IK Start

IK Start is a Norwegian football club from the town of Kristiansand that currently plays in 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The club's current head coach is Jóhannes Harðarson. The team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and socks at home, and black jerseys, yellow shorts and socks away.

IK Start
Full nameIdrettsklubben Start
Founded19 September 1905 (19 September 1905)
GroundSør Arena
Kristiansand
Capacity14,563
Head coachJóhannes Harðarson
League1. divisjon
20191. divisjon, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website

They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club was called "Tigerberget", until 2017, when the IK Start board decided to no longer have an official supporter club.

Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a free-kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.

History

Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the European Cup in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2006–07. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian 1. divisjon and were promoted to the top flight.

In 2005 they reached second place, following Vålerenga, after a strong comeback season in the Tippeligaen. For this, Start earned a place in the UEFA Cup 2006.

In 2006, after beating Skála of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, and Drogheda United of Ireland in the second qualifying round (after penalties), they reached the first round of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by Ajax of the Netherlands.

2007 was a bad year for Start, with problems working as a team and management issues. It led to a disappointing 13th place, leading to Start's relegation to 1. divisjon. In 2008 the club got financial problems. The local government saved the club from bankruptcy. The financial difficulties has plagued Start for several seasons, due to the financial crisis and the Norwegian footballteams overspending, Start being no exception. The last couple of seasons, Start has downsized and saved money, for example by changing the turf on Sør Arena, the hopes being that the savings will keep the wheels turning in Start.

Ahead of the 2009 season, Knut Tørum was appointed head coach of Start. The next two seasons, Start was positioned at the lower half of Tippeligaen although achieving some strong results, like being the only team to beat Rosenborg in 2009, at Rosenborgs homeground Lerkendal, delaying their gold celebration. On 22 June 2011, Start had 13 points in 12 matches, and Tørum decided to resign hours before a cup-match against Strømsgodset, a match Start won without Tørum. Mons Ivar Mjelde replaced Tørum as head coach, but was not able to save Start from relegation. Start started the 2012 1. divisjon in strong fashion, leading the division and winning important matches and won promotion at the end of the season.

Start defeated Stabæk 4-1 on 4 July 2015. From 12 July 2015 to 18 September 2016, Start played 39 consecutive games without a win in Tippeligaen.[1] This is the longest run without winning a single game across any top division in Europe.

Achievements

Winners (2): 1978, 1980
Runners-up (1): 2005
Bronze medal (7): 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992
Semi finalist (6): 1975, 1978, 1988, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2018
Winners (4): 1968, 1972, 2004, 2012
Promotion: 1958–59, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2017

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002 Tippeligaen 14 262519 217211 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2003 1. divisjon 9 3012414 535040 Third round
2004 1. divisjon 1 302424 712874 Third round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2005 Tippeligaen 2 261367 473545 Fourth round
2006 Tippeligaen 6 261079 293237 Semi-final
2007 Tippeligaen 13 266812 344426 Fourth round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2008 1. divisjon 3 301785 583459 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen 9 30101010 465240 Third round
2010 Tippeligaen 8 3011910 576042 Quarter-final
2011 Tippeligaen 15 307518 396126 Semi-final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2012 1. divisjon 1 302064 713566 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2013 Tippeligaen 9 3010812 434638 Quarter-final
2014 Tippeligaen 12 3010515 476035 Fourth round
2015 Tippeligaen 14 305718 356422 Second round
2016 Tippeligaen 16 3021018 235916 Third round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2017 1. divisjon 2 301677 573655 Second round Promoted to the Eliteserien
2018 Eliteserien 15 308517 305429 Semi-final Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2019 1. divisjon 3 301956 543162 First round Promoted to the Eliteserien

Current squad

As of 22 June 2019.[2]

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 Jonas Deumeland
2 DF Jesper Daland
3 DF Espen Hammer Berger
4 MF Aremu Afeez
5 MF Adnan Hadzic
6 DF Joackim Jørgensen
7 FW Kevin Kabran
8 FW Eman Markovic
9 FW Martin Ramsland
13 GK Alexander Pedersen
14 MF Espen Børufsen
15 DF Henrik Robstad
16 MF Mikael Ugland
No. Position Player
17 FW Adeleke Akinyemi
18 MF Isaac Twum
19 MF Kasper Skaanes
20 FW Mathias Bringaker
21 MF Sander Sjøkvist
22 DF Kristoffer Tønnesen
23 MF Erlend Segberg
27 DF Eirik Wichne
31 DF Damion Lowe
35 GK Sebastian Heggland
43 DF Altin Ujkani
68 DF Johannes Eftevaag
GK Amund Wichne

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
24 MF Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason (on loan to Víkingur Reykjavik)
No. Position Player
33 FW Isac Lidberg (on loan to Brommapojkarna)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Jóhannes Harðarson
Assistant coach Andreas Jenssen
GK coach Erik Ruthford Pedersen
Physio Jørgen Rostrup
Osteopath Kurt Støen
Equipment manager Øyvind Evjen

Former head coaches

IK Start coaching history from 1947 to present

European record

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1. round Djurgården 1–2 0–5 1–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1. round Wacker Innsbruck 0–5 1–2 1–7
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1. round Fram 6–0 2–0 8–0
2. round Eintracht Braunschweig 1–0 0–4 1–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1. round Esbjerg 0–0 0–1 0–1
1979–80 European Cup 1. round Strasbourg 1–2 0–4 1–6
1981–82 European Cup 1. round AZ 1–3 0–1 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. qualifying round Skála 3–0 1–0 4–0
2. qualifying round Drogheda United 1–0 0–1 1–1 (11–10 p)
1. round Ajax 2–5 0–4 2–9

References

  1. "Start med sin første seier siden 4. juli i fjor: – Det kom en tåre i øyekroken". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV2. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. "Start sin spillerstall" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 19 April 2019.

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