Sandefjord Fotball

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Sandefjord
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Full name Sandefjord Fotball
Nickname(s) Guttane (The Boys), The Whalers
Founded September 10, 1998; 15 years ago (1998-09-10)
Ground Komplett.no Arena
Ground Capacity 6,000
Chairman Roger Gulliksen
Manager Lars Bohinen
League Adeccoligaen
2013 Adeccoligaen, 8th

Sandefjord Fotball is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on September 10, 1998. The club plays in the Adeccoligaen. Their home ground is the Komplett.no Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.

The club reached the First Division (Adeccoligaen) in 1999, where they made quick progress and soon settled as strong competitors for promotion to the Premier League. Finishing third in the First Division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth, but the 2005 season finally proved a success, when they placed second and earned automatic promotion to the highest division.

The club performed surprisingly well in their first Premier League season, finishing ninth in the table and reaching the cup final. However, the 2007 season was a disaster and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.

After a poor start to the 2008 season in the Adeccoligaen, Sandefjord recovered strongly to finish second and qualify for automatic promotion to Tippeligaen. In the 2009 season Sandefjord Fotball finished at eight place, their strongest performance in Tippeligaen to date. In 2010 Sandefjord Fotball were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.

History[edit]

Sandefjord Fotball were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in the 2nd division in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to the 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen. Finishing third in the 1st division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against Brann and Vålerenga. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor.[1] When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division,[2] where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games.

Colours and badge[edit]

Sandefjord Fotball's colours are blue. They play in blue shirts, blue shorts and white socks. The club changed their badge before the start of season 2006. This was mainly for press purposes. The old badge had a yellow field as well as the blue and red. The new badge only has the colours red and blue. Further on, the white whale tail on the badge links to Sandefjord citys whaling history.

Stadium[edit]

Storstadion

Sandefjord Fotball play their home games at Komplett.no Arena. Komplett.no Arena was opened on July 21, 2007, and cost about NOK 100 million. This is an all modern stadium, with a capacity of about 6,000. Record attendance was set during the opening game versus Lyn on July 21, 2007. 8 103 people attended this game. In the future it is planned to expand the stadium to a capacity of 12 500. Field measurements are 105 x 68 meters.

Before Sandefjord Fotball started to use their new home arena, Komplett.no Arena, they used to play their home encounters at Storstadion. Sandefjord Fotball played their home games at Storstadion from 1999 to 2007. As the stadium itself did not live up to the standards one could expect from a modern football stadium, it was finally decided to build the new and modern Komplett.no Arena and start a new and exciting chapter in the young clubs history.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 April 2014.[3] 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 Eirik Holmen Johansen (on loan from Manchester City)
2 Norway FW Cato Hansen
3 Norway DF Yaw Ihle Amankwah
4 Senegal DF Victor Demba Bindia
5 Norway DF Alexander Gabrielsen
6 Norway MF Roger Risholt
7 Norway MF Ørjan Røyrane
8 Norway MF Lars Iver Strand
10 Norway MF Eirik Lamøy
11 Norway MF Martin Torp
12 Norway GK Marius Berntzen
14 Norway DF Kevin Larsen
15 Norway DF Kim Skogsrud
16 Norway FW Pål Alexander Kirkevold
No. Position Player
17 Denmark DF Thomas Juel-Nielsen
18 Senegal MF Cheikhou Dieng
19 Norway FW Kjell Rune Sellin
20 Norway FW Johan Gulliksen
21 Norway MF Kristoffer Normann Hansen
22 Norway DF Markus Olsen
23 Norway DF Mats Haakenstad
24 Norway MF Andreas Dieserud
25 Norway MF William Kurtovic
26 Norway MF Andrè Sødlund
27 Norway DF Christer Reppesgård Hansen
28 Norway DF Varg Støvland
30 Norway GK Sebastian Raade Olsen

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

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2011–12 and transfers summer 2012.

Management[edit]

Key people[edit]

Position Name
Managing Director Per Ketil Berg
Executive Director (Operations) Frank Lidahl
Sports Director Arne Dokken

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Nat Name
Manager Norway Lars Bohinen
Assistant manager Norway Ronny Holmedal
Goalkeeping Coach Norway Hans Petter Olsen
Physio Norway Espen Strøm-Normann
Arbitrator Norway Tor Vidar Hem
Coach SF2 England Shaun Constable
Coach SF Junior Elite Norway Petter Olsen

Manager history[edit]

Name Nat From To
Trond Skrede Norway 1999 2001
Tom Nordlie Norway 2002 2003
Arne Dokken Norway 2004 2004
Tor Thodesen Norway 2005 2008
Patrick Walker Republic of Ireland 2008 2011
Arne Sandstø Norway 2011 2013
Lars Bohinen Norway 2014

Honours[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup Notes
2003 AL 3 30 19 4 7 71 41 61 3rd round Lost play-off match to Tippeligaen
2004 AL 4 30 15 6 9 60 32 51 Quarter finals
2005 AL promoted2 30 19 5 6 58 37 62 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2006 TL 9 26 9 5 12 37 47 32 Final Runner up in the Norwegian Football Cup
2007 TL 14 26 4 4 18 26 53 16 2nd round Relegated to Adeccoligaen
2008 AL promoted2 30 17 9 4 46 25 60 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2009 TL 8 30 10 10 10 39 44 40 2nd round
2010 TL 16 30 2 6 22 25 58 12 Last 16 Relegated to Adeccoligaen
2011 AL 3 30 16 5 9 61 38 53 3rd round
2012 AL 3 30 16 7 7 44 29 55 Quarter finals
2013 AL 8 30 12 7 11 39 39 43 3rd round

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rasende på dommeren". vg.no (in Norwegian). VG. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Endelig opprykk". nrk.no (in Norwegian). NRK. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "A-laget spillere". sandefjordfotball.no (in Norwegian). Sandefjord Fotball. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

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