FC Linköping City

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FC Linköping City
FC Linköping City logo.jpg
Full name FC Linköping City
Nickname(s) City, LC
Founded 2013
Ground Linköping Arena,
Linköping, Sweden
Ground Capacity 8,500
Chairman Tuncay Yuksel
Head Coach Andreas Thomsson
League Division 2
2013 Division 3 Nordöstra Götaland, 1st (Promoted)

FC Linköping City is a football club based in Linköping, affiliated to the Östergötlands Fotbollförbund.[1] They currently play in Swedish Football Division 2 (tier 4 of Swedish football) after winning Swedish Football Division 3 with 22 points ahead of second placed team their first season in 2013.[2]

The club was founded around new year 2013 and was replacing FK Linköping in the Swedish football league system from the 2013 season.[3]

Background[edit]

The club was founded around the new year of 2013 as a merge between FK Linköping and FC Syrianska with the goal to get football in Linköping to a higher level.[4] When FC Linköping City was created it took the place of FK Linköping in the Swedish football league system. The club started playing in Division 3 Nordöstra Götaland, which is the fifth tier of Swedish football.[2] They started playing their home matches at Folkungavallen in Linköping, before moving to the new Linköping Arena at the autumn of 2013.[5] FC Linköping City are affiliated to the Östergötlands Fotbollförbund.[1]

Rivalry[edit]

There are several clubs playing in Linköping but there is one big rivalry to FC Linköping City and that is the games against AFK Linköping, a club that was also founded in the winter between the 2012 and 2013 season. The difference is that FC Linköping City built their team with players from higher leagues and AFK Linköping used more local talents.[6] The first game played between these rivals were played away June 19, 2013; a game where FC Linköping City won 2–0.[7] The return game in the league was played at home on August 4, 2013 in the new arena Linköping Arena and FC Linköping City won with the same 2–0 score as the first meeting.[8]

Seasons[edit]

2013[edit]

In 2013 FC Linköping City immediately put up the goal to win Division 3 and get promoted to Division 2. The start of the season started promising and the club had seven consecutive wins before drawing 3–3 away against Linghems SK.[9][10] This seven game winning streak is even more remarkable due to the fact that only two out of seven games were at home. When Division 3 reached its summer break the club had a five point lead with a 9–1–1 record (9 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss) and nine games left at home and only two games left away.[10] The second part of the season was even more impressing when they won all remaining eleven matches and saw the lead grow to the final 22 points ahead of second placed team IF Haga.[2] This meant promotion to Division 2 (tier 4 of Swedish football) and a good start for the newly built club aiming for the top Swedish football.

2014[edit]

Before the season started FC Linköping City announced a change of head coach in the continued goal of advancing in the league system. The new coach Andreas Thomsson comes from Öster IF in Allsvenskan (tier 1 in Swedish football) and has merits from football on the highest level in Sweden.[11][12]

Season Summary[edit]

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
2013[2] Tier 5 Division 3 Nordöstra Götaland 1st Promoted
2014[13] Tier 4 Division 2 Södra Svealand 9th

Current Squad[edit]

As of 28 February 2014[14]

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

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Robin Ahlberg
4 Sweden DF Johan Magnusson
5 Sweden DF Naris Radetinac
6 Sweden DF Patrik Johansson
7 Sweden MF Faris Radetinac
8 Sweden MF Amir Suljić
9 Sweden MF Pablo Varas
10 Sweden MF Christoffer Karlsson
12 Sweden MF Daniel Ghaemi
13 Sweden MF Arman Ghaemi
14 Sweden MF Adin Pehilj
15 Sweden MF Tomas Karlström
No. Position Player
16 Sweden DF Johan Ruya
17 Sweden MF Christoffer Lind
18 Sweden MF Saiko Manneh
19 Sweden MF Tarick Gama
20 Sweden DF Daniel Lindberg
21 Sweden FW Emil Dagnäs
23 Sweden DF Andreas Johansson
30 Sweden GK Mikael Säberg
Sweden MF Dusan Nedic
Sweden MF Nedzad Omerovic
Sweden FW Damir Isic

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