IFK Norrköping

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.

IFK Norrköping
Full nameIdrottsföreningen
Kamraterna Norrköping
Nickname(s)Peking (Beijing)
Kamraterna (The comrades)
VitaBlå (WhiteBlue)
Founded29 May 1897 (1897-05-29)
GroundÖstgötaporten, Norrköping
ChairmanPeter Hunt
ManagerJens Gustafsson
2019Allsvenskan, 5th
WebsiteClub website

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

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

Out on loan

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

Retired numbers

  • 12 – Fans of the club

Winners of Guldbollen

League top scorers


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


Technical staff

As of 4 January 2018[5]

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




IFK Norrköping in Europe

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


Åke "Bajdoff" Johansson, 321 games (1949–65)
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 Alexander Fransson, from FC Basel for approximately 10 million SEK, 2018.
  • Most expensive sale:
Midfielder/Forward Arnór Ingvi Traustason, to SK Rapid Wien for approximately 16 million SEK, 2016.

Managerial history

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

Affiliate clubs

Other sections

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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