Hammarby Fotboll

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Hammarby IF
Hammarby IF logo.svg
Full nameHammarby IF Fotbollförening [1]
Nickname(s)Bajen [note 1]
Short nameHIF
Founded7 March 1897;124 years ago (1897-03-07)(as Hammarby IF)
13 August 1915;105 years ago (1915-08-13)(football department)
Ground Tele2 Arena, Stockholm
OwnerHammarby IF Fotbollförening – 51%
AEG  – 23.5%
Zlatan Ibrahimović  - 23.5%
Other – 2% [2]
ChairmanRichard von Yxkull
Head coach Miloš Milojević
League Allsvenskan
2020 Allsvenskan, 8th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Hammarby IF Fotbollförening, more commonly known as Hammarby Fotboll or Hammarby [1] (Swedish pronunciation:  [ˈhâmːarˌbyː] or, especially locally, [-ˌbʏ]), is a Swedish football club from Stockholm founded in 1915. The club is based at Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov but founded in the neighbouring Södermalm district of Stockholm City Centre, an area the club considers its heartland.


Competing in Sweden's first tier, Allsvenskan, [3] Hammarby are placed twelfth in the all-time Allsvenskan table, [4] and has won the league once, in 2001. The club has competed in the Svenska Cupen final four times, winning their first title in 2021.

The club's colours are green and white, which are reflected in its crest and kit. Between 1918 and 1978, however, the club played in black-and-yellow striped home shirts, which since often form the club's away colors.

It is known for its vociferous fans and for having the highest average attendance in the Nordic countries. [5] Drawing inspiration from England, Hammarby fans introduced football chants to the Swedish terraces in 1970. [6] [7] Hammarby is one of largest football clubs in Europe in terms of the number of active players of all ages – with some 3,500 players in its organisation. [8] [9] [10]

Hammarby Fotboll is affiliated with the Stockholms Fotbollförbund (Stockholm Football Association). [11]


Axel Robert Schonthal is credited as the founding force of Hammarby Roddforening. Schontal.jpg
Axel Robert Schönthal is credited as the founding force of Hammarby Roddförening.

In 1889, Hammarby Roddförening ("Hammarby Rowing Association") was established in Södermalm, with engineer Axel Robert Schönthal, the first chairman, being credited as the founder. [12] By 1897, it had diversified into different sports, and was renamed Hammarby Idrottsförening ("Hammarby Sports Club"), or Hammarby IF for short. [13] [14]

1915–1940s: Establishment of football club

In 1915, the sporting ground Hammarby IP was built in Södermalm. Due to a lack of football pitches in Stockholm, several other clubs proposed to merge with Hammarby IF to get access to the stadium. An offer from Klara SK was accepted and Hammarby officially established a football department on 13 August 1915. [15] [16] The club played its first competitive game two days later, and won 5–0 against Västerås SK in the "Östsvenska serien", a local league, with Ragnar Gunnarsson scoring the inaugural goal. [17] In 1916, Hammarby competed in Svenska Mästerskapet, a cup by then held to decide the Swedish Champions, for the first time. [18] In 1918, Hammarby also merged with Johanneshofs IF, a club from the neighbouring district Johanneshov. [19]

In 1920, Hammarby first competed in the Svenska Serien, by then the highest league in Swedish football, with key players like goalkeeper Victor Olsson, defender Gösta Wihlborg and forward Gustav Björk. [20] During the upcoming years, Hammarby had a strong showing where they went to the finals of Svenska Mästerskapet in 1922, losing 1–3 to GAIS. [13] [21]

Hammarby qualified to compete in Allsvenskan's inaugural season in 1924. On 3 August said year, Rikard Larsson became Hammarby's first goalscorer in Allsvenskan, and also the first goalscorer in the league's history, in a 1–5 loss against Örgryte IS. [22] The club would eventually finish last in the 1924–25 Allsvenskan, and were relegated to Division 2, which was then the second highest league in Sweden. [13]

The Hammarby team of 1934. Hammarby1934.jpg
The Hammarby team of 1934.

