AIK Fotboll

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AIK
AIK Fotboll logo.png
Full nameAllmänna Idrottsklubben
Nickname(s)Gnaget (The Gnaw)
Short nameAIK
Founded15 February 1891; 131 years ago (1891-02-15)
GroundFriends Arena, Solna, Stockholm
Capacity54,329 (50,653 international)[1]
ChairmanRobert Falck
Head coachAndreas Brännström
LeagueAllsvenskan
2022Allsvenskan, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

AIK Fotboll (LSE0DI2), more commonly known simply as AIK (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɑ̂ːiːˌkoː]), an abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben (meaning the public or general sports club), is a Swedish football club competing in Allsvenskan, the top flight of Swedish football. The club was founded 1891 in Stockholm and the football department was formed in 1896. AIK's home ground is Friends Arena, located in Solna, just north of Stockholm City Centre.

League champions in 2018, AIK has 12 championship titles and is third in the all-time Allsvenskan table. The club holds the record for having played the most seasons in the Swedish top flight. In addition, in this century AIK is the club that has finished top three in Allsvenskan the most times (11), and finished top three six times in a row (2013–2018).

In Europe, have qualified for the group stage of a UEFA competition; the club also reached the quarter-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, qualified for the 1999–00 UEFA Champions League group stage, and competed in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

History[edit]

Kit[edit]

The first shirt is black and the second shirt is white. Shorts are white or, on rare occasions, black. Socks are striped in black and yellow; second socks are all white. A yellow third jersey was used in 2004, an orange third jersey was used in 2007, a dark-blue third jersey was used in 2010 and a grey commemorative third jersey was used in 2016. A dark-blue first shirt was used for the 2017–2018 UEFA Europa League qualification campaign.

When Adidas was the kit provider, new kits were launched every even year. Nike, however, releases a new AIK kit every year, before the start of the new season.

Apart from the brand of their kit provider Nike, AIK has the logos of the following sponsors visible on their shirt and shorts: Notar, a real-estate agent; BenQ, a Taiwanese electronics company; Svea, a financial group; German automakers Volkswagen; and league sponsors Svenska Spel, a government-owned gambling company (whose logo is mandatory on the right sleeve of the shirts of all Allsvenskan teams).

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1975–77 Germany Adidas None
1978–80 Germany Puma
1981 Denmark Hummel Eldorado (grocery brand)
1982–84 England Umbro BPA (technical installation)
1985–88 United States Nike BPA or Första Sparbanken (banking company)
1989–90 Germany Puma Folksam (insurance company)
1991 Folksam or Kombilott (lottery)
1992 Folksam or Trippellott (lottery)
1995–96 Scandic (hotel chain)
1997 Hyundai (automaker)
1998–2016 Germany Adidas Åbro (brewery)
2017 Hjärt-Lungfonden (charity)[a]
Åbro
2018– United States Nike[3] Notar (real-estate agent)[4]
Truecaller (caller-ID app)[5]
  1. ^ Åbro donated the space to Hjärt-Lungfonden (a charitable fundraising organization) the first 20 games of the season.[2]

Stadium[edit]

Since the 2013 season, AIK play their home games at the Nationalarenan (known for sponsorship reasons as Friends Arena until 2023), which also houses the Swedish national football team. The decision which arena would replace Råsunda, the club's home up until the 2012 season, was made by a vote of the club's members, held in 2011, which resulted in a large majority favoring Nationalarenan over Tele2 Arena.[citation needed]

Support[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

AIK's main rival is Djurgården, also formed in 1891 in Stockholm, just three weeks after AIK. Widely considered the fiercest rivalry in Swedish – and arguably also Nordic – football,[6] the fixture between the clubs is known as Tvillingderbyt (the Twin derby). AIK also maintains a strong animosity towards the third major Stockholm side Hammarby. The club's biggest rival outside the Stockholm urban area is IFK Göteborg, followed by Malmö FF.

