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 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.
|Full name||Östersunds Fotbollsklubb|
|Founded||31 October 1996|
|Ground||Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund|
|Head coach||Magnus Powell|
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. In 2017, Östersund won the Svenska Cupen and qualified for the UEFA Europa League. The club was relegated to Superettan in 2021.
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.
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. 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. 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 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. 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%. 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.
On 27 October 2015, the club was promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time. 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.
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. Together with two other people, Kindberg is suspected of submitting false invoices in several companies, according to the prosecutor. Several of these companies have strong ties to Östersunds FK and the club's sponsorship deals. 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.
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.
Season to seasonEdit
|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|
- League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.
- Accurate as of 23 February 2018
|UEFA Europa League||14||8||3||3||19||13||+6||57.14|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Galatasaray||2–0||1–1||3–1|
|Group J||Athletic Bilbao||2–2||0–1||2nd|
- 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:
|118||AEK Larnaca FC||10.000|
|120||FC Sheriff Tiraspol||10.000|
As of 21 September 2020.
- As of 18 April 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
This list of notable players includes those who have either been named player of the year at the club, or has become league top goalscorer, or went on to play in Allsvenskan (or for larger clubs abroad).
- Alan Al-Kadhi
- Alex Dyer
- Alhaji Gero
- Bobo Sollander
- Brian Wake
- Brwa Nouri
- Connor Ripley
- Christoffer Fryklund
- Daryl Smylie
- David Accam
- Dennis Widgren
- Douglas Bergqvist
- Erik Lantto
- Filip Rogić
- Fouad Bachirou
- Fredrik Aliris
- Gabriel Somi
- Hosam Aiesh
- Jamal Blackman
- Jamie Hopcutt
- Joakim Lundstedt
- Jonathan Routledge
- Ken Sema
- Kjell Jönsson
- Lars Oscarsson
- Lasse Mattila
- Lee Makel
- Mattias Eriksson
- Matthew Barnes-Homer
- Martin Johansson
- Mikael Berg
- Modou Barrow
- Michael Tidser
- Moon Seon-min
- Paul Sheerin
- Peter Amoran
- Petter Augustsson
- Rasmus Lindkvist
- Ravel Morrison
- Richard Offiong
- Saman Ghoddos
- Samuel Mensiro
- Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
- Thomas Isherwood
- Tom Pettersson
Top 10 players with most games in ÖFKEdit
Player of the season in ÖFKEdit
Top 10 players with most goals in ÖFKEdit
Management and boardroomEdit
As of 24 January 2021
Östersunds FK (Föreningen)
Östersunds FK Elitfotboll AB
- Leif Widegren (1997)
- Christer Andersson (1998)
- Sören Åkeby (1999)
- Jan Westerlund (1999–2001)
- Hans Eskilsson (2002–2003)
- Ulf Kvarnlöf (2004–2005)
- Stefan Regebro (2006–2007)
- Neil McDonald (2007)
- Kalle Björklund (2008–2009)
- Lee Makel (2010)
- Graham Potter (2011–2018)
- Ian Burchnall (2018–2020)
- Amir Azrafshan (2020–2021)
- Per Joar Hansen (2021–2022)
- Magnus Powell (2022-)
In recent seasons Östersunds FK have had the following average attendances:
* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. 
- Superettan (Tier 2)
- Runners-up (1): 2015
- Division 1 Norra (Tier 3)
- Winners (1): 2012
- Division 2 Norrland (Tier 3)*
- Division 2 Norrland (Tier 4)*
- Winners (1): 2011
* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. 
- "Evenemangsarena: Jämtkraft Arena". www.ostersund.se. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
- "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar 2013 – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "TV: Från vinst mot Arsenal till allsvensk nedflyttning - här är ÖFK:s uppgång och fall". fotbollskanalen (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
- "Östersunds FF Historia" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Östersunds satsar brittiskt" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’" The Guardian 12 Feb 2018
- "ÖFK Tillbakablick" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Superettan klubb får en halvmiljard" (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Libyen-samarbete skjuts upp ytterligare" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "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.
- "Låt spelarna fokusera på matchen". Östersunds FK. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Uppgifter: Daniel Kindberg anhållen efter ekobrottsrazzian i morse". Östersunds-Posten. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Miljonsponsring till ÖFK från Kindbergs affärspartner utreds". Fotbollskanalen. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Sollefteåföretagare betalade miljoner till ÖFK". SVT. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Östersunds FK: Underbar och älskad av alla?". Offside. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "ÖFK-basen sitter på flera stolar - medger: "Min makt är enorm"". Fotbollskanalen. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Östersunds FK åker ur allsvenskan". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 October 2021.
- "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 9 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Östersunds FK squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
- "Östersunds FF Klubben". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Brian Wake – målkung i förbundsserierna". Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Truppen 2015". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Heta möten mot Vasalund". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Östersunds FF Klubben". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Swansea till Östersund!!!". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 9 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
Media related to Östersunds FK at Wikimedia Commons
- Östersunds FK – official site