Superligaen

If your interest is to follow the highest Division of football in Denmark? Then you need to tune into Superligaen, that translates into, Super League. However, at its current standings, the League names, 3F Superliga due to a sponsorship agreement. By which administrates by the overseeing body, the Danish Football Association. Or Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU) in its original name. Plus, the same organisation also keeps a supervising eye on the function of the complete vertical of elite Danish football. Including the First Division, Second Divisions (East and West), but also the 3rd and final Division, Denmark Series. Which have been servicing the professional football scene since its founding days in 1889, but, let’s skip ahead and start exploring some of the histories, seasons and previous champions of the League.
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Quick history

Even if the Superligaen may be relatively young, the official football record goes back much further than that. In fact, the earliest mention of an organisation attempts dates back to 1889 when the Dansk Boldspil-Union where created. Yet, before the Superligaen was born, there were many variations in play. Starting with the National Football Tournament, (Landsfodboldturneringen) between 1913 to 1927. Followed by the Denmark Tournament (Danmarksmesterskabsturneringen) year 1928 to 1929. Only to get replaced by the Championship League (Mesterskabsserien) for a ten-year duration, 1930 to 1940. That got interrupted by war times. Although the Danes kept the football going in a competition, now widely accepted as the War Tournaments from 1941 to 1945. Substituted by the 1st Division running from 1946 all the way to 1990. Which brings us to its current format Danish Super League (Superligaen) that was the name change from season 1991 to the present time.

Superligaen Table

How many teams include in the Superligaen?

Although professional football in Denmark has gone through some minor and major changes in its existence, we will stick to the subject matter, Superligaen. Though, due to its relative new foundation, the League as such has only seen 3 important team participation changes since 1991. Where in its inaugurating season it started up with 10 clubs competing for the win. That was the case up to season 1996 to the fairly recent year of 2016 when the competition consisted of 12 teams. And for its final format 14 clubs leading into to the following season. By which is the number of teams we have on the roster for Superligaen on any new season in modern time. However, a change of number in teams usually means one thing, structural changes. On that note, let’s check out how a season of Superligaen plays and used to play.

A season of Superligaen

When Superligaen started in 1991, the team count was 10, and a season stretched over one year in a double round-robin system for the champions ship title. Followed by the two-calendar year structure. Where the 10 clubs played a regular season in the summer/autumn months and the bottom 2 teams in the coming spring got cut-loose. And the 8 surviving clubs initiated a post-season tournament with their points slashed in half, only to face-off 2 more times to determine a winner. This structure was utilised up until the 1995/96 when the thrice format saw the introduction. Along with the injection of 2 more teams, meaning they played each other 3 times. Where the top 6 teams had one extra home game while the bottom 6 had on more away game, which was intact until 2016. Leading us to the current structure of 14 teams with a championship playoff structure.

Who owns the League?

As the rest of the top division League’s in Europe, Danish football organises by a decision-making group. In this case, the Dansk Boldspil-Union, DBU. But at the same time, it’s also true that the League and its clubs have private investors or investments companies, that usually targets a special area, sports entertainment. Plus, the League has been quite fortunate to see some of the biggest names in brewing, airline travel, and insurance go in as the main sponsor during its years.

Superligaen competition champions

Sitting nice and cosy on first place is F.C. Copenhagen (FC København) with 13 wins under its belt (1992/93, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19). That is more than twice the victories than the runner-up. And putting its feet on second place is Brøndbyernes Idrætsforening (Brøndby IF). That ended 6 seasons (1991, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2004/05) in the first place. Followed by AaB (Aalborg Boldspilklub) with 4 (1994/95, 1998/99, 2007/08, 2013/14) championship titles.superligaen

Extraordinary moments in Superligaen

If you call the urban area of Storkøbenhavn home, you are no stranger to seeing a championship club. In fact, this area houses or housed 9 elite football clubs, if we consider the early days of professional football in Denmark. That collectively has brought home the gold an astonishing 75 times.

Top goal scorers and record keepers in Superligaen

What does the all-time top 3 goal scorer have in common? They all played for the 3rd place competition champion AaB. Where Morten “Duncan” Rasmussen leading the charge with 145 goals during his career. Where he pulled the rug underneath the feet from the former record-holder Søren Frederiksen’s 139 goals that he accumulated until season 2004/05. However, the third-place is well represented by Peter Møller, only 5 goals short of being 2nd place holder himself. Telling us that, Mr Møller saw to that his ending season in 2005 cemented him in third place with 135 recorded goals. Now, the question is. How attractive is the Superligaen to its fans, and are they actually showing up to support their teams? Let’s find out.

Live viewership and the home audience

Let us look back to the starting point of Superligaen, 1991, and see how the League has evolved in attendance. Where the kick-off season only saw 354,000 tickets sold. That gradually increases for season 1995/96 where the League final broke the million mark. In fact, from season 1995/96 to 2001/02, the average public appearance was around 1.1 million for every season. That suddenly saw a boost for the following season to 1.5 million between 2002/03 to date. Meaning that roughly, throughout the Superligaen existence, more than 37 million tickets were sold. Plus, a recent influx from foreign sports broadcasting network is taking an interest in the Leagues that play in the Nordic countries. Consequently, the remote option expects to increase the coming seasons. Also worth to mention is that more Leagues and clubs starting to ramp-up there social media presence. Essentially, the availability increases to a broader audience.

Can you place bets on Superligaen?

Very much so, the League is well covered by most of the major sports betting operators. Basically, the offers are both broad and usually covers all markets. Meaning that you are going to find some live stream with the possibility to place live bets and that just the live betting option. All in all, if you have taken up an interest in the Danish top football division, you can combine the interest with some casual betting as well.