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Kristiansund BK is a Norwegian football club located in Kristiansund that currently plays in Eliteserien. Kristiansund BK was formed in the autumn of 2003, when two rival clubs of Kristiansund, Kristiansund FK and Clausenengen FK, agreed to establish a new elite team.

Kristiansund
Kristiansund BK logo.svg
Full nameKristiansund Ballklubb
Nickname(s)KBK, Uglan (The owls)
Founded2 September 2003; 16 years ago (2 September 2003)
GroundKristiansund Stadion
Capacity4,444[1]
ChairmanVidar Solli
CoachChristian Michelsen
LeagueEliteserien
2018Eliteserien, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Since Magnar Isaksen won a bronze medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics, many footballers from Kristiansund have played for the Norwegian national team, including Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Trond Andersen, Ole Stavrum and Georg Hammer.[2] In addition, players like Ola Lyngvær, Jan Erlend Kruse, Arild Stavrum, Ole Erik Stavrum, André Flem and Christian Michelsen have played for different clubs in the Norwegian top division, and Clausenengen has been called a "talent factory".[3] Nevertheless, the football clubs from Kristiansund have had limited success,[2] with Kristiansund FK's spell in the 1. divisjon in 1991[4] and Clausenengen in 1999[5] as the most recent.

2003–2004: Founding and developmentEdit

In 2003, the local bank Sparebank 1 Nordvest initiated a merge between Kristiansund FK and Clausenengen, with the bank as the main sponsor of the new club paying 750,000 kr per year.[2] Kristiansund BK was founded on 2 September 2003 and replaced Kristiansund FK in the 3. divisjon,[6] with the other two clubs continuing to play in the lower divisions. Atlanten Stadion was chosen as the club's first home ground and Erik Brakstad was appointed as the club's first head coach.[7]

The club finished their 2004 debut season in second place behind Træff in their 3. divisjon group 18.[8]

2005–2016: PromotionsEdit

In 2005, Kristiansund won promotion to the 2. divisjon after beating Volda in the 4–2 win on aggregate in the promotion play-offs.[9] Brakstad left his position as head coach after the promotion and Ole Gunnar Iversen took over. In 2006, Kristiansund finished seventh in their first season in the 2. divisjon.[10] In 2007, Kristiansund moved to Ormsundet at Frei due to the poor turf conditions at Atlanten Stadion. Ahead of the 2007 season, Geir Midtsian replaced Ole Gunnar Iversen as head coach[11][12] and with New Zealand international Kris Bright on the team, who scored 23 goals in 26 matches for the club,[13] Kristiansund BK started to look like a contender for promotion and finished fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2008.[6] The team also eliminated Rosenborg in the second round of the 2008 Norwegian Football Cup.[14]

After finishing third in 2009,[15] the club's goal was promotion to the 1. divisjon,[16] and in March 2010 Kristiansund BK and Surnadal IL started a partnership with Molde FK for developing local players.[17] In August 2010 Molde FK loaned out Elias Valderhaug and Jacob Falch Meidell to Kristiansund BK to help out in the race for promotion,[18] but the team finished second behind Hødd.[19] After suffering bad results in the beginning of the 2011 season, Midtsian decided to withdrew as head coach in July 2011,[12] while his assistants Per Eirik Bentz and Torgeir Fredly were left in charge until the club hired a new head coach.[20] From July 2011, Erling Moe took charge of the team in the second half of the season and the team's results improved, leading to a second-place finish behind Bærum.[19][21]

On 10 November 2011, Kristiansund BK announced that they had hired Geir Bakke, who had previously worked as assistant coach at the first-tier clubs Vålerenga and Stabæk, as head coach starting from 1 January 2012.[22] After playing 21 matches without losing, the club was promoted to the 1. divisjon on 16 September 2012, as winners of their 2012 2. divisjon group.[19][23] Christian Michelsen succeeded Bakke as head coach in 2014. The club moved to Kristiansund Stadion in 2014 after several years playing at Idrettsplassen. After making the play-offs rounds in the 2014 and 2015 seasons of the 1. divisjon, Kristiansund BK were promoted to Eliteserien after finishing in first place in 2016.

