Danish Superliga

Country Denmark
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1991
First season 1991
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Danish 1st Division
Domestic cup(s) Danish Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League,
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Copenhagen (11 titles)
Most championships Copenhagen (11 titles)
TV partners Viasat (TV3+, TV3 Sport 1, TV3 Sport 2)
C-More (Canal 9, Eurosport 2)
Others (see section)
Website Superliga.dk
2016–17 Danish Superliga

The Danish Superliga (Danish: Superligaen, pronounced [ˈsuːˀb̥ɐliːɡ̊æːˀn̩]) is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest association football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 14 teams each year, with 2 teams to be relegated.


Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark. From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating. The opening Superliga season was played during the spring of 1991, with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years. The 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, and the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season.

Old logo of Faxe Kondi Ligaen
Old logo of SAS Ligaen

This practice was abandoned before the 1995–96 season, when the number of teams competing were increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season. For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, which was then named Coca-Cola Ligaen. After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001–02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) became the head sponsor, and the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen. From January 2015 the Danish Superliga is known as Alka Superliga, as the Danish insurance company Alka became name sponsor.[1]


From 1996 through 2016, the league included 12 clubs which played each other three times. The two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season were relegated to the Danish 1st Division and replaced by the top two teams of that division. During this era, each team played every other team at least once at home and once away plus once more either at home or away. The top six teams of the previous season played 17 matches at home and 16 away while the teams in 7th to 10th place plus the two newly promoted teams played 16 matches at home and 17 away.

Following the 2015–16 season, the league was expanded to 14 teams, accomplished by relegating only the last-place finisher in that season and promoting the top three teams from the 1st division. The 2016–17 season is the first for a new league structure. It begins with the teams playing a full home-and-away schedule, resulting in 26 matches for each team. At that time, the league splits into a six-team championship playoff and an eight-team qualifying playoff. All teams' table points and goals carry over fully into the playoffs.

In the championship playoff, each team plays the others home and away again. The top team at the end of the playoff is Superliga champion and enters the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round. The second-place team enters the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round. The third-place team advances to a one-off playoff match for another Europa League place (if the winner of the Danish Cup finishes in the top three, the match will instead involve the fourth-place team).

The qualifying playoff is split into two groups, with the teams that finished the regular season in 7th, 10th, 11th, and 14th in one group and those finishing 8th, 9th, 12th, and 13th in the other. Each group plays home-and-away within its group.

The top two teams from each group then enter a knockout tournament, with each match over two legs. If the Danish Cup winner is among the top two finishers in either playoff group, it is withdrawn from the knockout playoff and its opponent automatically advances to the tournament final. The winner of that tournament faces the third-place (or fourth-place) team from the championship playoff in a one-off match, with the winner entering the Europa League in the first qualifying round.

The bottom two teams from each group then contest a relegation playoff with several steps, centered on a separate four-team knockout playoff, also consisting totally of two-legged matches:


Current teams (2016–17)

Club Finishing position
last season
First season in
top division
First season of
current spell in
top division
AaB 5th 1928–29 1987
AC Horsens 3rd in 1st Division 2005–06 2016–17
AGF 10th 1918-19 2015-16
Brøndby IF 4th 1982 1982
Esbjerg fB 11th 1929–30 2010–11
F.C. Copenhagen 1st 1992–93 1992–93
FC Midtjylland 3rd 2000–01 2000–01
FC Nordsjælland 9th 2002–03 2002–03
Lyngby BK 1st in 1st Division 1980 2016–17
OB 7th 1927–28 1999–00
Randers FC 6th 1988 2009–10
Silkeborg IF 2nd in 1st Division 1987 2016–17
SønderjyskE 2nd 2000–01 2008–09
Viborg FF 8th 1981 2015-16


