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|Full name||Djurgårdens Idrottsförening|
|Nickname(s)||Blåränderna (The Blue Stripes)
Järnkaminerna (The Iron Stoves)
|Founded||12 March 1891 )
1899 ) (football department)
|Ground||Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm
|Website||Club home page|
Djurgårdens IF (commonly known as Djurgården (Swedish pronunciation: or local )) football team is a department of Swedish sports club Djurgårdens IF based at the Olympic Stadium, located in the Östermalm district of Stockholm City Centre. In 2013 the club will relocate to Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov.
Formed in 1891, the club has 11 national championship titles and 4 national cup titles. Djurgården has won their Swedish championships during three eras. The first one occurred during the 1910s when the club won four championships, the second during the 1950s and 1960s with the same amount of championships. The latest era occurred in the first half of the 00s: they finished second in 2001, won Allsvenskan and the cup – Svenska Cupen – in 2002, Allsvenskan in 2003, and Svenska Cupen in 2004, before winning Allsvenskan for a third time in 2005. They currently play in the top Swedish tier, Allsvenskan. The club is affiliated to the Stockholms Fotbollförbund.
Djurgårdens IF was founded 12 March 1891 at a café in Alberget 4A on Djurgården. The first real football field in Stockholm was created in 1896 and Djurgårdens IF's football department was formed in 1899, with the help of former GAIS-player Teodor Andersson. The first real achievement was made in 1902 when the team finished second in the tournament Rosenska Pokalen. Just two years later, in 1904, the first Swedish Championship final of the club was played, ending in a defeat against Örgryte IS. The team finished second in three more finals before the first Championship victory came in 1912 after two draws in the final matches against Örgryte, and a replay which Djurgården won. The club won three more Swedish Championships in the early years, in 1915 against Örgryte, 1917 against AIK and 1920 against IK Sleipner. However, DIF never managed to win Svenska Serien, the top Swedish league of the period, before the club's first great era ended. Between 1911 and 1935, Tranebergs Idrottsplats was the homeground for Djurgården. For the 1912 Summer Olympics, Stockholms Stadion was built. It became Djurgården's home arena in 1936.
The club did not qualify for the first season of Allsvenskan, and only reached that league twice between 1924 and 1944, being directly relegated back down to Division 2 both times. The club did also play three seasons in the then third highest league, Division 3, between 1929 and 1932. From 1944 on, the club became a stable Allsvenskan club. In 1951, the team became runner-ups in Svenska Cupen after Malmö FF, this was the team's first Cup final. The second great era took place in the 1950s and 1960s, winning Allsvenskan four times during the period. In 1959, both the football team and Djurgårdens IF's hockey team won their respective Swedish Championships of Sweden's two most popular sports, a remarkable happening.
The 1970s saw no greater successes, with three third-places as the best results. The 1980s was not a good decade for the club, being relegated from Allsvenskan in 1981, and losing two promotion play-offs, before making a one year visit in the highest league in 1986, although DIF returned two years later, and stayed in Allsvenskan for five consecutive seasons, but had no greater success except losing the Championship final in 1988. The 1990s saw Djurgården being relegated from Allsvenskan no less than three times, and being promoted back two times. During this decade, the club suffered from great economical problems and was close to bankruptcy. The first half of the 2000s was a golden era for the club, with three championships (2002, 2003 and 2005) and three cup wins (2002, 2004 and 2005). This marked the end of the golden era for Djurgården which ended on sixth place in 2006. The club was one of the main contenders for the league championship in 2007, which ultimately lead to a third place. The results went downhill in 2008 and 2009; Djurgården ended up on 14th place in 2009, and had to play through a relegation playoff against Assyriska Föreningen to remain in Allsvenskan.