During the upcoming years, Hammarby failed to produce any sort of challenge in Swedish football. Several star players emigrated to the United States, [21] transferred to other clubs or opted to instead play ice hockey for Hammarby. [13] In 1936–37 and 1937–38, the club won the second division, but lost the playoff matches that would have promoted them to Allsvenskan. [23] [24] Instead, Hammarby got promoted in 1938–39, where they knocked out IFK Norrköping following outstanding performances from goalkeeper and star player Sven Bergqvist. [25]

Hammarby would, however, suffer from another relegation, finishing last in Allsvenskan in 1939–40. Back in Division 2, the club finished in the top four for the next six years. In the 1946–47 season, the club finished at the foot of the table, and because of a restructuring of the league system, the club got relegated to Division 4.

1950s–1960s: A period of yo-yoing

Nacka Skoglund was a renowned Hammarby player. Nacka Skoglund sparkar fotboll.jpg
Nacka Skoglund was a renowned Hammarby player.

Hammarby did not return to the second highest league until the 1950–51 season. In the 1954–55 season, the club returned to Allsvenskan, but this time it finished sixth and managed to stay for another season. However, the club underwent yo-yoing, having been promoted and relegated between Allsvenskan and Division 2 seven times until 1970. Nacka Skoglund, one of the league's top players who played for Hammarby from 1944–49, returned to Hammarby to play from 1964–67. [26] In his return debut, he landed a corner kick into the goal minutes into the match; [26] in 1984, the club erected the Nackas Hörna (Nacka's corner) statue with his kick as the pose.

1970s–1980s: Stable Allsvenskan years

In the 1970 Allsvenskan season, Hammarby had acquired only 3 points in the spring portion of the season, but during the autumn, showed a dramatic improvement. With star players Kenneth Ohlsson and Ronnie Hellström, and with a crowd that tried out supporter songs for the first time, the club went through the autumn half undefeated and finished in fifth place, its best showing in Allsvenskan. The club would stay in Allsvenskan through the rest of the 1970s, attracting large crowds, despite not returning above fifth place. Also in 1978, the club changed from black/yellow to green/white colours.

In the 1982 season, Swedish football introduced a playoff system for the top 8 teams in Allsvenskan to decide a champion. The playoffs consisted of two matches in which the aggregate score would determine who would advance. The club had placed second overall that season and had not lost a home game. After defeating Örgryte in the quarter-finals, and coming back from a 1–3 deficit to beat Elfsborg 4–3 in the semi-finals, Hammarby was in the final against IFK Göteborg. Hammarby won its away match 2–1, but lost 1–3 in its home match to a sold out crowd. [note 2]

In the following year, Hammarby finished fifth in the league, but lost to AIK in the play-offs. In the Svenska Cupen tournament, Hammarby reached the finals but lost against IFK. However, since IFK qualified for the UEFA Cup that year, Hammarby qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, its first major international competition, where the club lost to Finland's FC Haka in the second round. The Hammarby squads finished consistently in the top six in the league every year through 1987. [27]

In 1988, Hammarby finished last in the standings and were relegated to the second tier. [27] Although the club placed first in 1989, [28] it finished last in 1990. [27]

1990s–2000s: Tough nineties, restructuring, champions

A chart showing the progress of Hammarby IF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of grey represent the various league tiers. Hammarby IF League Performance.png
A chart showing the progress of Hammarby IF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of grey represent the various league tiers.

Hammarby would stay in the second tier in 1991 and 1992, but in 1993, the team finished in first place and were promoted to Allsvenskan. In 1995 Allsvenskan, the team finished last and were relegated, but returned to the 1998 Allsvenskan with a third-place finish. [29]

Prior to the 2001 Allsvenskan season, the club had financially tough times, leading experts to conclude that the team was weak, and one journalist predicted a last place finish.[ citation needed ] Halfway through the 2001 season, manager Sören Cratz was informed that his contract would not be extended because the club's board wanted Hammarby to play a positive, attacking and fun football, something the board did not think that Cratz did. [note 3] However, the club took the lead in the standings and in the second-to-last match, which was against Örgryte IS on 21 October, the club won 3–2 and secured its first ever Allsvenskan championship.

