Vejle Boldklub - Jyllands Rubin

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  • CHYP2074
    2598 posts Fans' Favourite
    Seems like you might end up in UEL like Sheriff IRL. Ain't bad at all so far tbh, close loss to PSG, draw to Valencia and Ajax.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    CHYP2074 wrote: »
    Seems like you might end up in UEL like Sheriff IRL. Ain't bad at all so far tbh, close loss to PSG, draw to Valencia and Ajax.

    Yes, a 3rd place would in deed be a triumph for Vejle, from such a competitive group. Reaching knockouts in any UEFA competition would also be a triumph for any Danish club, I believe.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    December 15th 2024

    Vejle’s next two games in the Champions’ League were against Valencia and Ajax, who'd both dominated Vejle in their first encounter, both resulting in draws. In match 4 Vejle made a much improved performance in Valencia, but this time the Spaniards proved more clinical, and their two top corner finishes from outside the box resulted in a 2-1 win for the hosts. Vejle had a positive experience from playing an even game though, and they took it a step further and were significantly better than Ajax in match 5, proven by 13 shots against Ajax’s 3. And the game had only started, when Dadashov tried a hopeless attempt from outside the box, resulting in a rebound in a beneficial area for Jordão to score the opener. Captain Sarpei scored a rare goal to make it 2-0 later on, before Ajax went all-out attacking in the end and conceded a 3rd on a counter, scored by Dadashov. The result saw Ajax lose the group AND fall out of the top 10 on UEFA’s club coefficient list, where they’d put themselves after brilliant performances in recent years. Meanwhile a 3rd place was now a certainty for Vejle, who reach their second consecutive Europa League Preliminary Round. So it didn’t matter that the group ended with a 5-0 defeat at Parc des Princes, where 2023 and 2024’s Ballon d’Or winner Mbappé scored a hattrick, while Neymar and Messi assisted the other two.

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    The first round of the Sydbank Pokal resulted in a late 3-2 win vs AGF, as Dadashov scored the deciding goal in the 91st minute. Late goals were also a theme in the league, where Ishak decided a 3-2 win in Copenhagen in the 93rd minute, meaning Vejle won four of the five league games to end the year 2024. The 5th was lost though, match 15 vs Brøndby, as the yellow-blue army took a 3-1 win in Vejle, breaking the latters’ unbeatable run, while trying to keep up with the two-horse race forming above the 13 times Danish champions.

    Now a few months without football will commence, including a transfer window in January. Vejle will surely try to keep their best players, including Donis, who won the POTM award in October, and top scorer Ishak, who did the same in November. That also earned him a comeback to the Sweden national team, joining Gunnarsson and Donis as Vejle’s international players. Hopefully they’ll all remain to play Austrian club LASK in Vejle’s next game in February, the UEL Preliminary Round, before the final 15 league games begin. 5 in the Regular Season, and 10 in the following Championship Round, which they are already qualified to.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    April 1st 2025

    Early in the transfer window Vejle sold left back Frederik Børsting to St. Pauli with a fee slightly above his market value. There had been no plans for his departure though, so no one was really lined up to replace him. Luckily the departure happened early on, so a number of options could be scouted before the window closed. A few free agents were tempting to sign, but in the end it was discovered that FC Midtjylland possessed three quality left backs, two of them far too good for the league with £10M and £15M price tags. So Vejle signed the 3rd choice, a 21 year old Brazilian named Rafael Alvares with a £1,7M market value. That price would have made him the most expensive signing in the club’s history, but in stead he ended up as a bargain with a fee of £1,550,000, just £50k below the record signing of Blackmon.

    The new signing started on the bench, from where he saw Vejle absolutely destroy LASK in the first leg of the Europa League Preliminary Round. Mucolli is often criticized for his lack of consistency, but this was a night to remember for the Danish/Albanian winger, who scored a perfect hattrick in the first half and closed to 5-0 in the end, after Donis had converted a penalty at the hour mark.

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    The 2nd leg ended 2-2, also with Mucolli and Donis as the goal scorers, so Vejle advanced to the Round of 16, where they were going to play Chelsea. During this period Vejle had a poor league form, where 1-1 in Aalborg was succeeded by back to back 2-1 comeback defeats at home, to AGF and FC Midtjylland respectively. Meanwhile the latter won all three of their games, now leading the league with 7 points down. Despite the poor form, Vejle did win the Cup Quarter Final though, and a red card for FC Nordsjælland’s Mesík also helped Vejle to the 2-0 win, with which they advance to the semi final vs FC Midtjylland, who have really turned their fortune around after last season's disappointing 7th place.


    Vejle's final two games of the regular season ended as successive 3-0 wins vs Randers and OB, while the Europa League Round of 16 saw them play Chelsea, starting at home. Two players stood out for Vejle; Sarpei in midfield and Gunnarsson in goal, the latter saving the hosts from a siege in the first half. Mount took the lead at the hour mark though, but then Donis equalized ten minutes later, a goal where captain Sarpei made a brilliant contribution. 1-1 would have been a steal for Vejle, and it could have been even worse for the Blues, when Dadashov hit the woodwork as well. But it remained even, until Werner made a one-two-combination with Pedro Neto’s backheel and scored to make it 2-1 in injury time. A deserved win, no doubt, but never great to lose after the 90. Still in it for the 2nd leg though.

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    The first half of the 2nd leg was goalless, but not uneventful. Stefan Gartenmann received a straight red card in the 40th minute, so the comeback at Stamford Bridge now looked even more unlikely. Vejle did produce an instant attack though, just after the sending off, but the finish was poor, and that proved to be the only shot from Vejle all game. Meanwhile Chelsea produced nine in the other end, and as three of them went in, the Blues advance to the Quarter Final, while Vejle will settle with having the best European run among Scandinavian clubs, for the second season running.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    June 20th 2025

    Vejle started the Championship Round with a 1-0 defeat in Aalborg, conceding in the 93rd minute from the hosts' first attempt, while having hit the woodwork twice themselves. A pretty hard fact, but luckily FC Midtjylland lost as well. Vejle then beat Copenhagen 3-1 and had a festive 3-3 draw vs AGF, where Donis scored his first hattrick. Meanwhile FCM continued their losing run, having now lost all three so far, thus only leading by 4 points with 7 games left. Both Vejle and FCM won their 4th game though, before they clashed twice, first in the Cup semi final, and since in the league. Vejle won them both 3-2 and were now in the Cup Final, while only 1 point separated them from the league leaders, halfway through the Championship Round.

