IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand that currently plays in the 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The club's current head coach is Sindre Tjelmeland. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and socks at home, and black jerseys, yellow shorts and socks away.

IK Start
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Full nameIdrettsklubben Start
Founded19 September 1905; 116 years ago (19 September 1905)
GroundSør Arena
Kristiansand
Capacity14,563
Head coachSindre Tjelmeland
League1. divisjon
20211. divisjon, 9th of 16
WebsiteClub website

They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club was called "Tigerberget", until 2017, when the IK Start board decided to no longer have an official supporter club.

HistoryEdit

Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the European Cup in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2006–07. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian 1. divisjon and were promoted to the top flight.

In 2005 they reached second place, following Vålerenga, after a strong comeback season in the Tippeligaen. For this, Start earned a place in the UEFA Cup 2006.

In 2006, after beating Skála of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, and Drogheda United of Ireland in the second qualifying round (after penalties), they reached the first round of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by Ajax of the Netherlands.

 
Former logo of IK Start until 2017. Away kits of IK Start tended to be blue as the logo.

2007 was a bad year for Start, with problems working as a team and management issues. It led to a disappointing 13th place, leading to Start's relegation to 1. divisjon. In 2008 the club got financial problems. The local government saved the club from bankruptcy. The financial difficulties has plagued Start for several seasons, due to the financial crisis and the Norwegian footballteams overspending, Start being no exception. The last couple of seasons, Start has downsized and saved money, for example by changing the turf on Sør Arena, the hopes being that the savings will keep the wheels turning in Start.

Ahead of the 2009 season, Knut Tørum was appointed head coach of Start. The next two seasons, Start was positioned at the lower half of Tippeligaen although achieving some strong results, like being the only team to beat Rosenborg in 2009, at Rosenborgs homeground Lerkendal, delaying their gold celebration. On 22 June 2011, Start had 13 points in 12 matches, and Tørum decided to resign hours before a cup-match against Strømsgodset, a match Start won without Tørum. Mons Ivar Mjelde replaced Tørum as head coach, but was not able to save Start from relegation. Start started the 2012 1. divisjon in strong fashion, leading the division and winning important matches and won promotion at the end of the season.

Start defeated Stabæk 4-1 on 4 July 2015. From 12 July 2015 to 18 September 2016, Start played 39 consecutive games without a win in Tippeligaen.[1] This is the longest run without winning a single game across any top division in Europe.

AchievementsEdit

Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002 Tippeligaen   14 26 2 5 19 21 72 11 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2003 1. divisjon 9 30 12 4 14 53 50 40 Third round
2004 1. divisjon   1 30 24 2 4 71 28 74 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen 2 26 13 6 7 47 35 45 Fourth round
2006 Tippeligaen 6 26 10 7 9 29 32 37 Semi-final
2007 Tippeligaen   13 26 6 8 12 34 44 26 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2008 1. divisjon   3 30 17 8 5 58 34 59 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 10 10 46 52 40 Third round
2010 Tippeligaen 8 30 11 9 10 57 60 42 Quarter-final
2011 Tippeligaen   15 30 7 5 18 39 61 26 Semi-final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2012 1. divisjon   1 30 20 6 4 71 35 66 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen 9 30 10 8 12 43 46 38 Quarter-final
2014 Tippeligaen 12 30 10 5 15 47 60 35 Fourth round
2015 Tippeligaen 14 30 5 7 18 35 64 22 Second round
2016 Tippeligaen   16 30 2 10 18 23 59 16 Third round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2017 1. divisjon   2 30 16 7 7 57 36 55 Second round Promoted to the Eliteserien
2018 Eliteserien   15 30 8 5 17 30 54 29 Semi-final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2019 1. divisjon   3 30 19 5 6 54 31 62 First round Promoted to the Eliteserien
2020 Eliteserien   15 30 6 9 15 33 56 27 Cancelled Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2021 1. divisjon 9 30 10 8 12 59 59 38

Current squadEdit

As of 6 September 2021[2]

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   GER Jonas Deumeland
3 DF   NOR Vegard Bergan
4 MF   NED Mohamed El Makrini
5 DF   NOR Peter Reinhardsen
6 DF   NOR Joackim Jørgensen
7 MF   NCA Matías Moldskred
8 MF   NOR Kristoffer Valsvik
9 FW   NOR Martin Ramsland
10 MF   NOR Eman Markovic
11 MF   NOR Eirik Schulze
12 GK   NOR Amund Wichne
14 DF   NED Luc Mares
15 DF   NOR Henrik Robstad
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   NOR Mikael Ugland
17 FW   NGA Adeleke Akinyemi
18 DF   NOR Jon-Helge Tveita
20 FW   ENG Cameron Cresswell
21 MF   NOR Sander Sjøkvist
22 DF   NOR Kristoffer Tønnessen (captain)
24 MF   NOR Emir Derviskadic
25 DF   NOR Henrik Gjesdal
26 GK   NOR Jasper Silva Torkildsen
28 MF   NOR Ask Tjærandsen-Skau (on loan from Bodø/Glimt)
30 MF   EQG Basilio Ndong (on loan from Westerlo)
31 DF   NOR Altin Ujkani
64 MF   NOR Levi Eftevaag

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
DF   NOR Johannes Eftevaag (at Fløy)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   NOR Emil Grønn Pedersen (at Fløy)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Sindre Tjelmeland
Assistant coach   Endre Eide
Goalkeeping coach   Erik Ruthford Pedersen
Player developer   Andreas Jenssen
Physio   Pål Erik Pedersen
Osteopath   Atle Thunselle
Equipment manager   Rune Hægeland

Former head coachesEdit

IK Start coaching history from 1947 to present

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
1974–75 UEFA Cup First round   Djurgården 1–2 0–5 1–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup First round   Wacker Innsbruck 0–5 1–2 1–7
1977–78 UEFA Cup First round   Fram 6–0 2–0 8–0
Second round   Eintracht Braunschweig 1–0 0–4 1–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup First round   Esbjerg 0–0 0–1 0–1
1979–80 European Cup First round   Strasbourg 1–2 0–4 1–6
1981–82 European Cup First round   AZ 1–3 0–1 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round   Skála 3–0 1–0 4–0
Second qualifying round   Drogheda United 1–0 0–1 1–1 (11–10 (p))
First round   Ajax 2–5 0–4 2–9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Start med sin første seier siden 4. juli i fjor: – Det kom en tåre i øyekroken". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV2. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Start sin spillerstall" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 September 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to IK Start at Wikimedia Commons