Hammarby stayed in Allsvenskan for the rest of the 2000s: In 2003 Allsvenskan the club finished second, and participated in the second qualifying and first rounds of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup. In 2006 Allsvenskan, Hammarby placed third overall and advanced to the UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they won their third round match, which advanced the team to the second qualifying and first rounds of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.

In 2007, Bajen finished on the sixth place, and didn't qualify for any European cups. In 2008, Hammarby finished ninth, but 2009 was a disastrous year where the team finished last in the league and was relegated to the second tier known as Superettan.

2010–2014: Superettan

The 2010 Superettan was a letdown for supporters who had hoped to make the visit to Sweden's second tier short, as the team finished 8th. In the 2010 Svenska Cupen, Hammarby fared better, winning against multiple Allsvenskan opponents, until the finals where the team lost 0–1 to Helsingborgs IF. In the 2011 Superettan season, the club finished in a tie for 11th, its worst overall ranking in 64 years. The club was almost relegated to the third tier, until a game-winning kick in the season's final match against Ängelholm. After the season of 2011, Hammarby dismantled their development team HTFF, which was established in 2003. In 2012 Superettan, the club finished fourth, and in 2013 Superettan the club finished fifth. In 2014, in the last round of the season, Hammarby were promoted to the first tier, Allsvenskan, by finishing first in Superettan.

2015–: Top-flight comeback

The 2015 season started off well, with Hammarby managing an impressive 1–2 away win against local rivals AIK in the 2015 Swedish Cup, which also was the first Stockholm derby involving Hammarby since 2009. This was followed up with a 2–0 win in the season opener against BK Häcken, and in the fourth round Hammarby defeated their other local rivals Djurgårdens IF with 2–1. The summer was, however, tougher for the club, with Hammarby playing 10 consecutive league games without winning, before managing to defeat Falkenbergs FF at home with 3–0. Eventually, Hammarby finished at 11th place in their first Allsvenskan season since 2009.

The 2016 and 2017 seasons showed only a slight improvement for Hammarby, with the team ending in the 11th and 9th position respectively. Hammarby fared better in the local derbys. In 2016 Hammarby defeated the local rival Djurgården in all three fixtures. In 2017 the first encounter ended with a draw and the second with a Hammarby victory. The second local rival, AIK, managed to defeat Hammarby by 3–0 in the first encounter in the league and a draw (0–0) in the second. Hammarby however beat AIK in the Swedish cup, earlier in the year. In 2017 the Hammarby - AIK encounters ended with one Hammarby win and one draw. Both Djurgården and AIK, however, fared much better overall than Hammarby in the league.

The club fared much better in 2018 under the reign of new manager Stefan Billborn, finishing 4th in the league. In 2019, Hammarby started the league play in a mediocre fashion, but made a strong finish to the season (with eight straight wins during between match day 22 and 30) and ultimately finished 3rd in Allsvenskan. This meant that the club qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, their first continental competition in over ten years. [30]

Hammarby IF won the 2020–21 Svenska Cupen, their first title in the main domestic cup, through a 5–4 win on penalties (0–0 after full-time) against BK Häcken in the final. [31] [32] On 11 June 2021, Hammarby decided to terminate manager Stefan Billborn's contract, with the club placed 8th in the 2021 Allsvenskan table after eight rounds. [33] On 13 June, Miloš Milojević, most recently an assistant at Red Star Belgrade, was appointed new head coach. [34]

Colours, badge and kit

Colours and badge

When Hammarby Roddförening (Hammarby RF) was founded in 1889, the club's crest consisted of a white flag with three green horizontal lines. It drew inspiration from two other competing rowing clubs in Stockholm that used two blue and two red lines respectively on a white flag, but chose the colour green since it represented hope. Hammarby eventually added a third stripe when it discovered that Göteborgs RF used a similar green-white flag with two stripes. [35]


