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Djurgårdens IF
Full name Djurgårdens Idrottsförening
Nickname(s) Blåränderna (The Blue Stripes)
Järnkaminerna (The Iron Stoves)
Short name DIF
Founded 12 March 1891; 123 years ago (1891-03-12)
1899; 116 years ago (1899) (football department)
Ground Tele2 Arena, Stockholm
Ground Capacity 30,000
Chairman Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Head coach Per Olsson
League Allsvenskan
2014 Allsvenskan, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Djurgårdens IF Fotbollsförening (commonly known as Djurgården [ˈjʉːr.ˈɡoːɖɛn] or informally Djurgår'n [ˈjʉː(r)ɡɔɳ]; abbreviated Dif [diːf], often stylized as DIF ([diːf]) is the association football department of Djurgårdens IF and is based at Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov, Stockholm.

Formed in 1891, the club has 11 national championship titles and 4 national cup titles. Djurgården has won their Swedish championships during three eras. The first one occurred during the 1910s when the club won four championships, the second during the 1950s and 1960s with the same amount of championships. The latest era occurred in the first half of the 00s: they finished second in 2001, won Allsvenskan and the cup – Svenska Cupen – in 2002, Allsvenskan in 2003, and Svenska Cupen in 2004, before winning Allsvenskan for a third time in 2005. They currently play in the top Swedish tier, Allsvenskan. The club is affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund.[1]


A chart showing the progress of Djurgårdens IF through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

Djurgårdens IF was founded 12 March 1891 at a café in Alberget 4A on Djurgården. The first real football field in Stockholm was created in 1896 and Djurgårdens IF's football department was formed in 1899, with the help of former GAIS-player Teodor Andersson. The first real achievement was made in 1902 when the team finished second in the tournament Rosenska Pokalen. Just two years later, in 1904, the first Swedish Championship final of the club was played, ending in a defeat against Örgryte IS. The team finished second in three more finals before the first Championship victory came in 1912 after two draws in the final matches against Örgryte, and a replay which Djurgården won. The club won three more Swedish Championships in the early years, in 1915 against Örgryte, 1917 against AIK and 1920 against IK Sleipner. However, DIF never managed to win Svenska Serien, the top Swedish league of the period, before the club's first great era ended. Between 1911 and 1935, Tranebergs Idrottsplats was the homeground for Djurgården. For the 1912 Summer Olympics, Stockholms Stadion was built. It became Djurgården's home arena in 1936.

The club did not qualify for the first season of Allsvenskan, and only reached that league twice between 1924 and 1944, being directly relegated back down to Division 2 both times. The club did also play three seasons in the then third highest league, Division 3, between 1929 and 1932. From 1944 on, the club became a stable Allsvenskan club. In 1951, the team became runner-ups in Svenska Cupen after Malmö FF, this was the team's first Cup final. The second great era took place in the 1950s and 1960s, winning Allsvenskan four times during the period. In 1959, both the football team and Djurgårdens IF's hockey team won their respective Swedish Championships of Sweden's two most popular sports, a remarkable happening.

The 1970s saw no greater successes, with three third-places as the best results. The 1980s was not a good decade for the club, being relegated from Allsvenskan in 1981, and losing two promotion play-offs, before making a one year visit in the highest league in 1986, although DIF returned two years later, and stayed in Allsvenskan for five consecutive seasons, but had no greater success except losing the Championship final in 1988. The 1990s saw Djurgården being relegated from Allsvenskan no less than three times, and being promoted back two times. During this decade, the club suffered from great economical problems and was close to bankruptcy. The first half of the 2000s was a golden era for the club, with three championships (2002, 2003 and 2005) and three cup wins (2002, 2004 and 2005). This marked the end of the golden era for Djurgården which ended on sixth place in 2006. The club was one of the main contenders for the league championship in 2007, which ultimately lead to a third place. The results went downhill in 2008 and 2009; Djurgården ended up on 14th place in 2009, and had to play through a relegation playoff against Assyriska Föreningen to remain in Allsvenskan.

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham had a brief spell at Djurgården early in his career, as a 19-year-old loanee in 1985.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

See also: Järnkaminerna
Djurgården supporters during a Tvillingderby against AIK from the 2014 Allsvenskan season.

