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GIF Sundsvall

GIF Sundsvall
Full name Gymnastik- och
Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall
Nickname(s) Giffarna
Founded 25 August 1903 (1903-08-25)
Ground Norrporten Arena, Sundsvall
Ground Capacity 7,700
Chairman Johan Nikula
Head coach Joel Cedergren
Roger Franzén
League Allsvenskan
2015 Allsvenskan, 12th
Website Club home page

Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall, also known simply as GIF Sundsvall or Sundsvall, are a Swedish professional football club based in Sundsvall. The club are affiliated to Medelpads Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Norrporten Arena.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are blue. Formed on 25 August 1903, the club have played thirteen seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1965. The club are currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Norrporten Arena 2
  • Patronerna 3
  • Achievements 4
  • Players 5
    • First-team squad 5.1
    • Out on loan 5.2
    • Retired numbers 5.3
  • Managers 6
  • Footnotes 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

A chart showing the progress of GIF Sundsvall through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.
GIF Sundsvall in their traditional blue and white kits during an Helsingborgs IF.

The club was formed on August 25 in 1903 at Matilda Anderssons Café. At that time, GIF Sundsvall stood for "Godtemplarnas Idrotts Förening Sundsvall" which mainly was for Teetotallers up until the alcohol demands was lightened in 1920. The initials then came to stand for, to this day still, "Gymnastik och Idrottsföreningen Sundsvall" (Gymnastics and sports club Sundsvall).

The club reached the first tier of the domestic football in 1965. The club has since been a "yo-yo team" mainly playing in the second division but with Allsvenskan stints in 1975, 1987–89, 1991, 2000–06, 2008 and 2012.

GIF Sundsvall earlier had women's football and ice hockey on the program. The hockey team folded in the late 1960s, in 1985 the women's team was transferred to Sundsvalls DFF. This mainly because the women's team was disappointed with the lack of support from the men's team.

Norrporten Arena

Norrporten Arena, earlier known as Sundsvalls idrottspark

Norrporten Arena, formerly known as Idrottsparken, is located in the heart of Sundsvall and was inaugurated on August 6, 1903. It was renovated in 2001–02 for the club's previous stint in Allsvenskan and it can now hold a capacity of 8,000, with 5,000 under roof. In 2006 the stadium's name was officially changed to Norrporten Arena but the name isn't fully adopted by the fans.

Top attendance: 16,507 vs Högadal on October 15, 1961.

Patronerna

The official supporter's club of GIF Sundsvall is called Patronerna. Formed in 1999, mostly as a joke by some friends supporting their friend, the club has in a short period of time amassed a strong reputation. The name is mainly a historical reference to the sawmill owners who were very powerful in Sundsvall during post industrial revolution-era. FP-tifo, Patronerna's fraction of tifo-supporters, won the Swedish tifo-awards sponsored by Canal+, in 2005.

Achievements

Players

First-team squad

As of 15 July 2015[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 Lloyd Saxton
2 DF Joakim Nilsson
3 DF Dennis Olsson
4 DF Stefan Ålander
5 DF Jón Guðni Fjóluson
6 MF Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson
7 MF Daniel Sliper
8 MF Lars Krogh Gerson
9 FW Johan Eklund (vice captain)
11 MF Sebastian Rajalakso
12 FW Shpëtim Hasani
14 FW Pa Dibba
16 MF Simon Helg
No. Position Player
17 GK Tommy Naurin (captain)
18 MF Robbin Sellin
19 MF Adam Chennoufi
21 DF Eric Larsson
22 DF Marcus Danielsson
23 DF Filip Tägtström
25 DF Robert Hammarstedt
26 MF Erik Granat
27 MF Granit Buzuku
30 FW Peter Wilson
35 GK Jonathan Malmberg
91 FW Leo Englund

Out on loan

As of 19 July 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
20 MF Smajl Suljević (at IK Frej until 8 January 2016)

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2014–15.

Retired numbers

10 – Leif Forsberg, forward (1980–1988, 1990–2001)

Managers

Footnotes

References

  1. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Medelpads Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Truppen" (in Swedish). GIF Sundsvall. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

External links

  • GIF Sundsvall – official site
  • Patronerna – official supporter club site
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