Djurgårdens IF Fotboll

Djurgårdens IF Fotbollsförening – commonly known as Djurgårdens IF, Djurgården Fotboll (official name), Djurgården (IPA: [ˈjʉ̂ːrˌɡoːɖɛn]), and (especially locally) Djurgår'n (IPA: [ˈjʉ̌ː(r)ɡɔɳ]), Dif or DIF[A] – is the men's association football department of its parent association Djurgårdens IF. Founded 1891 on the island of Djurgården, the club's home ground is Tele2 Arena, situated in the Johanneshov district of Stockholm.

Djurgardens IF logo.svg
Full nameDjurgårdens IF Fotbollsförening
Nickname(s)Järnkaminerna ("The Iron stoves")
Blåränderna ("The Blue stripes")
Short nameDIF
Founded12 March 1891; 131 years ago (1891-03-12)
1899; 123 years ago (1899) (football section)
GroundTele2 Arena, Stockholm
ChairmanLars-Erik Sjöberg
Head coach(es)Kim Bergstrand & Thomas Lagerlöf
2022Allsvenskan, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Competing in the highest Swedish tier, Allsvenskan, the club has won the league twelve times and the cup five times. The league titles have mainly been won during three separate eras. The first period was the 1910s, when they won four league titles. The second era occurred in the 1950s and 60s, when Djurgården also won the league four times. The most recent era was the first half of the 00s when they won both the league and the cup three times. From 2017 to the current day, the club has seen a boom, both nationally and internationally, highlighted by the Svenska Cupen title in 2018, the league title in 2019 & their qualification to 2022-23 Europa Conference League round of 16.

Supporters of the club, called djurgårdare, are found all over Stockholm and Sweden. However, Östermalm, where Djurgården's former home ground Stadion is situated, is by some considered the club's heartland. Djurgården is affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund.[1]



Djurgårdens IF was founded, primarily by John G. Jansson, on 12 March 1891 at a café in Alberget 4A in the island Djurgården in central Stockholm. Most of the founding members were young working class men.[2] The club originally focused on winter sports and athletics. The first real football field in Stockholm was created in 1896. Djurgårdens IF's football section was formed in 1899, with the help of former GAIS player Teodor Andersson.[3] Djurgården played their first match in July 1899, a 1–2 loss against AIK.[3]

First eraEdit

Djurgården playing against IK Brage at Stockholms Stadion in 1930.

The first real achievement was made in 1902 when the team finished second in the tournament Rosenska Pokalen. Just two years later, in 1904, the first Swedish Championship final of the club was played, ending in a defeat against Örgryte IS. The team finished second in three more finals before the first Championship victory came in 1912 after two draws in the final matches against Örgryte, and a replay which Djurgården won. The club won three more Swedish Championships in the early years, in 1915 against Örgryte, 1917 against AIK and 1920 against IK Sleipner. However, DIF never managed to win Svenska Serien, the top Swedish league of the period, before the club's first great era ended. Between 1911 and 1935, Tranebergs Idrottsplats was the homeground for Djurgården. For the 1912 Summer Olympics, Stockholms Stadion was built. It became Djurgården's permanent home arena in 1936.

The club did not qualify for the first season of Allsvenskan, and only reached that league twice between 1924 and 1944, both times being directly relegated back down to the second division, at that time called Division 2. The club did also play three seasons in the then third highest league, Division 3, between 1929 and 1932. From 1944 on, the club became a stable Allsvenskan club. In 1951, the team became runners-up in Svenska Cupen after Malmö FF; this was the team's first Cup final.

Second eraEdit

Hans Mild shielding his goalkeeper from the onrushing Degerfors IF player Tord Grip.
Gösta Sandberg also known as "Mr Djurgården".

