Aalesunds FK

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Aalesund
Aalesund FK logo
Full nameAalesunds Fotballklubb
Nickname(s)Tangotrøyene (Tangoshirts), Tango, De oransje og blå (Orange and blue)
Short nameAaFK
Founded25 June 1914 (99 years ago) (1914-06-25)
GroundColor Line Stadion
Ålesund
Ground Capacity10,778
ChairmanKjell Tennfjord
ManagerJan Jönsson
LeagueTippeligaen
2013Tippeligaen, 4th
Home colours
Away colours
 
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Aalesund
Aalesund FK logo
Full nameAalesunds Fotballklubb
Nickname(s)Tangotrøyene (Tangoshirts), Tango, De oransje og blå (Orange and blue)
Short nameAaFK
Founded25 June 1914 (99 years ago) (1914-06-25)
GroundColor Line Stadion
Ålesund
Ground Capacity10,778
ChairmanKjell Tennfjord
ManagerJan Jönsson
LeagueTippeligaen
2013Tippeligaen, 4th
Home colours
Away colours

Aalesunds Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football 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 [1] in only a few years. Their average attendance of 9,943 in Adeccoligaen 2006 became the new record for attendances at the second tier of the Norwegian league system.

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 Cup Final, where they beat SK Brann.

Achievements[edit]

Famous former players[edit]

Aalesund, Liverpool, Roma, Fulham 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 2.04 m (6 ft 8 12 in) tall. Aarøy now plays for JEF United in Japan.

Former player and manager Bobby Gould was once signed for the club, but never played because he got signed by Hereford United.

Recent history[edit]

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAPCupNotes
20011. Divisjon6301389655147Third round
20021. Divisjonpromoted 2301974772664SemifinalPromoted to the Tippeligaen
2003Tippeligaenrelegated 13267712303328QuarterfinalRelegated to the 1. Divisjon
20041. Divisjonpromoted 2302118673664Third roundPromoted to the Tippeligaen
2005Tippeligaenrelegated 13266911304227Fourth roundRelegated to the 1. Divisjon
20061. Divisjonpromoted 2301794713560Fourth roundPromoted to the Tippeligaen
2007Tippeligaen11269314495630Fourth round
2008Tippeligaen13267415294225Fourth round
2009Tippeligaen13309912344336Winner
2010Tippeligaen43014511463747Third roundEuropa League Third qualifying round
2011Tippeligaen93012711363843WinnerEuropa League Play-off round
2012Tippeligaen113091110404138Fourth roundEuropa League Third qualifying round
2013Tippeligaen4301479554449Third round
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European record[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
2010–11UEFA Europa LeagueQ3ScotlandMotherwell1–10–31–4
2011–12UEFA Europa LeagueQ1WalesNeath4–12–06–1
Q2HungaryFerencváros3–1(aet)1–24–3
Q3SwedenElfsborg4–01–15–1
Play-offNetherlandsAZ2–10–62–7
2012–13UEFA Europa LeagueQ2AlbaniaTirana5–01–16–1
Q3CyprusAPOEL0–11–21–3

Rivalries[edit]

Rival football clubs in the city include Herd, Rollon, Skarbøvik and Spjelkavik, with Molde and 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, and to some extent Brann.

The club's supporters enjoy a good relationship with supporters of Oslo club Vålerenga, 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 in Wales, some supporters of 2010's Europa League opponents Motherwell also made their way to support the club.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1NorwayGKAndreas Lie
4NorwayDFJonathan Tollås
5NorwayDFOddbjørn Lie
7FinlandMFSakari Mattila
8NorwayMFFredrik Carlsen
9MoroccoFWAbderrazak Hamdallah
10NorwayMFPeter Orry Larsen
11JamaicaFWTremaine Stewart
13NorwayGKSten Grytebust
14NigeriaMFLeke James
15SwedenDFDaniel Arnefjord
No.PositionPlayer
16NorwayDFHugues Wembangomo
17JamaicaMFDemar Phillips
18NorwayFWChristian Myklebust
19NorwayFWTor Hogne Aarøy
22NorwayDFJo Nymo Matland
23NorwayMFFredrik Ulvestad
24NorwayGKMathias Rasmussen
29NorwayMFAdam Sellami
31Costa RicaMFMichael Barrantes
36NorwayMFThomas Martinussen
37NorwayFWTorbjørn Grytten

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2011–12 and transfers summer 2012.

Players on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer

Coaching staff[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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