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Sarpsborg 08 Fotballforening, commonly known as Sarpsborg 08 or simply Sarpsborg ([ˈsɑʂbɔr]), is a Norwegian football club based in Sarpsborg, playing in Eliteserien. Sarpsborg 08 and its predecessors played in 1. divisjon from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, the club was promoted to the Tippeligaen, the top league in Norway, but finished last and was relegated back to 1. divisjon in 2011. In 2012, they were promoted again and 6 years after, they qualified for their first Europa League group stage. They play their home games at Sarpsborg Stadion.

Sarpsborg 08
Sarpsborg 08 FF logo.svg
Full nameSarpsborg 08 Fotballforening
Founded15 January 2008; 11 years ago (2008-01-15)
GroundSarpsborg Stadion
Sarpsborg
Norway
Capacity8,022[1]
ChairmanHans Petter Arnesen
Head coachGeir Bakke
LeagueEliteserien
2018Eliteserien, 8th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Pre-existenceEdit

Football in Sarpsborg has traditionally been dominated by Sarpsborg FK (SFK), which won the Norwegian Cup six times and played 20 seasons in the top division, and to a lesser extent IL Sparta, which won the Norwegian Cup in 1952 and played nine seasons in the top division. However, after SFK's relegation from the 1974, no teams from Sarpsborg played in the top division for the next two decades. In 1999, 16 teams in the Sarpsborg-area joined forces to create a team that could compete in the top divisions of Norwegian football, called Sarpsborg Fotball, which overtook SFK's spot in the league-system. In its first season, the team was relegated from the 2. divisjon, and several clubs, including both SFK and Sparta, withdrew from the collaboration.

The remaining clubs in the "Sarpsborg Fotball"-project formed a new club called Borg Fotball, which won promotion to the 2. divisjon in 2002, but was relegated again in 2003. Meanwhile, Sparta was promoted to the Second Division the same season, and re-entered the collaboration club which now was renamed FK Sparta Sarpsborg. The club earned promotion to 1. divisjon (the second tier of Norwegian football) in 2005.

FoundationEdit

At the end of the 2007 season, the last major club in the district, Sarpsborg FK, joined the collaboration of teams and ended a rather long and hefty rivalry between the two clubs. At the same time, in an effort to unite the different factions within the collaboration, the jersey was changed and the club renamed itself Sarpsborg Sparta FK. This name remained a source of contention throughout the 2008 season, however, and a new name, Sarpsborg 08 FF, was adopted in 2009.

The 2009 season started badly for Sarpsborg, and it appeared they would be fighting against relegation to the 2. divisjon. The situation worsened when the Football Association of Norway determined that Sarpsborg 08 had submitted an unrealistic budget when they obtained their license to play in the 1. divisjon, and were penalized three points in June, leaving Sarpsborg in a relegation spot.[2] However, after Roar Johansen became coach, the second part of the season went well for the team, which not only climbed out of the relegation spots, but finished fifth, allowing them to participate in the qualification matches for the 2010 Tippeligaen. In the semi-final match of the qualification, Sarpsborg defeated local rivals Fredrikstad FK 2–0 (who were therefore relegated from the top division).[3] In the home match of the qualification final, Sarpsborg defeated Kongsvinger 3–2,[4] but lost the second leg 3–1 and remained in the 1. divisjon.[5]

Promotions and developmentEdit

The 2010 season ended with a 4–0 home-win against Alta. This meant that the team ended in second place, after league-winner Sogndal, and won the right to play in the 2011 edition of the Tippeligaen.

The 2011 season started with a surprising 3–0 win against Molde in Ole Gunnar Solskjær first match as manager of Molde. But after a good start, Sarpsborg was relegated back to 1. divisjon on 23 October 2011, when they lost 3–0 away at Brann with three rounds left to play. The club finished last with only 21 points.

In the 2012 season, Sarpsborg finished the 1. divisjon in second place and was promoted to Tippeligaen. On 3 January 2013, former Sheffield United striker Brian Deane was appointed as head coach. In 2015, Geir Bakke took over as head coach and led the club to their first Norwegian Cup final. They lost the 2015 Norwegian Football Cup Final 0−2 against Rosenborg. In 2017 they repeated the feat and reached the final again, but lost 2–3 against Lillestrøm. Sarpsborg finished in third place in the 2017 Eliteserien, their first medal-winning position in club history.

