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Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, also known as IFK Norrköping or simply Norrköping, is a Swedish professional football club based in Norrköping. The club is affiliated to Östergötlands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Östgötaporten.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue and white. Formed on 29 May 1897, the club have won thirteen national championship titles and six national cup titles.

IFK Norrköping
IFK Norrköping Logo.jpg
Full name Idrottsföreningen
Kamraterna Norrköping
Nickname(s) Peking (Beijing)
Snoka
Kamraterna (The comrades)
VitaBlå (WhiteBlue)
Founded 29 May 1897; 120 years ago (1897-05-29)
Ground Östgötaporten, Norrköping
Ground Capacity 17,234
Chairman Peter Hunt
Manager Jens Gustafsson
League Allsvenskan
2017 Allsvenskan, 6th
Website Club website
Current season
A chart showing the progress of IFK Norrköping through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
IFK Norrköping supporter group Peking Fanz.

The club is currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October. The club first won Allsvenskan in 1943.[2] IFK Norrköping were most successful during the 1940s, when they won five Swedish championships and two Svenska Cupen titles under the Hungarian coach Lajos Czeizler and with players like Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm.

IFK Norrköping won the 2015 Allsvenskan, their first win since 1989, which also gave them a spot in the second qualification round of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.

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HistoryEdit

IFK Norrköping dominated Swedish football in the post war era and won the first division 11 times in 20 years, culminating in the league triumph of 1963. It took the club another 26 years before adding championship title number 12 to the trophy cabinet.

On 31 October 2015, IFK Norrköping won their 13th championship title after defeating the defending champions Malmö FF with 2–0 away in Swedbank Stadion in Malmö in the last round of 2015 Allsvenskan. This was the second time in a row they had to wait 26 years between titles.[3] On 8 November IFK Norrköping won supercupen against Swedish cup winners IFK Göteborg. The result was 3–0 after a dominating performance from the reigning Swedish champions.

RivalriesEdit

The club used to have a fierce rivalry with IK Sleipner, also from Norrköping, before Sleipner's fall from the higher divisions. Another historic rivalry is that against Åtvidabergs FF, also from the province of Östergötland, which was especially tense in the 1970s and early 2010s. This rivalry has lost importance since Åtvidaberg were relegated from Allsvenskan. IFK Norrköping also maintains a rivalry with Malmö FF; the fixtures between the clubs is sometimes known as "The Working Class Derby"

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 11 August 2017[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Aslak Falch
2   DF Henrik Castegren
3   DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson
4   DF Andreas Johansson (captain)
6   DF Linus Wahlqvist
7   MF Andreas Blomqvist
9   MF Johannes Vall
10   FW Simon Skrabb
11   MF David Moberg Karlsson
13   DF Alfons Sampsted
14   MF Eric Smith
15   DF Marcus Falk-Olander
No. Position Player
16   MF Pontus Almqvist
17   FW Kalle Holmberg
18   MF Guðmundur Þórarinsson
20   MF Daniel Sjölund (vice captain)
21   DF Andreas Hadenius
22   MF Marwan Bazi
25   DF Filip Dagerstål
27   MF Arnór Sigurðsson
30   DF Nikola Tkalčić
70   MF Alexander Jakobsen
91   GK David Mitov Nilsson

Out on loanEdit

As of 11 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
24   MF Gentrit Citaku (at IFK Värnamo until 8 January 2018)
26   FW Adin Bukva (at Husqvarna FF until 8 January 2018)
28   DF Mohanad Jeahze (at Syrianska FC until 8 January 2018)
No. Position Player
29   GK Julius Lindgren (at Husqvarna FF until 8 January 2018)
  DF Erik Lindell (at Degerfors IF until 8 January 2018)

Retired numbersEdit

  • 12 – Fans of the club

Winners of GuldbollenEdit

 
Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson (right) playing in a 1964 game against Malmö FF.

League top scorersEdit

AllsvenskanEdit

Superettan (Division II 1924/1925–1986 and Division I 1987–1999)Edit

AchievementsEdit

 
1963: Bengt Nyholm, the keeper of IFK Norrköping, tries to improve his effectiveness by applying glue from flypaper to his hands
  • Swedish Champions[A]
    • Winners (13): 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1989, 2015

LeagueEdit

  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (13): 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1992, 2015
    • Runners-up (9): 1952–53, 1957–58, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Superettan:
    • Winners (1): 2007
    • Runners-up (1): 2010
  • Mästerskapsserien:
    • Runners-up (2): 1991, 1992

CupsEdit

IFK Norrköping in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1956–57 European Cup 1R   Florentina 0–1 1–1 1–2
1957–58 European Cup 1R   Red Star Belgrade 2–2 1–2 3–4
1962–63 European Cup PR   Partizani Tirana 2–0 1–1 3–1
1R   Benfica 1–1 1–5 2–6
1963–64 European Cup PR   Standard Liége 2–0 0–1 2–1
1R   Milan 1–1 2–5 3–6
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Crusaders 4–1 2–2 6–3
2R   Lyn 3–2 0–2 3–4
1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Sliema Wanderers 5–1 0–1 5–2
2R   Schalke 04 0–0 0–1 0–1
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R   Flamura Roşie Arad 2–0 2–1 4–1
2R   Inter Milan 0–2 2–2 2–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1R   Hibernian 0–0 2–3 2–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R   Southampton 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
2R   Roma 1–0 0–1
(2–4 p)
1–1
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Sampdoria 2–1 0–2 2–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R   1. FC Köln 0–0 1–3 1–3
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Jeunesse Esch 4–0 2–1 6–1
2R   Monaco 1–2 0–1 1–3
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R   Torino 1–0 0–3 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R   KV Mechelen 0–1 1–1
(aet)
1–2
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Viktoria Žižkov 3–3 0–1 3–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR   2–1 2–0 4–1
1R   Slovan Liberec 2–2 1–2 3–4
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Rosenborg 3–2 1–3 4–5
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Prishtina 5–0 1–0 6–0
2Q   Trakai 2–1 1–2
(3–5 p)
3–3

RecordsEdit

  Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson, 321 games (1949–65)
  Henry "Putte" Källgren, 126 goals (1951–60)
  • Most spectators:
32 234 against Malmö FF, 7 June 1956
11–1 against Djurgårdens IF, 14 October 1945.
0 – 11 against Örgryte IS, 6 April 1928 and Helsingborgs IF, 22 September 1929
  • Most expensive player:
Forward   Kevin Amuneke, from   CSKA Sofia for approximately 3 million SEK, 2007.
  • Most expensive sale:
Midfielder/Forward   Arnór Ingvi Traustason, to   SK Rapid Wien for approximately 16 million SEK, 2016.

ManagersEdit

Other sectionsEdit

IFK Norrköping also maintains departments for women's football, set up in 2009, orienteering, bowling and the in Sweden and a few other Nordic countries very popular sport of bandy. The bandy team played in Sweden's highest division in 1937.

Part of the club was also an ice hockey team which played in the seasons 1950/51 and 1955/56 in the highest Swedish division. The ice hockey teams of IFK and local rivals IK Sleipner were joined in 1967 to form IF IFK/IKS, known from 1973 forward as IK Vita Hästen ("Ice Hockey Club White Horse") which evolved into today's HC Vita Hästen.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Östergötlands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/sverige/allsvenskan/ifknorrkoping/article21682097.ab
  4. ^ "IFK Norrköpings trupp" (in Swedish). IFK Norrköping. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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