IFK Norrköping

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IFK Norrköping
IFK Norrkoping logo.svg
Full nameIdrottsföreningen
Kamraterna Norrköping
Nickname(s)Peking (Beijing)
Kamraterna (The comrades)
VitaBlå (WhiteBlue)
Founded29 May 1897; 122 years ago (1897-05-29)
GroundÖstgötaporten, Norrköping
ChairmanPeter Hunt
ManagerJens Gustafsson
2019Allsvenskan, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
A chart showing the progress of IFK Norrköping through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
IFK Norrköping supporter group Peking Fanz.

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Norrköping, more commonly known as IFK Norrköping or simply Norrköping, is a Swedish professional football club based in Norrköping. The club is affiliated to Östergötlands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Östgötaporten.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are white and blue. Formed on 29 May 1897, the club have won thirteen national championship titles and six national cup titles.

The club plays in the highest Swedish tier, Allsvenskan, which they first won in 1943.[2] IFK Norrköping were most successful during the 1940s, when they won five Swedish championships and two Svenska Cupen titles under the Hungarian coach Lajos Czeizler and with players like Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm.

IFK Norrköping won the 2015 Allsvenskan, their first win since 1989, which also gave them a spot in the second qualification round of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.


IFK Norrköping dominated Swedish football in the post war era and won the first division 11 times in 20 years, culminating in the league triumph of 1963. It took the club another 26 years before adding championship title number 12 to the trophy cabinet.

On 31 October 2015, IFK Norrköping won their 13th championship title after defeating the defending champions Malmö FF with 2–0 away in Swedbank Stadion in Malmö in the last round of 2015 Allsvenskan. This was the second time in a row they had to wait 26 years between titles.[3] On 8 November IFK Norrköping won supercupen against Swedish cup winners IFK Göteborg. The result was 3–0 after a dominating performance from the reigning Swedish champions.


The club used to have a fierce rivalry with IK Sleipner, also from Norrköping, before Sleipner's fall from the higher divisions. Another historic rivalry is that against Åtvidabergs FF, also from the province of Östergötland, which was especially tense in the 1970s and early 2010s. This rivalry has lost importance since Åtvidaberg were relegated from Allsvenskan. IFK Norrköping also maintains a rivalry with Malmö FF; the fixtures between the clubs is sometimes known as "The Working Class Derby"


First-team squad[edit]

As of 2 August 2019[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 Sweden GK Isak Pettersson
2 Sweden DF Henrik Castegren
3 Denmark DF Rasmus Lauritsen
4 Luxembourg DF Lars Krogh Gerson
5 Sweden FW Christoffer Nyman
6 Denmark DF Kasper Larsen
7 Sweden MF Alexander Fransson
8 Iceland DF Guðmundur Þórarinsson
9 Sweden MF Maic Sema
10 Finland FW Simon Skrabb
11 Sweden DF Christopher Telo
14 Albania DF Egzon Binaku
16 Sweden FW Pontus Almqvist
No. Position Player
17 Sweden FW Kalle Holmberg
20 Honduras DF Kevin Álvarez
21 Sweden MF Simon Thern
22 Costa Rica DF Ian Smith
23 Sweden MF Andreas Blomqvist
24 Sweden GK Gustav Jansson
25 Sweden DF Filip Dagerstål
26 Iceland DF Oliver Stefánsson
27 Iceland MF Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson
29 Sweden GK Julius Lindgren
77 Sweden MF Manasse Kusu
97 Estonia GK Andreas Vaikla
99 Montenegro MF Sead Hakšabanović (on loan from West Ham United)

Out on loan[edit]

As of 2 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
Sweden FW Carl Björk (at IF Sylvia until end of spring season)
18 Iceland DF Alfons Sampsted (at Breiðablik until end of spring season)
No. Position Player
9 Sweden DF Johannes Vall (at Östers IF until end of the season)

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 12 – Fans of the club

Winners of Guldbollen[edit]

Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson (right) playing in a 1964 game against Malmö FF.

