Örgryte Idrottssällskap, commonly referred to as Örgryte IS, Örgryte (Swedish: [ˈœ̂ːrˌɡryːtɛ]) or (especially locally) ÖIS or Öis,[A] is a Swedish sports club based in Gothenburg. It consists of four departments, namely bowling, football, athletics and wrestling. However, the club is best known for its football department. It is the oldest football club in Sweden. The club was founded in 1887 which makes it the oldest active sports club in the country.[1]

Örgryte IS
Orgryte IS logo.svg
Full nameÖrgryte Idrottsällskap
Nickname(s)Sällskapet ("The Society")
Short nameÖIS
FoundedDecember 4, 1887; 134 years ago (1887-12-04)
GroundGamla Ullevi,
ChairmanPer Skånberg
Head coachBrynjar Gunnarsson
2021Superettan, 8th
WebsiteClub website


Örgryte IS team of year 1896, that won the first Swedish championship final.
A chart showing the progress of Örgryte IS through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

The club was founded on 4 December 1887 by Willhem Friberg and participated in the first football match in Sweden on 22 May 1892. Today, a memorial on Heden in central Gothenburg reminiscent of this match. Another memorial has been erected inside the amusement park Liseberg. Örgryte IS came to dominate the childhood of Swedish football. In 1904 Örgyte IS met a friendly match between the English Corinthian FC, thanks for the hospitality donated a silver cup – Corinthian Bowl that next year became the prize in a contest between Sweden's best teams.

In 1908 Örgyte IS officially opened its facility Walhalla stadium. Hugo Levin, football player and the secretary of Örgyte IS, was one of many involved in the building of Walhalla and had several positions in Gothenburg football. Walhalla was inaugurated by a match between Örgryte and German champions Viktoria Berlin. Between 1910–1924 Örgryte IS played in the Swedish series, a series that lacked national status despite participation by leading teams. Öis won the series in 1910, 1912 and 1924 the team won the 1924 Western series, and then the final against AIK. Player Sven Rydell who became Sweden's first major football star[citation needed] and became known for his fast play and creative dribbling, but above all for his ability to score. Carl-Erik Holmberg was a contributor to its success, with its total of 193 goals in the Swedish League for Örgryte IS. 1926 the team celebrated a major success when beating Aston Villa 5–2, which was unusual.

In the first decades of the 20th century, Örgryte IS also played bandy. The club became Gothenburg district champions in this sport in 1917.[2]

In the late 1930s the fortunes began to decline for the team. They finished 10th out of 12 teams in both 1938 and 1939, and avoided relegation. In 1940 Örgyte IS relegated from allsvenskan to Division II Västra. During the 1940s and 1950s the team played in Division 2 but would enjoy greater success in the 1950s. Örgryte attracted record crowds despite the low status in the second division.[citation needed] The team recruited Gunnar Gren and in 1956 he becomes the player-coach for the offensive teams that attract large crowds to ÖIS matches. In 1958 the team is becoming more competitive.[citation needed] A young player in the team of this era was Agne Simonsson who later will go on to play in the Swedish National Football Team.

Örgryte IS has won 12 national championship titles and one national cup title. After having economical problems Örgryte Fotboll AB went into bankruptcy in February 2011. The upshot of the bankruptcy was that Örgryte was relegated to the third Swedish division, Division 1 Södra. Their home arena is Gamla Ullevi. The club is affiliated to the Göteborgs Fotbollförbund.[3]

In 2007 the youth part of the football section started to accept girls as well as boys after the men's section having been active for 120 years.[4]

Örgryte IS played for a long time in red shirts and blue shorts, but in 2018 they went back to using their older claret shirts.[5][6]


The name of the official supporter club is ÖIS Supporterklubb Balders Hage. There are also other groups of fans. The second largest supporter group is the Ultras-influenced Inferno Örgryte.[citation needed]

According to a recent survey, Örgryte IS is the third most popular team in Gothenburg, with 11% of the football fans supporting them. The other local teams with a notable following are IFK Göteborg, GAIS and BK Häcken.

Notable fans of the club include Marcus and Peter Birro, Weiron Holmberg, Fredrik Ohlsson, Björn Afzelius and Leif Pagrotsky.


The strongest rivalry is with IFK Göteborg, also from Gothenburg. The derbies between the two teams have attracted some of the highest attendance in Swedish football. The fixture attracted 52,194 spectators in 1959, an all time Allsvenskan record.[7] The other big rivalry is with GAIS.


First-team squadEdit

As of 14 April 2022[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SWE Sixten Mohlin
2 DF   SWE Arvid Brorsson
3 DF   SWE Jonathan Azulay
5 DF   SWE Anton Lans
6 MF   SWE Eric Nohlgren
7 FW   SWE Sargon Abraham
8 FW   SWE Nicklas Bärkroth
9 FW   SWE Ajdin Zeljkovic
10 MF   SWE Kevin Ackermann
11 MF   SWE Elias Gustafson
13 GK   SWE Robin Wallinder
14 MF   SWE Daniel Paulson (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   SWE Isak Dahlqvist
16 FW   SWE Alexander Ahl Holmström
17 DF   SWE Hampus Dahlqvist
18 DF   SWE Anton Andreasson
19 FW   SWE Mohamed Said Adan
20 FW   SWE Olle Johansson
21 MF   KVX Anel Rashkaj
22 DF   SWE Marcus Haglind-Sangré
24 MF   SWE William Svensson
27 DF   SWE Robin Glavak
31 MF   SWE Aydarus Abukar

Retired numbersEdit

4 – Niclas Sjöstedt, defender (1987–2000)




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ In the media, the name of the club is normally abbreviated "Öis", in accordance with Swedish writing standards that state that acronyms that are pronounced as a word, as opposed to letter by letter, should be spelled with the first letter in upper case and the remaining in lower case, thus "Öis". However, some fans of the club, as well as the club itself, prefer to use only uppercase, "ÖIS", even though they also pronounce it as a word: [ˈœjs].
  2. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.[9]


  1. ^ "ÖIS är lirarnas lag! (Swedish)".
  2. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), p. 319 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Göteborgs Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  4. ^ "Efter 120 år får tjejer spela i Öis". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  5. ^ "BETYG: Så snygga är superettan-lagens matchställ". fotbollskanalen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  6. ^ "ÖIS Fotboll - Officiell hemsida för sveriges äldsta fotbollsförening från 1887".
  7. ^ "Allsvenskans högsta publiksiffror genom tiderna" (PDF). bolletinen.se (in Swedish). SFS. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Örgryte IS squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012.

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