Silkeborg IF

Silkeborg IF
Full name Silkeborg Idraetsforening
Short name SIF
Founded 1917 (1917)
Ground MASCOT Park, Silkeborg
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Kent Madsen
Manager Peter Sørensen
League Danish Superliga
2015–16 Danish 1st Division, 2nd (promoted)

Silkeborg IF (Full name: Silkeborg Idrætsforening, or SIF in short) is a professional Danish football club in Silkeborg, Denmark. The club was founded in 1917, reached the highest level of Danish football in 1987, and was during the 1990s one of the most successful football clubs in Denmark, achieving a first place in the league in 1993–94, a third place in 1994/1995, a second place in 1997–98 as well as a Danish Cup victory in 2001. Silkeborg IF has participated in European games several times, and won the 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. However, in 1966 the team was promoted to 2nd division of Danish football. In 1982 the club took the decisive step towards the Danish top football, as the company SIF Football Support A / S was founded, a professional company that would be responsible for professional football in Silkeborg. This resulted in a rise in 1987 to the country's top row; the 1st division. This came as a big surprise to most football enthusiasts and a reporter from the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: "It will be a surprise if Silkeborg will win a corner kick". However, the team played well and already in the third game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmark's dominant team, Brøndby IF with a 1-0-win at home.

1994 championship

There were many vital matches in the 1993/1994-season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was already in the tournament's third round at home against Brøndby IF. Just before the game, the team's big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea FC,[1] and when Brøndby put themselves ahead 2–0 early in the game, it looked difficult for the home team. But Silkeborg totally turned the match upside down and won 4–2 in front of an enthusiastic audience.[2] 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 only one goal. In the second last round SIF could secure the championship with an away win against the only remaining competitor FC Copenhagen. Silkeborg-fans flocked to the national arena, Parken where the game was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga, namely 26,679.[3] However, the many visiting SIF-fans witnessed SIF scoring the first goal of the match but eventually losing 1–4.

The situation before the final round was that SIF should provide a better result than FC Copenhagen to become champions. At home SIF played AaB and won 2–0 on two goals by leading scorer Heine Fernandez, and in Odense OB obtained a Copenhagen lead in the second half and won 3–2 on a goal in injury time; securing SIF the championship.

The 11 starters of the final in the Danish Cup 2000-01

2001 cup winners and relegation

I 2001 Silkeborg IF 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. The Silkeborg-goals were scored by Brian Pedersen, Thomas Poulsen, and Henrik Pedersen (2). Steven Lustü, who later would become a prominent player for Silkeborg IF played the whole game for AB. The following years results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş and Thomas Røll to FC Copenhagen. 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, but returned to the top row the following year. Two seasons in a row the team finished 8th in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated. However, when former player Troels Bech returned to the club as head coach in 2009 he transformed the team and helped the club to promotion. Silkeborg IF finished 5th in the league in 2011, the best result in 15 years.


Current squad

As of 22 July 2016

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 Thomas Nørgaard
3 Denmark DF Niels Bisp Rasmussen
4 Denmark DF Simon Jakobsen
5 Denmark DF Mikkel Cramer
6 Denmark DF Jens Martin Gammelby
7 Denmark MF Nicolaj Agger
8 Denmark MF Martin Thomsen
9 Denmark FW Andreas Albers
10 Denmark MF Emil Scheel
11 Denmark FW Nicklas Helenius (on loan from AaB)
13 Denmark MF Mikkel Vendelbo
14 Denmark MF Dennis Flinta (Captain)
No. Position Player
15 Denmark DF Gustav Dahl
16 Denmark GK Kristian Fæste
17 Denmark MF Emil Lyng
18 Ghana MF Ibrahim Moro
19 Denmark MF Sammy Skytte
22 Georgia (country) MF Davit Skhirtladze
23 Denmark MF Jeppe Okkels
29 Denmark MF Robert Skov
31 Denmark GK Jens Rinke
Denmark MF Marcus Solberg
28 Denmark DF Tobias Salquist

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
24 Denmark MF Nicolaj Køhlert (on loan to NSÍ Runavík until October 2016)


Current technical staff

Position Staff
Manager Denmark Peter Sørensen
Assistant manager Denmark Peder Knudsen
Goalkeeping coach Denmark Finn Secher
Fitness coach Denmark Lars Raundahl Rasmussen
Sporting director Denmark Jesper Stücker