When Hammarby IF founded its football club in 1915, it determined the kit to be the following: a white hat with a five-pointed green star, a white shirt with "HIF" on its chest, white shorts and black socks. [12] Following the merger with Johanneshovs IF 1918, the club changed its football team apparel to Johanneshov's black-and-yellow striped shirts, blue shorts and black socks with yellow stripes. [19] The first department to use the new kit was Hammarby Bandy, with the football department adopting it soon thereafter. [36]

In the 1960s, the club changed from blue shorts to black. When "Nacka" Skoglund rejoined the club in 1964, he donated the club a set of black shorts because he thought the team's blue shorts looked awful. [36]

In 1978, 60 years after the merger with Johanneshov, Hammarby changed its home colours from black and yellow to white shirts, green shorts and white socks. In 1997, the striped shirts returned, but with green and white colours, with green shorts and white socks. The yellow and black colours were retained for the away and third kits. Since 1997, only a few exceptions have been made to the green-and-white-striped home and the black-and-yellow-striped away shirts: In 2002 and 2014–2016, the team wore all-white jerseys, and in 2011 the team wore an all-grey away kit.

Previous Hammarby midfielder Nahir Besara wearing the 2013 home kit. Nahir Besara, 2013-04-14b.JPG
Previous Hammarby midfielder Nahir Besara wearing the 2013 home kit.


Craft is Hammarby's kit manufacturer. [37] Also visible on the club's kit, in 2021, were the logos of the following sponsors: Huski Chocolate, a drinks company; Limitado, a mobile phone accessories seller; automakers Volkswagen; sporting-goods retailer Intersport; pawnbroker Sefina pantbank; cruiseferry operator Silja Line; BST, a transportation company; Grönsakshuset, a vegetable and fruit company; Clinton, a construction measurement company; and league sponsors Unibet, a gambling company (whose logo is on the right sleeve of the shirts of all Allsvenskan teams). [38]

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor (chest)
1994–1995 Flag of Germany.svg Puma Oddset
1996–1998 Folksam or Oddset
1999Folksam or Falcon
2000–2001Folksam, Falcon or Kungsörnen
2002–2003 Coop
2004–2005 Siemens
2005–2006 Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
2006 BenQ-Siemens
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Nike UNICEF
2008–2009 Finlux
2010–2011 Pepsi
2011 Flag of Italy.svg Kappa
2013 Herbalife
2015–2017 Flag of Germany.svg PumaLW
2018Jobman Workwear
2019–2020 Flag of Sweden.svg Craft
2021–Huski Chocolate

Ownership and finance


Hammarby IF was reorganised as an umbrella organisation in 1999, with each of the individual sports departments breaking off to form independent clubs; the football club was then named Hammarby IF Fotbollförening (Hammarby IF FF). [39]

In 2001, the football club split the A team, B team and youth team into separate legal entities. A limited company called Hammarby Fotboll AB was founded, in which the parent football club owns a majority stake. In Sweden, all sport teams in the league systems are regulated to be nonprofit organizations, which means that a majority of the voting rights, according to the "51 percent-rule", is controlled by the members of the club. [40]

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the founder and owner of Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy, was the biggest investor and minority shareholder of Hammarby Fotboll AB between 2001 and 2019. [41]

On 27 November 2019, it was announced that Zlatan Ibrahimović, widely regarded to be the greatest Swedish football player of all-time, had bought 23.5 percent of the outstanding shares in Hammarby, which meant that AEG reduced their ownership by half. [2]


The club holds an equity of 50 million SEK. The turnover for 2019 was 193,5 million SEK. [42] The highest transfer fee received by Hammarby for a player was reportedly 52 million SEK (4.8 million at that time) for Odilon Kossounou who was sold to Club Brugge in 2019. [43] Before the start of 2021, Hammarby signed forward Astrit Selmani from Varbergs BoIS for a new club record fee of around 7-8 million SEK. [44]


Hammarby supporters during a home game against IFK Varnamo in 2013. Hammarby IF - IFK Varnamo April 2013 12.jpg
Hammarby supporters during a home game against IFK Värnamo in 2013.

The club's nickname is "Bajen" (Swedish pronunciation:  [ˈbǎjɛn] ). A fan of Hammarby is referred to as a bajare or a hammarbyare.