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    Vejle continued with successive 3-1 wins vs Brøndby and AaB, before playing the latter in the Cup Final. And the game pretty much turned out the same way as the previously mentioned 1-0 defeat, as Vejle dominated the game with 5 decent opportunities and a 3,5 xG. AaB, on the other hand, only had one chance, and when the keeper rushed out to face Tim Prica, the Swede elegantly lobbed him and secured a 4th ever cup title for the club, despite only 0,1 xG in the game. Lukas Engel and Renat Dadashov were among the players who should have scored, but despite being more or less culpable for the defeat, Dadashov was still named topscorer with 5 goals and player of the tournament.

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    Three league games remained, and while the goals had been hard to find in the cup final, they came rather easily vs AGF in the next game, providing a 5-0 win against the visitors, whose defensive performance was exceptionally poor. Meanwhile Midtjylland drew Brøndby, so Vejle were now league leaders with 1 point down and could win the league title head to head vs Midtjylland in match 9. And a win was definitely to prefer, as Vejle's final game would be played in Parken, one of the most difficult away grounds.

    No goals were scored in the first half of the deciding clash between Vejle and Midtjylland. But Mucolli broke the deadlock at the hour mark, when top scorer and player of the tournament, Mikael Ishak, set him op at the edge of the box to perform one of his trademark top corner finishes with his left foot. No more goals were scored, so Vejle won their 7th ever league title with 1-0, and then it didn’t matter, that the final game in Parken, Copenhagen, was lost with the same numbers. Lyngby and Hvidovre are now relegated after only a year, and we’ll welcome back Viborg and Silkeborg, who suffered relegation a year ago. Among the 12 clubs in next seasons’ Superliga, Vejle are now the 3rd most winning side, tied with AGF at 14 trophies.

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    Having won successive league titles and qualified for successive European knockouts, Vejle can now afford to see themselves as more than underdogs in the Danish league, and perhaps their business in the transfer market will begin to reflect that. We'll learn shortly, when the new 2025/26 season has begun.

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  • CHYP2074
    2598 posts Fans' Favourite
    You always get some extremely tough draws man: Chelsea in Europa league R16 is insane.
  • blupont
    19 posts Last Pick at the Park
    You should try getting faghir back now that you are competing in the CL.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    blupont wrote: »
    You should try getting faghir back now that you are competing in the CL.

    I like this idea. Gonna have to try and scout him to see if he's available in some way. He would definitely break the transfer record though, but perhaps he would be worth it... Thanks for the input, surely worth considering.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    CHYP2074 wrote: »
    You always get some extremely tough draws man: Chelsea in Europa league R16 is insane.

    Yeah, I suppose that's unlucky. On the other hand I do enjoy coming up against the best, now I've qualified them for the knockouts. So I was actually glad to face Chelsea there, rather than Slavia Prague or similar.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    October 25th 2025

    The summer did not provide the most eventful transfer window, as only one new signing arrived in Vejle. Attacking midfielder/winger Khanya Leshabela had just been released at Leicester and was up for grabs, so he arrived in Vejle on a two year contract. Any other arrivals would require departures first, to make room for them, and as no one was sold, the South African was eventually the only arrival.

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    Leshabela started splendidly with a goal contribution in each of the first three games, even though the third was lost 2-1 to FC Nordsjælland. Another defeat lured next in Copenhagen, but Ishak equalized to 3-3 in the 92nd minute and saved a point for the visitors. This was Ishak’s 4th league goal this season, and with an additional 11 in the next 8 league games, all won, he’s firmly on path to his 3rd consecutive golden boot, while having currently scored the 8th highest amount of goals in the league’s history. The 32 year old has decided to retire though, so he only has until summer to write his contribution to the league's history.

    CURRENT TOP 10 GOAL SCORERS IN LEAGUE HISTORY:


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    Vejle’s attempt to qualify for the Champions’ League would this time be a challenge vs Hungarian side Ferencváros. And with 4-2 home and 1-1 away, the Danes reached the group stage to play Leshabela’s old club, Leicester, along with Barcelona and Lyon. Half of the group stage has now been played, with late defeats vs Leicester and Barcelona, as the score in both was 0-0 at half time. In the third game it was 0-0 until three minutes into injury time, and then it was Renat Dadashov, who decided the win vs Lyon with a tap-in after a build-up from the left by Leshabela and Donis.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    Rest of fall 2025 summary

    The last five league games in 2025 provided five wins for Vejle, ending the year with 15 wins and only 1 draw and 1 defeat in the league. The Danish Cup was another story though, losing 1-2 at home to AaB, in an unsuccessful attempt to get back at them for beating Vejle in the summer’s cup final. And just like the cup final, by the way, Tim Prica also scored the matchwinner this time around.

    DANISH CUP DEFEAT, ROUND 1:

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    Having won match 3 in the Champions League from a last minute goal from Dadashov, match 4 vs Lyon was won as well, this time with an opener at the hour mark from the Azerbaijani forward. Mucolli eventually made it 2-0, but only a regular drop from the goalie made that happen. Leicester took the lead next, but Mucolli took advantage of another defensive error, when he stole the ball from Dunk and served Donis for the equalizer. At the hour mark Dunk and Ndicka eventually ran in each other’s way, leaving plenty of space for Dadashov to score and take the 2nd place in the group, while qualifying to a European knockout in the spring. Leicester were the better side though, which their 7 shots and 3,9 xG are prove of, compared to Vejle’s 4 shots and only 1,7 xG. But a pair of costly mistakes made the difference in the end. Vejle fell behind in match 6 vs Barcelona, as Dybala scored his 6th goal of the competition. Meanwhile Lyon lead 1-0 vs Leicester, so Vejle would keep their 2nd place, if those results would stick. Dadashov eventually equalized to 1-1, and so did Leicester, but no other goals were scored, and Vejle qualified to the Champions League knockouts for the first time in their history. And having lost to 5-1 on aggregate to Chelsea in the Europa League Round of 16 last season, this would be a chance for revenge, as they would play the Blues again, this time in the Champions League Round of 16.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    Spring 2026 summary, end of 25/26 season

    One Nordic goalie left the club in the January Transfer Window, and one Nordic goalie arrived to replace him. Both were valued at £1,6M, so I guess it was good business to sell Patrik Gunnarsson to Marseille for £3,000,000, while Viktor Johansson arrived from Rotherham Utd for only £1,500,000, still making him the 3rd most expensive signing the club had ever made.

