Superettan

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Superettan
Superettan.png
Country Sweden Sweden
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 2000
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Allsvenskan
Relegation to Division 1
Domestic cup(s) Svenska Cupen
Current champions Hammarby IF
(2014)
Most championships Kalmar FF
Östers IF (2 titles)
TV partners TV4 Group
Website Superettan
2014 Superettan

Superettan (English: The Super First) is the second highest league in the league system of Swedish men's football Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Allsvenskan and Division 1. Seasons run from April to October, with teams playing 30 matches each, totalling 240 matches in the season.

The league was created in 2000. The second tier of Swedish football had previously consisted of a varying number of regionalized leagues operating under the Division 2 (1924–1986) and Division 1 (1987–1999) names.

The competition[edit]

There are 16 clubs in Superettan. During the course of a season (starting in April and ending in October) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. At the end of each season the two lowest placed teams are relegated to Division 1 and the two winning teams from the two Division 1 leagues are promoted in their place while the third and fourth lowest teams in Superettan plays a promotion/relegation play-off against the two second placed teams in Division 1. The top two teams in Superettan are promoted to Allsvenskan and the two lowest placed teams from Allsvenskan are relegated in their place. The third placed team in Superettan plays a promotion/relegation play-off against the third lowest team in Allsvenskan.

Television[edit]

The Swiss corporation Kentaro has owned the TV rights for Superettan since 2006.[1] Through license agreements with the media company TV4 Group matches are aired on TV4 Sport who will broadcast a total of 90 matches in 2013 with the remaining 150 games available as online pay per view.[2] The current license agreement is valid from 2011 to 2015.[3]

Current clubs (2015 season)[edit]

Club Position
in 2014[4]
First season First season of
current spell
Number of seasons
in Superettan[5]
Number of seasons
in second tier[6]
AFC United 1st in Div. 1 Norra 2005 2015 5 5
Assyriska FF 14th 2000 2008 13 18
IF Brommapojkarna 16th in Allsvenskan 2002 2015 8 32
Degerfors IF 7th 2005 2010 9 36
IK Frej 2nd in Div. 1 Norra 2015 2015 0 0
GAIS 11th 2001 2013 5 30
Jönköpings Södra 4th 2006 2006 9 36
Ljungskile SK 3rd 2000 2009 10 15
Mjällby AIF 15th in Allsvenskan 2000 2015 8 25.5
IK Sirius 6th 2007 2014 4 24
Syrianska FC 10th 2009 2014 3 3
Utsiktens BK 1st in Div. 1 Södra 2015 2015 0 0
Varbergs BoIS 8th 2012 2012 3 15
IFK Värnamo 9th 2011 2011 4 14
Ängelholms FF 12th 2002 2008 8 12
Östersunds FK 5th 2013 2013 2 2

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Turf1 Stadium capacity1
Assyriska FF Södertälje Södertälje Fotbollsarena Artificial 7,500
AFC United Stockholm Skytteholms IP Artificial 5,000
Degerfors IF Degerfors Stora Valla Natural 12,500
GAIS Gothenburg Gamla Ullevi Natural 18,416
IF Brommapojkarna Stockholm Grimsta IP Artificial 8,000
IFK Värnamo Värnamo Finnvedsvallen Natural 5,000
IK Frej Täby Vikingavallen Artificial 1,250
IK Sirius Uppsala Studenternas IP Natural 6,500
Jönköpings Södra IF Jönköping Stadsparksvallen Natural 5,200
Ljungskile SK Ljungskile Skarsjövallen Natural 8,000
Mjällby AIF Mjällby Strandvallen Natural 7,500
Syrianska FC Södertälje Södertälje Fotbollsarena Artificial 7,500
Utsiktens BK Gothenburg Ruddalens IP Artificial 5,000
Varbergs BoIS Varberg Påskbergsvallen Natural 4,000
Ängelholms FF Ängelholm Ängelholms IP Natural 5,000
Östersunds FK Östersund Jämtkraft Arena Artificial 6,000
  • 1 Correct as of end of 2014 season

Managers[edit]

The current managers in Superettan are:

Özcan Melkemichel, who won Superettan with Syrianska FC in 2010, is the current manager of Athletic FC United.
Name Club Appointed
Sweden Werner, PatrikPatrik Werner Degerfors IF 12 November 2008
England Potter, GrahamGraham Potter Östersunds FK 23 December 2010
Sweden Persson, JoakimJoakim Persson Ängelholms FF 20 January 2011
Sweden Bergstrand, KimKim Bergstrand IK Sirius 17 November 2011
Sweden Fredheim, Tor-ArneTor-Arne Fredheim Ljungskile SK 12 December 2011
Sweden Carlsson, JanJan Carlsson Utsiktens BK 6 December 2012
Sweden Wålemark, JörgenJörgen Wålemark Varbergs BoIS 21 November 2013
Sweden Melkemichel, ÖzcanÖzcan Melkemichel AFC United 5 December 2013
Sweden Petersson, JörgenJörgen Petersson IFK Värnamo 15 December 2013
Sweden Björknesjö, RoberthRoberth Björknesjö Östers IF 30 December 2013
Sweden Thelin, JimmyJimmy Thelin Jönköpings Södra IF 5 April 2014
Sweden Milosevic, ZvezdanZvezdan Milosevic Syrianska FC 6 April 2014
Sweden Ljung, Per-OlaPer-Ola Ljung GAIS 14 June 2014
Sweden Linderoth, AndersAnders Linderoth Mjällby AIF 21 July 2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina Azrudin, ValenticValentic Azrudin Assyriska FF 17 September 2014

Statistics[edit]

Previous winners[edit]

Zlatan Ibrahimović scored 12 goals in the inaugural Superettan season to help Malmö FF get promoted.
Season Winner Runner-up Promotion Playoffs
2000 Djurgårdens IF Malmö FF Mjällby AIF
2001 Kalmar FF Landskrona BoIS Mjällby AIF
2002 Östers IF Enköpings SK Västra Frölunda IF
2003 Kalmar FF Trelleborgs FF BK Häcken
2004 BK Häcken Gefle IF Assyriska FF (promoted)
2005 AIK Östers IF GAIS (promoted)
2006 Trelleborgs FF Örebro SK IF Brommapojkarna (promoted)
2007 IFK Norrköping Ljungskile SK GIF Sundsvall (promoted)
2008 Örgryte IS BK Häcken IF Brommapojkarna (promoted)
2009 Mjällby AIF Åtvidabergs FF Assyriska FF
2010 Syrianska FC IFK Norrköping GIF Sundsvall
2011 Åtvidabergs FF GIF Sundsvall Ängelholms FF
2012 Östers IF IF Brommapojkarna Halmstads BK (promoted)
2013 Falkenbergs FF Örebro SK GIF Sundsvall
2014 Hammarby IF GIF Sundsvall Ljungskile SK

Top goalscorers[edit]

Daniel Nannskog who became top goalscorer with Landskrona BoIS went on to also become top goalscorer in both Adeccoligaen and Tippeligaen.
Season Player Team Goals
2000 Sweden Fredrik Gärdeman Åtvidabergs FF 14
2001 Sweden Daniel Nannskog Landskrona BoIS 21
2002 Sweden Ludwig Ernstsson Östers IF 18
2003 Sweden Göran Marklund FC Café Opera 23
2004 Sweden Stefan Bärlin Västerås SK 23
2005 Brazil Bruno Santos IFK Norrköping 16
2006 Sweden Olof Guterstam
Sweden Stefan Rodevåg
IF Brommapojkarna
Falkenbergs FF
17
2007 Iceland Gardar Gunnlaugsson IFK Norrköping 18
2008 Sweden Jonas Henriksson BK Häcken 19
2009 Sweden Marcus Ekenberg
Sweden Mattias Adelstam
Mjällby AIF
Ängelholms FF
19
2010 Sweden Linus Hallenius Hammarby IF 18
2011 Sweden Branimir Hrgota Jönköpings Södra IF 18
2012 Sweden Pablo Piñones Arce IF Brommapojkarna 18
2013 Sweden Victor Sköld Falkenbergs FF 20
2014 Sweden Kennedy Bakircioglü Hammarby IF 17

Top assists[edit]

