Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Göteborg (officially IFK Göteborg Fotboll), commonly known as IFK Göteborg, IFK (especially locally) or simply Göteborg, is a Swedish professional football club based in Gothenburg. Founded in 1904, it is the only club in the Nordic countries that has won one of the main UEFA competitions, having won the UEFA Cup in both 1982 and 1987. IFK is affiliated with Göteborgs Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Gamla Ullevi. The club colours are blue and white, colours shared both with the sports society which the club originated from, Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, and with the coat of arms of the city of Gothenburg. The team colours have influenced the historical nickname Blåvitt. The blue and white are in stripes, with blue shorts and socks.

IFK Göteborg
Full nameIdrottsföreningen Kamraterna Göteborg (officially IFK Göteborg Fotboll[1])
  • Blåvitt (Blue-white)
  • Änglarna (The Angels)
  • Kamraterna (The Comrades)
Short nameIFK
Founded4 October 1904; 119 years ago (1904-10-04)
GroundGamla Ullevi, Gothenburg
ChairmanRichard Berkling
Head coachJens Berthel Askou
2023Allsvenskan, 13th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Besides the two UEFA Cup titles, IFK have won 18 Swedish championship titles, second most in Swedish football after Malmö FF, and have the second most national cup titles with eight. The team has qualified for four group stages of the UEFA Champions League, and reached the semi-finals of the 1985–86 European Cup. IFK Göteborg is the only club team in any sport to have won the Jerring Award, an award for best Swedish sports performance of the year voted by the Swedish people, for the 1982 UEFA Cup victory.

IFK Göteborg play in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan, where they have played for the majority of their history. They have played in the Swedish first tier continuously since 1977, which is the longest ongoing top-flight tenure in Sweden. The club won its first Swedish championship in 1908, four years after the founding, and has won at least one championship title in every decade since, except the 1920s, 1970s and 2010s. IFK Göteborg's most successful period was from 1982 to 1996, when the team prospered in European football and won 10 out of 15 Swedish championships.

History edit

The IFK Göteborg squad in the year 1905.

IFK Göteborg was founded on 4 October 1904, at Café Olivedal in the Annedal district of Linnéstaden in downtown Gothenburg.[2] It was the third, but the only remaining, IFK association founded in Gothenburg, becoming the 39th overall.[3] A committee for football was created at the historic first meeting; the association's first football match ended in a 4–1 victory against another club from the area, IK Viking.[4] The foundation of IFK Göteborg was important for the development of football in the city, as until that point, Örgryte IS, the largest of Gothenburg clubs, were dominant, with IFK Göteborg offering some needed competition.[5]

In 1907, IFK Göteborg became the first Swedish team in four years to beat Örgryte IS.[6] They then went on to win their first Swedish Championship in 1908 by winning the cup tournament Svenska Mästerskapet, and three players from the club were selected to play for Sweden in the national team's first match.[6] That year IFK played teams from outside Sweden for the first time, meeting the Danish clubs Østerbro BK and Boldklubben af 1893.[6]

In 1910, the team played in blue and white striped jerseys for the first time.[7] Two years later the team drew 1–1 in a game against the 1912 Swedish Olympic team, and the newspapers in Stockholm nominated IFK Göteborg as "the best Swedish football club ever".[8] IFK Göteborg won Svenska Serien, the highest Swedish league at the time, but not the Swedish Championship deciding competition, for the fifth time in a row in 1917. The early IFK Göteborg team had no trainer; the club gained its first such official in 1921, when Hungarian manager Sándor Bródy was hired.[9] Bródy was appointed manager for IFK two years later. The first Swedish official national league, Allsvenskan, started in late 1924, the year the legendary Filip Johansson made his debut for IFK Göteborg.[10] The club finished second, but Johansson scored 39 goals in 22 games and was the league's top goalscorer.[11]

A chart showing the progress of IFK Göteborg through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of grey represent league divisions.

