Vejle Boldklub - Jyllands Rubin

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Steffolovitch
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edited November 2021
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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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  • Danimal5981
    3010 posts National Call-Up
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    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
    20966 posts Club Captain
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    edited November 2021
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    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
    1391 posts Professional
    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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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    September 30th 2021 (Real life progress and results)

    I’ve already mentioned young Wahid Faghir's record departure. He did however hang around long enough to score his second goal of the season in match 6 vs FC Nordsjælland, who had a surprisingly brilliant start with 4 wins in their first 6 games. Things were about to turn sour for them though, as they lost their next four and fell rapidly down the table from that point. For Vejle it was just another defeat, and so was 0-4 vs Copenhagen and 0-1 vs AGF, before they had their second draw of the season, 1-1 vs Viborg. The draw was not followed by a good performance though, as Vejle hit a low point in their next game, at home vs recently promoted Silkeborg. With Kolinger absent in defence, new arrivals Opoku and James started centrally, and they were all over the place! Greek RW Emmanouilidis gave the lead to VB though, and LW Lukas Engel scored to 2-2 with a header, but the defending in the other end was extremely poor, eventually causing a 3-2 lead to the visitors at half time and a 4-2 away win in the end. Vejle will surely need to improve their defending and overall balance in the squad. They simply can’t be run over like that, just because of the absence of a few important players. Terrible result and terrible position in the table, being quite isolated in the bottom. But the worst part was still the performance.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    November 12th 2021 (Still real life progress and results)

    When the performance vs Silkeborg was poor, the result was even worse in the next game, away vs OB. The hosts won 6-0, and despite Odense only being an hour away from Vejle, it must have been a long way home for the away fans. During the subsequent international break, Vejle finally managed to close the gap in midfield, as former captain of VB's relegated rivals AC Horsens and current captain of the Faroe Islands national team, Hallur Hansson was signed as a free agent. Described as a box-to-box midfielder, he’ll possibly be a good partner for Saeid Ezatolahi, who is more dedicated to the defensive area in midfield. In VB Hansson also teams up with Faroe Islands national teammate Viljormur Davidsen, who is a left back.

    The new signing wasn’t ready to play Brøndby though, in match 12. But Vejle had improved, and Sousa took the lead from the spot, before Lukas Engel made it 2-1 in the second half, finally matching Faghir’s amount of goals. But last seasons’ league top scorer Mikael Uhre (and current TS in this as well) equalized in the 82nd minute, before US summer signing Cappis made it 3-2 four minutes later. Opoku was eventually sent off in a devastating end for Vejle, who were finally close to getting a result, even against the reigning champions.

    The thought of what could have been was finally brought to life next, as Vejle beat a struggling FC Nordsjælland 2-0, with Ponce scoring one and the other being an own goal. A 3-0 defeat followed, but it wasn’t the biggest upset, as Copenhagen were huge favourites. Match 15 then provided a clash between the two bottom sides, as Vejle hosted SønderjyskE. And the home team dominated the game with a beautiful top corner goal from Mucolli, his first of the season, before Saeid Ezatolahi also scored his first, when he headed the ball in the net from a corner. Later it was 3-0 from an own goal, before the away team brought one back towards the end. Apart from the three points and their second win this season, highlight of the night was surely fan favourite Dominic Vinícius getting his second debut towards the end.

    Another debut could be arriving soon, as Vejle have announced the signing of another free agent, Ali Adnan, who has played 81 games for the national team of Iraq and 68 games in Serie A for Udinese and Atalanta. If he stays fit, he’ll surely be a massive improvement to this Vejle team. Like Hansson, he arrives on a short contract though, so the club needs to stay up, if they want the players to stay beyond this season.

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  • Ashy
    20966 posts Club Captain
    Right so we are following what is happening IRL and you will take over soon I'd imagine?

    Onyeka is a great talent that's come out of this league for my Brentford save, I'm sure there are plenty more
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    edited December 2021
    March 22nd 2022

    The final real life event in this save is going to be new signing Ali Adnan being handed his debut in match 16, coming off the bench to play 31 minutes of football. Unfortunately he was injured in a subsequent training session, thus being ruled out for the rest of the season. And with his contract running out in the summer, he could perhaps have played his last minutes already. On the other hand, this could also enhance the chances of signing a new deal with the highest rated player in the club. IF relegation is avoided.

    In match 17, the final game of 2021, Vejle took a last minute point vs FC Midtjylland, as Luka Ðorđević into 5 minutes of injury time scored his second goal for the club. With 2 wins and a draw in the last five, Vejle had had a small rise in form, and their initial plan of sacking Peter Sørensen was changed. In stead they brought in a capacity to lead the club from behind the curtains, taking the role as football director, while Sørensen would stay on the sidelines during games. And that capacity was former player Thomas Gravesen, who took a break from football, when he left Celtic as a player, until he started as a pundit a few years ago. But with huge success as a businessman, while playing professional poker in Las Vegas, he has persuaded the Vejle board that his talents for business will also be useful in the world of football.

