Lyn 1896 Fotballklubb (Norwegian pronunciation: [lyːn]) is a Norwegian football club and a department of the sports club Ski- og Fotballklubben Lyn based in Oslo, whose members also participate in Nordic skiing and orienteering. Until 2010, SFK Lyn had two football departments, one professional section and one amateur section. After the professional football department, FK Lyn, was bankrupted in 2010, the fans decided to support the amateur department, Lyn Fotball, instead. With the help of some of the old FK Lyn players, Lyn Fotball has won three consecutive promotions, and are playing in the 2. divisjon. The team plays its home matches at Bislett Stadium, and the head coach is currently Jan Halvor Halvorsen.

Lyn 1896 FK
Full nameLyn 1896 Fotballklubb
Founded3 March 1896; 128 years ago (1896-03-03)
GroundBislett Stadium
Head coachJan Halvor Halvorsen
20232. divisjon group 1, 2nd of 14 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Lyn was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Norway. They were founding members of the Football Association of Norway in 1902. The club won the top division title in 1964 and 1968 and have won the cup eight times. Lyn was also the initiator of the construction of Ullevaal Stadion, which has served as Norway's national stadium since 1927 and was Lyn's home ground from 1926 to 2010. Lyn has traditionally been perceived as representing the upper and middle classes, whereas the eastside club Vålerenga was seen as belonging to the workers.

The club enjoyed some success during the first half of the 20th century, securing many cup titles, and despite failing to win the league title, had a certain stature in Norwegian football. The Norway national football team that won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics included six players from Lyn. The captain of this team was Lyn-player Jørgen Juve, who is still the player with the most goals scored for the Norway national team. The club's most recent period of success was during the 1960s, when they won four trophies and reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Lyn also fields a women's team, which in 2012 won promotion to the 1. divisjon, the second tier in women's football. In 2017 the women's team, managed by Glenn Kleven, won promotion to the Toppserien, the top tier of women's football in Norway.

History edit

Early success edit

Lyn was founded on 3 March 1896 at St. Hanshaugen. Lyn was one of three clubs who in 1902 founded the Football Association of Norway, and is the only one still existing. In the first decade of Football in Norway, the club was one of the strongest and won four consecutive Norwegian Cups from 1908 until 1911. At the 1936 Summer Olympics, six Lyn-players, Arne Brustad, Øivind Holmsen, Fredrik Horn, Magnar Isaksen, Jørgen Juve and Frithjof Ulleberg, represented the Norway national football team that won the bronze medal, with Juve as the team's captain. Jørgen Juve is still the player with the most goals scored for the Norway national team.

Lyn also won the cup in 1945 and 1946 but had to wait until 1964 for their first league-title. With Harald Berg and Ola Dybwad-Olsen as main contributors the club secured another victory in the cup in 1967, and in 1968 the club won The Double, clinching both the League title and the Cup, and became the first team from Norway to reach the quarter-final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, where they met Barcelona. Because of the weather conditions during the winter in Norway, both matches were played in Spain. Lyn lost the first game 2-3 and in the second match Lyn was leading 2–0 with 15 minutes left to play. The match ended 2-2 and thus Lyn was eliminated.

The 'Bastionen' fans at the 2004 final

The Double was followed by a dismal period in the club's history. The club was relegated in 1969, and even though the team was promoted back after one year and reached the cup final in 1970, the club was again relegated in 1973. During the next 30 years, Lyn was swiftly relegated and promoted between the first and the third tier and the club was never playing in the top division for more than three consecutive seasons. During this period the fan base eroded and Lyn is said to have lost a generation of supporters.

During the 90s the club went back and forth between the Premier League and the First Division. In 1994, Lyn reached the Norwegian Cup final but lost 2–3 to Molde.

The Brynestad-period edit

Norwegian investor Atle Brynestad bought the club in 1999, in effect saving it from bankruptcy. In 2000, the team was promoted to the Premier League, after winning the First Division with an unprecedented number of points, and they retained their spot in the top flight the following year. In the 2002-season a strengthened Lyn took the lead early on and had gained a large advantage halfway through the season, but had to settle for a 3rd-place finish after a disastrous slump in form and the controversial appointment of new head coach, Hrvoje Braović. The misery, in part due to the constant hiring and firing of coaches, continued into the next year. Lyn struggled at the bottom of the table for most of the season but avoided relegation thanks to the efforts of team captain Tommy Berntsen, who took on the role as coach after Teitur Thordarson, the 5th coach in two years, had resigned. 2004 was a recovery year for Lyn, ending the season in 6th place and reaching the Norwegian Cup final (lost to Brann).

"Bastionen", the fans of Lyn Oslo

2005 was an eventful year for the club, both on and off the pitch. The club's youth program was beginning to bear fruits and with former international Henning Berg as the new head coach the club claimed 3rd spot in the league. Lyn defeated Rosenborg at Ullevaal for the first time since 1968 and repeated the feat in the away game.

