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Djurgårdens IF
Full name Djurgårdens Idrottsförening
Nickname(s) Blåränderna (The Blue Stripes)
Järnkaminerna (The Iron Stoves)
Short name DIF
Founded 12 March 1891; 124 years ago (1891-03-12)
1899; 117 years ago (1899) (football department)
Ground Tele2 Arena, Stockholm
Ground Capacity 30,000
Chairman Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Head coach Per Olsson
League Allsvenskan
2015 Allsvenskan, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Djurgårdens IF Fotbollsförening (commonly known as Djurgården [ˈjʉːr.ˈɡoːɖɛn] or informally Djurgår'n [ˈjʉː(r)ɡɔɳ]; abbreviated DIF ([diːf]) is the association football department of Djurgårdens IF and is based at Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov, Stockholm.

Formed in 1891, the club has 11 national championship titles and 4 national cup titles. Djurgården has won their Swedish championships during three eras. The first one occurred during the 1910s when the club won four championships, the second during the 1950s and 1960s with the same amount of championships. The latest era occurred in the first half of the 00s: they finished second in 2001, won Allsvenskan and the cup – Svenska Cupen – in 2002, Allsvenskan in 2003, and Svenska Cupen in 2004, before winning Allsvenskan for a third time in 2005. They currently play in the top Swedish tier, Allsvenskan. The club is affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund.[1]



Djurgårdens IF was founded 12 March 1891 at a café in Alberget 4A on the island of Djurgården. Most of the founding members were young working class men.[2] The first real football field in Stockholm was created in 1896. Djurgårdens IF's football department was formed in 1899, with the help of former GAIS-player Teodor Andersson.[3] Djurgården played their first match in July 1899, a 1–2 loss against AIK.[3]

First era[edit]

Djurgården playing against IK Brage at Stockholms Stadion in 1930.

The first real achievement was made in 1902 when the team finished second in the tournament Rosenska Pokalen. Just two years later, in 1904, the first Swedish Championship final of the club was played, ending in a defeat against Örgryte IS. The team finished second in three more finals before the first Championship victory came in 1912 after two draws in the final matches against Örgryte, and a replay which Djurgården won. The club won three more Swedish Championships in the early years, in 1915 against Örgryte, 1917 against AIK and 1920 against IK Sleipner. However, DIF never managed to win Svenska Serien, the top Swedish league of the period, before the club's first great era ended. Between 1911 and 1935, Tranebergs Idrottsplats was the homeground for Djurgården. For the 1912 Summer Olympics, Stockholms Stadion was built. It became Djurgården's permanent home arena in 1936.

The club did not qualify for the first season of Allsvenskan, and only reached that league twice between 1924 and 1944, being directly relegated back down to Division 2 both times. The club did also play three seasons in the then third highest league, Division 3, between 1929 and 1932. From 1944 on, the club became a stable Allsvenskan club. In 1951, the team became runners-up in Svenska Cupen after Malmö FF; this was the team's first Cup final.

Second era[edit]

The second great era took place in the 1950s and 1960s, winning Allsvenskan four times during the period. Djurgården's fifth Swedish championships, and first Allsvenskan championship, was taken in the 1954–55 season under the lead of Frank Soo. In the 1955–56 season, Djurgården became the first Swedish team to enter the European Cup.[3] Beating Gwardia Warszawa in the first round, Djurgården advanced to quarter finals against Scottish Hibernian that they lost by 1–4 over two matches.[3]

In 1959, both the football team and Djurgårdens IF's hockey team won their respective Swedish Championships of Sweden's two most popular sports, a remarkable happening. The 1959 title was secured on Råsunda Stadium, in front of 48,894 people, marking a record attendance for Djurgården, with a team of Sven Tumba, Birger Eklund, Lars Broström, John Eriksson, Hans Karlsson, Gösta Sandberg, Olle Hellström, Stig Gustafsson, Arne Arvidsson, Hans Mild and Sigge Parling.[3]

The year after, in the 1960 season Djurgården finished 11th and was relegated to Division 2. The team only needed one year to return to Allsvenskan. In 1964 and 1966, Djurgården took its seventh and eight championships, with 1966 marking the end of the career of Gösta Sandberg.[3] Sandberg played 322 league matches for the team 1951–66 and scored 77 goals.