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    A new year began, and no less than 9 players were entering the final 6 months of their contracts. Still placed in the relegation zone, Gravesen was informed that no player could be handed a new contract, until survival was guaranteed. Three stood out as players, who were important to keep; RB Mølgaard, CM Hansson and RW Sousa. But as the window closed, Sousa had agreed a free transfer elsewhere, and so did veterans Schoop and Davidsen, while the two South American strikers Ponce and Dominic Vinícius would leave as well. Hopefully no other will leave for free during the spring. Only time will tell.

    The transfer window also saw a few players come and go. FC Midtjylland targeted striker Ðorđević, who had just robbed them two points, and as they sent winger and Australia international Awer Mabil the other way plus £1M, Vejle surely came out of that deal stronger. That was also the case with the signing of free agent Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the former Greece international with a lot of Bundesliga experience. If the injury prone defender can stay fit, he could provide the defensive stability this side needs, having the worst defensive record in the league. He only arrives on a 6 months deal though, and he also replaced Canadian defender Manjrekar James, who left in a £750,000 deal. The final signing was a Danish winger, £675k Magnus Warming, who left relegated Lyngby to join Torino only 6 months ago. That was obviously a step too big for the 21 year old, who returned to Denmark for a £550,000 fee.

    The spring started with a resounding 4-0 win vs Silkeborg. Mabil started on the right wing, forcing Sousa to play as a central striker in stead, and with one goal from Sousa and a brace from debutant Mabil, the change seemed to work well. Warming also came on late to assist one in his debut. 3-1 vs AGF followed, before they lost 2-3 to AaB and 1-3 to Brøndby in the Quarter Final of the Sydbank Pokal. Vejle then climbed out of the relegation zone with 4-0 vs Viborg, while 2-2 vs OB made them end the “regular season” in 9th. Now there are ten games left, home and away vs the other teams in the lower half. Hopefully Vejle can keep themselves out of the bottom two, and hopefully no more decides to leave on a free in the process. Sousa has been great since deciding to leave though. With 4 goals in the last 5 games, he has performed brilliantly playing as a false 9.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    June 30th 2022

    The season is over! Vejle started the final 10 in the “Relegation Round” with a win vs FC Norsjælland, but the rest is best forgotten with 6 draws and 2 defeats from the final 9. It was enough to survive in the league though, with Viborg and SønderjyskE relegated, being replaced by Hvidovre IF and FC Helsingør from the 1.division/NordicBet Liga.

    BOTTOM HALF TABLE:

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    Allan Sousa performed individually to win the Player of the Month award in March, where Vejle also promoted a young left back to the squad. Gilbert Nkrumah was already in the academy, when the season began, and with 7 games and 1 assist, the 18 year old from Ghana has now lead the way for the number of young Danes, who are fighting to join him in the first team.

    The Golden Boot was won by Brøndby’s Mikael Uhre with 18 goals, winning the award in consecutive seasons. Brøndby also won back to back league titles, especially surprising since they started this season so miserably. And adding to that they also beat Randers in the Cup Final with 2-0, making it a third ever double for the Yellow-Blue Army. Perhaps the January departures of Copenhagen’s Jonas Wind to KAA Gent for £5,5M and Midtjylland’s Evander to Union Berlin for £9,8M made it easier for the double winners in the end, since neither were properly replaced. Copenhagen’s Pep Biel was eventually the top provider in the league with 15 assists, though the player of the tournament was AaB’s Norwegian midfielder Iver Fossum, with 12 as the number in both goals and assists.

    TOP HALF TABLE:

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    Since losing five players on bosmans, no others left Vejle for free during the spring. So goalkeeper Brunst has agreed to stay for 2 more years, and so have Mølgaard and Hansson, arguably the pair with the highest work rate in the club. Ali Adnan, who only played 31 minutes before being injured, has also agreed a new deal, and so have Papadopoulos, who arrived on a 6 months deal in January. Both have agreed a one year contract, expiring in the summer of 2023.
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    edited December 2021
    September 28th 2022

    The new season has begun, and all eyes were fixed upon the open transfer window, since Vejle had recently lost ALL their available strikers, Sousa, Dom and Ponce, in free transfers. Pundit for Danish TV3, Stig Tøfting, had the following expectation on behalf of VB: “A season ago, they brought in all these young wild-card players from around the world. Some have done well, to be fair, especially Emmanouilidis and Pierrick, but you can’t deny the progress they made after bringing in more experienced players like Hansson, Papadopoulos and Mabil, who’ve all played internationally as well. Ali Adnan too, I suppose, though his contribution was disrupted by injury. I expect them do replicate this approach with the forward position, while Pierrick and Warming can be suitable backups, both performing well in the role as second striker during the spring.”

    The pundit was eventually correct, as two strikers were signed, both having represented their nations, while one even had experience from the Danish league. Mikael Ishak, 29, arrived from Polish club Lech Poznan in a player + cash deal sending young Russian Ivan Repyakh the other way. Ishak has previously played for Randers, scoring 34 goals for them, 31 in the league. And the second signing was Renat Dadashov, 23, who arrived from Wolves in a straight swap with the Australia international Awer Mabil, who only arrived in another swap deal 6 months before. Rumours had initially circulated about Wolves’ interest in the winger, and Gravesen was quick to suggest a swap, since Dadashov was already on his radar, while VB was full of wingers and needed the firepower in the box. The only problem was his £18.000 a week wage in the English club. That was eventually negotiated to £11.500 in Vejle, still making him the highest earner, but not too far above Papadopoulos and Ali Adnan.

