IFK Göteborg Academy

The IFK Göteborg Academy is a youth development program associated with the Swedish football club IFK Göteborg. This academy is often called The Football Academy (Swedish: Fotbollsakademin). Another informal name for the academy is Änglagården (English: The House of Angels), after the name of the primary training facility used by the academy.

HistoryEdit

In 1996 noted-sportsman Roger Gustafsson resigned as manager of the IFK Göteborg team. He had won an extraordinary five championships in his six-year tenure. Gustafsson received several employment offers from major European clubs. However, he indicated that he was not interested in leaving IFK, which he had worked for since 1983 (in a variety of positions). He encouraged IFK to change strategy after the Bosman ruling—which allowed the players to leave their team for free at contract expiration—by putting much more emphasis on producing talented players on their own rather than buying talent from other clubs.[1]

He constructed an educational programme called "Secrets to Soccer" (S2S, Swedish: "Fotbollens hemligheter") which was first used in 1998 by the youngest of the IFK Göteborg's youth teams (six- to eight-year-olds).[2] At present, all of the club's youth teams, from ages six to sixteen, use the program. The S2S programme is also available for other clubs both in Sweden and in other countries.

The oldest youth squad (the under-19s) are educated both at Änglagården and Kamratgården—the main training ground of IFK Göteborg—as well as at the football gymnasiums Katrinelundsgymnasiet and Aspero Idrottsgymnasium.[2][3] In 2015, the academy moved into the newly constructed multi-sports complex Prioritet Serneke Arena.

The main aim of the academy is to provide the first squad with 50 percent of its players. Other aims include that all players and leaders should develop both as individuals and as players/leaders, that all involved should remember their time at IFK Göteborg as one of their best times in life, and that the academy should contribute to the development of football.

PlayersEdit

Under-19 squadEdit

As of 7 June 2020[4]

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   ISL Adam Ingi Benediktsson
GK   SWE Elliot Källander
GK   SWE Joel Nöller
DF   SWE Melvin Bälter
DF   SWE Hannes Lennartsson
DF   SWE Robin Mikac
DF   SWE Hugo Moldin
DF   SWE Tim van Assema
MF   SWE Filip Ambroz
MF   SWE Hugo Engström
MF   SWE Erik Reis
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SWE William Sandford
MF   SWE Ishak Shamoun
MF   SWE Johannes Sigurdson
FW   SWE Anton Kurochkin
FW   SWE Lucas Kåhed
FW   SWE Alfons Nygaard
FW   SWE Pontus Steffensen
FW   SWE August Tellander
FW   SWE Marcus Törnqvist
FW   SWE Oscar Vilhelmsson
FW   SWE Jesper Zetterlund

Available first-team playersEdit

The following players are part of the first-team squad, but are born in 2001 or later, and are thus available to compete in the 2020 Swedish Under-19 Championships.

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 Jesper Tolinsson
6 DF   SWE Rasmus Wikström
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   SWE Isak Dahlqvist
21 MF   SWE Noah Alexandersson

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Orrenius, Johan (2009-10-29). "Folk kallade mig för dåre". Expressen. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  2. ^ a b "Gunnar Nordahl-stipendiet 2008 till IFK Göteborg". Swedish Football Association. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  3. ^ "IFK Göteborgs fotbollsakademi". IFK Göteborg. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  4. ^ "U-lagets spelare" (in Swedish). IFK Göteborg. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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