 Greenland received self rule, the Danish Realms unique state of internal affairs is acted out in the principle of The Unity of the Realm. This principle is derived from Article 1 of the Danish Constitution which specifies that constitutional law applies equally to all areas of the Danish Realm, the Constitutional Act specifies that sovereignty is to continue to be exclusively with the authorities of the Realm. The language of Denmark is Danish, and the Danish state authorities are based in Denmark, the Kingdom of Denmarks parliament, with its 179 members, is located in the capital, Copenhagen. Two of the members are elected in each of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Government ministries are located in Copenhagen, as is the highest court, in principle, the Danish Realm constitutes a unified sovereign state, with equal status between its constituent parts. Devolution differs from federalism in that the powers of the subnational authority ultimately reside in central government.
The Self-Government Arrangements devolves political competence and responsibility from the Danish political authorities to the Faroese, the Faroese and Greenlandic authorities administer the tasks taken over from the state, enact legislation in these specific fields and have the economic responsibility for solving these tasks. The Danish government provides a grant to the Faroese and the Greenlandic authorities to cover the costs of these devolved areas. The 1948 Home Rule Act of the Faroe Islands sets out the terms of Faroese home rule, the Act states. the Faroe Islands shall constitute a self-governing community within the State of Denmark. It establishes the government of the Faroe Islands and the Faroese parliament. The Faroe Islands were previously administered as a Danish county, the Home Rule Act abolished the post of Amtmand and these powers were expanded in a 2005 Act, which named the Faroese home government as an equal partner with the Danish government