AIK Fotboll, or Allmänna Idrottsklubben, is a Swedish soccer club that competes in the top flight of Swedish football, Allsvenskan. The club’s full name is Allmänna Idrottsklubben, which translates to “Public Sports Club.” The other sports played under this team name are ice hockey, bandy, handball, floorball, bowling, badminton, and athletics.
AIK Fotboll’s history is filled with both big and small events. Triumphs have been mixed with setbacks, milestones with less memorable matches, and achievements. Here we offer a selection of events presented year after year since the club was founded in 1891.
Where It All Began
On Sunday 15 February, Allmänna Idrottsklubben – AIK Fotboll will be formed. This historical event occurs at the Behrens family on Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm. In addition to Isidor and Emanuel Behrens, Henrik Staberg, W Pettersson, K Björck, Oscar Rylander and F Karlsson are also present. One week later, the first board with Isidor as chairman is elected.
AIK Fotball initially competes in gymnastics and athletics; the latter is called the general sports club. In the first year, AIK has 43 members. The financial result is a profit of three kronor and 68 öre after income of 294: 75 and expenses of 291:07.
1892: Skating, skiing, and kick support are included in the program. AIK’s first significant title comes when Patrik Löfgren wins the Dickson Cup in running one English mile.
1893: AIK starts with wrestling, weightlifting, tug of war, and rowing. The first-ever settlement with Djurgårdens IF is in a tug-of-war – which AIK loses.
1894: Patrik Löfgren wins for the third year in a row the coveted Dickson Cup in running one English mile. Thus, the trophy becomes AIK’s forever. In addition, swimming and shooting will be new areas of activity in AIK.
1895: AIK’s Oscar Rylander wins the Stockholm Championship in kick support. It takes him six hours, two minutes, and 46.6 seconds to complete the stretch Stockholm-Södertälje-Stockholm (66 km).
1896: AIK Fotboll (Football) is included in the program on the initiative of Sigfrid Stenberg.
1897: Cycling and figure skating will be new parts of AIK.
1898: Fritz Carlsson (later Carling) creates AIK’s new club brand. Sigfrid Stenberg wins AIK’s first-ever Swedish Championship gold when he takes home the 5,000 meters in 27.00.40. Unfortunately, football’s first Swedish Championship final ends with a 0-3 loss against Örgryte IS.
1899: Victory with 2-1 in the first-ever football match between AIK Fotboll and Djurgården. For the first time, the club has over 100 members.
1900: AIK wins the Swedish Championship in football after 1-0 in the final against Örgryte IS and thus becomes the first team to defeat the greatness of the time ÖIS in the Swedish Championship context. There will also be two Swedish Championship titles in athletics, in the 100 and 4×100 meters.
1901: AIK Fotboll defends the Swedish Championship gold in football. The team wins the final on the “walkover” from Örgryte’s second team. New Swedish Championship gold also at 4×100 meters. Orienteering will be a new area of activity in AIK.
1902: David Jahrl wins four Swedish Championship gold medals in skating, in the distances 500, 1,500, and 5,000 meters total. AIK line up with two teams in the first-ever league game in football – the Swedish Ball Games Association’s series. The first team finishes fourth, the second team seventh and last.
1903: The Scandinavian record of 4×100 meters with a time of 48.8 seconds. That time improves by two-tenths later that year. For the first and so far only time, AIK Fotboll withdraws from a league game in football.
1904: Moje Öholm wins Swedish Championship gold in skating, 10,000 meters.
1905: AIK takes home its third Swedish Championships in relay 4×100 meters and sets a Swedish record in the distance. It will also be a Swedish record in the 200 meters by Herman Lindqvist. AIK starts playing bandy.
1906: AIK sets an unofficial world record of 4×100 meters with a time of 45.4 seconds. New Swedish Championship gold in the distance and the 400 meters through CA Torén. Axel Ljung will be the first AIK player in the Olympics to compete in the 100 meters, 110 meters hurdles, and standing length.
1907: AIK’s world record of 4×100 meters is improved (45.3 seconds).
