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Hammarby IF
Full name Hammarby Idrottsförening Fotbollsförening
Nickname(s) Bajen
Founded 1915 (as Hammarby IF)
Ground Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Ground Capacity 33,000
Owner Hammarby IF Fotbollförening – 51%
AEG – 49%
Chairman Richard von Yxkull
Head coach Nanne Bergstrand
League Superettan
2013 Superettan 5th
Website Club home page

Hammarby Fotboll (Hammarby IF, nicknamed "Bajen") is a Swedish football club based in the Johanneshov district of Stockholm; it currently competes in the Superettan league which is the second highest league in Sweden. Prior to its stay in Superettan, the club has played mainly in the top tier Allsvenskan league and the second tier league back then known as Division 2. In Allsvenskan the club competed in 46 seasons, placing twelfth overall on the All-time Allsvenskan table, and won one Allsvenskan championship in 2001.

The football division was formed out of the Hammarby Idrottsförening (Hammarby IF) club in 1915. In 1999, Hammarby IF was reorganised as an umbrella organisation, with each of the individual sports sections breaking off to form independent clubs; the football club was then named Hammarby IF Fotbollförening (Hammarby IF FF). In 2001, the football club split the A-team, B-team and the J-teams into a separate legal entity called Hammarby Fotboll, in which the parent football club owns a majority stake. Hammarby Fotboll is affiliated with the Stockholms Fotbollförbund (Stockholm Football Association).


1915-1940s: Establishment of football club

The Hammarby team of 1934.

In 1889, Hammarby Roddförening ("Hammarby Rowing Association") was established. By 1897, it had diversified into different sports, and was renamed Hammarby Idrottsförening ("Hammarby Sports Club"), or Hammarby IF for short. In 1915, the club established a football division when it merged with Klara SK. In 1918, Hammarby IF merged with Johannesshovs IF. In the early 1920s, they had a strong showing where they went to the Svenska Mästerskapet finals in 1922, losing to GAIS, but qualified to compete in Allsvenskan's inaugural season in 1924.

The club finished last in the 1924–25 Allsvenskan, and were relegated to Division 2, which was then the second highest league in Sweden. In the 1936-37 season, the club placed first in its section, but lost the playoff match that would have promoted them to Allsvenskan. The following following season, the club placed first in its section again, but lost in the qualifying playoff. In the 1938-39 season, the club placed first in its section and finally qualified for Allsvenskan. Although the club finished last in Allsvenskan in 1939-40, the club eventually finished in the top four for the next six years back in Division 2. In the 1946-47 season, the club finished tenth and last place in Division 2, but because of a restructuring of the league system, the club was relegated to Division 4.

1950s-1960s: A period of yo-yoing

Nacka Skoglund was a renowned Hammarby player.

Hammarby did not return to the second highest league until the 1950-51 season. In the 1954-55 season, the club return to Allsvenskan, but this time it finished sixth and managed to stay for another season. However, the club underwent yo-yoing, having been promoted and relegated between Allsvenskan and Division 2 seven times until 1970. Nacka Skoglund, one of the league's top players who played for Hammarby from 1944-1949, returned to Hammarby to play from 1964-1967. In his return debut, he landed a corner kick into the goal minutes into the match; in 1984, the club erected the Nackas Hörna (Nacka's corner) statue with his kick as the pose.

1970s-1980s: Stable Allsvenskan years

In the 1970 Allsvenskan season, Hammarby had acquired only 3 points in the spring portion of the season, but during the autumn, showed a dramatic improvement. With star players Kenta Olsson and Ronnie Hellström, and with a crowd that tried out supporter songs for the first time, the club went through the autumn half undefeated and finished in fifth place, its best showing in Allsvenskan. The club would stay in Allsvenskan through the rest of the 1970s, attracting large crowds, despite not returning above fifth place. Also in 1978, the club changed from black/yellow to green/white colours.

In the 1982 season, Swedish football introduced a playoff system for the top 8 teams in Allsvenskan to decide a champion. The playoffs consisted of two matches in which the aggregate score would determine who would advance. The club had placed second overall that season and had not lost a home game. After defeating Örgryte in the quarter-finals, and coming back from a 1-3 deficit to beat Elfsborg 4-3 in the semi-finals, Hammarby was in the final against IFK Göteborg. Hammarby won its away match 2-1 to a sold-out crowd, but lost 1-3 in its home match.

In the following year, Hammarby finished fifth in the league, but lost to AIK in the playoffs. In the Svenska Cupen tournament, Hammarby reached the finals but lost against IFK. However, since IFK qualified for the UEFA Cup that year, Hammarby qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, its first major international competition, where the club lost to Finland's FC Haka in the second round. The Hammarby squads finished consistently in the top six in the league every year through 1987.

