Östersunds FK

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Östersunds FK
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Full name Östersunds Fotbollsklubb
Founded 31 October 1996; 21 years ago (31 October 1996)
Ground Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Ground Capacity 9,165[1]
Chairman Daniel Kindberg
Manager Graham Potter
League Allsvenskan
2017 Allsvenskan, 5th
Current season

Östersunds Fotbollsklubb, commonly known simply as Östersunds FK, Östersund (Swedish pronunciation: [œstɛˈʂɵnd]) or (especially locally) ÖFK, is a Swedish professional football club located in Östersund, Sweden. The club was formed in 1996 as a merger of several Östersund clubs. The club is affiliated to the Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund[2] 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,[3] and since 2016 they played in the Swedish first tier, Allsvenskan.

Background[edit]

Östersunds FK was created in 1996 when the three local clubs Ope IF, IFK Östersund and Östersund/Torvalla FF merged, aiming to create a club in 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] IFK Östersund, Ope IF och Östersund/Torvalla FF (ÖTFF). In 2000 a fifth club, Fältjägarnas IF, was also merged into the club.

During the 2000s the club started taking on an English 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 Potter's 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 would train 250 young men from Libya every year, except the first year in which they will receive 60 students. Those players would be taught English and computer skills in addition to sports theory and football training. The deal was expected to raise Östersund FKs yearly profits by over 50%.[7] The deal with the Libyan state never came to life, thus meaning no students came to Östersund and no money was received by the club.[8]

On 27 October 2015, the club was promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time.[9] In 2017, they managed to win their first major trophy, Svenska Cupen, after defeating IFK Norrköping 4–1 in the final, also qualifying for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, marking their first appearance in a European competition tournament. In their Europa League debut in the second qualifying round on 13 July 2017, Östersunds earned a shock 2–0 victory against Turkish giants Galatasaray at the Jämtkraft Arena and eliminated them after a 1–1 draw in Istanbul. Two goals by Saman Ghoddos in a win against PAOK on August 24 saw them qualify for the Group Stage at the first time of asking, at the same time making them the only Swedish representative in the season's UEFA competition and making Graham Potter the only British manager in the Europa League Group Stage. After losing only one game in their campaign, they finished second in a group featuring Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin, becoming the first Swedish club to progress beyond the Europa League group stage.[10]

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
2016 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 8th
2017 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 5th

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [11]

European record[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Accurate as of 15 February 2018
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Europa League 13 7 3 3 17 12 +5 053.85
Total 13 7 3 3 17 12 +5 053.85

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2Q Turkey Galatasaray 2–0 1–1 3–1
3Q Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–0 2–1 3–1
PO Greece PAOK 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
Group J Spain Athletic Bilbao 2–2 0–1 2nd
Germany Hertha BSC 1–0 1–1
Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2–0 2–0
R32 England Arsenal 0–3
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group Stage
  • R32: Round of 32

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 February 2018[12]

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 Tom Pettersson
3 Sweden MF Tesfaldet Tekie (on loan from Gent)
4 Sweden DF Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
6 Sweden DF Doug Bergqvist
8 England FW Jamie Hopcutt
9 Nigeria FW Alhaji Gero
10 State of Palestine FW Hosam Aiesh
11 Sweden MF Johan Bertilsson
12 Sweden MF Ken Sema
13 Sweden MF Ludvig Fritzson
17 England MF Curtis Edwards
No. Position Player
18 Sweden GK Andreas Andersson
19 Sweden DF Dennis Widgren
22 Iraq MF Brwa Nouri (captain)
23 Ghana DF Samuel Mensiro
24 Sweden DF Ronald Mukiibi
31 England GK Andrew Mills
32 Ghana DF Patrick Kpozo
77 Sweden DF Noah Sonko Sundberg
80 Ghana MF Frank Arhin
93 Iran FW Saman Ghoddos
99 Sweden FW Dino Islamović
Sweden MF Smajl Suljević

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 11 August 2017[A]

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

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

Notable players[edit]

This list of notable players includes those who have either been named player of the year at the club,[13] 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 30 July 2017[15]

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
Sweden Jan Hansson Doctor
Sweden Michael Lagercrantz Physiotherapist
Sweden Alexander Kindberg Team Manager

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.[18]
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
2016 5,914 Allsvenskan Tier 1
2017 5,265 Allsvenskan Tier 1

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [19]

Honours[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evenemangsarena: Jämtkraft Arena". www.ostersund.se. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar 2013 – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Östersunds FF Historia" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Östersunds satsar brittiskt" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. 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. ^ "Libyen-samarbete skjuts upp ytterligare" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  9. ^ Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Playing Arsenal is like Christmas': How Graham Potter transformed Ostersund and inspired Sweden's north". The Independent. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). Östersunds FK. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Brian Wake – målkung i förbundsserierna". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  15. ^ "Truppen 2015". Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  16. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  17. ^ "Heta möten mot Vasalund". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  18. ^ "Swansea till Östersund!!!". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  19. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Östersunds FK at Wikimedia Commons