IFK Göteborg

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IFK Göteborg
IFK Göteborg.png
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Göteborg
Nickname(s) Blåvitt (Blue-white)
Änglarna (The Angels)
Kamraterna (The Comrades)
Short name IFK
Founded 4 October 1904; 111 years ago (1904-10-04)
Ground Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg
Ground Capacity 18,600
Chairman Karl Jartun
Head coach Jörgen Lennartsson
League Allsvenskan
2015 Allsvenskan, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

IFK Göteborg is a Swedish professional football club based in Gothenburg. Founded in 1904, the club has won 18 national championship titles, seven national cup titles, and two UEFA Cups.

IFK is one of the most successful club in Sweden together with Malmö FF, and one of the most successful clubs in northern Europe, as it is the only Scandinavian team to have won a pan-European competition. IFK won the UEFA Cup in 1982 and 1987. The 18 Swedish championship titles won are also a record-high for most titles won in Swedish football, the club share this record with Malmö FF. They currently rank in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan, where they have played for the majority of their history. They have played top-flight football in Sweden since 1977, which currently is the longest top-flight tenure of any club in Sweden—the second longest is Helsingborgs IF, since 1993.

IFK is one of the most popular football clubs in Sweden, with diverse country-wide support. Since the start of the 2009 season, they play all their home games at the newly built Gamla Ullevi stadium.


The IFK Göteborg squad year 1905.

IFK Göteborg was founded at Café Olivedal on 4 October 1904,[1] becoming the 39th IFK association.[2] A committee for football was created at the historic first meeting; the association's first football match ended in a 4–1 victory against a club from the local area, IK Viking.[3] The foundation of IFK Göteborg was important for the development of football in the city, as until that point, Örgryte IS, the largest of Gothenburg clubs, were dominant. IFK Göteborg represented some needed competition.[4]

IFK Göteborg became the first Swedish team in four years to beat Örgryte IS in 1907.[5] They then went on to win their first Swedish Championship in 1908 by winning the cup tournament Svenska Mästerskapet, and three players from the club were selected to play for Sweden in the national team's first match.[5] That year IFK played teams from outside Sweden for the first time, meeting the Danish clubs Østerbro BK and Boldklubben af 1893.[5]

In 1910, the team played in blue and white striped jerseys for the first time.[6] Two years later the team drew 1–1 in a game against the 1912 Swedish Olympic team, and the newspapers in Stockholm nominated IFK Göteborg as "the best Swedish football club ever".[7] IFK Göteborg won Svenska Serien—the highest Swedish league at the time, but not the Swedish Championship deciding competition—for the fifth time in a row in 1917. The early IFK Göteborg team had no trainer; the club gained its first such official in 1921, when Hungarian manager Sándor Bródy was hired.[8] Bródy was appointed manager for IFK two years later. The first Swedish official national league, Allsvenskan, started in late 1924, the year the legendary Filip Johansson made his debut for IFK Göteborg.[9] The club finished second, but Johansson scored 39 goals in 22 games and was the league's top goalscorer.[10]

A chart showing the progress of IFK Göteborg through the swedish football league system. The different shades of grey represent league divisions.

IFK won their first Allsvenskan title in 1934–35, the ten previous seasons of the league saw the club finish in the top four.[11] Swedish football was dominated by teams from Gothenburg during these years,[12] but IFK Göteborg were surprisingly relegated in 1937–38,[13] although the team was promoted back to Allsvenskan the next season. Back in the highest division, IFK finished second, with the league continuing despite the outbreak of World War II. IFK won another title in 1941–42 with a strong team,[13] but the rest of the decade saw mixed results. The 1940s team included the talented Gunnar Gren, who became the top scorer in 1946–47. He was also awarded Guldbollen as the best player in Sweden, and won an Olympic gold medal with the Swedish team at the 1948 Olympics.[14] When Gren left in 1949, IFK were relegated from Allsvenskan the following season. As happened the last time IFK played in a lower league, they were promoted directly back to Allsvenskan after one season in Division 2. IFK went on to compete in a European Cup—the European Champion Clubs' Cup—for the first time in 1958, but were eliminated in the second round by SC Wismut. In 1959, the all-time Allsvenskan record attendance of 52,194 was set when IFK played Örgryte IS at Nya Ullevi.[15]

