Odense Boldklub is a Danish football club based in the city of Odense, Denmark. The club currently plays in the Danish Superliga, the country’s highest football league in Denmark.
Odense Boldklub Youth Development System
At Odense Boldklub, we work purposefully with talent development in our elite department. Here are affiliated teams from U12 to U19.
Odense Boldklub Academy
Furthermore, we have a close dialogue with the club’s U10 – U11 year group coaches and leaders, so that the transition from year to year is ensured.
It is important for us that our players have the opportunity to test and develop their talent at the highest level – at the same time as the players complete a youth education.
To offer football talents from home and abroad optimal opportunities for developing their talent.
To create a dynamic training environment where the individual player can develop his full potential.
To provide opportunities for elite training while retaining and supporting the young people in their educations.
To develop players for the club’s Superliga team. (1 – 2 players per year over a 3-year period).
To develop salable players.
To be represented in the country’s best ranks in the age group 14-19 years.
To provide players to the country’s youth national team.
To be represented in DBU’s A + project.
To win the matches and tournaments we participate in.
Odense Boldklub Football Academy Education
At OB Akademi, we believe in a holistic talent development, where the player’s school education is also an important part of the player’s development. Therefore, we ensure that you can perform both in school and on the field. In OB Akademi, the whole person is at the center of the football education, and therefore each player fits a normal schooling and participates in the school’s daily life.
For our oldest academy players, we have a partnership with four different schools. The school schedule is designed so that the individual player can take care of his schooling at the same time as participating in six weekly training sessions with morning training on Tuesday and Thursday.
The school principal and the talent manager meet once a month with two of the schools, while the school principal talks to the players about their well-being and professionalism according to relevance and needs – on average once a month. We believe that we can prevent dropouts and dissatisfaction by being proactive and talking together before any problems arise, but if we experience dissatisfaction, a course can be initiated with the academy’s mental coach.
After 9th grade, the further training course is agreed with the individual player and his parents. We have collaboration agreements with educational institutions such as HHX, HTX, STX and HF, so that players in the youth educations can look after their school together with participation in the required number of training sessions. All partner schools offer mentoring agreements and special guidance in relation to being an elite athlete and high school student.
We know how much of the young people we have at the academy have to feed on skills gained through their education as they get older. But at the same time, we are just as sure that the lifeskills you get through OB Akademi will also benefit an off-field working life, as the values that players must live up to at the academy can be transferred to school management.
We prioritize a good collaboration with the players’ parents and family, as a well-functioning collaboration is a prerequisite for optimal development of the individual talent.
Odense Boldklub Recruitment Trials
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Odense Boldklub History
On July 12, 1887, OB began as Odense Cricketklub, with cricket being the only sport played at the time. The club underwent a name change to what it is known as today, the Odense Boldklub, in 1889 after the addition of tennis and football departments. The club used to be located in Odense at a place called Munke Mose, also known as The Monks Bog. In 1968, OB relocated to dalen, which is remains the club’s training location to this day.
In 1916, OB were the first team to ever win the title for their province, and they also advanced to the semi-finals of the Danish tournament. They were defeated by B.93 from Copenhagen, the eventual winners, with a score of 3–9.
OB were put in the Danish 3rd Division after the reorganization of the Danish championship that took place during the Occupation of Denmark during World War II. This new league was ranked as the third best in Denmark.
The team was swiftly elevated to the highest level because to the contributions of Svend J. Hansen and J. Leschly S. Rensen, who are both among the league’s top goal scorers. Jörgen Leschly Srensen was sold to the professional Italian team Atalanta in 1949, while Svend Jrgen Hansen became OB’s first player to be selected for the Danish national team in 1942.
In 1951, OB won their first medal, a silver one, coming in second place behind the runaway champions Akademisk Boldklub. This was the club’s only medal to date. After having some initial success, things began to go from bad to worse for the club. In 1955, OB was demoted to the Danish 2nd Division, which is the second tier of competition in Danish football, and the team had a difficult time climbing back up to the top of Danish football. Despite receiving promotions to the Danish 1st Division in 1957 and 1966, the team was not able to achieve its goal of remaining permanently in the top-flight until it received another promotion in 1975.
It was not helpful that the local competitors from B 1909 and B 1913 stayed in the top of the 1st Division throughout this time period. During this time, B 1909 won the Danish title in both 1959 and 1964.
The fierce competition on the local level reached its pinnacle in 1973, when the Odense Stadion played host to a match in the second division between De Stribede and De rde (B 1909) in front of a crowd of 28,000 fans. The match currently holds the record for the most spectators ever to watch an OB home game.
