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Aarhus GF

AGF
Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Full name Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Nickname(s) GF, De Hvide, De Hviie(The Whites), Byens Hold (The City's Team)
Short name AGF
Founded 1880;  (1880)
Ground NRGi Park, Aarhus
Ground Capacity 20,032
Chairman Lars Fournais
Manager Peter Sørensen
League Danish Superliga
2012–13 Danish Superliga, 7th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF or AGF Aarhus) is one of the oldest sport clubs in Denmark. As the name also reveal, the club was founded in 1880, mainly with Gymnastics but also Fencing as the main sports, though AGF later introduced a variety of other activities in both individual and team sports.

AGF is best known for its Association football team which was introduced in 1902 and has the longest streak in the Danish top division and also holds the record for most number of cup wins. However, the club struggled with poor results and a string of bad management decisions after its impressive 1995–96 season, which eventually lead to relegation from the Superliga in 2005–06 and again in 2009–10, though both times securing a quick return to top-flight level. The club currently plays in the top-tier of the league system, the Danish Superliga.

AGF has twice reached the quarter-final stage in European Cups: In 1961, losing to S.L. Benfica in the European Champion Clubs' Cup (1–4 home and 1–3 away), and in 1989, losing to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (0–1 home, 0–0 away). AGF has played a total of 52 matches in European Cups: 18 matches in the former European Champions' Cup, 18 in the Cup-Winners’ Cup (a Danish club record), 14 in the UEFA Cup and two preliminary round matches for the UEFA Cup. In the 2011–12 season AGF qualified for European football for the first time in 15 years. They will begin their campaign in the second qualifying round of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League.

Current squad

3 September 2013[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Steffen Rasmussen (captain)
2 Finland DF Petri Pasanen
4 Ghana MF Mohammed Abu (on loan from Manchester City)
5 Denmark DF Alexander Juel Andersen
6 England DF Adam Eckersley
7 Denmark MF Stephan Petersen
8 Denmark MF Hjalte Nørregaard
10 Denmark MF Martin Jørgensen (vice-captain)
11 Denmark FW Jesper Lange
14 Denmark FW Søren Larsen
15 Ghana DF Dominic Oduro (on loan from Manchester City)
16 Denmark DF Jens Jønsson
No. Position Player
17 Denmark MF Osama Akharraz
18 France DF Arthur Sorin
21 Georgia (country) FW Mate Vatsadze
22 Georgia (country) FW Davit Skhirtladze
23 Denmark GK Emil Ousager
25 Denmark MF Kasper Povlsen
27 Denmark DF Anders Kure
28 Denmark FW Marcus Solberg
30 Georgia (country) FW Davit Devdariani
32 Nigeria MF Edafe Egbedi
37 Denmark DF Mikkel Kirkeskov
38 Denmark MF Casper Sloth

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
24 Denmark DF Frans Dhia Putros (on loan to Silkeborg IF)

Retired numbers

12Denmark AGF Fanclub Aarhus

Notable former players

AGF has a long list of notable players with international experience, many of whom have represented the Danish national football team, some of the most memorable are listed here:

Managers

Honours

National honours

  • Danish Superliga (or equivalent)
    • Winners (5): 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1986
    • Runners-up (8): 1920–21, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1944–45, 1964, 1982, 1984, 1995–96
    • Bronze (11): 1933, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997
  • Danish Cup
    • Winners (9): (Danish Cup Record): 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1995–96
    • Runners-up (2): 1958–59, 1989–90

Sources:,[2][3]

International honours

Achievements

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1995–96 1D 2 33 18 12 3 61 28 66 Winner
1996–97 1D 3 33 14 10 9 75 51 52 last 16
1997–98 1D 8 33 11 10 12 53 52 43
1998–99 1D 10 33 11 10 12 45 55 43
1999–00 1D 10 33 9 9 15 36 55 36
2000–01 1D 8 33 13 5 15 54 58 44
2001–02 1D 10 33 7 10 16 42 56 31 last 16
2002–03 1D 10 33 10 10 13 49 59 40
2003–04 1D 8 33 11 3 19 45 67 36
2004–05 1D 9 33 11 6 16 47 53 39 quarter-final
2005–06 1D 12 33 4 10 19 36 63 22 4th round relegated
2006–07 2D 2 30 18 5 7 58 38 59 promoted
2007–08 1D 10 33 7 8 18 33 51 29
2008–09 1D 6 33 13 6 14 39 44 45
2009–10 1D 11 33 10 8 15 36 47 38 relegated
2010–11 2D 1 30 22 6 2 66 25 72 quarter-finals promoted
2011–12 1D 5 33 12 12 9 47 40 48 4th round
2012–13 1D 7 33 11 8 14 50 49 41 4th round