The second great era took place in the 1950s and 1960s, winning Allsvenskan four times during the period. Djurgården's fifth Swedish championships, and first Allsvenskan championship, was taken in the 1954–55 season under the lead of Frank Soo. In the 1955–56 season, Djurgården became the first Swedish team to enter the European Cup.[3] Beating Gwardia Warszawa in the first round, Djurgården advanced to quarter finals against Scottish Hibernian that they lost by 1–4 over two matches.[3]

In 1959, both the football team and Djurgårdens IF's hockey team won their respective Swedish Championships of Sweden's two most popular sports, a remarkable happening. The 1959 title was secured on Råsunda Stadium, in front of 48,894 people, marking a record attendance for Djurgården, with a team of Sven Tumba, Birger Eklund, Lars Broström, John Eriksson, Hans Karlsson, Gösta Sandberg, Olle Hellström, Stig Gustafsson, Arne Arvidsson, Hans Mild and Sigge Parling.[3]

The year after, in the 1960 season Djurgården finished 11th and was relegated to the second division. The team only needed one year to return to Allsvenskan. In 1964 and 1966, Djurgården took its seventh and eight championships, with 1966 marking the end of the career of Gösta Sandberg.[3] Sandberg played 322 league matches for the team 1951–66 and scored 77 goals. Gösta Sandberg is known as "Mr Djurgården" and was in 1991 named "Djurgårdare of the century". Sandberg also played for the club's Bandy and Ice Hockey section. He died on his way home after attending the Tvillingderbyt in 2006. A fun and interesting anecdote from this period is that Djurgården are the first and so far only swedish team to have beaten Real Madrid, the game was a friendly at Råsunda in 1960 and ended 2–1 to the Swedes.

It is during this era that the nickname "Järnkaminerna" ("The Iron Furnaces") was established, due to the club's physical playing style. The ideal of a strong and uncompromising Djurgården player might also be traced back to the club's working-class roots.[2]

Middle yearsEdit

The 1970s saw no greater successes; however, Djurgården was steady in Allsvenskan and had three third-places and a final loss in the 1975 Svenska Cupen Final as the best results. Gary Williams became the first foreign player in the team in the 1977 season.

A chart showing the progress of Djurgårdens IF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

The 1980s was not a good decade for the club, being relegated from Allsvenskan in 1981, and losing two promotion play-offs, before making a one-year visit in the highest league in 1986, although DIF returned two years later, and stayed in Allsvenskan for five consecutive seasons, but had no greater success except losing the Championship final in 1988. In 1987, Djurgårdens IF Fotboll presented a 12 million SEK deficit and later transformed into an aktiebolag.[4] Former England striker Teddy Sheringham had a brief spell at Djurgården early in his career, as a 19-year-old loanee in 1985, and was part of the squad that won the promotion to Allsvenskan after beating GAIS in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the playoffs.

The 1990s started off well for Djurgården and in 1990 the team won the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) for the first time and took Djurgårdens biggest ever win when they defeated local rival Hammarby with 9–1 in Allsvenskan on August 13.[5] Although Djurgården undisputedly had a promising start of the 1990s the rest of the decade was not particularly successful and Djurgården was relegated from Allsvenskan no less than three times, and being promoted back two times. During this decade, the club suffered from great economical problems and was close to bankruptcy. The 1995 season started well, but ended badly; in the last home match of the 1995 Allsvenskan, a supporter, later named Terror-Tommy in media, came on pitch and kicked referee Anders Frisk.[3]

Third eraEdit

In the middle of 1999 season, Zoran Lukic and Sören Åkeby took over the team and won the inaugural 2000 Superettan and finished 2nd as newly promoted in the 2001 Allsvenskan. With a team consisting of Stefan Rehn, Kim Källström, Andreas Johansson, and Andreas Isaksson, Djurgården secured its first title in 36 years in the last round of the 2002 Allsvenskan.[3] The first half of the 2000s was a golden era for the club, with three championships (2002, 2003 and 2005) and three cup wins (2002, 2004 and 2005). This marked the end of the golden era for Djurgården, which ended on sixth place in 2006. The club was one of the main contenders for the league championship in 2007, which ultimately led to a third place. The golden era saw the club play against big and classic clubs like Juventus, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Shamrock Rovers F.C., FK Partizan and FC Utrecht. The most remarkabel resultat being the 2-2 draw away against Juventus at Stadio Delle Alpi.