The club made their maiden appearance in the Danish Cup final in 1974, but were defeated by Vanlse IF by a score of 5–2. The title of Cup Fighter was bestowed upon Per Bartram, who hails from OB.
In 1975, OB was given another opportunity to compete in the First Division. Under the leadership of coach Richard Mller Nielsen, the club finally has the talent enough to compete at a high level in the most competitive division. After only another year and a half, in 1977, OB won their very first Danish championship and took home the trophy. Allan Hansen, a midfielder with OB, was the leading goalscorer in the First Division in 1977 and also won the award for Danish Player of the Year the same year. He went on to win both of these awards again in 1981.
As a result of OB’s victory in the tournament, the team traveled to Europe for the first time in 1978. They participated in the European Cup in 1978 but were eliminated in the first round by a team from Bulgaria called Lokomotiv Sofia.
A bronze medal was awarded to OB in 1980, and they went on to win the Danish championship for a second time in 1982. B 1909 finished in last place in the 1982 1st Division season, and as a result, they were relegated to the 1982 2nd Division. This was due to the fact that Ricard M. Nielsen’s OB club was one of the dominant teams in Danish football during this time period. As a result, OB became the most successful team in the Funen region. In 1983, OB won the cup, completing their one and only “Double” to that point (they had previously won the title in 1982).
Keld Bordinggaard, who was named the Danish 1st Division Talent of the Year in 1982, was one of the many great Danish players that contributed to the success of the club. The player who had the most success during that time period for OB was goalkeeper Lars Hgh. He was a member of the squad continuously from 1977 until 1999 and set a record for the club by playing a total of 817 matches for the first team.
Under the direction of new manager Roald Poulsen, the team won the Danish championship once again in 1989, this time defeating the defending champions, Brndby IF. The profiles of Roald Poulsen’s team included, in addition to Lars Hgh, the midfielder Ulrik Moseby, the large defender Johnny Hansen, and the young forward Per Pedersen, who became the most expensive OB player ever sold when he was purchased by the English team Blackburn Rovers for the price of £2.3 million in 1997.
The year 1991 was a pivotal one for OB. After two scoreless matches, extra time, and a penalty shootout, they prevailed against AaB to claim victory in the final of the Danish Cup. The championship match was staged locally at Odense Stadion in 1991 because the Idraetsparken national arena was undergoing renovations at the time. The success that the team had in the cup was not replicated in the league, which is now known as the Danish Superliga. In the 1991–1992 season, after OB had competed in the main tournament, the team was demoted to the Qualifying League.
As a result of their performance in the 1992 Qualifying League, in which they finished in second place, OB were promoted to the Superliga for the 1992–1993 season. During that campaign, the team finished in second place behind F.C. Copenhagen and went on to win the Danish Cup for the third time the following year.
In preparation for the 1995–1996 season, the Danish Football Association (DBU) reorganized the Superliga and established a league format consisting of 33 games played over the course of an entire year; OB earned bronze for the third time. Despite the fact that they had many profiles and talented players, the squad was not stable, and at the end of the 1997–1998 season, OB finished in last place with only six victories, which caused them to be demoted to the second-tier league known as the Danish 1st Division.
The team won the 1999 First Division championship by a landslide and was promoted back to the Superliga for the 1999–2000 campaign as a result of their victory. At Parken Stadium in 2002, OB defeated Copenhagen by a score of 2–1 to win the Danish Cup and claim the title. The greatest finish in the league that OB has had since their promotion in 1999 was a second-place finish, which they achieved in the 2008–2009 season. The year 2006 marked the first time in the previous decade that OB had finished in the top three. In addition to that, the club finished in fourth place in 2003, 2004, and 2007 respectively.
After a tight battle in the final few rounds of the league season 2006–2007, OB concluded the year in fourth place overall. In spite of this, OB was victorious in the Danish Cup competition, defeating Copenhagen by a score of 2–1, which opened the door for OB to participate in the UEFA Cup for the second year in a row.
OB finished the 2007–08 season in fourth place once again, which allowed them to compete for a spot in the UEFA Cup by virtue of their victory in the Intertoto Cup. They competed against the English team Aston Villa in the third round of the Intertoto Cup on July 19 and 26, 2008, in order to earn the chance to compete in the second round of the UEFA Cup. OB was able to earn a 2–2 draw at home on July 19, but a 1–0 loss on the road on July 26 resulted in a loss to Villa by an aggregate score of 2–3.