It's during this era that the nickname "Järnkaminerna" ("The Iron Stoves") was established, due to the clubs physical playing style. The ideal of a strong and uncomprimising Djurgården player might also be traced back to the clubs working class roots.[2]

Middle years[edit]

The 1970s saw no greater successes, however Djurgården was steady in Allsvenskan and had three third-places and a final loss in the 1975 Svenska Cupen Final as the best results. Gary Williams became the first foreign player in the team in the 1977 season.

A chart showing the progress of Djurgårdens IF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

The 1980s was not a good decade for the club, being relegated from Allsvenskan in 1981, and losing two promotion play-offs, before making a one-year visit in the highest league in 1986, although DIF returned two years later, and stayed in Allsvenskan for five consecutive seasons, but had no greater success except losing the Championship final in 1988. In 1987, Djurgårdens IF Fotboll presented a 12 million SEK deficit and later transformed into an aktiebolag.[4] Former England striker Teddy Sheringham had a brief spell at Djurgården early in his career, as a 19-year-old loanee in 1985.

The 1990s saw Djurgården being relegated from Allsvenskan no less than three times, and being promoted back two times. During this decade, the club suffered from great economical problems and was close to bankruptcy. The 1995 season started well, but ended bad; in the last home match of the 1995 Allsvenskan, a supporter, later named Terror-Tommy in media, came on pitch and kicked referee Anders Frisk.[3]

Third era[edit]

In the middle of 1999 season, Zoran Lukic and Sören Åkeby took over the team and won the inaugural 2000 Superettan and finished 2nd as newly promoted in the 2001 Allsvenskan. With a team consisting of Stefan Rehn, Kim Källström, Andreas Johansson, and Andreas Isaksson, Djurgården secured its first title in 36 years in the last round of the 2002 Allsvenskan.[3] The first half of the 2000s was a golden era for the club, with three championships (2002, 2003 and 2005) and three cup wins (2002, 2004 and 2005). This marked the end of the golden era for Djurgården, which ended on sixth place in 2006. The club was one of the main contenders for the league championship in 2007, which ultimately lead to a third place. The results went downhill in 2008 and 2009; Djurgården ended up on 14th place in 2009, and had to play through a relegation playoff against Assyriska Föreningen to remain in Allsvenskan.

In the early 2010s, Djurgården was a mid-Allsvenskan team finishing 7th to 11th between 2010 and 2014.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

See also: Järnkaminerna
Tvillingderbyt in the 1950–51 Allsvenskan season.
Djurgården supporters during a Tvillingderby against AIK from the 2014 Allsvenskan season.

Djurgården is one of the most supported clubs in Sweden, with most of its supporters living in Stockholm and the neighbouring suburbs.[5] While other Stockholm clubs have profiled themselves as belonging to a certain borough of Stockholm, Djurgården is seen as more of a pan-Stockholm club. No reliable research exists about the spread of Djurgården supporters, but a 2015 T-shirt campaign suggests that supporters are spread fairly evenly throughout the Stockholm area.[6]

Although Djurgården's supporters have been organizing themselves since the late 40's, with the founding of DIF Supporters Club back in 1947, the 1970s saw singing supporter sections emerging which led to a new supporter club to be founded in 1981, named Blue Saints.[7][8] The supporter club later changed its name in 1997 to Järnkaminerna (lit. The Iron Stoves) since the old name was perceived to be associated with violence. Järnkaminerna is to this day Djurgården's Official Supporters Club with a membership of a few thousand. The 2000s saw the emergence and creation of independent ultras groups. The oldest active ultra group, Ultra Caos Stockholm, formed in 2003 is largely influenced by southern European supporter culture.[9] In 2005 a specific tifo-group known as Fabriken Stockholm was formed, taking over the role of creating tifos for the team's games, from the former, now abolished group; Ultras Stockholm, founded in the late 90's. In 2013 Fabriken Stockholm discontinued as the club's tifo-group and instead a more open and larger tifo-organization was started, headed by Ultra Caos Stockholm.

