Helsingborgs IF

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Helsingborgs IF
Full name Helsingborgs Idrottsförening
Nickname(s) Di Röe (The Reds)
Mjölkkossan (The Milk Cow)
Short name HIF
Founded 4 June 1907; 107 years ago (1907-06-04)
Ground Olympia,
Ground Capacity 16,500
Chairman Claes Ohlsson
Manager Henrik Larsson
League Allsvenskan
2014 Allsvenskan, 9th

Helsingborgs IF (alternative spelling Hälsingborgs IF , commonly referred to as Helsingborg and locally HIF, is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg. They are currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan. The club, formed 4 June 1907, has won five national championship titles and five national cup titles. Helsingborgs IF have also won Allsvenskan on two occasions when the title of Swedish champions was not decided by the outcome of that league.[1][A]

Helsingborg was a founder member of Allsvenskan, and between 1924 and 1968 they spent all but two seasons in the top division, and won the league five times. At the end of the 1968 season, HIF was relegated, and while most people initially expected a quick return, they went on to spend the next 24 seasons in the lower leagues before finally getting promoted back to the top flight in 1992. Since returning to Allsvenskan in 1993, Helsingborg has remained in the top division, winning the league twice in 1999 and 2011.

The club is affiliated to the Skånes Fotbollförbund.[2]


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

The club was formed in 1907 after the merger of Svithiod and Stattena (not to be confused with the Stattena IF of today), and the club played their first game on 6 June 1907, beating neighbours IFK Helsingborgs 6–2. Otto Malm was a star of the team; in the 1911–12 season he scored 69 goals in only 24 games. At the end of his time at Helsingborgs IF he had played 500 games and scored 735 goals. The year after the club's formation, John Pettersson joined as club president, and during his tenure the club won the league five times. The year after, the club changed their kit from white shirts and blue shorts to red shirts and blue shorts, as well as winning the Scandinavian Championships. In 1914 the club lost in the final of the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) and also in the Svenssons Cup. That year the club were invited to play in the Swedish Series, but declined because they thought that playing friendlies brought higher attendances. Additionally, the club's players were part-time, meaning that regular away matches would have been impractical. On 30 May 1915, the club lost 5–4 to Gӧta in the District Championships. 1918 again saw the club finish second the Svenska Cupen, after losing to IFK Göteborg.

With the arrival of Norwegian manager Åge Hareide things started to look very good for the first time in many years. During Hareides first year HIF finished 2nd in the league and won Allsvenskan in 1999, for the first time since 1941.

Following the World Cup break however, Henrik Larsson arrived at Helsingborg along with a new manager, Stuart Baxter, and Helsingborg started to win matches. After victory in the derby and a 3–2 win at home against IFK Göteborg, Helsingborg finished in fourth place in the league and as winners in the Svenska Cupen after a 2–0 victory over Gefle IF in the cup final.

After a pretty mediocre season Helsingborg finished 8th in the league and everyones expectations were very low before the upcoming UEFA Cup qualifiers. Helsingborg however managed to make it to the group stage after eliminating the Dutch team SC Heerenveen. Helsingborg ended up in the same group as FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Galatasaray S.K, FK Austria Wien and Panionios F.C.

With wins against Galatasaray and Austria Wien, a draw against Panionios and a loss against Bordeaux, Helsingborg finished second in the group and faced PSV Eindhoven in the round of 32. PSV won 2–0 at home and 2–1 away. Stuart Baxter had left the club shortly after the loss against FC Girondins de Bordeaux following a disagreement with the club president Sten-Inge Fredin and was replaced with the club's Director of Football Bo Nilsson. It was from the beginning only supposed to be temporary but after a few months of good results, Nilsson was contracted for the whole season.

Before the season 2010 HIF introduced new management. A new manager was introduced, Conny Karlsson, who together with Reine Almqvist was to lead a new HIF. The club also introduced a new chairman, Claes Ohlsson. He took a more quiet approach to the job than his predecessor, Sten-Inge Fredin. Together with the sports director Jesper Jansson, who had been with the club since 2008, they led HIF into the new season.