1908: Theodor Malm and Kalle Ansén are in Sweden’s first international football match, ending with an 11-3 victory over Norway. Moje Öholm touches on David Jahrl’s achievement from 1902 by winning the Swedish Championships in skating at 500, 1,500, and 5,000 meters. The official world record of AIK in 4×200 meters Swedish Championship gold in standing length and height by Ragnar Ekberg.
1909: AIK Swedish champion in bandy after 7-3 in the final against Djurgårdens IF. Ragnar Ekberg takes home the new Swedish Championships in standing length, and Knut Stenborg wins in the 400 meters.
1910: There will be fewer than seven Swedish Championship gold medals in athletics. Erik Lindholm wins 200 and 400 meters, Sten Hagander takes gold in both heights, triple jump and javelin, Ragnar Ekberg in standing length, and Bror Fock in 10,000 meters. The first nationwide series in football – the Swedish series – kicks off. AIK Fotboll starts with 9-1 against IFK Gothenburg and finishes second, on a worse goal ratio than Örgryte IS. AIK addresses bowling on the program. The first issue of AIK’s member magazine, which today is called AIK-nytt, is coming out.
1911: The third Swedish Championship gold in football is won after 3-2 in the final against IFK Uppsala. Swedish Championship gold also in athletics when Ragnar Ekberg wins standing height for the fourth year in a row, and Sten Hagander wins in three steps.
1912: AIK takes the Swedish Championship gold in the 400 meters through Erik Lindholm and the 4×400 meters. AIK’s Olle Tandberg becomes Swedish champion in ski jumping and Nordic combination. It is AIK’s first Swedish Championship gold in a ski sport – the next will come 61 years later.
1913: Swedish Championship gold for AIK in 4×100 meters.
1914: Swedish Championship gold in both football and bandy. The AIK Fotboll masters outclass Hälsingborgs IF with 7-2 in the final, while the bandy masters settle for 4-2 against Djurgårdens IF. SM victory also in the 400 meters by Paul Zerling.
1915: Paul Zerling wins AIK’s latest Swedish Championship gold in athletics with a final victory in 100 and 400 meters.
1916: Fifth Swedish championship in football after 3-1 in the final against Djurgårdens IF.
1917: The fifth Swedish Championship final in bandy ends according to previous patterns. Two of the previous finals were played against Djurgården and finished with a win. But the third final clash with IFK Uppsala ends with a loss like the last two. AIK Fotboll has 2-2 a bit into the second half but eventually loses by a full 2-11.
1918: One of AIK’s most prominent players ever – Rudolf “Putte” Kock, makes his A-team debut.
1919: As many as ten AIK Football department players represent Sweden in the eight international matches that were played, an all-time AIK record. The ten are; Rune Bergström (5 matches), Oscar Berndtsson (1), Helge Ekroth (1), Erik Hillerström (1), Putte Kock (2), Bruno Lindström (3), Theodor Malm (2), Thore Sundberg (2), Helmer Svedberg (3) and Ivar Carlesson (1).
1920: In September’s international football match against Finland, no less than nine out of eleven players are from AIK. These are Erik Hillerström, Theodor Malm, Justus Gustafsson, Oscar Berndtsson, Bruno Lindström, Edvin Holm, Putte Kock, Helge Ekroth and Herbert Ohlsson. Sundberg will be the first AIK player to play football for a foreign club when he debits for Bethlehem Steel from the USA.
1921 – 1940
1921: AIK starts with ice hockey on the initiative of Anton Johansson. In the first official match, IFK Stockholm is defeated 5-2. However, the tournament, which includes seven Swedish teams, will not be completed because the ice is already melting after a couple of matches.
1922: The first-ever derby in ice hockey against Hammarby IF ends with an AIK win on the “walkover.” Against Djurgårdens IF, there will be a 2-4 loss in the Swedish Championship quarter-final.
1923: Swedish Championship gold in football after 5-1 in the final against IFK Eskilstuna. The ice hockey business is put on ice after almost two years. There Sandström becomes world champion in bowling (individual).
1924: The first Allsvenskan in football starts. AIK Fotboll wins the premiere match against Västerås IK with 5-1 and follows up with 7-1 in the first Allsvenskan derby against Hammarby IF. Putte Kock, Pär Kaufeldt and Sven Lindqvist win Olympic bronze with the national football team.
