Östersunds FK

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Östersunds FK
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Full name Östersunds Fotbollsklubb
Founded 31 October 1996; 19 years ago (31 October 1996)
Ground Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Ground Capacity 9,500
Chairman Daniel Kindberg
Manager Graham Potter
League Allsvenskan
2015 Superettan, 2nd
(promoted)
Current season

Östersunds Fotbollsklubb, commonly known as Östersunds FK, is a Swedish professional football club located in Östersund, Sweden. The club was formed on 31 October 1996 as a cooperation between three Östersund clubs. They are affiliated to the Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund[1] and play their home games at Jämtkraft Arena. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are black and red. Since its creation, the club has played mostly in the third tier of Swedish football but in 2013 Östersund achieved promotion to the second tier, Superettan, for the first time ever, after achieving two consecutive promotions.[2] On 27 October 2015, the club qualified for Allsvenskan for the first time.[3]

Background[edit]

Östersunds FK was created in 1996 when the three local clubs Ope IF, IFK Östersund and Östersund/Torvalla FF came together with the ambition to create a club in the city that would be able to establish itself in the top two tiers of Swedish football. The next year Frösö IF also joined the project. The newly formed club started out their existence in the third tier in 1997 and Östersund/Torvalla FF ceased to exist as a consequence.[4]

During the 2000s the club started taking on a British flavour and in 2007 the director of football Daniel Kindberg used his friendship with coaches Roberto Martínez and Graeme Jones to start a cooperation with Swansea City where Östersund would loan young players from the club. Swansea also came over to Östersund to play the inauguration game at the newly built stadium.[5]

After a poor 2010 season the club was relegated to the fourth tier for the first time ever. The next year Daniel Kindberg returned to the role as director of football and increased financial backing from local companies which enabled the hiring of more full-time staff. The club also brought in young English manager Graham Potter who was working at an English university at the time. Through several successful signings, some coming from Potters connections at Nike Football Academy, the club was able to win both the fourth tier and then the third tier immediately the year after.[6] The club was promoted to Superettan for the 2013 season and finished 10th that season.

In January 2014 the club announced that they had signed a half-billion kronor deal with the government of Libya to develop and educate Libyan football players. Under the terms of the deal, Östersunds FK will train 250 young men from Libya every year, excepting the first year in which they will receive 60 students. Those players will be taught English and computer skills in addition to sports theory and football training. The deal is expected to raise Östersund FKs yearly profits by over 50%.[7]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1997 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 7th
1998 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 2nd Promotion Playoffs
1999 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 1st Promotion Playoffs
2000 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2001 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 3rd
2002 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2003 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 2nd
2004 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 4th
2005 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 2nd Promoted
2006* Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2007 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2008 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 10th
2009 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2010 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 13th Relegated
2011 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
2013 Tier 2 Superettan 10th
2014 Tier 2 Superettan 5th
2015 Tier 2 Superettan 2nd Promoted

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [8]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2016[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Aly Keita
2 Sweden DF Stefan Karlsson
5 Ethiopia DF Walid Atta
6 Sweden DF Doug Bergqvist
8 England MF Jamie Hopcutt
10 Sweden MF Hosam Aiesh
11 United States FW Andrew Stadler
12 Sweden FW Ken Sema
14 Sweden DF Bobo Sollander
16 Sweden GK Hampus Nilsson (on loan from Djurgårdens IF)
17 England MF Curtis Edwards
No. Position Player
18 Nigeria FW Alhaji Gero
19 Sweden DF Dennis Widgren
20 Sweden MF Gabriel Somi
21 Comoros MF Fouad Bachirou
22 Sweden MF Brwa Nouri (vice captain)
23 Montserrat MF Alex Dyer (captain)
24 Sweden DF Ronald Mukiibi
25 Ghana DF Samuel Mensiro
27 Sweden MF Piotr Johansson (on loan from Malmö FF)
31 Sweden DF Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
93 Sweden FW Saman Ghoddos

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 11 August 2016[A]

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

No. Position Player
9 Sweden FW Gustav Forsberg
Sweden GK Edvin Olsson
No. Position Player
Sweden MF Tobias Sundström
Sweden FW Jonathan Engström

Out on loan[edit]

As of 11 August 2016

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

No. Position Player
4 Sweden MF Sebastian Lundbäck (at Team TG until 8 January 2017)

Notable players[edit]

This list of notable players includes those who have either been named player of the year at the club,[10] or has become league top goalscorer, or went on to play in Allsvenskan (or for larger clubs abroad).

Management[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

As of 16 January 2015[12]

Name Role
Sweden Daniel Kindberg Director of Football
England Graham Potter Head Coach
Scotland Billy Reid Assistant Coach
Sweden Björn Hamberg Assistant Coach
Analyst
Scotland Kyle Macaulay Scout
Analyst
England Brian Wake Assistant Coach
Sweden Linus Eriksson Goalkeeper Coach
Sweden Frida Eklund Physiotherapist
Sweden Bengt-Uno Nilsson Equipment Manager
Sweden Bengt Olsson Social Coach
England Rachel Potter Pilates Instructor
Sweden Jenny Larsson Physiotherapist

Managers[edit]

Attendances[edit]

In recent seasons Östersunds FK have had the following average attendances:

Jämtkraft Arena opened up in 2007 with a friendly game between Östersunds FK and Swansea City.[15]
Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2005 573 Div 2 Norrland Tier 3
2006 535 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2007 1,060 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2008 1,104 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2009 1,134 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2010 992 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2011 783 Div 2 Norrland Tier 4
2012 1,695 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2013 3,320 Superettan Tier 2
2014 3,022 Superettan Tier 2
2015 3,857 Superettan Tier 2

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [16]

Achievements[edit]

League[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 – Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar 2013 – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Östersunds FF Historia" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Östersunds satsar brittiskt" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "ÖFK Tillbakablick" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Superettan klubb får en halvmiljard" (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Truppen 2016" (in Swedish). Östersunds FK. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  11. ^ "Brian Wake – målkung i förbundsserierna". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  12. ^ "Truppen 2015". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  14. ^ "Heta möten mot Vasalund". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  15. ^ "Swansea till Östersund!!!". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  16. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Östersunds FK at Wikimedia Commons