    The Swede had his debut vs Chelsea in the Champions League, quite a step from playing with Rotherham. Chelsea also won 3-1 in Vejle, with Werner, Pulisic and Mount scoring their goals. Rodrygo could (SHOULD!) have got a red card in the 12th minute though, but he got away with a yellow, and much could have been different, if he’d been punished thoroughly for his reckless challenge from behind. Or if Vejle hadn’t been denied an equalizer by the crossbar. Objectively, Chelsea did deserve the win though, with 8 shots against 2.

    The first two league games of 2026 ended 3-3, so Johansson had now conceded nine goals in his first three games for the club, not the best start, but to be fair he wasn't particularly culpable with any of the goals. He also wasn’t to blame at Stamford Bridge, when Billy Gilmour produced a top corner finish and a bicycle kick to take a 2-0 lead. Ishak eventually made it 2-1, as Vejle lost 5-2 on aggregate, which is a slight improvement compared to 5-1 a year before in the Europa League. But with 6 shots and a 3,9 xG, compared to the hosts’ 5 shots and 2,6 xG, the visitors really could have got at least a draw from their trip to London. Vejle will end the season as the 60th best team in Europe though, across the last five seasons, having only participated in UEFA tournaments in three of them. Brøndby have done well internationally in recent years, currently placed as number 47, but Vejle are now 2nd among Scandinavian clubs, where especially Copenhagen have been disappointing, having even failed to qualify to play in UEFA in the current season.

    BEST SCANDIVANIAN CLUBS IN UEFA COMPETITIONS, LAST 5 SEASONS:

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    With only league games left to play this season, and already a huge gap to the followers, I’ll make the rest quite short. Johansson had his first clean sheet in his 5th league game, and then he had three in a row, turning his fortunes around after a difficult start. Vejle were also crowned champions with six games to spare, so it didn't matter that they only won three of them. Vejle eventually ended the season with 80 points, 21 above Copenhagen in 2nd. The league title is Vejle's 3rd in a row, which is a league record, which is split with Brøndby and Copenhagen. So we could see a new league record a year from now, and the current gap makes it pretty hard to see it otherwise.

    Mikael Ishak had long ago proclaimed that he would retire this summer, a questionable decision given he was still quite competitive evidenced by him scoring 24 goals from the first 18 league games this season. So arguably he could easily play a part in the season(s) to come and improve his position as Vejle's 11th most scoring player with 100 goals, the 6th most scoring in Superliga history (since 1991) and winning the golden boot for the 3rd time, equalling Steffen Højer's record. But Ishak's retirement is sadly not up for discussion, so we are left behind with a number of "what-if's", as to how he would have built on these numbers and records, if he had decided to continue a while longer.

    ALL TIME MOST GOALS IN DANISH SUPERLIGA (since 1991):


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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    September 21st, 2026, start of 2026/27 season.

    Vejle started the new season with two signings. The first was Danish forward Mikael Uhre, who arrived to replace his retired namesake, Mikael Ishak. Uhre has previously won two golden boots (and league titles) with Brøndby, before he left them in the summer of 2022. Now a free agent after four seasons in Ligue 1, he’s returned to Denmark to join the league's most scoring side in the past seasons. And the 31 year old is surely motivated to win a 3rd Superliga golden boot, which only Steffen Højer and Mikael Ishak has accomplished before. The second signing completed a board objective to sign a crucial midfielder, a CAM arriving from Philadelphia Union, Anthony Fontana. The MLS side accepted a swap deal with a 17 year old academy forward + an additional £1,500,000. So Fontana does not only join Tristan Blackmon as Americans in the Vejle squad, he also breaks his record as the most expensive player in the club.

    Speaking of record transfers, Khanya Leshabela then left for OH Leuven in a £4,1M deal, matching the club’s current record departure of Wahid Faghir. The South African attacking midfielder was still in the managers’ plans, having only arrived a year before. But with a market value of only £2,2M, the offered fee was too good to refuse, and with Fontana’s arrival, he was also already replaced. The final departure was Mouhamadou Drammeh, who'd been a great backup for years, mostly as a centerback. But with 25 players in the first team, he was transfer listed to slim the squad. Former academy graduates Søndergaard and Ravn have also proved themselves as adequate alternatives to Blackmon and Gartenmann, the two experienced first choices in the heart of defence.

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    It’s safe to say that Uhre has hit the ground running. In his debut he scored one and assisted two in a 3-0 win vs AaB. And he scored a brace next, in a 5-2 win in Odense. A 2-1 comeback win followed vs FC København, before the opposite occurred in Haderslev, as a 2-0 lead turned into a 2-3 defeat to SønderjyskE.

    Vejle then hosted Celtic in the Champions’ League Playoff Round, with Danish midfielder Philip Billing in the visitor’s lineup. Vejle dominated the game with 9 shots, but unfortunately only one was converted, before Kyogo Furuhashi equalized after 87 minutes from their only attempt. Between the two games vs Celtic, Vejle were absolutely hammered vs AGF in the league. 12 shots against, and only a miraculous display from Johansson kept it goalless at half time. A change in formation to a narrow 4-3-1-2 helped turn the tides though, and with three goals in ten minutes early in the second half, the wingless formation worked wonders. Vejle eventually won 4-0 from only 5 shots, and this could turn out to be the preferred formation from now on. The extra man in midfield also helped in Glasgow, where Celtic was the better team, though not as one-sided as Vejle had been in the first leg. However, no goals were scored, as the game reached it’s end, but then Dadashov and Donis combined for a winner in the 87th minute, a neat repetition of Furuhashi’s equalizer in the exact same minute at Vejle Stadion. And with 2-1 on aggregate, Vejle advanced to a third consecutive Champions’ League group stage, playing Atalanta, Sporting and Tottenham Hotspur, the latter being Champions of England the past two seasons.