IFK won their first Allsvenskan title in 1934–35, the ten previous seasons of the league saw the club finish in the top four.[12] Swedish football was dominated by teams from Gothenburg during these years,[13] but IFK Göteborg were surprisingly relegated in 1937–38,[14] although the team was promoted back to Allsvenskan the next season. Back in the highest division, IFK finished second, with the league continuing despite the outbreak of World War II. IFK won another title in 1941–42 with a strong team,[14] but the rest of the decade saw mixed results. The 1940s team included the talented Gunnar Gren, who became the top scorer in 1946–47. He was also awarded Guldbollen as the best player in Sweden, and won an Olympic gold medal with the Swedish team at the 1948 Olympics.[15] When Gren left in 1949, IFK were relegated from Allsvenskan the following season. As happened the last time IFK played in a lower league, they were promoted directly back to Allsvenskan after one season in Division 2. IFK went on to compete in a European Cup, the European Champion Clubs' Cup, for the first time in 1958, but were eliminated in the second round by SC Wismut. In 1959, the all-time Allsvenskan record attendance of 52,194 was set when IFK played Örgryte IS at Nya Ullevi.[16]

After an unglamorous decade, IFK were led by manager and retired footballer Bertil Johansson to a surprising championship title in 1969.[14] The following season was one of the darkest in their history.[14][17] IFK were relegated, and unlike previous relegations they did not make an immediate return. After three seasons in the second league IFK had lost all signs of being a team from Allsvenskan,[18] and had still not managed to gain promotion. But after hard work from board member Anders Bernmar and others to get the club on the right track, IFK were promoted to Allsvenskan in 1976.[18] In 1979, IFK hired Sven-Göran Eriksson as manager.[19] He introduced the 4–4–2 system with "pressure and support", called the Swenglish model,[20] which would give IFK great success later on, and his first season at the club ended with a second place in Allsvenskan and the club's first gold medal in Svenska Cupen.

IFK Göteborg and their fans celebrate a goal against Örebro SK in 2004.

After reinforcing the team with several expensive players,[21] including Thomas Wernerson and Stig Fredriksson, IFK had finished second in the league and reached the quarter-finals in the UEFA Cup as 1981 came to an end. 1982 then became a turbulent season as the whole board was replaced and the club almost went bankrupt, even needing to borrow money from the official supporter's association to travel to Valencia to play the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup.[22] After the troubled start IFK won every competition they entered, including Allsvenskan, the Allsvenskan play-off, Svenska Cupen, and the UEFA Cup, defeating Hamburger SV 4–0 on aggregate in the finals.[23] During the following 15 years the club was the leading club in Swedish football,[24] winning the Swedish championship ten times, the domestic cup three times and the UEFA Cup twice.

IFK managed to field a strong team for a couple of years and won gold in the league in both 1983 and 1984, and the cup in 1983. In 1986, the team reached the semi-finals of the European Cup but were defeated on penalties against FC Barcelona.[25] A new team of talents won both the UEFA Cup and Allsvenskan once again in 1987,[26] after beating Dundee United in the UEFA Cup final. The youth manager Roger Gustafsson took over the team from Gunder Bengtsson in 1990, and his time with IFK was to become very successful, winning Allsvenskan five times between 1990 and 1995.[27]

As IFK won the 1993 Allsvenskan, they qualified for European competition. IFK advanced to the group stage of the Champions League, where they faced FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Galatasaray. Elimination at the group stage was widely anticipated,[28][29] but IFK Göteborg confounded expectations by winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage. However, IFK Göteborg was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Bayern Munich on away goals.

The last years before the new millennium were disappointing for IFK, providing a stark contrast to the earlier success.[30] The team only managed a silver in 1997 and an eighth place in 1998, after buying several expensive players who failed to produce.[30][31] In both 1998 and 1999 IFK changed managers mid-season, something which had previously never happened in the club's history.[30] The last year of the decade ended with a sixth-place finish. The new millennium offered varied results, with the club playing a relegation play-off in 2002, but challenging for the championship in 2001, 2004, and 2005. In 2007, the first title in eleven years was secured in the last round of Allsvenskan. The club then won the national cup Svenska Cupen the next season. IFK Göteborg are still considered to be one of the "Big Three" in Swedish football, along with Malmö FF and AIK, despite only having won the Allsvenskan title once during the last 20 years.[25][32][33][2]

