GIF Sundsvall

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GIF Sundsvall
Gif sundsvall.png
Full name Gymnastik- och
Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall
Nickname(s) Giffarna
Founded 25 August 1903; 111 years ago (1903-08-25)
Ground Norrporten Arena, Sundsvall
Ground Capacity 8,500
Chairman Johan Nikula
Head coach Joel Cedergren
Roger Franzén
League Allsvenskan
2014 Superettan, 2nd
(promoted)

Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall, also known simply as GIF Sundsvall, are a Swedish professional football club based in Sundsvall. The club are affiliated to Medelpads Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Norrporten Arena.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue. Formed on 25 August 1903, the club have played thirteen seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1965. The club are currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October.

History[edit]

A chart showing the progress of GIF Sundsvall through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
GIF Sundsvall in their traditional blue and white kits during an Allsvenskan game against Helsingborgs IF.

The club was formed on August 25 in 1903 at Matilda Anderssons Café. At that time, GIF Sundsvall stood for "Godtemplarnas Idrotts Förening Sundsvall" which mainly was for Teetotallers up until the alcohol demands was lightened in 1920. The initials then came to stand for, to this day still, "Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall" (Gymnastics and sports club Sundsvall).

The club reached the first tier of the domestic football in 1965. The club has since been a "yo-yo team" mainly playing in the second division but with Allsvenskan stints in 1975, 1987–89, 1991, 2000–06, 2008 and 2012.

GIF Sundsvall earlier had women's football and ice hockey on the program. The hockey team folded in the late 1960's, in 1985 the women's team was transferred to Sundsvalls DFF. This mainly because the women's team was disappointed with the lack of support from the men's team.

Norrporten Arena[edit]

Norrporten Arena, earlier known as Sundsvalls idrottspark
For more details on this topic, see Norrporten Arena.

Norrporten Arena, formerly known as Idrottsparken, is located in the heart of Sundsvall and was inaugurated on August 6, 1903. It was renovated in 2001–02 for the club's previous stint in Allsvenskan and it can now hold a capacity of 8,000, with 5,000 under roof. In 2006 the stadium's name was officially changed to Norrporten Arena but the name isn't fully adopted by the fans.

Top attendance: 16,507 vs Högadal on October 15, 1961.

Patronerna[edit]

The official supporter's club of GIF Sundsvall is called Patronerna. Formed in 1999, mostly as a joke by some friends supporting their friend, the club has in a short period of time amassed a strong reputation. The name is mainly a historical reference to the sawmill owners who were very powerful in Sundsvall during post industrial revolution-era. FP-tifo, Patronerna's fraction of tifo-supporters, won the Swedish tifo-awards sponsored by Canal+, in 2005.

Achievements[edit]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 January 2015[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lloyd Saxton
2 Sweden DF Joakim Nilsson
3 Sweden DF Dennis Olsson
4 Sweden DF Stefan Ålander
5 Iceland DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson
6 Iceland MF Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson
7 Sweden MF Daniel Sliper
8 Luxembourg MF Lars Krogh Gerson
9 Sweden FW Johan Eklund (vice captain)
11 Sweden MF Sebastian Rajalakso
13 Sweden GK Jonathan Malmberg
14 Sweden FW Pa Dibba
No. Position Player
15 Sweden DF Robert Lundström
16 Sweden MF Simon Helg
17 Sweden GK Tommy Naurin (captain)
18 Sweden MF Robbin Sellin
19 Sweden MF Adam Chennoufi
20 Sweden MF Smajl Suljević
21 Sweden DF Eric Larsson
22 Sweden DF Marcus Danielsson
23 Sweden DF Filip Tägtström
26 Sweden MF Erik Granat
30 Sweden MF Peter Wilson
91 Sweden FW Leo Englund

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 8 January 2015[A]

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

No. Position Player
12 Sweden DF Felix Häggström

Out on loan[edit]

As of 20 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
27 Sweden MF Granit Buzuku (at Egersunds IK until 8 January 2016)

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15.

Retired numbers[edit]

10 – Leif Forsberg, forward (1980–1988, 1990–2001)

Managers[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Medelpads Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ "GIF Sundsvall 2014" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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