Sandnes Ulf

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Sandnes Ulf
Sandnes Ulf logo.svg
Full nameSandnes Ulf
Nickname(s)Ulf
Ulvane (The Wolves)
Di lyseblå (The Light Blues)
Founded1 June 1911;110 years ago (1 June 1911); as SK Ulf
1987; as Ulf-Sandnes
February 2004; as Sandnes Ulf
Ground Øster Hus Arena,
Sandnes
Capacity6,046 [1]
Chairman Stig Ravndal
League 1. divisjon
2020 1. divisjon, 7th of 16
Website Club website

Sandnes Ulf is a Norwegian association football club from Sandnes, Rogaland, currently playing in the 1. divisjon, the second highest division in the Norwegian football league system. The club play their home matches at Øster Hus Arena. The club was founded on 1 June 1911 as SK Ulf, and today has over 80 registered teams, making it the largest football club in Rogaland.

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Sandnes Ulf play in light blue jerseys, white shorts and light blue socks. Sandnes Ulf is an open member association and the annual general meeting is the highest policy-making body. The meeting approves the accounts and elects the chairman and board. Stig Ravndal is the current chairman, elected in 2012. Daily operations are run by a managing director who liaises with the chairman.

The main rivals of the club are Viking FK and Bryne FK. Sandnes Ulf's official fan club is known as Gaukereiret ("The Cuckoo's Nest"), reflecting on the nickname for people from Sandnes; Sandnes-cuckoos.

History

The sport of football came directly to Sandnes from its home country, England, when two British brothers Arnold and Hubert Thomas moved to the town in 1907. It didn't take long before Sandnes' first football club was established, Sandnes Fodboldforening, but the club was dissolved a few years later when the two brothers moved back to England. The interest and love for football, however, had found its place in Sandnes, and in the summer of 1911 the new football club, Sportsklubben Ulf, was founded.

Nils Voss, a 1912 Olympic gold-medal winner in gymnastics, became the club's first President. In its inaugural year the club had a turnover of 88 Norwegian krones and 84 øre (approximately 14 US$). In 1916 the club's board decided to introduce a new uniform, choosing the light blue jersey and white shorts we see today.

In 1919 the club was promoted to class A in Landsdelsserien, which at the time was the highest level. In June 1927 the club opened Sandnes stadion, the arena where the club still plays today.

The 1930s was a successful decade for the club with top-3 positions six years in a row, and qualifying for the newly established top division Norgesserien in 1937. The club played at this level until 1940 when the season was cancelled due to World War II. When the league started again in 1947 the club failed to qualify.

SK Ulf had spells on the second highest level during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, but have mostly been playing at level three or four in the 80s and 90s.

In 1997 the 11 football clubs of Sandnes founded Sandnes FK in an attempt to form a potential top club. The project however only succeeded partly, with a couple of seasons in Second Division. In 2003 Sandnes FK was on the verge of bankruptcy when they won their Third Division group, whereas Ulf-Sandnes was relegated to Fourth Division. This increased the keenness of both parts to cooperate, and during the winter of 2003/04 Sandnes FK incorporated into Ulf, with Ulf thus changing its name to Sandnes Ulf.

With Asle Andersen arriving at the club in 2006 as a player-manager he revitalised and professionalised the club and immediately brought on-field success. In 2007, Sandnes Ulf won promotion to Adeccoligaen (2008 1. divisjon), the second highest division in the Norwegian football league system. They won their 2. divisjon group three points ahead of Stavanger IF. This sparked renewed interest in the club, with increased press coverage and attendances at Sandnes stadion.

Prior to the 2008 season, the signings of Paul Oyuga and Artur Kotenko brought even more experience from professional football to the club. They were relegated back to 2. divisjon in 2008, but recovered and returned to the 1. divisjon for the 2010 season.

The club finished the 2010 1. divisjon at a relegation spot once again. However, Follo FK, a team which had managed to avoid relegation, was forced to withdraw from the league because of financial difficulties, and Sandnes Ulf kept its place in the division for the 2011 1. divisjon.

The 2011 season turned out to be very successful for the club: On 23 October 2011, one hundred years after its formation and one year after it was supposed to be relegated from the 1. divisjon, Sandnes Ulf gained promotion to the Norwegian top flight. Until that date, Sandnes had been the only city amongst the 10 largest cities in Norway which had not had a team in the top flight after World War Two.

