IK Start

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IK Start
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Full name Idrettsklubben Start
Founded 19 September 1905; 111 years ago (19 September 1905)
Ground Sør Arena
Kristiansand
Ground Capacity 14,563
Chairman Magne Kristiansen
Manager Steinar Pedersen
League Tippeligaen
2015 Tippeligaen, 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand, currently playing in Tippeligaen having been promoted from Adeccoligaen in 2012. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The coach is Steinar Pedersen. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and yellow socks at home, and blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks away.

They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club is called "Tigerberget".

Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a free-kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.

History[edit]

Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the European Cup in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2006–07. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian First Division and were promoted to the Norwegian Premier League.

In 2005 they reached second place, following Vålerenga, after a strong comeback season in the Norwegian Premier League. For this, Start earned a place in the UEFA Cup 2006.

In 2006, after beating Skála of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, and Drogheda United of Ireland in the second qualifying round (after penalties), they reached the first round of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by Ajax of the Netherlands.

2007 was a bad year for Start, with problems working as a team and management issues. It led to a disappointing 13th place, leading to Start's relegation to Adeccoligaen. In 2008 the club got financial problems. The local government saved the club from bankruptcy. The financial difficulties has plagued Start for several seasons, due to the financial crisis and the Norwegian footballteams overspending, Start being no exception. The last couple of seasons, Start has downsized and saved money, for example by changing the turf on Sør Arena, the hopes being that the savings will keep the wheels turning in Start.

Ahead of the 2009 season, Knut Tørum was appointed head coach of Start. The next two seasons, Start was positioned at the lower half of Tippeligaen although achieving some strong results, like being the only team to beat Rosenborg in 2009, at Rosenborgs homeground Lerkendal, delaying their gold celebration. On 22 June 2011, Start had 13 points in 12 matches, and Tørum decided to resign hours before a cup-match against Strømsgodset, a match Start won without Tørum. Mons Ivar Mjelde replaced Tørum as head coach, but was not able to save Start from relegation. Start started the 2012 Adeccoligaen in strong fashion, leading the division and winning important matches and won promotion at the end of the season.

As of 7 August 2016, Start have not won in Tippeligaen for 34 games, since they defeated Stabæk 4-1 on 4 July 2015. This is the longest run without winning a single game across any top division in Europe.

Achievements[edit]

Winners (2): 1978, 1980
Runners-up (1): 2005
Bronze medal (7): 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992
Semi finalist (5): 1975, 1978, 1988, 2000, 2006, 2011
Winners (4): 1968, 1972, 2004, 2012
Promotion: 1958–59, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2008

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2003 1. Divisjon 9 30 12 4 14 53 50 40 Third round
2004 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 24 2 4 71 28 74 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen 2 26 13 6 7 47 35 45 Fourth round
2006 Tippeligaen 6 26 10 7 9 29 32 37 Semi-final
2007 Tippeligaen relegated 13 26 6 8 12 34 44 26 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2008 1. Divisjon promoted 3 30 17 8 5 58 34 59 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 10 10 46 52 40 Third round
2010 Tippeligaen 8 30 11 9 10 57 60 42 Quarter-final
2011 Tippeligaen relegated 15 30 7 5 18 39 61 26 Semi-final Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2012 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 20 6 4 71 35 66 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 8 12 43 46 38 Quarter-final
2014 Tippeligaen 12 30 10 5 15 47 60 35 Fourth round
2015 Tippeligaen 14 30 5 7 18 35 64 22 Second round
2016 (in progress) Tippeligaen 16 25 1 9 15 19 50 12 Third round

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 June 2016.[1]

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 Håkon Opdal
2 Norway DF Jens Kristian Skogmo
3 Finland DF Tapio Heikkilä
4 United States DF Alex DeJohn
5 Norway DF Robert Sandnes
7 Nigeria MF Chidiebere Nwakali (on loan from Manchester City)
8 Norway FW Espen Hoff
9 Norway MF Daniel Aase
10 Liberia MF Dulee Johnson
11 Nigeria FW Uduak Idemokon (on loan from Bujoc FC)
14 Norway MF Espen Børufsen
15 Norway DF Henrik Robstad
No. Position Player
16 Norway MF Andreas Hollingen
17 Iceland MF Guðmundur Kristjánsson
18 Norway MF Jibril Bojang
19 Nigeria FW Austin Ikenna
21 Norway MF Henrik Breimyr
22 Norway FW Lars-Jørgen Salvesen
23 Norway MF Erlend Segberg
25 Republic of Ireland GK Sean McDermott
27 Norway MF Eirik Wichne
28 Norway DF Rolf Daniel Vikstøl (captain)
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adi Markovic
30 Norway FW Lasse Sigurdsen

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
20 Norway DF John Olav Norheim (on loan at KFUM Oslo)
No. Position Player
Norway MF Henrik Byklum (on loan at Fløy)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Norway Steinar Pedersen
Assistant coach Norway Odd Berg
GK coach Norway Erik Ruthford Pedersen
Physio Norway Jørgen Rostrup
Osteopath Norway Kurt Støen
Equipment manager Norway Øyvind Evjen

Former head coaches[edit]

IK Start coaching history from 1947 to present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-laget spillere 2016" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-01-18. 

External links[edit]

Media related to IK Start at Wikimedia Commons