After an unglamorous decade, IFK were led by manager and retired footballer Bertil Johansson to a surprising championship title in 1969.[13] The following season was one of the darkest in their history.[13][16] IFK were relegated, and unlike previous relegations they did not make an immediate return. After three seasons in the second league IFK had lost all signs of being a team from Allsvenskan,[17] and had still not managed to gain promotion. But after hard work from board member Anders Bernmar and others to get the club on the right track, IFK were promoted to Allsvenskan in 1976.[17] In 1979, IFK hired Sven-Göran Eriksson as manager.[18] He introduced the 4–4–2 system with "pressure and support"—called the Swenglish model[19]—which would give IFK great success later on, and his first season at the club ended with a second place in Allsvenskan and the club's first gold medal in Svenska Cupen.

IFK Göteborg and their fans celebrate a goal against Örebro SK in 2004.

After reinforcing the team with several expensive players[20]—including Thomas Wernerson and Stig Fredriksson—IFK had finished second in the league and reached the quarter-finals in the UEFA Cup as 1981 came to an end. 1982 then became a turbulent season as the whole board was replaced and the club almost went bankrupt—even needing to borrow money from the official supporter's association to travel to Valencia to play the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup.[21] After the troubled start IFK won every competition they entered, including Allsvenskan, the Allsvenskan play-off, Svenska Cupen, and the UEFA Cup, defeating Hamburger SV 4–0 on aggregate in the finals.[22] During the following 15 years the club was the leading club in Swedish football,[23] winning the Swedish championship ten times, the domestic cup three times and the UEFA Cup twice.

IFK managed to field a strong team for a couple of years and won gold in the league in both 1983 and 1984, and the cup in 1983. In 1986, the team reached the semi-finals of the European Cup but were defeated on penalties against FC Barcelona.[24] A new team of talents won both the UEFA Cup and Allsvenskan once again in 1987,[22] after beating Dundee United in the UEFA Cup final. The youth manager Roger Gustafsson took over the team from Gunder Bengtsson in 1990, and his time with IFK was to become very successful, winning Allsvenskan five times between 1990 and 1995.[25]

As IFK won the 1993 Allsvenskan, they qualified for European competition. IFK advanced to the group stage of the Champions League, where they faced FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Galatasaray. Elimination at the group stage was widely anticipated,[26][27] but IFK Göteborg confounded expectations by winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage. However, IFK Göteborg was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Bayern Munich on away goals.

The last years before the new millennium were disappointing for IFK, providing a stark contrast to the earlier success.[28] The team only managed a silver in 1997 and an eighth place in 1998, after buying several expensive players who failed to produce.[28][29] IFK changed manager in the middle of a season two years in a row—in 1998 and 1999—when the club never before had changed manager even once during an ongoing season.[28] The last year of the decade ended with a sixth-place finish. The new millennium offered varied results, with the club playing a relegation play-off in 2002, but challenging for the championship in 2001, 2004, and 2005. In 2007, the first title in eleven years was secured in the last round of Allsvenskan. The club then won the national cup Svenska Cupen the next season. IFK Göteborg are still considered to be one of the "Big Three" in Swedish football, along with Malmö FF and AIK, despite only having won three titles in the last ten years.[24][30][31][1]

Colours and crest[edit]