    Apart from Repyakh and Mabil, left back Heron left for China, while winger Fofana left for Al Fayha in Saudi Arabia. That leaves the following players to turn out for Vejle in the fall:

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    So far the new signings have been a good addition. Vejle won the first match 2-1 vs AGF, despite an early goal for the visitors. But Ishak equalized and performed as man of the match in his debut, before Ali Adnan scored from the spot in his comeback game. After a draw in match 2, Vejle took another home win in match 3 vs Copenhagen. Once again the visitors took the lead, but their goalscorer, Jens Stage, was sent off early in the second half, and then left back Nkrumah equalized, before Dadashov scored in his debut, also performing as man of the match. Vejle then lost to Brøndby, but have since held a six game undefeated run with four wins and two draws.

    Both new arrivals have done well in attack, but two others have so far been the outstanding attacking players for Vejle. One is Arbnor Mucolli, who played mostly on the left last season, too often failing to make an impact matching his ability. Now he’s started to play more in the right, and he’s looked much better while cutting in from the right and scoring in the top corner with his left. The other outstanding player is the 20 year old Englishman Brandon Pierrick, who’s playing more as a forward than a winger. That seems to suit him well, and with four goals so far he’s Vejle’s top marksman in the current season.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    March 20th 2023

    Match 11 was one of those games that had everything. An early red card for Lukas Engel (a bit harsh, I’d say), but then a brave performance from the remaining 10 vs AaB and the best defensive record in the league. AaB’s Prip took the lead, before Hansson equalized and Ishak eventually turned it around with a long shot, despite being a man down. League top scorer Fossum eventually equalized late on though, and the game ended 2-2.
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    Another draw followed, before a 4-1 home defeat vs Brøndby provided the low point of the season. A cup-exit threatened next, until Hallur Hansson equalized to 1-1 in the 92nd minute vs FC Nordsjælland. The extra time was only three minutes old, when Ishak decided the game though. A couple of draws followed, but then Vejle had the highlight of the season so far. 5-0 at home vs OB. The visitors were completely overrun in the first half, and 5-0 was also the score at half time. VB tried desperately to score a 6th, matching their 6-0 defeat to the Odense side a year before. But no goals were scored in the second half.

    After match 17 we saw a three months winter break that also contained the January Transfer Window. £1,3M defensive midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi was signed by Galatasaray for £1,8M, and he was instantly replaced by Ghanaian midfielder Nunoo Sarpei, who had the same OVR (70) and was released by Greuther Fürth six months before. Having been on VB’s radar ever since, now was the time to bring him in and fill the gap from the Iranian 2018 world cup participant.

    Having ended 2022 with a thrilling 5-0 win, Vejle’s new year started with defeats vs Midtjylland and Nordsjælland, before AaB send them out of the Cup Quarter Final with 4-3 in a crazy game. Vejle did hold the lead on two occasions, but AaB won in the end, and they deserved no less. Vejle saw improments in the last three league games in the regular season, winning two of them, but losing against AaB, this time with 2-0. But Vejle felt hard done by, as they had 9 shots against AaB’s 2, 3,3 xG against 1,9 and 66% possession. But it was AaB's Prip and Fossum, who scored the goals, the latter cementing his position as top scorer with his 11th league goal this season.

    Vejle could do with a bit more consistency, but so could all the top 6 sides, I'd say. No teams have been able to secure an average of two points per game, and the league title is very much up for grabs this season. Anyone in top six, who can improve their consistency, could turn out to win it, only ten games from now.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    June 30th 2023 – end of season

    The seasons are short in Denmark, and we’ve now reached the end of this one. As mentioned a few times already, the league structure would have the top 6 teams play each other home and away in the final 10 games of the season, and so would the bottom 6 for that matter. Vejle started their run in Aarhus and beat the current league leaders 4-0, followed by a 3-1 win in Aalborg. In the next game they hosted Copenhagen, and a cross from Hansson provided the only goal of the game despite absolute domination from the visitors, who also hit the post on three occasions with an xG of 3,6. Now sitting 1st, the game vs Midtjylland also provided a 4th win for Vejle, though it seemed to be goalless for a long time. But in injury time Hallur Hansson once again provided the winner, this time with Dadashov putting it in. The Azerbaijani forward looked like repeating that vs Brøndby in the next game, but his 80th minute finish hit the crossbar, and then it was the reigning champions, who decided it six minutes later. They had once again started the season quite poorly, but now they were truly in the drivers’ seat to win their third consecutive league title.

