GIF Sundsvall

Gymnastik- och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall, more commonly known as GIF Sundsvall (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɡɪfː ˈsɵ̂nː(d)sval]),[1] Giffarna or simply Sundsvall, is a Swedish professional football club based in Sundsvall. The club is affiliated with Medelpads Fotbollförbund and plays its home games at NP3 Arena with a capacity of roughly 8 000 spectators.[2] Formed on 25 August 1903, the club has played 19 seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1965.

GIF Sundsvall
GIF Sundsvall logo.svg
Full nameGymnastik- och
Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall
Nickname(s)Giffarna
Norrlandslaget (Northland team)
Short nameGIF
Founded25 August 1903; 118 years ago (1903-08-25)
GroundNP3 Arena, Sundsvall
Capacity8,000
Head coachHenrik Åhnstrand
LeagueAllsvenskan
2022Superettan, 2nd Increase
WebsiteClub website

GIF Sundsvall is placed twenty-second in the overall Allsvenskan table maratontabellen. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue, yellow and white. Nevertheless white is not articulately present in today's kit it has a strong history within the club.

HistoryEdit

 
A chart showing the progress of GIF Sundsvall through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
 
GIF Sundsvall in their traditional blue and white kits during an Allsvenskan game against Malmö FF.

The club was formed on August 25, 1903 at Matilda Anderssons Café. At that time, GIF Sundsvall stood for "Godtemplarnas Idrotts Förening Sundsvall" which mainly was for Teetotallers up until the alcohol demands was lightened in 1920. The initials then came to stand for, to this day still, "Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall" (Gymnastics and sports club Sundsvall).

The club reached the first tier of the domestic football in 1965. The club has since been a "yo-yo team" mainly playing in the second division but with Allsvenskan stints in 1975, 1987–89, 1991, 2000–06, 2008, 2012 and 2015–19.

GIF Sundsvall earlier had women's football, bandy and ice hockey on the program. The bandy team became district champions for Västernorrland in 1921.[3] The hockey team folded in the late 1960s. In 1985 the women's team was transferred to Sundsvalls DFF. This mainly because the women's team was disappointed with the lack of support from the men's team.

StadiumEdit

 
Exterior of Idrottsparken, earlier known as Norrporten Arena.

GIF Sundsvall's home stadium is NP3 Arena, formerly known as Idrottsparken and Norrporten Arena. It is located in the heart of Sundsvall and was inaugurated on August 6, 1903. It was renovated in 2001–2002 and it can now hold a capacity of 8,000, with 5,000 under roof.[4]

Between 2006 – 2016 the name was changed to Norrporten Arena and during 2017 the club expect to present a new sponsor and name of the stadium. The stadium's grass is artificial turf since 2004.

The record attendance was 16,507 against Högadals IS on October 15, 1961.

A panorama of NP3 Arena in Sundsvall.

SupportersEdit

The official supporter's club of GIF Sundsvall is called Patronerna. Formed in 1999, mostly as a joke by some friends supporting[further explanation needed] their friend, the club has in a short period of time amassed a strong reputation[citation needed]. The name is mainly a historical reference to the sawmill owners who were very powerful in Sundsvall during the post-industrial-revolution era. In 2005, FP-tifo, the group who designs the club's terrace choreography, won the Swedish tifo awards arranged by Canal+.

AchievementsEdit

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 22 April 2022[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SWE Andreas Andersson
2 DF   SWE Anton Eriksson
3 DF   USA Forrest Lasso
4 DF   SWE Alexander Blomqvist
5 DF   SWE Dennis Olsson
6 MF   SWE Daniel Stensson
7 MF   SWE Erik Andersson
8 MF   SWE Pontus Silfwer
9 FW   SWE Linus Hallenius
11 FW   FIN Saku Ylätupa
12 FW   HAI Ronaldo Damus
14 MF   SWE Paya Pichkah
15 DF   SWE Robert Lundström
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   SWE Marcus Burman
17 FW   SWE Alexander Larsson
18 MF   SWE Jesper Carström
19 DF   SWE Teodor Stenshagen
20 DF   SWE Niklas Dahlström
21 FW   SWE Pontus Engblom
22 MF   SWE Rasmus Lindkvist
23 MF   SWE Ludvig Nåvik
25 FW   SWE Johan Bengtsson
30 MF   USA Joe Corona (on loan from Houston Dynamo)
35 GK   SWE Oscar Jonsson

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
GK   SWE Gustav Molin (at Oskarshamns AIK)

Retired numbersEdit

10 – Leif Forsberg, forward (1980–1988, 1990–2001)

ManagersEdit

FootnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 23.
  2. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Medelpads Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  3. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), p. 469 (in Swedish)
  4. ^ "NP3 Arena" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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