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IF Elfsborg

IF Elfsborg
Full name Idrottsföreningen Elfsborg
Nickname(s) Di Gule (The Yellow Ones)
Eleganterna (The Elegants)
Founded 26 June 1904 (1904-06-26) as Borås Fotbollslag
Ground Borås Arena, Borås
Ground Capacity 16,899
Chairman Bosse Johansson
Manager Magnus Haglund
League Allsvenskan
2015 Allsvenskan, 4th
Website Club home page

Idrottsföreningen Elfsborg (Swedish pronunciation: ), also known as IF Elfsborg, is a professional football club based in Borås, Sweden, and is affiliated to the Västergötlands Fotbollförbund.[1] They play in the Allsvenskan and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Swedish football. Their homeground is Borås Arena, where they have played since 17 April 2005.[2]

The club was founded in 1904 by a group of 19[3] youngsters which all were 14–15 years old. Borås Fotbollslag[4] was formed in Ordenshuset at Landala (today Knalleland) on 26 June 1904. The main protagonist in the formation, Carl Larson, who in addition to football also practiced athletics and wrestling. Claimed the reason was that the main sports club in the city, Borås Athletic and Sports Society, would not exert football in their program.[5]

Carl Larson,[6] however, found that there were too many clubs containing the city name " (We together).[7][8]

The club's homeground Champions League, Europa League and was as late as 2007 in 2007–08 UEFA Cup[13] and was an overall winner in 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup the following year. The club have won six national championships, the latest in 2012, and three national cups.[14]

A chart showing the progress of IF Elfsborg through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.


  • History 1
  • Colours and crest 2
    • Sponsorship 2.1
  • Stadiums 3
    • Ramnavallen 3.1
    • Ryavallen 3.2
    • Borås Arena 3.3
  • Supporters 4
    • Guliganerna 4.1
  • European record 5
    • 1960–1980, playing in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup 5.1
    • 1980–2000, many years outside European football 5.2
    • 2000–Present 5.3
    • European statistics 5.4
      • Matches 5.4.1
    • Rankings 5.5
      • UEFA club coefficient ranking 5.5.1
  • Players 6
    • First-team squad 6.1
    • Current youth players with first-team experience 6.2
    • Notable players 6.3
  • Club officials 7
    • Organisation 7.1
    • Technical staff 7.2
    • Youth section 7.3
  • Managerial history 8
    • Notable managers 8.1
  • Honours 9
    • Domestic 9.1
      • Champions 9.1.1
      • League 9.1.2
      • Cups 9.1.3
    • European 9.2
  • Records 10
    • Team records 10.1
      • Most goals 10.1.1
      • Most Appearances 10.1.2
  • Footnotes 11
  • References 12
  • Literature 13
  • External links 14
    • Official websites 14.1


The glory days of IF Elfsborg, season 1942–43, with the team whom won three national titles. Standing from left: Gillis Andersson, Evert Grahn, Knut Johansson, Sven Jonasson, Stenholm, KE Grahn. Kneeling from left: Dahl, Hernqvist, Åke Sandberg, Arne Sandgren, Emanuelsson.

Borås Fotbollslag was formed on 26 June 1904, by a group of youngsters. In 1906 the name was changed to IF Elfsborg, because the founders felt there were too many teams with 'Borås' in their name. In 1926 Elfsborg won Swedish national team.

In 1941 Elfsborg left Ramnavallen to play their home games at the newly constructed Ryavallen. The first game at the new ground was supposed to be a friendly between Sweden and Finland, but Finland's involvement in the Second World War prevented them from playing, so they were replaced by Elfsborg, who beat the Swedish national team 2–1.

In the mid-1940s Elfsborg came close to winning Allsvenskan again, but finished second three years in a row. By the late 1940s Elfsborg's glory days were over, and the club was eventually relegated in 1954.

In 1960 Elfsborg won promotion after an impressive season with 20 wins in 22 games, and the club managed to win Allsvenskan for the fourth time in 1961, becoming the first Swedish team to go straight from the second level to becoming champions. This was under the leadership of the legendary Sven Andreasson as chairman.