In April, the club's talented Nigerian midfielder Mikel John Obi signed a contract with Manchester United, and according to a statement by Lyn's managing director Morgan Andersen, it was the most expensive transfer in Norwegian football to date. The transfer has since been the source of a heated dispute, and Mikel instead joined Chelsea after a long period of time. FIFA released an announcement stating that Lyn had done everything correct in the process. The transfer is said to have cost Chelsea £16 million. £12 million of this to Manchester United and £4 million to Lyn.

Bankruptcy edit

On 10 October 2008, Chelsea announced on their website that they were initiating legal proceedings against Lyn Oslo and their former director Morgan Andersen in an attempt to recover the entire £16 million fee paid. Chelsea maintain that this was due to the contract of the original transfer being based on a fraudulent misrepresentation.[1]

In 2007, the club sold Nigerian international Chinedu Obasi to TSG Hoffenheim for an expected €5 million.

The 2009 season was again very disappointing with the club relegated from Tippeligaen and saved from liquidation at the last moment.

The 2010 season saw Lyn at Bislett Stadium (sharing with Skeid) in the second level of Norway football. In April 2010 Idar Vollvik's company, Ludo, was presented as the club's latest sponsor in an attempt to rescue the club from its financial crisis, but to no avail, and on 30 June 2010, the club declared bankruptcy.[2]

Recent years edit

Following the bankruptcy, Lyn's fans gathered around the club's surviving team in the 6. divisjon (seventh tier) for the remainder of the 2010 season moving their home games to Frogner Stadion, drawing large crowds to their home games.[3] In late 2010, Lyn club paid all debt associated with the reserves team of the bankrupt top-flight club. The football association then awarded Lyn the licence formerly held by the reserves, allowing the club to play the 2011 season in the Fourth Division. Led by Finn Bredo Olsen, Lyn secured promotion to the 3. divisjon, after a perfect season with no losses or draws.[4] On 30 September 2012, Lyn secured promotion to the 2. divisjon, after beating Lommedalen 9–0 in front of 2,113 spectators at Frogner Stadion.[5] But, in 2015, Lyn was relegated to the 3. divisjon after three seasons and the unsuccessful attempts to promote to the 1. divisjon. After 6 seasons in the 3. divisjon, Lyn got promoted to the 2. divisjon in 2022. The next season they got promoted to the 1. divisjon for the first time since 2010.

Achievements edit

Recent history edit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2003 Tippeligaen 10 26 8 6 12 34 45 30 Fourth round
2004 Tippeligaen 6 26 9 10 7 30 31 37 Final
2005 Tippeligaen 3 26 12 8 6 37 21 44 Third round
2006 Tippeligaen 7 26 10 5 11 33 36 35 Fourth round
2007 Tippeligaen 9 26 10 4 12 43 46 34 Quarterfinal
2008 Tippeligaen 7 26 11 5 10 38 34 38 Quarterfinal
2009 Tippeligaen 16 30 2 10 18 29 59 16 Quarterfinal Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2010 1. divisjon 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Third round Bankrupt. Relegated to the 6. divisjon
2010 6. divisjon 1 18 14 1 3 87 28 43 Promoted to the 4. divisjon
2011 4. divisjon 1 20 20 0 0 106 10 60 Not Qualified Promoted to the 3. divisjon
2012 3. divisjon 1 24 21 1 2 100 13 64 First round Promoted to the 2. divisjon
2013 2. divisjon 4 26 11 8 7 47 32 41 Second round
2014 2. divisjon 10 26 9 5 12 42 42 32 Third round
2015 2. divisjon 12 26 7 4 15 41 64 25 First round Relegated to the 3. divisjon
2016 3. divisjon 1 26 20 5 1 69 20 65 First round
2017 3. divisjon 2 26 20 3 3 71 35 63 First round
2018 3. divisjon 3 26 17 2 7 73 40 53 First round
2019 3. divisjon 6 26 11 6 9 57 45 39 First round
2020 Season cancelled
2021 3. divisjon 4 13 6 5 2 32 20 23 First round
2022 3. divisjon 1 26 22 4 0 88 24 70 First round Promoted to the 2. divisjon
2023 2. divisjon 2 26 20 2 4 74 23 62 Second round Promoted to the 1. divisjon


Current squad edit

As of 15 September 2023[7]