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    The 4-0 win vs AGF was just the first of four consecutive league wins, where Vejle scored 4 goals in all 4 games. And while many attacking players have started the season well, so far contributing to 28 goals in only 8 league games, new signing Uhre has been the stand-out performer with 6 league goals. He was also on the spot in the first game of the Champions’ League, though it ended as a 3-2 defeat away vs Sporting, while Spurs and Atalanta shared the spoils with 0-0 in the other.

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  • blupont
    19 posts Last Pick at the Park
    What is your GF to GA ratio ?

    How do you maintain a realistic goal to game ratio ?
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    blupont wrote: »
    What is your GF to GA ratio ?

    How do you maintain a realistic goal to game ratio ?

    From the first 17 league games, I have 56 goals for and 16 against, leading the table. Compared to number two, Brøndby, who have 33 for and 15 against.

    So I wouldn't call it a realistic scoring rate, as the goals come way too often. I do try to rotate among the strikers though, so one striker do not end up scoring 50 goals or so.

    In terms of goals against, I conceded far more, when I started with Newcastle back in October. But since I got the hang of defending, my defense pretty much matches my rivals' number of conceded goals... So I assume that part is pretty authentic.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    December 15th 2026, end of fall season, 2026/27

    Vejle had a 5th consecutive win with 6-0 in Silkeborg, before match 10 was lost 3-2 to league leaders Brøndby, who now had 4 points down. It was Vejle’s 3rd defeat of the season, across competitions, all three lost with 3-2. The 4th defeat followed vs Spurs in the Champions’ League, this time with 1-0. Vinícius Jr. and Ángel Correa performed excellently in the build-up to the goal, and the latter’s backheel assist caught the entire Vejle defense flatfooted, before Kane clinically put one in behind an otherwise brilliant Johansson in goal. Fontana did hit the crossbar in the other end, but you can’t deny it was a well deserved Spurs win, and their lineup was also far superior to the hosts’ (plus Grealish and Aubameyang, who were both subbed on during the game);

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    Vejle won their next 7 league games from this point, some with 3 or 4 goal margins, putting them right back in pole position. Their best performers were arguably top scorer Mikael Uhre, top assister Frederik Madsen (youth) and fan favourite Arbnor Mucolli, all winning their first POTM awards, in Uhre’s case his first with Vejle, having previously won it with Brøndby. Meanwhile Mucolli has also broken former Man United player and Euro ’92 winner John Sivebæk’s number of appearances for the club, now presenting the 10th most of all time.

    After Mucolli, the current squad's 2nd most capped is right back Thomas Gundelund. He had his Vejle debut, when he was only 16 years and 20 days old, as the youngest ever, but with an ongoing backup role he’s still far behind Mucolli in terms of first team games. He did become an unlikely hero though, when Vejle performed a notable comeback in the Champions’ League group, after having lost the first two for the 2nd consecutive season. Having previously only produced six assists in his entire career, he assisted two at home vs Atalanta in match three, in a game where everything fell into place for Vejle, perhaps best evidenced by this rare, but brilliant goal from captain Sarpei:



    With 4-1 at home and 2-1 in Bergamo, Atalanta turned out to be the group’s Prügelknabe, and Gundelund continued his great form with two more assists vs Sporting in match 5, winning 3-0 against the group leaders. His 4 assists also make him the current top assister in the competition, while a brace from Donis make him the current top scorer with 6.

    So with only one game left, Sporting had 10 points, Vejle 9 and Spurs 8, so at least a draw was needed in North London to advance to the next round. From the hosts' lineup I noticed that Jordan Henderson had been replaced by Dele Alli, quite unbalanced to field him and Pedri in a double pivot, I’d say. Spurs were also caught out of balance early on, and then Harry Kane provided a challenge worthy of a red card already in the 3rd minute. He was only given a yellow though, but then his victim, Bruno Jordão, assisted Dadashov’s opener in the very next minute. At the hour mark Gundelund crowned a brilliant group stage with a goal from a counter, even lobbing Nick Pope in the process, scoring to the final result, 2-0. And as Atalanta got their 2nd point vs Sporting, Vejle advance as group winners to play Juventus in the Round of 16. Meanwhile Spurs enter a rather competitive Europa League Preliminary Round, which also contains Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool. Arsenal could have been there as well, but they only finished 3rd in their group (behind Brøndby and Slavia Prague), so they'll enter the Conference League in stead.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    June 20th 2027, end of 2026/27 season

    After an uneventful January Window with absolutely no activity, Vejle’s full backs were once again in focus in the Champions’ League Round of 16 match vs Juventus. Here we saw a Brazilian duel with Lucas Moura and Rafael Alvares in one side of the pitch, while a Danish one took place in the other side between Mikkel Damsgaard and Thomas Gundelund. You could argue that Vejle's full backs won the duels, as Vejle ended the game in Turin with a clean sheet. Left back Alvares even took it a step further, when he assisted Donis to score the only goal of the game, his 7th in the competition. In Vejle we saw a different outcome, even though Juventus played with 10 men from the 26th minute. But they still dominated with no less than five qualified attempts from striker Darwin Núñez. What a game he had, and what a brilliant display from goalkeeper Johansson to deny him what could easily have been a hattrick. In stead it was Mikkel Damsgaard, who finally got the better of Gundelund, and his cross was easily put in by James Maddison in the 51st minute. Now it was 1-1 on aggregate, and the game was still being dominated by the favorites, despite being a man down. However, their initiative ended up working against them, as a counterattack saw former Torino player Magnus Warming send out the Old Lady with 2-1 on aggregate and qualify Vejle to the Quarter Finals. This makes it the best ever result by a Danish club in the Champions League, beating FC København’s 2010/11 Round of 16 exit and Vejle’s ditto from 2025/26, both against Chelsea, by the way.