Season Champions Performance
Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1991 Brøndby IF261810622615+11
1991–92 Lyngby BK32[2]14923227+15
1992–93 F.C. Copenhagen32[2]148333123+8
1993–94 Silkeborg IF31[2]148242315+8
1994–95 AaB31[2]147433013+17
1995–96 Brøndby IF673320767132+39
1996–97 Brøndby IF683320856439+25
1997–98 Brøndby IF763324458133+48
1998–99 AaB6433171336537+28
1999-00 Herfølge BK563316895249+3
2000–01 F.C. Copenhagen6333171245527+28
2001–02 Brøndby IF693320947428+46
2002–03 F.C. Copenhagen6133171065132+19
2003–04 F.C. Copenhagen683320855627+29
2004–05 Brøndby IF693320946123+38
2005–06 F.C. Copenhagen733322746227+35
2006–07 F.C. Copenhagen763323736023+37
2007–08 AaB713322566038+22
2008–09 F.C. Copenhagen743323556726+41
2009–10 F.C. Copenhagen683321576122+39
2010–11 F.C. Copenhagen813325627729+48
2011–12 FC Nordsjælland683321574922+27
2012–13 F.C. Copenhagen6533181146232+30
2013–14 AaB623318876038+22
2014–15 FC Midtjylland 713322566434+30
2015–16 F.C. Copenhagen 71 33 21 8 4 62 28 +34


Season Relegated team(s)
1991 Ikast FS
1991–92 Vejle Boldklub
1992–93 Boldklubben Frem, Boldklubben 1909
1993–94 Viborg FF, B93
1994–95 Fremad Amager
1995–96 Ikast FS, Næstved BK
1996–97 Viborg FF, Hvidovre IF
1997–98 Ikast FS, Odense Boldklub
1998–99 Aarhus Fremad, B93
1999–00 Vejle Boldklub, Esbjerg fB
2000–01 Herfølge Boldklub, SønderjyskE
2001–02 Vejle Boldklub, Lyngby Boldklub
2002–03 Silkeborg IF, Køge BK
2003–04 Boldklubben Frem, AB
2004–05 Herfølge Boldklub, Randers FC
2005–06 SønderjyskE, Aarhus Gymnastikforening
2006–07 Vejle Boldklub, Silkeborg IF
2007–08 Viborg FF, Lyngby Boldklub
2008–09 AC Horsens, Vejle Boldklub
2009–10 AGF, HB Køge
2010–11 Randers FC, Esbjerg fB
2011–12 Lyngby Boldklub, HB Køge
2012–13 AC Horsens, Silkeborg IF
2013–14 AGF, Viborg FF
2014–15 FC Vestsjælland, Silkeborg IF
2015–16 Hobro IK

Notable players

Top goalscorers

Season Tally Top scorer(s)
1991 11 Bent Christensen (Brøndby IF)
1991–92 17 Peter Møller (AaB)
1992–93 22 Peter Møller (AaB)
1993–94 18 Søren Frederiksen (Viborg FF)
1994–95 24 Erik Bo Andersen (AaB)
1995–96 20 Thomas Thorninger (AGF)
1996–97 26 Miklos Molnar (Lyngby FC)
1997–98 28 Ebbe Sand (Brøndby IF)
1998–99 23 Heine Fernandez (Viborg FF)
1999–00 16 Peter Lassen (Silkeborg IF)
2000–01 21 Peter Graulund (Brøndby IF)
2001–02 22 Peter Madsen (Brøndby IF) and Kaspar Dalgas (OB)
2002–03 18 Søren Frederiksen (Viborg FF) and Jan Kristiansen (Esbjerg fB)
2003–04 19 Steffen Højer and Mwape Miti (both OB), Mohamed Zidan (FC Midtjylland) and Tommy Bechmann (Esbjerg fB)
2004–05 20 Steffen Højer (OB)
2005–06 16 Steffen Højer (Viborg FF)
2006–07 19 Rade Prica (AaB)
2007–08 17 Jeppe Curth (AaB)
2008–09 16 Morten Nordstrand (F.C. Copenhagen) and Marc Nygaard (Randers FC)
2009–10 18 Peter Utaka (OB)
2010–11 25 Dame N'Doye (F.C. Copenhagen)
2011–12 18 Dame N'Doye (F.C. Copenhagen)
2012–13 18 Andreas Cornelius (F.C. Copenhagen)
2013–14 18 Thomas Dalgaard (Viborg FF)
2014–15 17 Martin Pusic (Esbjerg FB/ FC Midtjylland)
2015–16 18 Lukas Spalvis (AaB)

