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 2016 play in the Swedish first tier, Allsvenskan. The club was formed in 1996 as a merger of several Östersund clubs. The club is affiliated to 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. Since its creation, the club has played mostly in the third tier of Swedish football but in 2013 Östersund achieved promotion to the second tier, Superettan, for the first time ever, after achieving two consecutive promotions,[3] and since 2016 they play in the Swedish first tier, Allsvenskan.

Östersunds FK
Ostersunds FK logo.svg
Full nameÖstersunds Fotbollsklubb
Short nameÖFK
Founded31 October 1996; 24 years ago (31 October 1996)
GroundJämtkraft Arena, Östersund
Capacity8,545[1]
ChairmanMathias Rasteby
ManagerPer Joar Hansen
LeagueAllsvenskan
2020Allsvenskan, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.[4] 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.[5] 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[6] 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.[7] 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%.[8] 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.[9]

On 27 October 2015, the club was promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time.[10] 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, Östersunds 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.[11]

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.[12] Together with two other people, Kindberg is suspected of submitting false invoices in several companies, according to the prosecutor.[13] Several of these companies have strong ties to Östersunds FK and the club's sponsorship deals.[14][15] 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.[16][17]

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

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1997 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 7th
1998 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 2nd Promotion Playoffs
1999 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 1st Promotion Playoffs
2000 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2001 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 3rd
2002 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 5th
2003 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 2nd
2004 Tier 3 Division 2 Norrland 4th
2005 Tier 3 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
  1. ^ League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.[18]

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 11 July 2021.[19]

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   GHA Patrick Kpozo
3 DF   CIV Kalpi Ouattara
5 MF   NED Rewan Amin
7 FW   JAM Blair Turgott
8 DF   SWE Isak Ssewankambo (vice-captain)
9 FW   ENG Francis Jno-Baptiste
10 MF   USA Nebiyou Perry
11 MF   SWE Henrik Bellman
12 FW   PLE Ahmed Awad
13 MF   SWE Ludvig Fritzson
16 GK   CPV Sixten Mohlin
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   SWE Malcolm Stolt
19 DF   NOR Eirik Haugan
20 MF   SWE Felix Hörberg
21 MF   SWE Simon Kroon
22 MF   ENG Charlie Colkett
23 DF   GHA Samuel Mensiro
25 MF   SWE Nikolaos Dosis
28 DF   BDI Marco Weymans
29 FW   SWE Sebastian Karlsson Grach
40 MF   GHA Frank Arhin
77 DF   GAM Noah Sonko Sundberg
88 MF   ENG Jerell Sellars

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Notable playersEdit

This list of notable players includes those who have either been named player of the year at the club,[20] or has become league top goalscorer, or went on to play in Allsvenskan (or for larger clubs abroad).

Player recordsEdit

Top 10 players with most games in ÖFKEdit

Nr Name Games Goals
1   Lars Oscarsson 212 10
2   Martin Johansson 193 15
3     Jamie Hopcutt 190 47
4     Aly Keita 181 0
5   Daniel Westerlund 184 58
6   Dennis Widgren 179 3
7   Petter Jacobsson 172 7
8     Samuel Mensiro 171 3
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

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
9     Alex Dyer 19 93
10   Paul Read 18 25
10   Emir Smajic 18 51
10     Dino Islamovic 18 57

Management and boardroomEdit

Technical staffEdit

As of 24 January 2021[22]

Name Role
  Mathias Rasteby Chairman
    Michael Schahine CEO
  Per Joar Hansen Head Coach
    Jussi Kontinen Assistant Coach
  Adil Kizil Sporting Director
  Jan Netzler Goalkeeper Coach
  Oscar Ljungblom Fitness Coach
  Bengt-Uno Nilsson Equipment Manager
  Moubarak Abdallah Equipment Manager
  Martin Lindroth Doctor
  Jenny Larsson Head of Physiotherapists
  Simon Hansson Physiotherapist
  Michael Lagercrantz Physiotherapist
  Håkan Lundqvist Press Officer
  Joakim Jansson Security/Event Manager
  Per Staffansson Supporter Liaison Officer
  Stefan Lundin Head of Academy

BoardroomEdit

Östersunds FK (Föreningen)

Name Role
  Mathias Rasteby Chairman
  Michael Schahine CEO
  Petter Jakobsson Boardmember
  Tom Pripp Boardmember
  Lars Andersson Boardmember
  Teddy Myhr Boardmember
  Lena Johansson Boardmember

Östersunds FK Elitfotboll AB

Name Role
  Mathias Rasteby Chairman
  Michael Schahine CEO
  Tom Pripp Vice Chairman
  Stig-Åke Eklund Boardmember
  Lars Andersson Boardmember
  Teddy Myhr Boardmember
  Leif Widegren Boardmember
  Lena Johansson Boardmember
  Nils-Åke Hallström Boardmember

ManagersEdit

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.[25]
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

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website. [26]

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level. [27]

FootnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Evenemangsarena: Jämtkraft Arena". www.ostersund.se. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Jämtland-Härjedalens Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar 2013 – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Östersunds FF Historia" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Östersunds satsar brittiskt" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’" The Guardian 12 Feb 2018
  7. ^ "ÖFK Tillbakablick" (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Superettan klubb får en halvmiljard" (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Libyen-samarbete skjuts upp ytterligare" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  10. ^ Calle Lindberg (27 October 2015). "Östersunds FK allsvenskt för första gången" (in Swedish). SVT Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Playing Arsenal is like Christmas': How Graham Potter transformed Ostersund and inspired Sweden's north". The Independent. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Låt spelarna fokusera på matchen". Östersunds FK. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Uppgifter: Daniel Kindberg anhållen efter ekobrottsrazzian i morse". Östersunds-Posten. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Miljonsponsring till ÖFK från Kindbergs affärspartner utreds". Fotbollskanalen. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Sollefteåföretagare betalade miljoner till ÖFK". SVT. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Östersunds FK: Underbar och älskad av alla?". Offside. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  17. ^ "ÖFK-basen sitter på flera stolar - medger: "Min makt är enorm"". Fotbollskanalen. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  18. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 9 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "A-laget" (in Swedish). Östersunds FK. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Brian Wake – målkung i förbundsserierna". Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  22. ^ "Truppen 2015". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Östersunds FF Klubben". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  24. ^ "Heta möten mot Vasalund". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  25. ^ "Swansea till Östersund!!!". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  26. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  27. ^ "GAIS – Lagfacta – Östersunds FK". Retrieved 9 March 2010.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Östersunds FK at Wikimedia Commons