AIK Fotboll

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AIK logo.svg
Full nameAllmänna Idrottsklubben
Nickname(s)Gnaget (The Gnaw)
Short nameAIK
Founded15 February 1891; 129 years ago (1891-02-15)
1896; 124 years ago (1896) (football department)
GroundFriends Arena, Solna, Stockholm
ChairmanRobert Falck
Head coachBartosz Grzelak
2019Allsvenskan, 4th
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 in central Stockholm County.

League champions 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). AIK is consequently the Swedish club that has qualified for UEFA club competitions the most times this century.

Affiliated with the Stockholm Football Association,[1] AIK is the only side from Stockholm to have qualified for the group stage of a UEFA competition; the club reached the quarter-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, and competed in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage.


Colors, badge and kit[edit]


AIK's primary colours are black and yellow. White is the secondary colour.


AIK's crest is dark blue, yellow and gold. The crest's style is arguably art nouveau, the predominant style at the turn of the 20th century. AIK's crest was created by Fritz Carlsson-Carling, a runner and football player. Contrary to popular belief, the sun has nothing to do with Solna Town's coat of arms. Solna was not a city until 1943, i.e. six years after Råsunda Football Stadium was completed and 52 years after AIK was founded in Stockholm City Centre.


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; Stadium, a sporting-goods retail chain; German automakers Volkswagen; and league sponsors Svenska Spel, a government-owned gambling company (whose logo is 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]
2018– United States Nike[3] Notar (real-estate agent)[4]
  1. ^ Åbro donated the space to Hjärt-Lungfonden (a charitable fundraising organization) the first 20 games of the season.[2]


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]


Fans of the club are referred to as AIK:are or gnagare (meaning rodent); both words are the same in singular and plural.

Although AIK fans can be found all over Stockholm and Sweden, the northwestern central Stockholm urban area might be considered the club's stronghold. The blue line of the Metro, a route which is often referred to in AIK's club culture, runs through this area, and both the club's current and previous home grounds are situated there.

Notable fans of AIK include Lennart Johansson, president of UEFA 1990–2007 and dubbed "the Father of the Champions League"; Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden; her spouse Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland; songwriter and producer Max Martin; and Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify.

The club's most important fan clubs are Black Army, Ultras Nord, Sol Invictus and Firman Boys. AIK Tifo organizes the club's terrace choreography.


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,[5] 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.


In 2006 AIK had an average attendance of over 21,000, the highest in Sweden[6][7] In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000. AIK have had the highest average attendance 39 times,[citation needed] more than any other club in Sweden. AIK finished the 2013 season with an average attendance of 18,900, the highest number in Scandinavia.[8] 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.[9]

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.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 21 April 2020[10]

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

No. Position Player
2 Norway DF Daniel Granli
3 Sweden DF Per Karlsson
5 Estonia DF Karol Mets
6 Sweden MF Panajotis Dimitriadis
7 Sweden MF Sebastian Larsson (vice-captain)
8 Ghana MF Enoch Kofi Adu
9 Iceland FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
10 Sweden MF Nabil Bahoui
11 Sweden FW Stefan Silva
12 Lebanon DF Felix Michel
13 Canada GK Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
14 Sweden FW Paulos Abraham
15 Sweden DF Robert Lundström
16 Sweden DF Robin Tihi
No. Position Player
17 Ghana MF Ebenezer Ofori
18 Sweden MF Bilal Hussein
19 Finland MF Saku Ylätupa
20 Sweden DF Rasmus Lindkvist
21 Albania FW Jasir Asani (on loan from FK Partizani Tirana)
23 Serbia GK Budimir Janošević
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Heradi Rashidi
25 Kenya DF Erick Ouma Otieno
28 Tunisia DF Adam Ben Lamin
29 Sweden MF Eric Kahl
31 Denmark GK Jakob Haugaard
32 Sweden MF Tom Strannegård
36 Eritrea FW Henok Goitom (captain)

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 19 November 2019[A]

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

No. Position Player

Out on loan[edit]

As of 20 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
16 Sweden FW Daniel Mushitu (to IF Karlstad until 31 december 2020)
No. Position Player
35 Sweden GK Samuel Brolin (to Akropolis IF until 31 December 2020)

Retired numbers[edit]

1 – Fans of the club[11]

Notable past players[edit]

Non-playing personnel[edit]

Backroom staff[edit]

Position Name
Managing Director Sweden Jens T. Andersson
Assistant Managing Director Sweden Håkan Strandlund
Director of Sports Sweden Björn Wesström
Assistant Director of Sports Sweden Henrik Jurelius
Scout Sweden Tobias Ackerman

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Sweden Bartosz Grzelak
Assistant Coach Sweden Patrik Jildefalk
Goalkeeping Coach Canada Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
Individual Coach Republic of Ireland Sean O'Shea
Fitness Coach England Michael Lawson

Medical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Club Doctor Sweden Jonas Lundmark
Naprapath Sweden Luis Oyarzo


Position Staff
Equipment Manager Sweden Håkan Sjöberg
Co-ordinator Sweden Thomas Thudin
Kitchen Manager Sweden Susanne Andkleven

Managerial history[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

UEFA Team rank[edit]

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

Rank Team Points
153 Netherlands Heracles Almelo 7.150
154 Netherlands FC Groningen 7.150
155 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles 7.150
156 Slovakia ŠK Slovan Bratislava 7.000
157 Sweden AIK 7.000
158 Wales The New Saints FC 7.000
159 Finland HJK Helsinki 7.000
160 Czech Republic FK Jablonec 7.000
161 Belarus FC Dinamo Minsk 7.000

As of 9 March 2020.[1]


  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  2. ^ 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.[12]


  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund –". Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  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. ^ "Marching With the Black Army". Sports. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  6. ^ "AIK Fotboll". Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Allsvensk statistik –". Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Allsvensk statistik –". Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "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. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). AIK. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  11. ^ "AIK Fotboll skänker tröja nummer 1 till publiken" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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  14. ^ "11th Edition of Community Shield to Open Inaugural Singapore Premier League Season". 27 March 2018.

External links[edit]


Major fan websites[edit]