Supporters and rivalries
Although Djurgården's supporters have been organizing themselves since the late 40's, with the founding of DIF Supporters Club back in 1947, the 1970s saw singing supporter sections emerging which led to a new supporter club to be founded in 1981, named Blue Saints. The supporter club later changed its name in 1997 to Järnkaminerna (lit. The Iron Stoves) since the old name was perceived to be associated with violence. Järnkaminerna is to this day Djurgården's Official Supporters Club with a membership of a few thousand. The 2000s saw the creation of independent ultras groups emerging. The oldest active ultra group, Ultra Caos Stockholm, formed in 2003 is mostly influenced by southern European supporter culture. Djurgården also have a group known as Fabriken Stockholm, formed in 2005, taking over the role of creating tifos for the team's games, from former, abolish in 2004 group, Ultras Stockholm founded in the late 90's.
Djurgården's arch rivals are AIK due to several reasons. Djurgårdens IF and AIK were both founded in 1891, just three weeks apart. Because of this, games between the teams are called Tvillingderbyt (lit. The twin derby). Both teams are originally from Stockholm's city centre. With Djurgården residing in the north eastern borough of Östermalm and AIK now based to the north of the city in Solna municipality. Games between the two teams are very popular and draw large attendances. The games can often be heated occasions given the fact that there is a lot of animosity between both sets of supporters and can produce great atmospheres. They are also historically the biggest and most successful clubs from Stockholm, with 11 Swedish Championships each.
Hammarby IF is the other main rival, mostly because of the geographical proximity with Djurgården originating from the north eastern part of Stockholm and Hammarby from the south part of the city.
Djurgården's primary stadium since 1936 is Stockholm Olympic Stadium, where the national league and cup games are played. The secondary stadium is Råsunda Stadium, where Stockholm derbies against AIK and Hammarby IF are played. The old Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, doesn't fulfill UEFA's stadium requirements and therefore international cup games are also played at Råsunda. The club's record attendance at the Olympic Stadium is at least 21,995 against AIK on 16 August 1946.[B] Djurgården's record attendance at Råsunda is 48,894 against IFK Göteborg on 11 October 1959.
The club's first stadium was Stockholms idrottspark where the club played from 1899 when the football department was founded until 1906 when the club moved to the newly built Östermalm Athletic Grounds. Djurgården did not stay long at Östermalm, in August 1910 the club signed a 25 year contract with the Stockholm City Council to dispose of an area in Traneberg, a district west of the inner city, to build a stadium. Tranebergs Idrottsplats was finished in October 1911 and inaugurated by Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf. The contract expired in 1935, and the City Council intended to build a residential area where the stadium was situated. Djurgården therefore moved to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1936, where the club had played previously on several occasions since it was finished in 1912.
The later half of the 1940s saw a significant increase in attendances, which led the club to play some games at the larger, more modern, Råsunda Stadium. As Djurgården climbed in the league table in the beginning of the 1950s, all games were played at Råsunda. The end of the 1960s saw a return to the Olympic stadium, and soon all games were played there, with the exception of derbies.
The club's achievements in the early 2000s drew large attendances with led Djurgården to plan for a new stadium. The old 1912 Olympic Stadium also lacked modern facilities and individual seats. Along with political promises in 2006, Djurgården aimed for a rehaul of Stockholm Olympic Stadium and later an entirely new stadium at Östermalm Athletic Grounds. These plans were abandoned in December 2011 due to the building costs exceeding the club's financial capabilities. New stadium requirements from the Swedish Football Association also does not allow Djurgården to play at the Olympic Stadium after 2013. Thus, the club board made the decision to move to Tele2 Arena for the 2013 season.
Available youth players
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Out on loan
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For season transfers, see transfers winter 2012–13.
1 – Fans of the club
Management and boardroom
- player has been named Allsvenskan Top Scorers of the year, or
- player has won Guldbollen, or
- player has been picked as one of the 12 players named as "DIF-heroes" at the official website.
Listed according to when they debuted for Djurgårdens IF (year in parentheses):
It is not known for sure who was the team's manager until 1922, though it is believed that Birger Möller was in charge during a part of the club's first decades. All managers are from Sweden unless otherwise stated.