Colours, crest and sponsorship edit

Colours and kit edit

The traditional colours of all IFK associations are blue and white, and IFK Göteborg is no exception. Soon after the club's foundation in 1904, it was decided that the kit should consist of a blue and white striped shirt with blue shorts. But the design was too costly and instead a cheaper alternative was used. Thus the club's first kit used a blue shirt with a single horizontal white stripe and a four-pointed star, one of the IFK association symbols, in white on the chest.[4][34] During the next few years, white or blue shirts without stripes were used. In 1910, a kit comprising a blue and white vertically striped shirt and blue shorts was used for the first time[7] inspired by the kit of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub.[35] This kit has remained as the home colours ever since. The small amount of sponsor logos, together with the longtime use of blue and white stripes, has made the kit a classic in Swedish football.[36] The most common away kit has been red and white in different styles, though other colour combinations, for example orange and white, have been used, mainly in the 1990s and 2000s. The away kit introduced in 2005 once again used red and white. An almost completely white third kit with blue details was introduced in mid-2007 after requests from supporters.[37] In the 2010s, the away-kit colours have seen much variation, including a pink shirt with black shorts, a black kit with light-grey details, the more traditional red kit with white trimmings, and a purple kit with white details introduced in 2016.

Crest edit

Crest first used in 1919

The crest of IFK Göteborg has its origins in the coat of arms of the city of Gothenburg which in turn is based on several other heraldic arms. The lion on a field of silver and blue is the heraldic arms of the House of Folkung, and the lion holds the Three Crowns of Sweden, both symbols being used in the coat of arms of Sweden. This arms was granted to Gothenburg by Gustavus Adolphus.[38] The coat of arms of the city sees the lion facing the sinister (heraldic left, which is viewer's right) side which often is interpreted as a fleeing lion, the normal being a lion facing the dexter (heraldic right) side, and IFK chose to use the latter on the club crest. Finally the three letters IFK were added on top. This crest has been used since it first appeared on the kit in 1919.[39] These main elements have not been modified since then, but during the years several different designs of the crest have been used, occasionally having the lion facing the sinister side. In the early 1980s, the club standardised the design and only minor changes, such as element colours and different hues, have been made since then, with the exception of the years 1997–1999 when IFK, with Reebok as kit sponsors, used a crest with some more distinct changes to the standard elements.[40] Details of the crest were slightly updated in 2020 to increase visibility and clarity, and the blue colour was modified. The new blue colour is the result of analysing different blue hues used in home kits from the last 40 years, and selecting the mean colour value.[41] Before 1919 various other symbols were used, with the four-pointed star of the IFK associations featuring on the shirts until 1910.[40]

Sponsorship edit

Kappa is the club's kit manufacturer since 2016,[42] replacing Adidas, who had supplied the kit for a majority of the seasons since the 1970s.[43]

Apart from the Kappa brand, IFK Göteborg has the logos of the following companies visible on their shirt and shorts:[44] Serneke, a construction company; Elkontakt, an electrical contractor; Morris Law, a law firm; Atea, an IT-infrastructure company; Länsförsäkringar, an insurance company and bank; Rasta, a chain of road restaurants and motels; German automakers Volkswagen; and league sponsors Svenska Spel, a government-owned gambling company.

Serneke replaced Prioritet Finans as the main shirt sponsor before the 2019 season, becoming the third main sponsor in the club's history.[45] The grocery-store chain ICA had sponsored IFK Göteborg since 1974, and their logo was displayed on the chest of the shirt 1980[46]–2010,[47] leading some to consider it an integral part of the shirt.[48][49] The ICA logo was reproduced in its original red colour for the first few years, but was then changed to a blue-and-white version to better blend with the kit colours.[48]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1977–78 Adidas None
1979 Admiral
1980 ICA
1981–92 Adidas
1993–96 ASICS
1997–99 Reebok
2000–10 Adidas
2011–14 Prioritet Finans [sv]
2015 None[A]
2015 Prioritet Finans
2016–18 Kappa
2019 Serneke
2020– Craft

Facilities and stadiums edit

Facilities edit

The memorial stone at Karlsrofältet.

IFK Göteborg played its first match, a training match between the first and second team of the club, at Karlsrofältet. A memorial stone with the caption "Here at Karlsrofältet, IFK Göteborg played their first ever football match in the year 1904" (Swedish: "Här på Karlsrofältet spelade IFK Göteborg sin första fotbollsmatch år 1904") has been raised by the field to commemorate the event.[50] Karlsrofältet was mainly used as a training pitch in the early years of the club, until IFK stopped using the field completely in 1910.[51]

Overview of Kamratgården.