The traditional colours of all IFK associations are blue and white, and IFK Göteborg is no exception. The club's first kit was a blue jersey with a single horizontal white stripe and a four-pointed star, one of the IFK association symbols, in white on the chest.[32] During the next few years, white or blue jerseys without stripes were used. In 1910, a kit comprising a blue and white vertically striped jersey and blue shorts was used for the first time[6] inspired by the kit of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub.[33] This kit has remained as the home colours ever since. A blue and white logotype of the main sponsor ICA—a grocery store chain—figured on the jersey front from 1982[34] until 2011[35] and almost become part of the jersey.[36][37] ICA was replaced by financial institution Prioritet Finans as the main sponsor at the start of the 2011 season. No other major sponsors are seen on the kit which, together with the longtime use of blue and white stripes, has made the kit a classic in Swedish football.[38] The traditional away kit is red and white, in different styles, though other colour combinations, for example orange and white, have been used, mainly in the 1990s and 2000s. The away kit introduced in 2005 once again used red and white. An almost completely white third kit with blue details was introduced in mid-2007 after requests from supporters.[39] A pink jersey with black shorts was introduced as the away kit in 2011, and was replaced by a black jersey and black shorts featuring pink details in 2013.

The crest of IFK Göteborg has its origins in the coat of arms of the city of Gothenburg which in turn is based on several other heraldic arms. The lion on a field of silver and blue is the heraldic arms of the Folkunga dynasty, holding the Three Crowns of Sweden, both symbols being used in the coat of arms of Sweden. This arms was granted to the city by Gustavus Adolphus.[40] The coat-of-arms of Gothenburg sees the lion facing the sinister (heraldic left, which is viewer's right) side which often is interpreted as a fleeing lion, the normal being a lion facing the dexter (heraldic right) side, but IFK chose to have the lion facing dexter on the club crest. Adding the three letters IFK on top and the crest used since it first appeared on the kit in 1919 is complete.[41] These main elements have not been modified since then, but during the years several different designs of the crest have been used, occasionally having the lion facing the sinister side. In the 1980s, the club standardised the design and only minor changes—such as colour hues—have been made since then, with the exception of the years 1997–1999 when IFK, with Reebok as kit sponsors, used a crest with some more distinct changes to the standard elements.[42] Before 1919 various other symbols were used, with the four-pointed star of the IFK associations featuring on the jerseys until 1910.[42]


IFK Göteborg's first match (11 April 2009) at the new stadium Gamla Ullevi, a match which IFK won 6–0 against Djurgårdens IF.

Historically, IFK Göteborg's main home stadium has been Gamla Ullevi, where the majority of the competitive games have been played. The club has played there in two separate periods, most recently after leaving Ullevi (Nya Ullevi) in 1992, although matches attracting large crowds—such as derbies against the rivals Örgryte IS and GAIS, or international games—were still played at the larger Ullevi stadium. Gamla Ullevi's capacity was 18,000 when used in the 1990s and 2000s, while Nya Ullevi has a capacity of 43,200.[43][44]

Gamla Ullevi was demolished on 9 January 2007 to make place for a new stadium with the same name, Gamla Ullevi, with a capacity of 18,800. The new stadium was completed in late 2008, but not opened until the start of the 2009 season. During construction, IFK Göteborg played the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Nya Ullevi.[45]

On 11 April 2009 IFK Göteborg played their first game on the new Gamla Ullevi stadium and won against Djurgården with 6–0 in front of 18,276 spectators.[46]

IFK Göteborg have used three other stadia as official home grounds. The first ground was Idrottsplatsen, in use from 1905 to 1916. It was built in 1896 for the cycling club Göteborgs Velocipedklubb, and was originally used for track cycling. During the 1909 season IFK Göteborg also used Örgryte IS' home ground of the time, Balders Hage, due to a conflict with the owners of Idrottsplatsen.[47] The third official stadium was Walhalla Idrottsplats, used for a number of home matches at the same time as Idrottsplatsen. A fourth ground, Slottsskogsvallen, has never been the official home ground, but has nonetheless been used a number of times for IFK Göteborg home matches.[48]

