Sandefjord Fotball

Sandefjord Fotball, commonly known simply as Sandefjord, is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on 10 September 1998. The club has played in First Division, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. Their home ground is the Sandefjord Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.[1]

Sandefjord Fotball logo.svg
Full nameSandefjord Fotball
Nickname(s)Guttane (The Boys), The Whalers
Founded10 September 1998; 21 years ago (1998-09-10)
GroundSandefjord Arena
ChairmanRoger Gulliksen
ManagerMartí Cifuentes
20191. divisjon, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club reached 1. divisjon in 1999, where they made quick progress and soon settled as strong competitors for promotion to the top division. Finishing third in 1. divisjon both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth. In 2005 season they placed second and earned automatic promotion to highest division.

The club in their first Tippeligaen season, finishing ninth in the table and reached the cup final. In 2007 season they finished last and relegated to 1. divisjon.

In the 2008 season in 1. divisjon, Sandefjord recovered a poor start strongly to finish second and qualify for automatic promotion to Tippeligaen. In the 2009 season Sandefjord finished eighth, their strongest performance in the top flight to date. In 2010 Sandefjord relegated to 1. divisjon. They won 1. divisjon title in 2014, promoting to Tippeligaen. They relegated 2015 season, and then promoted 2016 season.


Sandefjord were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in 2. divisjon in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen. Finishing third in 1. divisjon in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against Brann and Vålerenga. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor.[2] When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division,[3] where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to 1. divisjon. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games. They continued their form and was placed second in the table, and earned a promotion after just one season.

After a disappointing 2010 season in Tippeligaen, earning only 12 points, they ended the season in last place and was relegated once again, this time for a longer period.

The following three seasons in 1. divisjon did not go as planned for a Sandefjord team that were fighting for promotion. Ending third in the table in both 2011 and 2012, was followed by an even worse finish in 2013, ending in eight place. Something had to be done and the club took measures by firing manager Arne Sandstø and hiring former Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers player Lars Bohinen as their new manager. He was brought to the club from Asker where he had success as coach. Sandefjord went on to have their best season ever in 1. divisjon earning 69 points and winning the league title. This was their second ever trophy, the first one being the 2. divisjon in 1999. Back in Tippeligaen they ended in last place and were relegated back to 1. divisjon alongside Mjøndalen. In the 2016 season they clinched their second promotion in three years by finishing second, only beaten by Kristiansund.

Colours and badgeEdit

Sandefjord Fotball's colours are blue. They play in blue shirts, blue shorts and white socks. When the club was formed in 1998, it was decided that the new club would have different colours from its parent clubs Sandefjord BK (yellow and black) and Runar (white). The club changed their badge before the start of the 2006 season. This was mainly for press purposes. The old badge had a yellow field as well as the blue and red. The new badge only has the colours red and blue. Further on, the white whale tail on the badge links to Sandefjord city's whaling history. After the promotion in 2014, Sandefjord played one season in an alternate home kit which consisted of half blue and half red, as in their badge. Relegated to 1. divisjon in 2016, they were back playing in an all blue home kit again.



Sandefjord Fotball play their home games at Sandefjord Arena, previously called Arena and Komplett Arena due to sponsorship deals. Sandefjord Arena was opened on July 21, 2007, and cost about 100 million kr. This is an all modern stadium, with a capacity of about 6,582. Record attendance was set during the opening game versus Lyn on July 21, 2007. 8,103 people attended this game. In the future it is planned to expand the stadium to a capacity of 8 000. Field measurements are 105 x 68 meters.

Before Sandefjord Fotball started to use their new home arena, Sandefjord Arena, they used to play their home encounters at Storstadion. Sandefjord Fotball played their home games at Storstadion from 1999 to 2007. As the stadium itself did not live up to the standards one could expect from a modern football stadium, it was finally decided to build the new and modern Sandefjord Arena and start a new and exciting chapter in the young club's history.


Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup Notes
2003 1. divisjon 3 30 19 4 7 71 41 61 3rd round Lost promotion play-offs to Tippeligaen
2004 1. divisjon 4 30 15 6 9 60 32 51 Quarter-finals
2005 1. divisjon   2 30 19 5 6 58 37 62 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2006 Tippeligaen 9 26 9 5 12 37 47 32 Runners-up
2007 Tippeligaen   14 26 4 4 18 26 53 16 2nd round Relegated to 1. divisjon
2008 1. divisjon   2 30 17 9 4 46 25 60 3rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen 8 30 10 10 10 39 44 40 2nd round
2010 Tippeligaen   16 30 2 6 22 25 58 12 Fourth round Relegated to 1. divisjon
2011 1. divisjon 3 30 16 5 9 61 38 53 3rd round
2012 1. divisjon 3 30 16 7 7 44 29 55 Quarter-finals
2013 1. divisjon 8 30 12 7 11 39 39 43 3rd round
2014 1. divisjon   1 30 20 9 1 62 24 69 2nd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2015 Tippeligaen   16 30 4 4 22 36 68 16 Quarter-finals Relegated to 1. divisjon
2016 1. divisjon   2 30 18 5 7 54 34 59 Quarter-finals Promoted to Eliteserien
2017 Eliteserien 13 30 11 3 16 38 51 36 2nd round
2018 Eliteserien   16 30 4 11 15 35 57 23 2nd round
2019 1. divisjon   2 30 19 8 3 53 30 65 3rd round Promoted to Eliteserien
2020 (in progress) Eliteserien 8 13 5 1 7 15 23 16

Current squadEdit

As of 10 March 2020.[4]

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 Jacob Storevik
2   DF Lars Grorud (captain)
3   DF Marc Vales
4   MF Enric Vallès (vice captain)
5   DF Martin Kreuzriegler
6   MF Emil Pálsson
7   FW Marcos Celorrio
8   MF Zé Eduardo
9   FW Sivert Gussiås
10   FW Rufo
11   MF Kristoffer Normann Hansen
13   DF Lars Markmanrud
No. Position Player
14   MF Stefan Mladenovic
15   MF Erik Brenden
16   MF Sander Risan
17   DF Sander Moen Foss
18   MF William Kurtovic
19   DF Brice Wembangomo
20   FW George Gibson
21   DF Anton Kralj
22   DF Herman Solberg Nilsen
23   DF Viðar Jónsson
25   MF Henrik Falchener
99   GK Jesper Granlund

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2019–20 and transfers summer 2020.

Players 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 Martin Andersen (on loan at Fram Larvik until 31 December 2020)


Key peopleEdit

Position Nat Name
Managing Director   Espen Bugge Pettersen

Coaching staffEdit

Position Nat Name
Manager   Martí Cifuentes
Assistant manager   Geir Ludvig Fevang
Fitness Coach   Jordi Gonzalez
Goalkeeping Coach   Javi Ortiz
Physio   Espen Strøm-Normann
Equipment manager   Leif Arne Ness

Manager historyEdit

Name Nat From To
Trond Skrede   1999 2001
Tom Nordlie   2002 2003
Arne Dokken   2004 2004
Tor Thodesen   2005 2008
Patrick Walker   2008 2011
Arne Sandstø   2011 2013
Lars Bohinen   2014 2017
Magnus Powell   2018 2018
Martí Cifuentes   2018


  1. ^ Gjerseth, Simen (2016). Nye Sandefjord. Liv forlag. Page 113. ISBN 9788283301137.
  2. ^ "Rasende på dommeren". (in Norwegian). VG. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Endelig opprykk". (in Norwegian). NRK. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  4. ^ "A-laget spillere". (in Norwegian). Sandefjord Fotball. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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