Between 1946 and 1964, IFK's clubhouse was Lilla Sjödala, located in Pixbo, Mölnlycke, just outside Gothenburg. The house was mostly used by the club's orienteering and athletics departments.[52] On 1 October 1961, a new 220 square metres (2,400 sq ft) complex, Kamratgården, was officially opened near Delsjön.[53] A number of additions were made over the years, and by 2004 the floor area of Kamratgården had grown to 1,200 square metres (13,000 sq ft), a nearby indoor hall and two full-size grass pitches.[53] The buildings were demolished in February 2011, and a new modern facility was opened on 18 March 2012, housing an administrative and sports area on two floors and 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft).[54]

The football academy of IFK Göteborg as well as Änglagårdsskolan, an elementary school affiliated with IFK, are housed at Prioritet Serneke Arena, a multi-sport complex in the district of Kviberg.[55] The indoor full-size football pitch at Prioritet Serneke Arena is also, on occasion, used for first-team friendly matches.

Stadiums edit

IFK Göteborg's first match (11 April 2009) at the new stadium Gamla Ullevi, a match which IFK won 6–0 against Djurgårdens IF.

Historically, IFK Göteborg's main home stadium has been Gamla Ullevi, where the majority of the competitive games have been played. The club has played there in two separate periods, most recently after leaving Ullevi (Nya Ullevi) in 1992, although matches attracting large crowds, such as derbies against the rivals Örgryte IS and GAIS, or international games, were still played at the larger Ullevi stadium. Gamla Ullevi's capacity was 18,000 when used in the 1990s and 2000s, while Nya Ullevi has a capacity of 43,200.[56][57]

Gamla Ullevi was demolished on 9 January 2007 to make place for a new stadium with the same name, Gamla Ullevi, with a capacity of 18,800. The new stadium was completed in late 2008, but not opened until the start of the 2009 season. During construction, IFK Göteborg played the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Nya Ullevi.[58] On 11 April 2009 IFK Göteborg played their first game on the new Gamla Ullevi stadium and won against Djurgården with 6–0 in front of 18,276 spectators.[59]

Walhalla IP during the 1908 Svenska Mästerskapet Final between IFK Göteborg and IFK Uppsala.

IFK Göteborg have used three other stadia as official home grounds. The first ground was Idrottsplatsen, in use from 1905 to 1915. It was built in 1896 for the cycling club Göteborgs Velocipedklubb, and was originally used for track cycling. During the 1909 season IFK Göteborg also used Örgryte's then home ground, Balders Hage, due to a conflict with the owners of Idrottsplatsen.[60] The third official stadium was Walhalla Idrottsplats, used for a number of home matches at the same time as Idrottsplatsen. A fourth ground, Slottsskogsvallen, has never been the official home ground, but has nonetheless been used a number of times for IFK Göteborg home matches.[61]

Idrottsplatsen fell into decline due to poor leadership and a troubled economy in the 1910s,[51] and a decision was made to completely renovate the arena with the help of outside sponsorship and funding. The construction of the new football ground was started in 1915 and used the site of Idrottsplatsen as foundation. The new stadium, originally named Ullervi,[62] but later changed to Ullevi and finally Gamla Ullevi, was opened in 1916. It was the home ground of IFK Göteborg until 1958, when Nya Ullevi, built for the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden, was opened. Due to a number of seasons with low attendance in Swedish football in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a move back to Gamla Ullevi was made in 1992.[63]

Supporters and club relationships edit

Supporters edit

Before the foundation of IFK Göteborg, the dominant club in the Gothenburg area was Örgryte IS, which was considered a middle and upper class club. IFK became popular amongst the working class, creating a fierce rivalry based upon both local pride and social class. In the early 20th century, supporters were supposed to act as gentlemen, applauding and supporting both their own team, and the opponents. However, this proved a hard task for supporters of the Gothenburg teams. Local patriotism and class differences sometimes resulted in fights and pitch invasions, making the Swedish press view IFK and Örgryte fans as the scum of Swedish football.[64]

After World War I, the rivalry calmed, and Gothenburg supporters became known as friendly and sportsmanlike fans. However, this only applied to the behaviour on home ground, as IFK supporters continued to behave badly when travelling to away matches by train (called Göteborgstågen, the Gothenburg trains), a phenomenon that grew quickly in the 1920s. This behaviour peaked in 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II, when approximately 1,900 IFK fans travelled to Borås to see IFK play Elfsborg. After a 2–3 loss, the fans fought with the Borås police, before returning home to Gothenburg and disturbing a wartime blackout exercise.[64]

IFK Göteborg supporters at the home derby against Örgryte IS in 2005.

