AIK Fotboll (LSE: 0DI2), 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 central Stockholm County.
|Full name||Allmänna Idrottsklubben|
|Founded||15 February 1891|
1896 (football department)
|Ground||Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm County|
|Head coach||Rikard Norling|
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, 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Colors, badge and kit
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Supporters
- 5 Players
- 6 Non-playing personnel
- 7 Managerial history
- 8 Honours
- 9 AIK in Europe
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Colors, badge and kitEdit
AIK's primary colours are black and yellow. White is the secondary colour.
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.
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)|
|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)|
|2018–||Nike||Notar (real-estate agent)|
- Åbro donated the space to Hjärt-Lungfonden (a charitable fundraising organization) the first 20 games of the season.
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.
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 central 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 and dubbed "the Father of the Champions League"; 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.
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, 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.
In 2006 AIK had an average attendance of over 21,000, the highest in Sweden In 2007 AIK had an average attendance of over 20,000. AIK have had the highest average attendance 39 times, more than any other club in Sweden. AIK finished the 2013 season with an average attendance of 18,900, the highest number in Scandinavia. 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.
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.
- As of 18 October 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current youth players with first-team experienceEdit
- As of 20 October 2019[A]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loanEdit
- As of 5
20 August 2019 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
1 – Fans of the club
Notable past playersEdit
|Managing Director||Jens T. Andersson|
|Assistant Managing Director||Håkan Strandlund|
|Director of Sports||Björn Wesström|
|Assistant Director of Sports||Henrik Jurelius|
|Head Coach||Rikard Norling|
|Assistant Coach||Patrik Jildefalk|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Kyriakos Stamatopoulos|
|Individual Coach||Sean O'Shea|
|Fitness Coach||Michael Lawson|
|Club Doctor||Jonas Lundmark|
|Equipment Manager||Håkan Sjöberg|
|Kitchen Manager||Susanne Andkleven|
- Swedish Champions[B]
- Winners (1): 2005
- Winners (1): 1992
- Svenska Serien:
- Svenska Cupen:
- Svenska Mästerskapet:
- Allsvenskan play-offs:
- Runners-up (1): 1986
- Svenska Supercupen:
- Corinthian Bowl:
- Rosenska Pokalen:
- Runners-up (2): 1899, 1900
- Wicanderska Välgörenhetsskölden:
- Tournoi de Pentecôte de Paris:
- Winners (1): 1921
AIK in EuropeEdit
|1964–65||International Football Cup||Group C2||Angers||4–1||1–3||Placed 2nd|
|1965–66||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||First round||Bruxelles||0–0||3–1||3–1|
|1966–67||International Football Cup||Group B3||Carl Zeiss Jena||0–0||1–4||Placed 4th|
|1967||International Football Cup||Group B6||AGF||1–0||2–1||Placed 3rd|
|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|
|1973||International Football Cup||Group 2||Duisburg||3–1||1–1||Placed 3rd|
|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|
|1975||International Football Cup||Group 5||Tennis Borussia Berlin||2–3||3–1||Placed 4th|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2000–01||UEFA Cup||Qual. round||Gomel||1–0||2–0||3–0|
|2001||UEFA Intertoto Cup||First round||Carmarthen Town||3–0||0–0||3–0|
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||Qual. round||ÍBV||2–0||3–1||5–1|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||Qual. round||Fylkir||1–0||0–0||1–0|
|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|
|Group F||Dnipro||2–3||0–4||Placed 4th|
|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||KÍ||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|
UEFA Team rankEdit
The following list ranks the current position of AIK in UEFA ranking:
As of 26 February 2018.
- Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
- 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.
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