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Lillestrøm SK

Lillestrøm SK is a football (soccer) club from Norway.

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About Lillestrøm SK

Lillestrøm Sportsklubb is a Norway football (soccer) club from the city of Lillestrøm. It was founded in 1917, after the merger of two local football clubs. Their home ground is Åråsen Stadion, while the principal training ground is Lillestrøm stadion, or the indoor arena, LSK-Hallen. Åråsen Stadion seats 11,637 people; the average attendance has decreased to around 6,000, after poor result the last two seasons. The club holds the Norwegian record for the most consecutive years without being relegated. Over the years the club has had around 40 players who have represented the Norway national football team. There has also been a number of foreigners who have represented the national teams of Sweden, Iceland, Senegal, Finland, Malta, Australia, South Africa, Slovenia, Tunisia, Canada, Somalia, and Nigeria.

History

Lillestrøm SK was founded on 2 April 1917. It has been Tippeligaen champions five times, most recently in 1989, and also in 1986, 1977, 1976, and 1959. Additionally, they have won the Norwegian Football Cup in 1985, 1981, 1978, 1977 and 2007.

When Arne Erlandsen left for Sweden and IFK Göteborg after the 2004 Norwegian Premier League, former LSK player and Germany national football team Uwe Rösler took over as head coach of the team. His first season in charge became a successful one, with Lillestrøm finishing fourth in the league. This position secured LSK a place in the Royal League. The team also made it to the 2005 Norwegian Football Cup final, but lost 4–2 to Molde FK in front of a crowd of 25,000 at Ullevaal Stadion.

In the 2006 Norwegian Premier League Lillestrøm were among the top favourites to win the league. Following a disappointing 4th place, it was announced on 13 November 2006 that Uwe Rösler had been fired from his position as head coach of Lillestrøm. Only a few days later Tom Nordlie signed a three-year contract.

A key signing ahead of the 2007 Norwegian Premier League included Fredrikstad FK's Simen Brenne, an attacking midfielder with a knack for scoring important goals. LSK under Nordlie played a 4–3–3 system, which invites rapid transitional play between defence and attack, Lillestrøm finished fourth in the league and won the 2007 Norwegian Football Cup, beating FK Haugesund 2–0 in the 2007 Norwegian Football Cup Final at Ullevaal Stadion.

On 29 May 2008, Tom Nordlie resigned from his position as head coach after a disappointing start of the 2008 Norwegian Premier League. Statements from Nordlie suggested that fundamental disagreements with club director Jan Åge Fjørtoft also contributed to his resignation. It later emerged that the conflict between the controversial coach and the players was another big contributor behind Nordlie's departure, his punishing training regime in the run-up to the 2008 season being cited as the main complaint. Nordlie, no stranger to controversy during his career, had reportedly "lost the dressing room" as early as autumn 2007.

Erland Johnsen and Frode Grodås stepped in as caretakers until a new head coach was hired. On 19 August 2008, the club announced that Henning Berg would take over as head coach on 1 January 2009, after leaving his post at FK Lyn. Berg's first task would be to rescue the team from relegation, a feat he accomplished in his very first match as head coach. LSK beat Rosenborg BK 4–2 in a classic encounter to secure their place in the Tippeligaen.

The 2009 Norwegian Premier League was one of great upheaval. In an increasingly tight economic position, LSK sold or released 11 players before and during the season, with Berg also restructuring the squad and bringing in new talent. Enormous injury problems also made the start to the season a difficult one for Berg's charges. After 9 games, LSK had won none and drawn four and seemed destined for relegation. An impressive comeback saw Lillestrøm deliver a strong second half to the season, eventually finishing 11th. Newcomer Nosa Igiebor had an especially impressive first season in the Lillestrøm jersey.

The team continued to impress over the course of the winter and start of the 2010 Norwegian Premier League. LSK were in early June fifth in the Tippeligaen, undefeated in 14 league matches. They saw however a dramatic drop in form over the summer which saw them briefly flirt with relegation, before a late surge of form late in the season salvaged 10th place.

In 2011 Norwegian Premier League LSK made an exciting start to the new season, scoring an incredible 18 goals from their first five league matches, including a 7-0 drubbing of Stabæk in their first league match of the season - away from home. Early season form was good enough for the team to flirt with the top three until the end of July. Early in August, however, stars Anthony Ujah and Nosa Igiebor were sold to stave off the dire economic straits of the club. Also, in-form Icelandic midfielder Stefán Gíslason was out of contract and left the club. In mid-August, prodigy striker Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson was injured for the rest of the season, and the club failed to win any of their last 11 league games, a new record for Lillestrøm.

Coach Henning Berg was sacked three matches before the end of the season as investor Per Berg promised fresh funds for acquiring quality players after the season. The club again flirted with the prospect of relegation; however, the incessant poor form of IK Start and Sarpsborg 08 FF meant Lillestrøm again saved themselves. This despite an abject 34 points gathered over 30 league matches, which normally would mean relegation.

Former IF Elfsborg coach Magnus Haglund was appointed coach after the season. In January 2012 the club strengthened the squad significantly, by bringing in eight new players, among them Johan Andersson (footballer) and Pálmi Rafn Pálmason from Stabæk Fotball, Jesper Westerberg, African midfielder Guy Toindouba, Sogndal Fotball's central defender Isak Scheel, Bosnian goalkeeper Sead Ramović and utility man Erik Midtgarden. Lillestrøm are predicted to do significantly better in 2012 than in recent years and optimism around the club going into pre-season is high.

Achievements

- Norwegian Premier League:
- - Winners (5): 1959, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1989
- - Runners-up (8): 1959–60, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2001

- Norwegian Football Cup:
- - Winners (5): 1977, 1978, 1981, 1985, 2007
- - Runners-up (7): 1953, 1955, 1958, 1980, 1986, 1992, 2005

- Royal League:
- - Runners-up (1): 2005–06

- UEFA Intertoto Cup:
- - Runners-up (1): UEFA Intertoto Cup 2006

Recent history

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, 20 March 2011
- Heaviest home loss: 1–7 vs. Fredrikstad FK, 15 August 1954
- Heaviest away loss: 1–7 vs. Odd Grenland, 7 June 1953
- Highest attendance, Åråsen Stadion: 13,652 vs. Vålerenga I.F. Fotball 1988–2003
- Most appearances, league: 315, Arild Sundgot 1997– (per Nov 2011)
- Most goals scored, total: 319, Tom Lund 1967–1982
- Most goals scored, league: 109, Arild Sundgot 1997– (per Nov 2011)
- Most goals scored, season: 19, Mons Ivar Mjelde 1993





For season transfers, see List of Norwegian football transfers winter 2011–12.

Coaching staff

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- Olivier Occean
- Otto Fredrikson
- Jarkko Wiss
- Claus Reitmaier
- Uwe Rösler
- Ríkharður Daðason
- Heiðar Helguson

- Rúnar Kristinsson
- Michael Mifsud
- Nosa Igiebor
- Anthony Ujah
- Henning Berg
- Torgeir Bjarmann
- Jan Åge Fjørtoft
- Ronny Johnsen

- Tom Lund
- Ståle Solbakken
- Espen Søgård
- Mamadou Diallo
- Robert Koren
- Dennis Schiller

Supporters

Lillestrøm is one the most supported clubs in Norway, and has the second biggest fan-club in Norway, as the official fan-club, Kanarifansen has more than 5000 members. Kanarifansen was founded on 3 December 1992 and publishes its own magazines and has its own collection of clothing.




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