On 30 August 2018 Sarpsborg 08 qualified for the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League for the first time in history.[6]

Recent historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
Pre-existence
2001 3. divisjon 2 22 11 4 7 49 28 37 First round As Borg Fotball
2002 3. divisjon 2 22 16 5 1 67 27 53 First round
2003 3. divisjon   1 22 17 4 1 88 24 55 Second round Promoted to the 2. divisjon
2004 2. divisjon 2 26 16 4 6 63 38 52 Second round Name changed to FK Sparta Sarpsborg
2005 2. divisjon   1 26 21 1 4 90 28 64 Second round Promoted to the 1. divisjon
2006 1. divisjon 10 30 11 6 13 44 56 37 First round
2007 1. divisjon 13 30 8 8 14 50 52 32 Second round Avoided relegation because Raufoss had its license revoked
Club history
2008 1. divisjon 10 30 10 7 13 45 43 37 Third round Founding year, as Sarpsborg Sparta FK
2009 1. divisjon 5 30 15 5 10 47 38 47 Second round Name changed to Sarpsborg 08 FF
2010 1. divisjon   2 28 16 6 6 54 36 54 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2011 Tippeligaen   16 30 5 6 19 31 65 21 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2012 1. divisjon   2 30 19 6 5 73 43 63 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen 14 30 8 7 15 40 58 31 Second round
2014 Tippeligaen 8 30 10 10 10 41 48 40 Semifinal
2015 Tippeligaen 11 30 8 10 12 37 49 34 Runners-up
2016 Tippeligaen 6 30 12 9 9 35 37 45 Quarterfinal
2017 Eliteserien 3 30 13 12 5 50 36 51 Runners-up
2018 Eliteserien 8 30 11 8 11 46 39 41 Third round
2019 (in progress) Eliteserien 13 28 5 13 10 29 39 28 Third round

[7]

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR   ÍBV 2−0 4−0 6−0
2QR   St. Gallen 1−0 1–2 2−2 (a)
3QR   Rijeka 1−1 1−0 2−1
PO   Maccabi Tel Aviv 3−1 1–2 4−3
Group I   Beşiktaş 2–3 1–3 4th
  Genk 3−1 0–4
  Malmö 1–1 1–1
Notes
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

Current squadEdit

As of 23 July 2019[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Bart Straalman
3   DF Jørgen Horn
4   DF Bjørn Inge Utvik
5   DF Niklas Gunnarsson
6   DF Nicolai Næss
7   MF Ole Jørgen Halvorsen
8   MF Matti Lund Nielsen
10   FW Steffen Lie Skålevik
11   MF Jonathan Lindseth
13   DF Mario Pavelić (on loan from Rijeka)
15   MF Gaute Høberg Vetti
16   DF Joachim Thomassen
17   MF Kristoffer Zachariassen
18   MF Sebastian Jarl
19   FW Kristoffer Larsen
No. Position Player
20   DF Magnar Ødegaard
21   FW Mustafa Abdellaoue
22   MF Jon-Helge Tveita
23   MF Lenny Nangis
25   FW Johan Meldalen Olstad
26   FW Ismaila Coulibaly
27   FW Aboubacar Konté
28   FW Alexander Ruud Tveter
30   GK Alexandre Letellier (on loan from Angers)
31   GK Aslak Falch
44   MF Mate Maleš
45   FW Jørgen Strand Larsen
48   FW Kyle Lafferty
77   DF Amin Askar

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2018–19 and transfers summer 2019.

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
1   GK Sander Thulin (to Kråkerøy)
14   MF Wilmer Azofeifa (to Aalesund)
24   MF Anwar Elyounoussi (to Fram Larvik)
  DF Sulayman Bojang (to Kongsvinger)

ManagersEdit

Sarpsborg 08 FF managers from 2008 to present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stadion" (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg 08 FF. Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ Haraldsen, Stian (2009-06-25). "Mister tre poeng og havner på nedrykksplass" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  3. ^ Eide, Ole Kåre (2009-11-07). "Har snudd Sarpsborg på hodet" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Archived from the original on 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  4. ^ "KIL fikk viktige bortemål, Sarpsborg vant". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  5. ^ Pettersen, Gry (2009-11-12). "Tapte opprykkskampen" (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  6. ^ Aulstad, Vegard (2018-08-30). "Sarpsborg 08 til Europa League-gruppespillet" (in Norwegian). VG. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  7. ^ "Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk" (in Norwegian).
  8. ^ "Lag / Sarpsborg 08". Sarpsborg 08 FF. Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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