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    In the Quarter Final, two Milan players had that extra quality and gave Vejle a very hard time. One was left back Theo Hernández, who constantly challenged down the left, from where he assisted two for the other, Karim Adeyemi, who also assisted one and scored three himself in their 4-1 win in Vejle. The last one was a beauty and just shows the quality, that Vejle was up against:



    It was 0-0 at half time in Milan, and it seemed to continue that way, when Maignan pulled out two magnificent saves from Mikael Uhre early in the second half. Uhre was eventually replaced by Dadashov, who scored in the 1st minute after coming on, and then academy midfielder Madsen made it 2-0 ten minutes later. Suddenly just one more goal would equalize on aggregate, but Theo Hernández wanted it otherwise, this time scoring himself to 1-2, 5-3 on aggregate. So close, yet so far, and Milan eventually went all the way, as they beat Bayern in a penalty shootout in the final, after 3-3 at full time.

    Vejle’s win over Juventus collided with a great league form, ending the regular season with 12 consecutive wins, winning 20 of the 22 league games there. Meanwhile the defeat vs Milan collided with the beginning of the Championship Round, which really didn’t turn out very well, while Brøndby did better and took the 1st place from Vejle with three games left.

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    Brøndby were also in hot form in Europe, where they found themselves in the Europa League and apparently eliminated both Atlético Madrid and Manchester City to qualify for the final, which they eventually lost in a penalty shootout vs Lyon. And just as I was about to argue whether Vejle's UCL Quarter Final was a better achievement than Brøndby’s 1991 UEFA Cup semi final exit vs Roma, they did one better and made the final this time. Surely seeing a Danish club in a European final will work as a motivation for Vejle Boldklub to take it a step further a season from now.

    The new Vejle/Brøndby rivalry also took place in the Danish Cup Final, though Brøndby presented a team struggling with fatigue, arguably due to their games in Europe. Vejle lead the game 2-1 at half time, but the yellow-blue army did not last 90 minutes, and with three late goals it ended 5-1, with Anastasios Donis scoring two and assisting three, making him both Top Scorer (5), Top Assister (4) and Player of the Tournament. After the Cup Final, Vejle would now play the final three games of the season. The first was won 3-0 in Copenhagen, as Mikael Uhre scored a brace and reclaimed the Golden Boot from Brøndby’s Damamy Kande. Uhre eventually settled his joint record 3rd golden boot in the next game, as Vejle won 1-0 at Brøndby Stadion, Uhre's former home ground.

    The win in Brøndby also gave Vejle the 1st place, but Brøndby reclaimed it, as their final game was played a day before the others'. So Vejle knew, that a win vs AaB in the final game of the season was needed (goal difference only counts from Championship round) to seal a record 4th consecutive league title. The visitors started best with two early chances, one of them hitting the post in the 17th minute, but then the hosts’ former academy players decided the game and the 9th league title for Vejle. Right back Thomas Gundelund performed a great cross to be converted by midfielder Frederik Madsen, even though AaB’s star midfielder Fossum quickly responded with an equivalent goal in the other end. Madsen then assisted Mucolli’s 2-1 goal, the latter in his 315th appearance for Vejle, the 7th most all time. The win was eventually sealed at the hour mark with an exact copy of the first goal, a Gundelund cross and a clinical finish from man of the match and VB Player of the Season, Frederik Madsen.

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  • Chyp2075
    182 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    Jesus quarter finals? That's insane. AC Milan, outside of Benfica could be the optimal draw as well.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    Chyp2075 wrote: »
    Jesus quarter finals? That's insane. AC Milan, outside of Benfica could be the optimal draw as well.

    Thanks, yeah it was a pretty good run. In the next season I somehow hope to enter the Europa League knockouts in stead, perhaps making it all the way to the final.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    September 10th 2027, beginning of 2027/28 season

    While the January window was quiet, Vejle actually did make one signing, a free transfer to make former academy graduate Mads Døhr Thychosen arrive this summer. Before Thomas Gundelund he was the youngest ever to play for Vejle, but he left for FC Midtjylland in 2014 before joining FC Nordsjælland five years later. Now the CB/RB is back where it all began, to add to his previous two appearances for his boyhood club. And family club for that matter, since his uncle, Steen Thychosen, is Vejle Boldklub’s current academy director and with 101 goals the 10th most scoring player in the club’s history. Signing Mads Døhr Thychosen from the relegated FC Nordsjælland, it also reflected the previous signing of Stefan Gartenmann, as SønderjyskE was relegated prior to his transfer to Vejle Boldklub.

    Speaking of Gartenmann, he, Thychosen and Blackmon were all 30 years old and had a 73 or 74 OVR, so a switch from a back 4 to a back 5 was the first option to make room for them all. However, an ambitious offer for £3m Stefan Gartenmann quickly changed that, as he moved to AIK in Sweden for £5,8m, the clubs' highest ever fee received. Two more departures followed, simply because the club had too many players available. So £1,4m winger Lukas Engel joined Sunderland for £2,4m, while £1,2m midfielder Mark Brink joined Dijon for £2m. The window ended with a signing of a crucial striker, according to a board objective. And the club welcomed András Németh, a 24 year old Hungarian international, who had been scouted intensely by the club, while being out of contract for several years now. Meanwhile it was also announced that last season’s top scorer, Mikael Uhre, will retire a year from now.

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    The season started terribly with only one win from the first seven league games. In five of these games the opponents scored after the 84th minute, turning three wins into draws and one draw into a defeat.