Djurgården's arch rivals are AIK due to several reasons. Djurgårdens IF and AIK were both founded in 1891, just three weeks apart. Because of this, games between the teams are called Tvillingderbyt (lit. The twin derby). Both teams are originally from Stockholm's city centre. With Djurgården residing in the north eastern borough of Östermalm and AIK now based to the north of the city in Solna municipality. The strong rivalry can also be traced back to the two clubs older history, when Djurgården was a working class club and AIK a middle class club.[2] Games between the two teams are very popular and draw large attendances. The games can often be heated occasions given the fact that there is a lot of animosity between both sets of supporters and can produce great atmospheres. They are also historically the biggest and most successful clubs from Stockholm, with 11 Swedish Championships each.

Hammarby IF is the other main rival, mostly because of the geographical proximity with Djurgården originating from the north eastern part of Stockholm and Hammarby from the south part of the city. Since 2013, the two teams share the same home ground: Tele2 Arena.

Affiliated clubs[edit]


Updated 1 February 2016


The home jersey is vertically striped in dark and light blue and the away shirt is striped in dark blue and red.

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Amadou Jawo wearing the 2014 Allsvenskan home shirt.
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1977–1979 Adidas None
1980 MasterCharge (payment card)
1981 Köpkort (payment card)
1982 None
1983 Atari (arcade-game company)
1984–1987 Året Runt (weekly family newspaper)
1988 QC Business Card
1989–1992 Mita Copiers (photocopiers)
1993 ICA (retailing corporate group)
1994–1996 Graphium (communications company)
1997 "Nej till våld och droger!"/No to violence and drugs!
1998 HP (tech company)
1999 Bewator (electronics company)
2000–2004 Kaffeknappen (coffee retailer)
2005–2012 ICA (retailing corporate group)
2013 Djurgårdsandan (social responsibility organization)
2014– Prioritet Finans (finance company)


Main article: Tele2 Arena
Tranebergs IP (1911–1936)
Stockholms Stadion (1936–2013)
Tele2 Arena (2013–)

Djurgården's primary stadium since 2013 is Tele2 Arena. The first match at the new arena was the 1–2 defeat to IFK Norrköping on 31 July 2013, with an attendance of 27,798 people, which also counts as Djurgården's record attendance on the arena.

Between 1936 and 2013, Djurgården's primary stadium was Stockholm Olympic Stadium, where the national league and cup games were played. The secondary stadium was Råsunda Stadium, where Stockholm derbies against AIK and Hammarby IF were played. The old Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, didn't fulfill UEFA's stadium requirements and therefore international cup games were also played at Råsunda. The club's record attendance at the Olympic Stadium is at least 21,995 against AIK on 16 August 1946.[11][A] Djurgården's record attendance at Råsunda is 48,894 against IFK Göteborg on 11 October 1959.[12]

The club's first stadium was Stockholms idrottspark where the club played from 1899 when the football department was founded until 1906 when the club moved to the newly built Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[13] Djurgården did not stay long at Östermalm, in August 1910 the club signed a 25-year contract with the Stockholm City Council to dispose of an area in Traneberg, a district west of the inner city, to build a stadium.[14] Tranebergs Idrottsplats was finished in October 1911 and inaugurated by Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf.[14] The contract expired in 1935, and the City Council intended to build a residential area where the stadium was situated. Djurgården therefore moved to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1936, where the club had played previously on several occasions since it was finished in 1912.[15]

The later half of the 1940s saw a significant increase in attendances, which led the club to play some games at the larger, more modern, Råsunda Stadium.[16][17] As Djurgården climbed in the league table in the beginning of the 1950s, all games were played at Råsunda.[17] The end of the 1960s saw a return to the Olympic stadium, and soon all games were played there, with the exception of derbies.[17]

