Dalkurd FF

Dalkurd Fotbollsförening, commonly known as Dalkurd FF or simply Dalkurd (Swedish pronunciation: [ˇdɑːlkɵrd]) is a Swedish football club based in Uppsala.[1] The club plays in the Superettan, which is the second top tier of football in the country. On 26 September 2004, the club was originally founded by members of the Kurdish diaspora in Borlänge, Dalarna.

Dalkurd
Full nameDalakurd Fotbollsförening
Founded26 September 2004 (2004-09-26)
GroundGavlevallen
Capacity6,500
OwnerDalkurd FF
ChairmanRamazan Kizil
CoachPaul Olausson
LeagueSuperettan
2019Superettan, 8th
WebsiteClub website

On 24 November 2017, Dalkurd chose to move their senior team operations to Uppsala, some 140 kilometers southeast of Borlänge, where they will play at the new ground Nya Studenternas IP following its opening in 2020.[1] In the 2018 season, however, Dalkurd played their home games at Gavlevallen in Gävle, some 110 kilometers north of Uppsala (and roughly 110 kilometers east of Borlänge).[2] Dalkurd FF holds the record for the lowest average attendances in the history of both Allsvenskan and Superettan, the two highest Swedish leagues. Dalkurd FF is affiliated with Upplands Fotbollförbund.[3]

History

The club was formed in Borlänge in 2004 by a group of Kurds. It started as a social project to contribute to the youth of Borlänge by offering activities for them. IK Brage helped financing the project.[4][5] In the first season the squad consisted of an average age of 17 years. Besides contributing to the youngsters, the chairman, Ramazan Kizil, had high expectations of the football players and an ultimate goal: he wanted to take Dalkurd to the professional levels of the Swedish league.[6] Dalkurd won every division they participated in from their very first season in 2005 to 2009. Owing to this uncommon success they got a lot of media attention, both in Sweden and abroad.

The club narrowly avoided catastrophe when travelling home from Spain in March 2015. The club had initially intended to fly from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on Germanwings Flight 9525, but changed its booking at the last minute when they decided the layover in Germany would be too long.[7] Flight 4U 9525 crashed into the French Alps on March 24, killing everyone on board.

Season to season

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
2005 Tier 7 Division 6 Dalarna Mellersta 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 7 Division 5 Dalarna Södra 1st Promoted
2007 Tier 6 Division 4 Dalarna 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 5 Division 3 Södra Norrland 1st Promoted
2009 Tier 4 Division 2 Norra Svealand 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 6th
2011 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 4th
2012 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 8th
2013 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 2nd Promotion Playoffs
2014 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 3rd
2015 Tier 3 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 2 Superettan 4th
2017 Tier 2 Superettan 2nd Promoted
2018 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 15th Relegated
2019 Tier 2 Superettan 8th

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new tier being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.[8]

Supporters

Roj Fans
Established2010 (2010)
TypeSupporter club
HeadquartersBorlänge,  Sweden
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Rojfans

In 2010, the official supporter club from Västerås for Dalkurd FF with the name "Roj Fans" was founded. They are an independent non-profit making organisation.

In 2018, they set the record for the lowest average attendance ever – 1,058 – in the history of the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan. The record was previously held by Västerås IK, who had an average attendance of 1,125 in the inaugural season 1924–25.[9] The game against BK Häcken with an attendance of 202 people also became the second lowest attendance in the history of the league.[10]

In 2019, they set the record for the lowest average attendance in the history of Superettan – 168 people.[11]

Affiliated clubs

Affiliated clubs

In 2019, Dalkurd FF announced a cooperation with Uppsala-kurd FK as part of strengthening the presence of Dalkurd FF in the Uppsala region. One of the aims of the cooperation is to make a natural way for talents in Uppsala to become a part of Dalkurd. Uppsala Kurd plays in div. 4 Uppland and is a farm team for Dalkurd FF. Players from the Dalkurd Academy regularly train with Uppsala Kurd. If they are good enough, a transition is made so that they can represent Uppsala Kurd in the series game. The goal is to bring Uppsala Kurd higher up in the series system. We want to be able to offer young players good senior match environments on the way to Dalkurd FF want Uppsala Kurd A in div 3, 2020 and then the goal is to come up in the second in a few years. The football played and the training methodology in Uppsala Kurd is the same as in Dalkurd A and the Dalkurd Academy.

Crest

The crest consist of a round circle with the flag of Kurdistan as well as two Dalecarlian horses. "Dal" and "Kurd FF" is spelled out in white letters on the top and bottom of the crest, as well as the year 2004.

Kit

The traditional home colors of Dalkurd are all green. The Away kit is traditionally white but have previously been black, yellow and pink in the 2019 season. The club's kit manufacturer Adidas

Honours

Dalkurd FF honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Division 1 Norra
1
2015
Division 2 Norra Svealand 2009
Division 3 Södra Norrland 2008
Division 4 Dalarna 2007
Division 5 Dalarna Södra 2006
Division 6 Dalarna Mellersta 2005

Players

Current squad

As of 2 September, 2019[12]

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 Andreas Andersson
4 DF Dillan Ismail
6 MF Robin Tranberg
7 MF Rawez Lawan (vice-captain)
8 FW Emil Berger
9 FW Simon Alexandersson
10 FW Ahmed Awad
11 MF Joseph Ceesay (on loan from Djurgården)
14 DF Christopher McVey (on loan from Elfsborg)
16 DF Markus Thorbjörnsson
No. Position Player
17 MF Julius Brekkan
21 DF Peshraw Azizi (captain)
22 DF Christoffer Styffe
24 MF Besard Sabovic (on loan from Djurgården)
25 MF Malkolm Moënza
30 GK Filip Anger
33 DF Irfan Jašarević
80 MF Frank Arhin (on loan from Östersund)
99 FW Kerfala Cissoko

Personnel

Attendances

In recent seasons Dalkurd FF have had the following average attendances:

Season Average Attendance Division / Section Level
2007 Not available Div 4 Dalarna Tier 6
2008 179 Div 3 Södra Norrland Tier 5
2009 456 Div 2 Norra Svealand Tier 4
2010 298 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2011 315 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2012 365 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2013 282 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2014 466 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2015 475 Div 1 Norra Tier 3
2016 1,119 Superettan Tier 2

* Attendances are provided in the Publikliga sections of the Svenska Fotbollförbundet website.[13]

References

  1. "Beslut taget vid extraårsmöte" (in Swedish). Dalkurd FF. 24 November 2017.
  2. "Nu är det klart att Dalkurd kan spela 15 matcher på Gavlevallen 2018" (in Swedish). Gävle kommun. 20 November 2017. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar 2018 – Upplands Fotbollförbund". svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. "Dalkurd vinner mest". DN.SE. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. "Målet: Nå allsvenskan". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. "ARKIV: Seriekometen Dalkurd vill upp i allsvenskan". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. "Germanwings crash: Dalkurd FF goalkeeper on last-minute, life-saving flight change". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  8. "GAIS – Lagfacta – Dalkurd FF" (in Swedish). GAIS. 3 September 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012.
  9. "Dalkurd-Djurgården: Dalkurds publiksnitt sämst någonsin". www.expressen.se. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. "Häcken körde över Dalkurd – upp på tredje plats". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  11. "168 åskådare i snitt – Dalkurd sätter nytt bottenrekord". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. "First team". Dalkurd FF.
  13. "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 9 December 2010.
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