Although Djurgården's supporters have been organizing themselves since the late 40's, with the founding of DIF Supporters Club back in 1947, the 1970s saw singing supporter sections emerging which led to a new supporter club to be founded in 1981, named Blue Saints.[2][3] The supporter club later changed its name in 1997 to Järnkaminerna (lit. The Iron Stoves) since the old name was perceived to be associated with violence. Järnkaminerna is to this day Djurgården's Official Supporters Club with a membership of a few thousand. The 2000s saw the emergence and creation of independent ultras groups. The oldest active ultra group, Ultra Caos Stockholm, formed in 2003 is largely influenced by southern European supporter culture.[4] In 2005 a specific tifo-group known as Fabriken Stockholm was formed, taking over the role of creating tifos for the team's games, from the former, now abolished group; Ultras Stockholm, founded in the late 90's. In 2013 Fabriken Stockholm discontinued as the club's tifo-group and instead a more open and larger tifo-organization was started, headed by Ultra Caos Stockholm.

Djurgården's arch rivals are AIK due to several reasons. Djurgårdens IF and AIK were both founded in 1891, just three weeks apart. Because of this, games between the teams are called Tvillingderbyt (lit. The twin derby). Both teams are originally from Stockholm's city centre. With Djurgården residing in the north eastern borough of Östermalm and AIK now based to the north of the city in Solna municipality. Games between the two teams are very popular and draw large attendances. The games can often be heated occasions given the fact that there is a lot of animosity between both sets of supporters and can produce great atmospheres. They are also historically the biggest and most successful clubs from Stockholm, with 11 Swedish Championships each.

Hammarby IF is the other main rival, mostly because of the geographical proximity with Djurgården originating from the north eastern part of Stockholm and Hammarby from the south part of the city.


The home jersey is vertically striped in dark and light blue and the away shirt is striped in dark blue and red.

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Amadou Jawo wearing the 2014 Allsvenskan home shirt.
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1977-1979 Adidas None
1980 MasterCharge (payment card)
1981 Köpkort (payment card)
1982 None
1983 Atari (arcade game)
1984-1987 Året Runt
1988 QC Business Card
1989-1992 Mita Copiers (photocopiers)
1993 ICA (retailing corporate group)
1994-1996 Graphium (communication company)
1997 "Nej till våld och droger!"/No to violence and drugs!
1998 HP (technology company)
1999 Bewator (electronics company)
2000-2004 Kaffeknappen (coffee company)
2005-2012 ICA (retailing corporate group)
2013 Djurgårdsandan (social responsibility organization)
2014- Prioritet Finans (finance company)


Main article: Tele2 Arena
Tele2 Arena

Djurgården's primary stadium since 2013 is Tele2 Arena. The first match at the new arena was the 1-2 defeat to IFK Norrköping on 31 July 2013, with an attendance of 27,798 people, which also counts as Djurgården's record attendance on the arena.

Stockholms Stadion

Between 1936 and 2013, Djurgården's primary stadium was Stockholm Olympic Stadium, where the national league and cup games were played. The secondary stadium was Råsunda Stadium, where Stockholm derbies against AIK and Hammarby IF were played. The old Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, didn't fulfill UEFA's stadium requirements and therefore international cup games were also played at Råsunda. The club's record attendance at the Olympic Stadium is at least 21,995 against AIK on 16 August 1946.[5][B] Djurgården's record attendance at Råsunda is 48,894 against IFK Göteborg on 11 October 1959.[6]

The club's first stadium was Stockholms idrottspark where the club played from 1899 when the football department was founded until 1906 when the club moved to the newly built Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[7] Djurgården did not stay long at Östermalm, in August 1910 the club signed a 25 year contract with the Stockholm City Council to dispose of an area in Traneberg, a district west of the inner city, to build a stadium.[8] Tranebergs Idrottsplats was finished in October 1911 and inaugurated by Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf.[8] The contract expired in 1935, and the City Council intended to build a residential area where the stadium was situated. Djurgården therefore moved to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1936, where the club had played previously on several occasions since it was finished in 1912.[9]

