AIK Fotboll (LSE0DI2), more commonly known simply as AIK (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɑ̂ːiːˌkoː]), an abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben (meaning the public or general sports club), is a Swedish professional football club competing in Allsvenskan, the top flight of Swedish football. The club was founded 1891 in Stockholm and the football department was formed in 1896. AIK's home ground is Friends Arena, located in Solna, just north of the Stockholm City Centre.

AIK
Full nameAllmänna Idrottsklubben
Nickname(s)Gnaget
Short nameAIK
Founded15 February 1891; 133 years ago (1891-02-15)
GroundStrawberry Arena
Capacity54,329 (50,653 international)[1]
ChairmanMikael Jomer
Head coachMikkjal Thomassen
LeagueAllsvenskan
2023Allsvenskan, 11th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

League champions in 2018, AIK has 12 championship titles and is third in the all-time Allsvenskan table. The club holds the record for having played the most seasons in the Swedish top flight.

In Europe, AIK reached the quarter-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, qualified for the 1999–00 UEFA Champions League group stage, and competed in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

History

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The first shirt is black and the second shirt is white. Shorts are white or, on rare occasions, black. Socks are striped in black and yellow; second socks are all white. A yellow third jersey was used in 2004, an orange third jersey was used in 2007, a dark-blue third jersey was used in 2010 and a grey commemorative third jersey was used in 2016. A dark-blue first shirt was used for the 2017–2018 UEFA Europa League qualification campaign.

When Adidas was the kit provider, new kits were launched every even year. Nike, however, releases a new AIK kit every year, before the start of the new season.

Apart from the brand of their kit provider Nike, AIK has the logos of the following sponsors visible on their shirt and shorts: Truecaller a caller-ID app; Svea, a financial group; German automakers Volkswagen; Stadium, a sports retailer, and league sponsors Svenska Spel, a government-owned gambling company (whose logo is mandatory on the right sleeve of the shirts of all Allsvenskan teams).

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1975–77   Adidas None
1978–80   Puma
1981   Hummel Eldorado (grocery brand)
1982–84   Umbro BPA (technical installation)
1985–88   Nike BPA or Första Sparbanken (banking company)
1989–90   Puma Folksam (insurance company)
1991 Folksam or Kombilott (lottery)
1992 Folksam or Trippellott (lottery)
1995–96 Scandic (hotel chain)
1997 Hyundai (automaker)
1998–2016   Adidas Åbro (brewery)
2017 Hjärt-Lungfonden (charity)[a]
Åbro
2018–2022   Nike[3] Notar (real-estate agent)[4]
2023– Truecaller (caller-ID app)[5]
  1. ^ Åbro donated the space to Hjärt-Lungfonden (a charitable fundraising organization) the first 20 games of the season.[2]

Stadium

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Since the 2013 season, AIK play their home games at the Nationalarenan (known for sponsorship reasons as Friends Arena until 2023), which also houses the Swedish national football team. The decision which arena would replace Råsunda, the club's home up until the 2012 season, was made by a vote of the club's members, held in 2011, which resulted in a large majority favoring Nationalarenan over Tele2 Arena.[citation needed]

 
Nationalarenan för fotboll

Support

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Rivalries

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AIK's main rival is Djurgården, also formed in 1891 in Stockholm, just three weeks after AIK. Widely considered the fiercest rivalry in Swedish – and arguably also Nordic – football,[6] the fixture between the clubs is known as Tvillingderbyt (the Twin derby). AIK also maintains a strong animosity towards the third major Stockholm side Hammarby. The club's biggest rival outside the Stockholm urban area is IFK Göteborg, followed by Malmö FF.

Attendances

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In 2023, AIK had an average attendance of 25 739, the biggest in Allsvenskan, despite not going well in the league.[7] In 2006 AIK had an average attendance of over 21,000, the highest in Sweden that season.[8][9] In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000.

AIK have had the highest average attendance 41 times,[10] the most of all clubs in Sweden of all time, second is city rival IFK Göteborg with 23 times. AIK finished the 2013 season with an average attendance of 18,900, the highest number in Scandnavia.[11] That was also the first season with the new arena. In 2018, AIK broke the record for most sold tickets in an Allsvenskan game in the derby against Hammarby two weeks before the game was played.[12]

Club culture

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The club's entrance music and hymn is "Å vi e AIK" (meaning "Oh we are AIK"), a Swedish-lyric version (written in the 1980s) of a 1971 song, "The Last Farewell", originally performed by its co-writer, the British-Kenyan folk singer Roger Whittaker. The recording that has been used as AIK's entrance music since the mid 00s was released in 2002, an arrangement somewhat closer to Elvis Presley's 1976 cover of the song.

