Allsvenskan: IFK Göteborg | Team Preview

IFK Göteborg will open their 2017 Allsvenskan campaign by hosting the defending Swedish champions Malmö FF at Ullevi Stadium, which has a capacity of 43,000 on April 1st.

IFK Göteborg is a one of the biggest and most honoured football clubs in Sweden and is located in Gothenburg, a city located on the Swedish west coast.

The 2016 Allsvenskan season, was a quite disappointing season for Jörgen Lennartsson’s IFK Göteborg. The Blue-White finished on a fourth place with overall 50 points. Jörgen Lennartsson was appointed as the new head coach of IFK Göteborg in 2015. In his first season, he managed to take IFK Göteborg to a second place and win the 2014/2015 Svenska Cupen. Thus, his second season was quite a failure for IFK Göteborg.

In 2016 Allsvenskan, IFK Göteborg won 14 and drew eight matches out of 30 matches played. IFK Göteborg suffered eight defeats that season. Jörgen Lennartsson’s IFK Göteborg managed to score 56 goals and conceded 47 goals.

The former Liverpool defender Glenn Hysén’s son, Tobias Hysén, was IFK Göteborg’s top goalscorer in 2016 Allsvenskan with his ten goals. The Danish midfielder Søren Rieks and Sweden international Emil Salomonsson were IFK Göteborg’s assist kings with their seven assists each in 2016 Allsvenskan.

– Founded: 1904
– Ground: Gamla Ullevi (Capacity: 18,416)
– Chairman: Frank Andersson
– Coach: Jörgen Lennartsson

IFK Göteborg was founded at Café Olivedal, a cafeteria in the Annedal district in the central parts of Gothenburg on October 4, 1904. It was the third, but only lasting, IFK association in Gothenburg, becoming the 39th overall.

A committee for football was created at the historic first meeting; the association’s first football match ended in a four-one victory against a club from the local area, IK Viking.

The foundation of IFK Göteborg was important for the development of football in the city, as until that point, Örgryte IS, the largest of Gothenburg clubs, were dominant. IFK Göteborg represented some needed competition. They won their first Swedish Championship in 1908 by winning the cup tournament.

IFK Göteborg won their first Allsvenskan title in 1934/1935, the ten previous seasons of the league saw the club finish in the top four. In 1979, IFK Göteborg hired the former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson as manager. He introduced the 4–4–2 system with “pressure and support”—called the Swenglish model, which would give IFK Göteborg great success later on, and his first season at the club ended with a second place in Allsvenskan and the club’s first gold medal in Svenska Cupen.

IFK had finished second in the league and reached the quarter-finals in the UEFA Cup as 1981 came to an end. The year 1982 became a turbulent season for IFK Göteborg as the whole board was replaced and the club almost went bankrupt—even needing to borrow money from the official supporter’s association to travel to Valencia to play the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup.

After the troubled start IFK Götevorg won every competition they entered, including Allsvenskan, the Allsvenskan play-off, Svenska Cupen, and the UEFA Cup, defeating Hamburger SV four-nil on aggregate in the finals. During the following 15 years, the club was the leading club in Swedish football, winning the Swedish championship ten times, the domestic cup three times and the UEFA Cup twice.

IFK Göteborg won the 1993 Allsvenskan and qualified for European competition. IFK Göteborg advanced to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, where they faced FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Galatasaray. Elimination at the group stage was widely anticipated but IFK Göteborg confounded expectations by winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage. However, IFK Göteborg was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Bayern Munich on away goals.

In 2007, the first title in eleven years was secured in the last round of Allsvenskan. The club then won the national cup Svenska Cupen the next season. IFK Göteborg are still considered to be one of the “Big Three” in Swedish football, along with Malmö FF and AIK, despite only having won three titles in the last ten years.

Swedish Champions (18): 1908, 1910, 1918, 1934/1935, 1941/1942, 1957/1958, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007.

– Champions (13): 1934/1935, 1941/1942, 1957/1958, 1969, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007.
– Runners-up (13): 1924/1925, 1926/1927, 1929/1930, 1939/1949, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015.

Division 2
– Champions (3): 1938/1939, 1950/1951, 1976.
– Runners-up (2): 1972, 1975.

Svenska Cupen
– Champions (7): 1978/1979, 1981/1982, 1982/1983, 1991, 2008, 2012/2013, 2014/2015
– Runners-up (5): 1985/1986, 1998/1999, 2004, 2007, 2009.

Svenska Supercupen
– Champions (1): 2008.
– Runners-up (4): 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015.

– Champions (2): 1981/1982, 1986/1987.

European Cup/ UEFA Champions League
– Semi-Finalists (2): 1985/1986, 1992/1993.
– Quarter-Finalists (3): 1984/1985, 1988/1989, 1994/1995.

Fyrkantserien and Svenska Mästerskapet (Swedish Champions)
– Champions (1): 1918.

Allsvenskan play-offs (Swedish Champions) and Svenska Cupen
– Champions (1): 1983.

Allsvenskan and Allsvenskan play-offs (Swedish Champions)
– Winners (2): 1984, 1990.

Svenska Cupen and Svenska Supercupen
– Champions (1): 2008.

Allsvenskan, Allsvenskan play-offs (Swedish Champions) and the UEFA Cup
– Champions (1): 1987.

Allsvenskan, Mästerskapsserien (Swedish Champions) and Svenska Cupen
– Champions (1): 1991.

Allsvenskan, Allsvenskan play-offs (Swedish Champions), Svenska Cupen and the UEFA Cup
– Champions (1): 1982.



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