Attendances[edit]

In 2006 AIK had an average attendance of over 21,000, the highest in Sweden[7][8] In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000. AIK have had the highest average attendance 41 times,[9] more than any other club in Sweden. AIK finished the 2013 season with an average attendance of 18,900, the highest number in Scandinavia.[10] That was also the first season with the new arena. In 2018, AIK broke the record for most sold tickets in an Allsvenskan game in the derby against Hammarby two weeks before the game was played.[11]

Club culture[edit]

The club's entrance music and hymn is "Å vi e AIK" (meaning "Oh we are AIK"), a Swedish-lyric version (written in the 1980s) of a 1971 song, "The Last Farewell", originally performed by its co-writer, the British-Kenyan folk singer Roger Whittaker. The recording that has been used as AIK's entrance music since the mid 00s was released in 2002, an arrangement somewhat closer to Elvis Presley's 1976 cover of the song.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2023[12]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF Sweden SWE Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
5 DF Sweden SWE Alexander Milošević (Captain)
6 DF Kosovo KOS Jetmir Haliti
7 MF Denmark DEN Viktor Fischer (on loan from Royal Antwerp)
8 MF Sweden SWE Bilal Hussein
9 FW Sweden SWE Omar Faraj
11 FW Sweden SWE John Guidetti
12 DF Sweden SWE Axel Björnström
14 DF Sweden SWE Lucas Forsberg
15 GK Sweden SWE Kristoffer Nordfeldt
16 DF Finland FIN Robin Tihi
17 MF Luxembourg LUX Vincent Thill (on loan from Vorskla Poltava)
18 MF Sweden SWE Abdihakin Ali
19 FW Sweden SWE Calvin Kabuye
20 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Zachary Elbouzedi
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Sweden SWE Jimmy Durmaz
23 GK Serbia SRB Budimir Janošević
24 MF The Gambia GAM Jesper Ceesay
25 DF Kenya KEN Erick Otieno
28 DF Sweden SWE Rasmus Bonde
29 DF Kenya KEN Collins Sichenje
31 MF Nigeria NGA Abdussalam Magashy
32 DF Portugal POR Rui Modesto
37 DF Syria SYR Ahmad Faqa
43 FW Sweden SWE Victor Andersson
44 MF Sweden SWE Elias Durmaz
45 MF Sweden SWE Taha Ayari
47 FW Sweden SWE Alexander Fesshaie
MF Ivory Coast CIV Aboubakar Keita

Retired numbers[edit]

1 – Fans of the club[13]

Out on loan[edit]

As of 23 January 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW Sweden SWE Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka (at FC Luzern until 30 June 2023)
30 FW Kenya KEN Henry Atola (at Norrby IF until 31 December 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
34 FW Sweden SWE Erik Ring (at Helsingborgs IF until 31 December 2023)
35 GK Sweden SWE Samuel Brolin (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2023)

Notable past players[edit]

Non-playing personnel[edit]

Backroom staff[edit]

Position Name
Managing Director Sweden Manuel Lindberg
Assistant Managing Director Sweden Håkan Strandlund
Director of Sports Sweden Manuel Lindberg (interim)
Technical Director Sweden Peter Wennberg
Head Scout Sweden Tobias Ackerman

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Sweden Andreas Brännström
Assistant coach Eritrea Henok Goitom
Assistant coach Sweden Martin Falk
Goalkeeping coach Canada Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
Fitness coach Iceland Pálmar Hreinsson

Medical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Physiotherapist Sweden Stefan Tanda
Naprapath Sweden Luis Oyarzo

Other[edit]

Position Staff
Data analyst Sweden Lukas Arndt
Equipment manager Sweden Håkan Sjöberg
Co-ordinator Sweden Thomas Thudin

Coaching history[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Invitational[edit]

AIK in Europe[edit]

