Kolding FC

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Kolding FC
Full nameKolding Football Club
Nickname(s)Ørnene (The Eagles)
Short nameKFC
GroundKolding Stadion

Kolding FC was a Danish football club based in Kolding, a merger of two older football clubs. On 11 November 2006, the club received permission from the Danish FA to sign contracts. Before that, the club was the highest ranked amateur club in Denmark. In 2011 Kolding FC merged with Vejle Boldklub, but the merger came to an end again in 2013, without Kolding FC being reestablished.


Kolding IF logo
Kolding Boldklub logo
Logos of the two mother clubs, Kolding IF and Kolding Boldklub

KFC's relatively short history started with a merger between the two oldest football clubs from Kolding, Kolding IF and Kolding Boldklub, which was put into effect on 1 January 2002 after a period of intense negotiations.

In 2002–03, their first complete season as Kolding FC, the club, that had just been relegated from the 1. Division, finished the season in the middle of the table in the 2. Division, placed ninth among sixteen teams. In 2003–04, the team was just one point away from promotion back to the 1. Division, but missed the opportunity after losing to Dalum and Næstved.

Finally, in 2004–05, the club topped the 2. Division, with an impressive 23 wins, 7 losses, no ties, and gained promotion back into 1. Division.

In the winter break in the 2005–06-season, the team was 3rd, and had greatly exceeded their own expectations of reaching the top 11,[1] they needed just 2 points to reach the 2nd place, which granted promotion to the Superliga. However, the team did not make it. Five matches before the season ending, the expectations were adjusted to the top-5, but four losses and a tie destroyed that; the team ended 6th, after a very unstable summer-season.

Nike sponsorship[edit]

On 6 March 2007, the club announced that Nike was to give a five-year sponsorship to KFC; the chairman, Jens Haugaard, called the deal "extremely big for a 1st division club".[2] The sponsorship has been said to be worth "more than DKK 3 million"[3] and "DKK 5 million";[4] the deal consists of the following components:

  • All clothing for all teams in the club and for the mother clubs, Kolding IF and Kolding Boldklub, training and match kits
  • An undisclosed amount of money
  • A yearly friendly match facing the highest ranking other Danish Nike-sponsored team (currently Odense Boldklub)
    • The other way round, KFC must be available for a yearly match with a lower ranking Nike-team


Kolding FC currently play their home matches on Kolding Stadion, built in 1931.[5] A modernization of the stadium has been done, including a VIP section, but further efforts have been halted because of the municipality not allowing it. Therefore, a new stadium is planned, either near the sports centre Kolding Hallen or near the planned site for the new Kolding Superdome.[6]

Colours and badge[edit]

The club's logo until the 2005–06 season

Until 2005–06[edit]

The round logo was introduced at the club's foundation in 2002; the eagle was also pictured – in a larger format – on the shirts of the club at that time. This logo was designed by a local advertising agency, Schultz & Sørensen.

The club's current logo


The current logo has a more badge-like shape than the previous one. With the logo change came new jerseys as well – the classic Kolding blue/white-uniform was traded for a more distinctive maroon/black approach.

With the 2007 Nike sponsorship, the shorts' colour was switched to white.


KFC's official fan club is called Kolding FC Support.

In terms of support, the club faces competition from the local handball-club, KIF Kolding, who have been in the top of Danish handball for several years.

Current squad[edit]

Updated 1 August 2010[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jens Rinke Kristensen
2 Denmark DF Lars Christian Termansen
3 Denmark DF Michael Præst
4 Denmark DF Nick Andersen
5 Denmark DF Martin Thomsen
6 Denmark MF Jonas Halling
7 Nigeria FW Justice Erhenede
8 Denmark MF Brian Gellert
9 Denmark FW Martin Hedeager Jensen
10 Denmark FW Casper Johansen
11 Denmark FW Philip Lund
12 Argentina MF Gunnar Guillermo Nielsen
No. Position Player
13 Denmark MF Mikkel Juul
14 Denmark DF Rune Nautrup
15 Nigeria MF Yakubu Akilu
16 Denmark FW Jesper Jørgensen
17 Denmark MF Ulrik Pedersen
18 Denmark DF Daniel Warming
19 Denmark FW Lennart Nielsen
20 Denmark FW Lasse Nielsen
21 Denmark DF Mads Fogh
22 Denmark GK Nicolaj Christensen
23 Denmark MF Søren Lynge Poulsen
24 Denmark MF Brian Mengel

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season League performance Cup performance
Pos Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
10–11: Danish 1st division #14/16 30 30 6 12 12 38 53 −15 10–11: Eliminated in the 2nd round by Viby IF, 0–0 aet, 2–3 (pen.)
09-10: Danish 1st division #13/16 31 30 8 7 15 41 59 −18 09-10: Eliminated in the 2nd round by Hobro, 1–2
08-09: Danish 1st division #12/16 36 30 9 9 12 45 59 −14 08-09: Eliminated in the 1st round by SønderjyskE, 1–2
07-08: Danish 1st division #7/16 40 30 11 7 12 53 47 +6 07-08: Eliminated in the 4th round by Næstved BK, 2–5
06-07: Danish 1st division #5/16 49 30 14 7 9 58 53 +5 06-07: Eliminated in the 4th round by Lyngby BK, 1–5
05-06: Danish 1st division #6/16 46 30 14 4 12 50 50 ±0 05-06: Eliminated in the 5th round by Odense BK, 1–1 AET (4–5 PSO)
04-05: Danish 2nd division #1/16 69 30 23 0 7 63 30 +23 04-05: Eliminated in the 2nd round by Aarhus Fremad, 2–4
03-04: Danish 2nd division #4/16 52 30 15 7 8 54 41 +13 03-04: Eliminated in the 2nd round by Skive IK, 1–3
02-03: Danish 2nd division #9/16 37 30 10 7 13 40 52 −12 02-03: Eliminated in the 4th round by Silkeborg IF, 0–4

Green denotes promotion, red denotes relegation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Johnny Mølby har stor succes". (2006). Kolding FC Avisen, p. 4.
  2. ^ "Nike hovedsponsor for KFC" (Press release). Kolding FC. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2007.[permanent dead link].
  3. ^ Maass, Ole (7 March 2007). "Kolding FC får millionaftale med Nike". Jydske Vestkysten. p. 22.
  4. ^ Nielsen, Bo (8 March 2007). "Kolding FC forgyldes af Nike". Kolding Ugeavis. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Kolding Idræts Forening". Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2006.
  6. ^ Kolding FC (28 February 2007). "Nej til udbygning af stadion" (in Danish). Retrieved 8 March 2007.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Spillertrup" Archived 14 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Kolding FC. Retrieved on 2010-08-02.

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