Football in Denmark

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Football in Denmark
CountryDenmark
Governing bodyDanish Football Association
National team(s)Men's national team, Women's national team
First played1876; 146 years ago (1876)
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Association football is the most popular sport in Denmark, with 331,693 players and 1,647 clubs registered (as of 2016)[1] under the Danish FA. The game was introduced into Denmark by British sailors.[2] Kjøbenhavns Boldklub is the oldest club outside of the United Kingdom, having been founded on 26 April 1876.[3]

Men's league system[edit]

The Copenhagen Football Championship, known as Fodboldturneringen, was established in 1889 as the first domestic league by the Danish Football Association (DBU). Since its founding, many other regional leagues was founded in Denmark. A national league championship was first established in 1927 with the first season being held as 1927–28 Danmarksmesterskabsturneringen. The different leagues was linked together to create a pyramidal structure allowing promotion and relegation between different levels.

The top four levels in Denmark are governed by the Danish Football Association and, the first three divisions by its professional body Divisionsforeningen.[4] The top 3 are collectively called Danmarksturneringen i fodbold (literally: the Denmark Tournament in Football), and share a common set of rules more geared towards professional football. Reserve teams are allowed in the league structure, but can only reach the Denmark Series. The Danish Superliga clubs' reserve teams, primarily, have their own reserve competition.

The lower divisions are controlled by the six regional associations. The number of divisions in the lower series under the auspices of the local football association vary greatly depending on the association's size.

Competition records[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Cup/Europa League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup (now Europa League).

UEFA Europa Conference League[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Europa Conference League.


Defunct:

European Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the European Cup.

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

The following teams have advanced to elimination rounds in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medlemstal 1910-2016". dbu.dk. Danish FA. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2008-11-27). "England renew continent's oldest football rivalry with visit of Denmark | Jonathan Wilson | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". www.dbukoebenhavn.dk. Archived from the original on 2015-08-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Smyth, Rob (2009-10-13). "The forgotten story of ... Danish Dynamite, the Denmark side of the mid-80s | Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen | Sport". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02.

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