Aarhus Gymnastikforening

association football club in Denmark

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AGF Aarhus logo.svg
Full nameAarhus Gymnastikforening
De hviie (The Whites)
Byens hold (The city’s team)
Short nameAGF
Founded1880; 141 years ago (1880) (sports club)
1902; 119 years ago (1902) (football team)
GroundCeres Park, Aarhus
ChairmanJacob Nielsen
ManagerDavid Nielsen
LeagueDanish Superliga
2019–20Danish Superliga, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Aarhus Gymnastikforening (Danish: [ˈɒːˌhuˀs kymnaˈstikfʌˌe̝ˀne̝ŋ]; commonly known as AGF Danish: [æke̝ˀˈef]), is a professional sports club based in Aarhus, Jutland, Denmark; one of the oldest in the country Founded in 1880, the club mainly featured gymnastics and fencing as its main sports. However, AGF is mostly known for its football department, which was established in 1902. Currently, the club's first team plays in the Danish Superliga, the top flight of the Danish football league system.

AGF has won 5 Danish Football Championships and a record 9 Danish Cups. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup where they were knocked out by later winners, Benfica. In 1989, AGF again reached a European quarter-final. This time in the European Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost 0–1 on aggregate to later winners FC Barcelona.


AGF played its first football match against Aarhus Idrætsklub Olympia in November 1902, a 2–5 loss. Six years later, the club won the Jutland Football Championship by winning 3–2 over Ringkøbing IF in the final. AGF won the Jutland Football Championship seven times and was in three finals of the Danish Football Championship before AGF became a member of the newly founded Denmark Tournament in 1927.

In 1911, AGF got its own clubhouse after which the club bought the pitches at Dalgas Avenue. In 1920, AGF began to play its home matches at the newly built Aarhus Stadium, where the club has played ever since. In 1941, the club moved from the clubhouse at Dalgas Avenue to Fredensvang in the suburb of Viby J.[1] For three seasons in a row from 1949–51 AGF finished in third place in the top division. After spending the 1952–53 season in the 2. division, AGF returned strongly to the 1. division and in the next 12 seasons won four Danish Football Championships and five Danish Cups.[2] AGF also participated in the first edition of the European Cup, where it lost to French club Stade de Reims. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-final in the same tournament where it lost to eventual tournament winners Benfica.[3] AGF was relegated to the 2. division in 1968 and in 1973 but returned to the 1. division in 1976. This was the start of 30 years in the top division.

The introduction of professional football in Denmark had a big influence on the success AGF experienced from the late 1970s and forward until 1998. With the former Real Madrid star Henning Jensen on the team was AGF close at winning the Danish Football Championship in 1982. AGF played 2–2 against B 93 in the last game of the season sending the championship to Odense Boldklub. In 1984 AGF was again close to clinching the championship but lost it by a single point to the rivals from Vejle Boldklub. Finally in 1986 AGF won its fifth Danish Football Championship. Flemming Povlsen, Jan Bartram and John Stampe was the profiles[clarification needed] in the team. In 1987, 1988 and 1992 AGF also won the Danish Cup.

In 1996, with players like Stig Tøfting and Håvard Flo, was AGF again close at winning the Danish Football Championship but AGF was overtaken by Brøndby IF in the second last round of the tournament. AGF got revenge by winning the final of the Danish Cup against Brøndby IF in the same season.

In 1998, AGF finished third in the Danish Superliga but financial problems resulted in some poor results the following years. In 2000, Peter Rudbæk was fired after seven years as manager. From 2000 onwards, the club experienced some of its worst ever results, which led to relegations in the 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2013–14 season. Each time, however, the club secured a quick return to the top-flight.

In the summer of 2014, AGF appointed Jacob Nielsen as its new director. Nielsen had been successful as director of Randers where he had managed to secure fine economic results. AGF also hired a new sporting director and Morten Wieghorst as manager. On 6 December 2015, however, Nielsen announced that Wieghorst was fired and that former Danish champion Glen Riddersholm was hired as his replacement.

With Glen Riddersholm as manager AGF finished the 2015–16 season in tenth place having won 3 games, drawn 7, and lost 5 in the remainder of the season. AGF qualified for 2016 cup final losing 2–1 to FC Copenhagen. In the 2016–17 season AGF finished 11th after having played relegation play-off matches in the new league structure introduced that season.