Hammarby has historically been regarded as a club with a mainly working-class fan base, due to its connection with the formerly working-class (but today gentrified) Södermalm district of Stockholm. Nowadays the club attracts fans from all parts of society. [45] [46] According to a 2016 poll, a large part of the club's fan base tends to support left-wing politics compared to those of their local rivals AIK and Djurgården. [47]

Hammarby has strong ties to Söderort, the southern part of Stockholm urban area. [45] A 2012 poll showed that Hammarby was the most popular club in Söderort; 40 percent of the area's residents who had a favourite club chose Hammarby. [48]

Hammarby's training ground, Årsta Idrottsplats, is located in the district of Johanneshov, while some of the older youth teams still play at Hammarby IP in Södermalm.


The club's main rivals are Djurgårdens IF and AIK, also from the Stockholm urban area. Hammarby and Djurgården have been tenants at the same arena, Tele2 Arena, since 2013.


As of 2019, Hammarby has had the highest average attendance in Scandinavia during the last six seasons. [5] [49] [50] The club's average attendance for the 2015 season was 25,507, a new record high for Swedish top-division football. The former record was set back in 1959, when Örgryte IS had an average home attendance of 25,490. [51]

Seasons 2010–2020
2010 Söderstadion 12,882102,95311,4794,9506,863 RedDownArrow.svg 53.3%
2011 119,29912,8015,6697,953 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 61.7%
2012 126,94712,1535,1798 463 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 65.7%
2013 Söderstadion and Tele2 Arena 12,882 and 30,000181,44929,1757,88612,096 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 55%
2014 Tele2 Arena 30,000306,76231,07411,93620,450 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 68,2%
2015 382,60730,86918,17325,507 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 85%
2016 343,28131,75618,11922,885 RedDownArrow.svg 76.3%
2017 332,05230,67117,40322 136 RedDownArrow.svg 73,4%
2018 355,19431,81017,89623,679 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 78,9%
2019 363,48131,33718,47524,232 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 80,8%
2020 0000 RedDownArrow.svg 0% [note 4]

Notable supporters

Writer and illustrator Stig "Slas" Claesson (1928-2008), a prominent supporter of Hammarby. Stig Claesson 1966.jpg
Writer and illustrator Stig "Slas" Claesson (1928–2008), a prominent supporter of Hammarby.

Hammarby has had a slew of celebrity fans throughout the years, mostly cultural professionals living in Södermalm. In 1942, the popular recording artist Alice Babs released a version of the song Vårat gäng ("Our Gang") with new, Hammarby-related lyrics. [52] Critically acclaimed author Per Anders Fogelström, who rose to fame with his 1960 novel Mina drömmars stad ("City of My Dreams"), with a narrative that follows a group of working-class people in Södermalm between 1860 and 1880, was also a supporter of Hammarby. [53] In 1962, writer and illustrator Stig "Slas" Claesson penned a short story, Supportern ("The Supporter"), about his love for the club. [54]

Hollywood actors Alexander Skarsgård and Joel Kinnaman are supporters of Hammarby, and have acted in several skits to promote the club. [55]

Club culture

A terrace choreography from Hammarby supporters during a game against Orebro SK in 2016. Hammarby tifo.jpg
A terrace choreography from Hammarby supporters during a game against Örebro SK in 2016.

The club's unofficial hymn is "Just idag är jag stark". Released in 1979, it was performed and co-written by Kenta Gustafsson, who was a notable Hammarby fan. The recording has been the team's entrance music since 2004. [56]

Hammarby has several supporter clubs, the largest of which, Bajen Fans, had over 6,000 members in 2012 and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. [57] Hammarby also has a number of ultras such as Hammarby Ultras, Ultra Boys, Söder Bröder, and E1 Ultras – who together organize the club's terrace choreography. Hammarby Ultras won "tifo of the year" in both 2000 and 2005, an award handed out by the Swedish Football Association. [58]