Most capped players

Twenty players with most Superliga appearances
1 Rasmus Würtz 400 AaB, FC København, Vejle BK
2 Hans Henrik Andreasen 397 OB, Esbjerg fB, Hobro IK
3 Per Nielsen 394 Brøndby IF
4 Jimmy Nielsen 375 AaB, Vejle BK
5 Michael Hansen 371 Silkeborg IF, OB, Esbjerg fB, FC Midtjylland
Mogens Krogh 371 Ikast FS, Brøndby IF
7 Nicolai Stokholm 370 AB, OB, FC Nordsjælland
8 Arek Onyszko 362 Viborg FF, OB, FC Midtjylland
9 Michael Nonbo 355 Næstved IF, AGF, Viborg FF, SønderjyskE
10 Anders Møller Christensen 3351 OB, Esbjerg fB
11 Thomas Augustinussen 342 AaB
12 Jens Jessen 341 AaB, FC Midtjylland
Jakob Glerup 341 Viborg FF
14 Steffen Højer 339 Viborg FF, AaB, OB
15 Jan Kristiansen 338 Esbjerg fB, Brøndby IF, FC Vestsjælland
16 Kim Daugaard 336 Brøndby IF
17 Søren Frederiksen 335 Viborg FF, Silkeborg IF, AaB
18 Jerry Lucena 334 Esbjerg fB, AGF
19 Søren Berg 332 OB, Randers FC, AGF, FC Vestsjælland
20 Heine Fernandez 326 Silkeborg IF, Viborg FF, FCK, AB
As of 06/11/2016[3]

Most capped foreign players

Thirty foreign players with most Superliga appearances
1 Arek Onyszko Poland 362 Viborg FF, OB, FC Midtjylland
2 Jerry Lucena Philippines 354 Esbjerg fB, AGF Aarhus
3 Karim Zaza Morocco 322 FC København, OB, Brøndby IF, AaB
4 Todi Jónsson Faroe Islands 243 Lyngby BK, FC København
5 Andrew Tembo Zambia 218 Odense BK
6 Kolja Afriyie Germany 203 Esbjerg fB, FC Midtjylland
7 Mwape Miti Zambia 178 OB
8 Rawez Lawan Sweden 168 AC Horsens, FC Nordsjælland
9 Dan Eggen Norway 167 BK Frem, Brøndby IF
10 Andreas Johansson Sweden 162 AaB Aalborg, OB Odense
11 Abdul Sule Nigeria 160 AB, AC Horsens
12 Espen Ruud Norway 158 Odense BK
Sibusiso Zuma South Africa 158 FC København, FC Nordsjælland
14 Fernando Derveld Netherlands 156 Odense BK, Esbjerg fB
15 Aurelijus Skarbalius Lithuania 150 Brøndby IF, Herfølge BK
16 César Santin Brazil 149 FC København
17 Christian Holst Faroe Islands 147 Silkeborg IF, Lyngby BK
18 Martin Ericsson Sweden 146 AaB, Brøndby IF
19 Razak Pimpong Ghana 145 FC Midtjylland, FC København
20 Gilberto Macena Brazil 141 AC Horsens
21 Atiba Hutchinson Canada 139 FC København
22 Oscar Wendt Sweden 138 FC København
23 Jakup Mikkelsen Faroe Islands 136 Herfølge BK
24 Mattias Jonson Sweden 131 Brøndby IF
25 Rúrik Gíslason Iceland 127 Viborg FF, Odense BK, FC København
Andreas Klarström Sweden 127 Esbjerg fB
27 Njogu Demba-Nyrén Gambia 126 Esbjerg fB, OB Odense
28 Atle Roar Håland Norway 124 OB Odense, AGF Aarhus
29 Tidiane Sane Senegal 121 Randers FC
30 Tobias Grahn Sweden 117 Lyngby BK, AGF, OB, Randers FC
Andres Oper Estonia 117 AaB Aalborg
31 Johan Wiland Sweden 111 FC København
As at the end of season 2014–15[4]


