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Djurgårdens IF

Djurgårdens IF is a football (soccer) club from Sweden.

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About Djurgårdens IF

Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, commonly known as Djurgården (, locally ), is a Swedish Association football club based at Stockholm Olympic Stadium, located in the Östermalm district of Stockholm City Centre. In 2013 the club will relocate to Stockholmsarenan in Johanneshov just south of Södermalm, the southernmost district of Stockholm City Centre.

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 Swedish Division 2 both times. The club did also play three seasons in the then third highest league, Swedish 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 Hockey 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.

Former England national football team striker Teddy Sheringham had a brief spell at Djurgården early in his career, as a 19-year-old loanee in 1985.

Supporters and rivalries

The official supporter club is called Järnkaminerna (lit. The Iron Stoves). Djurgården's supporters have been organizing themselves through supporter clubs since 1947 when DIF Supporters Club was founded. The 1970s saw singing supporter sections emerging with led to a new supporter club to be founded in 1981, named Blue Saints. Blue Saints was heavily influenced by English supporter culture, which was prominent in supporter clubs throughout Sweden. The supporters club changed name in 1997 since the old name was perceived to be associated with violence. The 2000s saw the creation of independent ultras groups. The oldest active ultras group, Ultra Caos Stockholm, formed in 2003 is mostly influenced by southern European supporter culture. Djurgården's supporters also have a group, known as Fabriken Stockholm and formed in 2005, responsible creating tifos for important games such as derbies.

Djurgården's arch rivals are AIK Fotboll 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 alot 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 also considered a main rival, because of the geographical proximity with Djurgården originating from the north eastern part of the city and Hammarby from the south. The rivalry is also based upon social class. Hammarby has historically been seen as a working class club while Djurgården has been seen as an upper class club.


Djurgården's primary stadium is since 1936, 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. 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 Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.

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. 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 2014. Thus, the club board made the decision to move to Stockholmsarenan for the 2013 season.

As of 1 March 2012.

Available youth players

Out on loan

For season transfers, see List of Swedish football transfers winter 2011–2012.

Management and boardroom

- CEO: Johan Ahlborg
- Manager: Magnus Pehrsson
- Chief Scout: Khaled El-Ahmad
- Coach: Carlos Banda
- U21-team Coach: Anders Johansson
- Individual Coach: Martin Sundgren
- Goalkeeping Coach: Kjell Frisk
- Physical Coach: Palmar Hreinsson
- Naprapathy: Christian Andersson
- Doctor: Bengt Sparrelid

- Chairman: Tommy Jacobsson
- Boardmember: Lars-Erik Sjöberg
- Boardmember: Ingvar Carlsson
- Boardmember: Ellinor Persson
- Boardmember: Johan Skarborg
- Boardmember: Gustav Törnqvist
- Boardmember of honor: Per Kotschack

Noted players

List criteria:

- 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):
- 1940s: Hasse Jeppson (1948), Sigge Parling (1949).
- 1950s: Gösta Sandberg (1951), John Eriksson (footballer) (1951), Arne Arvidsson (1952), Hans Mild (1954), Olle Hellström (1956)
- 1960s: Leif Skiöld (1960), Ronney Pettersson (1962), Sven Lindman (1965), Tommy Berggren (1968)
- 1970s: Vito Knezevic (1977)
- 1980s: Leif Nilsson (1984), Stefan Rehn (1986)


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.

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