Idrottsplatsen fell into decline due to poor leadership and a troubled economy in the 1910s,[49] and a decision was made to completely renovate the arena with the help of outside sponsorship and funding. The construction of the new football ground was started in 1915 and used the site of Idrottsplatsen as foundation. The new stadium, originally named Ullervi,[50] but later changed to Ullevi and finally Gamla Ullevi, was opened in 1916. It was the home ground of IFK Göteborg until 1958, when Nya Ullevi—built for the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden—was opened. Due to a number of seasons with low attendance in Swedish football in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a move back to Gamla Ullevi was made in 1992.[51]


Before the foundation of IFK Göteborg, the dominant club in the Gothenburg area was Örgryte IS, which was considered a middle class club, and in later years an upper class club, like most clubs of that time. IFK became popular amongst the working class, creating a fierce rivalry based upon both local pride and social class. In the early 20th century, supporters were supposed to act as gentlemen, applauding and supporting both their own team, and the opponents. However, this proved a hard task for supporters of the Gothenburg teams. Local patriotism and class differences sometimes resulted in fights and pitch invasions, making the Swedish press view IFK and Örgryte fans as the scum of Swedish football.[52]

After World War I, the rivalry calmed, and Gothenburg supporters became known as friendly and sportsmanlike fans. However, this only applied to the behaviour on home ground, as IFK supporters continued to behave badly when travelling to away matches by train (called göteborgstågen, the Gothenburg trains), a phenomenon that grew quickly in the 1920s. This behaviour peaked in 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II, when approximately 1,900 IFK fans travelled to Borås to see IFK play Elfsborg. After a 2–3 loss, the fans fought with the Borås police, before returning home to Gothenburg and disturbing a wartime blackout exercise.[52]

IFK Göteborg supporters at the home derby against Örgryte IS in 2005.

As in most other parts of the world, the decades following the World War II were relatively free from football violence and the supporter culture did not change much. Swedish football culture started to change in the late 1960s, becoming heavily inspired and influenced by the English supporter culture. This flourished in the 1970s and 1980s, giving birth to some of the most well-known Swedish supporters clubs, AIK's Black Army, Djurgårdens IF's Blue Saints (later Järnkaminerna), and IFK Göteborg's supporters club, Änglarna (the Angels). The first attempt to found an IFK supporters club was made in 1969, but interest diminished when IFK Göteborg were relegated from the highest league the following year. The supporters club was not re-founded until 1973, which is considered the year of foundation of Änglarna.[53]

As the club gained success in European club tournaments in the 1980s and 1990s, and thousands of IFK fans travelled to Hamburg, Barcelona, Dundee, Milan, Manchester and Munich, the supporters gained influence on the club, for example by lending money to the almost bankrupt IFK Göteborg so the team could go to Valencia to play the quarter-final in the UEFA Cup in 1982, or by being the main force behind the move back to Gamla Ullevi in 1992.[21][54] The early 1990s saw a downward trend in attendance numbers, even though the club was successful on the pitch, but the trend turned in the later years of the decade and the first few years of the new millennium brought the club's highest average attendance since the early 1980s.[55]

In the 2000s, supporter culture in Sweden started to shift from being English-influenced to being more influenced by the Southern European countries and their football culture, making tifos and ultras a common sight in Swedish arenas. From acting as an almost uniform group of fans gathered under the same flag, the supporter club Änglarna, IFK fans created separate supporter factions, including Ultra Bulldogs, Young Lions and West Coast Angelz. IFK is the most popular football club in Sweden;[24] a 2004 survey concluded that IFK Göteborg had support from 13% of Swedish football fans.[56] A majority, 55%, of football fans in Gothenburg support IFK, and the club is the fourth most popular in Stockholm (after AIK, Djurgårdens IF and Hammarby IF) and the second most popular in Malmö, after Malmö FF.[56]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 26 January 2016[57]