The club is known for its vociferous fans. Drawing inspiration from England, Hammarby fans introduced football chants to the Swedish terraces in 1970. [6] [7] In the 1982 finals against IFK Göteborg, Hammarby supporters attracted much attention for bringing a live samba band to the stands to accompany their chants, inspired by supporters in South America. [59] In 2008, sports broadcaster Setanta Sports listed Söderstadion, Hammarby's home ground at the time, as the 11th noisiest stadium in the world. [60]

Before the first league home game of the season, Hammarby fans gather at Medborgarplatsen in Södermalm. They then march together along Götgatan and cross the Skanstullsbron bridge before arriving at the stadium in Johanneshov. This tradition has taken place since 1998 and annually attracts between 15,000 and 20,000 supporters. [45] [61]

Supportermarschen 2013 09.jpg
Hammarby supporters during the annual opening day march to the stadium.


First-team squad

As of 4 August 2021 [62] [63]

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

1 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN David Ousted
2 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Simon Sandberg
4 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Richard Magyar
5 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Mohanad Jeahze
6 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Darijan Bojanić
7 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Imad Khalili
8 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jeppe Andersen (captain)
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Paulinho
11 MF Flag of Montenegro.svg  MNE Vladimir Rodić
13 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Fenger
15 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Mayckel Lahdo
16 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Gustav Ludwigson
17 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Abdul Khalili (vice captain)
18 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Filston Mawana
20 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA David Accam (on loan from Nashville SC)
21 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Astrit Selmani
23 DF Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Jón Guðni Fjóluson
24 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Oliver Dovin
25 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Davor Blažević
27 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Josafat Mendes
29 FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Bayéré Junior Loué
31 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Aimar Sher
32 DF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Aziz Ouattara Mohammed
33 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Akinkunmi Amoo
42 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Bjørn Paulsen

Youth players with first-team experience

As of 22 July 2021 [upper-alpha 1]

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

19 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Jusef Erabi
26 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Ian Pettersson
30 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Aziz Harabi
43 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Ludvig Svanberg
44 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Williot Swedberg

Out on loan

As of 4 August 2021

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

3 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Dennis Widgren (at IK Sirius until 31 December 2021)
26 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Kalle Björklund (at Västerås SK until 30 December 2021)
35 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Axel Sjöberg (at IK Brage until 30 December 2021)

Retired numbers

10 Kennedy Bakircioglu (until 2029) [64]

12 Fans of the club

Notable players

Kenneth Ohlsson is the player with the most appearances for Hammarby Fotboll with 396 matches. Kenneth Ohlsson April 2013.jpg
Kenneth Ohlsson is the player with the most appearances for Hammarby Fotboll with 396 matches.
Sven Bergqvist earned 35 caps for the Swedish national team between 1935 and 1943. Sven Bergqvist.jpg
Sven Bergqvist earned 35 caps for the Swedish national team between 1935 and 1943.

List criteria:

NameNationalityHammarby Fotboll
GuldbollenHall of FameAllsvenskan
top goalscorer
Top ten club profile
Sven Bergqvist Sweden1932–19462120Yes
Lennart Skoglund Sweden1946–1949
Ronnie Hellström Sweden1966–197416901971
Kenneth Ohlsson Sweden1966–198339683Yes
Mats Werner Sweden1971–1984251461979
Billy Ohlsson Sweden1972–1978
Klas Johansson Sweden1975–19893126Yes
Ulf Eriksson Sweden1979–1983
Sten-Ove Ramberg Sweden1979–198925014Yes
Lars Eriksson Sweden1985 –1988
Mikael Hellström Sweden1990–200530118
Kennedy Bakircioglu Sweden1999–2003



As of 8 March 2021 [69] [41]
Chairman Flag of Sweden.svg Richard von Yxkull
Secretary Flag of Sweden.svg Björn Ekblom
Chief executive officer Flag of Sweden.svg Richard von Yxkull (interim)
Deputy chief executive officer Flag of Sweden.svg Markus Nilsson
Sporting director Flag of Sweden.svg Jesper Jansson
Technical director Flag of Sweden.svg Ola Larsson
Head of scouting Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Hjelmberg
Head of youth academy Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Rydberg
Chief academy coach Flag of Sweden.svg Martin Sundgren
Head of club operations Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Kleve