The later half of the 1940s saw a significant increase in attendances, which led the club to play some games at the larger, more modern, Råsunda Stadium.[10][11] As Djurgården climbed in the league table in the beginning of the 1950s, all games were played at Råsunda.[11] The end of the 1960s saw a return to the Olympic stadium, and soon all games were played there, with the exception of derbies.[11]

The club's achievements in the early 2000s drew large attendances with led Djurgården to plan for a new stadium. The old 1912 Olympic Stadium also lacked modern facilities and individual seats. Along with political promises in 2006, Djurgården aimed for a rehaul of Stockholm Olympic Stadium and later an entirely new stadium at Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[12][13][14] These plans were abandoned in December 2011 due to the building costs exceeding the club's financial capabilities.[15] New stadium requirements from the Swedish Football Association also does not allow Djurgården to play at the Olympic Stadium after 2013.[16] Thus, the club board made the decision to move to Tele2 Arena for the 2013 season.[17]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 January 2015[18]

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

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Jesper Arvidsson
3 Sweden DF Fredrik Stenman (vice captain)
5 Sweden DF Stefan Karlsson
6 Sweden MF Alexander Faltsetas
7 Sweden MF Martin Broberg
8 Sweden MF Kevin Walker
9 Serbia MF Haris Radetinac
10 Norway MF Daniel Berntsen
11 Sweden FW Amadou Jawo
12 Norway GK Kenneth Høie
13 Sweden DF Emil Bergström (captain)
14 Sweden DF Elliot Käck
No. Position Player
15 The Gambia DF Omar Colley
16 Sweden FW Sebastian Andersson
17 Sweden DF Tim Björkström
18 Sweden MF Filip Tasić
19 Sweden MF Nahir Oyal
20 Liberia FW Sam Johnson
23 Sweden GK Hampus Nilsson
30 Sweden GK Oscar Jonsson
31 Sweden DF Kevin Deeromram
32 Sweden DF Michael Jahn
33 Sweden DF Jakob Glasberg
Sweden MF Jesper Karlström

Out on loan[edit]

As of 28 January 2015

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

No. Position Player
34 Sweden DF Frej Ersa Engberg (at IK Sirius until 8 January 2016)
No. Position Player
Sweden MF Tim Söderström (at Jönköpings Södra IF until 8 January 2016)

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15.

Retired numbers[edit]

1 – Fans of the club

Notable players[edit]

List criteria:

  • player has been named Allsvenskan Top Scorers of the year, or[19]
  • player has won Guldbollen, or[20]
  • player has been picked as one of the 12 players named as "DIF-heroes" at the official website.[21]

Listed according to when they debuted for Djurgårdens IF (year in parentheses):

Management and boardroom[edit]


It is not known for sure who was the team's manager until 1922, though it is believed that Birger Möller was in charge during a part of the club's first decades.[22] All managers are from Sweden unless otherwise stated.

