Östersunds FK

Östersunds Fotbollsklubb, commonly known simply as Östersunds FK, Östersund (Swedish pronunciation: [œstɛˈʂɵnːd]) or (especially locally) ÖFK, is a Swedish professional football club located in Östersund, Sweden and since 2022 play in the Swedish second tier, Superettan. The club was formed in 1996 as a merger of several Östersund clubs. The club is affiliated with the Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund[2] and play their home games at Jämtkraft Arena. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are red and black, predominantly in stripes and with red shorts and socks.

Östersunds FK
Ostersunds FK logo.svg
Full nameÖstersunds Fotbollsklubb
Short nameÖFK
Founded31 October 1996; 26 years ago (31 October 1996)
GroundJämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Capacity8,545[1]
ChairmanMathias Rasteby
Head coachMagnus Powell
LeagueSuperettan
2022Superettan, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

From its creation, the club played mostly in the third tier of Swedish football but in 2013 Östersund achieved promotion to the second tier, Superettan, after achieving two consecutive promotions. In 2016 Östersund was promoted to the Swedish first tier, Allsvenskan, for the first time.[3] In 2017, Östersund won the Svenska Cupen and qualified for the UEFA Europa League. The club was relegated to Superettan in 2021.[4]

NameEdit

The name 'Östersunds' is in a possessive clause in the Swedish language, which means it is incorrect to call the club anything other than Östersund in a short form based on the town name.

BackgroundEdit

Östersunds FK was created in 1996 when the three local clubs Ope IF, IFK Östersund and Östersund/Torvalla FF merged, aiming to create a club in that would be able to establish itself in the top two tiers of Swedish football. The next year Frösö IF also joined the project. The newly formed club started out their existence in the third tier in 1997 and Östersund/Torvalla FF ceased to exist as a consequence.[5] IFK Östersund, Ope IF och Östersund/Torvalla FF (ÖTFF). In 2000 a fifth club, Fältjägarnas IF, was also merged into the club.

During the 2000s the club started taking on an English flavour and in 2007 the director of football Daniel Kindberg used his friendship with coaches Roberto Martínez and Graeme Jones to start a cooperation with Swansea City where Östersund would loan young players from the club. Swansea also came over to Östersund to play the inauguration game at the newly built stadium.[6] After a poor 2010 season the club was relegated to the fourth tier for the first time ever.

In 2011 Daniel Kindberg returned to the role as director of football and increased financial backing from local companies which enabled the hiring of more full-time staff. Following Jones' recommendation the club also brought in young English manager Graham Potter[7] who was working at an English university at the time. Through several successful signings, some coming from Potter's connections at Nike Football Academy, the club was able to win both the fourth tier and then the third tier immediately the year after.[8] The club was promoted to Superettan for the 2013 season and finished 10th that season.

In January 2014 the club announced that they had signed a half-billion kronor deal with the government of Libya to develop and educate Libyan football players. Under the terms of the deal, Östersunds FK would train 250 young men from Libya every year, except the first year in which they will receive 60 students. Those players would be taught English and computer skills in addition to sports theory and football training. The deal was expected to raise Östersund FKs yearly profits by over 50%.[9] The deal with the Libyan state never came to life, thus meaning no students came to Östersund and no money was received by the club.[10]

On 27 October 2015, the club was promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time.[11] In 2017, they managed to win their first major trophy, Svenska Cupen, after defeating IFK Norrköping 4–1 in the final, also qualifying for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, marking their first appearance in a European competition tournament. In their Europa League debut in the second qualifying round on 13 July 2017, Östersund earned a shock 2–0 victory against Turkish giants Galatasaray at the Jämtkraft Arena and eliminated them after a 1–1 draw in Istanbul. Two goals by Saman Ghoddos in a win against PAOK on 24 August saw them qualify for the Group Stage at the first time of asking, at the same time making them the only Swedish representative in the season's UEFA competition and making Graham Potter the only British manager in the Europa League Group Stage. After losing only one game in their campaign, they finished second in a group featuring Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin, becoming the first Swedish club to progress beyond the Europa League group stage. In the round of 32 they managed to beat English side Arsenal 2–1 away but were eliminated 4–2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 3–0.[12]

On 17 April 2018, club chairman (also the director of football) Daniel Kindberg was taken into custody by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, suspected on probable cause of serious fraud and for assisting in serious gross accounting violations.[13] Together with two other people, Kindberg is suspected of submitting false invoices in several companies, according to the prosecutor.[14] Several of these companies have strong ties to Östersunds FK and the club's sponsorship deals.[15][16] Several years before, in 2014, Kindberg was subject to criticism when Östersundshem, the municipal housing company where he was the CEO, became a big sponsor of Östersunds FK.[17][18]

On 11 June 2018, Graham Potter left Östersunds FK to take over as manager of Swansea City after eight seasons in charge.