European games[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Agg. Notes
1964–65 International Football Cup Group C2 France Angers 4–1 1–3 Placed 2nd
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo 2–0 0–2
Czechoslovakia Slovnaft Bratislava 3–2 1–7
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Belgium Bruxelles 0–0 3–1 3–1
Second round Switzerland Servette 2–1 1–4 3–5
1966–67 International Football Cup Group B3 East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 0–0 1–4 Placed 4th
West Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 3–1 0–1
Poland Górnik Zabrze 1–1 2–3
1967 International Football Cup Group B6 Denmark AGF 1–0 2–1 Placed 3rd
East Germany Dynamo Dresden 1–4 2–1
Czechoslovakia Košice 1–1 0–4
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Norway Skeid 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round West Germany Hannover 96 4–2 2–5 6–7
1970 International Football Cup Group B3 Switzerland Lausanne Sports 1–1 2–2 Placed 3rd
France Marseille 2–2 2–6
Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec 2–1 1–2
1973 International Football Cup Group 2 West Germany Duisburg 3–1 1–1 Placed 3rd
Netherlands PSV 0–1 0–3
Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava 1–1 0–0
1973–74 UEFA Cup First round Denmark B 1903 1–1 1–2 2–3
1974 International Football Cup Group 6 Austria Linz 3–2 1–6 Placed 4th
Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–2
Poland Wisła Kraków 0–3 0–1
1975 International Football Cup Group 5 West Germany Tennis Borussia Berlin 2–3 3–1 Placed 4th
Poland Polonia Bytom 0–2 1–5
Czechoslovakia Zbrojovka Brno 1–2 0–2
1975–76 UEFA Cup First round Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 1–1 0–1 1–2
1976 International Football Cup Group 4 Czechoslovakia Baník Ostrava 0–1 0–2 Placed 4th
West Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 1–3 1–2
Austria Tirol Innsbruck 3–3 1–3
1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Turkey Galatasaray 1–2 1–1 2–3
1984 International Football Cup Group 5 Poland Górnik Zabrze 2–3 0–1 Placed 1st
East Germany Magdeburg 2–0 2–0
West Germany Nürnberg 8–2 2–1
1984–85 UEFA Cup First round Scotland Dundee United 1–0 0–3 1–3
1985 International Football Cup Group 4 Czechoslovakia Bohemians Praha 2–1 1–1 Placed 1st
Switzerland St. Gallen 0–1 6–1
Hungary Videoton 3–0 0–1
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange 8–0 5–0 13–0
Second round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 2–2 0–1 2–3
1987 International Football Cup Group 6 Poland Lech Poznań 4–1 0–0 Placed 1st
Denmark Lyngby 3–1 2–0
Czechoslovakia Plastika Nitra 0–0 0–1
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round Czechoslovakia Vítkovice 0–2 1–1 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Champions League First round Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–0 0–2 1–2
1994 International Football Cup Group 3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 3–2 Placed 1st
Switzerland Lausanne Sports 2–1
Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam 2–2
Austria Tirol Innsbruck 2–0
1994–95 UEFA Cup Prel. round Lithuania Mažeikiai 2–0 2–0 4–0
First round Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–0 2–2 2–2 Away goal
Second round Italy Parma 0–1 0–2 0–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Iceland KR 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second round France Nîmes Olympique 0–1 3–1 3–2
Quarter-final Spain Barcelona 1–1 1–3 2–4
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Slovenia Primorje 0–1 1–1 1–2
1999–00 UEFA Champions League Second round Belarus Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 2–0 1–0 3–0
Third round Greece AEK Athens 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group B England Arsenal 2–3 1–3 Placed 4th
Spain Barcelona 1–2 0–5
Italy Fiorentina 0–0 0–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qual. round Belarus Gomel 1–0 2–0 3–0
First round Denmark Herfølge 0–1 1–1 1–2
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Wales Carmarthen Town 3–0 0–0 3–0
Second round Denmark OB 2–0 2–2 4–2
Third round France Troyes 1–2 1–2 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qual. round Iceland ÍBV 2–0 3–1 5–1
First round Turkey Fenerbahçe 3–3 1–3 4–6
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qual. round Iceland Fylkir 1–0 0–0 1–0
First round Spain Valencia 0–1 0–1 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qual. round Northern Ireland Glentoran 4–0 5–0 9–0
Second qual. round Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs 2–0 2–3 4–3
First round Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–1 0–0 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qual. round Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qual. round Norway Rosenborg 0–1 0–3 0–4
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round Bulgaria Levski Sofia 0–0 1–2 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qual. round Iceland FH 1–1 1–0 2–1
Third qual. round Poland Lech Poznań 3–0 0–1 3–1
Play-off round Russia CSKA 0–1 2–0 2–1
Group F Ukraine Dnipro 2–3 0–4 Placed 4th
Italy Napoli 1–2 0–4
Netherlands PSV 1–0 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qual. round Northern Ireland Linfield 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third qual. round Kazakhstan Astana 0–3 1–1 1–4
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qual. round Finland VPS 4–0 2–2 6–2
Second qual. round Armenia Shirak 2–0 2–0 4–0
Third qual. round Greece Atromitos 1–3 0–1 1–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qual. round Wales Bala Town 2–0 2–0 4–0
Second qual. round Gibraltar Europa FC 1–0 1–0 2–0
Third qual. round Greece Panathinaikos 0–1 0–2 0–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qual. round Faroe Islands 0–0 5–0 5–0
Second qual. round Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 2–0 0–0 2–0
Third qual. round Portugal Braga 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League First qual. round Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second qual. round Denmark Nordsjælland 0–1 0–1 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Champions League First qual. round Armenia Ararat-Armenia 3–1 1–2 4–3
Second qual. round Slovenia Maribor 3−2 (a.e.t.) 1–2 4−4 (a)
UEFA Europa League Third qual. round Moldova Sheriff 1–1 2–1 3–2
Play-off round Scotland Celtic 1–4 0–2 1–6
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League Second qual. round Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 2−0 (a.e.t.) 2–3 4−3
Third qual. round North Macedonia Shkëndija 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (3–2 p)
Play-off round Czech Republic Slovácko 0−1 0–3 0−4

