Sandefjord Fotball

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Full name Sandefjord Fotball
Nickname(s) Guttane (The Boys), The Whalers
Founded September 10, 1998; 17 years ago (1998-09-10)
Ground Komplett Arena
Ground Capacity 6,000
Chairman Roger Gulliksen
Manager Lars Bohinen
League OBOS-ligaen
2015 Tippeligaen, 16th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Sandefjord Fotball is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on September 10, 1998. The club plays in the Norwegian First Division. Their home ground is the Komplett Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.

The club reached the Norwegian First Division in 1999, where they made quick progress and soon settled as strong competitors for promotion to the Premier League. Finishing third in the First Division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth, but the 2005 season finally proved a success, when they placed second and earned automatic promotion to the highest division.

The club performed surprisingly well in their first Premier League season, finishing ninth in the table and reaching the cup final. However, the 2007 season was a disaster and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.

After a poor start to the 2008 season in the Adeccoligaen, Sandefjord recovered strongly to finish second and qualify for automatic promotion to Tippeligaen. In the 2009 season Sandefjord Fotball finished at eight place, their strongest performance in Tippeligaen to date. In 2010 Sandefjord Fotball were relegated to the Adeccoligaen.


Sandefjord Fotball were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in the 2nd division in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to the 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen. Finishing third in the 1st division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against Brann and Vålerenga. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor.[1] When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division,[2] where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games.

Colours and badge[edit]

Sandefjord Fotball's colours are blue. They play in blue shirts, blue shorts and white socks. When the club was formed in 1998, it was decided that the new club would have different colours from its parent clubs Sandefjord BK (yellow and black) and Runar (white and black). The club changed their badge before the start of the 2006 season. This was mainly for press purposes. The old badge had a yellow field as well as the blue and red. The new badge only has the colours red and blue. Further on, the white whale tail on the badge links to Sandefjord citys whaling history.



Sandefjord Fotball play their home games at Komplett Arena. Komplett Arena was opened on July 21, 2007, and cost about NOK 100 million. This is an all modern stadium, with a capacity of about 6,000. Record attendance was set during the opening game versus Lyn on July 21, 2007. 8 103 people attended this game. In the future it is planned to expand the stadium to a capacity of 12 500. Field measurements are 105 x 68 meters.

Before Sandefjord Fotball started to use their new home arena, Komplett Arena, they used to play their home encounters at Storstadion. Sandefjord Fotball played their home games at Storstadion from 1999 to 2007. As the stadium itself did not live up to the standards one could expect from a modern football stadium, it was finally decided to build the new and modern Komplett Arena and start a new and exciting chapter in the young clubs history.


Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (2): 2005, 2008
Play-off (2): 2002, 2003
Winners (1): 1999
Runners-up (1): 2006

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup Notes
2003 AL 3 30 19 4 7 71 41 61 3rd round Lost play-off match to Tippeligaen
2004 AL 4 30 15 6 9 60 32 51 Quarter-finals
2005 AL promoted2 30 19 5 6 58 37 62 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2006 TL 9 26 9 5 12 37 47 32 Final Runner up in the Norwegian Football Cup
2007 TL 14 26 4 4 18 26 53 16 2nd round Relegated to Adeccoligaen
2008 AL promoted2 30 17 9 4 46 25 60 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2009 TL 8 30 10 10 10 39 44 40 2nd round
2010 TL 16 30 2 6 22 25 58 12 Last 16 Relegated to Adeccoligaen
2011 AL 3 30 16 5 9 61 38 53 3rd round
2012 AL 3 30 16 7 7 44 29 55 Quarter-finals
2013 AL 8 30 12 7 11 39 39 43 3rd round
2014 1D promoted1 30 20 9 1 62 24 69 2nd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2015 TL 16 30 4 4 22 36 68 16 Quarter-finals Relegated to 1. Divisjon

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 January 2016.[3]

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

No. Position Player
2 Norway DF Lars Grorud
3 Norway DF Yaw Ihle Amankwah
4 Senegal DF Victor Demba Bindia
5 Norway DF Alexander Gabrielsen
6 Spain MF Pau Morer Vicente
7 Norway MF Geir Ludvig Fevang
8 Norway MF Erik Mjelde
11 Norway MF Martin Torp
14 Norway DF Kevin Larsen
17 Denmark DF Thomas Juel-Nielsen
19 Norway FW Kjell Rune Sellin
22 Norway MF Andrè Sødlund
No. Position Player
21 Norway MF Kristoffer Normann Hansen
24 Norway MF Anders Dieserud
25 Sweden MF William Kurtovic
27 Norway DF Christer Reppesgård Hansen
29 Norway DF Eirik Offenberg
30 Norway DF Varg Støvland
Hungary FW Péter Kovács
Norway MF Håvard Storbæk
Spain MF Enric Vallès
Iceland GK Ingvar Jónsson
Norway GK Anders Gundersen (On loan from Strømsgodset)

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

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15 and transfers summer 2015.


Key people[edit]

Position Name
Managing Director Per Ketil Berg
Executive Director (Operations) Frank Lidahl

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Nat Name
Manager Norway Lars Bohinen
Assistant manager Norway Ronny Holmedal
Goalkeeping Coach Norway Hans Petter Olsen
Physio Norway Espen Strøm-Normann
Arbitrator Norway Tor Vidar Hem
Coach SF2 England Shaun Constable
Coach SF Junior Elite Norway Petter Olsen

Manager history[edit]

Name Nat From To
Trond Skrede Norway 1999 2001
Tom Nordlie Norway 2002 2003
Arne Dokken Norway 2004 2004
Tor Thodesen Norway 2005 2008
Patrick Walker Republic of Ireland 2008 2011
Arne Sandstø Norway 2011 2013
Lars Bohinen Norway 2014


  1. ^ "Rasende på dommeren". (in Norwegian). VG. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Endelig opprykk". (in Norwegian). NRK. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "A-laget spillere". (in Norwegian). Sandefjord Fotball. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

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