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Season review: Denmark

Published: Monday 1 June 2009, 17.45CET
FC København saw off a fierce challenge from Odense BK to claim back the title from Aalborg BK, who Ståle Solbakken's side also beat to win the Danish Cup as they completed the double for the second time in five years.
by Peter Bruun
from Copenhagen
Season review: Denmark
Ståle Solbakken's FCK completed the double ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 1 June 2009, 17.45CET

Season review: Denmark

FC København saw off a fierce challenge from Odense BK to claim back the title from Aalborg BK, who Ståle Solbakken's side also beat to win the Danish Cup as they completed the double for the second time in five years.

FC København claimed the title from Aalborg BK to complete a second double in five years, while the Danish Superliga will continue to be a 12-team, 33-round competition despite discussions about extending the season and introducing a championship play-off.

Champions: FC København
FCK clinched the title for the sixth time in nine seasons with a game to spare to end the challenge of Odense BK. Ståle Solbakken's side racked up 74 points out of a possible 99.

Cup final: FC København 1-0 Aalborg BK
Prior to wrapping up the championship, FCK lifted the cup at their own Parken Stadium with a goal from midfielder William Kvist on 31 minutes. Consolation for the deposed champions came with a European place despite finishing seventh in the league, and a man of the match award for Thomas Augustinussen.

European places:
FC København – UEFA Champions League, second qualifying round
Odensk BK – UEFA Europa League, third qualifying round
Brøndby IF – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round
Aalborg BK – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round
Randers FC – UEFA Europa League (Fair Play winner), first qualifying round

One to watch: Peter Utaka (Odense BK)
A lot of people in Danish football were concerned about OB's fate when Djiby Fall joined FC Lokomotiv Moskva in January but Utaka, a summer arrival from R. Antwerp FC, proved up to the challenge and blossomed in the spring.

Surprise package: AGF Århus
Considered to be among the candidates for relegation, a struggle to which they have become familiar in recent years, AGF surprised many people by finishing sixth.

Leading scorer: Marc Nygaard, Randers FC (16 goals)

Quote
"We won the matches which were important to win – such as the matches against Brøndby. We also won the cup final, so we proved that we have a winner's heart. I hope we can keep our squad together and that some of the players contribute even more in the future."
FCK coach Ståle Solbakken.

Last updated: 20/07/09 12.43CET

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