In 1988, Hammarby finished last in the standings and were relegated to the second tier. Although the club placed first in 1989, it finished last in 1990.

1990s-2000s: Tough nineties, restructuring, champion

A chart showing the progress of Hammarby IF through the Swedish football league system. The different shades of grey represent the various league tiers.

Hammarby would stay in the second tier in 1991 and 1992, but in 1993, the team finished in first place and were promoted to Allsvenskan. In 1995 Allsvenskan, the team finished last and were relegated, but returned to the 1998 Allsvenskan with a third place finish.

In 1999, Hammarby IF was restructured to be an umbrella organisation, with each of the individual sports sections breaking off to form independent clubs; the football club was then named Hammarby IF Fotbollförening (Hammarby IF FF). In 2001, the football club split the A-team, B-team and the J-teams into a separate legal entity called Hammarby Fotboll, in which the parent football club owns a majority stake. Hammarby Fotboll is affiliated with the Stockholms Fotbollförbund (Stockholm Football Association).

Prior to the 2001 Allsvenskan season, the club had financially tough times, leading experts to conclude that the team was weak, and one journalist predicted a last place finish.[citation needed] Halfway through the 2001 season, manager Sören Cratz was informed that his contract would not be extended because the club's board wanted Hammarby to play a positive, attacking and fun football, something the board did not think that Cratz did. However, the club took the lead in the standings and in the second-to-last match, which was against Örgryte, the club won 3-2 and secured its first ever Allsvenskan championship. An estimated fifty to seventy thousand fans gathered in Södermalm and Medborgarplatsen to celebrate the gold after the final game, the size of which had only been seen with the Swedish national football and handball teams.[citation needed]

Hammarby stayed in Allsvenskan for the rest of the 2000s: In 2003 Allsvenskan the club finished second, and participated in the second qualifying and first rounds of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup. In 2006 Allsvenskan, Hammarby placed third overall and advanced to the UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they won their third round match, which advanced the team to the second qualifying and first rounds of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.

In 2007, Bajen finished on the sixth place, and didn't qualify for any European cups. In 2008, Hammarby finished ninth, but 2009 was a disastrous year where the team finished last in the league and was relegated to the second tier known as Superettan.

2010–present: Superettan

The 2010 Superettan was a letdown for supporters who had hoped to make the visit to Sweden's second tier short, as the team finished 8th. In the 2010 Svenska Cupen, Hammarby fared better, winning against multiple Allsvenskan opponents, until the finals where the team lost 0-1 to Helsingborgs IF. In the 2011 Superettan season, the club finished in a tie for 11th, its worst overall ranking in 64 years. The club was almost allocated to the third tier until a game-winning kick in the season's final match against Ängelholm. In 2012 Superettan, the club finished fourth, and in 2013 Superettan the club finished fifth.

Colours and badge

Current Hammarby midfielder Nahir Besara wearing the 2013 home kit.

When Hammarby Roddförening (Hammarby RF) was founded, the club's badge consisted of a white flag with three green horizontal lines. The reason was that the two blue and red lines on a white flag were used by competing rowing club, and that the colour green represented the colour of hope. The club then added a third stripe when it discovered that Göteborgs RF used a similar greenwhite flag with two stripes.

When Hammarby IF established the football club in 1915, it determined the kit to be the following: white hat with a five-pointed green star, white shirt with HIF-mark on its chest, white shorts and black socks. Following a merger with Johanneshovs IF 1918, the club changed its football team apparel to Johanneshovs tiger-striped shirts, blue shorts and black socks with yellow stripes. In the 1960s, the club changed from blue pants to black. Fans have speculated that when "Nacka" Skoglund rejoined the club in 1964, he brought with him black pants because he thought the team's blue pants looked awful.

In 1978, 60 years after the merger with Johanneshov, Hammarby changed its home kits from black/yellow to white shirts, green shorts and white socks. In 1997, the tiger-striped shirts returned, but with green and white colours, with green pants and white socks. The yellow-black colours were retained for the away and third kits. A few exceptions were made since 1997. In 2002, the team wore all-white jerseys. In 2011, the team wore all grey-coloured outfits for the away kit.