The difficult yearsEdit

The results went downhill in 2008 and 2009; Djurgården ended up in 14th place in 2009, and had to play through a relegation playoff against Assyriska Föreningen to remain in Allsvenskan. In the early 2010s, Djurgården was a mid-table Allsvenskan team finishing 7th to 11th between 2010 and 2014. When the newly appointed Director of sport Bo Andersson who led Djurgården to three titles in the early 21st century came back in 2014 he was forced to sell players such as Daniel Amartey (who became the most expensive defender ever sold by an Allsvenskan club for about 25 million SEK), Erton Fejzullahu, Christian Rubio Sivodedov and Simon Tibbling which stabilized the economy.

A new eraEdit

In January 2017, Djurgården sold the Kenyan international forward Michael Olunga for a club record fee of 40 million SEK which made the club's financial positions one of the best in the country. The transfer also made it possible to sign club legend Kim Källström and fellow former Swedish international Jonas Olsson. Both players, together with recently returned goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, played important roles as Djurgården finished in third place in the 2017 allsvenskan, qualifying for the second qualifying round for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League for the first time in ten years.

After 13 years without a title Djurgården won the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) on 10 May 2018 going through the Cup scoring 14 goals and not conceding a single goal. They defeated Malmö FF 3–0 in a thrilling final at Tele2 Arena, impressive considering the poor form they had in the league before the game.

In 2019 they won the league title for the first time in fourteen years (2005). They secured the title and a spot in the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying round, on the last day of the season after a 2–2 draw (after being down 2–0 at half time) away from home against IFK Norrköping. After the season Djurgården sold defender and team captain Marcus Danielsson to the Chinese club Dalian Professional based in Dalian for a club record fee of more than 50 million SEK.[6] This made Djurgården one of Sweden's wealthiest clubs along with various other sales.

The club ended up in fourth place in the 2020 campaign. The season was highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the start of the season being significantly delayed and all the games played with no crowd.

The 2021 campaign ended with a third place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Europa Conference League 2nd Qualifying Round. It was a three horse race until Djurgården lost the must win match in their penultimate game of the season against Varberg at home. The team also reached the knockout stage in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) for the 2021/2022 campaign, they reached the semifinals where they lost to Malmö FF.

Their 2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League journey began in the second qualifying round against Rijeka who they defeated 4–1 on aggregate over the two games. With this they advanced to the third qualifying round where they were drawn against the Romanian Cup winners Sepsi OSK, who they managed to beat 6–2 over the two legs. Finally, they were then drawn against the experienced Cypriot campaigners APOEL in the play-off round. The two-legged fixture ended 5–3 in favour of Djurgården, and with this they qualified for the group stages of a European tournament for the first time in club history. They were subsequently drawn into group F alongside Belgian Cup winners Gent, Irish champions Shamrock Rovers and Norwegian neighbours Molde, with whom they had a Nordic derby.

Djurgården sold their young and talented centre back Isak Hien to Serie A side Hellas Verona for around 3.2 million Euro or 34 million SEK, his last match for the club was the second leg against APOEL. Djurgården also secured at least 3.2 million Euros for qualifying for the group stages. The club advanced to the knockout phase after their 4–2 win over Gent in Stockholm, securing another 2 million Euros in prize money. The Swedes topped their group with one game to spare after they came from 2–0 down away against Molde to record a 3–2 win, with Haris Radetinac scoring the winner. They ended up on 16 points, 8 clear of Gent on second place and 9 of Molde in third.

Their domestic 2022–2023 season included the club qualifying for the cup group stages, after a 3–0 victory against Örebro Syrianska.

Djurgården secured a European qualifying spot in the 2023-24 UEFA Conference League, in the third to last game of the Allsvenskan season, after other results went in their favour. They ended in second place, securing it after a late winner against IFK Norrköping, the runners up spot also meant they finished ahead of both their city rivals.

