Allsvenskan: Djurgårdens IF | Team Preview

Djurgårdens IF will host the Allsvenskan debutants IK Sirius in the opening match of the 2017 Allsvenskan at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on April 3.


Djurgårdens IF is a Stockholm-based, Swedish football club that finished on a seventh place in last Allsvenskan season. They won 14 matches and drew one match, collecting overall 43 points out of 30 matches played. Djurgårdens IF suffered defeat in 15 matches.

Djurgårdens IF managed to scored 48 goals and concede 47 goals in the last Allsvenskan season. The Kenya international, Michael Olunga, was Djurgårdens IF’s top goalscorer in 2016 Allsvenskan with his twelve goals. Elliot Käck was crowned Djurgårdens IF’s assist king with his six assists.

GENERAL INFORMATION
– Founded: 1891
– Ground: Tele2 Arena (Capacity: 30,000)
– Chairman: Lars-Erik Sjöberg
– Coach: Özcan Melkemichel

CLUB HISTORY
Djurgårdens IF was founded March 12, 1891 at a café on the island of Djurgården or, more officially, Kungliga Djurgården (Royal Djurgården) primarily by John G. Jansson. Most of the founding members were young working-class men. The first real football field in Stockholm was created in 1896. Djurgårdens IF’s football department was formed in 1899, with the help of former GAIS-player Teodor Andersson. GAIS is a Gothenburg-based football club that play currently in the second division, Superettan. Djurgården played their first match in July 1899 and suffered a narrow two-one defeat to local rivals AIK.

The 1980s was not a good decade for Djurgårdens IF after being relegated from Allsvenskan in 1981. Although, Djurgårdens IF returned two years later, and stayed in Allsvenskan for five consecutive seasons, but had no greater success except losing the Championship final in 1988. The former England international and striker Teddy Sheringham had a brief spell at Djurgårdens IF early in his career, as a 19-year-old loanee in 1985.

The first half of the 2000s was a golden era for the club, with three championships (2002, 2003 and 2005) and three cup wins (2002, 2004 and 2005). This marked the end of the golden era for Djurgårdens IF, which ended on a sixth place in 2006. The club was one of the main contenders for the league title in 2007, which ultimately led them to a third place.

Djurgårdens IF’s archrival is AIK due to several reasons. Djurgårdens IF and AIK were both founded in 1891, just three weeks apart. Because of this, games between the teams are called Tvillingderbyt (English: “The twin derby”). Both teams are originally from Stockholm’s city centre.

The strong rivalry can also be traced back to the two clubs older history, when Djurgården was a working class club and AIK a middle class club. Games between the two teams are very popular and draw large attendances.

The games can often be heated occasions given the fact that there is a lot of animosity between both sets of supporters and can produce great atmospheres. They are also historically the biggest and most successful clubs from Stockholm, with 11 Swedish Championships each.

ACHIEVEMENT
Allsvenskan
– Champions (11): 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1954/1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 2002, 2003, 2005.
– Runners-up: 1962, 1967, 2001.

Superettan
– Champions (1): 2000.

Division 1 Norra
– Champions (3): 1987, 1994, 1998.

Svenska Cupen
– Champions (4): 1989/1990, 2002, 2004, 2005.
– Runners-up (4): 1951, 1974/1975, 1988/1989, 2013.

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