IFK Norrköping

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IFK Norrköping
IFK Norrköping Logo.jpg
Full name Idrottsföreningen
Kamraterna Norrköping
Nickname(s) Peking (Beijing)
Kamraterna (The comrades)
VitaBlå (WhiteBlue)
Founded 29 May 1897; 119 years ago (1897-05-29)
Ground Östgötaporten, Norrköping
Ground Capacity 17,234
Chairman Peter Hunt
Manager Jens Gustafsson
League Allsvenskan
2016 Allsvenskan, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season
A chart showing the progress of IFK Norrköping through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
IFK Norrköping supporter group Peking Fanz.

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, also known as IFK Norrköping or simply Norrköping, is a Swedish professional football club based in Norrköping. The club is affiliated to Östergötlands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Östgötaporten.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue and white. Formed on 29 May 1897, the club have won thirteen national championship titles and six national cup titles.

The club is currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October. The club first won Allsvenskan in 1943.[2] IFK Norrköping were most successful during the 1940s, when they won five Swedish championships and two Svenska Cupen titles under the Hungarian coach Lajos Czeizler and with players like Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm.

IFK Norrköping won the 2015 Allsvenskan, which also gave them a spot in the second qualification round of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.


IFK Norrköping dominated Swedish football in the post war era and won the first division 11 times in 20 years, culminating in the league triumph of 1963. It took the club another 26 years before adding championship title number 12 to the trophy cabinet.

On 31 October 2015, IFK Norrköping won their 13th championship title after defeating the defending champions Malmö FF with 2–0 away in Swedbank Stadion in Malmö in the last round of 2015 Allsvenskan. This was the second time in a row they had to wait 26 years between titles.[3] On 8 November IFK Norrköping won supercupen against Swedish cup winners IFK Göteborg. The result was 3–0 after a dominating performance from the reigning Swedish champions.


The club had a fierce rivalry with the other local club, IK Sleipner, something that has been forgotten since Sleipner's fall from the higher divisions. Another historic rivalry is that against fellow Östergötland club Åtvidabergs FF, especially tense during the 1970s and early 2010s, but since Åtvidaberg has been relegated from the Allsvenskan that rivalry is receiving little importance. The Classic main rivalry is with Malmö FF , known as "The Working Class Derby"


First-team squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2017[4]

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

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Henrik Castegren
3 Iceland DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson
4 Sweden DF Andreas Johansson (captain)
6 Sweden DF Linus Wahlqvist
7 Sweden MF Andreas Blomqvist
8 Sweden MF Nicklas Bärkroth
9 Sweden MF David Moberg Karlsson
10 Finland FW Simon Skrabb
11 Sweden DF Christopher Telo
13 Iceland DF Alfons Sampsted
14 Sweden MF Eric Smith
15 Sweden DF Marcus Falk-Olander
16 Sweden MF Pontus Almqvist
17 Sweden FW Karl Holmberg
No. Position Player
19 Sweden FW Sebastian Andersson
20 Finland MF Daniel Sjölund (vice captain)
21 Sweden DF Andreas Hadenius
22 Sweden MF Marwan Bazi
23 Sweden MF Niclas Eliasson
25 Sweden DF Filip Dagerstål
26 Sweden FW Adin Bukva
28 Sweden DF Mohanad Jeahze
29 Sweden GK Julius Lindgren
30 Croatia DF Nikola Tkalčić
31 Austria GK Michael Langer
91 Republic of Macedonia GK David Mitov Nilsson
Iceland MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson

Out on loan[edit]

As of 10 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
Sweden DF Erik Lindell (at Degerfors IF until 8 January 2018)

Retired numbers[edit]

Winners of Guldbollen[edit]

Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson (right) playing in a 1964 game against Malmö FF.

League top scorers[edit]


Superettan (Division II 1924/1925–1986 and Division I 1987–1999)[edit]


1963: Bengt Nyholm, the keeper of IFK Norrköping, tries to improve his effectiveness by applying glue from flypaper to his hands
  • Swedish Champions[A]
    • Winners (13): 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1989, 2015


  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (13): 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1992, 2015
    • Runners-up (9): 1952–53, 1957–58, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Superettan:
    • Winners (1): 2007
    • Runners-up (1): 2010
  • Mästerskapsserien:
    • Runners-up (2): 1991, 1992


IFK Norrköping in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1956–57 European Cup 1R Italy AC Fiorentina 0–1 1–1 1–2
1957–58 European Cup 1R Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–2 1–2 3–4
1962–63 European Cup PR Albania Partizani Tirana 2–0 1–1 3–1
1R Portugal S.L. Benfica 1–1 1–5 2–6
1963–64 European Cup PR Belgium Standard Liége 2–0 0–1 2–1
1R Italy AC Milan 1–1 2–5 3–6
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Northern Ireland Crusaders F.C. 4–1 2–2 6–3
2R Norway FC Lyn 3–2 0–2 3–4
1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers F.C. 5–1 0–1 5–2
2R Germany Schalke 04 0–0 0–1 0–1
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Flamura Roşie Arad 2–0 2–1 4–1
2R Italy FC Internazionale 0–2 2–2 2–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Hibernian 0–0 2–3 2–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R England Southampton 0–0 2–2 2–2(a)
2R Italy A.S. Roma 1–0 0–1(2–4 p) 1–1
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Italy UC Sampdoria 2–1 0–2 2–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Germany 1. FC Köln 0–0 1–3 1–3
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–0 2–1 6–1
2R France AS Monaco 1–2 0–1 1–3
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Torino FC 1–0 0–3 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium KV Mechelen 0–1 1–1(aet) 1–2
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Czech Republic FK Viktoria Žižkov 3–3 0–1 3–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Faroe Islands GÍ Gøta 2–1 2–0 4–1
1R Czech Republic FC Slovan Liberec 2–2 1–2 3–4
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Norway Rosenborg 3–2 1–3 4–5


Sweden Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson, 321 games (1949–65)
Sweden Henry "Putte" Källgren, 126 goals (1951–60)
  • Most spectators:
32 234 against Malmö FF, 7 June 1956
11–1 against Djurgårdens IF, 14 October 1945.
0 – 11 against Örgryte IS, 6 April 1928 and Helsingborgs IF, 22 September 1929
  • Most expensive player:
Forward Nigeria Kevin Amuneke, from Bulgaria CSKA Sofia for approximately 3 million SEK, 2007.
  • Most expensive sale:
Midfielder/Forward Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason, to Austria SK Rapid Wien for approximately 16 million SEK, 2016.


Other sections[edit]

IFK Norrköping also maintains departments for women's football, set up in 2009, orienteering, bowling and the in Sweden and a few other Nordic countries very popular sport of bandy. The bandy team played in Sweden's highest division in 1937.

Part of the club was also an ice hockey team which played in the seasons 1950/51 and 1955/56 in the highest Swedish division. The ice hockey teams of IFK and local rivals IK Sleipner were joined in 1967 to form IF IFK/IKS, known from 1973 forward as IK Vita Hästen ("Ice Hockey Club White Horse") which evolved into today's HC Vita Hästen.


  1. ^ 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.[5]


  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Östergötlands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/sverige/allsvenskan/ifknorrkoping/article21682097.ab
  4. ^ "IFK Norrköpings trupp" (in Swedish). IFK Norrköping. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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