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    From three games with only one goal in each, the next one proved more eventful. Mucolli scored a brace to help Vejle to a 3-1 lead vs Midtjylland, but then the former VB forward Ðorđević brought the visitors back in it, before Sisto equalized to 3-3 with his second goal of the game. Vejle then went to Copenhagen and repeated their 1-0 win from a few games before, this time with 3,9 xG for the hosts and 13 shots against 3 for Vejle. Perhaps the favourites should invest in a new striker for the coming season. Since selling Denmark international Jonas Wind, they haven’t found a proper replacement, relying solely on Polish veteran Kamil Wilczek, who scored 9 goals this season. So it was Russian midfielder Daniil Fomin, who was their standout player, winning both the Golden Boot with 16 goals and being named Player of the Tournament. But a better striker could truly make the difference for them. Vejle then drew 1-1 vs Brøndby and 0-0 vs AaB in the next two games, the latter with the opposite story than the Copenhagen fixtures; Here both Pierrick and Ali Adnan hit the crossbar in the early stages of the game, while the AaB-keeper also made two immense saves from Mucolli’s quality attempts from outside the box. So with 31 games played, Vejle now had 55 points in 3rd, Brøndby 56 in 2nd and Copenhagen 57 in 1st. And none of these would go head to head in the final game, as Vejle hosted AGF, while Brøndby went to Aalborg and Copenhagen hosted Midtjylland.

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    The last game of the season eventually provided a straight forward 2-0 win for Vejle. Ishak opened the score with his 12th goal of the season, while Lukas Engel assisted the other with his 8th assist in the league, making him the top provider along with teammate Hallur Hansson. And the win was never in doubt, especially after a straight red card for AGF defender Bisseck in the 44th minute. Now it was interesting to see the outcome from the other two, as Vejle would only win the title, if both rivals would miss out on the three points. That was also the case for Copenhagen, but Brøndby kept it together and won their 13th Danish Championship, matching the record held by their fierce rivals. Copenhagen had also lost the cup final 2-1 to Midtjylland, but would now enter the Playoff final vs the winner of the bottom 6, OB, for a place in Europe next season. This time Copenhagen held it together with a 3-1 win, thus following Brøndby, Vejle and Midtjylland into Europe.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    September 5th 2023 – entering new season, 23/24

    I’ll jump straight to the point here: Vejle are back in Europe after more than 20 years of absence. But the road to a UCL group was difficult, as they would have to play two-time winners Benfica in the first of potentially two qualifying rounds. They started in Lisbon, and Vejle did surprisingly well, but lost the game, when Jota made it to the goal line and served it for Everton to score the only goal in the 80th minute. In Denmark Jota opened the score himself, but Mucolli equalized just before half time, while Pierrick made it 2-2 on aggregate ten minutes after the break. Yaremchuk eventually scored a top corner worldie from afar, but Ishak’s 86th minute goal saw the teams enter a penalty shootout, as no goals were scored in extra time.

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    The shootout did not go as planned for Vejle, partially because of poor shooting from Ishak and Mucolli, who had their shots saved by Vlachodimos. But also because new signing Opondo’s attempt hit the crossbar, and when both Goncalves and João Mário did the same for the visitors, the ball went in anyway, and that made the difference in the end. It’s always disappointing to go out in a shootout, but entering the Europa League group must be a most welcome consolation for Vejle Boldklub.

    Speaking of Opondo, he’s one of the new arrivals in the transfer window. Vejle’s 2nd place last season made sure that several players were wanted by clubs in bigger leagues, and the Vejle board also expected a £4,300,000 profit by the end of the first window.

    VEJLE BOLDKLUB SUMMER DEPARTURES:

    £725K GK Alexander Brunst to Viktoria Köln for £900,000.
    £1,4M RB Tobias Mølgaard to Bournemouth for £2,000,000.
    £1,4M CB Kyriakos Papadopoulos to KRC Genk for £1,500,000 (1y left).
    £3,2M LB Ali Adnan to KRC Genk for £3,800,000 (1y left).
    £640K CM Hallur Hansson to Los Angeles FC for £700,000.

    Total income: £8,900,000.


    Mølgaard is already internally replaced by 21 year old Thomas Gundelund, who is more than ready to step out of Mølgaard’s shadow. Meanwhile a young academy graduate, Nicolaj Østgaard, is ready to step into Gundelund’s. The other departures were replaced by the following:

    VEJLE BOLDKLUB SUMMER ARRIVALS:

    £1,7M GK Patrik Gunnarsson, free agent, released by Brentford.
    £1,7M CB Stefan Gartenmann from SønderjyskE for £1,150,000 + Hans Høllsberg.
    £625K LWB Frederik Børsting, free agent, released by AaB.
    £1,5M CM Moses Opondo, free agent, released by OB.

    Brunst’s departure was planned as the first step to complete the board’s financial expectations, replacing the keeper with a free agent. Hansson's was not planned in the same way, but ending his career in the sunny LA was too good to refuse for the Faroe Islands international. A move to a seasoned club as Genk was also too good to refuse for Papadopoulos, whose departure didn’t raise enough funds in itself to complete the board objective. His new club eventually returned on deadline day though, to sign Ali Adnan too. Also with quite a handsome offer, given he only had a year left. We'll see them both soon again though, since Vejle's Europa League group consist of Everton, Hajduk Split and ... KRC Genk.

    So Børsting was also a deadling day signing to fill the void from Adnan, but he knows the league well and will rotate with Nkrumah. Opondo and Gartenmann are also seasoned Superliga players, and the latter is now the 2nd most expensive signing in Vejle's history, after Ishak a year ago. Gravesen had also only signed ONE Dane before, apart from youth players brought up from the academy, so Børsting and Gartenmann's arrivals surely help in that regard..