UEFA Team rank[edit]

The following list ranks the current position of AIK in UEFA ranking:

Rank Team Points
190 Austria FK Austria Wien 6.720
191 Austria TSV Hartberg 6.720
192 Austria FC Admira Wacker Mödling 6.720
193 Latvia FK RFS 6.500
194 Sweden AIK 6.500
195 Malta Hibernians F.C. 6.500
196 Kazakhstan FC Tobol 6.500
197 Romania FC Petrocub Hîncești 6.500
198 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 6.500

As of 16 January 2023.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/swe/friends_arena[bare URL]
  2. ^ "Åbros sista år som huvudsponsor – skänker platsen på tröjan" (in Swedish).
  3. ^ "AIK Fotboll inleder nytt samarbete med Nike från 2018" (in Swedish).
  4. ^ "Notar ny huvudsamarbetspartner till AIK Fotboll". 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Truecaller ny officiell huvudpartner till AIK Fotboll – vill göra skillnad i samhället". 16 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Marching With the Black Army". Sports. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. ^ "AIK Fotboll". Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Publiksnitt år för år". Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Allmänna Idrottsklubben on Instagram: "Med 13 dagar till avspark i derbyt har vi nu passerat rekordnoteringen från 2015! Det här blir en dag för historieböckerna som du INTE vill…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 26 December 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). AIK. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  13. ^ "AIK Fotboll skänker tröja nummer 1 till publiken" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  15. ^ García, Javier (2009). "International Tournaments (Paris) 1904–1935: Tournoi de Pentecôte de Paris 1921". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  16. ^ "11th Edition of Community Shield to Open Inaugural Singapore Premier League Season". 27 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Official[edit]

Major fan websites[edit]