2017– : First Eliteserien seasonsEdit

Kristiansund began their spell in the top division with a surprising seventh-place finish in their debut season. The team also reached the quarter-finals of the 2017 Norwegian Football Cup, the first time in club history they played the quarter-finals stage, where they where eliminated by local rivals Molde on away ground. The 2018 Eliteserien saw Kristiansund record their best ever league achievement: A fifth place with 46 points.

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2006 2D 7 26 11 5 10 44 33 38 1st round
2007 2D 5 26 14 6 6 57 35 48 2nd round
2008 2D 4 26 14 2 10 56 32 44 3rd round
2009 2D 3 26 14 4 8 54 37 46 2nd round
2010 2D 2 26 17 4 5 60 35 55 2nd round
2011 2D 2 24 15 3 6 55 29 48 2nd round
2012 2D  1 26 22 2 2 77 18 68 2nd round Promoted
2013 1D 9 30 12 6 12 47 44 42 2nd round
2014 1D 4 30 13 10 7 53 39 49 3rd round
2015 1D 3 30 14 7 9 37 30 49 4th round
2016 1D  1 30 19 5 6 47 30 62 1st round Promoted
2017 ES 7 30 10 10 10 44 46 40 Quarter-final
2018 ES 5 30 13 7 10 46 41 46 3rd round
2019 (in progress) ES 6 28 11 8 9 40 36 41 4th round

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2018[24]

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 Sean McDermott
3   DF Christoffer Aasbak
4   DF Christophe Psyché
5   DF Dan Peter Ulvestad
6   DF Andreas Hopmark
7   FW Torgil Øwre Gjertsen
8   MF Olav Øby
9   FW Amahl Pellegrino
10   MF Liridon Kalludra
11   FW Flamur Kastrati
13   FW Bendik Bye
No. Position Player
14   FW Jesper Isaksen
15   DF Erlend Sivertsen
16   MF Meinhard Olsen
19   DF Aliou Coly
21   MF Amidou Diop
22   MF Bent Sørmo
23   DF Pål Erik Ulvestad
24   MF Sondre Sørli
25   DF Henrik Gjesdal
28   MF Noah Solskjær
30   GK Serigne Mor Mbaye

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2017–18 and transfers summer 2018.

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
20   FW Simon Alexandersson (on loan at Dalkurd until 31 December 2019)

History of head coachesEdit

Kristiansund BK head coaches from 2003 to present

History of league positionsEdit

2004–
2005
2006–
2012
2013–
2016
2017–
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KRISTIANSUND STADION". Kristiansund BK. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "KBKs historie" (in Norwegian). Kristiansund BK. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ "– Klubben må utvikle landslagsspillere igjen" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ "1. divisjon 1991, Group A". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ "1. divisjon 1999". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Toppkamp på Varden" (in Norwegian). FK Fyllingsdalen. 3 August 2012. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  7. ^ Edøy, Rune (17 November 2003). "Brakstad trener KBK" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Norwegian Third Division 2004". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Norwegian Third Division 2005". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Tabell 2. divisjon, avdeling 2 2006". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Her er FKTs nye trener" (in Norwegian). Tønsbergs Blad. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Gir seg i KBK" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  13. ^ "- Har det Bryne mangler" (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  14. ^ "RBK slått ut på straffer". Norwegian News Agency (in Norwegian). ABC Nyheter. 7 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Tabell 2. divisjon, avdeling 2 2009". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Ikke opprykk for KBK = Midtsian-exit" (in Norwegian). fotballmagasinet.no. 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  17. ^ "KBK-samarbeid med Molde" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Får nabohjelp til opprykk" (in Norwegian). NRK. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  19. ^ a b c "Trenar Geir Bakke: – Andreplass to år på rad var nok" (in Norwegian). NRK. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  20. ^ "Lover glød og innsats" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  21. ^ "Moe og Råket leder treningen". tk.no (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Har funnet ny KBK-trener" (in Norwegian). Tidens Krav. 10 November 2011.
  23. ^ "Solskjærs hjemby klar for 1. divisjon" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisa. 16 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  24. ^ Kristiansund BK squad kristiansundbk.no

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