Capital: Copenhagen Population: 5.3 million Currency: Krone Official Language: Danish Borders: Germany (South). The opening of the Oresund Bridge to the east now means there is a tenuous border with Sweden GNP per Capita: $34,890 (5th in world) Main Airport: Kastrup - Copenhagen
The most southerly country in Scandanavia, Denmark occupies the Jutland peninsula and more than 400 other smaller islands. Its terrain is one of the flattest in the world. Denmark also own the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. It posseses a very liberal and forward thinking. The summer's can be beautiful.
For a more detailed view on where the top clubs play in Denmark, go to Footiemap.com to view a comprehensive Danish football map.
The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest league of football (soccer) in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year.
Left - Randers FC Essex Park Stadium
Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is the main sponsor of the Superliga, and the official name of the tournament is SAS Ligaen.Since the 2000-01 season, the competition has been dominated by F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby IF who have taken turns finishing champions and runners up.
Left - Viborg Stadium
Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark. From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating. The opening Superliga season was played during the spring of 1991, with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years.
The 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, and the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season.
Above - Farum Park home of recently promoted FC Nordsjaelland
This practice was abandoned before the 1995-96 season, when the number of teams competing were increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season. For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, which was then named Coca-Cola Ligaen.
After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001-02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) became the head sponsor, and the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen.Since 1996, 12 clubs have played in the league, playing each other thrice. Left - SAS Arena Midtjylland FC
Each team meets each one of the other teams one time at home, one time away, plus one more time home or away dependent of the clubs placement in the previous season. The two teams with the fewest points are relegated to the Danish 1st Division.
The Danish champion will play in the UEFA Champions League in the upcoming season where they will start in the 2nd qualifying round. The runner-up will play the UEFA Cup along with the winner of the Danish Cup. Both teams will start in the 2nd qualifying round.
Above - Lygnby's Stadium which will see 2nd tier football again this season.
The third-placed team will play in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the upcoming season and will start in the 2nd round. Teams finishing 1st to 4th are all qualified for the Royal League, although this was postponed in 2007 due to a row over the share of TV money.
In 2007/08 the league was won by Aab Aalborg, who rpoved all of their critics wrong when they said that they could not hold onto their Christmas break lead. In second place came FC Midtylland who will play in the UEFA Cup along with FC Kopenhavn next season. Also joining them are Brondby who despite a very poor 9th place finish, won the Danish cup by beating Esbjerg. Lyngby and Viborg were relegated and they will be replaced by Vejle BK and Sonderjyske.
Last season AaB Aalborg overcame some tricky qualifying ties to reach the Champions League Group Stage where they played Manchester United, Celtic and Villarreal.
In the UEFA Cup, FCK, Brondby and Nordjaelland all made it through the qualifying stages and will hope to overcome one last hurdle before making the group stages. FC Midtylland were desperately unlucky to lose out on penalties to Manchester City in round 2.
The teams in the 2009/10 SAS La Liga are:-
Team Stadium Capacity F.C. Copenhagen Parken Stadium 42,358 Brøndby IF Brøndby Stadium 29,000 AGF NRGi Park 20,200 AaB Aalborg Stadion 16,000 OB Odense Fionia Park 15,761 Esbjerg fB Blue Water Arena 13,282 Randers FC Essex Park Randers 12,000 FC Midtjylland SAS Arena 11,809 Sonderjske Hardersley FB Stad 10,000 FC Nordsjælland Farum Park 10,000 Silkeborg IF Silkeborg Stadion 8,500 HB Koge Herfolge Stadion 8,000
FCK won a much closer league title this season, beating Brondby 4-0 on the penultimate day to take the championship. They also won the Cup, beating Esbjerg 1-0 in the final. Jutland lost two of its smaller teams in Horsens and Velje as they were relegated, replaced by perennial yo-yo club Silkeborg, and HB Koge who play around 30 minutes outside Copenhagen.