Aalesunds FK

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Aalesund
Aalesund FK logo
Full name Aalesunds Fotballklubb
Nickname(s) Tangotrøyene (Tangoshirts), Tango, De oransje og blå (Orange and blue)
Short name AaFK
Founded 25 June 1914 (100 years ago) (1914-06-25)
Ground Color Line Stadion
Ålesund
Ground Capacity 10,778
Chairman Kjell Tennfjord
Manager Jan Jönsson
League Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen, 4th

Aalesunds Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football club from the city of Ålesund, currently playing in the Norwegian Premier League. The club was founded on 25 June 1914. As of 2004, the football club had 835 members and several teams on both professional and amateur levels. These teams are the 1st and 2nd teams, junior team, and also several age-specific teams.

Aalesunds F.K. played their home matches at Kråmyra Stadium until the 2005 season, when they relocated to the new Color Line Stadium with an approximate capacity of 11,000 people. Boosted by the new stadium, recent success and general increasing attendance in Norway, Aalesund has gone from attracting crowds of approximately 1,000 to regularly selling out their stadium [1] in only a few years. Their average attendance of 9,943 in Adeccoligaen 2006 became the new record for attendances at the second tier of the Norwegian league system.

The local supporter club for AaFK is called "Stormen", or "The Storm", with about 2000 members.

In 2009 the club won the Norwegian Cup for the first time in its history. They beat rival Molde FK in the Final, and thereby qualified for participation in the UEFA Europa League. Aalesund also won the 2011 Cup Final, where they beat SK Brann.

Achievements[edit]

Famous former players[edit]

Aalesund, Liverpool, Roma, Fulham and Norway player John Arne Riise started his career in the club, as did his younger brother Bjørn Helge Riise, and currently plays for Fulham FC in London, England.

Manchester United goalkeeper and Denmark international Anders Lindegaard played two seasons for the club, in which he won the Norwegian Cup, and made his debut for the Denmark national team

Jonathan Parr played for Crystal Palace F.C., and he currently plays for the Norwegian national team.

The club also has several national players for countries such as Finland, Costa Rica, Estonia and Jamaica.

Tor Hogne Aarøy played for the club for nearly a decade (2001–2011), and is famous for being the tallest outfield football player in the world, standing at approximately 2.04 m (6 ft 8 12 in) tall. Aarøy now plays for JEF United in Japan.

Former player and manager Bobby Gould was once signed for the club, but never played because he got signed by Hereford United.

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2001 1. Divisjon 6 30 13 8 9 65 51 47 Third round
2002 1. Divisjon promoted 2 30 19 7 4 77 26 64 Semifinal Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2003 Tippeligaen relegated 13 26 7 7 12 30 33 28 Quarterfinal Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2004 1. Divisjon promoted 2 30 21 1 8 67 36 64 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen relegated 13 26 6 9 11 30 42 27 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2006 1. Divisjon promoted 2 30 17 9 4 71 35 60 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2007 Tippeligaen 11 26 9 3 14 49 56 30 Fourth round
2008 Tippeligaen 13 26 7 4 15 29 42 25 Fourth round
2009 Tippeligaen 13 30 9 9 12 34 43 36 Winner
2010 Tippeligaen 4 30 14 5 11 46 37 47 Third round Europa League Third qualifying round
2011 Tippeligaen 9 30 12 7 11 36 38 43 Winner Europa League Play-off round
2012 Tippeligaen 11 30 9 11 10 40 41 38 Fourth round Europa League Third qualifying round
2013 Tippeligaen 4 30 14 7 9 55 44 49 Third round
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European record[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Q3 Scotland Motherwell 1–1 0–3 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q1 Wales Neath 4–1 2–0 6–1
Q2 Hungary Ferencváros 3–1(aet) 1–2 4–3
Q3 Sweden Elfsborg 4–0 1–1 5–1
Play-off Netherlands AZ 2–1 0–6 2–7
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Q2 Albania Tirana 5–0 1–1 6–1
Q3 Cyprus APOEL 0–1 1–2 1–3

Rivalries[edit]

Rival football clubs in the city include Herd, Rollon, Skarbøvik and Spjelkavik, with Molde and Hødd traditionally being the main regional rivals. Hødd has been less competitive with AaFK in recent years, as they have not been in the same division for some time. More recent rivalries have centred around Molde and Strømsgodset, and to some extent Brann.

The club's supporters enjoy a good relationship with supporters of Oslo club Vålerenga, and it is not uncommon for supporters of one club to support the other in competitions where only one team participates. In the 2011 game against Neath in Wales, some supporters of 2010's Europa League opponents Motherwell also made their way to support the club.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Norway GK Andreas Lie
2 Nigeria DF Akeem Latifu
4 Norway DF Jonatan Tollås
5 Norway DF Oddbjørn Lie
6 Sweden DF Mikael Dyrestam
7 Finland MF Sakari Mattila
8 Norway MF Fredrik Carlsen
10 Norway MF Peter Orry Larsen
11 Jamaica FW Tramaine Stewart
13 Norway GK Sten Grytebust
14 Nigeria MF Leke James
15 Sweden DF Daniel Arnefjord
No. Position Player
16 Norway DF Hugues Wembangomo
17 Jamaica MF Demar Phillips
18 Norway FW Christian Myklebust
19 Norway FW Tor Hogne Aarøy
22 Norway DF Jo Nymo Matland
23 Norway MF Fredrik Ulvestad
31 Costa Rica MF Michael Barrantes
34 Norway DF Izatullah Ahmadzai
35 Norway MF Henrik Bjørdal
36 Norway MF Thomas Martinussen
37 Norway FW Torbjørn Grytten

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2011–12 and transfers summer 2012.

Players on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Jan Jönsson (Head coach)
  • Kent Bergersen (Assistant coach)
  • Frank Mathiesen (Goalkeeper coach)
  • Inge Liavaag (Physical trainer)
  • Frode Fagermo (Youth team trainer)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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