Follo FK

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Follo FK
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Full name Follo Fotballklubb
Founded 29 September 2000; 16 years ago (29 September 2000)
Ground Ski stadion, Ski
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Jan Thomas Birkeland
Manager Anders Særvold
League Second Division
2016 2. Divisjon, 5th

Follo Fotballklubb is a football club from Ski, Akershus, Norway.

Follo play in light blue, and their home ground is Ski stadion. It was founded in September 2000 and their biggest achievement was playing in the 2010 Norwegian Football Cup Final.

History[edit]

It was founded in September 2000 as an umbrella team for the football departments of five local teams; Ås IL, Oppegård IL, Langhus IL, Ski IL and Nordby IL.

Follo's had a good Norwegian Cup run in 2006, when they made it all the way to the quarter finals, eventually losing at home 0-1 to the cup finalists Sandefjord. But on the way to the quarters they beat defending holders Molde.

Four years later, in 2010, they made it to the Norwegian Cup final, beating Tippeligaen club Lillestrøm 4-2 in the third round, and then later Rosenborg 3-2 in the semi finals. Rosenborg were at the time unbeaten and on top of the Tippeligaen, while Follo were at the bottom of the Adeccoligaen. NRK's match commentator Hallvar Thoresen dubbed Follo's victory against Rosenborg the greatest Norwegian cup shock of all time.[1] In the first cup final in the clubs history, Follo lost 2-0 against Strømsgodset.

Thus, despite attaining their best league and cup finish ever, Follo were still relegated to the third tier of Norwegian football. The team managed to stay clear of the relegation zone by the margin of a single point, but were still relegated on account of a clerical error in which they did not finish their application for a 2011 license in time for the 15 September deadline.[2]

Before the 2011 Second Division, Follo was considered as one of the favourites to earn promotion back to Adeccoligaen,[3] but when the season was finished Follo was number ten, only four points clear of another relegation.

On July 13, 2012, four players (three of them from Follo) were arrested by police due to match fixing allegations in games involving Follo and Asker Fotball. [4] Follo's 4-3 loss after being 3-0 up by Østsiden IL was deemed suspicious because of the odd score line and high bettings placed on this game.[5] The 2012 season saw Follo earn promotion, but the club was relegated after only one season in the First Division.

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2006 1. Divisjon relegated 15 30 6 7 17 46 76 25 Quarterfinal Relegated to the 2. Divisjon
2007 2. Divisjon 5 26 14 4 8 48 30 49 Second round
2008 2. Divisjon 6 26 10 7 9 44 35 37 Second round
2009 2. Divisjon promoted1 26 19 3 4 59 25 60 Second round Promoted to the 1. Divisjon
2010 1. Divisjon relegated 12 28 8 8 12 35 43 32 Final Relegated to the 2. Divisjon because license was revoked
2011 2. Divisjon 10 24 7 5 12 47 51 26 First round
2012 2. Divisjon promoted1 26 18 2 6 58 28 56 First round Promoted to the 1. Divisjon
2013 1. Divisjon relegated 15 30 9 2 19 40 57 27 Third round Relegated to the 2. Divisjon
2014 2. Divisjon promoted1 26 21 3 2 97 16 66 Third round Promoted to the 1. Divisjon
2015 1. Divisjon relegated 13 30 8 9 13 42 43 33 Second round Relegated to the 2. Divisjon
2016 2. Divisjon 5 26 12 5 9 48 39 41 First round
2017 (in progress) 2. Divisjon 11 8 2 1 5 7 13 7 First round

Achievements[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 February 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 Norway GK Knut-André Skjærstein
2 Norway DF Jamal Ali Ataya
4 Norway DF Rune Gravdal
5 Norway DF Halvard Simonsen
6 Norway MF Tore André Hagbø Sørås
7 Albania DF Misim Memishi
8 Norway MF Fredrik Levorstad
10 Kosovo FW Dardan Dreshaj
13 Norway GK Jonas Grønstad
14 Norway DF Anders Lübeck (Captain)
15 Norway MF Halvor Raddum
No. Position Player
16 Norway MF Håvard Haugen Dalseth
17 Norway MF William Pozo
18 Norway MF Sivert Strangstad
19 Norway FW Julius Skaug
21 Norway MF Simen Vedvik
20 Norway MF Shadi Ali
22 Norway DF Torbjørn Asbjørnsen
23 Afghanistan MF Hassan Rahmani
24 Norway DF Nikolai Grefslie
25 Norway DF Thomas Lillo

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Innbytter skjøt Follo til cupfinalen!". VG (in Norwegian). 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Sandnes Ulf berget plassen i Adeccoligaen". TV 2 (in Norwegian). 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Moss, Follo og Notodden rykker opp". Moss Avis (in Norwegian). 20 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Three more arrests in Norway's match-fixing probe - Guardian
  5. ^ Norway authorities team up to beat match-fixing - Guardian