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AIK Fotboll (LSE0DI2), more commonly known simply as AIK (Swedish pronunciation: [²ɑːiːˌkoː]), an abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben (meaning the public sports club), is a Swedish football club from Stockholm, competing in Allsvenskan, the top flight of Swedish football. The club was founded in 1891 and the football department was formed in 1896. AIK's home ground is Friends Arena, located in Solna, a municipality in Stockholm bordering the City Centre.

AIK
AIK logo.svg
Full nameAllmänna Idrottsklubben
Nickname(s)Gnaget
Short nameAIK
Founded15 February 1891; 128 years ago (1891-02-15)
1896; 123 years ago (1896) (football department)
GroundFriends Arena, Solna, Stockholm
Capacity50,622
ChairmanRobert Falck
Head coachRikard Norling
LeagueAllsvenskan
2018Allsvenskan, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Reigning league champions, 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 addition, in this century AIK is the club that has finished top three in Allsvenskan the most times (11), and has a record ongoing streak of having finished top three six times in a row. AIK is consequently the Swedish club that has qualified for UEFA club competitions the most times this century.

Affiliated with the Stockholm Football Association,[1] AIK is the only side from Stockholm to have qualified for the group stage of a UEFA competition; the club reached the quarter-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, and competed in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Colors, badge and kitEdit

ColoursEdit

AIK's primary colours are black and yellow. White is the secondary colour.

BadgeEdit

AIK's crest is dark blue, yellow and gold. The crest's style is arguably art nouveau, the predominant style at the turn of the 20th century. AIK's crest was created by Fritz Carlsson-Carling, a runner and football player. Contrary to popular belief, the sun has nothing to do with Solna Town's coat of arms. Solna was not a city until 1943, i.e. six years after Råsunda Football Stadium was completed and 52 years after AIK was founded in Stockholm City Centre.

KitEdit

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: Notar, a real-estate agent; Stadium, a sporting-goods retail chain; German automakers Volkswagen; and league sponsors Svenska Spel, a government-owned gambling company (whose logo is 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–   Nike[3] Notar (real-estate agent)[4]
  1. ^ Åbro donated the space to Hjärt-Lungfonden (a charitable fundraising organization) the first 20 games of the season.[2]

StadiumEdit

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]

SupportersEdit

Fans of the club are referred to as AIK:are or gnagare (meaning rodent); both words are the same in singular and plural.

Although AIK fans can be found all over Stockholm and Sweden, the northwestern Stockholm urban area might be considered the club's stronghold. The blue line of the Metro, a route which is often referred to in AIK's club culture, runs through this area, and both the club's current and previous home grounds are situated there.

Notable fans of AIK include Lennart Johansson, president of UEFA 1990–2007; Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden; her spouse Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland; and songwriter and producer Max Martin.

The club's most important fan clubs are Black Army, Ultras Nord, Sol Invictus and Firman Boys. AIK Tifo organizes the club's terrace choreography.

RivalriesEdit

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,[5] the fixture between the clubs is known as the Tvillingderbyt (literally Derby of the twins). 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.

AttendancesEdit

In 2006 AIK had an average attendance of over 21,000, the highest in Sweden[6][7] In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000. AIK have had the highest average attendance 39 times,[citation needed] more than any other club in Sweden. AIK finished the 2013 season with an average attendance of 18,900, the highest number in Scandinavia.[8] That was also the first season with the new arena. In 2018, AIK broke the record for most sold tickets in a Allsvenskan game in the derby against Hammarby two weeks before the game was played.[9]

Club cultureEdit

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.

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 5 August 2019[10]

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Daniel Granli
3   DF Per Karlsson
5   DF Jesper Nyholm
6   MF Panajotis Dimitriadis
7   MF Sebastian Larsson (vice-captain)
8   MF Enoch Kofi Adu
9   DF Rasmus Lindkvist
10   FW Chinedu Obasi
11   MF Nabil Bahoui
12   DF Felix Michel
14   DF Karol Mets
15   DF Robert Lundström
16   MF Anton Salétros (on loan from FC Rostov)
No. Position Player
17   DF Adam Ben Lamin
18   MF Bilal Hussein
19   MF Saku Ylätupa
20   FW Tarik Elyounoussi
23   GK Budimir Janošević
26   DF Joel Ekstrand
30   FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
31   MF Christos Gravius
34   GK Oscar Linnér
35   GK Samuel Brolin
36   FW Henok Goitom (captain)
  FW Daniel Mushitu

Current youth players with first-team experienceEdit

As of 23 January 2019[A]

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

No. Position Player

Out on loanEdit

As of 5 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
  FW Stefan Silva (at Fatih Karagümrük SK until 25 July 2020)
  FW Nicolás Stefanelli (at Unión La Calera until 10 December 2019)

Retired numbersEdit

1 – Fans of the club[11]

Notable past playersEdit

Non-playing personnelEdit

 
Rikard Norling, head coach of AIK. Norling has led the side since May 2016. He also coached the team 2004–2008

Backroom staffEdit

Position Name
Managing Director   Jens T. Andersson
Assistant Managing Director   Håkan Strandlund
Director of Sports   Björn Wesström
Assistant Director of Sports   Henrik Jurelius
Scout   Tobias Ackerman

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Rikard Norling
Assistant Coach   Patrik Jildefalk
Goalkeeping Coach   Kyriakos Stamatopoulos
Individual Coach   Sean O'Shea
Fitness Coach   Michael Lawson

Medical staffEdit

Position Staff
Club Doctor   Jonas Lundmark
Naprapath   Luis Oyarzo

OtherEdit

Position Staff
Equipment Manager   Håkan Sjöberg
Co-ordinator   Thomas Thudin
Kitchen Manager   Susanne Andkleven

Managerial historyEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

InternationalEdit

  • Tournoi de Pentecôte de Paris:
    • Winners (1): 1921[13]

AIK in EuropeEdit

European gamesEdit

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

UEFA Team rankEdit

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

Rank Team Points
233   Piast Gliwice 4.025
234   Zawisza Bydgoszcz 4.025
235   Cracovia 4.025
236   Aberdeen 4.025
237   AIK 4.000
237   Kalju 4.000
238   Göteborg 4.000
239   Norrköping 3.995
240   Häcken 3.995

As of 26 February 2018.[1]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  2. ^ 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.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Åbros sista år som huvudsponsor – skänker platsen på tröjan" (in Swedish).
  3. ^ "AIK Fotboll inleder nytt samarbete med Nike från 2018" (in Swedish).
  4. ^ "Notar ny huvudsamarbetspartner till AIK Fotboll". 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Marching With the Black Army". Sports. 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "AIK Fotboll". Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Allsvensk statistik – svenskfotboll.se". Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "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. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). AIK. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  11. ^ "AIK Fotboll skänker tröja nummer 1 till publiken" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/paris-tourn.html

External linksEdit

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Major fan websitesEdit