Grorud IL

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Grorud IL
Full name Grorud Idrettslag
Founded 18 March 1918
Ground Grorud matchbane,
League Second Division
2012 Second Division/ 1, 10th[1]

Grorud Idrettslag is a Norwegian sports club from Grorud borough, Oslo. It has sections for association football, skiing, gymnastics and tennis.

General history[edit]

As a sports club based in Grorud, it had two predecessor clubs in Grorud IF, which existed from 1904 to 1905, and Grorud TIF, which existed from 1908 to 1914. Grorud IL was finally founded on 18 March 1918.[2] At the time, Grorud was still located in Aker municipality. The district was incorporated into Oslo in 1948 and tied to the city centre with the Grorud Line of the Oslo Metro in 1966.

The club finished construction of its football field in 1926, and its ski jumping hill Rannkollen in 1928. In 1932 the football field was covered with gravel, which allowed the practice of skating sports during the winter.[2] In 1932, Grorud IL was one of the first workers' sports clubs to take up the tennis sport.[3]

Later secretary-general in the UN, Trygve Lie served as secretary in Grorud TIF, and became an honorary member of Grorud IL. He was a central person in the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, and helped the club get a money loan in Akers Sparebank, which financed the field and hill construction. In 1929, Grorud IL decided to join the Workers' Sports Confederation Arbeidernes Idrettsforbund (AIF), where Trygve Lie also was a central figure. This connection ended in 1946 when the AIF was disbanded. By that time the club had got their club house, designed by noted architect Frode Rinnan.[2]

In 1956 the new ski jumping hill Grorudbakken was opened. It fell apart in October 1957, but was rebuilt in steel. A grass football field was opened in 1966, and the field also featured an athletics track. An indoor arena was opened in 1974.[2]

The club colors are yellow and blue.


As Grorud IL, the men's football team played in the Third Division, the fourth tier of Norwegian football, for many years, having been promoted for the 1994 season. After being relegated in 1997 the team quickly returned in 1999.[citation needed] After a long Third Division stint, the team won promotion in 2011 and will play in the 2012 Norwegian Second Division.[4]

The men's football team formerly cooperated to prop up an umbrella team called Groruddalen BK, but this team went defunct in 2008.[5] Grorud IL was not the backbone of Groruddalen BK, however; this was Årvoll IL whose league spot was taken over by Groruddalen BK.

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2010 3. Divisjon 2 22 14 3 5 69 31 45 Second round
2011 3. Divisjon promoted 1 26 21 1 4 92 26 64 First qualifying round Promoted to the 2. Divisjon
2012 2. Divisjon 10 26 7 11 8 44 40 32 First round
2013 2. Divisjon 4 26 11 7 8 60 51 40 Second round
2014 2. Divisjon 7 26 9 8 9 49 51 35 Third round
2015 2. Divisjon 3 26 17 3 6 71 30 54 Second round
2016 (in progress) 2. Divisjon 4 25 14 6 5 62 39 48 Second round

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2013

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 Erik Walcott
2 Norway DF Kristian Fjelstad
3 Norway DF Hareet Singh
4 Norway DF Jøran Skogseide
5 Norway DF Jens Andersen
6 Norway MF Anders Hatlen
8 Norway MF Ole Sandnes
9 Norway FW Yonas Tekle
10 Norway MF Faisal Sharif
11 Norway MF Robbin Isaksen
12 Norway GK Daniel Tomulevski
No. Position Player
14 Norway DF Henning Bunæs
15 Morocco MF Zakaria Maazouzi
16 Norway DF Kidane Dalva
17 Norway FW Ilyas El-Hafedi
18 Norway MF Shariff Cham
20 Norway DF Mohamed Ali Essaidi
21 Norway DF Espen Andersen
22 Norway DF Morten Larsen
23 Norway DF Emilio Garcia
30 Norway GK Truls Ballangby
33 Norway MF Sezan Ismailovski


The athletics section is now defunct, but has had several prominent members. Hilde Fredriksen notably finished sixth in the unofficial 1980 World Championships in 400 metres hurdles, and also holds the Norwegian record in the event. Trond Knaplund was a decathlete of national renown, and is now a coach.


  1. ^ "Tabell 2. divisjon, avdeling 1 2012". (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Grorud IL's historikk" (in Norwegian). Grorud IL. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Sarpebakken, Per (1996). "'Den hvite sporten' og AIF". Arbeiderhistorie (in Norwegian). Oslo: Labour Movement Archive and Library: 68. ISBN 82-90759-13-4. 
  4. ^ Wikborg, Jonas (24 October 2011). "Opprykksjubel på Grorud". Lokalavisen Groruddalen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Hofoss, Espen (17 December 2008). "Gir opp satsingen". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 19.