European cups and tournamentsEdit

Notes for the abbreviations in the table below:

  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • R16: Round of 16

This is Djurgårdens' history in international cups and tournaments, past and forthcoming organised by UEFA. As of October 2022, the club is ranked 123rd by UEFA in its of European football clubs by coefficient, surpassing arch rivals AIK in the process, and thereby becoming Sweden's second highest ranked team after Malmö FF.

The Royal League is not included since it was a tournament exclusively for Scandinavian teams and wasn't arranged by UEFA, but the club qualified for the tournament three out of the five years (namely during the seasons 2004–05, 2005–06, and 2007–08).

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Total
1955–56 European Cup 1R   Gwardia Warsaw 0–0 4–1 4–1
QF   Hibernian 1–3 0–1 1–4
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Manchester United 1–1 1–6 2–7
1965–66 European Cup PR   PFC Levski Sofia 2–1 0–6 2–7
1966–67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Lokomotive Leipzig 1–3 1–2 2–5
1967–68 European Cup 1R   Górnik Zabrze 0–1 0–3 0–4
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1R   OFK Beograd 2–2 1–4 3–6
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1R   IK Start 5–0 2–1 7–1
2R   FK Dukla Prague 0–2 1–3 1–5
1975–76 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Wrexham 1–1 1–2 2–3
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1R   Feyenoord 2–1 0–3 2–4
1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Union Luxembourg 5–0 0–0 5–0
2R   Real Valladolid 2–2 0–2 2–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Fram 1–1 0–3 1–4
1996 Intertoto Cup Group 2   LASK Linz 0–2 3rd place
  Apollon Limassol 8–0
  Werder Bremen 2–3
  B68 Toftir 5–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Shamrock Rovers 2–0 3–1 5–1
1R   F.C. Copenhagen 3–1 0–0 3–1
2R   Girondins Bordeaux 0–1 1–2 1–3
2003–04 UEFA Champions League Q2   Partizan 2–2 1–1 3–3
2004–05 UEFA Champions League Q2   FBK Kaunas 0–0 2–0 2–0
Q3   Juventus F.C. 1–4 2–2 3–6
UEFA Cup Q1   FC Utrecht 3–0 0–4 3–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup Q2   Cork City 1–1 0–0 1–1
2006–07 UEFA Champions League Q2   MFK Ružomberok 1–0 1–3 2–3
2008–09 UEFA Cup Q1   Flora 0–0 2–2 2–2
Q2   Rosenborg 2–1 0–5 2–6
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Q2   FC Mariupol 1–1 1–2 2–3
2020–21 UEFA Champions League Q1   Ferencvárosi TC 0–2
UEFA Europa League Q2   Europa FC 2–1
Q3   CFR Cluj 0–1
2022–23 Europa Conference League Q2   HNK Rijeka 2–0 2–1 4–1
Q3   Sepsi OSK 3–1 3–1 6–2
PO   APOEL FC 3–0 2–3 5–3
Group F   Gent 4–2 1–0 5–2
  Molde 3–2 3–2 6–4
  Shamrock Rovers 1–0 0–0 1–0
2023–24 Europa Conference League Q2 TBD

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

Tvillingderbyt in the 1950–51 Allsvenskan season.
Djurgården supporters during a Tvillingderby against AIK from the 2014 Allsvenskan season.

Djurgården is one of the most supported clubs in Sweden (with 21 232 paying members and around 10 000 season ticket holders as of 2022/2023), with most of its supporters living in Stockholm and the neighbouring suburbs.[7] Traditionally the Östermalm district is considered to be the club's stronghold, which is why the stereotypical view of the clubs supporters is, for them to be upperclass since Östermalm is one the wealthier parts of the city. No reliable research exists about the spread of Djurgården supporters, but a 2015 T-shirt campaign suggests that supporters are spread fairly evenly throughout the Stockholm area.[8]

Although Djurgården's supporters have been organizing themselves since the late 1940s, with the founding of DIF Supporters Club back in 1947, the 1970s saw singing supporter sections emerging which led to a new supporter club to be founded in 1981, named Blue Saints.[9][10] The supporter club later changed its name in 1997 to Järnkaminerna (lit. the Iron Furnaces) since the old name was perceived to be associated with violence. Järnkaminerna is Djurgården's official supporters' group with a membership of about 5800.[11]

