Östersunds FK

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Full name Östersunds Fotbollsklubb
Founded 31 October 1996; 20 years ago (31 October 1996)
Ground Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Ground Capacity 9,164
Chairman Daniel Kindberg
Manager Graham Potter
League Allsvenskan
2016 Allsvenskan, 8th
Current season

Östersunds Fotbollsklubb, commonly known simply as Östersunds FK, Östersund or (especially locally) ÖFK, 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]and in 2016 they played in the Swedish first tier, Allsvenskan, for the first time ever.

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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%.[6]

On 27 October 2015, the club promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time.[7] In 2017, they have 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 presence 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 on 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.

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

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

European record[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)
GS Spain Athletic Bilbao
Germany Hertha BSC
Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2–0
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group Stage

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2017[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 Tom Pettersson
4 Sweden DF Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
6 Sweden DF Doug Bergqvist
8 England FW Jamie Hopcutt
9 Nigeria FW Alhaji Gero
10 Sweden FW Hosam Aiesh
11 Sweden MF Johan Bertilsson
12 Sweden MF Ken Sema
13 Sweden MF Ludvig Fritzson
14 Sweden DF Bobo Sollander
15 Sweden DF Tim Björkström (on loan from Djurgårdens IF)
No. Position Player
17 England MF Curtis Edwards
18 Sweden GK Andreas Andersson (on loan from Gefle IF)
19 Sweden DF Dennis Widgren
20 Syria DF Gabriel Somi
21 Comoros MF Fouad Bachirou (vice captain)
22 Iraq MF Brwa Nouri (captain)
23 Ghana DF Samuel Mensiro
24 Sweden DF Ronald Mukiibi
32 Ghana DF Patrick Kpozo
33 Sweden GK Emil Hedvall
80 Ghana MF Frank Arhin
93 Sweden FW Saman Ghoddos

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

Out on loan[edit]

As of 11 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
7 Sweden MF Sebastian Lundbäck (at Team TG until 8 January 2018)

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 30 July 2017[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
Sweden Jan Hansson Doctor
Sweden Michael Lagercrantz Masseur
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.[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
2016 5,914 Allsvenskan Tier 1

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

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[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. ^ "Östersunds FF Historia" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Östersunds satsar brittiskt" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "ÖFK Tillbakablick" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Superettan klubb får en halvmiljard" (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Truppen" (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