FK Bodø/Glimt

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Full name Fotballklubben Bodø/Glimt
Nickname(s) Glimt, Superlaget
Founded September 19, 1916; 100 years ago (1916-09-19)
Ground Aspmyra Stadion
Ground Capacity 7,354
President Hege Leirfall Ingebrigtsen
Coach Aasmund Bjørkan
League OBOS-ligaen, 3rd (as of 13 May 2017)
2016 Tippeligaen, 15th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

FK Bodø/Glimt is a Norwegian football club from the town of Bodø and was founded in 1916. Its nickname is the original club name: Glimt.

Bodø/Glimt have won the Northern Norwegian Cup nine times, Norwegian Cup twice and finished second in the Norwegian league in 1977, 1993 and 2003.

Glimt is known for the yellow kits and the huge yellow toothbrushes that the supporters carry to the matches — a supporter symbol from the 1970s. In the beginning of the 2000s, Bodø/Glimt was one of the top teams in Norway, but was relegated at the end of the 2005 season. After two years, on 12th November, 2007, the team returned to the top division again, following a 4–2 aggregate victory over Odd Grenland in a promotion playoff.

Their supporters are known as "Den Gule Horde" (Norwegian for The Yellow Horde).


While other towns in Nordland county like Narvik, Mo i Rana and Mosjøen had started their football clubs earlier, the larger town of Bodø was without a major football club until the latter part of 1916. The new club was founded as Football Club Glimt (Glimt meaning flash in English). One of the founders was Erling Tjærandsen, who also became the club's first club president and later an honorary club member. (Tjærandsen was also known as a footballer and skier.) Glimt's first match was against Bodø Highschool (because Glimt was the only football club in town).

In 1919 Glimt won their first title: County Champions of Nordland. In the 1920s, Glimt suffered from bad morale and poor finances. At one point, there were talks about merging Glimt into the Ski Club B. & O.I, but following discussions, the intentions were not carried through. The club received an infusion of new encouragement through visiting footballing stars and coaches from southern Norway such as Jørgen Juve in 1929. In the 1930s Glimt also began training indoors in order to reduce the impact of the severe arctic winters.

This new approach in the late 1920s and early 1930s yielded some positive results, and Glimt have since been a top club in Northern Norway (winning nine North-Norwegian championships) and in Norway overall since the 1970s.

Teams from Northern Norway were not allowed to compete in the Norwegian cup-competition until 1963. In their first appearance in the Norwegian FA cup in 1963, Bodø/Glimt managed to get as far as the fourth round after a home win 7–1 over Nordil, and two away wins. The first beating Nidelv (from Trondheim) and then a mighty win over Rosenborg. In the fourth round, Glimt had to play another away game, this time against Frigg from Oslo. Frigg won 2–0 and Glimt was out of the Cup. However, Bodø/Glimt had proven that teams from Northern Norway could play at the same level as the southern teams.

It was not until 1972 that northern teams had the right to gain promotion to the Norwegian top division. This was due to the old belief that the teams from Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark could not compete at the same level as the southern teams. Bodø/Glimt is one of three teams from Northern Norway that have played in the Norwegian Premier League, the others being Tromsø and Mjølner.

From 1973 Norway had three second divisions: two divisions for the southern teams and one for the northern teams. Bodø/Glimt took three years to gain promotion, due to the promotion rules. The first place holders in the two southern divisions gained instant promotion, but the first place holder in the northern second division had to compete in play-off matches against the two second place holders from the south. The league-system made a lot of bitterness in the north. This bitterness worsened in 1975 when Bodø/Glimt, as the first club form Northern-Norway, won the Norwegian Cup, but did not gain promotion due to the special play-off rules for the North-Norwegian clubs.

In the 1974 and 1975 season, Bodø/Glimt won their division (they had played a few draws but no losses), but still lost in the play-offs.

In 1976, Bodø/Glimt managed at last to beat the league-system with a 4–0 win over Odd and a 1–1 draw against Lyn, making Glimt the second North-Norwegian team to gain promotion to the top division, after FK Mjølner's promotion in 1971. Not until the late 1970s the Norwegian Football Association changed the promotion rules, the play-off matches for Northern clubs where dropped. From then on there was no difference where a club had its home-ground.

After a glorious top-division debut in 1977 — second place in the league and the cup, both against Lillestrøm — Bodø/Glimt played four seasons at the top level before relegation in 1980, finishing last at 12th place.

The 1980s were the darkest hours in the club history, with Bodø/Glimt playing in the 2nd division and the regional 3rd division. For a couple of years in the mid-1980s, they weren't even the best team in Bodø, with rivals Grand Bodø surpassing them in the standings. But the tide turned in 1991. With coach Jan Muri in charge, Glimt was promoted to 1st division. The following season they hired Trond Sollied as coach, and the team won the 1st division in the 1992 season. At last, in 1993, Bodø/Glimt was back in the top-division, and as in the debut season of 1977 they took second place in the league. This time they also managed to win the cup final (a 2–0 win over Strømsgodset). The Cup-Championship was the crowning of three remarkable seasons, going from 2nd division to 2nd place in the top-division in only three years — an achievement rarely seen in the Norwegian league system.

Since the reentering in the top-division Bodø/Glimt have had a rather strange performance-chart. A good league performance one season have usually been followed with nearly relegation the next season is illustrated with the 1993 and 1994 seasons when Glimt won the cup and became league runners-up, in 1994 a better goal-difference allowed Bodø/Glimt to stay in the top division.