The 2000s saw the emergence and creation of independent ultras groups. The oldest active ultra group, Ultra Caos Stockholm, formed in 2003 is largely influenced by southern European supporter culture.[12]

In 2005 Fabriken Stockholm was formed and took over the role of creating tifos for the team's games from a former, now abolished group, Ultras Stockholm, founded in the late 1990s. In 2013 a larger and more open organization (SOFIA TIFO) was formed and took charge of the terrace choreography, headed by Ultra Caos Stockholm.

The ultras can be found on the lower part of Sofialäktaren/ the Sofia stand located in the south end of the stadium. The origins of the name comes from the hospital (Sofiahemmet) behind Stockholms stadion and the section where the ultras used to stand when they played there.

Notable Djurgården supportersEdit


Djurgården's archrival is AIK. AIK was founded on February 15, 1891, and Djurgården just four weeks later on March 12, both in Stockholm City Centre. Because of this, games between the teams are called Tvillingderbyt (Derby of the twins) by the media, a name that has not caught on among supporters since they don't view themselves as such. They are also historically the biggest and most successful clubs from Stockholm, with 21 titles won by AIK and 17 by Djurgården. Games between the two teams draw large crowds of rival supporters and can often be highly charged occasions.

Hammarby is the other main rival mostly because of their geographical proximity in central Stockholm, with Djurgården's stronghold in the Östermalm district and Hammarby's in Södermalm. Since 2013, the two teams have shared the same home ground, the Tele2 Arena.

Malmö FF and IFK Göteborg has to be viewed the biggest rivals outside of the Stockholm area. The fixtures against these draw almost as much crowd as the derbys, especially the last couple of years.[when?] Another rivalry that has come to grow bigger and more intense is with Helsingborg IF, and that after an incident where a Djurgården supporter was beaten to death before the premier of the 2014 season in Helsingborg.

Affiliated schoolsEdit

These are the schools where lot of the club's junior and academy players go.

Djurgården have gym/PE teachers working in around 31 different schools around Stockholm as a part of a big project they have together with Djurgårdens hockey section. The goal is to get the city's children to be physically active since children today have a tendency to be less active.The classes Djurgårdens teachers have are in addition to the original classes.


The home shirt is vertically striped in sky and dark blue. This is the reason Djurgården are called Blåränderna (the Blued stripes). The shorts are usually dark blue but have some years been white.

Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit

The club's kit manufacturer, Adidas, presents a new kit every other (even) year. Apart from Adidas, Djurgården has the logos of the following companies visible on their shirt and shorts: Prioritet Finans, a financial-services company; Stadium, a sporting-goods retail chain; Fxoro a financial and trading company; German automakers Volkswagen; Nordic wellness a gym brand and league sponsors Unibet

Amadou Jawo wearing the 2014 Allsvenskan home shirt.
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1976–1979   Adidas None
1980 MasterCharge
1981 Köpkort
1982 None
1983 Atari
1984–1987 Året Runt
1988[19]  Nike QC Business Card
1989 Mita Copiers
1990-1992   Adidas
1993 ICA Kundkort
1994–1996 Graphium
1997 "Nej till våld och droger!"
1998 HP
1999 Bewator
2000–2004 Kaffeknappen (ICA in European tournaments 2002-2004)
2005–2012 ICA
2013 Djurgårdsandan
2014– Prioritet Finans

Crest, colours and nameEdit

The first crest of the club was a four-pointed silver star in saltire, which had a shield on it with the letters DIF. This star pre-dates the similar star which Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna adopted and is using to this day. The present crest, in the form of a shield in yellow, red and blue with the text D.I.F. was adopted in 1896. According to an often-quoted poem by Johan af Klercker from 1908, blue and yellow stand for Sweden and red stands for love. Blue and yellow are also the colours of Stockholm and yellow, red and blue are the colors of the crest of Stockholm County.[20]

The club is named after the city park and borough Djurgården, which originally was a royal hunting park. A direct translation of Djurgården would be “animal garden” or "animal yard". The word djur is cognate with the English word “deer”, so "deer garden" may have been the name's original meaning.