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 John Alvbåge
2 Sweden DF Emil Salomonsson
4 Norway DF Haitam Aleesami
6 Sweden MF Sebastian Eriksson
7 Denmark MF Mads Albæk
8 Denmark MF Søren Rieks
9 Denmark MF Jakob Ankersen
10 Sweden FW Tobias Hysén (vice captain)
11 Bolivia MF Martin Smedberg-Dalence
14 Iceland DF Hjálmar Jónsson
16 Sweden FW Mikael Boman
17 Ghana MF Prosper Kasim
No. Position Player
18 Ghana MF Lawson Sabah
19 Sweden FW Gustav Engvall
20 Sweden FW Victor Sköld
21 Norway DF Benjamin Zalo
22 Sweden DF Adam Johansson
24 Sweden DF Tom Pettersson
25 Sweden GK Erik Dahlin
26 Sweden FW Patrik Karlsson Lagemyr
27 Sweden DF Billy Nordström
28 Norway DF Thomas Rogne
30 Sweden DF Mattias Bjärsmyr (captain)

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 8 January 2016[A]

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

No. Position Player
36 Sweden GK Pontus Dahlberg

Out on loan[edit]

As of 8 January 2016[57]

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

No. Position Player
23 Sweden DF Patrick Dyrestam (at Ängelholms FF until 8 January 2017)[58]
No. Position Player
Senegal FW Malick Mané (at Najran until 15 July 2016)[59]

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2015–16.

Notable players[edit]

The all-star team chosen by Göteborgs-Posten readers in 2004.

The following eighteen players either have been chosen for the greatest ever IFK Göteborg team in a 2004 poll by readers of the regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten,[60] have been chosen for the dream team presented in the club's official 100 year jubilee book published in 2004,[61] or have gained more than 90 caps for the Sweden national team. The players are listed according to when they debuted for IFK Göteborg:

Name Nat Pos IFK Göteborg
League record[63] Honours[64]
Apps Goals
Erik Börjesson Sweden FW 1907–10, 12–20 64 81 3 Swedish Championships
Filip 'Svarte-Filip' Johansson Sweden FW 1924–33 181 180
Arne Nyberg Sweden FW 1932–50 297 130 2 Swedish Championships
Gunnar Gren Sweden FW 1940–49 164 78 1 Swedish Championship
Bengt 'Fölet' Berndtsson Sweden FW 1950–67 348 69 1 Swedish Championship
Bertil 'Bebben' Johansson Sweden FW 1954–68 268 162 1 Swedish Championship
Donald Niklasson Sweden DF 1967–78 189 12 1 Swedish Championship
Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden FW 1975–76, 77–82, 84–86 212 127 1 UEFA Cup, 2 Swedish Championships, 2 Svenska Cupen
Tommy Holmgren Sweden MF/FW 1977–89 242 20 2 UEFA Cups, 4 Swedish Championships, 3 Svenska Cupen
Glenn Hysén Sweden DF 1978–83, 85–87 155 13 2 UEFA Cups, 3 Swedish Championships, 3 Svenska Cupen
Ruben Svensson Sweden DF 1978–86 195 23 1 UEFA Cup, 3 Swedish Championships, 3 Svenska Cupen
Glenn Strömberg Sweden MF 1979–82 97 9 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Swedish Championship, 2 Svenska Cupen
Stig Fredriksson Sweden DF 1980–88 179 16 2 UEFA Cups, 4 Swedish Championships, 2 Svenska Cupen
Roland Nilsson Sweden DF 1983–89 124 7 1 UEFA Cup, 2 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen
Håkan Mild Sweden MF 1988–93, 95–96, 98–2001, 02–05 252 26 4 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen
Thomas Ravelli Sweden GK 1989–97 211 0 6 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen
Magnus Erlingmark Sweden DF/MF/FW 1993–2004 278 43 4 Swedish Championships
Niclas Alexandersson Sweden MF 1996–97, 2004–08, 09 176 32 2 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen



As of 25 November 2014[65][66]
Name Role
Sweden Karl Jartun Chairman
Sweden Martin Kurzwelly Club director
Sweden Olof Myhrman Secretary
Sweden Mats Gren Director of sports

