Dalkurd FF

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Dalkurd
Dalkurd FF logo.gif
Full name Dalkurd Fotbollsförening
Founded 26 September 2004; 13 years ago (2004-09-26)
Ground Gavlevallen
Ground Capacity 6,500
Owner Dalkurd FF (51%)
Sarkat Junad Rekani and
Kawa Junad Rekani (49%)
Chairman Ramazan Kizil
Coach Adil Kizil (caretaker)
League Allsvenskan
2017 Superettan, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club website

Dalkurd Fotbollsförening, commonly known as Dalkurd FF or simply Dalkurd (Swedish pronunciation: [²dɑːlkɵrd]) is a Swedish football club based in Uppsala.[1] The club play in the Allsvenskan, which is the top tier of football in the country. On 26 September 2004, the club was originally founded by members of the Kurdish diaspora in Borlänge, Dalarna.

On 24 November 2017, Dalkurd chose to move their senior team operations to Uppsala, some 140 kilometers southeast of Borlänge, where they will play at the new ground Nya Studenternas IP following its opening in 2020.[1] In the 2018 season, however, Dalkurd will play their home games at Gavlevallen in Gävle, some 110 kilometers north of Uppsala (and roughly 110 kilometers east of Borlänge).[2] Where the club will play in 2019 is not decided. Dalkurd FF are affiliated with Upplands Fotbollförbund.[3]

History[edit]

The club was formed in Borlänge in 2004 by a group of Kurds. It started as a social project to contribute to the youth of Borlänge by offering activities for them. IK Brage helped financing the project.[4][5] In the first season the squad consisted of an average age of 17 years. Beside contributing to the youngsters, the chairman, Ramazan Kizil, had a high expectation from the football players and an ultimate goal: he wanted to take Dalkurd to the professional levels of the Swedish league.[6] Dalkurd won every division they participated in from their very first season in 2005 to 2009. By this uncommon success they got a lot of media attention, both in Sweden and in other countries.

The club narrowly avoided catastrophe when travelling home from Spain in March 2015. The club had initially intended to fly from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on Germanwings Flight 9525, but changed their booking at the last minute when they decided the layover in Germany would be too long.[7] Flight 4U 9525 crashed into the French Alps on March 24, killing everyone on board.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
2005 Tier 7 Division 6 Dalarna Mellersta 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 7 Division 5 Dalarna Södra 1st Promoted
2007 Tier 6 Division 4 Dalarna 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 5 Division 3 Södra Norrland 1st Promoted
2009 Tier 4 Division 2 Norra Svealand 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 6th
2011 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 4th
2012 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 8th
2013 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 2nd Promotion Playoffs
2014 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 3rd
2015 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 2 Superettan 4th
2017 Tier 2 Superettan 2nd Promoted
2018 Tier 1 Allsvenskan

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

Supporters[edit]

Roj Fans
Established 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Type Supporter club
Headquarters Borlänge,  Sweden
Website https://www.facebook.com/Rojfans

In 2010, the official supporter club from Västerås for Dalkurd FF with the name "Roj Fans" was founded. They are an independent non-profit making organisation.

Crest and colours[edit]

The club plays in home white shirts, shorts and socks. The crest consist of a round circle with the flag of Kurdistan as well as two Dalecarlian horses. "Dal" and "Kurd FF" is spelled out in white letters on the top and bottom of the crest, as well as the year 2004.

Honours[edit]

Dalkurd FF honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Division 1 Norra
1
2015
Division 2 Norra Svealand 2009
Division 3 Södra Norrland 2008
Division 4 Dalarna 2007
Division 5 Dalarna Södra 2006
Division 6 Dalarna Mellersta 2005

Players[edit]

The Dalkurd starting eleven lining up before a game wearing their green home kit.

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 March 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
1 Sweden GK Sixten Mohlin (on loan from Malmö FF)
2 Sweden MF Henrik Löfkvist
3 The Gambia DF Kebba Ceesay
4 United States DF Alex DeJohn
5 Netherlands MF Rewan Amin
6 Sweden MF Robin Tranberg
7 Sweden MF Rawez Lawan (vice captain)
8 Eritrea MF Ammar Ahmed
9 Kosovo FW Leonard Pllana
10 State of Palestine FW Ahmed Awad
11 Japan MF Yukiya Sugita
12 Turkey GK Abdülaziz Demircan
No. Position Player
13 United States MF Andrew Stadler
14 Norway MF Oliver Berg
15 Sweden DF Alexander Ekblad
18 Sweden MF Johan Bertilsson
19 Morocco FW Younes Bnou Marzouk (on loan from Lugano)
21 Iraq DF Peshraw Azizi (captain)
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Heradi Rashidi
25 Sweden DF Malkolm Moënza
33 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Irfan Jašarević
54 Sweden DF Simon Strand
77 Sierra Leone FW Mohamed Buya Turay
94 Sweden MF Ferhad Ayaz

Personnel[edit]

Attendances[edit]

In recent seasons Dalkurd FF have had the following average attendances:

Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2007 Not available Div 4 Dalarna Tier 6
2008 179 Div 3 Södra Norrland Tier 5
2009 456 Div 2 Norra Svealand Tier 4
2010 298 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2011 315 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2012 365 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2013 282 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2014 466 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2015 475 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2016 1,119 Superettan Tier 2

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [10]

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