Italian sportswear company Kappa is the current kit manufacturer for Hammarby, after changing from Nike at the end of 2010. Hammarby also holds major sponsorship deals with lending institution Folkia, sporting goods retailer Intersport and soft drink brand Pepsi. In July 2013, Hammarby signed a 3.5-year deal with nutrition & skin Care company Herbalife.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1994–1995 Puma Oddset
1996–1997 Folksam, Oddset
1998 Folksam, Oddset, Stadium Sweden AB
1999 Folksam, Falcon, Kungsörnen, Stadium
2000–2001 Folksam, Falcon, AXA, Stadium
2002–2003 Coop
2004 Siemens
2005–2006 Kappa
2007 Nike UNICEF
2008–2009 Finlux
2010–2011 Pepsi
2011 Kappa
2012 None
2013 Herbalife

Supporters and rivalries

Hammarby has been historically regarded as a club with a mainly working-class fan base, due to its location in the Södermalm district in Stockholm. Today the club attracts supporters from all parts of society. The club's main rivals are the neighboring Djurgårdens IF and AIK. Hammarby and Djurgårdens are both in the center of Stockholm, and since 2013 have been sharing the Tele2 Arena for its games. AIK plays its home games in Solna, a municipality north of Stockholm City Centre.

Hammarby has several supporter clubs. The biggest support club, Bajen Fans, has over 9000 members and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. Hammarby also has a number of ultras such as Hammarby Ultras, Ultra Boys, Söder Bröder, Bajen Bastards and Bamsingarna.[citation needed] Hammarby's hooligan firm is called Kompisgänget Bajen ("KGB"). With the 1970 Allsvenskan, supporter songs were developed for Hammarby.

In 2008, sports broadcaster Setanta Sports listed Hammarby's ground, Söderstadion as the 11th noisiest stadium in the world.

Hammarby Fotboll has attracted several celebrity fans, including Tomas Andersson Wij, Magnus Carlson, Joel Kinnaman,Alexander Skarsgård,Björn Borg,Mikael AppelgrenJan-Ove Waldner, and Staffan Olsson.

Hammarby supporters during the annual opening day march to the stadium.

Division history

A table of the club's division history as of 1993.

Season Level Division Section Position Movements
1993 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
1994 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 12th
1995 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 13th Relegated
1996 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 2nd
1997 Tier 2 Division 1 Norra 1st Promoted
1998 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 3rd
1999 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 10th
2000 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 8th
2001 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 1st Champions
2002 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
2003 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 2nd
2004 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 6th
2005 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 4th
2006* Tier 1 Allsvenskan 3rd
2007 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 6th
2008 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 9th
2009 Tier 1 Allsvenskan 16th Relegated
2010 Tier 2 Superettan 8th
2011 Tier 2 Superettan 11th
2012 Tier 2 Superettan 4th
2013 Tier 2 Superettan 5th

* League restructuring in 2006 resulted in a new division being created at Tier 3 and subsequent divisions dropping a level.

Current squad

First-team squad

As of 20 January 2013

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

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Johannes Hopf
2 Netherlands DF Michael Timisela
3 Denmark DF Thomas Guldborg Christensen
4 Sweden MF Erik Israelsson
5 Sweden DF Daniel Theorin
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Marko Mihajlović
7 Sweden MF Nahir Besara
8 Sweden MF Johan Persson (vice captain)
9 Sweden FW Andreas Haddad
10 Sweden MF Kennedy Bakircioglü (captain)
11 Sweden FW Pablo Piñones Arce
No. Position Player
14 Norway MF Fredrik Torsteinbø
15 Sweden MF Viktor Nordin
16 Sweden DF Sebastian Ludzik
18 Sweden MF Nicklas Lindqvist
19 Sweden DF Stefan Batan
20 Liberia MF Amadaiya Rennie
21 Norway MF Jan Gunnar Solli
22 Norway MF Lars Fuhre
25 Sweden GK Tim Markström
29 Sweden DF Jonathan Tamimi

Current youth players with first-team experience

As of 19 September 2013[A]

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

No. Position Player
24 Sweden GK Viktor Johansson
26 Sweden MF Mikael Leino
27 Sweden MF Alenga Masimango
No. Position Player
28 Sweden DF Oliver Cucarano Averstad
Sweden GK Oskar Williams

Out on loan

As of 28 February 2014

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

No. Position Player
Sweden FW Sinan Ayrancı (at Varbergs BoIS until 8 January 2015)

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2013–14.

