AFC Eskilstuna

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AFC Eskilstuna
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Full name Athletic Football Club Eskilstuna
Founded 10 December 2004; 12 years ago (2004-12-10) as FC Väsby United
Ground Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Ground Capacity 7,800
Chairman Alex Ryssholm
Manager Pelle Olsson
League Allsvenskan
2016 Superettan, 2nd (promoted)

Athletic Football Club Eskilstuna, also known simply as AFC Eskilstuna, is a Swedish football club located in Eskilstuna.[1] The club has previously been known under the names FC Café Opera and Väsby United before switching ownership and their identity again in 2012 to AFC United. During the 2016 season it was once again decided that they would switch their name, identity, as well as locality. Choosing to move to Eskilstuna, about 110 kilometers west of Stockholm. They currently compete in Allsvenskan, the first tier of Swedish football, and play their home matches at Tunavallen. AFC Eskilstuna are affiliated to Södermanlands Fotbollförbund.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

FC Café Opera[edit]

FC Café Opera was created in 1991 by Italian born restauranteer Alessandro Catenacci who named the club after Café Opera which he owned. They started out in division 8 of the Swedish football league system but only nine years later they had made it to the second tier Superettan.[2]

Väsby United[edit]

Football Club Väsby United was formed in 2005 when the two Stockholm clubs FC Café Opera United and Väsby IK FK merged. The new club replaced FC Café Opera United in the Superettan making it the youngest club competing at this level. Väsby United was a feeder club to AIK who participated in the second and third divisions of the Swedish football league system. The club played in Division 1 Norra which is the third tier of Swedish football when they became AFC United.[3]

AFC United[edit]

AFC United was founded when FC Väsby United increased their cooperation Division 3 club Athletic FC in late 2012.[4] They played their home matches at Skytteholms IP in Solna until the end of the 2016 season.

AFC Eskilstuna[edit]

During the 2016 season the club management decided to uproot and leave Solna and move to Eskilstuna and Tunavallen before the 2017 season. They also changed their name to AFC Eskilstuna.[citation needed]

Season-to-season[edit]

Season Level League Pos
FC Väsby United
2005 Tier 2 Superettan 9th
2006[a] Tier 2 Superettan 14th (R)
2007 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 2nd (P)
2008 Tier 2 Superettan 9th
2009 Tier 2 Superettan 12th
2010 Tier 2 Superettan 16th (R)
2011 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 2nd
2012 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
AFC United
2013 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 10th
2014 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 1st (P)
2015 Tier 2 Superettan 8th
2016 Tier 2 Superettan 2nd (P)
  1. ^ League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.[5][6][7]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 13 January 2017[8]

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 Tim Erlandsson (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
2 Sweden DF Daniel Björnquist
3 England DF Jernade Meade (vice captain)
4 Sweden DF Ludvig Öhman
5 Sweden DF Gustav Jarl
6 Sweden DF Michel Termanini
7 Sweden MF Ferid Ali
8 Sweden MF Haris Círak
9 Sweden FW Saša Matić
10 Sweden FW Omar Eddahri (captain)
11 Sweden MF Rinor Nushi
12 Sweden FW Aaron Zahui Bazoukou
13 Austria MF Thomas Piermayr
14 Sweden MF Mauricio Albornoz
No. Position Player
16 Sweden FW Simon Alexandersson
17 Sweden DF Bun-Dawda Sowe
18 Tanzania FW Thomas Ulimwengu
19 Sierra Leone FW Mohamed Buya Turay
20 Ghana MF Emmanuel Frimpong
21 Kosovo MF Anel Raskaj
22 Sweden DF Alexander Michel
24 Sweden GK Cem Alpek
26 Sweden DF Robert Åstedt
42 Guinea MF Amadou Kalabane
70 Nigeria FW Chidi Omeje
77 Georgia (country) DF Zurab Tsiskaridze
88 Iran GK Alireza Haghighi

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 13 January 2017[A]

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

No. Position Player
Sweden DF Ramzy Aiga

Attendances[edit]

Väsby United had the following average attendances:

AFC United will play their 2017 Allsvenskan home games at Tunavallen
AFC United previously played their home games at Skytteholms IP
Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2005 1,124 Superettan Tier 2
2006 487 Superettan Tier 2
2007 446 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2008 450 Superettan Tier 2
2009 405 Superettan Tier 2
2010 723 Superettan Tier 2
2011 290 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2012 206 Div 1 Norra Tier 3


In recent seasons AFC United have had the following average attendances:

Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2013 179 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2014 176 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2015 346 Superettan Tier 2
2016 698 Superettan Tier 2

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [9]


The highest attendance for FC Väsby United at Råsunda was 8,672 spectators who attended the match with AIK on 15 August 2005.[10]

Achievements[edit]

League[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Väsby United – Fotboll Klubb". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Projekten vi aldrig glömmer – färgade svensk fotboll". FotbollDirekt. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Tabell och resultat – Div 1 Norra, herrar – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Väsby United byter namn till AFC United: "Ett naturligt steg"". fotbolltransfers.com (in Swedish). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – FC Väsby United". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Norra — Division 1 – Fotbollsserier 2011 – Fotboll – everysport.com". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Sweden Final Tables – Clas Glenning". Archived from the original on 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Spelartruppen" (in Swedish). AFC Eskiltuna. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  10. ^ "Väsby United  – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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