As in most other parts of the world, the decades following the World War II were relatively free from football violence and the supporter culture did not change much. Swedish football culture started to change in the late 1960s, becoming heavily inspired and influenced by the English supporter culture. This flourished in the 1970s and 1980s, giving birth to some of the most well-known Swedish supporters clubs, AIK's Black Army, Djurgårdens IF's Blue Saints (later Järnkaminerna), and IFK Göteborg's supporters club, Änglarna (the Angels). The first attempt to found an IFK supporters club was made in 1969, but interest diminished when IFK Göteborg were relegated from the highest league the following year. The supporters club was not re-founded until 1973, which is considered the year of foundation of Änglarna.[65]

As the club gained success in European club tournaments in the 1980s and 1990s, and thousands of IFK fans travelled to Hamburg, Barcelona, Dundee, Milan, Manchester and Munich, the supporters gained influence on the club, for example by lending money to the almost bankrupt IFK Göteborg so the team could go to Valencia to play the quarter-final in the UEFA Cup in 1982, or by being the main force behind the move back to Gamla Ullevi in 1992.[22][66] The early 1990s saw a downward trend in attendance numbers, even though the club was successful on the pitch, but the trend turned in the later years of the decade and the first few years of the new millennium brought the club's highest average attendance since the early 1980s.[67]

In the 2000s, supporter culture in Sweden started to shift from being English-influenced to being more influenced by the Southern European countries and their football culture, making tifos and ultras a common sight in Swedish arenas. From acting as an almost uniform group of fans gathered under the same flag, (Änglarna), IFK fans created separate supporter factions, including Ultra Bulldogs, Young Lions and West Coast Angelz. IFK is the most popular football club in Sweden;[25] a 2004 survey concluded that IFK Göteborg had support from 13% of Swedish football fans,[68] and surveys in 2016 and 2017 again confirmed that IFK was the most popular club in Sweden, with a support of 10%.[69] A majority, 55%, of football fans in Gothenburg support IFK, and the club is the fourth most popular in Stockholm (after AIK, Djurgårdens IF and Hammarby IF) and the second most popular in Malmö, after Malmö FF.[68]

Since 2009, the club's entrance music is "Snart skiner Poseidon" ("Soon Poseidon will shine"), referring to one of Gothenburg's landmarks, Poseidon med brunnskar, a bronze statue created by Carl Milles. The song was written by singer/songwriter Joel Alme.

Club relationships edit

IFK Göteborg is part of Göteborgsalliansen, an alliance including two other major teams from Gothenburg: GAIS and Örgryte IS. Besides arranging tournaments, they together hosted big games in which the best players from each club represented the side. In 2015, IFK announced a partnership with Utsiktens BK, an agreement involving IFK's players to be loaned out to the club for first team experience.[70] The supporter group Ultras Göteborg have a supporter friendship with Ultras Nürnberg, fans of the German football club 1. FC Nürnberg.

Players edit

First-team squad edit

As of 2 April 2024[71]

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 Pontus Dahlberg
2 DF   SWE Emil Salomonsson
4 DF   SWE Mattias Johansson
5 MF   SWE Sebastian Ohlsson
6 DF   NOR Anders Trondsen
7 FW   SWE Oscar Pettersson
8 MF   DEN Andreas Pyndt (on loan from Silkeborg IF)
9 FW   DEN Laurs Skjellerup
10 FW   SWE Hussein Carneil
11 FW   SWE Paulos Abraham (on loan from Groningen)
12 GK   ISL Adam Ingi Benediktsson
13 DF   SWE Gustav Svensson (vice-captain)
14 FW   SWE Gustaf Norlin
15 DF   DEN Sebastian Hausner
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW   SWE Linus Carlstrand
17 DF   SWE Oscar Wendt (captain)
19 FW   ALB Arbnor Muçolli
20 FW   NGA Suleiman Abdullahi
21 MF   SWE Adam Carlén
23 MF   ISL Kolbeinn Þórðarson
24 MF   CIV Abundance Salaou
25 GK   SWE Elis Bishesari
26 MF   SWE Benjamin Brantlind
28 MF   SWE Lucas Kåhed
29 DF   DEN Thomas Santos
30 MF   MLI Malick Yalcouyé
34 GK   NOR Anders Kristiansen (on loan from Sarpsborg 08)