With home-coming men Erik Edman (left the club in 1999) and Mattias Lindström (left the club in 2004), the club had a wonderful start to the season. Even though HIF were on top of the league far into the season (they held their 1st position until the 22nd round), they were eventually beaten by bitter rivals Malmö FF. HIF finished second in the league. In the cup they had better fortune and won the final away 1-0 against Hammarby IF after a goal by Rasmus Jönsson. Marcus Lantz was named Årets HIFare (Helsingborg player of the year).

Helsingborg fans invading the pitch after the club had won the 2011 Allsvenskan.

During winter, two important players: Captain Marcus Lantz and defender Joel Ekstrand left the club for rivals Landskrona BoIS and Serie A side Udinese respectively. During the pre-season, Erik Edman made the headlines when he criticized the quality of the team's training sessions, stating that HIF were risking relegation, should they not improve. HIF started the season victorious in the Supercupen (a one-game cup between the league winners and cup winners the previous season), where they faced off against Malmö FF (2-1). In contrary to the previous season, Conny Karlsson had it rough in the beginning of the league season. Several players were criticizing the management and individual player development, even though the team was in 1st place in the league. The team with coaches regrouped and kept winning league games. However, during the season several important players were sold. Marcus Nilsson and Alexander Gerndt were acquired by FC Utrecht and Rasmus Jönsson left for VfL Wolfsburg. Also, Peter Larsson's loan ended and he went back to Copenhagen, after Helsingborg failed to match the danes' transfer fee demands. Experienced Norwegian duo Thomas Sørum and Erlend Hanstveit were brought in, as well as club legend Álvaro Santos, who had previously left the club for FC København in 2003.

Throughout the entire season HIF held a comfortable lead and was able to secure the league trophy three games from the end. After the last game of the season, HIF focused on winning the Swedish Cup, making it the first team in Swedish history to win a treble, comprising Super Cup, League and Swedish Cup titles. In the cup final HIF were the superior team and won against Kalmar FF 3-1. After the season, central midfielder May Mahlangu was named Allsvenskan player of the year. Goalkeeper Pär Hansson was named "Årets HIFare", Helsingborg player of the year.

Club culture[edit]

The official anthem of Helsingborg is "På Gator Röda och Blå" by Björns Band.[3]

Tifo at a Helsingborg home game
Helsingborg supporters displaying the red and yellow Scanian flag


First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 January 2015[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Matt Pyzdrowski
2 Sweden DF Carl Johansson
4 Sweden DF Fredrik Widlund
5 Sweden MF Johan Mårtensson
6 Sweden MF Andreas Landgren
7 Sweden MF Mattias Lindström
8 Iceland MF Victor Pálsson
9 Sweden FW Robin Simović
10 Sweden MF Anton Wede
11 Iceland MF Arnór Smárason
13 Sweden MF Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson
14 Togo MF Lalawélé Atakora
15 Sweden DF Emil Krafth (vice captain)
No. Position Player
16 Sweden FW Mikael Dahlberg
18 Sweden FW Jordan Larsson
19 Sweden MF Darijan Bojanić
20 Ghana MF Ema Boateng
24 Sweden FW Anton Kinnander
26 Sweden DF Peter Larsson (captain)
28 Finland DF Jere Uronen
29 Sweden DF Jesper Björkman
30 Sweden GK Pär Hansson
31 Sweden MF Elias Andersson
32 Sweden MF Gustav Jarl
Sweden MF Rasmus Lindgren

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15.

Retired numbers[edit]

European cup history[edit]

UEFA Team Ranking 2012[edit]

Rank Team Points
158 Cyprus AEK Larnaca F.C. 9.366
159 Denmark Brøndby IF 9.140
160 Croatia Hajduk Split 8.916
161 Sweden Helsingborg IF 8.625
162 Israel Bnei Yehuda 8.575
163 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 8.450
164 Romania Rapid București 8.444

As of 12 February 2013. Source




  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (7): 1928–29, 1929–30, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1940–41, 1999, 2011
    • Runners-up (7): 1927–28, 1948–49, 1953–54, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2010
  • Division 1 Södra:
    • Runners-up (3): 1990, 1991, 1992



  • Most appearances, Allsvenskan: 349, Sweden Kalle Svensson (1943–62)
  • Most goals scored, Allsvenskan: 140, Sweden Knut Kroon (1925–42)


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.[5]


  1. ^ "Helsingborgs IF". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Skånes Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Björns band - På gator röda och blå". YouTube. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "A-trupp" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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