    VEJLE BOLDKLUB FULL SQUAD SEPTEMBER 2023:


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    Speaking of youth players, left back Nkrumah was the first to break into the first team, but he’s since been followed by Østgaard on the right back and especially Frederik Madsen in central midfield. He doesn’t have the highest OVR and was promoted with 48, if I remember correctly. But he’s been brilliant, scoring three goals so far this season, already matching his record from the season before. Vejle also started with 6 wins in the first 6 league games, but then fell to a 2-1 defeat in Aarhus. So early on it seems to be a two horse race with Copenhagen, but it’s too early to tell, especially since we’ve had slow starters win the competition in both previous seasons.

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  • Ashy
    20966 posts Club Captain
    Crazy how fast you progress through these saves. Great to see you in the top side of the league these days after that first season, progression this club has gone through has been fantastic.

    I recognise your goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson as he is a Brentford player originally, he looks like a great talent on FM at least and I'm sure he's fantastic for you. Looks like you could well win the league this year great start
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    Ashy wrote: »
    Crazy how fast you progress through these saves. Great to see you in the top side of the league these days after that first season, progression this club has gone through has been fantastic.

    I recognise your goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson as he is a Brentford player originally, he looks like a great talent on FM at least and I'm sure he's fantastic for you. Looks like you could well win the league this year great start

    Thanks, yeah, it's kind of my favorite pastime at the moment. I really enjoy to sit and play a few games, whenever I have some time for myself, which is also quite often these days. And with only 32 league games and a short cup with only 12 teams participating, the seasons in Denmark are also pretty short. Comparing to my campaign with Newcastle, where at one point I had a league game, an FA Cup game, a league cup game and a Champions League game, resulting in 4 games played but only progressing one game towards the 38 in the league season.

    I don't do too much editorial work for just one game either. It takes a few months between my graphics etc., so that also improves my time with the game rather than the computer. Besides, I mostly enjoy career mode, when I'm 3-5 seasons in, so I don't want to dwell for too long in the first. And in this case, I also skipped the first half of the first season anyway, trying to emulate the real life league table, from which I wanted to improve their position.
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    edited December 2021
    October 20th 2023

    Having won the first 6 league games and lost the 7th, a draw would follow in the 8th, 1-1 vs title holders Brøndby. Then the Europa League group stage began, and Vejle managed a solid 2-0 away win vs Hajduk Split, who would soon turn out to be the group’s bottom feeders with only one point from the group. The successful experience was followed by another, as Vejle won 6-0 in Viborg, their biggest ever win since the formation of the league in 1991. Mikael Ishak was truly unplayable on the day, scoring four goals and assisting one, eventually winning him the POTM award in September. Greek winger Emmanouilidis wasn’t too bad either, scoring one himself before assisting three of Ishak’s goals. The pair were also behind the next 2-1 win vs FC Nordsjælland, making them top scorer and top assister in the league, Ishak now with 12 goals from the first 12 games, matching his tally from the entire season before.

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    Vejle hosted Everton next, and had they been more clinical, the game could easily have ended 3-3, as both clubs had 5 shots in the game. But despite a 3,0 xG, contrary to 1,9 for the visitors, Vejle lost the game 3-0 and might have learned a valuable lesson. KRC Genk was the next opponent in the group, and they’d just split the points vs Hajduk, providing the Croatians their only point, as mentioned before. And the lesson learnt from the Everton game paid off in this one, as Vejle's 5 shots vs Genk's 9 proved enough for a 3-1 win to isolate Genk and Hajduk Split in the bottom of the group. Sadly neither Ali Adnan nor Kyriakos Papadopoulos played the game, having left Vejle for the visitors during this summer’s transfer window.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    December 10th 2023

    Vejle's win vs Genk was followed by a disappointing 1-1 vs Viborg, whom they’d recently beat in a record 6-0 win and also beat 4-0 in the following cup-game to enter the quarter final. The first two goals were scored by Renat Dadashov, who’d so far been overlooked due to Ishak’s great performances. But now he’s opened the score in three consecutive games and has made himself first choice in the Europa League and cup games, while Ishak is still preferred in most league games. The last two goals in the cup-game were scored by Ebbe Simonsen and Tobias Bach, the latter scoring his first goal for the club. Both were brought up from the academy as strikers, with Bach showing more promise than the other (showing great potential). But with 10 games without goals nor assists from him, he witnessed the less talented Simonsen come on and score in his debut a while back. Now it seems that Simonsen is more suited for the forward role, centrally or wide, while Bach is perhaps more suited to play in midfield.

