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Danish Football - The National Sport of Denmark

Football is the national sport of Denmark and the most popular sport played here. Currently there are nearly 300,000 players and 1,614 clubs registered with the Danish Football Association.

There are four professional football leagues which include sixty of the best clubs in Denmark. The Danish Superliga is the ‘premier league’ and consists of twelve teams, with two teams each year relegated to the 1st division. The Danish Superliga, was founded in 1991 and has since seen rapid growth with new stadiums and ever increasing attendances.

Danish footballThe first national football league started here in 1912-13 and Kjøbenhavns Boldklub remain the league's most successful team. They won fifteen league titles prior to a merge with Boldklubben 1903 to form FC Copenhagen in 1992. In total, FC Copenhagen and its predecessors have won thirty Danish championships and are the current Superliga champions.

The national Danish men’s football team have played in many international tournaments and are best known for winning the 1992 European Championship by beating Germany 2-0. Their best FIFA World Cup result was achieved in 1998, where they narrowly lost in the quarter-finals against Brazil. In the 1980’s the Danish football team became known as the ‘Danish Dynamite’ after their 1984 Euro song.

The national Danish women’s football team have also played many international tournaments, competing in nine World Cups and eleven European Championships. Their biggest success to date was winning the European Championship in 1979.

Denmark is equally famous for its travelling fans, known as roligans. The movement emerged during the 1980s and was a counter-reaction to hooliganism. The objectives of the roligan movement was to be calm, yet cheerful, support during the matches, as rolig means calm in the Danish language.

Facts

  • The Danish Football Association -Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU) was founded in 1889.
  • The national Danish men’s football team won two Olympic silver medals in 1908 and 1912 and was ranked number one in the world between April 1914 and April 1920.
  • In 1978, the men’s football league turned professional with the first sponsor being Carlsberg.
  • Parken – the national football stadium is the biggest venue in Denmark with a capacity of 38,009 seats.