League top scorers[edit]


Superettan (Division II 1924/1925–1986 and Division I 1987–1999)[edit]


Technical staff[edit]

As of 4 January 2018[5]

Name Role
Sweden Jens Gustafsson Head coach
Sweden Stefan Hellberg Assistant coach
Sweden Mathias Florén Assistant coach
Sweden Jonas Hellberg Fitness coach
Sweden Maths Elfvendal Goalkeeping coach
Sweden Mikael Hansson Players manager
Sweden Tony Martinsson Youth academy director[6]
United States Dale Reese Physiotherapist
Sweden Peter Rockborn Club doctor
Sweden Peter Cratz Club doctor
Sweden Bengt Janzon Club doctor
Sweden Daniel Ekwall Mental coach
Sweden Lennart Linder Equipment manager
Sweden Håkan Wetell Human Resource



1963: Bengt Nyholm, the keeper of IFK Norrköping, tries to improve his effectiveness by applying glue from flypaper to his hands


IFK Norrköping in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1956–57 European Cup 1R Italy Florentina 0–1 1–1 1–2
1957–58 European Cup 1R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2–2 1–2 3–4
1962–63 European Cup PR Albania Partizani Tirana 2–0 1–1 3–1
1R Portugal Benfica 1–1 1–5 2–6
1963–64 European Cup PR Belgium Standard Liége 2–0 0–1 2–1
1R Italy Milan 1–1 2–5 3–6
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–1 2–2 6–3
2R Norway Lyn 3–2 0–2 3–4
1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers 5–1 0–1 5–2
2R West Germany Schalke 04 0–0 0–1 0–1
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Flamura Roşie Arad 2–0 2–1 4–1
2R Italy Inter Milan 0–2 2–2 2–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Hibernian 0–0 2–3 2–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R England Southampton 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
2R Italy Roma 1–0 0–1
(2–4 p)
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Italy Sampdoria 2–1 0–2 2–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Germany 1. FC Köln 0–0 1–3 1–3
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–0 2–1 6–1
2R France Monaco 1–2 0–1 1–3
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Torino 1–0 0–3 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Belgium KV Mechelen 0–1 1–1
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Czech Republic Viktoria Žižkov 3–3 0–1 3–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR Faroe Islands 2–1 2–0 4–1
1R Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–2 1–2 3–4
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q Norway Rosenborg 3–2 1–3 4–5
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kosovo Prishtina 5–0 1–0 6–0
2Q Lithuania Trakai 2–1 1–2
(3–5 p)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 2–0 4–1
2Q Latvia Liepāja 2–0 1–0 3–0
3Q Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 1–3 2–4


Sweden Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson, 321 games (1949–65)
Sweden Henry "Putte" Källgren, 126 goals (1951–60)
  • Most spectators:
32 234 against Malmö FF, 7 June 1956
11–1 against Djurgårdens IF, 14 October 1945.
0 – 11 against Örgryte IS, 6 April 1928 and Helsingborgs IF, 22 September 1929
  • Most expensive player:
Midfielder Sweden Alexander Fransson, from Switzerland FC Basel for approximately 10 million SEK, 2018.
  • Most expensive sale:
Midfielder/Forward Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason, to Austria SK Rapid Wien for approximately 16 million SEK, 2016.

Managerial history[edit]

List of IFK Norrköping managers 1905– [8] [9] [10]

Affiliate clubs[edit]

Other sections[edit]

IFK Norrköping also maintains departments for women's football, set up in 2009, orienteering, bowling and bandy. The bandy team played in Sweden's highest division in 1937.

Part of the club was also an ice hockey team which played in the seasons 1950/51 and 1955/56 in the highest Swedish division. The ice hockey teams of IFK and local rivals IK Sleipner were joined in 1967 to form IF IFK/IKS, known from 1973 forward as IK Vita Hästen ("Ice Hockey Club White Horse") which evolved into today's HC Vita Hästen.


  1. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.[7]


  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Östergötlands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/sverige/allsvenskan/ifknorrkoping/article21682097.ab
  4. ^ "IFK Norrköpings trupp" (in Swedish). IFK Norrköping. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ Truppen‚ ifknorrkoping.se, 4 January 2018
  6. ^ Tony Martinsson‚ ifknorrkopingungdom.se, 4 January 2018
  7. ^ "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  8. ^ IFK Norrköping tränare 1921–2003‚ gruvstugan.com, 6 January 2018
  9. ^ IFK Norrköpings historia – Tränare/Lagledare‚ tomasjunglander.se, 7 January 2018
  10. ^ IFK Norrköpings historia – lagbild 1905‚ tomasjunglander.se, 7 January 2018
  11. ^ Samarbetet med Sylvia‚ svenskafans.com, 21 January 2014
  12. ^ Officiellt: Husqvarna FF lånar Julius Lindgren‚ svenskafans.com, 24 August 2017

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