Lyn Fotball

Lyn 1896 Fotballklubb (Norwegian pronunciation: [lyːn]) is a Norwegian football club and a department of the sports club Ski- og Fotballklubben Lyn based in Oslo, whose members also participate in Nordic skiing and orienteering. Until 2010, SFK Lyn had two football departments, one professional section and one amateur section. After the professional football department, FK Lyn was bankrupted in 2010, the fans decided to support the amateur department, Lyn Fotball, instead. With the help of some of the old FK Lyn players, Lyn Fotball have won three consecutive promotions, and is playing in the 3. divisjon. The team plays its home matches at Bislett Stadium, and the head coach is currently Bent Inge Johnsen.

Lyn 1896 FK
Full nameLyn 1896 Fotballklubb
Founded3 March 1896 (1896-03-03)
GroundBislett Stadium
ManagerBent Inge Johnsen
League3. divisjon
20193. divisjon Group 2, 6th of 14

Lyn was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest football clubs in Norway, and they were founding members of the Football Association of Norway in 1902. The club won the top division title in 1964 and 1968 and have won the cup eight times. Lyn was also the initiator of the construction of Ullevaal Stadion, which has served as Norway's national stadium since 1927 and was Lyn's home ground from 1926 to 2010. Lyn has traditionally been perceived as representing the upper and middle classes, whereas the eastside club Vålerenga was seen as belonging to the workers.

The club enjoyed some success during the first half of the 20th century, securing many Cup titles, and despite failing to win the league title, had a certain stature in Norwegian football. The Norway national football team that won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics included six players from Lyn. The captain of this team was Lyn-player Jørgen Juve, who is still the player with the most goals scored for the Norway national team. The club's most recent period of success was during the 1960s, when they won four trophies and reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Lyn also fields a women's team, which in 2012 won promotion to the 1. divisjon, the second tier in women's football. In 2017 the women's team, managed by Glenn Kleven, won promotion to the Toppserien, the top tier of women's football in Norway.


Early success

Lyn was founded on 3 March 1896 at St. Hanshaugen. Lyn was one of three clubs who in 1902 founded the Football Association of Norway, and is the only one still existing. In the first decade of Football in Norway, the club was one of the strongest and won four consecutive Norwegian Cups from 1908 till 1911. At the 1936 Summer Olympics, six Lyn-players, Arne Brustad, Øivind Holmsen, Fredrik Horn, Magnar Isaksen, Jørgen Juve and Frithjof Ulleberg, represented the Norway national football team that won the bronze medal, with Juve as the team's captain. Jørgen Juve is still the player with the most goals scored for the Norway national team.

Lyn also won the cup in 1945 and 1946 but had to wait till 1964 for their first league-title. With Harald Berg and Ola Dybwad-Olsen as main contributors the club secured another victory in the cup in 1967, and in 1968 the club won The Double, clinching both the League title and the Cup, and became the first team from Norway to reach the quarter final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, where they met Barcelona. Because of the weather conditions during the winter in Norway, both matches were played in Spain. Lyn lost the first game 2-3 and in the second match Lyn was leading 2-0 with 15 minutes left to play. The match ended 2-2 and thus Lyn was eliminated.

The Double was followed by a dismal period in the club's history. The club was relegated in 1969, and even though the team was promoted back after one year and reached the cup final in 1970, the club was again relegated in 1973. During the next 30 years, Lyn was swiftly relegated and promoted between the first and the third tier and the club was never playing in the top division for more than three consecutive seasons. During this period the fan base eroded and Lyn is said to have lost a generation of supporters.

During the 90s the club went back and forth between the Premier League and the First Division. In 1994, Lyn reached the Norwegian Cup final but lost 2-3 to Molde.

The Brynestad-period

Norwegian investor Atle Brynestad bought the club in 1999, in effect saving it from bankruptcy. In 2000, the team was promoted to the Premier League, after winning the First Division with an unprecedented number of points, and they retained their spot in the top flight the following year. In the 2002-season a strengthened Lyn took the lead early on and had gained a large advantage halfway through the season, but had to settle for a 3rd-place finish after a disastrous slump in form and the controversial appointment of new head coach, Hvroje Braovic. The misery, in part due to the constant hiring and firing of coaches, continued into the next year. Lyn struggled at the bottom of the table for most of the season but avoided relegation thanks to the efforts of team captain Tommy Berntsen, who took on the role as coach after Teitur Thordarson, the 5th coach in two years, had resigned. 2004 was a recovery year for Lyn, ending the season in 6th place and reaching the Norwegian Cup final (lost to Brann).

2005 was an eventful year for the club, both on and off the pitch. The club's youth program was beginning to bear fruits and with former international Henning Berg as the new head coach the club claimed 3rd spot in the league. Lyn defeated Rosenborg at Ullevaal for the first time since 1968 and repeated the feat in the away game.