- Swedish Champions[A]
- Winners (11): 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1954–1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 2002, 2003, 2005
- Winners (7): 1954–1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 2002, 2003, 2005
- Runners-up (3): 1962, 1967, 2001
- Winners (1): 2000
- Division 1 Norra:
- Winners (3): 1987, 1994, 1998
- Runners-up (1): 1997
- Svenska Serien:
- Runners-up (1): 1911–1912
- Svenska Cupen:
- Winners (4): 1989–1990, 2002, 2004, 2005
- Runners-up (3): 1951, 1974–1975, 1988–1989
- Svenska Mästerskapet:
- Winners (4): 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920
- Runners-up (7): 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1913, 1916, 1919
- Allsvenskan play-offs:
- Runners-up (1): 1988
- Corinthian Bowl:
- Winners (1): 1910
- Runners-up (2): 1908, 1911
- Rosenska Pokalen:
- Runners-up (2): 1902
- Wicanderska Välgörenhetsskölden:
- Winners (4): 1907, 1910, 1913, 1915
- Runners-up (3): 1908, 1914, 1916
- Victory, Allsvenskan: 9–1 vs. Hammarby IF (13 August 1990)
- Loss, Allsvenskan: 1–11 vs. IFK Norrköping (14 October 1945)
- Highest attendance, Råsunda: 48,894 vs. IFK Göteborg (11 October 1959)
- Highest attendance, Stockholms Stadion: 21,995 vs. AIK (16 August 1946)
- Most appearances, Allsvenskan: 312, Sven Lindman (1965–80)
- Most goals scored, Allsvenskan: 70, Gösta 'Knivsta' Sandberg (1951–66)
- A. ^ 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.
- B. ^ Djurgården's record at Stockholm Olympic Stadium is disputed. Gänger, 2006, suggest the attendance was 21,995 while Rehnberg, 1991, suggest it was 22,108.
- Gänger, Hasse (2007). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll 1899–2006 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. ISBN 978-91-633-0992-2 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- Hagström, Magnus; Johansson, Peter; Jurell, Carl (2010). Vad för jävla pack e ni? (in Swedish). Imperial Publishing. ISBN 978-91-978734-0-6 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- Rehnberg, Bo (ed.); Wickman, Mats (ed.) (1991). Djurgårdens IF 100 år: 1891–1991 (in Swedish). Sellin & Partner förlag. ISBN 91-7055-029-8 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund - Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-13.
- Hagström p. 55
- Hagström p. 67
- "Om oss" (in Swedish). Ultra Caos Stockholm. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- Gänger, p. 216.
- Rehnberg, p. 444.
- Rehnberg, p. 288.
- Rehnberg, pp. 43–44.
- Rehnberg, p. 67.
- Gänger, pp. 215–219.
- "DIF:s hemmaarenor i Allsvenskan" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- "Arenafrågan – detta har hänt". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 22 April 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Riedel, Jonas. "Förslag till ny arena" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Bengtsson, Janne (14 July 2010). "Djurgården närmare en ny arena". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Ask, Erik (6 December 2011). "Djurgården lägger ner arenaplanerna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Rekommendationen: Stockholmsarenan 2013" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Arnesen, Jonas (5 October 2011). "Stockholms-arenan blir Dif:s nya hem". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Current squad". DIF.se. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "Allsvenska skyttekungar & publiksnitt 1925-". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Guldbollen". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "DIF-hjältar" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- Gänger, pp. 68–69
- There's no mention in the references how many matches Maconnachie coached the team
- Results for 1922–23 Svenska Serien are missing
- Ball was fired before Allsvenskan started.
- "Historia" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Fotboll. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-11-25.
- Official websites
- Djurgårdens IF Fotboll - official site
- Djurgårdens IF Fotboll - at the UEFA official site
- Djurgårdens IF Fotboll - at the Allsvenskan official site
- Supporter websites