Djurgården has a couple of nicknames, such as Järnkaminerna (the iron stoves), Blåränderna (the blue stripes) and Stockholms stolthet (The pride of Stockholm). The first two are used by both media and the club and its supporters, Stockholms stolthet are just used within the circles of Djurgården.


Tranebergs IP (1911–1936)
Stockholms Stadion (1936–2013)
Tele2 Arena (2013–)

Djurgården's primary stadium since 2013 is Tele2 Arena. The club's first match at Tele2 was a 1–2 defeat to IFK Norrköping on 31 July 2013, which drew 27,798 people. The current record attendance at Tele2 Arena is 28,258 versus Örebro SK on the last home game of the 2019 season.

Between 1936 and 2013, Djurgården's home ground was Stockholm Olympic Stadium, where the national league and cup games were played. Their secondary venue was Råsunda Stadium, where Stockholm derbies against AIK and Hammarby IF were played. The old Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, didn't fulfill UEFA's stadium requirements and therefore international cup games were also played at Råsunda. The club's record attendance at the Olympic Stadium is at least 21,995 against AIK on 16 August 1946.[21][B] Djurgården's record attendance at Råsunda is 50,750 against IFK Göteborg on 11 October 1959.[23]

The club's first stadium was Stockholms idrottspark where the club played from 1899 until 1906, when it moved to the newly built Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[24] However, in August 1910 Djurgården signed a 25-year contract with the Stockholm City Council to build a stadium in Traneberg, a district west of the inner city.[25] Tranebergs Idrottsplats was finished in October 1911 and inaugurated by Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf.[25] The contract expired in 1935, and with the City Council intending to establish residential housing on the site, Djurgården moved to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1936, where the club had played previously on several occasions after the construction of the stadium in 1912.[26]

As attendances increased in the latter half of the 1940s, the club decided to play some games at the newer and larger Råsunda Stadium.[27][28] And as Djurgården climbed in the league table at the beginning of the 1950s, all games were played at Råsunda.[28] But by the end of the 1960s, Djurgården returned to the Olympic stadium, and soon all games were played there, with the exception of derbies.[28]

The club's achievements in the early 2000s drew larger attendances which led Djurgården to plan for a new stadium with modern facilities and individual seats. Along with political promises in 2006, Djurgården aimed for a rehaul of Stockholm Olympic Stadium and later an entirely new stadium at Östermalm Athletic Grounds.[29][30][31] These plans were abandoned in December 2011 as the building costs exceeded the club's financial capabilities.[32] New stadium requirements from the Swedish Football Association also did not allow Djurgården to play at the Olympic Stadium after 2013.[33] Thus, the club board made the decision to move to Tele2 Arena for the 2013 season.[34]

Youth academyEdit

The youth academy is located at Hjorthagens IP. In December 2012, an indoor arena named "Johan Björkmans hall" with one regulation-size turf and two smaller turfs was built at Hjorthagens IP which enables football training all year around.[35] In 2007 Djurgården invested 65 million SEK (roughly 7 million Euro) in their youth academy, which former director of sports, Göran Aral, described as a unique investment by a Swedish club.[36] In 2015 the training ground for the first team was renovated which enabled the PA19 and PA17 teams to be training at Kaknäs IP and therefore come closer to the first team. The academy has produced players like Simon Tibbling, Emil Bergström and Christian Rubio Sivodedov. They recently changed the name of the academy teams from U to PA/FA, meaning boys academy and girls academy.