Last updated: 5 September 2015
Source: Silkeborg IF

Managerial history

European cup history

Season Cup Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1991 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Hammarby IF 4–1 1–3
Group East Germany Energie Cottbus 4–1 0–1
Group Czechoslovakia FK Dukla Banská Bystrica 1–3 2–0
1993 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Switzerland FC Zürich 2–0
Group Germany VfL Bochum 2–2
Group Austria FC Tirol 1–1
Group Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1
1994 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Halmstads BK 2–0
Group Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–0
Group Czech Republic Sparta Prague 4–1
Group Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 7–2
1994–95 Champions League 1Q Ukraine Dynamo Kiev 0–0 3–1 1–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–0 1–2 6–1
2Q Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–2 0–1 2–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Belgium R. Charleroi S.C. 2–4
Group Poland Zaglebie Lubin 0–0
Group Austria SV Ried 0–3
Group Wales Conwy United 4–0
Semi Final Russia Uralmash 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final Croatia Segesta Sisak 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
1996–97 UEFA Cup Q Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–2 3–5
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Austria Grazer AK 0–2
Group Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5–0
Group France SC Bastia 0–1
Group Wales Ebbw Vale 6–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Slovenia Mura 2–0 0–0 2–0
2Q Italy AS Roma 0–2 1–0 0–3
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belarus FC Dnepr Mogilev 1–2 2–1 2–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Spain Real Zaragoza 1–2 3–0 1–5

Former notable players

Most scoring players

Competitive matches only. To matches played January 1, 2015.[4]

# Name Career Goals
1Denmark Pedersen, HenrikHenrik Pedersen1995–2001 and 2008–201296
2Denmark Fernandez, HeineHeine Fernandez1990–199896
3Denmark Lekic, RajkoRajko Lekic2003–2004 and 2008–201176
4Faroe Islands Holst, ChristianChristian Holst2008–201447
5Denmark Thygesen, JesperJesper Thygesen1994–1998 and 2000–200345
6Denmark Alkhag, IddiIddi Alkhag2001–200741
7Denmark Hansen, MichaelMichael Hansen1991–1996 and 2006–200739
8Denmark Bruun, MortenMorten Bruun1988–200135
9Denmark Skov, OleOle Skov1988–199235
10Denmark Jokovic, NockoNocko Jokovic1996–199933
11Denmark Lassen, PeterPeter Lassen1999–200033
12Denmark Reese, AllanAllan Reese1991–199732
13Denmark Erfurt, HansHans Erfurt1987–199431
14Germany Pourie, MarvinMarvin Pourie2011–201329
15Denmark Bech, JesperJesper Bech2004–201428

Most appearances

Competitive matches only. To matches played January 1, 2015.[5]

# Name Career Appearances
1Denmark Bruun, MortenMorten Bruun1988–2001424
2Denmark Jensen, BjarneBjarne Jensen348
3Denmark Johansen, IngvarIngvar Johansen1979–1993325
4Denmark Skovbo, ArneArne Skovbo308
5Denmark Nielsen, KurtKurt Nielsen307
6Denmark Kjær, PeterPeter Kjær1993–2001291
7Denmark Duus, ChristianChristian Duus1991–2005283
8Denmark Pedersen, HenrikHenrik Pedersen1995–2001 and 2008–2012270
9Denmark Larsen, MichaelMichael Larsen1992–2003269
10Denmark Poulsen, ThomasThomas Poulsen1997–2006255
11Denmark Skaarup, BrianBrian Skaarup−1991254
12Denmark Flinta, DennisDennis Flinta2005–2007 and 2009–present252
13Denmark Fernandez, HeineHeine Fernandez1990–1998246
14Denmark Hansen, JørgenJørgen Hansen245
15Denmark Thygesen, JesperJesper Thygesen1994–1998 and 2000–2003245


  1. 1993–1994 season, Silkeborg IF by year, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  2. Superstats SIF-BIF 15.08.1993, SIF-BIF: 4–2, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  3. Superstats FCK-SIF 05.06.1994, FCK-SIF: 4–1, accessed on December 4, 2013.
  4. Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on January 1, 2015.
  5. Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on January 1, 2015.

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