Years[22] Manager[22] GP W D L P
1922 Scotland John Smith Maconnachie[23]
1923–29 Sweden Bertil Nordenskjöld[24] 108 51 20 37 122
1929–32 Samuel Lindqvist 60 44 9 7 97
1932–34 Sweden Rudolf Kock
Samuel Lindqvist
48 22 13 13 57
1935–44 Sweden Einar Svensson 172 86 33 53 205
1944–50 Sweden Per Kaufeldt 124 59 15 50 133
1950–54 Wales David Astley 88 37 20 31 94
1 July 1954 – 31 December 1955 England Frank Soo 22 14 5 3 33
1955–57 Kjell Cronqvist 44 21 9 14 51
1957–59 Hungary Lajos Szendrődi 44 20 17 7 57
1959 Birger Sandberg
Knut Hallberg
11 7 3 1 17
1960 England George Raynor 3 0 1 2 1
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1963 Austria Walter Probst 85 46 17 22 109
1 January 1964 – 31 December 1966 Sweden Torsten Lindberg 66 35 14 17 84
1967–71 Sweden Gösta Sandberg 110 51 30 29 132
1972–74 Spain Antonio Durán 74 30 18 26 78
1975–78 Sweden Bengt Persson 104 39 34 31 112
1979 England Alan Ball, Sr.[25] 0 0 0 0 0
1979 Sweden Gösta Sandberg
Sweden Lars Arnesson
26 7 8 11 22
1980–81 Norway Arve Mokkelbost 52 13 11 28 37
1 January 1982 – 31 December 1984 Sweden Hans Backe 70 38 20 12 96
1985–December 31, 1986 Björn Westerberg 48 23 9 16 55
1987–89 Sweden Tommy Söderberg 70 34 20 16 88
Years[22] Manager[22] GP W D L P
1990–91 Sweden Lennart Wass 40 15 13 12 58
1992 Thomas Lundin 18 6 5 7 23
1993 Sweden Bo Petersson 26 13 7 6 46
1 January 1994 – 31 December 1996 Sweden Anders Grönhagen 78 37 15 26 126
1997 Roger Lundin 26 17 6 3 57
1998–99 Sweden Michael Andersson 40 20 6 14 66
1 July 1999 – 31 December 2003 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Lukic
Sweden Sören Åkeby
120 70 18 28 232
1 December 2003 – 30 November 2006 Sweden Stefan Rehn
2004 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Lukic 12 3 4 5 13
1 July 2004 – 31 December 2006 Sweden Kjell Jonevret 60 32 15 13 111
1 October 2006 – 31 December 2006 Sweden Anders Grönhagen 6 3 1 2 10
20 November 2006–November 9, 2008[26] Iceland Siggi Jónsson[26] 56 22 16 18 82
1 September, 2008–09[26] Sweden Andrée Jeglertz
Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Lukic
12 3 2 7 11
2009 Sweden Andrée Jeglertz
England Steve Galloway
18 5 3 10 18
2010–11 Sweden Lennart Wass
Chile Sweden Carlos Banda
36 11 8 17 41
3 May 2011 – 26 April 2013 Sweden Magnus Pehrsson 24 10 5 9 35
26 April 2013 – 15 May 2013 Sweden Martin Sundgren
16 May 2013 – 31 December 2013 Norway Per-Mathias Høgmo 21 11 5 5 38
1 January 2014– Sweden Per Olsson 30 11 10 9 43


  • Swedish Champions[A]
    • Winners (11): 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1954–1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 2002, 2003, 2005





A. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.[27]
B. ^ Djurgården's record at Stockholm Olympic Stadium is disputed. Gänger, 2006, suggest the attendance was 21,995 while Rehnberg, 1991, suggest it was 22,108.[6]


  • Gänger, Hasse (2007). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll 1899–2006 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. ISBN 978-91-633-0992-2. 
  • Hagström, Magnus; Johansson, Peter; Jurell, Carl (2010). Vad för jävla pack e ni? (in Swedish). Imperial Publishing. ISBN 978-91-978734-0-6. 
  • Rehnberg, Bo (ed.); Wickman, Mats (ed.) (1991). Djurgårdens IF 100 år: 1891–1991 (in Swedish). Sellin & Partner förlag. ISBN 91-7055-029-8. 


  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund -". Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Hagström p. 55
  3. ^ Hagström p. 67
  4. ^ "Om oss" (in Swedish). Ultra Caos Stockholm. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Gänger, p. 216.
  6. ^ a b Rehnberg, p. 444.
  7. ^ Rehnberg, p. 288.
  8. ^ a b Rehnberg, pp. 43–44.
  9. ^ Rehnberg, p. 67.
  10. ^ Gänger, pp. 215–219.
  11. ^ a b c "DIF:s hemmaarenor i Allsvenskan" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Arenafrågan – detta har hänt". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 22 April 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Riedel, Jonas. "Förslag till ny arena" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Bengtsson, Janne (14 July 2010). "Djurgården närmare en ny arena". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Ask, Erik (6 December 2011). "Djurgården lägger ner arenaplanerna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rekommendationen: Stockholmsarenan 2013" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  17. ^ Arnesen, Jonas (5 October 2011). "Stockholms-arenan blir Dif:s nya hem". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Allsvenska skyttekungar & publiksnitt 1925-". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "Guldbollen". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "DIF-hjältar" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Gänger, pp. 68–69
  23. ^ There's no mention in the references how many matches Maconnachie coached the team
  24. ^ Results for 1922–23 Svenska Serien are missing
  25. ^ Ball was fired before Allsvenskan started.
  26. ^ a b c "Historia" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 

External links[edit]

Official websites
Supporter websites