Season Average Total Max Min

According to soccerlens.com the Danish Superliga was number 11 in Europe in 2009, ahead of strong leagues such as Greece, Austria and Ukraine: http://soccerlens.com/the-top-15-leagues-in-europe/39185/

Broadcasting rights

As of 2008, Modern Times Group owns the rights to broadcast all of the matches from the league, and uses them to broadcast matches on channels TV3+ and TV 2 Sport (through sub licensing). However, the current deal was found by the Danish Competition Authority (Konkurrencestyrelsen) not to comply with the Danish competition legislation. Therefore, a new deal was made on 21 December 2008, dividing the Superliga TV-rights between three parties.[6] The deal amounted to DKK 1,062,300,000[7] (USD 210 million, EUR 140 million),[8] effective from the 2009–10 season.

Danish football rights from 2009–10 – overview
Rights package Buyer Channels1 Details
TV, I Modern Times Group TV3+, TV3+ HD Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the game played Sunday 18.00 (1st choice)
TV, II Bonnier Group2 Canal 9, Canal 8 Sport Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Sunday 14.00 and 16.00 on live television (2nd and 5th choice)
TV, III Modern Times Group TV3 Sport 1, TV3 Sport 2 Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games played Saturday 17.00, Sunday 16.00 and Monday 19.00 on live television (3rd, 4th3 and 6th choice)
TV, Cup SBS Broadcasting Group Kanal 5, Kanal 5 HD, 6'eren Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish Cup on live television
TV, 1st Division TV 2 Sport TV 2 Sport, TV 2 Sport HD Grants exclusive rights to broadcast the games in the Danish 1st Division on live television
Radio DR DR P3 Grants exclusive rights to broadcast all the games on live radio
Highlights DR, TV 2 DR1, TV 2 Grants rights to show highlights in sports news broadcasts

Foreign rights

Outside of Scandinavia, IMG holds the rights to the Superliga until the 2011–2012 season,[9] and they have reportedly sold the rights to networks in Greece, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, as well as several betting sites.[10] It airs on Terra TV in Brazil.

See also


  1. http://www.dr.dk/Sporten/Fodbold/Superliga/2014/10/28/1028115131.htm
  2. 1 2 3 4 Tally includes points carried over from the first half of the season.
  3. "FLEST KAMPE, ALLTIME". superstats.dk. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  4. "UDLÆNDINGE MED FLEST SPILLEDE KAMPE, ALL TIME". superstats.dk. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  5. "DIF slår fast: Brøndby uden tilskuere i to kampe". Tipsbladet. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  6. Ritzau (21 December 2007). "Fakta om fodboldaftalen (lit. Facts about the football agreement)". TV 2 Sporten. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
  7. Ritzau (21 December 2007). "Dansk fodbold solgt for 1 mia. (lit. Danish football sold for 1 billion)". TV 2 Denmark. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
  8. Calculated using Google Calculator's currency converting feature
  9. "IMG to represent Danish Superliga for three seasons" (Press release). IMG. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  10. Olsen, Theis L. (19 February 2010). "Superliga-bold på skærmen i Dubai og Grækenland". business.dk. Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 20 February 2010.

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