Silkeborg IF

Silkeborg IF
Full name Silkeborg Idrætsforening
Short name SIF
Founded 1917 (1917)
Ground JYSK Park
Capacity 10,000 (6,000 seated)
Chairman Kent Madsen
Manager Michael Hansen
League Danish 1st Division
2017–18 Danish Superliga, 13th (relegated)

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, finishing in first place in the league in 1993–94, third place in 1994–95 and 2000-01, second place in 1997–98 as well as a Danish Cup victory in 2001. 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. 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 large 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." The team, however, played well and already in the third game of the season Silkeborg IF defeated Denmark's dominant team, Brøndby with a 1-0 win at home.

1994 championship

There were many vital matches in the 1993–94 season, but perhaps the most important game for Silkeborg was the tournament's third round match at home against Brøndby. Just before the game, the team's big name Jakob Kjeldberg had been sold to Chelsea,[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 Copenhagen. Silkeborg fans flocked to the national arena, Parken Stadium, where the match was witnessed by the largest crowd in history of the Danish Superliga, namely 26,679.[3] The many visiting SIF-fans, however, 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 Copenhagen to become champions. At home, SIF played Aalborg BK 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 2000–01 Danish Cup

2001 cup winners and relegation

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 later would become a prominent player for Silkeborg, played the entire game for AB. The following years' results were not very impressive. After the cup victory, the club sold Henrik Pedersen to Bolton Wanderers, Peter Kjær to Beşiktaş and Thomas Røll to 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. For two seasons in a row, the team finished eighth in the league with 12 teams, but in 2007 the team was again relegated. When former player Troels Bech returned to the club as head coach in 2009, however, he transformed the team and helped the club to promotion. Silkeborg finished fifth in the league in 2011, the best result in 15 years.



Current squad

As of 8 August 2018[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Thomas Nørgaard
2 DF Marcus Johansson
4 DF Simon Jakobsen
5 DF Svenn Crone
6 DF Frederik Møller
7 FW Stephan Petersen
9 FW Shkodran Maholli
10 MF Davit Skhirtladze
11 FW Alex
13 MF Mikkel Vendelbo
14 MF Dennis Flinta (Captain)
15 DF Gustav Dahl
No. Position Player
16 GK Peter Friis Jensen
17 MF Casper Sloth
18 MF Ibrahim Moro
19 MF Magnus Mattsson
20 FW Marc Rochester Sørensen
21 MF Mads Emil Madsen
22 MF Valance Nambishi
23 MF Jeppe Okkels
24 DF Jeppe Gertsen
25 DF Anders Hagelskjær
29 FW Ronnie Schwartz
30 GK Oscar Hedvall


Current technical staff

Position Staff
Manager Michael Hansen
Assistant manager Peder Knudsen
Goalkeeping coach Henrik Ipsen
Fitness coach Lars Raundahl Rasmussen
Fitness assistent Mikkel Cramer
Fysiothearpeut Michael Larsen
Sporting director 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 Hammarby IF 4–1 1–3
Group Energie Cottbus 4–1 0–1
Group Dukla Banksá Bystrica 1–3 2–0
1993 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Zürich 2–0
Group VfL Bochum 2–2
Group Tirol 1–1
Group Slovan Bratislava 2–1
1994 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Halmstads BK 2–0
Group Maccabi Netanya 0–0
Group Sparta Prague 4–1
Group Lokomotiv Sofia 7–2
1994–95 Champions League 1Q Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 3–1 1–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Crusaders 4–0 1–2 6–1
2Q Sparta Prague 1–2 0–1 2–2
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Sporting Charleroi 2–4
Group Zagłębie Lubin 0–0
Group SV Ried 0–3
Group Conwy United 4–0
Semi Final Uralmash 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final Segesta Sisak 0–1 1–2 2–2 (a)
1996–97 UEFA Cup Q Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–2 3–5
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Grazer AK 0–2
Group Hrvatski Dragovoljac 5–0
Group Bastia 0–1
Group Ebbw Vale 6–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Mura 2–0 0–0 2–0
2Q Roma 0–2 1–0 0–3
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Dnepr Mogilev 1–2 2–1 2–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Real Zaragoza 1–2 3–0 1–5

Former notable players

Top goalscorers

Competitive matches only. To matches played March 22, 2017.[5]

# Name Career Goals
1 Henrik Pedersen1995–2001 and 2008–201296
2 Heine Fernandez1990–199896
3 Rajko Lekić2003–2004 and 2008–201176
4 Christian Holst2008–201447
5 Jesper Thygesen1994–1998 and 2000–200345
6 Iddi Alkhag2001–200741
7 Michael Hansen1991–1996 and 2006–200739
8 Morten Bruun1988–200135
9 Ole Skov1988–199235
10 Nocko Joković1996–199933
11 Peter Lassen1999–200033
12 Allan Reese1991–199732
13 Hans Erfurt1987–199431
14 Marvin Pourie2011–201329
15 Jesper Bech2004–201428

Top appearances

Competitive matches only. To matches played March 22, 2017.[6]

# Name Career Appearances
1 Morten Bruun1988–2001424
2 Bjarne Jensen348
3 Dennis Flinta2005–2007 and 2009–present329
4 Ingvar Johansen1979–1993325
5 Arne Skovbo308
6 Kurt Nielsen307
7 Peter Kjær1993–2001291
8 Christian Duus1991–2005283
9 Henrik Pedersen1995–2001 and 2008–2012270
10 Michael Larsen1992–2003269
11 Thomas Poulsen1997–2006255
12 Brian Skaarup−1991254
13 Heine Fernandez1990–1998246
14 Jørgen Hansen245
15 Jesper 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. "Nordicbet Liga-trup | Silkeborg IF". (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  5. Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on March 22, 2017.
  6. Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on March 22, 2017.
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