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IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand that currently plays in 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 Jóhannes Harðarson. 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; 113 years ago (19 September 1905)
GroundSør Arena
Kristiansand
Capacity14,563
Head coachJóhannes Harðarson
League1. divisjon
2018Eliteserien, 15th Decrease(relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a free-kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.

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 2018. 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

Winners (2): 1978, 1980
Runners-up (1): 2005
Bronze medal (7): 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992
Semi finalist (6): 1975, 1978, 1988, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2018
Winners (4): 1968, 1972, 2004, 2012
Promotion: 1958–59, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2017

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 (in progress) 1. divisjon 2 23 15 4 4 39 21 49 First round

Current squadEdit

As of 22 June 2019.[2]

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 Jonas Deumeland
2   DF Jesper Daland
3   DF Espen Hammer Berger
4   MF Aremu Afeez
5   MF Adnan Hadzic
6   DF Joackim Jørgensen
7   FW Kevin Kabran
8   FW Eman Markovic
9   FW Martin Ramsland
11   MF Aron Sigurðarson
13   GK Alexander Pedersen
14   MF Espen Børufsen
15   DF Henrik Robstad
No. Position Player
16   MF Mikael Ugland
17   FW Adeleke Akinyemi
18   MF Isaac Twum
19   MF Kasper Skaanes
20   FW Mathias Bringaker
21   MF Sander Sjøkvist
22   DF Kristoffer Tønnesen
23   MF Erlend Segberg
27   DF Eirik Wichne
31   DF Damion Lowe
35   GK Sebastian Heggland
43   DF Altin Ujkani
68   DF Johannes 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. Position Player
24   MF Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason (on loan to Víkingur Reykjavik)
No. Position Player
33   FW Isac Lidberg (on loan to Brommapojkarna)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Jóhannes Harðarson
Assistant coach   Andreas Jenssen
GK coach   Erik Ruthford Pedersen
Physio   Jørgen Rostrup
Osteopath   Kurt Støen
Equipment manager   Øyvind Evjen

Former head coachesEdit

IK Start coaching history from 1947 to present

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1. round   Djurgården 1–2 0–5 1–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1. round   Wacker Innsbruck 0–5 1–2 1–7
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1. round   Fram 6–0 2–0 8–0
2. round   Eintracht Braunschweig 1–0 0–4 1–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1. round   Esbjerg 0–0 0–1 0–1
1979–80 European Cup 1. round   Strasbourg 1–2 0–4 1–6
1981–82 European Cup 1. round   AZ 1–3 0–1 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. qualifying round   Skála 3–0 1–0 4–0
2. qualifying round   Drogheda United 1–0 0–1 1–1 (11–10 p)
1. 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 19 April 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to IK Start at Wikimedia Commons