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Aalesund FK

Aalesund FK is a football (soccer) club from Norway.

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About Aalesund FK

Aalesunds Fotballklubb ("Aalesund's Football Club") is a Norway Football (soccer) club from the city of Ålesund, currently playing in the Norwegian Premier League. The club was founded on 25 June 1914. As of 2004, the football club had 835 members and several teams on both professional and amateur levels. These teams are the 1st and 2nd teams, junior team, and also several age-specific teams.

Aalesunds F.K. played their home matches at Kråmyra Stadium until the 2005 season, when they relocated to the new Color Line Stadium with an approximate capacity of 11,000 people. Boosted by the new stadium, recent success and general increasing attendance in Norway, Aalesund has gone from attracting crowds of approximately 1,000 to regularly selling out their stadium

The local supporter club for AaFK is called "Stormen", or "The Storm", with about 2000 members.

In 2009 the club won the Norwegian Cup for the first time in its history. They beat rival Molde FK in the Final, and thereby qualified for participation in the UEFA Europa League. Aalesund also won the 2011 Norwegian Football Cup Final, where they beat SK Brann.


- Norwegian Football Cup:
- - Winners (2): 2009 Norwegian Football Cup, 2011 Norwegian Football Cup

Famous former players

Aalesund, Liverpool, Roma, and Norway player John Arne Riise started his career in the club, as did his younger brother Bjørn Helge Riise, and currently plays for Fulham FC in London, England.

Manchester United goalkeeper and Denmark international Anders Lindegaard played two seasons for the club, in which he won the Norwegian Cup, and made his debut for the Denmark national team

Jonathan Parr currently plays for Crystal Palace F.C and the Norwegian national team.

The club also has several national players for countries such as Finland, Costa Rica, Estonia and Jamaica.

Tor Hogne Aarøy played for the club for nearly a decade (2001–2011), and is famous for being the tallest outfield football player in the world, standing at approximately tall. Aarøy now plays for JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan.

Recent history

, SK Rollon, Skarbøvik IF and Spjelkavik IL, with Molde FK and IL Hødd traditionally being the main regional rivals. Hødd has been less competitive with AaFK in recent years, as they have not been in the same division for some time. More recent rivalries have centred around Molde and Strømsgodset IF, and to some extent SK Brann.

The club's supporters enjoy a good relationship with supporters of Oslo club Vålerenga Fotball, and it is not uncommon for supporters of one club to support the other in competitions where only one team participates. In the 2011 game against Neath F.C. in Wales, some supporters of 2010's Europa League opponents Motherwell F.C. also made their way to support the club.

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

Coaching staff

- Kjetil Rekdal (Main coach)
- Kent Bergersen (Assistant coach)
- Frank Mathiesen (Goalkeeper coach)
- Inge Liavaag (Physical trainer)
- Frode Fagermo (Youth team trainer)

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