In 1997. The team that won promotion contained several future Swedish internationals including Anders Svensson and Tobias Linderoth. Even though Elfsborg won their first two cup titles (in 2001 and 2003), the club struggled to stay in Allsvenskan in the following years.

Elfsborg squad who won the national championship 1961.

In 2005 Elfsborg spent a lot of money on building Borås Arena, and bringing back former players. The investments paid off and the fifth Championship was won in Champions League qualifying stage for the first time, and subsequently reached the group stage in the UEFA Cup for the first time. On the way there they knocked out Linfield FC (Northern Ireland) and Debreceni VSC (Hungary) in the qualification stage of the Champions League before eventually being eliminated themselves by the hands of Valencia CF (Spain) in the last round. The club won the last round of qualifications for the Uefa Cup against FC Dinamo Bucureşti (Romania).

In the group stage IF Elfsborg faced AC Fiorentina and Villarreal away and AEK Athens and FK Mladá Boleslav at Borås Arena and was knocked out.

In the following years, IF Elfsborg under the guidance of coach Magnus Haglund and his 4-2-3-1-formation have established themselves as a top club in Swedish football. The clearly stated ambition to finish top 4, qualifying for European football every year. In 2007, the club finished 4th securing a place in the last edition of the Intertoto-cup, from which they advanced but was surprisingly knocked out by St Patrick's Athletic F.C. in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup after conceding late goals in both legs.

The team bounced back though, competing for the title again until the very last round of 2008. In the end, injuries to key players like Anders Svensson and Stefan Ishizaki proved to costly, eventually having to settle for second place behind Kalmar FF.

Borås Arena opened a new era for Elfsborg.

The following year, IF Elfsborg once again challenged for a place in European football, brushing aside Hungarian side Szombathelyi Haladás and Portuguese S.C. Braga before eventually falling in the last qualifying round against S.S. Lazio.

IF Elfsborg were big favourites for winning the IFK Göteborg.

The following year expectations were still high, but due to a mediocre start (only nine points in the first 9 rounds), IF Elfsborgs Malmö FF. Malmö FF eventually ended up champions with IF Elfsborg in fourth place.

2010 marked IF Elfsborg's fourth consecutive season in continental football. The team entered the Europa League second qualifying round in the seeded pot having no real difficulties eliminating Moldovan side FC Iskra-Stal (on an aggregate score of 3–1). The Macedonian side FK Teteks proved to be no real challenge in the following round with IF Elfsborg effectively seeing of their opponents in an emphatic 5–0 win first leg win.

The team seemed in good shape to make a serious challenge for reaching the Europa League group stage even though they would be unseeded in the last qualifying round. Unfortunately the draw was once again one of the worst possible. SSC Napoli was held to a 1–0 win away at Stadio San Paolo following a stellar effort by new Danish signing Jesper Christiansen, but the Italians proved too strong in the second leg where they cruised to a 2–0 victory, both goals scored by Uruguay international Edinson Cavani.

The 2010 season was a busy year for transfers, both in and out. Sweden international Emir Bajrami making his way to FC Twente during the summer and top goalscorer Denni Avdic moving to Werder Bremen during the January transfer window. Three players were signed from Danish clubs. Former hero Jon Jönsson was brought in from Brøndby IF during the summer to bolster the defense, goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen from FC København and right back Andreas Klarström from Esbjerg fB making a comeback to the club.

The club made some more signings during the 2010–2011 winter. Most notable were forward 2011.

In early spring former allsvenskan top goalscorer Fredrik Berglund decided to hang up his boots.

The Niklas Hult was the standout player during the first half of the season, quickly establishing himself in the team and being touted by some members of the press as "the new Fredrik Ljungberg".

In continental football, IF Elfsborg entered the fray in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. CS Fola Esch were brushed aside after winning 4–0 in the first leg at home and drawing (1–1) away.

Colours and crest

The colors yellow and black in Elfsborg derived from Royal Älvsborgs regemente.

