2015–16 Danish Superliga

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Danish Superliga
Season 2015–16
Champions Copenhagen
Relegated Hobro
Champions League Copenhagen
Europa League SønderjyskE
Midtjylland
Brøndby
Matches played 198
Goals scored 549 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Lukas Spalvis (18)
Biggest home win AaB 6–0 Hobro
(1 November 2015)
Biggest away win Hobro 0-6 Viborg
(5 March 2016)
Highest scoring Esbjerg 4–4 Hobro
(22 November 2015) Copenhagen 6–2 AaB
(13 March 2016)
Longest winning run SønderjyskE (5)
Longest unbeaten run Copenhagen (9)
Longest winless run Hobro (9)
Longest losing run Hobro (5)

The 2015–16 Danish Superliga season was the 26th season of the Danish Superliga, which decides the Danish football championship. Midtjylland were the defending champions.

As Denmark dropped from nineteenth to twenty-second place in the 2015 UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2014–15 season, the champion of the league will qualify for the UEFA Champions League; that club will commence its campaign in the second qualifying round. Furthermore, the second and third-place clubs will enter the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round.[1]

Only one team will be relegated after the season due to the Superliga being expanded to 14 teams from the beginning of the 2016–17 season.[2]

Teams

FC Vestsjælland and Silkeborg IF finished the 2014–15 season in 11th and 12th place, respectively, and were relegated to the 2015–16 1st Division.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2014–15 1st Division champions Viborg FF and the runners-up AGF.

A new sponsorship agreement for Randers Stadium was presented on 22 September 2015, when the Fårup-based fertilizer company BioNutria acquired the naming rights for the stadium from AutoC, effectly changing the name of the home field of Randers FC from AutoC Park Randers to BioNutria Park Randers.[3] Last in the season, the stadium of FC Nordsjælland changed its official name to Right to Dream Park following a naming rights agreement with the young academy Right to Dream, taking effect on 27 April 2016.[4]

Stadia and locations

Club Location Stadium Turf Capacity 2014–15
position
AaB Aalborg Nordjyske Arena Natural 13,797 5th
AGF Aarhus Ceres Park Natural 20,032 1D, 2nd
Brøndby IF Brøndby Brøndby Stadium Natural 29,000 3rd
Esbjerg fB Esbjerg Blue Water Arena Natural 18,000 8th
FC Copenhagen Copenhagen Telia Parken Natural 38,065 2nd
FC Midtjylland Herning MCH Arena Natural 11,800 1st
FC Nordsjælland Farum Farum Park (until 26 April 2016)
Right to Dream Park (from 27 April 2016)[4]
Artificial 9,900 6th
Hobro IK Hobro DS Arena Natural 7,500 7th
OB Odense TRE-FOR Park Natural 15,633 9th
Randers FC Randers AutoC Park Randers (until 21 September 2015)
BioNutria Park Randers (from 22 September 2015)[3]
Natural 12,000 4th
SønderjyskE Haderslev Sydbank Park Natural 10,000 10th
Viborg FF Viborg Energi Viborg Arena Natural 9,566 1D, 1st

Personnel and sponsoring

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

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AaB Denmark Lars Søndergaard Denmark Rasmus Würtz hummel Spar Nord
AGF Denmark Glen Riddersholm Denmark Steffen Rasmussen hummel Ceres
Brøndby IF Lithuania Aurelijus Skarbalius Denmark Thomas Kahlenberg hummel Bet25.dk
Esbjerg fB Denmark Jonas Dal Denmark Hans Henrik Andreasen Nike Sydenergi
F.C. Copenhagen Norway Ståle Solbakken Denmark Thomas Delaney adidas Carlsberg
FC Midtjylland Denmark Jess Thorup Denmark Kristian Bak Nielsen Nike Hessel
FC Nordsjælland Denmark Kasper Hjulmand Denmark Patrick Mtiliga Diadora DHL
Hobro IK Denmark Ove Pedersen Denmark Mads Justesen Puma DS Gruppen, Spar Nord
OB Denmark Kent Nielsen Iceland Hallgrímur Jónasson hummel Carlsberg
Randers FC England Colin Todd Denmark Christian Keller Puma Verdo
SønderjyskE Denmark Jakob Michelsen Denmark Niels Lodberg hummel Frøs Herreds Sparekasse
Viborg Denmark Johnny Mølby Denmark Mikkel Rask Nike Andelskassen