Out on loan edit

As of 27 March 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   SWE Felix Eriksson (at Sogndal until 31 December 2024)
27 DF   IRQ Alai Ghasem (at AFC Eskilstuna until 31 December 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   NOR Eman Markovic (at Sandefjord until 31 December 2024)

Youth players with first-team experience edit

As of 14 April 2024[B]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
32 DF   SWE Rasmus Nåfors Dahlin
33 MF   SWE Noah Tolf
35 DF   SWE Ben Magnusson
No. Pos. Nation Player
36 FW   SWE Lion Beqiri
MF   SWE Oliver Thoreson
FW   SWE Vilmer Tyrén

Notable players edit

As of 25 February 2024[72]
Gunnar Gren, playing for IFK Göteborg between 1941 and 1949, has been honoured by a statue outside Gamla Ullevi.
Bertil Johansson scored 162 goals in 268 league games for IFK Göteborg between 1955 and 1968.
Niclas Alexandersson has played 109 matches for the national team and has won two Swedish championships with IFK Göteborg.

The following players fulfill one or more of these four criteria:

  1. Have been voted for the greatest ever IFK Göteborg team in a 2004 poll by readers of the regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (11 players).[73]
  2. Have been chosen for the dream team presented in the club's official 100-year jubilee book published in 2004 (11 players).[74]
  3. Have been portrayed in the 1997 all-star team book "Alla tiders Blåvitt" (11 players and 5 substitutes).[75]
  4. Have gained more than 80 caps for their national team (10 players).[76]
Name Position IFK Göteborg
League record[D] Criteria
Matches Goals 1. 2. 3. 4.
  Erik Börjesson Forward 1907–1910
64 83 x
  Filip Johansson Forward 1924–1932 181 180 x x
  Arne Nyberg Forward 1932–1950 297 131 x
  Gunnar Gren Forward 1941–1949 164 78 x x
  Bengt Berndtsson Forward 1951–1967 348 69 x x x
  Bertil Johansson Forward 1955–1968 268 162 x x x
  Donald Niklasson Defender 1967–1977 189 12 x
  Björn Nordqvist Defender 1975–1978 83 2 x
  Torbjörn Nilsson Forward 1975–1976
212 127 x x x
  Tord Holmgren Midfielder 1977–1987 245 26 x
  Tommy Holmgren Midfielder
1978–1989 242 20 x x
  Ruben Svensson Defender 1978–1986 195 23 x (x)
  Glenn Strömberg Midfielder 1979–1982 97 9 x x
  Glenn Hysén Defender 1979–1983
155 13 x x
  Stig Fredriksson Defender 1981–1987 179 16 x x
  Thomas Wernerson Goalkeeper 1981–1987 181 0 (x)
  Roland Nilsson Defender 1983–1989 124 7 x
  Peter Larsson Defender 1984–1987 101 13 x
  Stefan Pettersson Forward 1984–1988
162 58 (x)
  Erik Thorstvedt Goalkeeper 1988 24 0 x
  Kennet Andersson Forward 1989–1991 63 29 x
  Thomas Ravelli Goalkeeper 1989–1997 211 0 x x x x
  Stefan Rehn Midfielder 1990–1995 138 28 (x)
  Håkan Mild Midfielder 1990–1993
252 26 x
  Jesper Blomqvist Midfielder 1993–1996 73 18 (x)
  Magnus Erlingmark Defender
1993–2004 280 43 x x
  Teddy Lučić Defender 1996–1998 58 2 x
  Niclas Alexandersson Midfielder 1996–1997
176 32 x
  Marcus Berg Forward 2005–2007
118 51 x
  Ragnar Sigurðsson Defender 2007–2011 125 12 x
  Marek Hamšík Midfielder 2021 6 1 x

Supporters' player of the year edit

Tobias Hysén in a pre-season friendly in 2009, later that year was awarded the "Ärkeängeln" honorary prize.