    A 2-2 draw followed in Odense, before KRC Genk beat Vejle 1-0 in the 4th group game. Nahitan Nández, who’d also scored in their 3-1 defeat, ended this game as the matchwinner, now with 4 points against Vejle's 6. A couple of league wins followed for Vejle, before Hajduk Split visited and lost 3-1. Vejle got a 2-0 lead, when Tobias Bach absolutely fluffed two great chances, and then former Benfica-midfielder Krovinovic made it interesting with 7 minutes left. However, Simonsen scored to 3-1 only three minutes later, cementing Vejle’s 2nd place in the group, while also cementing his position as the 3rd choice striker. Simonsen’s position was also only further strengthened by the fact that Bach was injured in the following league game, which ended 1-1 in Copenhagen. And a torn ACL has now ruled him old out for 7 months. One more game remained before the winter break, and with nothing to play for, Vejle won a point at Goodison Park and will continue to the Preliminary Round to play Lazio in the spring. Lazio arrives from the Champions League, where they finished 3rd after RB Leipzig and Real Madrid. And as it happens, due to the winter break, Vejle will actually start their spring season in February hosting Lazio at Vejle Stadion.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    March 20th 2024

    A new year began and a new transfer window as well. Brandon Pierrick, Vejle’s £1,9M English winger, was signed by Burnley, as a handsome £3M offer was accepted for the 22 year old, making him Vejle’s 3rd most expensive departure in history. Until now he’d split game time with equally young Dimitrios Emmanouilidis, and Gravesen now wanted a more experienced alternative to the young Greek on the right wing. And he eventually signed another Greek, Anastasios Donis, who were transfer listed in French club Stade de Reims. So despite a value of £1,7M, he was signed for only £1,4M, still narrowly beating Ishak and Gartenmann as the club’s most expensive signing in history. Well, give or take, since the two other transfers also involved a player swap, thus being harder to measure in numbers.

    The new forward/right winger had his debut in the Preliminary Round of the Europa League, but it was attacking midfielder Mucolli, who stole the headlines at home vs Lazio. After both 10 and 15 minutes, he smashed it to the top corner, living up to his reputation of only scoring beautiful goals. Brozovic brought one back at the hour mark, before debutant Donis eventually had a one on one with the keeper in the 90th minute, which he missed. What a chance in his debut game, and what a horrible miss. The second leg started with an exact copy, Donis alone with the keeper, and another miss from the Greek forward, even missing the rebound as well. Dadashov proved more clinical in the game, scoring a hattrick at Stadio Olimpico, and even though Lazio equalized after every goal, Vejle made it through to the Round of 16 and would play… Roma…

    Once again starting at home, Vejle struggled against Roma’s pacey wingers, and Ousmane Dembélé scored a brace with Thomas Müller and Justin Kluivert setting him up. Vejle made a miraculous comeback though, and this time Donis proved his worth with a brace, both assisted by Warming, Vejle’s two players with a history of playing in Italy (Juventus & Torino). This was a steal though, as Roma truly dominated with 9 shots and a 4,9 xG. But Gunnarsson was brilliant, and a point is a point. At Stadio Olimpico Roma continued to dominate, but it was still goalless after 75 minutes, and another upset wasn’t out of the picture. Yet. Cause then Kluivert served Ousmane Dembélé, as he’d done in the first leg, and an injury time goal from Thomas Müller made sure that Roma would advance with 4-2 on aggregate. Despite the respectable defeat, Vejle were still the best Danish club in Europe this season, and they’ve climbed to be number 122 in Europe across the last five seasons.

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    Three wins, a draw (AaB) and a defeat (Brøndby) followed in the league, as Vejle qualify for the Championship Playoff for the 2nd consecutive season. At the expense of FC Midtjylland, among others. What a disappointing result for the wolves. Having scored 17 goals in the first 17 league games played, league top scorer Mikael Ishak is now still without a goal in 2024. He still comfortably leads the race for the Golden Boot though, but he’s now a bit off course for the league record of 29 goals, which is held by former Copenhagen winger Robert Skov.

    Meanwhile relegation favourites SønderjyskE took Vejle to extra time in the Cup Quarter Final. Donis had opened the score early on, before American forward Haji Wright equalized in the 86th minute. But Donis scored again in the 110th, before young Ebbe Simonsen made it 3-1 seven minutes later, now entering the semi final vs AaB, while AGF and Brøndby play the other.

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  • CHYP2074
    2598 posts Fans' Favourite
    I've been following this from afar. Congrats on making it to UEL and hard luck for the loss against Roma, beating Lazio was already quite an achievement. You can focus on the league now.
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    CHYP2074 wrote: »
    I've been following this from afar. Congrats on making it to UEL and hard luck for the loss against Roma, beating Lazio was already quite an achievement. You can focus on the league now.

    Thanks, yeah this was a great first run in Europe. And it was a fun coincidence to play in the Stadio Olimpico twice, versus both tenants. Just had to cope with their jerseys, names etc. being fake.
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    edited December 2021
    June 20th 2024

    Ishak’s misfortunes continued in the first game of the Championship Round, where he missed a sitter and had a goal disallowed for offside in the 1-0 defeat vs AaB. That proved a turning point for the Swede though, as he opened the score in the next three and ended the season on fire. Vejle had other problems though, and they only won 3 of their first 8 games in the Championship Round, two of them comfortably against 6th placed OB (3-0 and 5-0 respectively), and the third being an injury time 2-1 win vs Brøndby. So with two games left, one in Aalborg and one in Copenhagen, Vejle probably needed to win them both to take the title. A pretty hard ask, since both had won their away games in Vejle, 1-0 and 4-1 respectively.