Technical staff[edit]

IFK Göteborg's current head coach Jörgen Lennartsson.
As of 31 July 2015[67]
Name Role
Sweden Jörgen Lennartsson Head coach
Sweden Magnus Edlund Assistant coach
Sweden Alf Westerberg Assistant coach / U21 head coach
Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Fitness coach
Sweden Stefan Remnér Goalkeeping coach
Sweden Fredrik Larsson Physiotherapist
Sweden Tim Rahmquist Physiotherapist
Sweden Martin Bergqvist Physiotherapist
Sweden Jon Karlsson Club doctor
Sweden Leif Swärd Club doctor
Sweden Lennart Sugiardjo Club doctor
Sweden Johan Örtendahl Mental coach
Sweden Bertil Lundqvist Equipment manager
Sweden Rolf Gustavsson Equipment manager
Sweden Thomas Olsson U19 head coach
Sweden Johan Claesson U19 assistant coach
Sweden Roger Gustafsson Head coach youth academy
Sweden Olle Sultan Match analyst
Sweden Linda Breding Assistant match analyst

Notable managers[edit]

The following fourteen managers either have won at least one major honour with IFK Göteborg or have managed the team for 100 or more league matches. The managers are listed according to when they were first appointed manager for IFK Göteborg:

Name Nat IFK Göteborg
League record Honours
Henning Svensson Sweden 1924–29, 1931–32, 1943 183 104 42 37 475 264 +211
Eric Hjelm Sweden 1930, 1933–38 137 68 23 46 276 212 +64 1 Swedish Championship
Ernst Andersson Sweden 1941–42 43 21 13 9 94 62 +32 1 Swedish Championship
József Nagy Hungary 1943–48 110 54 22 34 266 195 +71
Walter Probst Austria 1954–58 99 47 15 37 193 160 +33 1 Swedish Championship
Bertil 'Bebben' Johansson Sweden 1967–70 88 32 23 33 137 133 +4 1 Swedish Championship
Sven-Göran Eriksson Sweden 1979–82 87 44 27 16 161 83 +78 1 UEFA Cup, 2 Svenska Cupen
Gunder Bengtsson Sweden 1982, 1985–87 79 38 26 15 155 79 +76 1 UEFA Cup, 2 Swedish Championships
Björn Westerberg Sweden 1983–84 44 25 9 10 78 38 +40 2 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen
Roger Gustafsson Sweden 1990–95, 2002 165 88 36 41 278 167 +111 5 Swedish Championships, 1 Svenska Cupen
Mats Jingblad Sweden 1996–98 60 33 15 12 118 68 +50 1 Swedish Championship
Jonas Olsson & Stefan Rehn Sweden 2007–10 100 49 28 23 164 85 +79 1 Swedish Championship, 1 Svenska Cupen
Mikael Stahre Sweden 2012–14 30 9 2 9 36 41 −5 1 Svenska Cupen


Main article: IFK Göteborg records


  • Swedish Champions[B]
    • Winners (18): 1908, 1910, 1918, 1934–35, 1941–42, 1957–58, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007


  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (13): 1934–35, 1941–42, 1957–58, 1969, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007
    • Runners-up (13): 1924–25, 1926–27, 1929–30, 1939–49, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015
  • Svenska Serien:
    • Winners (5): 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1916–17
  • Fyrkantserien:
    • Winners (2): 1918, 1919
  • Mästerskapsserien:
    • Winners (1): 1991


  • Svenska Cupen:
    • Winners (7): 1978–79, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1991, 2008, 2012–13, 2014–15
    • Runners-up (5): 1985–86, 1998–99, 2004, 2007, 2009
  • Allsvenskan play-offs:
    • Winners (5): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990
    • Runners-up (1): 1985
  • Svenska Mästerskapet:
    • Winners (3): 1908, 1910, 1918
  • Svenska Supercupen:
    • Winners (1): 2008
    • Runners-up (4): 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015



Main article: IFK Göteborg records


  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  2. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.[68]


All sources in (Swedish) unless otherwise noted.