Retired numbers

12 – Fans of the club

Notable players


Current technical staff

Name Role
Sweden Nanne Bergstrand Manager
Sweden Carlos Banda Assistant Manager
Sweden Mats Jingblad General Manager
Sweden Mikael "Mille" Olsson Goalkeeping Coach
Serbia Mladen Jovanovic Fitness coach
Sweden Peter Thunell Team Manager
Sweden Mikael Klotz Physiotherapist
Sweden Stefan Sunesson Chiropractor
Sweden Samir Benhaji Kit Manager

Manager history







International play

European games

Hammarby has occasionally qualified for play in competitions where the team would plays clubs from other European countries.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Agg. Notes
1983–84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Albania 17 Nëntori Tirana 4–0 1–2 5–2
Second round Finland Haka 1–1 1–2 2–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup First round Bulgaria Pirin Blagoevgrad 3–1 4–0 7–1
Second round Scotland St Mirren F.C. 3–3 2–1 5–4
Third round West Germany 1. FC Köln 2–1 1–3 3–4
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round Belarus FC Gomel 4–0 2–2 6–2
Third round Netherlands Heerenveen 0–2 0–2 0–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Serbia and Montenegro Partizan 1–1 0–4 1–5
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Iceland ÍA Akranes 2–0 2–1 4–1
First round Spain Villarreal 1–2 0–3 1–5
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Faroe Islands Klaksvík 1–0 2–1 3–1
Second round Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–1 1–0 2–1
Third round Netherlands Utrecht 0–0 1–1 (a)1–1 Winner
2007–08 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Norway Fredrikstad 2–1 1–1 3–2
First round Portugal Braga 2–1 0–4 2–5


  • Highest attendance, Råsunda Stadium: 35,611 (against Djurgårdens IF, 16 September 2003; Råsunda was sometimes used instead of Söderstadion for derby matches against other Stockholm teams.)
  • Highest attendance, Tele2 Arena: 29,307 (against Degerfors IF, 14 April 2014; this is also the highest ever attended Superettan game.)
  • Highest attendance, Söderstadion: 15 626 (against Malmö FF, 6 April 2004)
  • Biggest win, Allsvenskan: 7–0 (against Halmstad BK, 1 October 1972); 7–0 (against Enköpings SK, 29 September 2003)
  • Biggest loss, Allsvenskan: 1–9 (against Djurgårdens IF, 13 August 1990); 0–8 (against IFK Göteborg, 2 June 1925)
  • Most goals scored, Allsvenskan: 94, Billy Ohlsson (1972–1986)
  • Most appearances (including non-league), total: 400, Kenneth "Kenta" Ohlsson (1966–1983)


^ Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
B. ^ The title of "Swedish Champions" has been awarded to the winner of four different competitions over the years. Between 1896 and 1925 the title was awarded to the winner of Svenska Mästerskapet, a stand-alone cup tournament. No club were given the title between 1926 and 1930 even though the first-tier league Allsvenskan was played. In 1931 the title was reinstated and awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan. Between 1982 and 1990 a play-off in cup format was held at the end of the league season to decide the champions. After the play-off format in 1991 and 1992 the title was decided by the winner of Mästerskapsserien, an additional league after the end of Allsvenskan. Since the 1993 season the title has once again been awarded to the winner of Allsvenskan.

Works cited

  • Persson, Gunnar (1996). Hammarby IF: En klubbhistoria 1897–1997 (in Swedish). Strömbergs Bokförlag. ISBN 91-7151-097-4. 


  1. In Sweden, the club is often referred to by its nickname "Bajen", which is a short form of a mock-English pronunciation of "Hammarby".
  2. In 1982, IFK Göteborg, who won the Allsvenskan championship, would later go on to win the UEFA Cup, as the first, and so far only, Swedish team to do so.
  3. Cratz would later be cheered upon and praised by Hammarby fans in 2002 when he managed Swedish competing team Helsingborgs IF in a match against Hammarby.


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  2. "Maratontabell –". Svenskfotboll (in Swedish). 
  3. ^ "Historia". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Stockholms Fotbollförbund". (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Mavericks: Lennart 'Nacka' Skoglund". Espn Fc. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
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  10. Persson, p. 17.
  11. Persson, p. 65.
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  13. Av Redaktionen, publicerades den 22 juli 2013 (2009-03-06). "Herbalife Hammarbys officiella tröjsponsor". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
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  16. "Söderstadion bättre än Nou camp – Allsvenskan 2008 – Fotboll – Eurosport". (in Swedish). 22 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "Skarsgård hjälper Hammarby i kris". (in Swedish). 19 May 2010. 
  18. "Aftonbladet Sport: Dagen efter kvalrysaren". (in Swedish). 17 April 1998. 
  19. "Intervju med Mikael "Äpplet" Appelgren by flibben on Ubetoo" (Ubetoo). 
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  21. "A-laget" (in Swedish). Hammarby Fotboll. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  22. – UEFA Intertoto Cup. (27 July 2008).
  23. Tidigare vinnare senior —.
  24. Svenska fotbollförbundet: Superettan: Mållöst publikrekord. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  25. "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–". (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 November 2009. 

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