Ever since

  • Official website
  • Allsvenskan – Elfsborg at the Allsvenskan official site
  • Uefa – Elfsborg at the Uefa official site

Official websites

External links

  • 75 år med Elfsborg, Arne Gullberg, 1979
  • Jubileumsskrift Elfsborg 90 år, Mats Segerblom, 1994
  • 1961 – guldåret, Mikael Häggström, 2001
  • ETTHUNDRA, Arne Gullberg mfl, 2004
  • Utmanarna – Så ska Elfsborg vinna SM-guld, Henrik Ystén, 2006
  • Guldknallen – IF Elfsborg guldlaget, Aftonbladet, 2006
  • Guldregn över Borås, Borås Tidning, 2006
  • Stå upp för Elfsborg, Per Samuelson, 2007
  • IF Elfsborg – en kramgo knalle, Mikael Hjerpe, Idrottsörlaget i Västerås AB, 2010
  • Guldbilagan, Borås Tidning, 2012


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  52. ^ "Yellow Fanatics". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
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  56. ^ "Henry Larsson 8 mål i Intertotocupen". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  57. ^ a b "Intertotocupen 1966". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  58. ^ "Elfsborg spelar på Olympiastadion i Berlin". Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
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  60. ^ a b "Intertotocupen 1971". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  61. ^ "Uefa Cupen 1972". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  62. ^ "Elfsborg förlorar på Olympiastadion i Berlin". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
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  66. ^ "Elfsborg vann med 2–0 mot RC Strasbourg". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
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  69. ^ "Uefa Cupen 1981". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  70. ^ "Elfsborg förlorar mot St. Mirren i Uefa Cupen". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  71. ^ "Intertotocupen 1983". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  72. ^ "1983 ett dåligt år ute i Europa". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  73. ^ "Uefa Cupen 1984". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
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  1. ^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  2. ^ 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.[111]


# Name Nation Career Appearances
1 Sven Jonasson  Sweden 1927–47 409
2 Karl-Erik Grahn  Sweden 1932–49 346
3 Leif Målberg  Sweden 1965–71, 1973–80 337
4 Anders Svensson  Sweden 1997–01, 2005– 289
5 Leif Gustafsson  Sweden 1970–71, 1973–82, −84 276
6 Thomas Johansson  Sweden 1973–83 276
7 Arvid Samuelsson  Sweden 1933–47 270
8 Johan Karlsson  Sweden 2001–11 263
9 Göran Ahlström  Sweden 1969–71, 1973–81 258
10 Thomas Ahlström  Sweden 1971, 1973–79, 1982–84 237

League, Allsvenskan

Most Appearances

# Name Nation Career Goals
1 Sven Jonasson  Sweden 1927–47 252
2 Thomas Ahlström  Sweden 1971, 1973–79, 1982–84 101
3 Knut Johansson  Sweden 1936–44 92
4 Henry Larsson  Sweden 1952–54, 1961–68 80
5 Åke Samuelsson  Sweden 1930–41 76
6 Gillis Andersson  Sweden 1933–43 67
7 Ove Grahn  Sweden 1961–65 62
8 Karl-Erik Grahn  Sweden 1932–49 57
9 Anders Svensson  Sweden 1997–01, 2005– 56
10 Fredrik Berglund  Sweden 1997–01, −03, 2007–08, −10 54
Fredrik Berglund being one of the top-ten scorers.

League, Allsvenskan

Most goals

IF Elfsborg top ten most goal scorers and appearances.[129][133]

Team records


Sven Jonasson, record holder of most consecutive games and goals scored in Allsvenskan.[127]

[126].Argentina, where he scored two goals in Sweden's 3–2 victory against 1934 FIFA World Cup. It was in the worldcup in a Sweden national football team He was also the first goalscorer ever for the [125] The player in IF Elfsborg who holds most club and national records is

[123] The club is currently placed 5th in the

[121] In the 2013



  • Svenska Cupen:[117]
    • Winners (3): 2001, 2003, 2013–2014
    • Runners-up (3): 1942, 1980–81, 1996–97
  • Svenska Supercupen:[117]
    • Winners (1): 2007
    • Runners-up (1): 2014


  • Allsvenskan:[113]
    • Winners (6): 1935–36, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1961, 2006, 2012
    • Runners-up (6): 1942–43, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1965, 1977, 2008
  • Division 1 Södra:[114]
    • Winners (1): 1996
    • Runners-up (1): 1991
  • Division 2 Götaland:[115]
    • Winners (1): 1960
    • Runners-up (4): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1959
  • Division 2 Västsvenska Serien:[116]
    • Winners (1): 1925–26
    • Runners-up (2): 1914–15, 1923–24