Players

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First-team squad

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As of 27 March 2024[13]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   NOR Eskil Edh
4 DF   SWE Sotirios Papagiannopoulos
5 DF   SWE Alexander Milošević (Captain)
6 MF   NOR Martin Ellingsen
7 MF   SWE Anton Salétros
8 MF   MLI Ismaila Coulibaly (on loan from Sheffield United)
9 FW   PLE Omar Faraj
10 MF   KOS Bersant Celina
11 FW   SWE John Guidetti
12 DF   SWE Axel Björnström
14 MF   SWE Aaron Stoch Rydell
15 GK   SWE Kristoffer Nordfeldt
16 DF   DEN Benjamin Tiedemann Hansen
17 DF   DEN Mads Døhr Thychosen
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   SWE Abdihakin Ali
19 MF   BIH Dino Beširović
23 GK   SRB Budimir Janošević
24 MF   ESP Lamine Dabo
28 FW   CYP Ioannis Pittas
30 GK   MLI Ismael Diawara
31 FW   LBR Emmanuel Gono
32 MF   ANG Rui Modesto
34 MF   SWE Erik Ring
37 DF   SWE Ahmad Faqa
43 MF   SWE Victor Andersson
45 MF   SWE Taha Ayari
47 FW   SWE Alexander Fesshaie

Retired numbers

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1 – Supporters of the club[14]

Out on loan

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As of 20 March 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   SWE Rasmus Bonde (on loan at Vasalunds IF until 31 December 2024)
29 DF   KEN Collins Sichenje (on loan at Vojvodina until 31 December 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
39 FW   KEN Henry Atola (on loan at AFC Eskilstuna until 31 December 2024)

Notable past players

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Non-playing personnel

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Backroom staff

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Position Name
Managing Director   Fredrik Söderberg
Finance Director   Håkan Strandlund
Director of Sports   Thomas Berntsen
Technical Director   Peter Wennberg
Chief Scout   Fredrik Wisur Hansen
Scout   Tobias Ackerman

Coaching staff

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Position Staff
Head coach   Mikkjal Thomassen
Assistant coach   Kazimierz Sokołowski
    Henok Goitom
Goalkeeping coach   Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
Fitness coach   Pálmar Hreinsson

Medical staff

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Position Staff
Physiotherapist   Victor Lydberg
Naprapath   David Björkman

Other

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Position Staff
Data analyst   Lukas Arndt
Equipment manager   Håkan Sjöberg
Co-ordinator   Thomas Thudin

