Vejle Boldklub - Jyllands Rubin

Steffolovitch
580 posts An Exciting Prospect
edited November 24
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VEJLE BOLDKLUB - JYLLANDS RUBIN (RUBY OF JUTLAND)


May 3rd 2021

Today is the 130th birthday for Vejle Boldklub, one of the oldest and most decorated clubs in Denmark. Only six existing football clubs have won more than their 5 league titles, and in the Danish Cup they are the 4th most winning side with 6. Three of their championships plus one cup was won with local legend Allan Simonsen in the squad, playing 282 games for VB. So the club also prize themselves to be the only Danish club to have developed a winner of the Ballon d’Or. Obviously his legendary status also didn't suffer from him returning to the club after his stints in Gladbach, Barcelona and Charlton, so plans are also in place to raise a statue of him in 2022, just outside Vejle Stadion.

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Along with OB (Odense), AaB (Aalborg) and AGF (Aarhus) they are the oldest clubs in the current top tier, but unlike the three others they’ve failed to keep themselves there, being quite the elevator side in recent decades. The league has also been hard on these historic clubs, as new competition has arrived. Brøndby IF were formed in 1964 and took a rapid rise to come out of nowhere and become frontrunners of Danish football from 1985-2000. In 1992 FC København (Copenhagen) was merged from two historic clubs, KB and B1903, now putting themselves in the driving seat from the turn of the millennium with a more business-minded approach. When formed, they instantly also formed the “New Firm” rivalry with Brøndby, the two clubs with the biggest stadiums and by far largest fan bases. And last, FC Midtjylland were formed in 1999, causing outrage among fans of current Division 1 leaders Silkeborg and Viborg, who also see themselves as “Midtjylland” (Center of Jutland). In recent years FCM have also become the primary title challengers to Copenhagen with their three league titles coming in the span of only six years. Their owner is also the owner of Brentford FC, meaning they are also the only club able to challenge Copenhagen financially. Brøndby are currently leading the table though, en route to their 11th league title, which would be a massive surprise, since they’ve sold out in recent years and have in stead built a team around their own academy graduates. For Vejle the focus is in the other end of the table though, as they are fighting for their survival in the top tier.

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Comments

  • Danimal5981
    2721 posts Fans' Favourite
    Brilliant! I love those opening stories reading about history. I knew about the merger clubs in Denmark, but never knew how big Vejle BK actually is. Simply lovely start!
  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    May 9th 2021 - Vejle stay in top tier! Lyngby and Horsens relegated!

    Only six days after their 130th birthday, Vejle Boldklub beat SønderjyskE 4-2 and have secured another season in the Superliga, with Lyngby and Horsens relegated. Allan Sousa scored a brace in the game, and with Saeid Ezatolahi and Lukas Engel scoring the other two, the ghost of a relegation is finally over. A great achievement for Romanian coach Constantin Galca, who has deservedly received high praise for his management of a club, that has otherwise been run so poorly in recent years.

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    Sousa is also named in Tipsbladet’s Team of the Spring as the only player from the bottom half of the table. His 9 assists across the season is also only bettered by Jesper Lindstrøm, who has been instrumental in Brøndby’s surprising league title with 10 assists. Sousa, known for his huge temper, is also applauded for his improved disciplinary record, as he was only sent off once this season, compared to three in the one before.

    In a previous win vs SønderjyskE, this time with 4-1 back in September 2020, Arbnor Mucolli produced the Superliga Goal of the Season, dribbling in from the left and chipping the keeper in the process. The homegrown Danish-Albanian winger is often mentioned as the most talented player in Vejle, and while his goals are often extraordinary, there just isn’t enough of them, when you think about the talent he possesses. Hopefully the youngster can improve his consistency, to the benefit of Vejle Boldklub and his own career.


    With Lyngby and Horsens relegated, they are replaced by Silkeborg and Viborg, meaning the next season will be with the following 12 teams, divided in a top and bottom half after the first 22 games played:

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  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Brilliant! I love those opening stories reading about history. I knew about the merger clubs in Denmark, but never knew how big Vejle BK actually is. Simply lovely start!

    Thanks, appreciate it! It will be a while, before it takes off though, just felt like doing some of the ground work today. I have a few more news stories planned, before the new manager takes over at some point during the 21/22 season.
  • Ashy
    17442 posts World Class
    This should be interesting, always had a soft spot for the region on Denmark despite not being familiar with the league much, this team in particular I haven't even heard of before. Good luck
  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Ashy wrote: »
    This should be interesting, always had a soft spot for the region on Denmark despite not being familiar with the league much, this team in particular I haven't even heard of before. Good luck

    Thanks, all the more reason for the introduction, I guess. Can't blame anyone for not having heard of the club. Despite qualifying for UEFA's tournaments a combined 10 times (European Cup 4, CWC 3, UEFA Cup 3), all this lie decades back, and they haven't even been regulars in the top tier since then.