The supporters' club Supporterklubben Änglarna award the honorary prize "Ärkeängeln" ("The Archangel") to a player for their great loyalty and sporting merits each year since 1973, the prize can only be won once.[77] The following recipients have been decided by board vote until 1982 and by member vote since 1983.[78][79]

Management edit

Organisation edit

As of 6 April 2024[80][81]
Name Role
  Richard Berkling Chairman
  Peter Brandt Secretary
  Håkan Mild Club director
  Ola Larsson Technical director
  Marcus Hermansson Financial manager
  Magnus Eriksson Commercial manager
  Jonas Olsson Director of youth academy
  Stig Torbjørnsen Head scout
  David Vuković Sports assistant
  Hannes Stiller Team manager

Technical staff edit

As of 6 April 2024[71]
Name Role
  Jens Berthel Askou Head coach
  Sindre Tjelmeland Assistant coach
  Lee Baxter Goalkeeping coach
  Magnus Edlund Football developer
  Marcus Berg Player developer
  Marwan Salman Analyst
  Kalle Olsson Strength and conditioning coach
  Fredrik Larsson Physiotherapist
  Kaj Leuther Physiotherapist
  Calle Persson Physiotherapist
  Rolf Gustavsson Equipment manager
  Håkan Lindahl Equipment manager

Notable managers edit

The following 15 managers either have won at least one major honour with IFK Göteborg or have managed the team for 100 or more league matches. The managers are listed according to when they were first appointed manager for IFK Göteborg.

Sven-Göran Eriksson managed IFK Göteborg between 1979 and 1982.
Name IFK Göteborg career League matches Swedish Championship Svenska Cupen UEFA Cup
  Henning Svensson 1924–1929
  Eric Hjelm 1930
137 1934–35
  Ernst Andersson 1941–1942 43 1941–42
  József Nagy 1943–1948 110
  Walter Probst 1954–1958 99 1957–58
  Bertil Johansson 1967–1970 88 1969
  Sven-Göran Eriksson 1979–1982 87 1978–79
  Gunder Bengtsson 1982
79 1982
  Björn Westerberg 1983–1984 44 1983
  Roger Gustafsson 1990–1995
165 1990
  Mats Jingblad 1996–1998 60 1996
  Stefan Rehn[E] 2007–2010 100 2007 2008
  Jonas Olsson[E] 2007–2011 146 2007 2008
  Mikael Stahre 2012–2014
142 2012–13
  Jörgen Lennartsson 2015–2017 74 2014–15
  Poya Asbaghi 2018–2020 78 2019–20

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cups edit

European edit

Doubles, trebles and quadruples edit

Doubles edit

Trebles edit

Quadruples edit

Records edit

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ First half of the season.
  2. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  3. ^ Career years only include years with competitive matches.
  4. ^ "League" matches includes Svenska Serien, Fyrkantserien, Allsvenskan, Mästerskapsserien and Division 2 matches as well as qualification and play-off matches.
  5. ^ a b Stefan Rehn and Jonas Olsson shared the head coach responsibility from 2007 until halfway through the 2010 season.
  6. ^ 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.[82]

