|Nickname||Stockholms stolthet ("The pride of Stockholm")|
|Founded||12 March 1891|
|Stadium||Tele2 Arena (association football), Hovet (ice hockey), Spånga IP (bandy)|
|Colours||blue, yellow, red|
|Official fan club||Järnkaminerna|
Djurgårdens Idrottsförening, usually shortened as Djurgårdens IF – commonly known as Djurgården ([ˈjʉːr.ˈɡoːɖɛn] or informally Djurgår'n [ˈjʉː(r)ɡɔɳ]); abbreviated as DIF ([diːf]) – is a Swedish sports club with several departments, located in Stockholm. The club is named after the city park Djurgården, which originally was a Royal Hunting Park. A direct translation would be “Deergarden” or “Animalgarden”. The word “Djur” means animal but has the same derivation as the word “Deer”. “Idrottsförening” means “Sports Club” or “Sports Association”.
The club was founded in 1891 by a group of young athletes living on the royal island Djurgården in central Stockholm. With an original focus on winter sports and athletics, the club quickly branched into other sports, becoming one of Sweden's most successful sports clubs of the 20th and 21st century. The club started playing association football in 1899 and soon started a derby rivalry with neighbouring club AIK, the so-called tvillingderbyt.
Today the most popular sections are ice hockey and football, with 16 and 11 Swedish national championship titles respectively. Other popular sections are bandy, handball and floorball. The club has won 418 Swedish championships through 2011.
Logo and colours
The first logo of the club was a four pointed silver star in saltire, which had a shield on it with the letters DIF. This star pre-dates the similar star which Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna adopted and is using to this day. The present logo in the form of a shield in yellow, red and blue with the text D.I.F. was adopted in 1896. According to an often quoted poem by Johan af Klercker from 1908, blue and yellow stand for Sweden and red stands for love. Blue and yellow are also the colours of Stockholm.
Yellow, red and blue are the club colours. The logo is registered as a trademark and the colours are set to Pantone, CMYK and web colour values. In many sports – among them football, bandy and handball – the home jersey of the team is vertically striped in light and dark blue. Because of this, blue is usually seen as the most important of the three colours. The ice hockey team uses jerseys in one blue shade with yellow and red details.
Djurgårdens IF has a number of member departments, all of which legally are their own clubs with their own financial and sporting responsibilities but share the common name, logo and values and support each other.
- Djurgårdens IF Alpint – alpine skiing
- Djurgårdens IF Amerikansk fotboll – American football
- Djurgårdens IF Bandy – bandy
- Djurgårdens IF Bordtennisförening – table tennis
- Djurgårdens IF Boule – boule
- Djurgårdens IF Bowling – bowling
- Djurgårdens IF Boxningsförening – boxing
- Djurgårdens IF Brottningsförening – wrestling
- Djurgårdens IF Dam – women's football
- Djurgårdens IF Friidrott – athletics
- Djurgårdens IF Fäktförening – fencing
- Djurgårdens IF Golfförening – golf
- Djurgårdens IF Handboll – handball
- Djurgårdens IF Handikappfotboll – handicap football
- Djurgårdens IF Innebandy – floorball
- Djurgårdens IF Konståkningsförening – figure skating
- Djurgårdens IF Orienteringsförening - orienteering
Fans and fan culture
While the club has a considerable fan base all over Sweden, the strongest concentration of Djurgården fans is found in the affluent urban districts of Östermalm and Vasastan (eastern and northern parts of the inner city) and in many of the suburbs of the nation's capital. In 1981 the main supporter club "Blue Saints" was formed, but due to its notorious fans and their bad reputation, the supporter club changed its name to Järnkaminerna, literally "The Iron Furnices" (an old nickname for Djurgården from the 1950s). Since 2005, Fabriken is Djurgården's TIFO group; they have two ultras groups: UCS (Ultra caos Stockholm) and Ultras Sthlm.
Through the years, many types of souvenirs and memorabilia has been made for the club. Stuffed toys in the form of a rabbit called Järnkanin ("Iron Rabbit") are sold, the name a pun on the word Järnkamin.
A couple of beers have been created over the years. At present, Alberget 4A is sold for Djurgårdens IF. It is named for the address of the café where the club was founded. The beer was launched in 2013 and is sold through Djurgårdshjälpen, a supporter initiative to raise money for the sports club. Originally, the beer was called Alltid oavsett ("always, no matter what"), which is a slogan often used by supporters of Djurgårdens IF. The beer is a pale lager of 5.0% abv made by Grebbestad Bryggeri on behalf of Djurgårdshjälpen and is not part of Grebbestad Bryggeri's own range of beers.
Famous Djurgården supporters
- His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden
- Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden
- Olof Palme, former Prime Minister of Sweden
- Stefan Persson, former CEO of H&M
- Carl-Henric Svanberg, business leader
- Loa Falkman, opera singer
- Christer Fuglesang, astronaut, first Scandinavian in space
- Martin Soneby, Swedish comedian
Organisations in close cooperation
The following non-profit organisations are independent bu has a close official cooperation with Djurgårdens IF:
- DIF Supporters Club (stipends for young and promissing athlets etc.)
- Sällskapet Gamla Djurgårdare
- Djurgårdsandan (club values)
- DIF-arkivet (maintaining club history)
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- Jerker Dammbro (12 October 2009). "DIF-flagga 6500 meter över havet" (in Swedish). DIF Hockey: Blogg. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- Linus Norberg (5 September 2013). "Snart finns Djurgården – på Systembolaget" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
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- Robert Laul (27 July 2007). "Jag håller på Djurgården" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet Sportbladet. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Djurgården får stöd – från rymden" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2014.