From brink of extinction to signing Daniel Agger in less than two years

Daniel Agger

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has re-joined Brondby after nine years at Anfield. But this story has deep meaning for fans of the Danish club.

Daniel Agger has completed an astonishing move this week, leaving Champions League Liverpool for a return to boyhood club Brondby. Agger's move, at the age of 29, is a surprise considering the vast array of massive clubs that would have taken him on board - but he stated that he would never play for another team other than Liverpool and Brondby, and he meant it.

But behind this incredible transfer there is an even more incredible survival story. As Danish football took its winter break in December 2012 Brondby were a team in absolute chaos. Bottom of the Danish Superliga, in financial ruin and facing games behind closed doors - Brondby looked like being thrown on the scrapheap.

It was 20 games into the season and Brondby looked destined for relegation for the first time in their history, but it was events off the pitch that had more potentially grave consequences. Sponsorship issues and the collapse of one of their main financial supporters left them in crippling debt. Former director Jesper Nielsen was pursued for money he owed the club. The reality was this, they needed a takeover in the summer of May 2013 or they were going out of business.

What has happened since, is nothing short of a miraculous recovery. They scrambled clear of relegation in 2012-13, surviving by just five points and in May of 2013 a takeover was completed.

The club has since been sold once again and are now financially sound, and back where they belong, in the upper echelons of Danish football. They have a lucrative sponsorship deal with Bet25 and after finishing fourth last term, they are looking to push on in 2014-15 with the likes of Johan Elmander, Christian Norgaard, Thomas Kahlenberg and Daniel Agger all back at the club.

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They have won two and lost two of their first five games, as surprise packages Midtjylland and Hobro set the early pace in Denmark but with Agger now back at the club there is little doubt that Brondby will be challenging for the league title again this campaign - after a long ten year wait.

Their star player the last time they won the Danish league title in 2004-05, you guessed it, Daniel Agger. Brondby's long-suffering fans will be hoping history repeats itself.

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