GIF Sundsvall

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GIF Sundsvall
Gif sundsvall.png
Full name Gymnastik- och
Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall
Nickname(s) Giffarna
Founded 25 August 1903; 114 years ago (1903-08-25)
Ground Idrottsparken, Sundsvall
Ground Capacity 7,700
Chairman Johan Nikula
Head coach Joel Cedergren
League Allsvenskan
2017 Allsvenskan, 13th
Website Club website

Gymnastik- och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall, also known as GIF Sundsvall or simply Sundsvall, are a Swedish professional football club based in Sundsvall. The club are affiliated to Medelpads Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Idrottsparken.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue. Formed in 25 August 1903, the club have played 17 seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1965.

History[edit]

A chart showing the progress of GIF Sundsvall through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
GIF Sundsvall in their traditional blue and white kits during an Allsvenskan game against Helsingborgs IF.

The club was formed on August 25, 1903 at Matilda Anderssons Café. At that time, GIF Sundsvall stood for "Godtemplarnas Idrotts Förening Sundsvall" which mainly was for Teetotallers up until the alcohol demands was lightened in 1920. The initials then came to stand for, to this day still, "Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall" (Gymnastics and sports club Sundsvall).

The club reached the first tier of the domestic football in 1965. The club has since been a "yo-yo team" mainly playing in the second division but with Allsvenskan stints in 1975, 1987–89, 1991, 2000–06, 2008, 2012 and since 2015.

GIF Sundsvall earlier had women's football, bandy and ice hockey on the program. The bandy team became district champions for Västernorrland in 1921.[2] The hockey team folded in the late 1960s. In 1985 the women's team was transferred to Sundsvalls DFF. This mainly because the women's team was disappointed with the lack of support from the men's team.

Idrottsparken[edit]

The stadium Idrottsparken, earlier known as Norrporten Arena.
Idrottsparken, earlier known as Norrporten Arena.

GIF Sundsvall's home stadium is Idrottsparken, formerly known as Norrporten Arena. It is located in the heart of Sundsvall and was inaugurated on August 6, 1903.

It was renovated in 2001–2002 and it can now hold a capacity of 7,700, with 5,000 under roof.

2006–2016 the name was changed to Norrporten Arena and during 2017 the club expect to present a new sponsor and name of the stadium.

The stadium's grass is artificial turf since 2004.

Top attendance: 16,507 vs Högadal on October 15, 1961.

Supporters[edit]

The official supporter's club of GIF Sundsvall is called Patronerna. Formed in 1999, mostly as a joke by some friends supporting[further explanation needed] their friend, the club has in a short period of time amassed a strong reputation[citation needed]. The name is mainly a historical reference to the sawmill owners who were very powerful in Sundsvall during the post-industrial-revolution era. In 2005, FP-tifo, the group who designs the club's terrace choreography, won the Swedish tifo awards arranged by Canal+.

Achievements[edit]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2017[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lloyd Saxton
2 Finland DF Juho Pirttijoki
3 Sweden DF Dennis Olsson
4 Sweden DF David Myrestam
5 Sweden DF Eric Björkander
6 Iceland MF Kristinn Freyr Sigurðsson
7 Iceland MF Kristinn Steindórsson
8 Luxembourg MF Lars Krogh Gerson
9 Sweden FW Linus Hallenius
11 Sweden MF Sebastian Rajalakso
13 Sweden DF Filip Tägtström
14 Sweden FW Samuel Aziz
15 Sweden DF Marcus Danielsson (vice captain)
16 Spain DF Carlos Gracia
No. Position Player
17 Sweden GK Tommy Naurin (captain)
19 Sweden DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (on loan from AIK)
20 Sweden GK William Eskelinen
21 Sweden DF Eric Larsson
22 Sweden MF Smajl Suljević
23 Sweden MF Jaudet Salih
26 Sweden MF Erik Granat
27 United States MF Romain Gall
29 Sweden MF Amaro Bahtijar
30 Sweden FW Peter Wilson
31 Spain MF David Batanero
32 Sweden MF Jonathan Morsay
35 Sweden DF Linus Sahlin

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 11 August 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
18 Sweden MF Sebastian Friman

Retired numbers[edit]

10 – Leif Forsberg, forward (1980–1988, 1990–2001)

Managers[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Medelpads Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), p. 469 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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