On 31 October 2021, they were relegated from Allsvenskan after they lost against Varberg BoIS. In the 2022 season, Östersunds FK will play in Superettan, the second tier of Swedish men's professional football. Östersund played six seasons in Allsvenskan before they were relegated.[19]

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1997 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 7th
1998 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 2nd Promotion Playoffs
1999 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 1st Promotion Playoffs
2000 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2001 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 3rd
2002 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2003 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 2nd
2004 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 4th
2005 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 2nd Promoted
2006[a] Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2007 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2008 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 10th
2009 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 11th
2010 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 13th Relegated
2011 Tier 4 Division 2 Norrland 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
2013 Tier 2 Superettan 10th
2014 Tier 2 Superettan 5th
2015 Tier 2 Superettan 2nd Promoted
2016 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 8th
2017 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 5th
2018 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 6th
2019 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 12th
2020 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 13th
2021 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 16th Relegated
2022 Tier 2 Superettan 14th
  1. ^ League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.[20]

European recordEdit

Overall recordEdit

Accurate as of 23 February 2018
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Europa League 14 8 3 3 19 13 +6 057.14
Total 14 8 3 3 19 13 +6 057.14

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Galatasaray 2–0 1–1 3–1
3Q   Fola Esch 1–0 2–1 3–1
PO   PAOK 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
Group J   Athletic Bilbao 2–2 0–1 2nd
  Hertha BSC 1–0 1–1
  Zorya Luhansk 2–0 2–0
R32   Arsenal 0–3 2–1 2–4
Notes
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group Stage
  • R32: Round of 32

UEFA Team rankEdit

The following list ranks the current position of Östersunds FK in UEFA ranking:

Rank Team Points
89   Malmö FF 16.000
116   Torino FC 12.330
117   HNK Rijeka 10.500
118   AEK Larnaca FC 10.000
119   Östersunds FK 10.000
120   FC Sheriff Tiraspol 10.000
121   Osmanlispor 8.000
145   AIK 6.000
187   IFK Norrköping 3.975
188   BK Häcken 3.975

As of 21 September 2020.[1]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 18 April 2022[21]

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   GUI Aly Keita (captain)
2 DF   SWE Cesar Weilid
3 DF   CIV Kalpi Ouattara
5 DF   NOR Kevin Jablinski
7 MF   SWE André Österholm
8 MF   BRA Erick Brendon
10 FW   SWE Sadmir Zekovic
11 MF   SWE Henrik Bellman
12 DF   NOR Kristian Novak
13 MF   SWE Ludvig Fritzson
15 MF   SWE Jakob Johnsson
16 DF   NOR Erlend Sivertsen
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   SWE Malcolm Stolt
18 DF   UKR Myroslav Mazur
21 MF   SWE Simon Kroon
22 MF   SWE Linton Ulloa
23 DF   GHA Samuel Mensiro
24 GK   SWE Anton Berg
25 MF   NOR Mansour Sinyan
26 MF   NED Chovanie Amatkarijo
27 DF   SWE Ziad Ghanoum
28 MF   CIV Yannick Adjoumani (on loan from Häcken)
29 FW   SWE Sebastian Karlsson Grach
30 GK   ENG Andrew Mills

Notable playersEdit

This list of notable players includes those who have either been named player of the year at the club,[22] or has become league top goalscorer, or went on to play in Allsvenskan (or for larger clubs abroad).

