Kalmar FF

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Kalmar FF
Kalmar FF logo.svg
Full nameKalmar Fotbollförening
Nickname(s)Röda bröder (Red brothers), Smålands stolthet (The pride of Småland)
Short nameKFF
Founded15 June 1910;110 years ago (1910-06-15) as IF Göta
Ground Guldfågeln Arena, Kalmar
Capacity12,000
ChairmanAnders Henriksson
Head coach Nanne Bergstrand
League Allsvenskan
2020 Allsvenskan, 14th (Relegation Playoffs)
Website Club website

Kalmar Fotbollförening, more commonly known as Kalmar FF, is a Swedish professional football club based in Kalmar. The club is affiliated to Smålands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Guldfågeln Arena. [1] Formed on 15 June 1910, the club have won one national championship title (2008) and three national cup titles (1981, 1987 & 2007).

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In total, KFF has made 33 seasons in Allsvenskan since the debut in the 1949. The club can be found at the13th position in the all-time Allsvenskan standings, is one of 12 Swedish football clubs that have become both national champions and national cup champions, and one of 14 clubs that have always played in one of the three highest Swedish national football leagues. [2]

Kalmar FF's main local rivals are Östers IF.

History

In the beginning

A chart showing the progress of Kalmar FF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions. Kalmar FF League Performance.png
A chart showing the progress of Kalmar FF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

On 15 June 1910, the club IF Göta was created, however they were not allowed to enter the Riksidrottsförbundet due to a conflict regarding the name. The name was already taken by Stockholm's-Göta and Karlstads-Göta. Later in 1912 the club changed its name to IF Gothia and was then accepted by Riksidrottsförbundet.

In 1918 Fredriksskans was opened and at the same time there was a major conference in Kalmar about the high number of clubs in the town, this led to the merging of IF Gothia and Kamraterna to Kalmar Idrotts Sällskap and Kalmar IK merged with Falken to form Kalmar AIK. In 1927 Kalmar Idrotts Sällskap changed its name to Kalmar FF.

In 1927–1928 they qualified for the local league in the Swedish league system, IFK Oskarshamn won the league and was moved up to the Southswedish league, covering both Småland and Skåne, however IFK Oskarshamn renounced its position and it was given to Kalmar FF, this gave rise to complaint from the clubs in Skåne since there were no good train connections to Kalmar at that time, however SJ solved it. In their first game they defeated Malmö FF with 6–0.

The middle years

In 1949 the club reached Allsvenskan for the first time after defeating Halmstads BK in the decisive game of the season; during this time Swedish leagues were played autumn–spring, on 31 July they played their first game in Allsvenskan against Degerfors IF and lost 2–0, afterward, the later world-famous Gunnar Nordahl claimed that he had seen much worse newcomers, also this year, on 4 September Kalmar faced Malmö FF in front of 15 093 people in the audience; this is still the audience record on Fredriksskans.

Between 1950 and 1955 the club went up and down between Allsvenskan and Division 2. In 1955 they fell down to Division 2 and stayed there for 20 years; during this time players like Hungarian Ference Marko represented the club at the same time as he lived at the refugee camp in Borgholm in 1957, in 1959 Sune "Mona-Lisa" Andersson, who won an Olympic medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics as a player, as manager, during this time Sten-Åke Johansson played for the club and became the top goalscorer for all time for the club, on 19 October 1975 Kalmar FF defeated Västra Frölunda and returned to Allsvenskan.

In 1976 the club played its 100th game in Allsvenskan against GIF Sundsvall, however this ended with 9–2 defeat and led to manager Kay Wiestål being fired. The 1977 season became the club's most successful season so far; a group of companies sponsored the club's buying of Benno Magnusson; the club was able to end in 3rd place at the end of the season, earning the club its first medal.

In 1981 the club won its first title ever, by defeating IF Elfsborg with 4–0, the club won the Svenska Cupen for the first time ever, however they failed to stay in Allsvenskan and was relegated to Division 1; however the spell was only one year long and Kalmar returned in 1983.

1985 became the club's most successful season, as the club ended up in second place behind Örgryte IS and Billy Lansdowne and Peter Karlsson both became the league's top goalscorer along with Sören Börjesson, Örgryte IS, all scoring 10 goals each. The following year did not go as good; the club was relegated from the top league and the only happiness in 1987 was when the club yet again won the Cup title, this time against GAIS, however the club fell out of Division 1 this year.

In 1988 Kalmar FF won Division 2 without a single defeat which is a record in Division 2 and higher leagues. Between 1989 and 1997 the club spent most of its time in second highest league; this caused serious economic problems for the club.

The Brazilian era

After returning to Allsvenskan in 1998, but in 1999 the club fell out again, the only good thing was that the economy had been restored and was in good shape again. During the 2000 season club had to fight to avoid relegation from the second highest league and was only able to do it in the end of the season.

The goal of the 2001 season was to return to Allsvenskan again, after buying several new players such as Lasse Johansson, Fredrik Gärdeman and Lucas Nilsson, the club was able to return to Allsvenskan again, unfortunately the club was relegated directly. During the 2002 the first Brazilian, Alysson, arrived at the club.

The spell in Superettan 2003 became only one year as Kalmar won the league well ahead of Trelleborgs FF, purchase of Daniel Mendes and Dudu helped the club a lot.

In 2004 the club bought three new Brazilian players, Dedé Anderson, Fábio Augusto and César Santin, they all helped the club to a 5th place in Allsvenskan, just missing out on Royal League, the club also made a change board as chairman Ronny Nilsson left after 12 years at the helm, he was replaced by Tommy Strandman.

