|Full name||Silkeborg Idrætsforening|
|Capacity||10,000 (6,000 seated)|
|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.
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, 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. 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. 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.
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.
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Current technical staff
Last updated: 5 September 2015
- Viggo Jensen (1987–92)
- Bo Johansson (1992–94)
- Bo Nielsson (1994)
- Frank Petersen (1995)
- Preben Elkjær (1995–96)
- Sepp Piontek (1997–99)
- Benny Johansen (1999–01)
- Morten Bruun (2001–02)
- Viggo Jensen (July 2002 – Oct 2006)
- Peder Knudsen (Oct 2006 – Dec 2008)
- Preben Lundbye (2007)
- Troels Bech (Jan 2009 – June 2012)
- Keld Bordinggaard (July 2012 – Nov 2012)
- Viggo Jensen (Nov 2012 – June 2013)
- Jesper Sørensen (July 2013 – December 2014)
- Kim Poulsen (December 2014 – September 2015)
- Peter Sørensen (September 2015 – August 2018)
- Michael Hansen] (August 2018 –)
European cup history
Former notable players
|1||1995–2001 and 2008–2012||96|
|3||2003–2004 and 2008–2011||76|
|5||1994–1998 and 2000–2003||45|
|7||1991–1996 and 2006–2007||39|
|3||2005–2007 and 2009–present||329|
|9||1995–2001 and 2008–2012||270|
|15||1994–1998 and 2000–2003||245|
- 1993–1994 season, Silkeborg IF by year, accessed on December 4, 2013.
- Superstats SIF-BIF 15.08.1993, SIF-BIF: 4–2, accessed on December 4, 2013.
- Superstats FCK-SIF 05.06.1994, FCK-SIF: 4–1, accessed on December 4, 2013.
- "Nordicbet Liga-trup | Silkeborg IF". silkeborgif.com (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- Silkeborg IF: Most goals, Most Goals, accessed on March 22, 2017.
- Silkeborg IF: Most matches, Most matches, accessed on March 22, 2017.