Technical staff

As of 13 June 2021 [62] [70] [71]
Head coach Flag of Serbia.svg Miloš Milojević
Assistant coach Flag of Sweden.svg Joachim Björklund
Individual coach Flag of Sweden.svg Imad Khalili
Goalkeeper coach Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael "Mille" Olsson
Fitness coach Flag of Sweden.svg Jimmy Lidberg
Team Managers Flag of Sweden.svg Atena Gerontidou
Flag of Sweden.svg Wadda Tamimi
Data analysts Flag of England.svg David Sumpter
Flag of Spain.svg Fran Peralta
Equipment manager Flag of Sweden.svg Anders Bitén
Physios Flag of Sweden.svg Christian Andersson
Flag of Sweden.svg Magnus Svärd
Flag of Sweden.svg Ludvig Axelsson
U19 head coach Flag of Sweden.svg Fredrik Samuelsson
U17 head coach Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Holtbäck
U19 and U17 goalkeeper coach Flag of Sweden.svg Gustav Scheutz Dahlström

Coaching history







International play

European games

Hammarby has occasionally qualified for play in competitions where the team has competed with clubs from other European countries.

1983–84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Flag of Albania.svg 17 Nëntori 4–01–25–2
Second round Flag of Finland.svg Haka 1–11–22–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Bulgaria.svg Pirin Blagoevgrad 3–14–07–1
Second round Flag of Scotland.svg St Mirren 3–32–15–4
Third round Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Köln 2–11–33–4
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round Flag of Belarus.svg FC Gomel 4–02–26–2
Third round Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heerenveen 0–20–20–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Partizan 1–10–41–5
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Flag of Iceland.svg ÍA 2–02–14–1
First round Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal 1–20–31–5
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Klaksvík 1–02–13–1
Second round Flag of Ireland.svg Cork City 1–11–02–1
Third round Flag of the Netherlands.svg Utrecht 0–01–1(a)1–1Winner
2007–08 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Flag of Norway.svg Fredrikstad 2–11–13–2
First round Flag of Portugal.svg Braga 2–10–42–5
2020–21 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Flag of Hungary.svg Puskás Akadémia 3–0N/AN/A
Second qualifying round Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań 0–3N/AN/A
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League Second qualifying round Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor 3–11−04–1
Third qualifying round Flag of Serbia.svg Čukarički


Other departments


Before a match with Alta IF in 2013 Hammarby IF DFF May 2013.jpg
Before a match with Älta IF in 2013

Hammarby IF DFF are the women's football club affiliated to Hammarby Fotboll. Hammarby Damfotbollförening was first founded in 1970 as a section under Hammarby IF. In 1999 the association was reorganized and all the underlying sections got separated into an umbrella organization. [39] Before the start of the 2017 season, Hammarby IF DFF was merged with Hammarby Fotboll. [77] [78]

Hammarby won the top tier Damallsvenskan in 1985 and two national cups in 1994 and 1995. [79] In 1994 it was also the championship's runner-up. Previously, the team had been the cup's runner-up in its first three editions (1981–83). [80] The home ground of the women's team is Hammarby IP, although occasionally they have played competitive games at Zinkensdamms IP and Tele2 Arena. [81]


In May 2016, Hammarby announced that they would establish a men's senior futsal team. Playing their home games in Eriksdalshallen, Hammarby competed in the Swedish second tier, Division 1 Södra Svealand, during their inaugural season. [82] In 2017, Hammarby won promotion to the Swedish Futsal League, the premier championship. [83]


  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. [72]

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  1. "Bajen" is a short form of a mock-English pronunciation of "Hammarby".
  2. In 1982, IFK Göteborg, who won the Allsvenskan championship, would later go on to win the UEFA Cup, as the first, and so far only, Swedish team to do so.
  3. Cratz would later be cheered upon and praised by Hammarby fans in 2002 when he managed Swedish competing team Helsingborgs IF in a match against Hammarby.
  4. Matches were played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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