Sandefjord Fotball

Sandefjord Fotball, commonly known simply as Sandefjord, is a Norwegian professional football club, founded on 10 September 1998. The club has played in First Division, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. Their home ground is the Komplett Arena, located in Sandefjord, Vestfold.

Full nameSandefjord Fotball
Nickname(s)Guttane (The Boys), The Whalers
Founded10 September 1998 (1998-09-10)
GroundKomplett Arena
ChairmanRoger Gulliksen
ManagerMartí Cifuentes
League1. divisjon
20191. divisjon, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website

The club reached 1. divisjon in 1999, where they made quick progress and soon settled as strong competitors for promotion to the top division. Finishing third in 1. divisjon both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times. In 2004 they finished fourth. In 2005 season they placed second and earned automatic promotion to highest division.

The club in their first Tippeligaen season, finishing ninth in the table and reached the cup final. In 2007 season they finished last and relegated to 1. divisjon.

In the 2008 season in 1. divisjon, Sandefjord recovered a poor start strongly to finish second and qualify for automatic promotion to Tippeligaen. In the 2009 season Sandefjord finished eighth, their strongest performance in the top flight to date. In 2010 Sandefjord relegated to 1. divisjon. They won 1. divisjon title in 2014, promoting to Tippeligaen. They relegated 2015 season, and then promoted 2016 season.


Sandefjord were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in 2. divisjon in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to the Tippeligaen. Finishing third in 1. divisjon in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against Brann and Vålerenga. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor.[1] When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division,[2] where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to 1. divisjon. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games. They continued their form and was placed second in the table, and earned a promotion after just one season.

After a disappointing 2010 season in Tippeligaen, earning only 12 points, they ended the season in last place and was relegated once again, this time for a longer period.

The following three seasons in 1. divisjon did not go as planned for a Sandefjord team that were fighting for promotion. Ending third in the table in both 2011 and 2012, was followed by an even worse finish in 2013, ending in eight place. Something had to be done and the club took measures by firing manager Arne Sandstø and hiring former Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers player Lars Bohinen as their new manager. He was brought to the club from Asker where he had success as coach. Sandefjord went on to have their best season ever in 1. divisjon earning 69 points and winning the league title. This was their second ever trophy, the first one being the 2. divisjon in 1999. Back in Tippeligaen they ended in last place and were relegated back to 1. divisjon alongside Mjøndalen. In the 2016 season they clinched their second promotion in three years by finishing second, only beaten by Kristiansund.

Colours and badge

Sandefjord Fotball's colours are blue. They play in blue shirts, blue shorts and white socks. When the club was formed in 1998, it was decided that the new club would have different colours from its parent clubs Sandefjord BK (yellow and black) and Runar (white). The club changed their badge before the start of the 2006 season. This was mainly for press purposes. The old badge had a yellow field as well as the blue and red. The new badge only has the colours red and blue. Further on, the white whale tail on the badge links to Sandefjord city's whaling history. After the promotion in 2014, Sandefjord played one season in an alternate home kit which consisted of half blue and half red, as in their badge. Relegated to 1. divisjon in 2016, they were back playing in an all blue home kit again.


Sandefjord Fotball play their home games at Komplett Arena. Komplett Arena was opened on July 21, 2007, and cost about 100 million kr. This is an all modern stadium, with a capacity of about 6,582. Record attendance was set during the opening game versus Lyn on July 21, 2007. 8,103 people attended this game. In the future it is planned to expand the stadium to a capacity of 8 000. Field measurements are 105 x 68 meters.

Before Sandefjord Fotball started to use their new home arena, Komplett Arena, they used to play their home encounters at Storstadion. Sandefjord Fotball played their home games at Storstadion from 1999 to 2007. As the stadium itself did not live up to the standards one could expect from a modern football stadium, it was finally decided to build the new and modern Komplett Arena and start a new and exciting chapter in the young club's history.


Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (3): 2005, 2008, 2016
Play-off (2): 2002, 2003
Winners (1): 1999
Runners-up (1): 2006

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup Notes
2003 1D 3 301947 7141613rd round Lost play-off match to Tippeligaen
2004 1D 4 301569 603251Quarter-finals
2005 1D 2 301956 5837623rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2006 TL 9 269512 374732 Final Runner up in the Norwegian Football Cup
2007 TL 14 264418 2653162nd round Relegated to 1. divisjon
2008 1D 2 301794 4625603rd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2009 TL 8 30101010 3944402nd round
2010 TL 16 302622 255812Last 16 Relegated to 1. divisjon
2011 1D 3 301659 6138533rd round
2012 1D 3 301677 442955Quarter-finals
2013 1D 8 3012711 3939433rd round
2014 1D 1 302091 6224692nd round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2015 TL 16 304422 366816Quarter-finals Relegated to 1. divisjon
2016 1D 2 301857 543459Quarter-finals Promoted to Eliteserien
2017 ES 13 3011316 3851362nd round
2018 ES 16 3041115 3557232nd round
2019 1D 2 301983 5330653rd round Promoted to Eliteserien

Current squad

As of 15 July 2019.[3]

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 Jacob Storevik
2 DF Lars Grorud (captain)
3 DF Sander Moen Foss
5 MF Enric Vallès (3rd captain)
6 FW Mohamed Ofkir
7 MF Emil Pálsson
8 MF Erik Mjelde
9 MF Håvard Storbæk (vice-captain)
10 FW Rufo
12 GK Walter Viitala
13 DF Marius Høibråten
No. Position Player
14 MF Stefan Mladenovic
16 MF Sander Risan Mørk
15 FW Pontus Engblom
17 DF Marc Vales
18 MF William Kurtovic
19 DF Brice Wembangomo
20 FW George Gibson
21 DF Anton Kralj
23 DF Viðar Jónsson
24 MF Tito
99 GK Jesper Granlund

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2018–19 and transfers summer 2019.

Players 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
MF Ole Breistøl (on loan to Fram Larvik)
34 FW Herman Solberg Nilsen (on loan to Fram Larvik)
42 MF Jakob Maslø Dunsby (on loan to IFK Helsingors)


Key people

Managing DirectorEspen Bugge Pettersen

Coaching staff

ManagerMartí Cifuentes
Assistant managerGeir Ludvig Fevang
Fitness CoachJordi Gonzalez
Goalkeeping CoachJavi Ortiz
PhysioEspen Strøm-Normann
Equipment managerLeif Arne Ness

Manager history

Name Nat From To
Trond Skrede 1999 2001
Tom Nordlie 2002 2003
Arne Dokken 2004 2004
Tor Thodesen 2005 2008
Patrick Walker 2008 2011
Arne Sandstø 2011 2013
Lars Bohinen 2014 2017
Magnus Powell 2018 2018
Martí Cifuentes 2018


  1. "Rasende på dommeren". (in Norwegian). VG. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  2. "Endelig opprykk". (in Norwegian). NRK. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. "A-laget spillere". (in Norwegian). Sandefjord Fotball. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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