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
AaB Denmark Kent Nielsen End of contract and signed by OB 1 June 2015[5] Denmark Lars Søndergaard 1 July 2015[6] Pre-Season
OB Denmark Ove Pedersen End of contract 1 June 2015[7] Denmark Kent Nielsen 1 July 2015[7] Pre-Season
SønderjyskE Denmark Lars Søndergaard End of contract and signed by AaB 1 June 2015[6] Denmark Jakob Michelsen 1 July 2015[8] Pre-Season
Viborg FF Lithuania Aurelijus Skarbalius Mutual consent 6 June 2015[9] Denmark Johnny Mølby 9 June 2015[10] Pre-Season
FC Midtjylland Denmark Glen Riddersholm Resigned 26 June 2015[11] Denmark Jess Thorup 12 July 2015[12] Pre-Season
Esbjerg fB Denmark Niels Frederiksen Sacked 10 August 2015[13] Denmark Michael Mex Pedersen (interim) 10 August 2015 12th
Esbjerg fB Denmark Michael Mex Pedersen End of tenure as caretaker 20 October 2015 Denmark Jonas Dal 20 October 2015[14] 10th
Hobro IK Denmark Jonas Dal Signed by Esbjerg fB 20 October 2015[14] Denmark Lars Justesen (interim) 20 October 2015 12th
Hobro IK Denmark Lars Justesen End of tenure as caretaker 24 November 2015 Denmark Ove Pedersen 24 November 2015[15] 12th
AGF Denmark Morten Wieghorst Sacked 5 December 2015[16] Denmark Glen Riddersholm 6 December 2015[17] 9th
FC Nordsjælland Iceland Ólafur Kristjánsson Sacked 15 December 2015[18] Denmark Kasper Hjulmand 1 January 2016[18] 8th
Brøndby IF Denmark Thomas Frank Resigned 9 March 2016[19] Lithuania Aurelijus Skarbalius 9 March 2016[20] 5th

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Copenhagen (C) 33 21 8 4 62 28 +34 71 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 SønderjyskE 33 19 5 9 56 36 +20 62 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Midtjylland 33 17 8 8 57 33 +24 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Brøndby 33 16 6 11 43 37 +6 54
5 AaB 33 15 5 13 56 44 +12 50
6 Randers 33 13 8 12 45 43 +2 47
7 Odense 33 14 4 15 50 52 −2 46
8 Viborg 33 11 7 15 34 42 −8 40
9 Nordsjælland 33 11 5 17 35 51 −16 38
10 AGF 33 8 13 12 47 49 −2 37
11 Esbjerg 33 7 9 17 38 64 −26 30
12 Hobro (R) 33 4 6 23 26 70 −44 18 Relegation to the Danish 1st Division
Source: DBU, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head goals scored; 7) Head-to-head away goals scored; 8) Play-off on neutral ground (only if rankings are important for medals, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions); 9) Draw.[21][22]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Copenhagen qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Danish Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Copenhagen 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
SønderjyskE 3 6 8 5 3 4 2 5 4 2 4 3 3 5 6 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Midtjylland 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3
Brøndby 8 10 12 11 9 7 4 6 9 6 8 6 4 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4
AaB 6 4 5 8 7 3 6 7 6 7 5 4 6 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 4 3 2 2 4 4 3 3 4 5 5 5 5
Randers FC 11 7 7 7 6 8 5 4 3 4 3 5 5 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 9 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 6 6 6
OB 1 1 4 4 5 9 8 8 7 9 6 8 8 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 7 7 7 7
Viborg FF 9 9 6 6 8 6 9 11 11 10 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 9 8 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 10 8
Nordsjælland 9 12 10 10 11 10 10 9 8 5 7 9 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 8 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 9
AGF 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 3 5 8 9 7 9 8 9 9 10 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 10
Esbjerg fB 6 8 11 12 10 11 11 10 10 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11
Hobro 11 11 9 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Last updated: complete
Source: Weltfussball

Results

Matchdays 1–11

Home ╲ Away AaB AGF BIF EfB FCK FCM FCN HIK OB RFC SJE VFF
AaB 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–1 0–2 5–0
AGF 2–3 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–2
Brøndby 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–0
Esbjerg fB 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–4
Copenhagen 4–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
Midtjylland 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Nordsjælland 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–5 0–2
Hobro 0–1 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–1
OB 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–3 2–0
Randers FC 3–3 0–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–1
SønderjyskE 1–3 1–2 3–0 4–0 2–1
Viborg FF 1–0 0–0 0–4 2–1 0–1

Source: Danish Football Association (in Danish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matchdays 12–33

Home ╲ Away AaB AGF BIF EfB FCK FCM FCN HIK OB RFC SJE VFF
AaB 2–2 3–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 6–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 2–0
AGF 2–0 1–1 5–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–2
Brøndby 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1
Esbjerg fB 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–1 4–4 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0
Copenhagen 6–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 5–3 2–0 3–1 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–0
Midtjylland 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–4
Nordsjælland 3–0 3–3 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–0
Hobro 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 4–2 1–4 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–2 0–6
OB 3–2 2–2 2–5 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 5–1
Randers FC 0–0 4–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3
SønderjyskE 1–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0
Viborg FF 0–2 1–0 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–3 0–0

Source: Danish Football Association (in Danish)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top goalscorers

Rank Goalscorer Team Goals
1 Lithuania Lukas Spalvis AaB 18
2 Denmark Nicolai Jørgensen Copenhagen 15
3 Paraguay Federico Santander Copenhagen 14
Denmark Rasmus Festersen OB
Denmark Morten Rasmussen AGF
6 Austria Martin Pušić FC Midtjylland 13
7 Denmark Johan Absalonsen SønderjyskE 12
Denmark Thomas Enevoldsen AaB
Denmark Anders K. Jacobsen OB
Sweden Mikael Ishak Randers FC
11 Denmark Jeppe Curth Viborg FF 10
12 Brazil Bruninho Nordsjælland 9
Costa Rica Mayron George Hobro IK
Denmark Tommy Bechmann SønderjyskE
Denmark Nicolaj Madsen SønderjyskE
Finland Teemu Pukki Brøndby IF

Updated to games played on May 30, 2016
Source: fifa.com

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External links

  • Official website (in Danish)
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