    They are responsible for nurturing a few great players though. Allan Simonsen is obviously the most eye-catching. To my knowledge he's the only footballer to have scored in a final of the European Cup, Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup. But there are also a few other notable players coming out of Vejle, for instance;

    - Ulrik Le Fevre, famous for scoring the 1971 Goal of the Year in the Bundesliga. Like Simonsen, he returned to play for Vejle after his stints at Gladbach and Club Brugge.
    - John Sivebæk, famous for scoring the first Man United-goal under Alex Ferguson. Later he won the 1992 Euros and also returned to play for Vejle.
    - Thomas Gravesen, famous for fist-fighting Robinho in a Real Madrid training session and tea-bagging teammate Claus Jensen in one for Denmark.
  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited November 25
    May 18th 2021

    Shock news in Vejle! After avoiding relegation with Vejle Boldklub, highly praised coach Constantin Galca has reported he’s resigning and won't stay in Denmark. Absolutely terrible news for the Vejle Boldklub, who otherwise finally looked like being on a more steady path than in recent years.


    June 8th 2021

    Vejle Boldklub have today announced the appointment of former Lyngby Boldklub coach Carit Falch. Despite recently being relegated with Lyngby, no one blames the 44 year old, since Lyngby’s squad was not better than ending as number 11, only ahead of AC Horsens. With Vejle he’ll have a new chance to impress, though they are certainly among the relegation candidates with recently promoted Viborg and Silkeborg, while SønderjyskE could finally go down after finishing 10th on five occasions since joining the top tier in 2008. Finally, FC Nordsjælland could also join the battle to avoid relegation, especially since letting Kamaldeen Sulemana leave for Stade Rennais. They've previously done well replacing Mikkel Damsgaard, Andreas Skov Olsen and Mohammed Kudus from their own youth setup, and so far it looks like the 17 year old Norwegian, Andreas Schjelderup, could be the next success story. But before that happens, it could turn out to be a fight for survival for FC Nordsjælland.
  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    August 17th 2021 - Carit Falch fired after 5 games in charge!

    Shock news out of Vejle once again! After only five games in charge, Carit Falch is fired by Vejle Boldklub, who stated that the coach wasn't as good a match for the club that they'd thought he would be. With only one point from the first five games, it's safe to say the start has been poor, but you'd also feel like the gaffer wasn't given the proper time to turn it around.

    This is a real-life event, and the following league table is from real life as well. I'll try to simulate/emulate these scores to a point in the fall, where I'll take over and try to climb out of the hole from there.

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  • Steffolovitch
    580 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Transfer window review!

    A lot has happened in Vejle Boldklub this summer. A lot of less important players have left, being replaced mainly by younger players completely unknown to Danish football:

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    Emmanouilidis was the most expensive with £365,000 and is now Vejle’s 3rd most expensive signing in history. And while the young players could turn out to do well and end up as good business, many have already criticized the approach saying that you can’t build your entire transfer strategy on “football manager”. And the poor start to the season only put wood to the fire.

    "Look at the previous manager, Galca. He brought in Kolinger and Ezatolahi", said football expert and former Denmark international Stig Tøfting in the TV3 Onside studio. "They are pretty much the spine of this team, and without them, Vejle would surely have been relegated by now. Every time one of these two doesn't play, the team just seem to fall apart. They need more experience in the central areas, and they can't rely entirely on these two to maintain that balance".

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    The signing of CB Manjrekar James from FC Midtjylland did also not convince, as the Canada international played almost as much for their reserves as for the first team. Norwegian GK Sten Michael Grytebust had also fallen out of favour in FC København, but having previously performed well in OB, he is perhaps the only signing of the window, where you can really expect an impact boost in quality.

    Towards the end of the window, a former fan favourite, Dominic “DOM” Vinícius, returned to the club, having left them as their most expensive sale ever (£1,55m) in 2018. The Brazilian scored 24 goals in 46 games for Vejle in his previous stint, though all the goals were scored in the 1.division. There’s no doubt his return is pleasing for the Vejle fans, who have fond memories of the enormous striker. But the Superliga is a huge step up from his last visit, and it’s not easy to predict how he’ll cope. Deadline Day also prompted a remarkable departure from Vejle Boldklub. 18 year old Wahid Faghir came into the first team last term and impressed in this summer’s U21 Euros for Denmark, so it was only a matter of time, before he would move on. He’s now found his new club in Stuttgart, who pay £4,1m for his services, a new club record sale from Vejle Boldklub. And he'll join this list of remarkable departures from the league this summer:

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    To replace Faghir, Vejle has since brought in another free agent striker, who’s completely unfamiliar with the league; 26 year old Luka Ðorđević. The nomad has played for many clubs in the past, primarily in Russia, and his 18 goals in 64 games for Arsenal Tula must be deemed as his best stint so far. Hopefully he’ll be able to close the gap left by Faghir, who leaves as Vejle’s top scorer this season with 2 goals.

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