Because OB finished in second place during the 2008–2009 season, they were had to compete against Genoa in a two-game playoff in order to earn a spot in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League. The away game at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris ended in a loss by the score of 3–1, while the home game ended in a draw by the score of 1–1. Once again, OB finished in second place in the league during the 2009–10 season. The team was off to an incredible start to the season, but in the spring of 2010, they had a streak of games where they either lost or drew, which led to them not taking first position in the standings. When it came time for the fourth qualifying round of the Europa League in 2010–11, OB was paired against the Scottish team Motherwell.
For the first time in the history of the club, OB advanced past the first round of competition in a European tournament during the 1994–1995 UEFA Cup. In order to go to the quarterfinals of the competition, the team prevailed over a number of competitors, most notably Real Madrid, and others.
OB defeated Estonian Flora Tallinn in the first round, winning both the home game and the away game by a score of 3–0. In the second round, they played the Northern Irish club Linfield and won 5–0 at home while drawing 1–1 on the road. Two of the goals that they scored at home came from long range and were scored by the defender Steen Nedergaard. During the third round, OB faced the German team 1. FC Kaiserslautern. OB and 1. FC Kaiserslautern played to a 1–1 tie in Germany, and OB and 1. FC Kaiserslautern played to a 0–0 draw at home. OB advanced due to the away goals rule.
Real Madrid was the opponent in the fourth round, and at the time, Michael Laudrup was serving as the captain of the Danish national team and was a member of Real Madrid. The first game was held at the Odense Stadion, which was packed to capacity, and OB scored an unexpected goal on a corner kick early on in the first half. Real Madrid scored two goals in a short amount of time early in the second half, but OB was able to come back and tie the game, bringing the score to 2–2. Real Madrid scored a goal just before the game was over to make the score 2–3, which was the final score of the match.
Because of the way the away goals rule works, in order for OB to move to the quarterfinals, they needed to win by a margin of two goals. OB took the lead with a goal from Ulrik Pedersen, and because to some strong goalkeeping from Lars Hgh, they were able to prevent Real Madrid from scoring. Morten Bisgaard scored the game-winning goal for OB just a few minutes before the end of regulation, bringing their total score to 2-0 and putting them through to the quarterfinals. The win of OB garnered notice across a significant portion of Europe, and the occurrence was referred to as “The Miracle in Madrid” in Denmark.
OB faced Parma in the quarterfinal round of the competition. OB and Lars Hgh came close to preventing the Italians from scoring in the first game that took place away in Parma; nevertheless, Steen Nedergaard committed a penalty that Parma was able to convert, and as a result, Parma won the game 1-0. The second leg took place in Odense and resulted in a scoreless stalemate, which meant that OB’s journey across Europe was over.
Odense Boldklub Stadium
Odense Stadium, often known as Odense Stadion, is a stadium used for association football that is located in the Bolbro neighborhood of Odense, Denmark. Jack Johnson gave it the moniker “The People’s Theater” (Folkets Teater), and it has been the home field of Odense Boldklub ever since the 1940s. Prior to that, it was also used to host select matches for FC Fyn (2011–2012), Boldklubben 1909, Boldklubben 1913, and Odense Boldklub Kvinde Elite (until 2016) when those teams competed in higher-level leagues. It is the sixth largest football stadium that any football team in Denmark uses, with a current capacity of 15,790 people (13,990 seatings; 13,573 seatings for international matches). It is a portion of the sports complex that is known as Odense Sports Park (Danish: Odense Idraetspark). Odense Municipality owns the complex, and the firm of Odense Idrtspark is in charge of managing it (a department of “By- og Kulturforvaltningen, Fritid og biblioteker” under the municipality).
The arena was originally named Odense Stadium when it opened in August 1941, and it underwent significant improvements in the 1990s and 2000s. In recent years, it has been known by a number of different names due to sponsorship arrangements; Fionia Park (2005–2010), TRE-FOR Park (2010–2016), EWII Park (2016–2018), and in June of 2018, it was renamed Nature Energy Park, when an energy company purchased the naming rights for Odense Boldklub’s football matches and events. Due to restrictions imposed by sponsorship agreements, it is referred to as its original name, Odense Stadium, while hosting matches for FIFA and UEFA.
The stadium hosted the finals of the Danish Cup in 1990–1991, as well as seven finals of the Danish Women’s Cup (1997–2002–2003 and 2013–14), as well as several home matches for the Denmark national football team (since 1962) and the Denmark women’s national football team. In addition, the stadium hosted the finals of the Danish Cup in 1990–1991. (since 1984).
Other events that have taken place there include the Fagenes Fest in 1948 and the DGI’s Landsstvnet in 1985. Both of these events had a capacity of 22,000 concertgoers each.