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Stabæk IF

Stabæk IF is a football (soccer) club from Norway.

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Stabæk Idrætsforening is a Norway multi-sports club in Bærum, a municipality bordering on Oslo in the west.


It has sections for football (soccer), bandy, Team handball and alpine skiing. While the football team Stabæk Fotball is the most prominent, the men's Stabæk IF Bandy has taken multiple national championships. The women's Stabæk Håndball plays in the first tier of Norwegian handball, and the men's team on the third tier. The club formerly had sections for athletics (track and field), sport shooting and orienteering. In early 2009 a new women's football team was started within Stabæk IF and was named Stabæk Fotball Kvinner, in reality a Relocation of professional sports teams of Asker Fotball's women's team.


Its name is taken from the area Stabekk, and the club headquarters are located at Ringstabekk, but the club activities except bandy and skiing have been centered around Nadderud and Bekkestua the recent years. In 1990 the club presented grandiose plans: at Nadderud, the grass pitch Bekkestuabanen would be an ice arena with a grandstand and adjoining buildings. A field north of Bekkestuabanen would become a underheated gravel pitch for football. A new indoor arena would be built near Nadderudhallen; the road which leads to Nadderudhallen would in that case disappear. The new clubrooms would be in the lower secondary school Bekkestua, which Stabæk suggested to abolish. The club also proposed to turn the upper secondary school Nadderud into a conference center for elite sports. Stabæk would in such a scenario leave the headquarters at Ringstabekk behind, swapping it with the municipality for help with the grandiose plans. Not one of the suggestions materialized. In 2009 the football section relocated somewhat as they inaugurated the new stadium Telenor Arena.


The club was founded on 16 March 1912, really as a continuation of the club Stabæk SFK from 1908. In 1922 it absorbed some neighboring clubs Grav IF, Haslum SK and Stabekk AK, and in 1926 it absorbed Stabekk BK, which had rejected a merger in 1922. It still had a local competitor in the workers' club Stabekk AIL, which was organized in Arbeidernes Idrettsforbund. Around 1930 the shooting section broke out of Stabæk IF and founded its own club. During the Second World War, Stabæk IF was disbanded by Axel Heiberg Stang and Egil Reichborn-Kjennerud on 21 June 1941. near an old ice rink used by Stabæk. The club was re-founded after the war's end. The next section to become defunct was the athletics section, which was dissolved in 1985. Stabæk had a number of nationally competitive athletes, including Per Stavem, Svein Inge Valvik, Thor Tangen, Leif Uggen, Rolf Arveland, Rolf Kluge and Sturla Kaasa, and also Arve Opsahl. The orienteering section later went defunct.

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