General reference books
  • Alsiö, Martin; Frantz, Alf; Lindahl, Jimmy; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004, del 2. Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8. 
  • Alsiö, Martin (2011). Persson, Gunnar, ed. 100 år med allsvensk fotboll. Västerås: Idrottsförlaget/Canal+. ISBN 978-91-977326-7-3. 
  • Andersson, Torbjörn (2002). Kung fotboll: den svenska fotbollens kulturhistoria från 1800-talets slut till 1950. Eslöv: Symposion. ISBN 91-7139-565-2. 
  • Andersson, Torbjörn (2011). "Spela fotboll bondjävlar!": en studie i svensk klubbkultur och lokal identitet från 1950 till 2000-talets början, del 1. Stockholm: Symposion. ISBN 978-91-7139-868-0. 
  • Glanell, Tomas, ed. (1984). 80 år med svensk fotboll: jubileumsboken. Stockholm: Strömbergs. ISBN 91-86184-23-7. 
  • Glanell, Tomas; Havik, Göran; Lindberg, Thomas; Persson, Gunnar; Ågren, Bengt, eds. (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004, del 1. Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8. 
  • Nylin, Lars (2004). Den nödvändiga boken om Allsvenskan: svensk fotboll från 1896 till idag, statistik, höjdpunkter lag för lag, klassiska bilder. Sundbyberg: Semic. ISBN 91-552-3168-3. 
  • Persson, Gunnar; Glanell, Thomas; Lundgren, Lars; Stark, Janne; Strömberg, Robert, eds. (1988). Allsvenskan genom tiderna. Stockholm: Strömbergs idrottsböcker. ISBN 91-86184-35-0. 
IFK Göteborg books
  • Andreasson, Kenth; Palmström, Uno (1976). Kamraterna: en bok om IFK Göteborg. Stockholm: Askild & Kärnekull. ISBN 91-7008-652-4. 
  • Andreasson, Kenth; Palmström, Uno (1988). Blåvitt: historien om ett mästarlag. Stockholm: Prisma. ISBN 91-518-2232-6. 
  • Bernmar, Anders; Skånberg, Alf; Öberg, Ralf, eds. (1979). Blåvitt 75 år. Göteborg: IFK Göteborg. 
  • Elisson, Johan; Kjäll, Andreas; Pettersson, John (2014). Henriksson, Mathias, ed. Vi som är från Göteborg åker aldrig hem med sorg. Göteborg: Supporterklubben Änglarna. ISBN 978-91-637-5138-7. 
  • Göransson, Mattias (2005). Blåvit gryning. Göteborg: Offside Press. ISBN 91-85279-03-X. 
  • Jacobsson, Ingvar; Larsson, Göran (1977). Vi älskar dom. Bjästa: CeWe. 
  • Jönsson, Ingemar; Josephson, Åke, eds. (2004). IFK Göteborg 1904–2004: en hundraårig blåvit historia genom elva epoker. Göteborg: IFK Göteborg. ISBN 91-631-4659-2. 
  • Thylin, Stefan (1996). Änglarna: ett europeiskt fenomen. Stockholm: Fischer & Co. ISBN 91-7054-821-8. 
  • Thylin, Stefan (2009). Guldåren. Västerås: Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-91-85319-58-9. 
Specific references
  1. ^ a b Nylin 2004, p. 47.
  2. ^ Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 9.
  3. ^ Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 10.
  4. ^ Jönsson & Josephson 2004, pp. 11–13.
  5. ^ a b c Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 13.
  6. ^ a b Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 19.
  7. ^ Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 20.
  8. ^ Jönsson & Josephson 2004, p. 25.
  9. ^ Glanell et al. 2004, p. 108.
  10. ^ Nylin 2004, p. 48.
  11. ^ Persson et al. 1988, p. 78.
  12. ^ Glanell et al. 2004, pp. 98–101.
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