Runar Berg was until 2010 a midfielder and key player for the team, with almost 500 matches played for Bodø/Glimt.

Another example of the rollercoaster ride of Bodø/Glimt league performance is the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2003 season the club finished runner up behind the leagues valedictorian Rosenborg. The team also lost the 2003 Norwegian Cup Final to Rosenborg. In the 2004 season Glimt finished third last and had to play a two-game qualification match against Kongsvinger to avoid relegation. Glimt lost the first game 0–1 in Kongsvinger, but soundly defeated Kongsvinger in Bodø by the score of 4–0. Therefore, winning 4–1 on aggregate.

Since the club's comeback in 1993, Glimt have played continuously in the Norwegian top division for 12 seasons, for a total of 16 top division seasons. In the 2005 season however, Bodø/Glimt was relegated.

Life in the Adecco league proved harder than most fans had anticipated, and many were disappointed when Glimt failed to secure the third place play-off spot they had held during most of the course of the season, finally ending in fifth place. The season was tainted by financial difficulties, forcing the team to sell their top scorer Håvard Sakariassen and captain Cato Andrè Hansen to promotion rivals Bryne in the middle of the season. This had to be done in order to stabilize their financial situation, which was so poor that the Norwegian Football Association threatened to not give the team their playing license for next season, which would have resulted disastrously in forced relegation to the second division.

The poor results towards the end of the season finally prompted the board of the supporter's club to write an open letter in which the training and alcohol consumption habits of certain unnamed players were criticised. In a bizarre twist a few weeks later, the supporter's club was threatened with a lawsuit in the multi-million class by former coach Trond Sollied, who was briefly mentioned in a by-sentence of the letter as having been in charge when the bad habits of the team had begun. All claims were quickly retracted by the supporter's club.

In the second season in Adeccoligaen, Bodø/Glimt made their target from the first season in Adeccoligaen, a promotion back to Tippeligaen after two promotion matches – once again, as in 1976 – against Odd. Bodø/Glimt was the first team on nine years in Norway for winning the promotion matches to Tippeligaen. This was also the last match and day at work in Bodø/Glimt for the Norwegian legend Erik Hoftun and Kent Bergersen.

In 2013, Bodø/Glimt was again promoted to Tippeligaen, after becoming the winner of Adecco-ligaen. The following years, Bodø/Glimt struggled to keep itself in the top league. The team was relegated to 1. divisjon in 2016.

League positions[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2003 Tippeligaen 2 26 14 5 7 45 30 47 Final
2004 Tippeligaen 12 26 7 6 13 28 41 27 Fourth round Avoided relegation through playoffs
2005 Tippeligaen relegated 14 26 6 6 14 29 45 24 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2006 1. divisjon 5 30 15 7 9 65 49 49 Fourth round
2007 1. divisjon promoted 3 30 17 4 9 66 39 55 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen through playoffs
2008 Tippeligaen 4 26 12 6 8 37 38 42 Quarter-final
2009 Tippeligaen relegated 15 30 6 10 14 29 53 28 Third round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2010 1. divisjon 6 28 12 6 10 41 28 42 Third round
2011 1. divisjon 5 30 15 7 8 52 38 52 Third round
2012 1. divisjon 5 30 13 9 8 59 36 48 Quarter-final
2013 1. divisjon promoted 1 30 21 4 5 63 24 67 Quarter-final Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2014 Tippeligaen 13 30 10 5 15 45 60 35 Fourth round
2015 Tippeligaen 9 30 12 4 14 53 56 40 Third Round
2016 Tippeligaen relegated 15 30 8 6 16 36 45 30 Semi-Final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2017 (in progress) OBOS-ligaen 1 10 8 1 1 22 12 25


Current squad[edit]

As of 2 December 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Simon Thomas
2 Norway DF Marius Lode
3 Norway DF Emil Jonassen
4 Norway DF Martin Bjørnbak
5 Norway MF Thomas Jacobsen (Captain)
6 Norway MF Vegard Leikvoll Moberg
7 Norway MF Thomas Drage
8 Norway DF Daniel Edvardsen
9 Nigeria FW Kachi
10 Spain MF José Angel Jurado
11 Serbia MF Nemanja Mladenović
12 Norway GK Jonas Ueland Kolstad
14 Norway MF Ulrik Saltnes
16 Norway MF Morten Ågnes Konradsen
No. Position Player
17 Norway MF Mathias Normann
18 Norway DF Brede Moe
19 Norway FW Joachim Osvold
22 Norway FW Kristian Fardal Opseth (on loan from Sogndal)
24 Norway DF Fredrik André Bjørkan
25 Brazil GK Ricardo
27 Norway MF Patrick Berg
28 Norway DF William Hanssen
29 Norway DF Vebjørn Vinje
30 Norway FW Trond Olsen (vice-captain)
31 Norway FW Jens Petter Hauge

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2015–16 and transfers summer 2016.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name
Coach Norway Aasmund Bjørkan
Assistant coach Norway Kjetil Knutsen
Goalkeeping coach Norway Jonas Ueland Kolstad

Administrative staff[edit]

Role Name
Chairman Norway Hege Leirfall Ingebrigtsen
Director Norway Bjørn-Tore Hansen
Director of football Norway Bjørn-Tore Hansen
Caretaker Norway Leif-Jørgen Nygårdsæther


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