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AIK
Allmänna Idrottsklubben Ishockey Logo.svg
Full name Allmänna Idrottsklubben
Nickname(s) Gnaget
Short name AIK
Founded 15 February 1891; 127 years ago (1891-02-15)
1896; 122 years ago (1896) (football department)
Ground Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm
Ground Capacity 50,622
Chairman Eric Ljunggren
Head coach Rikard Norling
League Allsvenskan
2017 Allsvenskan, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

AIK Fotboll (LSE0DI2), more commonly known simply as AIK (Swedish pronunciation: [²ɑːiːˌkoː]), an abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben (English: the public sports club), is a Swedish football club from Stockholm, competing in Sweden's first tier, Allsvenskan. AIK's home ground is Friends Arena, located in Solna, a municipality in Stockholm bordering the City Centre. The club was formed in 1891 and the football department was formed in 1896.

League champions eleven times, winning their latest championship title in 2009, and runners-up six times since 1999, AIK are 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, AIK is the club that has finished top three in Allsvenskan the most times (ten) in this century, and is consequently the Swedish club that has qualified for UEFA club competitions the most times during said period.

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

History[edit]

Colors, badge and kit[edit]

Colours[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.

Badge[edit]

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.

Kit[edit]

The home shirt is black and the away shirt is white. Shorts are white or, on rare occasions, black. Socks are striped in black and yellow; away 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 home shirt was used for the 2017–2018 UEFA Europa League qualification campaign.

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 Adidas None
1978–80 Puma
1981 Hummel Eldorado (grocery brand)
1982–84 Umbro BPA (technical installation)
1985–88 Nike BPA or Första Sparbanken (banking company)
1989–90 Puma Folksam (insurance company)
1991 Folksam or Kombilott (lottery)
1992 Folksam or Trippellott (lottery)
1995–96 Scandic (hotel chain)
1997 Hyundai (automaker)
1998–2016 Adidas Åbro (brewery)
2017 Hjärt-Lungfonden (charity)[a]
Åbro
2018– 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]

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]

Supporters[edit]

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

Although AIK fans can be found all over Stockholm and Sweden, some AIK fans consider the northwestern Stockholm urban area 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.

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.

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,[5] the fixture between the clubs is known as the Tvillingderbyt (literally Derby of the twins). AIK also maintains a strong animosity towards another 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[6][7] In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000. AIK have had the highest average attendance 38 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.

Club culture[edit]

The club's entrance music and hymn is "Å vi e AIK" ("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 10 August 2018[9]

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

No. Position Player
2 Iceland DF Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
3 Sweden DF Per Karlsson
5 Sweden DF Jesper Nyholm
6 Sweden DF Alexander Milošević
7 Sweden MF Kristoffer Olsson
8 Ghana MF Enoch Kofi Adu
9 Sweden DF Rasmus Lindkvist
10 Sweden FW Denni Avdić
11 Sweden FW Stefan Silva
13 Canada GK Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
14 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Heradi Rashidi
15 Sweden DF Robert Lundström
16 Sweden MF Sebastian Larsson
No. Position Player
17 Sweden FW Daniel Mushitu
18 Sweden MF Bilal Hussein
19 Iraq MF Ahmed Yasin Ghani
20 Norway MF Tarik Elyounoussi
21 Sweden DF Daniel Sundgren
22 Argentina FW Nicolás Stefanelli
23 Serbia GK Budimir Janošević
24 Sweden DF Robin Jansson
25 Sweden DF Panajotis Dimitriadis
26 Sweden DF Joel Ekstrand
34 Sweden GK Oscar Linnér
36 Eritrea FW Henok Goitom (captain)

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 15 July 2018[A]

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

No. Position Player
32 Sweden DF Adam Ben Lamin
33 Sweden MF Niklas Persson
No. Position Player
35 Sweden GK Samuel Brolin
43 Sweden FW Albin Linnér

Out on loan[edit]

As of 23 June 2018

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

No. Position Player
14 Finland MF Robert Taylor (at Tromsø IL until 31 December 2018)
31 Sweden MF Christos Gravius (at Degerfors IF until 31 December 2018)
Sweden MF Rickson Mansiamina (at Vasalunds IF until 31 December 2018)

Retired numbers[edit]

1 – Fans of the club[10]

Notable past players[edit]

Backroom staff and club officials[edit]

Name Position
Rikard Norling Head Coach
Bartosz Grzelak Assistant Coaches
Patric Jildefalk
Kyriakos Stamatopoulos Goalkeeper Coach
Thomas Thudin Assistant Goalkeeper Coach and Co-ordinator
Johan Svensson Physical Coach
Karel Zyto Club Doctor
Luis Oyarzo Naprapath
Håkan Sjöberg Equipment Manager
Name Position
Jens T Andersson Managing Director
Håkan Strandlund Assistant Managing Director
Björn Wesström Director of Sports
Henrik Jurelius Assistant Director of Sports
Tobias Ackerman Head Scout
Lukas Arndt Video Manager

Managerial history[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[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

UEFA Team rank[edit]

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

Rank Team Points
233 Poland Piast Gliwice 4.025
234 Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz 4.025
235 Poland Cracovia 4.025
236 Scotland Aberdeen 4.025
237 Sweden AIK 4.000
237 Estonia Kalju 4.000
238 Sweden Göteborg 4.000
239 Sweden Norrköping 3.995
240 Sweden Häcken 3.995

As of 26 February 2018.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  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. 
  6. ^ "AIK Fotboll". Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Allsvensk statistik — svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Allsvensk statistik — svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). AIK. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "AIK Fotboll skänker tröja nummer 1 till publiken" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official[edit]

Major fan websites[edit]