The club's achievements in the early 2000s drew large attendances with led Djurgården to plan for a new stadium. The old 1912 Olympic Stadium also lacked modern facilities and individual seats. Along with political promises in 2006, Djurgården aimed for a rehaul of Stockholm Olympic Stadium and later an entirely new stadium at Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[18][19][20] These plans were abandoned in December 2011 due to the building costs exceeding the club's financial capabilities.[21] New stadium requirements from the Swedish Football Association also did not allow Djurgården to play at the Olympic Stadium after 2013.[22] Thus, the club board made the decision to move to Tele2 Arena for the 2013 season.[23]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 26 January 2016 [24]

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

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Tim Björkström
3 Sweden DF Elliot Käck
4 Sweden DF Jacob Une Larsson
5 Sweden DF Stefan Karlsson
6 Sweden MF Alexander Faltsetas
7 South Korea MF Moon Seon-min
8 Sweden MF Kevin Walker (captain)
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Haris Radetinac
10 Norway MF Daniel Berntsen
11 Sweden FW Amadou Jawo
12 Norway GK Kenneth Høie (vice captain)
14 Sweden MF Besard Sabović
No. Position Player
15 The Gambia DF Omar Colley
16 Sweden FW Sebastian Andersson
18 Sweden MF Kerim Mrabti
19 Sweden DF Marcus Hansson
20 Liberia FW Sam Johnson
21 South Africa MF Mihlali Mayambela
22 Sweden MF Jesper Karlström
23 Sweden GK Hampus Nilsson
24 Zimbabwe FW Tino Kadewere
31 Sweden DF Kevin Deeromram[B]
32 Sweden DF Michael Jahn[B]
36 Sweden MF Filip Tasić[B]

Out on loan[edit]

As of 1 February 2016[25]

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

No. Position Player
25 Sweden GK Oscar Jonsson[B] (at Håbo FF until 8 January 2017)[C]
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Yoon Soo-yong (at Assyriska FF until 8 January 2017)

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2015–16.

Retired numbers[edit]

1 – Fans of the club

Notable players[edit]

List criteria:

  • player has been named Allsvenskan Top Goalscorer of the year,[26] or
  • player has won Guldbollen,[27] or
  • player is one of the 12 players named as "DIF-heroes" on the official club website.[28]
Hans Mild shielding his goalkeeper from the onrushing Degerfors IF player Tord Grip.
Name Nationality Djurgården
Guldbollen Allsvenskan
top goalscorer
Jeppson, HasseHasse Jeppson Sweden 1948–51 51 58 1951
Parling, SiggeSigge Parling Sweden 1949–60 200 12
Sandberg, GöstaGösta Sandberg Sweden 1951–66 328 79 1956
Eriksson, JohnJohn Eriksson Sweden 1951–60 123 72
Arvidsson, ArneArne Arvidsson Sweden 1952–65 269 0
Mild, HansHans Mild Sweden 1957–65 160 6 1964
Hellström, OlleOlle Hellström Sweden 1957–64
129 4
Skiöld, LeifLeif Skiöld Sweden 1960–65 75 60 1962
Pettersson, RonneyRonney Pettersson Sweden 1960–70 123 0
Lindman, SvenSven Lindman Sweden 1965–68
326 49
Berggren, TommyTommy Berggren Sweden 1968–84 299 55 1978
Knežević, VitoVito Knežević Sweden 1977–88 242 18
Nilsson, LeifLeif Nilsson Sweden 1984–92 215 5
Rehn, StefanStefan Rehn Sweden 1984–89
210 52

Management and boardroom[edit]


As of 5 march 2015[24]

Current director of sport Bo Andersson also held the same position between 1997 and 2008.
Name Role
Sweden Bo Andersson Director of Sport
Sweden Per Olsson Head Coach
Sweden Anders Johansson Coach
Sweden Hugo Berggren Coach
Sweden Kjell Frisk Goalkeeping Coach
Sweden Johan Forsbring Fitness Coach
Sweden Christian Andersson Naprapath
Sweden Christian Schumacher Physiotherapist
Sweden Daniel Granqvist Player Manager
Sweden Inge Lindström Team Arranger