In April, the club's talented Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel signed a contract with Manchester United, and according to a statement by Lyn's managing director Morgan Andersen, it was the most expensive transfer in Norwegian football to date. The transfer has since been the source of a heated dispute, and Mikel instead joined Chelsea after a long period of time. FIFA released an announcement stating that Lyn had done everything correct in the process. The transfer is said to have cost Chelsea £16 million. £12 million of this to Manchester United and £4 million to Lyn.


On 10 October 2008, Chelsea announced on their website that they were initiating legal proceedings against Lyn Oslo and their former director Morgan Andersen in an attempt to recover the entire £16 million fee paid. Chelsea maintain that this was due to the contract of the original transfer being based on a fraudulent misrepresentation.[1]

In 2007, the club sold Nigerian international Chinedu Obasi to TSG Hoffenheim for an expected €5 million.

The 2009 season was again very disappointing with the club relegated from Tippeligaen and saved from liquidation at the very last moment.

The 2010 season saw Lyn at Bislett Stadium (sharing with Skeid) in the second level of Norway football. In April 2010 Idar Vollvik's company, Ludo, was presented as the club's latest sponsor in an attempt to rescue the club from its financial crisis, but to no avail, and on 30 June 2010, the club declared bankruptcy.[2]

Recent years

Following the bankruptcy, Lyn's fans gathered around the club's surviving team in the 6. divisjon (seventh tier) for the remainder of the 2010 season moving their home games to Frogner Stadion, drawing large crowds to their home games.[3] In late 2010, Lyn club paid all debt associated with the reserves team of the bankrupt top-flight club. The football association then awarded Lyn the licence formerly held by the reserves, allowing the club to play the 2011 season in the Fourth Division. Led by Finn Bredo Olsen, Lyn secured promotion to the 3. divisjon, after a perfect season with no losses or draws.[4] On 30 September 2012, Lyn secured promoted to the 2. divisjon, after beating Lommedalen 90 in front of 2,113 spectators at Frogner Stadion.[5] But, in 2015, Lyn was relegated to the 3. divisjon after three seasons and the unsuccessful attempts to promote to the 1. divisjon.


Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1997 Tippeligaen 13 264517 285817 Third round Relegated to the 1. divisjon
1998 1. divisjon 9 26998 442636 Third round
1999 1. divisjon 4 261196 543042 Quarterfinal
2000 1. divisjon 1 261943 552451 Fourth round Promoted to the Tippeligaen
2001 Tippeligaen 11 266812 404926 Second round
2002 Tippeligaen 3 261457 362947 Quarterfinal
2003 Tippeligaen 10 268612 344530 Fourth round
2004 Tippeligaen 6 269107 303137 Final
2005 Tippeligaen 3 261286 372144 Third round
2006 Tippeligaen 7 2610511 333635 Fourth round
2007 Tippeligaen 9 2610412 434634 Quarterfinal
2008 Tippeligaen 7 2611510 383438 Quarterfinal
2009 Tippeligaen 16 3021018 295916 Quarterfinal Relegated to the 1. divisjon
2010 1. divisjon 16 0000 000 Third round Bankrupt. Relegated to the 6. divisjon
2010 6. divisjon 1 181413 872843 Promoted to the 4. divisjon
2011 4. divisjon 1 202000 1061060 Not Qualified Promoted to the 3. divisjon
2012 3. divisjon 1 242112 1001364 First round Promoted to the 2. divisjon
2013 2. divisjon 4 261187 473241 Second round
2014 2. divisjon 10 269512 424232 Third round
2015 2. divisjon 12 267415 416425 First round Relegated to the 3. divisjon
2016 3. divisjon 1 262051 692065 First round
2017 3. divisjon 2 262033 713563 First round
2018 3. divisjon 3 261727 734053 First round
2019 3. divisjon 6 261169 574539 First round

Current squad

As of 31 October 2017.

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 Orhan Simsek
2 DF August Randers
3 DF Benjamin Nessjø Nyheim
5 DF Trygve Løberg
6 MF Eirik Laabak
7 MF Henrik Lehne Olsen
8 MF Fredrik Allertsen
9 MF Rune Isaksen
10 FW Demba Traoré
11 FW Haakon Hagen Aase
14 MF Emil Borkø
17 MF Jonas Aleksander Bakken
No. Position Player
18 DF Geir Huus Skeie
19 DF Bjarte Hovland
20 FW Mathias Aasand Pedersen
22 MF Eirik Haugstad
23 MF Oskar Martinus Hansen
26 GK Joar Hedkvist Dale
27 DF Johannes Johannessen
28 DF Joakim Pedersen Strand
62 FW Rasmus Gjemmestad
88 DF Mikkel Tveiten
99 GK Sofus Rasmussen