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    Vejle had recently beat AaB in the Sydbank Pokalen semi final though. Renat Dadashov, who’s still finding himself in Ishak’s shadow, made his mark with a first career hattrick, and Donis eventually scored to 4-2, before 4-3 was the final result. The Cup Final provided goals as well, but only two in regular time. Brøndby took the lead early on, and when Vejle equalized towards the end, Brøndby took another lead, as the extra time had only just begun. 19 year old midfielder Frederik Madsen was subbed on between the two halves of extra time, and in the 111th minute he scored to 2-2 with a cheeky lob over the keeper to secure a penalty shootout. Donis, Ishak and Opondo all scored from their attempts, the latter with a risky top corner finish. Meanwhile Patrik Gunnarsson saved all three attempts from Brøndby, meaning that Vejle had now won their 7th ever cup title. Only Brøndby (8), Copenhagen (8) and AGF (9) have more. Despite not being at his best in the final, Renat Dadashov was eventually named both top scorer with 5 goals and Player of the Tournament in Sydbank Pokalen.

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    As mentioned before, only two games remained in the Superliga. Anastasios Donis scored after only 4 minutes in Aalborg, and when he scored again after 22, the score couldn’t have been more misleading. AaB had truly dominated, having seen 4-5 great opportunities saved by Gunnarsson between the two goals from the Greek. His second goal made Vejle dominate the rest of the half though, scoring two more before the break. AaB dominated the rest of the game though, but Vejle’s great 20-25 minutes brought home a 4-1 win before the final game in the capital, where all three points were needed to win the title.


    Ishak had scored his 25th league goal in Aalborg, 8 of which had come in the recent 9 games of the Championship Round. And the Player of the Month in both April and May also opened the score in Parken, before Mikkel Kaufmann equalized ten minutes later. Just as vs AaB, this was a game, where the result did not reflect the run of play. Copenhagen played well and struck the crossbar twice, for instance. But Vejle proved clinical in the other end, and Ishak made it 2-1 before half time. Nkrumah and Engel had assisted his goals, both operating on the left, but an injury to Nkrumah had him replaced by Børsting, who eventually served Ishak to make it 3-1 in the 70th minute, completing a hattrick. This was a huge blow for the home team, who conceded a 4th from Donis seven minutes later, before Ishak eventually made it 5-1 in injury time, this time assisted by Ebbe Simonsen, who ended the game on the left flank, from where all four Ishak goals were created. His total of 29 league goals also tie the current league record set by Robert Skov in 2018/19. However, that was a straight season of 36 games back then.

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    With 6 league titles and 7 cup titles, Vejle are now closing in on AGF as the 3rd most winning of the current top tier clubs. AGF have 5 league titles, but 9 cups, so one more trophy for Vejle, and they’ll be there. Both also have three doubles, which is also the case for Brøndby, while Copenhagen have one more, also being the only club to win back to back doubles, which they did in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

    Below you’ll see the final table, when you put the Championship Round on top of the Relegation Round. Surely FC Midtjylland will try to end in the top half next season, having walked the Relegation Round to rally more points than half the top half clubs. They did get a Playoff Final vs Brøndby though, but they lost in a penalty shootout, so they will not enter European competitions next term.

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  • CHYP2074
    2598 posts Fans' Favourite
    Congrats on winning the league. Hopefully you'll get CL football next season.
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    2024 SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW

    Most of Vejle’s summer transfer business was sorted pretty early, as the season starts already in mid July. And it started with £2M CM Moses Opondo leaving for Genoa in a £3,6M deal, making him the 3rd most expensive departure in the club’s history. He was about to become the 4th though, as £2,3M RM Dimitrios Emmanouilidis went to Antalyaspor in a £4M deal, only £100,000 short of Wahid Faghir’s club record departure in 2021. Eventually the captain, Denis Kolinger, also departed, now 30 years old and with the prospect of ending his career with Maritimo in the sunny Portugal. At the time of Kolinger’s departure, he had also been replaced by American CB/RB Tristan Blackmon, who arrived from LAFC in a club record £1,6M deal. With a value of £2,1M he was still considered a bargain though. That was also the case with £1,4M Portuguese CM Bruno Jordão, who joined from Wolverhampton for £1,25M, following Renat Dadashov's footsteps. These two are also the current top earners at Vejle Boldklub, despite not having the highest ratings or most important roles. But both have agreed significant wage cuts to align themselves with the rest of the squad, more or less. On deadline day a third signing came in place, when £1,1M CM Mark Brink arrived from recently relegated Silkeborg. £475K Lundrim Hetemi went the other way in a swap deal along with £400,000, and that was deemed another bargain for the recently crowned champions. Arriving on deadline day, he wasn’t a part of the first seven league games though, nor the Playoff Round to the Champions’ League. And those events will follow in another update.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    September 5th 2024

    The season started with three draws in the first five games. Not much to report, except testing a few different formations to make room for two strikers up top. Eventually a 4-4-2 formation was preferred, with different roles assigned, making it work as a hybrid between 4-4-2 and 4-3-3. This will probably be good news for Dadashov, who performed excellently in the cups and Europa League last term, but only had limited playing time in the league due to Ishak’s brilliant performances. Now they can easier play together, and with Ishak's 7 league goals and Dadashov's 4, from the first 7 games played, they do look like the preferred option for now. Ishak's hattrick in match 6 also helped him win the POTM award in August, so it's safe to say he's picked up where he left last term. Donis, on the other hand, has started the season with numerous big misses in the opening games, but he's usually present in the big games, so he and Simonsen will definitely get their share of games as well, providing a more versatile and dynamic approach than the two others.


