Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, more commonly 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 white and blue. Formed on 29 May 1897, the club have won thirteen national championship titles and six national cup titles.

IFK Norrköping
Full nameIdrottsföreningen
Kamraterna Norrköping
Nickname(s)IFK
Peking (Beijing)
Snoka
Kamraterna (The comrades)
VitaBlå (WhiteBlue)
Founded29 May 1897; 126 years ago (1897-05-29)
StadiumPlatinumCars Arena, Norrköping (Östgötaporten, Nya Parken, Idrottsparken)
Capacity17,234
ChairmanSakarias Mårdh
ManagerAndreas Alm
LeagueAllsvenskan
2023Allsvenskan, 9th of 16
WebsiteClub 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.
Nya Parken
IFK Norrköping supporter group Peking Fanz.

The club plays in the highest Swedish tier, Allsvenskan, which they first won 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.

History edit

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.

Rivalries edit

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"[citation needed]

Players edit

First-team squad edit

As of 28 February 2024[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
1 GK   SWE Oscar Jansson
3 DF   DEN Marcus Baggesen
4 DF   SWE Amadeus Sögaard
5 FW   SWE Christoffer Nyman
6 DF   SWE Isak Ssewankambo
7 MF   SWE Jacob Ortmark
8 FW   ISL Ísak Andri Sigurgeirsson
9 MF   ISL Arnór Ingvi Traustason
10 MF   DEN Vito Hammershøy-Mistrati
11 MF   KOS Ismet Lushaku
14 DF   SWE Yahya Kalley (on loan from Groningen)
15 FW   SWE Carl Björk (on loan from Brøndby)
16 DF   SWE Dino Salihovic
17 FW   ALB Laorent Shabani
19 DF   SWE Max Watson
20 DF   NOR Daniel Eid
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   GAM Jesper Ceesay
24 DF   SWE Anton Eriksson
25 DF   SWE Kevin Höög Jansson
26 MF   SWE Kristoffer Khazeni
27 MF   SWE Daniele Burubwa
28 MF   SWE Fritiof Hellichius
31 FW   SWE Leo Jonsson
34 MF   SWE Noel Sernelius
35 MF   GHA Stephen Bolma
37 DF   SWE Moutaz Neffati
38 MF   SWE Ture Sandberg
40 GK   SWE David Andersson
FW   SWE Tim Prica
DF   SWE Edvin Tellgren
DF   SWE Jesper Lindvall

Out on loan edit

As of 9 January 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
22 FW   ISL Andri Guðjohnsen (to Lyngby until 30 June 2024)
29 GK   SWE Julius Lindgren (to J-Södra until 31 December 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
37 MF   GHA Kojo Peprah Oppong (to GIF Sundsvall until 31 December 2024)
GK   SWE Otto Lindell (to Skövde AIK until 31 December 2024)

Retired numbers edit

  • 12 – Fans of the club

Winners of Guldbollen edit

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

League top scorers edit

Allsvenskan edit

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

Management edit

Technical staff edit

As of 13 January 2024[5]

Name Role
  Tony Martinsson Sports director[6]
  Andreas Alm Head coach
  Azrudin Valentić Assistant coach
  Martin Sjögren Assistant coach
  Fredrik Landén Assistant coach
  Christian Tiritiello Assistant coach & goalkeeping coach
  Jamie Steel Fitness coach
  Peter Cratz Club doctor
  Nicolas Santi Aguilar Physiotherapist
  Bengt Janzon Club doctor
  Daniel Ekwall Mental coach
  Lennart Linder Equipment manager
  Simon Larsson Coordinator
  Kristoffer Karlsson Physiotherapist

Honours edit

League edit

 
1963: Bengt Nyholm, the keeper of IFK Norrköping, tries to improve his effectiveness by applying glue from flypaper to his hands

Cups edit

IFK Norrköping in Europe edit

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   UTA 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
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 2–0 4–1
2Q   Liepāja 2–0 1–0 3–0
3Q   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 1–3 2–4

Records edit

  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

Managerial history edit

List of IFK Norrköping managers (1905–present)[8][9][10]

Affiliate clubs edit

Other sections edit

IFK Norrköping also maintains departments for women's football, set up in 2009, orienteering, bowling and 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.

Footnotes edit

  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.[7]

References edit

  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. ^ ""När jag såg pappa så brast det för mig"".
  4. ^ "IFK Norrköpings trupp" (in Swedish). IFK Norrköping. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  5. ^ Truppen‚ ifknorrkoping.se, 13 January 2024
  6. ^ Tony Martinsson‚ ifknorrkopingungdom.se, 4 January 2018
  7. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  8. ^ IFK Norrköping tränare 1921–2003. Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. gruvstugan.com. 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ IFK Norrköpings historia – Tränare/Lagledare. tomasjunglander.se. 7 January 2018.
  10. ^ IFK Norrköpings historia – lagbild 1905. tomasjunglander.se. 7 January 2018.
  11. ^ Samarbetet med Sylvia‚ svenskafans.com, 21 January 2014
  12. ^ Officiellt: Husqvarna FF lånar Julius Lindgren‚ svenskafans.com, 24 August 2017

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