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Östers Idrottsförening, commonly known as Östers IF or simply Öster, is a Swedish sports club located in Växjö, specializing in football, and playing in the second tier of Swedish football, Superettan.

Öster
logo
Full nameÖsters Idrottsförening
Founded20 April 1930
GroundMyresjöhus Arena,
Växjö
Capacity12,000
ChairmanSven Johannesson
Head coachDenis Velic
LeagueSuperettan
2018Superettan, 8th
WebsiteClub website

The club has previously also competed in ice hockey (see separate article), bandy, and bowling. Öster was formed on 20 April 1930 as Östers Fotbollförening, before adopting the name "Östers IF" in 1932. The club is affiliated to the Smålands Fotbollförbund.[1]

In 1968, their first season in Allsvenskan, Öster became the first team ever to win the national title at their first attempt (newly-promoted IF Elfsborg won the league in 1961 but had played in, and been winners of, the championship in the past).[2] This win ignited the team's 'golden age' which lasted until the early 1980s and saw them win a total of four Swedish championships.

On 31 March 2011, Öster broke ground on their new arena, Myresjöhus Arena,[3] which was inaugurated in August 2012. The arena hosted four games of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 tournament.[4]

HistoryEdit

 
A chart showing the progress of Östers IF through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

Öster (English: "East") was named after a district in the city of Växjö. They were not part of the upper divisions in the early days of swedish football and only made their first appearance in the third tier in 1947. During the 1950s and early-1960s the club made a push to raise the level of football by inviting and playing against foreign teams such as Flamengo, Juventus and Fluminense. This coupled with an increase in the amount of training helped the team establish themselves in the second tier.

In 1961 Öster had their first chance ever to qualify for Allsvenskan but ended up in last place in the four team promotion playoffs. Success in the promotion playoffs would instead come six years later in 1967 when they beat IK Brage in the deciding game in front of a home crowd of 26,404 people. Öster defied the odds during their first season in the top division and won the league on goal difference after a total of four teams had ended the season on exactly the same number of points. Following their championship title the club had ten years of solid Allsvenskan finishes before becoming dominant in the late-1970s and early-1980s where they won the league three times in four years.

After that successful era followed a slow decline over the next couple of decades which culminated in their relegation to the second tier in 1998. After that the club has found it hard to reestablish itself in Allsvenskan and has only made short one year appearances.

Current squadEdit

As of 19 February 2019[5]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Robin Malmkvist
2   DF Mattias Pavić
3   DF Månz Karlsson
4   DF Fredrik Lundgren
5   DF Stefan Karlsson
7   MF Carl Johansson (on loan from Kalmar FF)
8   MF Liridon Silka
10   FW David Johannessson
11   MF Simon Helg
14   MF Oliver Silverholt
15   MF Emir Avdić
No. Position Player
16   FW Dragan Kapčević
17   MF Christian Ljungberg
18   MF Jonathan Drott
19   MF Anton Andreasson
20   DF Viktor Ericsson
21   DF Filip Örnblom
22   FW Gustav Ahrn
23   MF João Pedro
31   GK Victor Jonasson
  DF Jonathan Larsson

PersonnelEdit

 
The team during a pregame warmup in 2012 wearing their traditional red and blue kits.

Current technical staffEdit

Head Coach:   Christian Järdler
Assistant Coach:   Denis Velić
Goalkeeper Coach:   Rasmus Ryden
Physical Coach:   Rikard Engström
Head of youth department:   Peter Wibrån

ManagersEdit

[6]

AchievementsEdit

 
Striker Harry Bild was part of the team that won the club's first title in the 1968 Allsvenskan.

LeagueEdit

  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (4): 1968, 1978, 1980, 1981
    • Runners-up (3): 1973, 1975, 1992
  • Superettan:
    • Winners (2): 2002, 2012
    • Runners-up (1): 2005
  • Division 1 Södra:
    • Winners (3): 1989, 2009, 2016
    • Runners-up (1): 2008

CupsEdit

AttendancesEdit

 
Värendsvallen: Öster stadium 1966–2012
 
Myresjöhus Arena: Öster stadium 2012–

In recent seasons Östers IF have had the following average attendances:

Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2004 2,670 Superettan Tier 2
2005 3,517 Superettan Tier 2
2006 5,364 Allsvenskan Tier 1
2007 2,791 Superettan Tier 2
2008 1,817 Div 1 Södra Tier 3
2009 1,919 Div 1 Södra Tier 3
2010 2,145 Superettan Tier 2
2011 2,637 Superettan Tier 2
2012 4,733 Superettan Tier 2
2013 5,751 Allsvenskan Tier 1
2014 3,289 Superettan Tier 2

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website.[7]

FootnotesEdit

^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
B. ^ 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 clubs 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.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Smålands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ sv:IF Elfsborg
  3. ^ "Första spadtaget på Myresjöhus Arena". Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Sweden awarded UEFA Women's EURO 2013". Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Herrtruppen 2017" (in Swedish). Östers IF. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.osterfotboll.com/uploads/publiktrycket_april_2007.pdf
  7. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009.

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