AGF in Europe

Up to date as of 29 July 2012[4]
European Champion Clubs' Cup / UEFA Champions League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1955/56 1/8 France Stade de Reims 0–2 2–2 2–4
1956/57 Q France OGC Nice 1–1 1–5 2–6
1957/58 Q Northern Ireland Glenavon FC 0–0 3–0 3–0
1/8 Spain Sevilla FC 2–0 0–4 2–4
1960/61 Q Poland Legia Warszawa 3–0 0–1 3–1
1/8 Norway Fredrikstad FK 3–0 1–0 4–0
1/4 Portugal SL Benfica 1–4 1–3 2–7
1987/88 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse d'Esch 4–1 0–1 4–2
1/8 Portugal SL Benfica 0–0 0–1 0–1
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1979/80 1R Poland Stal Mielec 1–1 1–0 2–1
2R Germany FC Bayern Munich 1–2 1–3 2–5
1983/84 1R Scotland Celtic FC 1–4 0–1 1–5
1984/85 1R Poland Widzew Łódź 1–0 0–2 1–2
1985/86 1R Belgium KSV Waregem 0–1 2–5 2–6
1997/98 2Q Hungary Újpest FC 3–2 0–0 3–2
1R France FC Nantes 2–2 1–0 3–2
2R Netherlands FC Twente 1–1 0–0 1–1
2012/13 2Q Georgia (country) FC Dila Gori 1–2 1–3 2–5
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961/62 1/8 Germany SV Werder Bremen 2–3 0–2 2–5
1965/66 1R Portugal Vitória Setúbal 2–1 2–1 4–2
1/8 Scotland Celtic FC 0–1 0–2 0–3
1988/89 1R Northern Ireland Glenavon FC 3–1 4–1 7–2
1/8 Wales Cardiff City 4–0 2–1 6–1
1/4 Spain FC Barcelona 0–1 0–0 0–1
1992/93 1R Sweden AIK Stockholm 1–1 3–3 4–4
1/8 Romania Steaua Bucharest 3–2 1–2 4–4
1996/97 1R Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 1–1 0–0 1–1
UEFA Intertoto Cup

Group stage winners are marked in bold. AGF Aarhus won their group in 1981, 1982, 1984.

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1967 Group Czech Republic VSS Košice 1–1 1–3 2–4
Group East Germany Dynamo Dresden 1–2 1–2 2–4
Group Sweden AIK Stockholm 1-2 0-1 1–3
1979 Group Bulgaria Pirin Blagoevgrad 2–0 0–2 2–2
Group Poland Katowice 0–0 0–1 0–1
Group Austria Austria Salzburg 2-0 2-2 4–2
1981 Group Sweden IK Brage 2–1 1–0 3–1
Group Austria LASK Linz 1–0 1–1 2–1
Group Czech Republic Zbrojovka Brno 4-2 0-3 4–5
1982 Group Germany Werder Bremen 2–1 1–4 3–5
Group Czech Republic Plastika Nitra 1-0 4-3 5–3
Group Austria Sturm Graz 6–1 0–3 6–4
1983 Group Israel Maccabi Netanya 1–2 1–3 2–5
Group Israel Shimshon Tel Aviv 2-1 2-1 4–2
Group Switzerland FC Lucerne 8–3 0–1 8–4
1984 Group Norway Lillestrøm 2–2 2–2 4–4
Group Czech Republic Baník Ostrava 1-0 2-1 3–1
Group East Germany Wismut Aue 2–1 2–1 4–2
1985 Group Poland Górnik Zabrze 2–3 1–2 3–5
Group Hungary Zalaegerszegi 4–4 0–1 4–5
Group Switzerland Young Boys 4–7 1–0 5–7
1986 Group Hungary Újpesti Dozsa 2–3 0–1 2–4
Group Switzerland Grasshopper 2–1 1–4 3–5
Group Austria Admira Wacker 1–0 2–0 3–0
1987 Group East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 1–1 2–2 3–3
Group Hungary Vasas Budapesti 1–0 1–2 2–2
Group Switzerland Lausanne 2–1 1–1 3–2
1988 Group East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rad Belgrade 3–0 0–3 3–3
Group Austria FC Tirol 0–1 3–3 3–4
1990 Group Hungary Vasas Budapesti 2–0 2–0 4–0
Group Austria First Vienna 1–2 1–1 2–3
Group Sweden Gefle IF 0–0 0–0 0–0
1992 Group Hungary Váci Izzó 0–1 0–2 0–3
Group Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group Sweden Kiruna FF 1–1 1–1 2–2
1993 Group Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 1–2
Group Romania Oțelul Galați 4–0
Group Austria Austria Salzburg 5–1
Group Switzerland Young Boys 2–3
1995 Group Poland Górnik Zabrze 4–1
Group Germany Karlsruher SC 0–3
Group Switzerland FC Basel 2–1
Group England Sheffield Wednesday 1–3
2001 1R Slovenia Publikum Celje 1–0 1–7 2–7

The fans of AGF

AGFs official fan club is AGF Fanclub Aarhus, founded 9 November 1992. AGF also have several unofficial fan clubs and support websites like Morethanaclub, GF-Forum.dk, AGFFAN.dk, Vesterbro Hardcore AGF, The Madhouse (Danish: Galehuset), The front (Danish: Forenden), CERES’ AGF fanklub, Nysir-Aarhus, AGF Fanclub Odder and Aarhus Youth (Danish: Aarhusiansk Ungdom).

References

External links

  • Official website in English
  • Official website for the football department
  • Official Fanclub
  • GF-Forum,Unofficial messageboard
  • Unofficial Fanclub
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