The lineup who managed to win the league title, Allsvenskan, with a 1–0 home victory against Djurgårdens IF, 5 Nov 2006.[112]
  • Swedish Champions:[upper-alpha 2]
    • Winners (6): 1935–36, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1961, 2006, 2012




Name Nat Years Honours
Carl Larsson 1916–25, 1926–30, 1930–38 21 years in total.
Carl Larsson & Thure Claesson 1930–38 1 Swedish Championship
Sven Zachrisson 1938–46, 1959–60 2 Swedish Championship
Karl-Erik Grahn 1949–52, 1961–62 1 Swedish Championship
Thure Nygren 1957–58, 1963–67, 1970–72 7 years in total.
Rolf Svensson 1977–82 5 years in total.
Bengt-Arne Strömberg 1999–01 1 Svenska Cupen
Anders Grönhagen 2002–03 1 Svenska Cupen
Magnus Haglund 2004–11 1 Swedish Championship, 1 Svenska Supercupen, 1 The Atlantic Cup
Jörgen Lennartsson 2012–2013 1 Swedish Championship
Klas Ingesson 2013–2014 1 Svenska Cupen
List criteria:
  • Won at least one major honour with IF Elfsborg.
  • Managed the team for at least 5 years.

The managers are listed according to when they were first appointed manager for IF Elfsborg:[109][110]

Carl Larsson – head founder, former player and manager of IF Elfsborg. He managed Elfsborg for over 20 years.

Notable managers

  • (C) – Caretaker
  • (FTC) – First Team Coach

Listed according to when they became managers for IF Elfsborg:[109]

Managerial history

As of 22 June 2015.[108]

Youth section

As of 22 June 2015.[108]

Technical staff

As of 22 June 2015.[108]


Club officials

Name Nat Pos IF Elfsborg career[105] Apps[106] Goals[107] Honours
Sven Jonasson FW 1927–47 409 252 3 Swedish Championships, Hall of Fame
Åke Samuelsson MF 1930–41 214 76 3 Swedish Championships
Karl-Erik Grahn MF 1932–49 346 57 3 Swedish Championships
Gillis Andersson FW 1933–43 184 67 3 Swedish Championships
Arvid Emanuelsson MF 1933–47 270 12 3 Swedish Championships
Knut Johansson FW 1936–44 125 92 2 Swedish Championships
Evert Grahn FW 1940–46, 1949–52 154 55 1 Swedish Championships
Henry Larsson MF 1952–54, 1961–68 217 80 1 Swedish Championships
Ove Grahn FW 1961–65 91 62 1 Swedish Championships
Leif Målberg DF 1965–71, 1973–80 337 8 337 games for IF Elfsborg
Göran Ahlström DF 1969–71, 1973–81 258 10 258 games for IF Elfsborg
Leif Gustafsson DF 1970–71, 1973–82, 1984 276 3 276 games for IF Elfsborg
Thomas Ahlström FW 1971, 1973–79, 1982–84 237 101 101 goals for IF Elfsborg
Thomas Johansson MF 1973–83 276 19 276 games for IF Elfsborg
Tobias Linderoth MF 1997–98 47 4 76 games for Sweden national team
Fredrik Berglund FW 1997–01, 2003, 2007–08, 2010 166 54 2 Svenska Cupen
Anders Svensson MF 1997–01, 2005–present 290 58 2 Swedish Championships,1 Svenska Cupen, 1 Supercupen
Johan Karlsson DF 2001–11 263 7 1 Swedish Championships, 2 Svenska Cupen, 1 Supercupen
Teddy Lučić DF 2008–10 68 3 86 games for Sweden national team
Sven Jonasson, Elfsborgs greatest player of all time. Also included in the Swedish Hall of Fame.[104]
List criteria:
  • Player has made more than 250 Allsvenskan league appearances for the club.
  • Player has scored more than 50 Allsvenskan league goals for the club.
  • Player has received more than 70 caps for the Sweden national team.
Player included in the Swedish football Hall of Fame.[103]

The players are all listed according to when they debuted for IF Elfsborg:

This list of notable players includes those who received international caps for the Sweden national football team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left.[101][102]

Notable players

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15.

