Syrianska Football Club, also known simply as Syrianska FC, are a Swedish professional football club based in Södertälje, Stockholm County. The club were founded by Syriac OrthodoxArameans in 1977, as Suryoyo Sportklubb or simply Suryoyo SK. In 1986 the name was changed to Syrianska SK, but later the club adopted its present name as the club grew and advanced through the league system. After two years in Superettan, Syrianska were promoted to the highest tier in Swedish football, Allsvenskan in 2010, for the first time in the club's history, making them the 61st team to play in Allsvenskan.
The Syriac (Aramean) people do not have an official national team, and Syrianska is often viewed as its substitute.
The club has a fan base from all over the world. Their promotion to Allsvenskan gained extensive coverage in Swedish TV sports programs, documentaries and magazines, as well as in non-Swedish magazines.
The "Syriac-Aramiac Federation" based in Södertälje, Sweden, founded the club as Suryoyo Sportklubb in 1977. The club were given a spot in Division 7 East. Six years later, the club advanced from Division 7 to Division 6. In 1985 Suryoyo won the division and were promoted to Division 5. The following year, the club changed its name to "Syrianska SK". Two years later, they won Division 5 and advanced to Division 4, where they played for three years until 1990, when they advanced to Division 3.
Syrianska won the league as newcomers in 1993 and advanced to Division 2, the third tier of Swedish football at the time. For the first time in the club's history, the team was relegated in 1995, to Division 3. In 1996 the board of Syrianska wanted to do a pre-launch and set a long-term goal of "Division 1 in 2001". In 1999 Syrianska were promoted to Division 2 again, approaching their goal. In 2000 Syrianska were in third place, after a strong season as newcomers and started investing in youth activities. In 2001 Syrianska won Division 2, with 53 points and 65 goals. Syrianska reached their goal to win the series but did not advance to Superettan following their qualifier against Åtvidabergs FF played in two matches, the home match being in front of 6435 spectators.
In 2003 Syrianska set a new target of Superettan by 2006. In 2004 Syrianska ended up in a mid-table position in Division 1. The following year, Syrianska missed promotion once again in a Superettan qualifier. Syrianska lost at home against Qviding FIF 0–2 and won the away match 2–1. In 2006, with Özcan Melkemichel as coach, they had their best start to the season when the newly built football stadium in Södertälje became their new home. After an injury-filled and tentative start to the 2006–2007 season, Syrianska played a derby match against Assyriska, winning 2–1 in front of 7,146 spectators. In the second derby match, Syrianska won against Assyriska again, in front of 6,313 spectators, with a 1–0 victory after a goal by Robert Massi. Syrianska would have won the division, but a points deduction meant they finished in fourth place.
Before the series started in 2008, Syrianska played at home in the Svenska Cupen against Hammarby IF, a club from the Allsvenskan league, and was broadcast by TV4. Hammarby took the lead to 4–0 at half time, before Syrianska made a comeback. Goals from a Rabi Elias penalty, two from Mattias Metes and one by Semir Metes, took the score back to 4–4. Hammarby eventually settled with two quick goals to win the game 6–4.
Syrianska ensured the league victory with two rounds remaining and finished with 59 points. In 2009 Syrianska played their first season in Sweden's second-highest division, Superettan. They finished in fourth place, 1 point behind the third place team. In 2010 Syrianska won the Superettan league, with Swedish TV channel TV4 broadcasting nine of their matches. They ended the season with 56 points and 46 goals, with Peter Ijeh scoring 17 of them. The club thus gained promotion to the Allsvenskan league for the first time in the club's history.
Playing their second season in Allsvenskan, year 2012 Syrianska ended up in 13th place with 34 points and 35 made goals. This meant they renewed their contract for playing in Allsvenskan year 2013.
Syrianska ended up in last position in 2013 which resulted in downgrade to Superettan.
The current badge was created when the club's name was changed to "Syrianska FC". The winged sun on the badge is taken from the Syriac (Aramean) flag, representing the Syriac (Aramean) people. The scripture above the winged sun is written in the Aramiac language and reads Hudro Suryoyo b-Södertälje (Syriac sportsclub in Södertälje). The colours are also taken from the Aramean flag.
Syrianska FC's current home is in Södertälje at the Södertälje Fotbollsarena stadium and is also the home of local rival Assyriska Föreningen. The stadium holds 6,700 people but can be expanded for bigger games. In 2009 Syrianska FC played a derby against Assyriska and a large crowd was expected leading to the stadium being expanded to hold 9,500 people. 8,453 people attended to the derby. The stadium was built in 2005 for €12 million and was funded by the Södertälje municipality. The pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres with a surface of artificial turf.
The stadium is also known as Jallavallen, from the Syriac word Jalla ("Hurry"), locally coined by Telgerevyn which later became widespread.
The Syrianska team with their supporters waving a flag behind them.
"Gefe Fans" is the official fan club of Syrianska FC. The fanclub was started in 2002 by a group of Syrianska supporters in Södertälje.Gefe means "Wings", in reference to the wings in the flag of the Syriac-Assyrian People. The club's fans are spread worldwide as the team is considered the national team for the Syriac-Assyrian people. The fan club is known for its Tifos. The supporter's club takes an active responsibility for the supporters around the arena and community-oriented efforts. The "Ultras 77" is a group of about 30 supporters who work with all Tifo events during Syrianska FC games. In the early fan club years the head-responsibility for tifo events was taken by Gefe Fans but, when the supporter club merged with the football club, Ultras 77 was created.
Youth activities at Syrianska FC have grown exponentially, and interest in playing for the club is increasing every year. Syrianska is the current club for over 500 active children, with youths, girls and boys of different ages and about 65 leaders. Their goal is to have multiple teams in each age group and try to build a good platform for social activities in the younger age groups. It also aims to establish activities for the elderly. All children and young people play, regardless of skill.