FK Fyllingsdalen

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Fyllingsdalen
Full name FK Fyllingsdalen
Founded 2011
Ground Varden Amfi
Bergen
Ground Capacity 3,500[1]
Chairman Trond Leganger
Coach Kjetil Knutsen
League Second Division
2012 Second Division/ 2, 3rd[2]

FK Fyllingsdalen is a football club from Fyllingsdalen, a borough in the Norwegian city of Bergen. The club is a result of a merge between the two football clubs Fyllingen and Løv-Ham.

In 2011, the last season before the merge, Løv-Ham played in Adeccoligaen but was relegated, while Fyllingen played in the Third Division. Fyllingsdalen is playing in the Second Division in 2012, after replacing Løv-Ham.

History[edit]

Fyllingen Fotball[edit]

Main article: Fyllingen Fotball

Fyllingen Fotball was founded on 6 June 1946, and had its heyday in the 1990s. In 1990, Fyllingen won silver in the Norwegian Cup, after losing the final against Rosenborg with 5-1. They played in the top league of Norway in 1990, 1991 and 1993. At the time of the merge, Fyllingen was playing in the Third Division, after being relegated from the Second Division in 2009.[3] Two of Fyllingen's former players, Per-Ove Ludvigsen and Erik Huseklepp, have earned caps playing for Norway.[4]

Løv-Ham Fotball[edit]

Main article: Løv-Ham Fotball

Løv-Ham Fotball was founded in December 1975 and was promoted to Adeccoligaen in 2004. After several years in the relegation zone,[5] Løv-Ham achieved a fourth place in 2010 and qualified for the promotion playoff, where they lost 2–0 against Fredrikstad.[6] At the time of the merge, Løv-Ham had been relegated to the Second Division.[7]

Merge[edit]

Løv-Ham has in recent years taken over Fyllingen's spot as Fyllingsdalen's best football club, but it was still Fyllingen that received the biggest support and the financial power in the borough. In the end of 2007, the two clubs started negotiations to merge the football departments of the two clubs. The goal was a budget of at least 16 million, 60% more than Løv-Ham's budget in 2007.[8] The aim was to create an organization and a name that create a stable state football team, and which in time also would be able to play up in Tippeligaen. The experiment was stranded when it could not achieve a sufficient majority at the extraordinary annual meeting of Fyllingen.[9]

Four years later, on 28 September 2011, the members of both clubs voted to merge. They replaced Løv-Ham in the 2012 Norwegian Second Division, and the two old clubs will cease to exist.[10] Kjetil Knutsen will be the head coach of the new team.[11]

Name conflict[edit]

After the decision to merge the two clubs, there was a conflict regarding the new name of the club. The board had decided that the new name of the club could not be connected to any of the names of the former clubs.[12] After an indicative vote on the new club's website, the board chose the name "Varden Fotballklubb" after the name of the stadium. "Fotballklubben Fyllingsdalen" received most votes, but the board chose the other name owing to sponsorship interests. The choice of colors was purple, with light blue away shirts.[13]

The choice of name spurred great controversy in the borough, and especially among the members of the club, because the name was not related to the part of the city which the club is located. There even arose a Facebook page named "Vi krever at den nye klubben skifter navn og draktfarge!" ("We demand that the new club change its name and colors"), which attracted more than 1,000 members.[14] After a new in-person vote among the club members, there was an overwhelming majority (117 of 160 votes) that voted for the name "Fotballklubben Fyllingsdalen". The club's colors were not changed.[12]

Squad[edit]

As of 8 August 2013

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 Johan Thorbjørnsen
2 Norway DF Ahmed El-Amrani
3 Norway DF Jakob Glesnes
4 Norway DF Alexander Andersen
5 Norway MF Martin Haanes
7 Norway MF Magne Nilsen
8 Norway DF Amund Myrseth
9 Norway MF Tor Mattis Kåven
12 Norway GK Simen Hagerup
14 Norway FW Belsti Dessalegn
15 Norway FW Kristoffer Larsen
18 Norway FW Arve Walde
No. Position Player
19 Norway MF Mathias Raum
20 Norway DF Marius Brevig
21 Norway DF Jan Marius Ringstad
22 Norway MF Martin Christophersen
24 Norway FW Jarle Jakobsen
26 Norway DF Kim Ellingsen
27 Norway MF Senai Hagos
40 Norway MF Erlend Storesund
Norway FW Ståle Steen Sæthre
Norway DF Eivind Daniel Røed (on loan)
France DF Prince Mambouana

Results[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2012 2. Divisjon 3 26 14 5 7 51 37 47 First round
2013 2. Divisjon 4 26 11 5 10 41 40 38 Second round
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hjemmekamper på Varden Amfi". Lov-ham.no (in Norwegian). Løv-Ham Fotball. 
  2. ^ "Tabell 2. divisjon, avdeling 2 2012". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Historie" (in Norwegian). Fyllingen Fotball. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Gratulerer, Erik!" (in Norwegian). Fyllingen Fotball. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Historien om Løv-Ham". lov-ham.no (in Norwegian). Løv-Ham Fotball. 
  6. ^ "- Vi har all grunn til å gå med hevet hode". bt.no (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Asker rykket ned etter høstkollaps". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. "Med 1-5 må askerbøringene ta den tunge veien ned i 2. divisjon sammen med Nybergsund, Randaberg og Løv-Ham." 
  8. ^ "Hektisk innspurt for "Fyll-Ham"". bt.no (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fyllingen sa nei til fusjon". bt.no. Bergens Tidende. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Løv-Ham og Fyllingen blir én klubb". bt.no. Bergens Tidende. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Blir sjef for Fyllingsdalens nye lag". bt.no. Bergens Tidende. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Dropper Varden-navnet". nrk.no (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Fyllingsdalens nye klubb har fått navn". bt.no (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Vraket medlemmenes ønske om klubbnavn". bt.no (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk" (in Norwegian).