No. Position Player
4 MF Rasmus Rosenqvist
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 22 June 2015[upper-alpha 1]

Current youth players with first-team experience

No. Position Player
1 GK Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard (captain)
2 DF Jesper Manns
3 DF Adam Lundqvist
5 DF Anton Lans
6 DF Jon Jönsson
7 MF Marcus Rohdén
8 MF Anders Svensson
9 FW Lasse Nilsson
10 MF Simon Lundevall
11 DF Daniel Mobaeck
12 DF Sebastian Holmén (vice captain)
13 MF Arber Zeneli
14 MF Anton Andreasson
15 DF Andreas Klarström
No. Position Player
16 FW Viktor Claesson
17 FW Per Frick
18 DF Viktor Nilsson
19 MF Simon Hedlund
20 FW Arjan Mostafa
21 MF Henning Hauger
22 FW Viktor Prodell (on loan from KV Mechelen)
23 GK Abbas Hassan
24 FW Viktor Götesson
25 DF Niklas Gunnarsson (on loan from Vålerenga)
26 MF Liridon Gashi
29 MF Emir Bajrami
30 GK David Olsson
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 15 July 2015[100]

First-team squad


Rank Team Points
0147 FC Rostov 11.599
0148 Alania Vladikavkaz 11.599
0149 Sibir Novosibirsk 11.599
150 IF Elfsborg 11.545
151 Qarabağ FK 11.500
152 Grasshopper 11.375
153 Hajduk Split 11.200
As of 22 June 2015 [99]

UEFA club coefficient ranking


  • Q = qualification round
  • R = round
  • Group = group stage
  • (a) = away goals rule

(As of 10 July 2015)


A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Competition GP W D L GF GA
Champions League 10 4 3 3 14 7
UEFA Cup / Europa League 116 47 21 48 177 160
(As of 22 June 2015)

European statistics

[98] played Elfsborg in the [92] Also the year after 2010

After the excellent results in the S.S. Lazio where they in the first meeting lost with 3–0 and then again after a heroic effort managed to win with 1–0 after a goal by Denni Avdic.[91]

S.S Lazio–Elfsborg at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Europa League play-off 2009.[82]

It would take almost 20 years before Daniel Alexandersson and David Villa with Valencia's decisive 2–1 goal.[81]


1980,[67] became Elfsborg best year ever in the Poles, 0–0, also at home playing a heroic game with a draw 2–2 and but the Poles advanced furthermore, after more away goals.[74]

1980–2000, many years outside European football

[66] was Elfsborg worst year in [63] 1975

Also the following year 1967[59] played Elfsborg in the UEFA Cup for the first time against the classic German champions Hertha Berlin in the first round, they lost with 3–1 at Olympic Stadium and with 1–4 at home.[62]

IF Elfsborg lost against Hertha Berlin in the Uefa Cup 1972, at the historic Olympic Stadium.[58]

[57] Elfsborgs advancement in

Henry Larsson scored eight goals for IF Elfsborg in their European debut in the 1961 Intertoto Cup.[53]

1960–1980, playing in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Cup

European record

Elfsborgs main antagonist and rivalry is pointed against ultras group Yellow Fanatics, there are strong links with the IFK Norrköping, Peking ultras.[52]

2006 was 45-years of waiting over. The club had won Kalmar FF, the players wore specially made anniversary T-shirts and GTS arranged the most expensive tifo ever in the history of the club.[48] Guliganerna also broke during the same year, a new member record of 1155 people, making Guliganerna Sweden fifth largest fan base in the 2011.[49]

and a more youthful profile became clear among Elfsborgs supporter sections. [47] In 1997, was IF Elfsborg back in the top tier of

IF Elfsborg supporters Guliganerna, founded 1991, arranging a tifo.