 
Brian Wake became the combined top goalscorer of all six regional fourth tier leagues in 2011 with 24 goals in 20 games.[23]

Player recordsEdit

Top 10 players with most games in ÖFKEdit

Nr Name Games Goals
1     Aly Keita 213 0
2   Lars Oscarsson 212 10
3     Samuel Mensiro 204 4
4   Martin Johansson 193 15
5     Jamie Hopcutt 190 47
6   Daniel Westerlund 184 58
7   Dennis Widgren 179 3
8   Petter Jacobsson 172 7
9   Bobo Sollander 163 24
10     Brwa Nouri 154 23

Player of the season in ÖFKEdit

Year Name
1997   Paul Sheerin
1998   Mattias Eriksson
1999   Mikael Berg
2000   Lars Oscarsson
2001     Lasse Mattila
2002   Kjell Jönsson
2003   Fredrik Aliris
2004   Martin Johansson
2005   Joakim Lundstedt
2006   Erik Lantto
2007   Erik Lantto
2008   Lee Makel
2009   Bobo Sollander
2010   Christoffer Fryklund
2011     Brian Wake
2012   Petter Augustsson
2013     Samuel Mensiro
2014     Modou Barrow
2015     Fouad Bachirou
2016     Douglas Bergqvist
2017     Saman Ghoddos
2018     Saman Ghoddos
2019     Dino Islamovic
2020     Aly Keita
2021     Aly Keita
2022   Ludvig Fritzson

Top 10 players with most goals in ÖFKEdit

Nr Name Goals Games
1   Daniel Westerlund 58 184
2     Jamie Hopcutt 47 190
3     Saman Ghoddos 41 93
4   Joakim Lundstedt 33 97
5     Brian Wake 26 33
6   Bobo Sollander 24 163
7     Brwa Nouri 23 154
8   Daniel Johansson 21 36
8     Blair Turgott 21 68
10     Alex Dyer 19 93

Management and boardroomEdit

Technical staffEdit

As of 24 January 2021[24]

Name Role
  Richard Persson Chairman
  Peja Andersoon CEO
  Magnus Powell Head Coach
  Stefan Lundin Sporting Director and Assistant Coach
  Moubarak Abdallah Equipment Manager
Vacant Doctor
  Jenny Larsson Head of Physiotherapists
  Michael Lagercrantz Physiotherapist
  Lisa Brandén Physiotherapist
  David Lidström Hultén Press Officer
Vacant Supporter Liaison Officer

BoardroomEdit

Östersunds FK (Föreningen)

Name Role
  Richard Persson Chairman
  Johan Lidenmark Boardmember
  Ulf Ringdahl Boardmember
  Åsa Bromée Boardmember
  Åsa Trolle Boardmember
  Mårten Ulander Boardmember

Östersunds FK Elitfotboll AB

Name Role
  Tom Pripp Chairman
  Kjell Andersson CEO
  Tommy Holmgren Vice Chairman
  Kent Hellström Board member

CoachesEdit

 
Englishman Neil McDonald helped the team avoid relegation during his short time with the club at the end of the 2007 season.[25]

[26]

AttendancesEdit

In recent seasons Östersunds FK have had the following average attendances:

 
Jämtkraft Arena opened up in 2007 with a friendly game between Östersunds FK and Swansea City.[27]
Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level Stadium
2005 573 Div 2 Norrland Tier 3 Hofvallen
2006 535 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Hofvallen
2007 1,060 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Jämtkraft Arena
2008 1,104 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Jämtkraft Arena
2009 1,134 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Jämtkraft Arena
2010 992 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Jämtkraft Arena
2011 783 Div 2 Norrland Tier 4 Jämtkraft Arena
2012 1,695 Div 1 Norra Tier 3 Jämtkraft Arena
2013 3,320 Superettan Tier 2 Jämtkraft Arena
2014 3,022 Superettan Tier 2 Jämtkraft Arena
2015 3,857 Superettan Tier 2 Jämtkraft Arena
2016 5,914 Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena
2017 5,265 Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena
2018 6,020 Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena
2019 4,808 Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena
2020 (COVID) -- Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena
2021 1,500 (COVID) Allsvenskan Tier 1 Jämtkraft Arena

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [28]

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [29]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "TV: Från vinst mot Arsenal till allsvensk nedflyttning - här är ÖFK:s uppgång och fall". fotbollskanalen (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
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  7. ^ "Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’" The Guardian 12 Feb 2018
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  9. ^ "Superettan klubb får en halvmiljard" (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Libyen-samarbete skjuts upp ytterligare" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  11. ^ Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Playing Arsenal is like Christmas': How Graham Potter transformed Ostersund and inspired Sweden's north". The Independent. 14 February 2018. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
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  24. ^ "Truppen 2015". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Heta möten mot Vasalund". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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  28. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
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External linksEdit

  Media related to Östersunds FK at Wikimedia Commons