Bryne FK

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Bryne FK logo.svg
Full nameBryne Fotballklubb
Nickname(s)Jærens superlag
Founded10 April 1926;95 years ago (10 April 1926)
Ground Bryne Stadion
Capacity4,000 (2,507 seated)
ChairmanNils Steinsland
Head Coach Jan Halvor Halvorsen
League 1. divisjon
2020 2. divisjon Group 2, 1st of 14 (promoted)
Website Club website

Bryne Fotballklubb (Norwegian pronunciation:  [ˈbʁỳːnə] ) is a professional football club in Bryne, Norway, that competes in the 1. divisjon, the second tier of Norwegian football.



Bryne has played a total of 17 seasons in the top flight of Norwegian football since their debut in 1976. They had their longest spell of 13 consecutive top tier seasons from 1976 until 1988. Their last stint in the top divisions lasted four seasons from 2000 until the 2003 season, when Bryne, coached by Swede Reine Almqvist, were relegated in the final round of the 2003 Tippeligaen.

Bryne placed sixth in 1. divisjon in 2007. It was a disappointing season for the club that is aiming for the top division. It was a turbulent season, players left and players were brought in. The players that came in before the season did not manage to set their mark on the club, and was (for the most) loaned out or sold. The season reached its bottom when head coach Magnus Johansson resigned after yet another disappointing appearance, this time against Tromsdalen. Hans Olav Frette, Johansson's predecessor, came in and led the team the rest of the season. In 2016, Bryne relegated to 2. divisjon [1] despite of winning the last game of the season. [2]


Bryne Stadion Bryne Stadion.jpg
Bryne Stadion

Bryne spent the majority of their early years playing on a small, rented field next to Bryne Mill, before acquiring the site of their current home ground, Bryne Stadion, at the end of the 1930s. At the time of its inauguration in September 1946, the stadium's grass pitch was one of the largest in the country and a far cry from the 85x55 m dimensions of the Bryne Mill field.

Bryne Stadion is used both for football and athletics and has a capacity of 4,000, of which 2,507 are seated. [3] The record attendance is 13,621 paying spectators, achieved when Bryne defeated Viking on 26 May 1980, although as many as 14,500 were estimated to have attended an earlier game between the two rivals, on 9 October 1977. The club considers 13,621 to be the official record since there were only 12,236 paying spectators at this other game.

Bryne have in recent years been working towards a possible redevelopment of their home ground, alternatively the construction of a new stadium elsewhere, in order to increase turnover and conform with the Norwegian Football Association's requirements for hosting top tier football matches. On 14 February 2006, the club presented plans for the Jæren Arena, an 8,688-capacity stadium designed by the architects responsible for Viking Stadion, and on 12 December 2006, the club announced that it had obtained finance for the project, which was estimated to cost 150 million NOK.

The intended location was on the border between the municipalities of Time, of which Bryne is the administrative centre, and Klepp. However, due to difficulties in obtaining a construction permit for the site, which is currently regulated for agricultural purposes, the club has opted for a new location about 900 m south of the old ground. [4] Bryne aimed to have the stadium completed in time for the 2008 season. In 2010, Jæren Arena AS went bankrupt. [5] As of 2019, Bryne still plays their matches at Bryne Stadion.

European Cup appearances

1981–82 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Belgium (civil).svg KFC Winterslag 0–22–12–3
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 0–31–11–4
1988–89 Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round Flag of Hungary.svg Békéscsaba Előre SSC 0–32–12–4



Recent history

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Notes
2001 Tippeligaen 12266416336122FinalAvoided relegation through playoffs
2002 Tippeligaen 9268711383931Fourth round
2003 Tippeligaen Down-arrow-14.png14267118355622Third roundRelegated to the 1. divisjon
2004 1. divisjon 73011910544542Quarterfinal
2005 1. divisjon 5301488553350Fourth round
2006 1. divisjon 33014106524452Fourth round
2007 1. divisjon 6301479573849Third round
2008 1. divisjon 113010614385336Third round
2009 1. divisjon 830101010413940Fourth round
2010 1. divisjon 92810513575235Third round
2011 1. divisjon 93011118473644First round
2012 1. divisjon 103010812415338Second round
2013 1. divisjon 73013710555046Fourth round
2014 1. divisjon 93013314485542Second round
2015 1. divisjon 103010614435036Third Round
2016 1. divisjon Down-arrow-14.png13307914334830Second RoundRelegated
2017 2. divisjon 3261385523747Second Round
2018 2. divisjon 5261187453841Quarter-final
2019 2. divisjon 10267712304128Third Round
2020 2. divisjon Up-arrow-14.png1191351472344CancelledPromoted
2021 (in progress) 1. divisjon 29522181217


Current squad

As of 11 June 2021 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Sondre Vestbø Kyllingstad
2 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Oliver Rotihaug
3 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Pål Aamodt
4 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Marius Andersen
5 DF Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  FRO Rógvi Baldvinsson
6 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Henning Romslo
7 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Vegard Aasen
8 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Sixten Dalen Jensen
9 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Thierry Dabove
10 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Robert Undheim
11 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Bjarne Langeland
12 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Oscar Gåsland
14 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Tobias Bakken Dalbye
15 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Kristoffer Hay
16 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Andreas Dybevik
17 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Joacim Holtan
18 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Robson
19 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Tobias Kvalvågnes Guddal
22 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Daniel Karlsbakk
23 MF Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  FRO Meinhard Olsen
26 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Torben Dvergsdal
28 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Petter Øfsteng
29 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Herman Rugland
99 GK Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Igor Spiridonov
MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Einar Tunheim Lye

Notable former players

Had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Bryne FK.


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