    In the run for the Champions’ League, Vejle were to play AZ Alkmaar in the Playoff Round, starting the competition a round later than last year, and with an arguably easier opponent than Benfica. But AZ quickly proved that they were not an easy opponent, and neither was their number 9, Vangelis Pavlidis. In Vejle he opened the score after only ten minutes, before he converted a penalty later on. Donis had missed two sitters at this point, but suddenly he performed a dribbling run from the midfield line and made it 2-1 ten minutes into the second half. However, the comeback was suddenly disrupted by a defensive mistake from new captain Sarpei, who helped Pavlidis to his hattrick, and things looked poor for Vejle, trailing 1-3 at home with only 25 minutes left. New signing Blackmon played in the central defence, but his full back skills was proved after 73 minutes, when a daring cross from the left found Ishak, who had just come off the bench. Donis eventually made an equally brilliant cross from the right for Mucolli to equalize with a rare header. In the 94th minute Donis made another assist, when he went to the goal line and served Ishak’s 2nd goal of the night.

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    In AFAS Stadium, Vejle picked up right where they left off, but Håkon Evjen equalized Dadashov’s opener after 16 minutes played. Donis then performed another solo goal after a half hour, suddenly keeping Vejle two goals ahead. Dadashov eventually scored his second after 71 minutes, and when Bruno Martins Indi “made a Sarpei” and gave the ball away to Mucolli four minutes later, Vejle won 4-1 away and 8-4 on aggregate to advance to the Champions’ League. A disappointment for AZ, I’m sure, but having just sold Jesper Karlsson and Owen Wijndal for a combined £75M, I guess they’ll just have to bring in a few new players to try again next season. Meanwhile Vejle will look forward to play PSG, Valencia and Ajax in their first ever Champions’ League group, while Copenhagen enters the Europa League group stage and Brøndby, AaB and AGF enter the UEFA Conference League.

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  • blupont
    19 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Close Win against Ajax , KIU
  • Steffolovitch
    1391 posts Professional
    October 24th 2024

    Young right back, Nicolaj Østgaard, opened the score in the next game vs FC Nordsjælland, who look like a team that could really struggle this season. They did produce 7 shots to equalize though, but Chernov brilliantly kept them away from doing that. In stead two late goals secured a 3-0 win, the last goal being an injury time solo goal from Mark Brink, who came on for his debut and instantly made his mark. He also came on next, in the Champions League vs Ajax, who held a 1-0 lead at the time. It could easily have been 4-0 though, but this time Gunnarsson was the one to keep Vejle in the game. Once again Brink came on from the bench and made an immediate impact, as he finished an attack in the 83rd minute, creating a rebound for Dadashov to equalize to the final score 1-1. Brink then had his first start vs AGF, and after the opener from The White's new £4,9M marquee signing, Robin Quaison, Brink served Magnus Warming to equalize, before Østgaard served another academy graduate, Ebbe Simonsen, to make it 2-1 in injury time. AaB was next, and they suffered from an early red and lost 3-1 to Vejle, once again with Brink assisting a goal. What a signing, he’s been so far. And while the club is currently on a win streak, most of these wins have not been comfortable at all.

    Now it was time for the 2nd game in the Champions League group, and the superstars of PSG visited Vejle Stadion. Mbappé(95) and Neymar(90) were both in the lineup, while Sarabia kept the 37 year old Messi(86) on the bench until the 75th minute. Despite the immense talent in the forward line, it was midfielders Dina Ebimbe and Nkunku, who stole the shine with two early goals, both immediately equalized by Donis and Mucolli on counterattacks. Ebimbe eventually struck the post just before half time, but then Ishak scored from the subsequent counterattack and secured a highly surprising 3-2 lead at the break. The 2nd half had only just started though, when Mbappé TWICE made captain Sarpei look like a complete amateur. First the 2023 Ballon d'Or easily went past him and served it for Ebimbe to score his 2nd goal, and four minutes later he made it 4-3 himself with a nice top corner finish. A home defeat for Vejle, but what a game this was. Screenshot and highlights follow:

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    Highlighst from Vejle Stadion, 3-4 PSG:



    FC Midtjylland then hosted Vejle in a fight for top spot, both being undefeated before the game. But the hosts never managed to equalize Dadashov’s 8th minute opener, and with another 3-0 win vs FC Nordsjælland next, their 7th consecutive league win, Vejle have placed themselves in pole position before the final ten games of the Regular Season. A third UCL group game followed, when Valencia came to visit. Midfielder Stephy Mavididi scored a brace, as Valencia had 9 shots, three of them hitting the post, while Vejle only produced 4 shots in total. But the hosts scored from half of those, thus – once again – stealing a point from a superior side.

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