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Aalesunds Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football club from the city of Ålesund, currently playing in the 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. The club was founded on 25 June 1914. As of 2004, the football club had 835 members and several teams on both professional and amateur levels. These teams are the 1st and 2nd teams, junior team, and also several age-specific teams.

Aalesund
Aalesunds FK logo.svg
Full nameAalesunds Fotballklubb
Nickname(s)Tangotrøyene (Tangoshirts), Tango, De oransje og blå (Orange and blue)
Short nameAaFK
Founded25 June 1914 (105 years ago) (1914-06-25)
GroundColor Line Stadion
Ålesund
Capacity10,778
ChairmanReidar Mjelde
ManagerLars Bohinen
League1. divisjon
20181. divisjon, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

In 2009 the club won the Norwegian Cup for the first time in its history. They beat rival Molde FK in the Final, and thereby qualified for participation in the UEFA Europa League. Aalesund also won the 2011 Cup Final, where they beat SK Brann.

Recent domesticEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2001 1. divisjon 6 30 13 8 9 65 51 47 Third round
2002 1. divisjon   2 30 19 7 4 77 26 64 Semi-final Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2003 Tippeligaen   13 26 7 7 12 30 33 28 Quarter-final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2004 1. divisjon   2 30 21 1 8 67 36 64 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen   13 26 6 9 11 30 42 27 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2006 1. divisjon   2 30 17 9 4 71 35 60 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2007 Tippeligaen 11 26 9 3 14 49 56 30 Fourth round
2008 Tippeligaen 13 26 7 4 15 29 42 25 Fourth round
2009 Tippeligaen 13 30 9 9 12 34 43 36 Winner
2010 Tippeligaen 4 30 14 5 11 46 37 47 Third round Europa League Third qualifying round
2011 Tippeligaen 9 30 12 7 11 36 38 43 Winner Europa League Play-off round
2012 Tippeligaen 11 30 9 11 10 40 41 38 Fourth round Europa League Third qualifying round
2013 Tippeligaen 4 30 14 7 9 55 44 49 Third round
2014 Tippeligaen 7 30 11 8 11 40 39 41 Fourth round
2015 Tippeligaen 10 30 11 5 14 42 57 38 Third round
2016 Tippeligaen 9 30 12 6 12 46 51 42 Third round
2017 Eliteserien   15 30 8 8 14 38 50 32 Fourth round
2018 1. divisjon 3 30 18 5 7 58 31 59 First round
2019 (in progress) 1. divisjon   1 27 22 4 1 61 23 70 Quarter-final Promoted to Eliteserien
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EuropeanEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Q3   Motherwell 1–1 0–3 1–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q1   Neath 4–1 2–0 6–1
Q2   Ferencváros 3–1(aet) 1–2 4–3
Q3   Elfsborg 4–0 1–1 5–1
Play-off   AZ 2–1 0–6 2–7
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Q2   Tirana 5–0 1–1 6–1
Q3   APOEL 0–1 1–2 1–3

SupportersEdit

The local supporter club for AaFK is called "Stormen", or "The Storm", with about 2000 members.

RivalriesEdit

Rival football clubs in the city include Herd, Rollon, Skarbøvik and Spjelkavik, with Molde and Hødd traditionally being the main regional rivals. Hødd has been less competitive with AaFK in recent years, as they have not been in the same division for some time. More recent rivalries have centred on Molde and Strømsgodset, and to some extent Brann.

The club's supporters enjoy a good relationship with supporters of Oslo club Vålerenga, and it is not uncommon for supporters of one club to support the other in competitions where only one team participates. In the 2011 game against Neath in Wales, some supporters of 2010's Europa League opponents Motherwell also made their way to support the club.

StadiumEdit

 
Color Line stadium in January 2018.

Aalesund played their home matches at Kråmyra Stadium until the 2005 season, when they relocated to the new Color Line Stadium with an approximate capacity of 11,000 people. Boosted by the new stadium, recent success and general increasing attendance in Norway, Aalesund has gone from attracting crowds of approximately 1,000 to regularly selling out their stadium [1] in only a few years. Their average attendance of 9,943 in the 2006 1. divisjon became at the time a new record for attendances at the second tier of the Norwegian league system.

Current squadEdit

Club officialsEdit

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

History of league positions (since 1963)Edit

1963 1964–1967 1968–1976 1977–1978 1979 1980–1981 1982–1983 1984 1985–1993 1994 1995–1998 1999–2000 2001–2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007–2017 2018–2019 2020–
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk" (in Norwegian).

External linksEdit