Brondby IF is a Danish football club based in the town of Brondby. They currently feature in the Danish Superliga and are one of the most successful and well known clubs of Denmark, having won the Danish championship ten times and the Danish Cup five times.
Brondby IF were established in 1964 as an amateur club and started playing in the sixth tier of Danish football. In 1973 Finn Laudrup became the club’s head coach and joined his brother-in-law Ebbe Skovdahl in the Brondby team, and also brought his two young sons Brian and Michael Laudrup with him to the club.
In 1977 Brondby reached the Danish second division and turned professional. In 1982 they gained promotion to the Danish top flight and made First Division debut, Michael Laudrup scoring two goals in the match. That season Brondby finished fourth in the table and was adjudged the Danish Player of the Year.
In 1985 Brondby won their first Danish championship and featured in the European Cup in 1986 for the first time in their history. In 1986 they became the first Danish club of fully professionals when ten players were signed full time; the club was floated at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in 1987.
The 1980s and early 1990s saw Brondby dominate Danish football and feature players such as John Jensen and Peter Schmeichel. They reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in the 1990-1991 season. But they went on the slide down the hill soon after that but the team was rebuilt in the mid 1990s and they went onto win three Danish championships in a row. They also became the first Danish club to qualify for the reformed European Cup, the UEFA Champions League.
In 2000 the Brondby stadium was expanded from a 20,000 to a 29,000 capacity, making it the second largest stadium in Denmark.
In 2002-2003 Michael Laudrup returned to Brondby as a manager and won the Danish championship and the Danish Cup in the 2004-2005 season. Brondby soon went into a period of doldrums but soon returned to their best and are now again one of the most feared teams in Denmark.
Brondby play their home matches at the Brondby Stadion and bear the nickname “The lads from the Western outskirts.”
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