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   NOR Alexander Pedersen
2 DF   NOR Jonas Skulstad
3 DF   NOR Jørgen Vedal Sjøl
4 DF   NOR William Sell
5 MF   NOR Even Bydal
6 DF   NOR Daniel Schneider
7 MF   NOR Henrik Loholt Kristiansen
9 FW   NOR Anders Bjørntvedt Olsen
10 FW   NOR Mathias Johansen
11 FW   NOR Andreas Hellum
14 FW   NOR Ibba Laajab
15 MF   NOR Alexander Rønning-Olsen
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   NOR Adrian Berntsen
17 DF   NOR Christopher Lindquist
18 MF   NOR Herman Solberg Nilsen
19 MF   NOR Tobias Myhre
20 MF   NOR Jacob Hanstad
21 MF   NOR Julius Skaug
22 DF   NOR Håvard Meinseth
23 MF   NOR Salim Laghzaoui
25 DF   NOR Malvin Ingebrigtsen
27 DF   NOR Isaac Barnett
33 GK   NOR Viktor Engh
77 FW   NOR Brage Hylen

European record edit

Summary edit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
European Cup 10 2 0 8 14 41 1969–70
UEFA Cup 8 3 2 3 14 17 2006–07
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 2 1 5 13 19 1971–72
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2 0 1 1 0 2 1967–68
Total 28 7 4 17 41 79

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
Notes: This summary includes matches played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was not endorsed by UEFA and is not counted in UEFA's official European statistics.

List of matches edit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1963–64 European Cup PR   Borussia Dortmund 2–4 1–3 3–7
1964–65 European Cup PR   Reipas Lahti 3–0 1–2 4–2
R1   DWS 1–3 0–5 1–8
1965–66 European Cup PR   Derry City 5–3 1–5 6–8
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R1   Bologna 0–0 0–2 0–2
1968–69 Cup Winners' Cup R1   Altay 4–1 1–3 5–4
R2   Norrköping 2–0 2–3 4–3
QF   Barcelona 2–2 2–3 4–5
1969–70 European Cup R1   Leeds United 0–6 0–10 0–16
1971–72 Cup Winners' Cup R1   Sporting CP 0–3 0–4 0–7
1972–73 UEFA Cup R1   Tottenham Hotspur 3–6 0–6 3–12
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   NSÍ Runavík 6–0 3–1 9–1
R1   PAOK 0–3 1–0 1–3
2006–07 UEFA Cup QR1   Flora Tallinn 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)

Records edit

Colours and badge edit

Lyn's home colours are red and white shirts and blue shorts. The shirts have red sleeves and a red front with a broad, vertical white bar in the middle, which is traditionally twice as wide as the sides (a 25-50-25 red-white-red pattern). The back has the same pattern, with inverted colours.

During the first years the club had two kits, one with blue and white horizontally striped jerseys and white shorts, and a red kit in the same fashion. These were used interchangeably up until at least 1906. It is unclear exactly when the current kit was adopted, but it was in use by the time Lyn had claimed their first Norwegian Cup in 1908. The socks have traditionally been red. White socks have also been used, most recently from the beginning of the 1990s until 2004, when the red socks were brought back.

The club uses an all-blue away kit, though several different colours have been used in the past.

The current club badge is a modified version of a design originally introduced in 1900. It was made by one of the first members of the club, Leif Eriksen, and replaced a silver badge from 1898. The crest features a football in the upper left corner and a pair of skis in the lower right corner, representing the two major sports of the club. While the badge is based on the heraldic shield form of the old coat of arms of Norway, Eriksen was probably not himself familiar with the rules of heraldic design. The name of the club and the date and year of its founding were written in gold on a white background, violating the so-called rule of tincture. Also, the date and year were written in different styles. The badge has therefore been altered twice, in 1996 and finally in 2001. On the current badge the date has been removed and replaced by "18 LYN 96" in red writing on a white background.

Stadium edit

After the 2009 season FC Lyn made the decision to move from Ullevaal Stadion to Bislett Stadium.[8] Bislett, which is also an international track and field stadium, has a capacity of 15,400. Following the bankruptcy in 2010, Lyn's fans gathered around the club's surviving team moving their home games to Frogner Stadion, which has a capacity of 4,000. In 2014 Lyn moved back to Bislett Stadium.

Coaches edit

Women's football edit

The women's team began to play in 2009.[9] In 2012, the team was promoted to the First Division. Following a 15-3-4 season in 2017, the team was promoted to the Toppserien, the top tier of Norwegian women's football.

References edit

  1. ^ "JOHN MIKEL OBI STATEMENT | News Article | News | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Lyn slår seg selv konkurs". 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ Halvorsen, Anders (23 August 2010). "Over 2000 fans så Lyn banke Vinderen" (in Norwegian). Ditt Oslo. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  4. ^ Karlsen, Håvard (14 September 2011). "Endelig Lyn-jubel igjen" (in Norwegian). Fædrelandsvennen. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Lyn tilbake i toppfotballen" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 30 September 2012. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Lyn". NIFS (in Norwegian). NTB. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  7. ^ "A-laget" [First team squad]. Lyn 1896 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  8. ^ Veland, Petter (30 October 2009). "Flytter til Bislett". Lyn Fotball. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Lyns Damelag I Toppserien 2018 – Vil Du Være Med På "Laget"?". Lyn (team web site). Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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