On 30 September 2017 Riddersholm was fired due to inconsistent results. At that point AGF was 7th in the league having started the 2017–18 season with 4 wins, 5 defeats, and 2 draws. Riddersholm's last match was a 5–1 win against FC Helsingør. New manager was David Nielsen who started with 4 consecutive league defeats but finished the season in 7th place after losing a European play-off final against FC Copenhagen 4–1. After reaching 8th place in 2018–19 season, the club managed to keep bronze medal in 2019–20


Their home ground is Aarhus Stadium, renamed Ceres Park for sponsorship reasons since 2015, which has a capacity of 19,433.[4]


National honours


International honours


Current squad

As of 1 February 2021[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Sweden SWE William Eskelinen
2 DF Australia AUS Alex Gersbach
3 DF Sweden SWE Niklas Backman (captain)
5 DF Denmark DEN Frederik Tingager
6 MF Denmark DEN Nicolai Poulsen
7 MF Serbia SRB Milan Jevtović
9 FW Denmark DEN Patrick Mortensen (vice-captain)
10 MF Denmark DEN Patrick Olsen
11 FW South Africa RSA Gift Links
13 DF Denmark DEN Alexander Munksgaard
14 FW Denmark DEN Søren Tengstedt
15 DF The Gambia GAM Bubacarr Sanneh (on loan from Anderlecht)
16 DF Denmark DEN Casper Højer Nielsen
17 MF Iceland ISL Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Denmark DEN Jesper Juelsgård
19 MF Australia AUS Daniel Arzani (on loan from Manchester City)
20 MF Australia AUS Zach Duncan
22 MF Denmark DEN Benjamin Hvidt
27 MF Denmark DEN Albert Grønbæk
29 MF Denmark DEN Bror Blume
31 GK Denmark DEN Kasper Kristensen
34 DF Netherlands NED Kevin Diks (on loan from Fiorentina)
36 GK Denmark DEN Daniel Gadegaard Andersen
37 DF Denmark DEN Sebastian Hausner
38 FW Denmark DEN Alexander Ammitzbøll
39 DF Denmark DEN Magnus Anbo
73 GK Poland POL Kamil Grabara (on loan from Liverpool)

Youth players in use

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
32 MF Denmark DEN Mads Bager (from AGF U19)
No. Pos. Nation Player
43 FW Denmark DEN Frederik Ihler (from AGF U19)

Incoming players

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Denmark DEN Frederik Brandhof (from Viborg FF on 1 July 2021)

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Denmark DEN Mikkel Lassen (at Skive IK until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbers

12 – Denmark AGF Fanclub Aarhus

Former players

List of AGF managers


Since 1927, AGF has played 68 seasons at the highest level in Danish football, which is a record.[8]

Other records

  • Biggest victory: 13–1 against Fremad Amager, 28. October 1934
  • Biggest defeat: 0–9 against B 93, 7. April 1946, 0–9 against B 1913 20. October 1940 and 0–9 against KB, 15. September 1968.
  • Most undefeated games in a row: 26 (4. November 1985 – 9. November 1986)
  • Most undefeated home games in a row: 26 (19. March 1995 – 16. August 1996)
  • Most home victories in a row: 15 (7. September 1952 – 10. May 1953)
  • Most games in a row without a victory: 16 (9. June 1968 – 7. April 1969)
  • Most lost games in a row: 11 (22. August 1968 – 3. November 1968)
  • Attendance record: 23.990. AGF – Esbjerg fB 0–4, (23. October 1962)
  • Most matches: John Stampe 444 matches (1977–1991)
  • Most seasons: Aage Rou Jensen 19 seasons (1943–1961)
  • Most titles: John Amdisen, 4 Danish Football Championships and 5 Danish Cups (1955–1965)
  • Youngest player: Navid Dayyani, 16 years 244 days, (19. October 2003)
  • Oldest player: Erik Boye, 39 years 59 days, (6. April 2003)

AGF In European Competition

AGF's first competitive European match was on September 21, 1955, in the 1955-56 European Cup, dropping a 0–2 decision to France's Stade Reims, eventually losing on aggregate 2–4 in the first round. Since then, the club has participated in numerous UEFA competitions, advancing as far as the quarter-finals of the 1960-61 European Cup and 1988-89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.


  1. ^ "Mindernes Allé". www.agffodbold.dk. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Ungarsk magi på banen". Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Verdens bedste kom forbi". Agffodbold.dk. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. ^ "AARHUS GYMNASTIKFORENING". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ www.haslund.info – Bedste rćkke – Guld, sřlv og bronze Archived 2 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ www.haslund.info – Pokalturneringen – Finalehold Archived 2 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ AGF squad, agf.dk
  8. ^ "Rangliste 1927–2012". Haslund.info. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010.

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