Stadium

Oster Hus Arena Oster Hus Arena.jpg
Øster Hus Arena

Sandnes Ulf are playing their home games at Øster Hus Arena, [2] which is located next to their old stadium. The stadium is an all-seater with a capacity of 6,046 spectators. [3]

Recent history

("Ulf-Sandnes" until, and including, 2003)

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Notes
2001 2. divisjon Down-arrow-14.png12269413475631First roundRelegated to the 3. divisjon
2002 3. divisjon 6221039424033
2003 3. divisjon Up-arrow-14.png1221822612556First roundPromoted to the 2. divisjon
2004 2. divisjon 82610412384734Second round
2005 2. divisjon 4261196574342Second round
2006 2. divisjon 2261574503252First round
2007 2. divisjon Up-arrow-14.png1261745663055First roundPromoted to the 1. divisjon
2008 1. divisjon Down-arrow-14.png153051015365525Third roundRelegated to the 2. divisjon
2009 2. divisjon Up-arrow-14.png1261943882861Second roundPromoted to the 1. divisjon
2010 1. divisjon 13288713334031Third roundEscaped relegation due to the demotion of Follo FK for financial reasons
2011 1. divisjon Up-arrow-14.png23018210583256Third roundPromoted to the Tippeligaen
2012 Tippeligaen 14308814445632First round
2013 Tippeligaen 13309615365833Second round
2014 Tippeligaen Down-arrow-14.png163041016275322First roundRelegated to the 1. divisjon
2015 1. divisjon 7301389494047Second round
2016 1. divisjon 4301569552851Fourth round
2017 1. divisjon 5301497443951Second round
2018 1. divisjon 103011910434742Third round
2019 1. divisjon 93011514464938Third round
2020 1. divisjon 73011811465541Cancelled

Source: nifs.no

Current squad

As of 11 June 2021 [4]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Aslak Falch (captain)
2 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Espen Hammer Berger
3 DF Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  FRO Ári Jónsson
4 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Kevin Jablinski
5 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Adnan Hadzic
6 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Christian Landu Landu
7 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Mathias Bringaker
8 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Chris Sleveland
9 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Jostein Ekeland
10 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Michael Baidoo
11 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Erlend Hustad (on loan from Brann )
12 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Markus Vassøy Nilsen
No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Torbjørn Lysaker Heggem
15 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Ståle Steen Sæthre
16 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Maxwell Effiom
17 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Ingvald Sandvik Halgunset
19 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Johannes Godoy
21 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Fredrik Pålerud
22 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Horenus Taddese(on loan from Kristiansund )
23 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Jørgen Olsen Øveraas
25 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Sander Ringberg
26 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Artan Memedov
27 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Sander Lønning
MF Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  FRO Gullbrandur Øregaard

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

Managerial history

ManagerPeriod
Magne Hetland1946
Ludvig Oppedal1946–47
Reidar Kvammen/Reidar Berger d.e.1948
Petter Strøm/Willy Nilsen1949
Jens Opsal1950
Finn Tøgaard1951
Reidar Berger d.e./Magne Hetland/Odd Thorsvik1952
Gunnar Stensland1953
Odd Thorsvik/Jon Larsen1954
Odd Thorsvik/Torgil Gunneng1955
Odd Thorsvik1956
Gunnar Stensland1957–58
Odd Thorsvik1959–65
Tor Kyllingstad & John Oftedal/Gaute Skrudland1966
Otto Hermansen1967
Anders Svela 1968–69
Odd Thorsvik1970–71
Rolf Stangeland1972
John Oftedal1973–74
Roald Bergsaker 1975–76
Arvid Knutsen1977–79
 
ManagerPeriod
Roald Bergsaker 1980
Clive Baker1981–82
Marvid Skjæveland1983
Trond Tengesdal1984–85
Kjell Arne Håland & Johnny Gilje1986–87
Inge Thulin1988–90
Trond Tengesdal1991
Tony Knapp 1992–93
Arild Ravndal1994–95
Torjus Sivertsen1996
No team due to Sandnes FK1997
Kjell Erga1998
Kåre Nygaard1999–03
Øystein Tveit2004–05
Asle Andersen & Johan SelvigMarch 23, 2006–08
Asle Andersen 2009–2014
Tom Nordlie 2014
Bengt Sæternes 2014–2019
Steffen Landro 2020–2021

Notes

  1. "Stadion" (in Norwegian). Sandnes Ulf. 10 July 2012. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  2. "Nye Sandnes stadion har fått navn". www.nrk.no. NRK . Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. "ØsterHus Arena". www.osterhusarena.no. Sandnes Ulf. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. "Spillertropp". sandnesulf.no (in Norwegian). sandnesulf.no. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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