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References edit

General reference books
  • Alsiö, Martin; Frantz, Alf; Lindahl, Jimmy; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004. Band 2 (in Swedish). Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8.
  • Alsiö, Martin (2014). Derbydags: vänskaper och rivaliteter i Göteborgs fotbollshistoria (in Swedish). Malmö: Arx. ISBN 978-91-87043-49-9.
  • Alsiö, Martin (2011). Persson, Gunnar (ed.). 100 år med allsvensk fotboll (in Swedish). Västerås: Idrottsförlaget i Västerås/Canal+. ISBN 978-91-977326-7-3.
  • Andersson, Torbjörn (2002). Kung fotboll: den svenska fotbollens kulturhistoria från 1800-talets slut till 1950 (in Swedish). Eslöv: Symposion. ISBN 91-7139-565-2.
  • Andersson, Torbjörn (2011). "Spela fotboll bondjävlar!": en studie i svensk klubbkultur och lokal identitet från 1950 till 2000-talets början. Del 1 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Symposion. ISBN 978-91-7139-868-0.
  • Cederquist, Jonas (2010). Stockholms fotbollshistoria 1880–2010 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Stockholmia. ISBN 978-91-7031-222-9.
  • Ekman, Tomas; Jansson, Gerhard (2008). Kamp om bollen: brukslagen, arbetarlagen och kamratklubbarna (in Swedish). Stockholm: Bilda. ISBN 978-91-574-7987-7.
  • Glanell, Tomas; Brodd, Tore G.; Hernadi, Robert; Strömberg, Robert, eds. (1984). 80 år med svensk fotboll: jubileumsboken (in Swedish). Stockholm: Strömbergs. ISBN 91-86184-23-7.
  • Glanell, Tomas; Havik, Göran; Lindberg, Thomas; Persson, Gunnar; Ågren, Bengt, eds. (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004. Band 1 (in Swedish). Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8.
  • Jägerskiöld Nilsson, Leonard (2016). Fotbollens heraldik: klubbmärkenas historia (in Swedish). Stockholm: Pintxo. ISBN 978-91-8839-516-0.
  • Lindahl, Jimmy (2005). Europacupen 50 år: en statistisk överblick av de svenska klubbarnas insatser genom tiderna (in Swedish). Solna: Svenska FotbollFörlaget. ISBN 91-88474-44-5.
  • Nylin, Lars (2004). Den nödvändiga boken om allsvenskan: svensk fotboll från 1896 till idag, statistik, höjdpunkter lag för lag, klassiska bilder (in Swedish). Sundbyberg: Semic. ISBN 91-552-3168-3.
  • Persson, Gunnar; Glanell, Tomas; Lundgren, Lars; Stark, Janne; Strömberg, Robert, eds. (1988). Allsvenskan genom tiderna (in Swedish). Stockholm: Strömbergs/Brunnhages. ISBN 91-86184-35-0.
  • Persson, Lennart K. (2011). Den hårda kampen: fotboll i Sverige, särskilt Göteborg, före första världskriget (in Swedish). Lindome: Bricoleur. ISBN 978-91-85411-22-1.
IFK Göteborg books
  • Andreasson, Kenth; Palmström, Uno (1976). Kamraterna: en bok om IFK Göteborg (in Swedish). Stockholm: Askild & Kärnekull. ISBN 91-7008-652-4.
  • Andreasson, Kenth; Palmström, Uno (1988). Blåvitt: historien om ett mästarlag (in Swedish). Stockholm: Prisma. ISBN 91-518-2232-6.
  • Bernmar, Anders; Skånberg, Alf; Öberg, Ralf, eds. (1979). Blåvitt 75 år (in Swedish). Göteborg: IFK Göteborg.
  • Elisson, Johan; Kjäll, Andreas; Pettersson, John (2014). Henriksson, Mathias (ed.). Vi som är från Göteborg åker aldrig hem med sorg (in Swedish). Göteborg: Supporterklubben Änglarna. ISBN 978-91-637-5138-7.
  • Göransson, Mattias (2005). Blåvit gryning (in Swedish). Göteborg: Offside Press. ISBN 91-85279-03-X.
  • Jacobsson, Ingvar; Larsson, Göran (1977). Vi älskar dom (in Swedish). Bjästa: CeWe.
  • Josephson, Åke; Jönsson, Ingemar, eds. (2004). IFK Göteborg 1904–2004: en hundraårig blåvit historia genom elva epoker (in Swedish). Göteborg: IFK Göteborg. ISBN 91-631-4659-2.
  • Josephson, Åke; Jönsson, Ingemar, eds. (2014). IFK Göteborg 2004–2014: nu fortsätter vi att berätta historien (in Swedish). Göteborg: IFK Göteborg. ISBN 978-91-637-6596-4.
  • Thylin, Stefan (1996). Änglarna: ett europeiskt fenomen (in Swedish). Stockholm: Fischer & Co. ISBN 91-7054-821-8.
  • Thylin, Stefan (1997). Alla tiders blåvitt (in Swedish). Västerås: Sportförlaget. ISBN 91-88540-67-7.
  • Thylin, Stefan (2009). Guldåren (in Swedish). Västerås: Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-91-85319-58-9.
  • Thylin, Stefan (2011). 100 änglar (in Swedish). Västerås: Sportförlaget. ISBN 978-91-88540-01-0.
Web references

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