First-team squadEdit

As of 6 December 2022[37]

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   SWE Piotr Johansson
3 DF   SWE Hjalmar Ekdal (vice-captain)
4 DF   SWE Jesper Löfgren
5 DF   SWE Elliot Käck
6 MF   FIN Rasmus Schüller
7 MF   SWE Magnus Eriksson (captain)
8 MF   SWE Elias Andersson
9 MF   BIH Haris Radetinac
10 FW   SWE Joel Asoro
11 MF   ALB Albion Ademi
12 MF   ZAM Emmanuel Banda
13 MF   SWE Hampus Finndell
14 MF   SWE Besard Šabović
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW   SWE Victor Edvardsen
19 DF   SWE Pierre Bengtsson
23 MF   NOR Gustav Wikheim
25 MF   GUI Amadou Doumbouya
31 FW   SWE Alexandros Garcia Tsotidis
32 MF   SWE Isak Alemayehu Mulugeta
33 DF   SWE Marcus Danielson
35 GK   SWE Jacob Widell Zetterström
40 GK   SWE André Picornell
DF   ESP Carlos Moros Gracia
FW   NOR Oliver Berg
FW   SWE Jacob Bergström

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
21 DF   SWE Axel Wallenborg (to IF Brommapojkarna until 31 December 2022)
24 DF   KEN Frank Odhiambo (to IFK Haninge until 31 December 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
30 GK   SWE Tommi Vaiho (to IK Sirius until 31 December 2022)
DF   SWE Jacob Une Larsson (to Panetolikos until 30 June 2023)

Djurgården in AfricaEdit

In recent years Djurgården have been known for signing young talents from around Africa relatively cheap and sell them to bigger clubs for millions. The club's director of sports Bo Andersson are a big reason for that and he's known as “MR Bo” in big parts of the continent.

Some of the players that have played for Djurgården are Leicester's Daniel Amartey, Al-Duhail SC's Michael Olunga, Amiens' Aliou Badji, Midtjylland's Edward Chilufya, Sampdoria's Omar Colley and Lyon's Tino Kadewere

Notable playersEdit

List criteria:

  • player has been named Allsvenskan Top Goalscorer of the year,[38] or
  • player has won Guldbollen,[39] or
  • player is one of the 12 players named as "DIF-heroes" on the official club website.[40] or
  • player has gained 100 caps or more for his country.
Name Nationality Djurgården
Hasse Jeppson Sweden 1948–51 51 58 Allsvenskan top scorer: 1951
Sigge Parling Sweden 1949–60 200 12 2 Swedish Championships
Gösta Sandberg Sweden 1951–66 328 79 4 Swedish Championships
Guldbollen: 1956
John Eriksson Sweden 1951–60 123 72 2 Swedish Championships
Arne Arvidsson Sweden 1952–65 269 0 3 Swedish Championships
Hans Mild Sweden 1957–65 160 6 2 Swedish Championships
Guldbollen: 1964
Olle Hellström Sweden 1957–64
129 4 2 Swedish Championships
Leif Skiöld Sweden 1960–65 75 60 1 Swedish Championships
Allsvenskan top scorer: 1962
Ronney Pettersson Sweden 1960–70 123 0 1 Swedish Championships
Sven Lindman Sweden 1965–68
326 49 1 Swedish Championships
Tommy Berggren Sweden 1968–84 299 55 Allsvenskan top scorer: 1978
Vito Knežević Sweden 1977–88 242 18
Leif Nilsson Sweden 1984–92 215 5 1 Svenska Cupen
Stefan Rehn Sweden 1984–89
210 52 1 Swedish Championships
1 Svenska Cupen
Andreas Isaksson Sweden 2001–04
163 0 2 Swedish Championships
2 Svenska Cupen
133 games for Sweden national team
Kim Källström Sweden 2002–03
96 34 2 Swedish Championships
1 Svenska Cupen
131 games for Sweden national team
Magnus Eriksson Sweden 2016–17
100 25 Allsvenskan top scorer: 2017
Mohamed Buya Turay Sierra Leone 2019 29 15 1 Swedish Championships
Allsvenskan top scorer: 2019

Management and boardroomEdit


A list of the staff working with and around the first team squad. As of 30/08 2022[37]