European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
1963–64 European Cup Preliminary round Borussia Dortmund 2–4 1–3 3–7
1964–65 European Cup Preliminary round Reipas Lahti 3–0 1–2 4–2
First round DWS 1–3 0–5 1–8
1965–66 European Cup Preliminary round Derry City 5–3 1–5 6–8
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Bologna 0–0 0–2 0–2
1968–69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Altay 4–1 1–3 5–4
Second round Norrköping 2–0 2–3 4–3
Quarter-final Barcelona 2–2 2–3 4–5
1969–70 European Cup First round Leeds United 0–6 0–10 0–16
1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Sporting 0–3 0–4 0–7
1972–73 UEFA Cup First round Tottenham Hotspur 3–6 0–6 3–12
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round NSÍ Runavík 6–0 3–1 9–1
First round PAOK 0–3 1–0 1–3
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Flora Tallinn 1–1 0–0 1–1


Colours and badge

Lyn's home colours are red and white shirts and blue shorts. The shirts have red sleeves and a red front with a broad, vertical white bar in the middle, which is traditionally twice as wide as the sides (a 25-50-25 red-white-red pattern). The back has the same pattern, with inverted colours.

During the first years the club had two kits, one with blue and white horizontally striped jerseys and white shorts, and a red kit in the same fashion. These were used interchangeably up until at least 1906. It is unclear exactly when the current kit was adopted, but it was in use by the time Lyn had claimed their first Norwegian Cup in 1908. The socks have traditionally been red. White socks have also been used, most recently from the beginning of the 1990s until 2004, when the red socks were brought back.

The club uses an all-blue away kit, though several different colours have been used in the past.

The current club badge is a modified version of a design originally introduced in 1900. It was made by one of the first members of the club, Leif Eriksen, and replaced a silver badge from 1898. The crest features a football in the upper left corner and a pair of skis in the lower right corner, representing the two major sports of the club. While the badge is based on the heraldic shield form of the old coat of arms of Norway, Eriksen was probably not himself familiar with the rules of heraldic design. The name of the club and the date and year of its founding were written in gold on a white background, violating the so-called rule of tincture. Also, the date and year were written in different styles. The badge has therefore been altered twice, in 1996 and finally in 2001. On the current badge the date has been removed and replaced by "18 LYN 96" in red writing on a white background.


After the 2009 season FC Lyn made the decision to move from Ullevaal Stadion to Bislett Stadium.[6] Bislett, which is also an international track and field stadium, has a capacity of 15,400. Following the bankruptcy in 2010, Lyn's fans gathered around the club's surviving team moving their home games to Frogner Stadion, which has a capacity of 4,000. In 2014 Lyn moved back to Bislett Stadium.


Women's Football

The women's team began to play in 2009.[7] In 2012, the team was promoted to the First Division. Following a 15-3-4 season in 2017, the team was promoted to the Toppserien, the top tier of Norwegian women's football.

Current squad

As of 5 April 2019

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 Karen Oline Sneve
25 GK Mari Refsnes Hasselknippe
4 DF Trine Skjelstad Jensen
5 DF Camilla Huseby
14 DF Joanna Aalstad Baekkelund
15 DF Emilie Bolviken
22 DF Sofie Mykkeltveit Tunes
7 MF Camilla Linberg
24 DF Iselin Sandnes Olsen
10 FW Runa Lillegard
9 MF Linn Huseby
No. Position Player
2 MF Hedda Nikoline Myhre Foslie
3 MF Maria Hustad
6 MF Noor Hoelsbrekken Eckhoff
11 FW Maren Thoresen
8 MF Anna Linnea Palm
MF Eline Bjormark
MF Ellinor Giske Bakken
18 MF Selma Orstavik Hernes
MF Mimmi Matilda Lofwenius
20 MF Vilde Hasund
21 MF Una Johanne Roaldseth Soyland
23 MF Emilie Raaum Closs
13 FW Jenny Kristine Rosholm Olsen


  2. "Lyn slår seg selv konkurs". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. Halvorsen, Anders (23 August 2010). "Over 2000 fans så Lyn banke Vinderen" (in Norwegian). Ditt Oslo. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  4. Karlsen, Håvard (14 September 2011). "Endelig Lyn-jubel igjen" (in Norwegian). Fædrelandsvennen. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. "Lyn tilbake i toppfotballen" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 30 September 2012. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  6. Veland, Petter (30 October 2009). "Flytter til Bislett". Lyn Fotball. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. "Lyns Damelag I Toppserien 2018 – Vil Du Være Med På «Laget»?". Lyn (team web site). Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

Further reading

  • Grønnevold-Olsen, Egil (1996). Lyn i 100. Ski- og Fotballklubben Lyn 1896-1996. SFK Lyn.
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