IK Start

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IK Start
Full name Idrettsklubben Start
Founded 19 September 1905; 109 years ago (19 September 1905)
Ground Sør Arena
Ground Capacity 14,563
Chairman Magne Kristiansen
Manager Mons Ivar Mjelde
League Tippeligaen
2014 Tippeligaen, 12th
Current season

IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand, currently playing in Tippeligaen having been promoted from Adeccoligaen in 2012. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The coach is Mons Ivar Mjelde. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and yellow socks at home, and blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks away.

They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club is called "Tigerberget"

Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a free-kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.


Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the European Cup in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA-cup 2006/2007. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian First Division and were promoted to the Norwegian Premier League.

In 2005 they reached second place, following Vålerenga, after a strong comeback season in the Norwegian Premier League. For this, Start earned a place in the UEFA Cup 2006.

In 2006, after beating Skála Ítróttarfelag of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, and Drogheda United of Ireland in the second qualifying round (after penalties), they reached the first round of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by AFC Ajax of the Netherlands.

2007 was a bad year for Start, with problems working as a team and management issues. It led to a disappointing 13th place, leading to Start's relegation to Adeccoligaen. In 2008 the club got financial problems. The local government saved the club from bankruptcy. The financial difficulties has plagued Start for several seasons, due to the financial crisis and the Norwegian footballteams overspending, Start being no exception. The last couple of seasons, Start has downsized and saved money, for example by changing the turf on Sør Arena, the hopes being that the savings will keep the wheels turning in Start.

Ahead of the 2009-season, Knut Tørum was appointed head coach of Start. The next two seasons, Start was positioned at the lower half of Tippeligaen although achieving some strong results, like being the only team to beat Rosenborg in 2009, at Rosenborgs homeground Lerkendal, delaying their gold celebration. On 22 June 2011, Start had 13 points in 12 matches, and Tørum decided to resign hours before a cup-match against Strømsgodset, a match Start won without Tørum. Mons Ivar Mjelde replaced Tørum as head coach, but was not able to save Start from relegation. Start started the 2012 Adeccoligaen in strong fashion, leading the division and winning important matches and won promotion at the end of the season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 November 2014.[1]

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 Håkon Opdal (captain)
2 Norway DF Glenn Andersen
4 Nigeria MF Seyi Olofinjana
5 Norway DF Robert Sandnes
8 Norway FW Espen Hoff
9 Ghana FW Ernest Asante
10 Nigeria MF Solomon Owello
13 Norway FW Zlatko Tripic
14 Norway MF Espen Børufsen
15 Costa Rica DF Bismark Acosta
16 Norway FW Alexander Lind
No. Position Player
17 Iceland MF Guðmundur Kristjánsson
18 Iceland FW Matthías Vilhjálmsson
19 Norway DF Kristoffer Ajer
20 Norway MF John Olav Norheim
21 Norway DF Jon Hodnemyr
22 Norway FW Lars-Jørgen Salvesen
26 Norway DF Jesper Mathisen
28 Norway DF Rolf Daniel Vikstøl
30 Norway GK Terje Reinertsen
33 Norway DF Amin Nouri
99 Costa Rica MF Fernando Paniagua
- Iceland GK Ingvar Jónsson

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2013–14.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player



Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2003 1. Divisjon 9 30 12 4 14 53 50 40 Third round
2004 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 24 2 4 71 28 74 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen 2 26 13 6 7 47 35 45 Fourth round
2006 Tippeligaen 6 26 10 7 9 29 32 37 Semifinal
2007 Tippeligaen relegated 13 26 6 8 12 34 44 26 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2008 1. Divisjon promoted 3 30 17 8 5 58 34 59 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 10 10 46 52 40 Third round
2010 Tippeligaen 8 30 11 9 10 57 60 42 Quarterfinal
2011 Tippeligaen relegated 15 30 7 5 18 39 61 26 Semifinal Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2012 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 20 6 4 71 35 66 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 8 12 43 46 38 Quarterfinal
2014 Tippeligaen 12 30 10 5 15 47 60 35 Fourth round


  1. ^ "A-stallen 2012". ikstart.no (in Norwegian). 

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