Bo Andersson, the Director of Sport.
Name Role
  Henrik Berggren CEO
  Bo Andersson Director of Sport
  Peter Kisfaludy Sports coordinator for academy and first team
  Kim Bergstrand Head Coach
  Thomas Lagerlöf Head Coach
  Hugo Berggren Ass Coach/U21 Head Coach/Scouting
  Nikos Gkoulios Goalkeeping Coach
  Johan Palm PA19/U21 Coach
  Viktor Helander Fitness Coach
  Jens Ericsson Fitness Coach
  Simone Cullurá Fitness Coach U21/PA19
  Kalle Barrling Naprapath
  David Ed Söderström Naprapath
  Håkan Nyberg Orthopedist
  Bengt Sparrelind Cardio
  Johan Bergling Doctor
  Yvonne Strömberg Mentor
  Daniel Granqvist Player Manager
  Patrik “Putte”Eklöf Kit Manager
  Kjell Frisk Head of facilities (training ground)
  Joel Riddez Head of Academy (Boys)
  Christian Gentile Operations manager (Academy)
  Maria Wong Chef
  Wille Bäckström Media:DIFTV
  Axel Bengtsson Media:Foto/DIFTV
  Olle Arnell Press


As of 27/01 2022[41] Djurgården are to 100% owned by the members of the club, meaning they have the power to choose the boardroom and vote in important questions, they run the club with democracy.

Name Role
  The members Owner
  Lars-Erik Sjöberg Chairman
  Mattias Jonson Boardmember
  Petra Wester Boardmember
  Ruby Rinman Boardmember
  Poya Motai Boardmember
  Alexander af Jochnick Boardmember
  Claes-Göran Sylvén Boardmember
  Linda Wijikström Boardmember
  Per "Pelle" Kotschack Honorary Boardmember
  Per Molin/Deloitte AB Auditor
  Andreas Frountzos Auditor with main responsibility
  Henrik Nilsson Auditor alternate

Managerial historyEdit

It is not known for sure who was the team's manager until 1922, though it is believed that Birger Möller was in charge during a part of the club's first decades.[42]





Most appearancesEdit

Competitive matches only, includes appearances as substitute. Numbers in brackets indicate goals scored.

# Name Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1   Gösta Sandberg 1951–1966 322 (77) 00 0(0) 06 (1) 00 (1) 328 (79)
2   Sven Lindman 1965–1968
312 (49) 02 0(0) 12 (0) 00 (0) 326 (49)
3   Tommy Berggren 1968–1984 289 (54) 00 0(0) 08 (0) 02 (1) 299 (55)
4   Björn Alkeby 1971–1982
265 0(0) 00 0(0) 09 (0) 02 (0) 276 0(0)
5   Arne Arvidson 1952–1965 263 0(0) 00 0(0) 06 (0) 00 (0) 269 0(0)
6   Haris Radetinac 2013–Present 200 (19) 29 (8) 17 (1) 0 (0) 246 (28)
7   Daniel Sjölund 2003–2012 205 (27) 20 (11) 10 (0) 10 (1) 245 (39)
8   Vito Knežević 1977–1988 236 (17) 00 0(0) 00 (0) 06 (1) 242 (18)
9   Pa Dembo Touray 2000–2011 195 0(1) 16 0(0) 14 (0) 12 (0) 237 0(1)
10   Andreas Johansson 2000–2005
172 (50) 30 (16) 14 (4) 03 (0) 219 (70)


  1. ^ In the media, "Djurgårdens IF" is normally abbreviated "Dif", in accordance with Swedish writing standards that state that acronyms that are pronounced as a word, as opposed to letter by letter, should be spelled with the first letter in upper case and the remaining in lower case, thus "Dif". However, some fans of the club, as well as the club itself, prefer to use only uppercase, "DIF", even though they also pronounce it as a word: [diːf].
  2. ^ Djurgården's record at Stockholm Olympic Stadium is disputed. Gänger, 2006, suggest the attendance was 21,995 while Rehnberg, 1991, suggest it was 22,108.[22]
  3. ^ Ball was fired before Allsvenskan started.
  4. ^ 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.[44]


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