DBU wants more home-grown talents in the Superliga – The Post

DBU wants more home-grown talents in the Superliga

Too many average foreign players playing in Denmark’s top league, contends association

Give us a chance clubs! (photo: DBU)
February 2nd, 2017 4:12 pm| by Christian W

The Danish football association, the DBU, wants to see more talented Danish youngsters get match time in the Superliga and is considering a ‘carrot or stick’ concept.

DBU’s head of talent development, Flemming Berg, argues that Danish talents should be given more opportunities to play first-team football.

“We need to do something. As it currently stands, we still see many mediocre foreign players coming to the Superliga and taking the spots from our own talent,” Berg told Bold.dk.

“It’s an unfortunate development in Danish football, and it means we also need to consider if a ‘carrot or stick’ concept can change that.”

One of the options being investigated by the DBU is distributing part of the TV revenue money given to the clubs based on how many young Danish players clubs use in matches.

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Transfer time
In related news, there was plenty of transfer action involving the Superliga and Danes playing abroad during the recently-closed winter transfer window.

Some of the more significant deals included Superliga leaders FC Copenhagen selling inspirational captain Thomas Delaney to Werder Bremen, while chasing rivals Brøndby and FC Midtjylland have both brought in more firepower in an attempt to bridge the gap.

Among the bigger deals involving clubs abroad, Brøndby has sold Andrew Hjulsager to Celta Vigo, FCM has offloaded Patrick Banggaard to Darmstadt, and Randers has shifted Mikael Ishak to Nüremburg.

The complete Superliga transfer action:

FC Copenhagen

Uros Matic (SK Sturm Graz)

Nicolaj Thomsen (Nantes)


Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)

Per Nilsson (End of career)

Frederik Bay (FC Helsingør, loan)

Brøndby IF

Paulus Arajuuri (Lech Poznan)

Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg)

Kevin Mensah (Esbjerg)

Joel Kabongo (youth ranks)

Jakob Pryts Larsen (youth ranks)

Gregor Sikošek (FC Koper)

Zsolt Kálmar (RB Leipzig – loan)


Daniel Stückler (HB Køge)

Martin Albrechtsen (AC Horsens)

Mads Toppel (retired)

Patrick da Silva (Nordsjælland)

Elbasan Rashani (Rosenborg)

Ariel Nuñez (free transfer)

Suk-Young Yun (free transfer)

Christian ‘Greko’ Jakobsen (SønderjyskE)

Jacob Pryts Larsen (Næstved – loan)

Marcos Ureña (San José Earthquakes)

Andrew Hjulsager (Celta Vigo)

FC Midtjylland

Simon Kroon (SønderjyskE)

Janus Drachmann (SønderjyskE)

Marc Dal Hende (SønderjyskE)


Marco Larsen (HB Køge)

Martin Pusic (Sparta Rotterdam, loan)

Patrick Banggaard (Darmstadt)

Kristoffer Olsson (AIK Stokholm)

Anders Hagelskjær (Skive IK)

Jákup Thomsen (Skive IK)

Randers FC

Lucas Haren (HIK)

Marcus Mølvadgaard (youth ranks)

Sam Lundholm (NEC Nijmegen)

Nikola Djurdjic (Partizan)


Marko Mitrovic (SønderjyskE)

Edgar Babayan (Hobro IK)

Mikael Ishak (Nürnberg)

Mandla Masango (Supersport United FC, loan)

Lyngby BK


Frederik Gytkjær (FK Haugesund)

Philip Rasmussen (Oklahoma City)

Jesper Blicher (free transfer)

Mads Nordam (Fremad Amager)

Mads Gabel (Fremad Amager)


Simon Poulsen (PSV Eindhoven)

Teit Jacobsen (HB Tórshavn)

Marko Mitrovic (Randers FC)

Jeppe Simonsen (HB Køge)

Silas Songani (FC Sydvest)

Christian ‘Greko’ Jakobsen (Brøndby)

Eggert Jonsson (Fleetwood Town FC)

Nicholas Marfelt (FC Helsingør)

Patrick Born (Middelfart)


Tommy Bechmann (retired)

Emmanuel Okwi (free transfer)

Erik Nissen (Kolding IF)

Simon Kroon (FC Midtjylland)

Janus Drachmann (FC Midtjylland)

Marc Dal Hende (FC Midtjylland)

AC Horsens

Mikkel Qvist (IF Lyseng)

Martin Albrechtsen (Brøndby IF)

Elfar Freyr Helgason (Breidablik)

Steve Clark (Columbus Crew)


Doneil Ashley Henry (West Ham United)

Jacob Berthelsen (free transfer)

Patryk Wolanski (free transfer)


Jakub Sylvestr (FC Nürnberg)

Ivan Lucic (Bristol City)


Carsten Christensen (retired)

Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF)

FC Nordsjælland

Patrick da Silva (Brøndby IF)

Zackarias Faour (Manchester City, loan)


Dominic Oduro (Seattle Sounders)

Silkeborg IF

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)


Marcus Solberg (Fjölnir)

Nicolaj Køhlert (Valur Reykjavik)

Kristian Fæste (retired)

Martin Thomsen (free transfer)

Niels Bisp (free transfer)

Emil Lyng (free transfer)


Mikkel Rask (Viborg)


Anthony J. Soares (retired)

Esbjerg fB

Georgios Katsikas (Twente)

Konstantin Tsimikas (Olympiakos)

Otar Kakabadze (Gimnástic)

Budu Zivzivadze (FC Samtredia)

Emmanuel Oti Essigba (S.C Braga)


Ryan Laursen (OB)

Bjørn Paulsen (Hammarby)

Casper Nielsen (OB)

Kevin Mensah (Brøndby IF)

Leon Jessen (retired)

Daniel Stenderup (free transfer)

OB Odense

Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg fB)

Casper Nielsen (Esbjerg fB)

Kristian Weber (youth ranks)


Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United)

Mohamed El Makrini (Roda JC)

Hasan Kurucay (free transfer)

Viborg FF

Walter Viitala (IFK Mariehamn)

Mate Vatsadze (Lokomotivi Tbilisi)

Baba Mensah (Inter Allies)

Erik Moberg (Örebro SK)

Alexander Jakobsen (FK Bodø/Glimt)


Mikkel Rask (AGF)

Donny Gorter (free transfer)