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IK Start

IK Start is a football (soccer) club from Norway.

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About IK Start

IK Start is a Norway Association football club from the town of Kristiansand, currently playing in Adeccoligaen having been relegated from Tippeligaen in 2011. The club was founded on 19 September 1905. The Coach (sport) is Mons Ivar Mjelde. The team plays in yellow Jersey (clothing), black shorts and yellow socks at home, and blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks away.

They play their home matches at Sør Arena, the club's own football stadium, opened in 2007. Before moving to Sør Arena, IK Start played their games at Kristiansand Stadion. The team's official supporter club is called "Menigheden" (Dialectal for "The Congregation")

Start's style of playing is often described as 'makrellfotball' (mackerel football), meaning the whole team is in constant, coordinated motion. Another feature of their playing style is the so-called 'Start-vippen' (Start-tip), where the ball at a Direct free kick is tipped up by one player before hit by another.

History

Start were Norwegian champions in 1978 and 1980. They participated in the UEFA Champions League in 1979 and 1981, as well as being qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2006/2007. The years since 1995 have been turbulent, but recent investments have given greater expectations for the future. In 2004 they won the Norwegian First Division and were promoted to the Norwegian Premier League.

In 2005 they reached second place, following Vålerenga I.F. Fotball, after a strong comeback season in the Norwegian Premier League. For this, Start earned a place in the UEFA Cup 2006.

In 2006, after beating Skála Ítróttarfelag of the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, and Drogheda United of League of Ireland in the second qualifying round (after penalties), they reached the first round of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by AFC Ajax of the Netherlands.

2007 was a bad year for Start, with problems working as a team and management issues. It led to a disappointing 13th place, leading to Start's relegation to Adeccoligaen. In 2008 the club got financial problems. The local government saved the club from bankruptcy.

Ahead of the 2009-season, Knut Tørum was appointed head coach of Start. The next two seasons, Start was positioned at the lower half of Tippeligaen. On 22 June 2011, Start had 13 points in 12 matches, and Tørum decided to resign hours before a cup-match against Strømsgodset IF, a match Start won without Tørum. Mons Ivar Mjelde replaced Tørum as head coach, but was not able to save Start from relegation.

As of 5 January 2012.


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

Out on loan



Achievements

- Tippeligaen:
- - Winners (2): 1978 Norwegian First Division, 1980 Norwegian First Division
- - Runners-up (1): 2005
- - Bronze medal (7): 1973, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992
- Norwegian Football Cup:
- - Semi finalist (5): 1975, 1978, 1988, 2000, 2006
- Adeccoligaen:
- - Winners (3): 1968, 1972, 2004
- - Promotion: 1958/59, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2008 Norwegian First Division

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