As of 5 March 2015[29]

Name Role
Sweden Lars-Erik Sjöberg Chairman
Sweden Anders Grönhagen Boardmember
Sweden Gustaf Törngren Boardmember
Sweden Patrik Nilsson Boardmember
Sweden Ellinor Persson Boardmember
Sweden Johan Lindén Boardmember
Sweden Mikael Pawlo Boardmember
Sweden Claes-Göran Sylvén Boardmember
Sweden Pelle Kotschack Honorary Boardmember


It is not known for sure who was the team's manager until 1922, though it is believed that Birger Möller was in charge during a part of the club's first decades.[30]


  • Swedish Champions[E]
    • Winners (11): 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1954–1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 2002, 2003, 2005





  1. ^ Djurgården's record at Stockholm Olympic Stadium is disputed. Gänger, 2006, suggest the attendance was 21,995 while Rehnberg, 1991, suggest it was 22,108.[12]
  2. ^ a b c d Player with an Under-21 contract.
  3. ^ Djurgårdens IF have a cooperation with Håbo FF and might temporarily loan out players to them during the season.
  4. ^ Ball was fired before Allsvenskan started.
  5. ^ 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.[32]


  • Gänger, Hasse (2007). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll 1899–2006 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. ISBN 978-91-633-0992-2. 
  • Hagström, Magnus; Johansson, Peter; Jurell, Carl (2010). Vad för jävla pack e ni? (in Swedish). Imperial Publishing. ISBN 978-91-978734-0-6. 
  • Rehnberg, Bo (ed.); Wickman, Mats (ed.) (1991). Djurgårdens IF 100 år: 1891–1991 (in Swedish). Sellin & Partner förlag. ISBN 91-7055-029-8. 
  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund –". Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Andersson, Torbjörn (2002) "Kung fotboll: den svenska fotbollens kulturhistoria från 1800-talets slut".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cederquist, Jonas (2010). Stockholms fotbollshistoria 1880–2010 [History of Football in Stockholm 1880–2010] (in Swedish). Stockholmia förlag. ISBN 978-91-7031-222-9. 
  4. ^ "Årets football 1988" [1988 Football of the year]. 
  5. ^ "AIK, DIF och Hammarby – hur ser supportrarna ut egentligen? - MEC Sverige". MEC Sverige. 
  6. ^ "Leaderbord T-shirts DIF Stockholm". Google Docs. 
  7. ^ Hagström p. 55
  8. ^ Hagström p. 67
  9. ^ "Om oss" (in Swedish). Ultra Caos Stockholm. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "DIF Fotboll - DIF och Konyaspor blir samarbetsklubbar - DIF Fotboll". DIF Fotboll. 
  11. ^ Gänger, p. 216.
  12. ^ a b Rehnberg, p. 444.
  13. ^ Rehnberg, p. 288.
  14. ^ a b Rehnberg, pp. 43–44.
  15. ^ Rehnberg, p. 67.
  16. ^ Gänger, pp. 215–219.
  17. ^ a b c "DIF:s hemmaarenor i Allsvenskan" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Arenafrågan – detta har hänt". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 22 April 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Riedel, Jonas. "Förslag till ny arena" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Bengtsson, Janne (14 July 2010). "Djurgården närmare en ny arena". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Ask, Erik (6 December 2011). "Djurgården lägger ner arenaplanerna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rekommendationen: Stockholmsarenan 2013" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Arnesen, Jonas (5 October 2011). "Stockholms-arenan blir Dif:s nya hem". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  24. ^ a b "Truppen" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  25. ^ Cite error: The named reference Squad was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  26. ^ "Allsvenska skyttekungar & publiksnitt 1925–". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Guldbollen". (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "DIF-hjältar" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Från årsmötet 2015" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  30. ^ a b c d e Gänger, pp. 68–69
  31. ^ a b c "Historia" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 

External links[edit]

Official websites
Supporter websites