Tobias Hysén is currently a squad player for the Swedish national team with over 20 caps.
Season Player Team Assists
2001 Sweden Pelle Andersson IF Sylvia 11
2002 Sweden Olle Kullinger Enköpings SK 11
2003 Sweden Tobias Hysén BK Häcken 15
2004 Sweden Daniel Westlin Gefle IF 12
2005 Sweden Daniel Nicklasson GAIS 10
2006 Norway Eirik Dybendal
Sweden Martin Smedberg-Dalence
IFK Norrköping
Ljungskile SK
11
2007 Norway Eirik Dybendal IFK Norrköping 16
2008 Czech Republic Pavel Zavadil Örgryte IS 17
2009 Sweden Marcus Ekenberg
Sweden Martin Smedberg-Dalence
Mjällby AIF
Ljungskile SK
11
2010 Brazil Daniel Bamberg IFK Norrköping 15
2011 Sweden Tobias Nilsson Falkenbergs FF 12
2012 Sweden Denis Velić Östers IF 11
2013 Sweden Niclas Eliasson Falkenbergs FF 11
2014 Sweden Robert Gojani Jönköpings Södra IF 11

Top goalkeepers[edit]

(Minimum of 10 games played)

Daniel Örlund is the only keeper who has had the top save percentage in two separate seasons.
Season Goalkeeper Club
GP GA SV% CS
2004 Sweden Mattias Hugosson Gefle IF 25 17 85 14
Sweden Daniel Örlund FC Café Opera 25 25 85 7
2005 Sweden Daniel Örlund AIK 29 25 80 13
2006 Sweden Fredrik Persson Trelleborgs FF 29 13 89 17
2007 Sweden Lee Baxter Landskrona BoIS 12 12 84 3
2008 Sweden Kristoffer Nordfeldt IF Brommapojkarna 29 27 82 12
2009 Sweden Mattias Asper Mjällby AIF 30 19 87 15
2010 Jamaica Dwayne Miller Syrianska FC 21 14 82 13
2011 Sweden Ivo Vazgeč Landskrona BoIS
Jönköping Södra
25 29 80 7
2012 Sweden Zlatan Azinović Trelleborgs FF 12 19 78 1
2013 Sweden Peter Abrahamsson Örgryte IS 26 31 82 10
Sweden Otto Martler Falkenbergs FF 28 28 82 14
2014 United States Alex Horwath Ljungskile SK 30 25 83 14

Attendance[edit]

Superettan average attendance
Year Average spectators/match
2000
2,066
2001
1,744
2002
1,391
2003
1,672
2004
1,826
2005
3,091
2006
2,105
2007
2,450
2008
1,557
2009
1,880
2010
2,572
2011
2,423
2012
2,456
2013
2,957
2014
3,267

Superettan had an average attendance of 3,267 during its most recent season (2014).[7] The highest attendance ever recorded at a Superettan match is 31,074 (Hammarby vs Ljungskile in 2014).[8]

The league's best season attendance-wise was 2014 when Hammarby's average attendance reached a level that was extraordinary for Superettan.

Club attendance[edit]

Club with best average home attendance
Season Club Spectators Ref
2004 IFK Norrköping 4,354 [1]
2005 AIK 11,872 [2]
2006 Örebro SK 5,359 [3]
2007 IFK Norrköping 7,354 [4]
2008 Assyriska FF 2,863 [5]
2009 IFK Norrköping 4,306 [6]
2010 Hammarby IF 6,864 [7]
2011 Hammarby IF 7,953 [8]
2012 Hammarby IF 8,463 [9]
2013 Hammarby IF 12,101 [10]
2014 Hammarby IF 20,451 [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kentaro - Swedish League". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Klart: Superettans alla matcher visas i tv" (in Swedish). 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Nytt tv-avtal klart för 2011–2015" (in Swedish). 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Tabell och resultat - Superettan —". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  5. ^ Upplagt av: Jimmy Lindahl, SFS. "Historik —". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  6. ^ Jimmy Lindahl, SFS. "Maratontabell näst högsta serien 1928/29-2011". Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. ^ Svenskfotboll.se. Superettan: Tidigare år: Resultat 2013: Statistik/ligor: Publikliga. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Rekordpublik såg Hammarby spela 0–0". Dagens Nyheter. 2014-08-24. 

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