Champions

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The lineup who won the league title, Allsvenskan, with a 2–2 away draw against Halmstads BK, 9 Nov 2008. [3]

The two following seasons, 2005 and 2006, Kalmar ended up in 3rd and 5th respectively. Then in 2007 they made a great run from start to finish and finally ended up in second place after champions IFK Göteborg. They won Svenska Cupen the same year by beating IFK Göteborg with 3–0 at Fredriksskans in Kalmar.

Before the start, several Swedish experts believed that Kalmar FF would be one of the teams fighting for the championship title 2008, [4] the club started the season stable and as the season went on the club performance became stronger and saw the club win many big victories, only other team able to keep up was IF Elfsborg. The club had to wait until the last match of the season against Halmstads BK in Halmstad before they could become champions. Before the final match Elfsborg was behind with 3 points and 9 goals. The match against Halmstads BK ended 2–2 placing the club 1 point ahead of Elfsborg. [5] Patrik Ingelsten also became the league's top goalscorer of the season with 19 goals scored. The team reached the final in Svenska Cupen yet again and also this year against IFK Göteborg, however this year IFK won 5–4 on penalties after full-time and extra time had ended 0–0. The club also had the chance to reach the group stage of the UEFA Cup. After strong play against Racing FC from Luxembourg and Gent from Belgium, the club faced Dutch team Feyenoord, after winning 1–0 away in Rotterdam the club lost home with 1–2, in Borås at Borås Arena since Fredriksskans failed to reach UEFA demands, [6] sending the club out of the competition on away goals. [7] [8]

Colours, crest and kit

The colours and kits have changed several times over the course of history. From its founding in 1910, Kalmar FF were striped green and red. In 1915 it was changed to red shirts and black shorts. After 1927 red-white striped shirt and red shorts. 1934-35 they returned to the red shirt and black shorts. In 1940, the red-and-white striped shirt and red shorts again. Full red shirt and white shorts, like today, Kalmar FF had for the first time in 1944. In 1952-56, as countless other Swedish clubs, they had the then popular Arsenal costume, with white sleeves. [9] [10]

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

The club's first kit manufacturer was Adidas, until a three-year deal was agreed with Umbro in 1995. Puma received the contract in 1998 and their sponsorship lasted for seventeen years. [11] In 2016, Hummel was presented as the new kit manufacturer of the club. [12]

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor (chest)
1977–80 Adidas
1980–88 Kalmar Verkstad
1989–92 Sparbanken
1993–94 RIFA, Sparbanken
1995 Umbro
1996–1997 Sparbanken
1998–2005 Puma Flextronics, Föreningssparbanken
2006antilop.se, Föreningssparbanken
2007–2009Audio Video, SAS
2010–2011Audio Video
2012–2015Hjältevadshus
2016– Hummel

European record

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

UEFA Club Coefficient Ranking

The following list ranks the current position of Kalmar FF in the UEFA ranking [13] (as of 27 January 2017):

RankTeamPoints
259 Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Norrköping 4.945
260 Flag of Sweden.svg IF Brommapojkarna 4.945
261 Flag of Sweden.svg Gefle IF 4.945
262 Flag of Sweden.svg Kalmar FF4.945
263 Flag of Poland.svg Zagłębie Lubin 4.900
264 Flag of Poland.svg GKS Piast Gliwice 4.900
265 Flag of Moldova.svg FC Milsami Orhei 4.900

Players

Current squad

As of 20 October 2020 [14]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Henrik Löfkvist
3 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Sebastian Ring
4 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Erik Israelsson
5 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Doug Bergqvist
6 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Rasmus Sjöstedt
7 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Piotr Johansson
9 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Isak Jansson
10 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Filip Sachpekidis
11 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Jonathan Ring
13 DF Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  AZE Emin Nouri
14 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Noah Shamoun
16 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Isak Magnusson
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Carl Gustavsson
18 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Johan Arvidsson
20 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Oliver Berg
21 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Edvin Crona
23 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Johan Stenmark
25 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Alex Mortensen
27 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Viktor Krüger
29 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Romário
30 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Tobias Andersson
31 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Nils Fröling
32 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Lucas Hägg-Johansson
39 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Lars Sætra

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
4 DF Flag of Kosovo.svg  KVX Fidan Aliti (at Zürich)
12 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Malte Persson(at Oskarshamns)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
91 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Hiago (at Alagoano)
FW Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA Lumala Abdu (at Syrianska)

Retired numbers

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
8 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Henrik Rydström (1993–2013)
15 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Johny Erlandsson(1973–88)

Management

Board

NameRole
Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Persson Acting Chairman
Flag of Sweden.svg Anna KarlssonBoard Member
Flag of Sweden.svg Johan JaenssonBoard Member
Flag of Sweden.svg Thomas JohanssonBoard Member
Flag of Sweden.svg Karin Ekebjär  Board Member
Flag of Sweden.svg Per StephaniBoard Member

[15]

Technical Staff

NameRole
Flag of Sweden.svg Nanne BergstrandManager
Flag of Sweden.svg Stefan LarssonAssistant Manager
Flag of Sweden.svg Rasmus ElmIndividual Coach
Flag of Sweden.svg Donald Arvidsson Goalkeeping Coach
Flag of Sweden.svg Lucas NilssonAcademy Director
Flag of Sweden.svg Ola Ragnarsson Team Coordinator
Flag of Sweden.svg Jörgen PetterssonSports Director
Flag of Sweden.svg Johan Öhlin U16 Trainer
Flag of Sweden.svg Mathias SvenssonGroundkeeper

[16]

Managers

Achievements

League

Cups

Footnotes

  1. 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. [17]

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