    But while the domestic form was poor, Vejle did better in the Champions’ League Playoff Round vs Red Bull Salzburg. Fontana and Donis assisted each other’s goals to a 2-1 lead at home, while Danish midfielder Maurits Kjærgaard equalized for Salzburg along the way. In the 86th minute goalkeeper Viktor Johansson caught the ball and instantly shot it as far as he could, mainly just to waste time. But the Salzburg CB’s timing was off, and Donis found himself alone with the keeper and sealed a 3-1 win at home, while goalkeeper Johansson recorded his first ever assist. Salzburg had pretty much dominated the game, but left themselves vulnerable on the counter on several occasions. That was also the case in Salzburg, where Donis scored and assisted to a 2-0 lead at half time, before Kjærgaard and Rodrigo Muniz made it 2-2 and a more respectable 5-3 on aggregate, despite actually being the better team in both legs. However, only goals count, so Vejle advance to their 4th consecutive group stage, 5th if you include the Europa League, and so far the others have shown a positive development season by season:

    23/24: Defeat in UCL Playoff vs Benfica.
    UEL group with Everton, Hajduk Split and KRC Genk.
    Finished 2nd in group.
    Win vs Lazio in UEL Preliminary Round.
    Defeat vs Roma in UEL Round of 16.

    24/25: Win in UCL Playoff vs AZ.
    UCL group with PSG, Valencia and Ajax.
    Finished 3rd in group.
    Win vs LASK in UEL Preliminary Round.
    Defeat vs Chelsea in UEL Round of 16.

    25/26: Win in UCL Playoff vs Ferencváros.
    UCL group with Barcelona, Lyon and Leicester.
    Finished 2nd in group.
    Defeat vs Chelsea in UCL Round of 16.

    26/27: Win in UCL Playoff vs Celtic.
    UCL group with Spurs, Sporting and Atalanta.
    Won group.
    Win vs Juventus in UCL Round of 16.
    Defeat vs AC Milan in UCL Quarter Final.

    27/28: Win in UCL Playoff vs RB Salzburg.
    UCL group with AC Milan, Liverpool and Benfica.


    Vejle’s European success has also placed them as number 24 in Europe, with giants as Juventus and AC Milan not far above. In the teens we find Villarreal, Everton, Valencia and Wolfsburg, who’ve all failed to qualify for this season’s European campaign, making it unlikely that these four will remain in top 20. No wonder Vejle Boldklub are aiming for the stars at this point. But for now their main priority should really be to turn their domestic form around.


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  • Chyp2075
    182 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    The first time we see a bad start in the league. Hope you'll be able to turn it around.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    Chyp2075 wrote: »
    The first time we see a bad start in the league. Hope you'll be able to turn it around.

    Thanks mate. Things just didn't work out for some reason. Time and time again these late goals just flew in. But to be honest, I find it to be a blessing in disguise. Winning is only interesting, if there's been bumps on the way. So far only one of the four league titles has been with a huge margin and decided with several games to spare. And I prefer it that way, rather than walking the league too easily.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    October 20th 2027, halfway through UCL group stage

    Having conceded late in most games so far, it was finally Vejle’s turn to score late winners in matches 8 and 9 vs Brøndby and Randers. The latter was an 89th minute 3-2 goal by Anthony Fontana, who proved to be one of two standout players in the club’s rise of form, as he won the September POTM award, while he has also become the current top assister in the league. The other standout player has been Mikael Uhre, who had a slow start to the season, but now was back as league top scorer aiming for a record 4th golden boot before his upcoming retirement. Three of his goals arrived in a 6-0 thrashing away vs FC Midtjylland, who had otherwise had a great start to the season. And with a brace in the next game, 2-2 vs AaB, he had now scored 100 Superliga goals, now ranking 10th all time. With his current goal form he should climb 2-3 more places on the list, but reaching his predecessor’s 120 goals would certainly be a great achievement, and he has 20 league games left to do it.

    Most Superliga goals all time, October 2027 (after match 12):

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    Meanwhile the Champions’ League began with two games, where late goals continued as the main topic. Vejle had the lead away vs Benfica, but Everton’s equalizer after 75 minutes changed that, before Tiago Araújo sealed all three for the home team after 89 minutes. New forward András Németh started the next game vs AC Milan, having just scored his first two goals for Vejle in the league game leading up to it. He also opened the score 5 minutes in, but Milan turned it around to 2-1 before half time, both with top corner finishes, which had also been the case for Benfica. Donis eventually equalized at the hour mark, as he made a one-two combination with Németh and then nutmegged Joel Matip to get a one on one with Maignan. A brilliant goal by the Greece international. Németh eventually scored to 3-2 in the 92nd minute, ending a brilliant UCL debut with two goals and one assist. And as all four teams had 3 points at this point, the group surely is an interesting one.

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    Liverpool was next, in Vejle, and looking at the game as a whole, it’s not easy to see how it turned out as a 3-0 win for the hosts. Liverpool had the double amount of shots and triple amount of passes, but they just didn’t work as a team, when the play turned the other way. Graeme Souness would probably have blamed left winger Paul Pogba for the poor defensive display, but to be fair the weak spot was in their central defence, where a very slow Dane, Andreas Christensen, was outrun on several occasions. Not helped too much either, by the unknown Rizzo on his side. Meanwhile Milan and Benfica shared points, so Vejle actually lead the group halfway through.

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  • Chyp2075
    182 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    What a win! Also coming back in the league.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    December 10th 2027

    Having just played the final game of 2027, it’s time to catch up on the events of the fall. After match 12 Vejle won 4 of the next 5 league games. Mikael Uhre was goalless and anonymous in the first two though, and a few questions were asked, whether he was still good enough to start most league games and pursue his 4th Golden Boot. But with a perfect hattrick vs Viborg – all in the first half, not interrupted by other goals, one being with the left, one with the right and one header – he quickly silenced the doubters. He eventually scored a 4th in the second half of the 5-2 win, before scoring both goals in the 3-2 defeat in Copenhagen and another brace in the 3-0 win vs AGF to enter the winter break. For the latter the fall ended poorly, as they lead the table after 12 games, but hadn't won since and had now dropped to 5th.

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    In the Champions’ League Vejle were pushed hard back at Anfield in match 4, but they thrived going forward, especially in the right side, where right back Gundelund performed two assists. The first found Jordão to 1-0, and after Tonali and Jovic's equalizer, Gundelund’s second assist found new forward Németh, who showed terrific heading ability – a true forward’s goal in the box.