[45] After the fan bus arrived late for an away game at some point in the mid-1990s, the players looked nervous on the stand and was worried that something happened, after this incident the players had the supporters promise to not be late for the games so as not to disturb the players focus.[44] underwent IF Elfsborg the club's probably heaviest period ever, the economy and the results weighted during the period in [43] 1991


[42] there was the legendary [40] Already in the 1940s

Guliganerna during a game against FK Riga.


[39][38] was the highlight in Borås Arenas young history. The year when Elfsborg received dividends on their great effort by salvaging the club's 5th [37] 2006

[36] The stadium was originally scheduled to be a tournament site for the

The first game at Borås Arena was between IF Elfsborg vs Daniel Alexandersson.[35]

Ålgårdsläktaren, in a Tifo arrangement.

[34] The first construction started in 31 December 2003 and was inaugurated 17 April 2005 at a cost of 1,120 000 £. Which was very cheap at this time considering to be Sweden's most modern stadium at that time. It was an effort by

Ryavallen, both of the stadiums are built together at the roofs, which means that the new stadium is still attached to the old historical Ryavallen.[33]

Ålgårdsläktaren, in a derby against IFK Göteborg.

Borås Arena

25 October 2004 would be a historic game before kickoff. Elfsborg met Allsvenskan team in the history Sweden national football team in the inaugural match by 2–1. That also completed a 63-year history in the last match against Hammarby with a win.[31]

The most memorable event in Ryavallen was the gold game against Husqvarna IF and it is 0–1 with ten minutes left. A Husqvarna player receives the ball just outside his own penalty area. He then shoots, hard and accurate an untakeable shot into his own goal. No one understands why, and the match ends 1–1. In the newspaper the day after he explains that he was so tired that he did not know which side of the pitch he had found himself.[29]

Youth team of IF Elfsborg, standing in front of Ryavallen during early 60s.

At one point came ryavallen to be used for a championship. During the 1958 FIFA World Cup, it hosted the matches between USSR and Austria, and between England and Austria. The Soviet Union won their match against Austria with 2–0, and England had a draw against Austria, 2–2. A championship where Sweden came as a surprise to the finals where they faced Brazil. It ended with a 5–2 loss, but an honorable second place which is the best Sweden performed in a World Cup.[28]

Borås first major sports stadium, where the usual track and field could be exercised. Hence the athletics track along the pitch. Before one grandstand was demolished in 2005 the capacity was 19.400, to today's approximately 7,000. The old Ryavallen in Borås will get a facelift in 2012. Prior to Swedish Athletics Championship 2013, the current six running tracks widened to eight, and both seat grandstand and the earthworks plan is stripped to make room. The old legendary dikes on Ryavallen gets a proper scratch when Ryavallen upgraded for 13 million SEK. After the renovation, Ryavallen will not be approved to play football on by Swedish Football Association nor UEFA, it will in the future only be used for the purpose of athletics.[26][27]

Play order for the FIFA World Cup 1958, Borås and Ryavallen are number 22.[25]


[24] Elfsborg kept ramnavallen as a homeground until 1941 and during this time managed to win three league titles. Attendance record of ramnavallen was against AIK

Ramnavallen was completed in Allsvenskan league match on Ramnavallen was played in 1926 and guests were Örgryte IS. 3887 spectators came and saw Evert Lundqvist make the only goal for the guests. The next season became the first yellow and black premiere triumph on the new stadium. AIK came to Ramnavallen and were defeated with 2–1.[23]

One of the first homegrounds to Elfsborg was a small pitch of grass in Folkparken (Ramnaparken today). However Elfsborg noticed quickly that it required more space to be on, both for training and matches. They went to [15]



Elfsborg have significantly signed a contract with Umbro up to this date to use their collection of both soccer shoes and clothes. Umbro has such a strong sponsorship, enough to be mentioned on a department of Borås Arena to "umbrocorner". But it was not until recently that they signed contract with major sportbrands. Earlier teams always sewed their own shirts, but with a contract from a major label it gave the teams new models every year of the shirts – which gives economically a supplement.[22]

The shirts remained long without a major sponsor, which would obviously affect the economy. When SEK.[21]


Elfsborgs reserve kit is red, and become so during a match against the Allsvenskans history to ever beat the Swedish national football team.[18]

Old crest used before the 1970s.


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