Coaching history

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Honours

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League

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Cups

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Invitational

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AIK in Europe

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European games

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Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Agg. Notes
1964–65 International Football Cup Group C2   Angers 4–1 1–3 Placed 2nd
  Sarajevo 2–0 0–2
  Slovnaft Bratislava 3–2 1–7
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round   Bruxelles 0–0 3–1 3–1
Second round   Servette 2–1 1–4 3–5
1966–67 International Football Cup Group B3   Carl Zeiss Jena 0–0 1–4 Placed 4th
  Eintracht Braunschweig 3–1 0–1
  Górnik Zabrze 1–1 2–3
1967 International Football Cup Group B6   AGF 1–0 2–1 Placed 3rd
  Dynamo Dresden 1–4 2–1
  Košice 1–1 0–4
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round   Skeid 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round   Hannover 96 4–2 2–5 6–7
1970 International Football Cup Group B3   Lausanne Sports 1–1 2–2 Placed 3rd
  Marseille 2–2 2–6
  Zagłębie Sosnowiec 2–1 1–2
1973 International Football Cup Group 2   Duisburg 3–1 1–1 Placed 3rd
  PSV 0–1 0–3
  Slovan Bratislava 1–1 0–0
1973–74 UEFA Cup First round   B 1903 1–1 1–2 2–3
1974 International Football Cup Group 6   Linz 3–2 1–6 Placed 4th
  Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–2
  Wisła Kraków 0–3 0–1
1975 International Football Cup Group 5   Tennis Borussia Berlin 2–3 3–1 Placed 4th
  Polonia Bytom 0–2 1–5
  Zbrojovka Brno 1–2 0–2
1975–76 UEFA Cup First round   Spartak Moscow 1–1 0–1 1–2
1976 International Football Cup Group 4   Baník Ostrava 0–1 0–2 Placed 4th
  Eintracht Braunschweig 1–3 1–2
  Tirol Innsbruck 3–3 1–3
1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Galatasaray 1–2 1–1 2–3
1984 International Football Cup Group 5   Górnik Zabrze 2–3 0–1 Placed 1st
  Magdeburg 2–0 2–0
  Nürnberg 8–2 2–1
1984–85 UEFA Cup First round   Dundee United 1–0 0–3 1–3
1985 International Football Cup Group 4   Bohemians Praha 2–1 1–1 Placed 1st
  St. Gallen 0–1 6–1
  Videoton 3–0 0–1
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Red Boys Differdange 8–0 5–0 13–0
Second round   Dukla Prague 2–2 0–1 2–3
1987 International Football Cup Group 6   Lech Poznań 4–1 0–0 Placed 1st
  Lyngby 3–1 2–0
  Plastika Nitra 0–0 0–1
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round   Vítkovice 0–2 1–1 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Champions League First round   Sparta Prague 1–0 0–2 1–2
1994 International Football Cup Group 3   Bayer Leverkusen 3–2 Placed 1st
  Lausanne Sports 2–1
  Sparta Rotterdam 2–2
  Tirol Innsbruck 2–0
1994–95 UEFA Cup Prel. round   Mažeikiai 2–0 2–0 4–0
First round   Slavia Prague 0–0 2–2 2–2 Away goal
Second round   Parma 0–1 0–2 0–3
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round   KR 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second round   Nîmes Olympique 0–1 3–1 3–2
Quarter-final   Barcelona 1–1 1–3 2–4
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round   Primorje 0–1 1–1 1–2
1999–00 UEFA Champions League Second round   Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 2–0 1–0 3–0
Third round   AEK Athens 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group B   Arsenal 2–3 1–3 Placed 4th
  Barcelona 1–2 0–5
  Fiorentina 0–0 0–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qual. round   Gomel 1–0 2–0 3–0
First round   Herfølge 0–1 1–1 1–2
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   Carmarthen Town 3–0 0–0 3–0
Second round   OB 2–0 2–2 4–2
Third round   Troyes 1–2 1–2 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qual. round   ÍBV 2–0 3–1 5–1
First round   Fenerbahçe 3–3 1–3 4–6
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qual. round   Fylkir 1–0 0–0 1–0
First round   Valencia 0–1 0–1 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qual. round   Glentoran 4–0 5–0 9–0
Second qual. round   Liepājas Metalurgs 2–0 2–3 4–3
First round   Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–1 0–0 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qual. round   Jeunesse Esch 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qual. round   Rosenborg 0–1 0–3 0–4
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round   Levski Sofia 0–0 1–2 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qual. round   FH 1–1 1–0 2–1
Third qual. round   Lech Poznań 3–0 0–1 3–1
Play-off round   CSKA 0–1 2–0 2–1
Group F   Dnipro 2–3 0–4 Placed 4th
  Napoli 1–2 0–4
  PSV 1–0 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qual. round   Linfield 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third qual. round   Astana 0–3 1–1 1–4
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qual. round   VPS 4–0 2–2 6–2
Second qual. round   Shirak 2–0 2–0 4–0
Third qual. round   Atromitos 1–3 0–1 1–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qual. round   Bala Town 2–0 2–0 4–0
Second qual. round   Europa FC 1–0 1–0 2–0
Third qual. round   Panathinaikos 0–1 0–2 0–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qual. round   0–0 5–0 5–0
Second qual. round   Željezničar 2–0 0–0 2–0
Third qual. round   Braga 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League First qual. round   Shamrock Rovers 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second qual. round   Nordsjælland 0–1 0–1 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Champions League First qual. round   Ararat-Armenia 3–1 1–2 4–3
Second qual. round   Maribor 3−2 (a.e.t.) 1–2 4−4 (a)
UEFA Europa League Third qual. round   Sheriff 1–1 2–1 3–2
Play-off round   Celtic 1–4 0–2 1–6
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League Second qual. round   Vorskla Poltava 2−0 (a.e.t.) 2–3 4−3
Third qual. round   Shkëndija 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (3–2 p)
Play-off round   Slovácko 0−1 0–3 0−4

UEFA Team rank

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

Rank Team Points
269   MKS Cracovia 5.075
270   MŠK Žilina 5.000
271   Paide Linnameeskond 5.000
272   FC Milsami 5.000
273   AIK 5.000
274   Lokomotiva Zagreb 4.855
275   Aris Limassol 4.500
276   Celje 4.500
277   Hamrun Spartans 4.500

As of 2 January 2024. Club coefficients | UEFA Coefficients

Footnotes

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  1. ^ 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.[15]

References

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  1. ^ "Friends Arena – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2023. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Åbros sista år som huvudsponsor – skänker platsen på tröjan" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ "AIK Fotboll inleder nytt samarbete med Nike från 2018" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Notar ny huvudsamarbetspartner till AIK Fotboll". 1 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Truecaller ny officiell huvudpartner till AIK Fotboll – vill göra skillnad i samhället". 16 June 2022. Archived from the original on 30 January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Marching With the Black Army". Sports. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. ^ "41:a segern i publikligan". AIK Fotboll (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  8. ^ "AIK Fotboll". Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Publiksnitt år för år". Archived from the original on 30 January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Allmänna Idrottsklubben on Instagram: "Med 13 dagar till avspark i derbyt har vi nu passerat rekordnoteringen från 2015! Det här blir en dag för historieböckerna som du INTE vill…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 26 December 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). AIK. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  14. ^ "AIK Fotboll skänker tröja nummer 1 till publiken" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  16. ^ García, Javier (2009). "International Tournaments (Paris) 1904–1935: Tournoi de Pentecôte de Paris 1921". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 20 February 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  17. ^ "11th Edition of Community Shield to Open Inaugural Singapore Premier League Season". 27 March 2018. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
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Official

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Major fan websites

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