IK Brage

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IK Brage
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Full name Idrottsklubben Brage
Founded 1925; 92 years ago (1925) as IK Blixt
Ground Domnarvsvallen, Borlänge
Ground Capacity 6,500
Chairman Lars Ivarsson
Head coach Bengt Ottosson
League Division 1 Norra
2016 Division 1 Norra, 7th

Idrottsklubben Brage, also known as IK Brage or simply Brage, is a Swedish football club located in Borlänge. The club is affiliated with Dalarnas Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Domnarvsvallen.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are green and white. The club can be seen as a continuation of IK Blixt which was founded in the early 1920s but merged into Domnarvets GoIF in 1923. Two years later the merger was split and IK Blixt changed their name to IK Brage. The club has played a total of 18 seasons in Allsvenskan, which is the highest level of the Swedish football league system. They currently play in the third highest level (Division 1) where the season lasts from April to November. IK Brage also recently spent time in the second division Superettan and fourth division Division 2 between 2005 and 2009) but has mainly played in the two highest Swedish divisions since its foundation.

History[edit]

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Creation and early rise[edit]

Brage playing in the 1930 promotion playoff game against Djurgårdens IF which qualified them for their first ever Allsvenskan season.

In the early 1920s the two Borlänge clubs IK Blixt and Domnarvets GIF merged to form a new club by the name of Domnarvets GoIF. The motive for the merger was to combine their efforts in building the new stadium that would become Domnarvsvallen. The merger did not go smoothly however as the IK Blixt members felt that there needed to be more focus on the football part of the multisport club. This caused them to want to bring back the original IK Blixt but the newly formed Domnarvets GoIF would not allow this since they technically owned the name as IK Blixt was half of the new club. So in 1925 the old IK Blixt members started up a new football club instead and decided in a meeting that the new name would be IK Brage, named after the Norse god Bragi.

After its creation, the club quickly advanced through the divisions until it reached the second highest level after the 1929–1930 season. The club would then go on to have a very successful 1930s which included playing at the highest level for the first time ever in the 1937–38 Allsvenskan. This first golden age culminated in the fourth-place finish two years later but was quickly followed by a relegation followed by a long period of time spent in the second tier.

1970s misery and 1980s success[edit]

A chart showing the progress of IK Brage through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

During the mid-1970s the club had fallen down into the third tier for the first time in nearly 30 years. After spending four straight seasons at such a low level the club brought in Rolf Zetterlund from AIK as their new player manager. During his reign the club advanced quickly through the divisions and made their return to the highest level in the 1980 Allsvenskan where they finished in fourth place, again matching their best ever finish. That same year the club also came close to winning their first major title as they finished runners-up in Svenska Cupen. The success would continue throughout the 1980s as Brage established themselves as an Allsvenskan club. During this period, which is the most successful in club history, Brage finished in the top five three times. This qualified them to compete in the UEFA Cup on several occasions where they played against clubs like Werder Bremen and Inter Milan.

1990s relegation from Allsvenskan[edit]

Brage home stadium Domnarvsvallen in 2010.

Brage was relegated to the second tier in 1990 and then again in their latest Allsvenskan season in 1993 after having spent the entire year in last place from the first to the last round of the league. After that they have not been able to come back to Allsvenskan.

2000s good performance in Superettan and struggeling in division 1 and 2[edit]

Things got even worse at the start of the new millennium when the club was relegated first into the third tier but then also into the fourth, a level which the club hadn't played at since its creation in the 1920s. However, they have since bounced back and reestablished themselves in the second tier of swedish football which is from the year 2000 called Superettan.

2010s successful comeback to Superettan and a new level of misery[edit]

IK Brage qualified againd Qviding in 2009 and was promoted to Superettan for the first time since 2004. Much thanks to great team spirit influenced by the manager Lennart "Kral" Andersson", who was very popuplar among the supporters in Serik Fans. But in 2013 everything collapsed. The new chairman Tommy Andersson and the sports director contracted a lot of experienced but controversial players like Dulee Johnson, Jan Tauer and Njogu Demba Nyrén. Brage only won two games that season and half of the squad left the team before the season was over. The club was relegaded to (Division 1 once again and was almost in bankruptcy in 2014 and 2015 due to the failed investments in 2013.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 21 March 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 Sweden GK Ludvig Larsson
2 Sweden DF Alexander Zetterström
3 Sweden DF Viktor Bergh
4 Sweden DF Gustav Sundström
5 Sweden DF Carlos Garcia
6 Sweden MF Benjamin Hjertstrand
7 Serbia MF Stefan Ilic
8 Sweden MF Erik Nilsson
9 Sweden FW Johan Eklund
10 Sweden MF Simon Stenberg
No. Position Player
11 Sweden FW Anton Lundin
12 Sweden GK Erik Johansson
13 Sweden FW Pontus Hindrikes
15 Sweden MF Rasmus Lindgren
16 Sweden FW Linus Zetterström
18 Sweden MF Andreas Hedlund
19 Sweden MF Erik Larsson
22 Sweden MF Memocan Elalmis
23 Sweden MF Stefan Lindmark
88 Sweden GK Peter Rosendal

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

As of 5 March 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
Sweden DF Victor Bergh
Sweden FW Memo Elamis
Sweden MF Mikael Christensen

Notable players[edit]

The following players have received the player of the year award that supporter group "Serik Fans" started giving out in 1996,[4] or are listed as either "club legends"[5][6] or foreign players with over 50 games at the club[7] on the official Brage website.

Managers[edit]

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Achievements[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Dalarnas Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Historisk sammanfattning – IK Brage". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Truppen 2014" (in Swedish). IK Brage. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Serik Fans". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Reportage – IK Brage". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Partner – IK Brage". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Internationella Brage". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Tränare – IK Brage". Retrieved 2012-12-30. 

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