IK Start

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Full name Idrettsklubben Start
Founded 19 September 1905; 112 years ago (19 September 1905)
Ground Sør Arena
Kristiansand
Ground Capacity 14,563
Chairman Magne Kristiansen
Manager Kjetil Rekdal
League Eliteserien
2017 OBOS-ligaen, 2nd (Promoted)
Website Club website
Current season

IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand, playing in Eliteserien having been promoted from OBOS-Ligaen in 2017. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The coach is Kjetil Rekdal. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and socks at home, and black jerseys, yellow shorts and 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 was called "Tigerberget", until 2017, when the IK Start board decided to no longer have an official supporter club.

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, 2017

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002 Tippeligaen relegated 14 26 2 5 19 21 72 11 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
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 Tippeligaen relegated 16 30 2 10 18 23 59 16 Third round Relegated to the 1. Divisjon
2017 OBOS-ligaen promoted 2 30 16 7 7 57 36 55 Second round Promoted to the Eliteserien
2018 (in progress) Eliteserien 15 13 2 2 9 10 28 8

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 March 2018.[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 Sweden DF Elliot Käck
3 Norway DF Espen Hammer Berger
4 Nigeria MF Aremu Afeez
5 Norway MF Adnan Hadzic
6 Norway DF Simon Larsen (captain)
7 Sweden FW Kevin Kabran
8 Norway FW Lars-Jørgen Salvesen
9 Norway FW Daniel Aase
10 Norway MF Tobias Christensen
11 Iceland FW Aron Sigurðarson
14 Norway MF Espen Børufsen
15 Norway DF Henrik Robstad
No. Position Player
16 Norway MF Andreas Hollingen
17 Iceland MF Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason
18 Ghana MF Isaac Twum
19 Norway MF Kasper Skaanes
20 Norway FW Mathias Bringaker
21 Norway MF Niklas Sandberg
22 Iceland FW Kristján Flóki Finnbogason
23 Norway MF Erlend Segberg
26 Germany GK Jonas Deumeland
27 Norway DF Eirik Wichne
31 Jamaica DF Damion Lowe
45 Norway GK Benjamin Boujar

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Norway Kjetil Rekdal
Assistant coach Iceland Joey Harðarson
Assistant coach England Mick Priest
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

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1. round Sweden Djurgården 1–2 0–5 1–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1. round Austria Wacker Innsbruck 0–5 1–2 1–7
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1. round Iceland Fram 6–0 2–0 8–0
2. round Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 1–0 0–4 1–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1. round Denmark Esbjerg 0–0 0–1 0–1
1979–80 European Cup 1. round France Strasbourg 1–2 0–4 1–6
1981–82 European Cup 1. round Netherlands AZ 1–3 0–1 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. qualifying round Faroe Islands Skála 3–0 1–0 4–0
2. qualifying round Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 1–0 0–1 1–1 (11–10 p)
1. round Netherlands Ajax 2–5 0–4 2–9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-laget spillere 2016" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to IK Start at Wikimedia Commons