    Liverpool eventually equalized to 2-2 in the 90th minute, and I couldn't decide whether this was fair or not. It definitely was in terms of chances and possession, but on the other hand goalscorer Jeremie Frimpong really should have been sent off after a dreadful challenge previously in the game. No goals were scored at home vs Benfica, and as Milan beat Liverpool, Vejle would advance from the group, unless they lost to Milan, while Benfica beat Liverpool in the final game. With both Milan and Benfica in front on the final day, Vejle did appear to get a 3rd place finish for a while, but Liverpool had 1-1 at half time and eventually won 4-2, ending Benfica's chance to catch up with Vejle, as well as their entire European season. Frederik Madsen eventually equalized in the 92nd minute, but Vejle would still have advanced in 2nd place, had they lost the game. No games are played in the next two months, so the next challenge will be the Round of 16 vs Inter, who advance with maximum points from their group with PSG, Club Brugge and Lokomotiv Moscow. Having already played Lazio, Roma, Atalanta, Juventus and Milan in the past European campaigns, why not add Inter to that list of Italian opponents.

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  • Chyp2075
    182 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    Here we go again, another round of CL2.
    I see you've caught up in the league, only 5 points away now. Do you like your chances or feel like this year might be theirs?
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    Chyp2075 wrote: »
    Here we go again, another round of CL2.
    I see you've caught up in the league, only 5 points away now. Do you like your chances or feel like this year might be theirs?

    I wouldn't be too upset, if one of the other teams take it this time. That will also only make it sweeter to bounce back next season, I think. But still I'll go for it, and we'll see what happens.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    April 24th 2028 - halfway through Championship Round

    Before the January Transfer Window Vejle’s squad had been a bit unbalanced, with six forwards fighting for two spots, while often being too thin in midfield. Especially since Arbnor Mucolli and Frederik Madsen have both underperformed this season. So the only business of the window was letting Magnus Warming leave for Blackburn on a two year loan, while replacing him with a £1,7m CM from Sweden, 22 year old Nikolaj Svensson. He arrived from Hammarby for £1,5m plus a £325k youth player I was never going to use anyway. And he’s signed as a squad rotation player despite being the 4th most expensive arrival in the club’s history. Speaking of record transfers, Alexander Sørloth’s 10 year old transfer from Midtjylland to Crystal Palace was still the biggest the league had ever seen. But three January transfers changed that, as København and Midtjylland seemed to sell out. And with Bisseck leaving AGF as well, four top ten departures left the league without being replaced during the window.

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    Svensson had a great start, assisting a goal in each of his first two games, while opening the score in his third. And Vejle won 4 of the last 5 league games in the regular season, qualifying for the Championship Round in 2nd, only one point after league leaders FC København. They don't really seem to struggle from their big January departures, leading the table and reaching the semi final of both the Conference League and the Danish Cup.

    Meanwhile the Champions’ League Round of 16 took place, and Inter’s Thomas Müller-regen (I think) in front, Rathmann, seemingly decided to sell out his teammates with a reckless challenge and straight red card after only 16 minutes at Vejle Stadion. Frederik Madsen then broke out of his disappointing spell and scored after 20, before he assisted Dadashov after 29 minutes, causing a 2-0 win. Perhaps Vejle should have invested in one more goal at home, 'cause they were under heavy pressure at San Siro. Veteran Verratti proved a handful for the defenders, and he assisted Lautaro Martínez’ opener, before he scored to 2-0 himself. Donis equalized just before half time, but a long shot from Lucien Agoumé eventually took the game to extra time with 3-3 on aggregate. And while Madsen had orchestrated the win in the first leg, Mucolli did the same in the extra time of the second. First he assisted Dadashov in the last seconds of the first 15, and then he assisted Donis to 3-3, 5-3 on aggregate, in the 117th - after a period with heavy pressure from the hosts.

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    Vejle’s attraction to play Italian teams continued in the Quarter Final vs AC Milan, who were celebrating the 1 year anniversary of eliminating Vejle in last season’s Quarter Final, before winning the competition later on. Adeyemi had scored a hattrick back then, and he also opened the score in Vejle. Dadashov equalized to 1-1 though, before he also assisted Donis’ opener in the second leg at San Siro. Donis later assisted young Tobias Bach to 2-0, before Julián Álvarez made it 2-1, 3-2 on aggregate. So Vejle are now in the Semi Final along with Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid, scheduled to play the latter.

    In the league’s Championship Round, Vejle started with a win in Aalborg and took back the top spot, as FC København lost to FCM. Academy graduates Bach and Simonsen combined for a 93rd minute winner next vs AGF, before winning 4-0 away in Midtjylland. Here Mucolli (finally!) scored his first goal of the season, while Uhre scored a hattrick and reached 29 Superliga goals this season, 120 all time, tying Mikael Ishak’s tally, the 6th highest ever. With one more goal he’ll also tie his record for most in a season, while the record 4th golden boot is pretty much his already. He didn’t score in the next two games though, 1-1 vs Brøndby and a 3-0 defeat in Copenhagen, who truly deserved the win with 12 shots against Vejle’s 4.

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    A few days before the two clubs had clashed on the same pitch in the Cup semi final, this time with a better outcome for Vejle, who scored late to win 2-1 and advance to the Cup final vs FC Nordsjælland. So five league games remain, one cup final, and most importantly the Champions’ League Semi Final vs Real Madrid.
  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    June 15th 2028 – end of 2027/28 season

    In Vejle the home team unfortunately lost the first UCL semi final 3-0 to Real Madrid. Ousmane Dembélé scored a brace, and a young French forward, Langlois (Benzema regen perhaps?), scored the third. And hadn’t it been for Johansson’s heroic saves in goal, it could easily have been even worse for Vejle against a much better opponent. At Bernabeu however, Vejle went to half time with a 1-0 lead, as Donis set up Dadashov to score. Later Donis scored himself, as the second half had only begun, so now the visitors only needed one more goal to take it to extra time. Unfortunately Locatelli brought one back at the hour mark, before Langlois equalized ten minutes later, and suddenly it was an uphill battle once again. In the end Anastasios Donis scored his 10th Champions’ League goal this season, as Vejle won 3-2 in Madrid. And the Greece international was not only named man of the match. He also became joint top scorer in the competition and runner-up in terms of most assists, thus also winning the Player of the Tournament award. Real Madrid eventually lost the final to Bayern, and Vejle’s progress has now included them in the top 15 in Europe across the last five seasons:

    UEFA Club Coefficient Points last 5 seasons, top 15:

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    It’s also worth a mention that Vejle arrived for the second leg with three consecutive defeats, losing 3-0 vs both FC København and Real Madrid, before losing 2-1 at home vs FC Midtjylland. Mikael Uhre had scored a hattrick the last time Vejle played them, but he hadn’t scored since, and unfortunately he had another anonymous game vs FCM. In stead another retiring player took the shine, Pione Sisto, who scored both FCM goals and made himself the joint 10th most scoring in Superliga history, while he also ends his career as number 8 in terms of assists. I guess it's a silver lining from not making it in La Liga. Mikael Uhre was back with a brace in the next game in Aarhus, breaking the previous league record for most goals in a season. And with another brace in match 30 vs AaB he ended the season with a league record 33 goals, winning the golden boot a record 4th time, while also making himself the joint 5th most scoring player in Superliga history.

    Most Superliga Goals All Time:

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    Vejle also appeared in this season’s cup final, which they won 2-1, conceding the lone FC Nordsjælland goal into 4 minutes of injury time. So you could say that the win was never really in doubt, but stats suggest that FCN should have got more from the game: 12 shots against Vejle’s 5, 3,9 xG vs Vejle’s 2,4 and 6 corners against only one for the now 9 time winners of the competition, tied with AGF and Brøndby to have the most Danish Cup titles in history.

    Two league games still remained, home vs FC København and away vs Brøndby. The match 31 visitors lead the table with one point before the game, so a win for them would give them the title, and they were handed a great opportunity with a 54th minute penalty, given away by right back Gundelund. But Isák Johannesson’s attempt was saved by Viktor Johansson, and the game remained goalless for a while. Ten minutes later a struggling Uhre went out, being replaced by András Németh, who only took 5 minutes to steal the win, while the penalty culprit Gundelund redeemed himself with the assist. And I guess “steal” is the correct word, as the visitors had double the amount of shots than Vejle. So with a 2 points lead and a better goal difference in the Championship Round, a draw at Brøndby Stadion in the final league game of the season would most likely be enough to take a 5th consecutive league title. But this time Vejle did concede from Morten Frendrup’s 11th minute opener, and the visitors initially failed to respond in a pretty even game, which was 50/50 in all aspects really. Mikael Uhre also had himself another off-night, but still it was quite memorable to see him leave the pitch for the last time with both sets of fans cheering him, as he’d performed great for both clubs, winning two golden boots and two league titles with each. And it didn't end with a defeat anyway, as Németh once again came on to make an immediate impact. After only five minutes on, he’d already assisted Ebbe Simonsen’s equalizer, and with 1-1 Vejle sealed a 5th consecutive league title, this time only due to a better goal difference.

    Only concern at the moment is midfielders Frederik Madsen and Arbnor Mucolli having failed to perform at the level we were otherwise getting quite accustomed to. Hopefully they’ll raise their game in the new season, which Mucolli will enter with the 5th most first team appearances for the club. So on the positive side it’s unlikely that any of them will be sold now, as they’d surely get a chance to revive their Vejle form before an eventual transfer away. Another perhaps upsetting news was the fact the FC København made it to the final of the Conference League, losing 3-2 to FC Basel. With Brøndby being runners-up in the Europa League last season, surely Vejle's next ambition is to be the third Danish club to reach a European final. And perhaps even be the first to win one.

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  • Steffolovitch
    1061 posts Professional
    September 28th 2028 – start of 2028/29 season

    A new season began, and first order of business was the signing of a crucial midfielder, as ordered by the board. One such was found in the 24 year old Yasin Ayari, who arrived from AIK for £2,2M plus a £130K Swedish youth player with no future in VB. Despite being Vejle’s most expensive signing ever, it was still quite a bargain for the £2,6M Ayari, who was also a target in January, but was valued too highly by the Swedish club back then. Late in the window a second signing arrived, this time a forward, since Uhre had retired and Németh was out with an injury. So welcome to the 27 year old Alou Kuol, who has been on the club’s radar for several years. But having been released by VfB Stuttgart along the way, he could now be acquired for free. It also feels right not to spend too much on a presumed backup, since the club already have three crucial forwards, who along with captain Sarpei are also the highest earners in the club with £10,000 a week (my self-issued wage limit).

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    Vejle started the season with a draw in Aarhus, coming back to 1-1 after being behind at first. 9 league wins followed, two with 6-0, one with 4-0 and three with 3-0, conceding only 4 goals from the first 10 games. Brøndby seem to keep up just fine, currently making it a two-horse race for the title. Meanwhile FC København are struggling, but they’ve also continued their massive garage sale from the January window, this time selling Victor Kristiansen for £26,1M and Isák Bergmann Johannesson for a staggering £38,4M, both above the previous record for most expensive departure from the Superliga. They have qualified for the Champions League group though, despite selling out expensively and not spending anything replacing them.

    Vejle also qualified to the group stage, even though they were pinned down by Rangers in both legs of the UCL Playoff Round. Despite losing in all stats except goals, Vejle had an easy run to the Rangers goal, every time they won the ball from the Scots. And a 5-1 win on aggregate eventually saw the Danes advance to a 5th consecutive Champions League group stage. As it was the case in the league, Vejle also conceded first in the UCL Group and salvaged a point with 1-1 at the beautiful Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The second match was played at home vs Man City, who really deserved the win, but didn’t nearly dominate enough to justify the 4-0 win. Fábio Silva's opener was well played from the right wing, and the 2nd from Ferran Torres was a true wordie, a top corner finish from outside the box. The last two were awful to concede though, from Goretzka and Lodi respectively. But the group is still open, and Vejle will play RB Leipzig in the next two games. The German side has started the group stage with two draws, but having won their 2nd ever Bundesliga title only a few months ago, the Red Bull side should not be underestimated.
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