1925: AIK finishes fifth in the first-ever edition of the Allsvenskan (1924-25). AIK takes up ice hockey in the business again. AIK officially started with table tennis in 1933, but this year, AIK and Hammarby met in this sport. For AIK, among others, Putte Kock, “Banken” Ohlsson, Knut Nilsson, Pär Kaufledt and Wilhelm Petersén play. The result is unknown.
1926: AIK is moved down from Class I to Class II in the ice hockey series system at its request.
1927: For the first time in a competition, AIK Fotboll wins away against one of Gothenburg’s three big teams – IFK Gothenburg, Örgryte IS, and GAIS. It is the latter who are defeated 2-1. The first Allsvenskan derby against Djurgårdens IF ends with a 2-1 victory for AIK.
1928: The ten-time world champion in figure skating, Ulrich Salchow, is elected chairman of AIK. The election of the board takes place in “coup-like forms” as AIK has not had an annual meeting since 1922.
1929: AIK Fotboll team is threatened with relegation but does what is considered “impossible.” Nevertheless, the Swedish team rises and managed a new contract – an achievement that laid the foundation for the prosperous 1930s.
1930: Win against IFK Malmö with 9-0 in football – AIK’s biggest win in the Allsvenskan. AIK invests in ice hockey. Seven of the eight who play league matches for the club were new acquisitions. Let it be known that the most recent additions are already involved in AIK as football and/or bandy players.
1931: AIK’s third Swedish Championship gold in bandy comes after 4-3 in the final against IF Göta from Karlstad. It is the men’s team’s last Swedish Championship sign before the closure in the mid-1980s. AIK lines up 24 Allsvenskan matches without a loss in football – a record!
1932: Swedish Championship gold in football. For the first time, AIK wins the Allsvenskan, ahead of the Gothenburg trio Örgryte IS, GAIS and IFK Gothenburg. The result is twelve wins, nine draws, and only one loss. The average audience will be almost 18,000 in an arena (Stockholm Stadium) with a capacity of 20,000. The ice hockey team wins the highest series ever for the first time but goes to the Swedish Championship semi-finals. AIK starts with tennis.
1933: AIK starts with table tennis.
1934: AIK wins its first Swedish Championship in ice hockey. Hammarby IF was defeated in the final with the match’s only goal. In football, AIK Fotboll tours as the first Swedish team in England. 1-6 against West Ham United FC is followed by 3-2 against Luton Town FC. Pär Kaufeldt ends his career in AIK FC, including 124 Allsvenskan goals. No AIK member has exceeded that listing. Karl Schröder arranges the club’s first Swedish Championship gold in tennis when he wins the double (indoors). In the same year, he also becomes the German champion.
1935: The Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey is defended after a new final win over Hammarby IF, with 2-1. Gustaf Johnsson takes home the Swedish Championships in table tennis (single).
1936: After two seasons with a victory in the Swedish Championships but second place in the league game, it will be the opposite for the ice hockey team. AIK Fotboll wins the series but loses in the Swedish Championship final after a replay.
1937: AIK moves to the newly built Råsunda Football Stadium. This is celebrated with the new Swedish Championship gold. The margin to second IK Sleipner will be a full nine points. Olle Zetherlund becomes the first AIK player to win the Allsvenskan shooting league (23 goals)
1938: The third Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey in four years comes after a final victory over Hammarby with 2-0. AIK also wins the Swedish series, and the result from the season’s 17 competitive matches will be 16 wins, a draw, and 60-8 in goals. Ten out of eleven players are also part of the national team.
1939: AIK’s first Swedish Championship gold in bowling (2-man men).
1940 – 1959
1940: Swedish Championship gold in bowling (individual men and 5-man men).
1941: AIK’s first match in the Swedish Cup ends with a 14-2 win against Visby AIK.
1942: Swedish Championship gold in bowling (2-man men).
1943: SM gold in table tennis (men’s singles). AIK starts with handball.
1944: AIK Fotboll plays 0-0 away against Degerfors IF in the last round of the Allsvenskan but is judged a loser after using an unqualified player. The team thus loses second place.
1945: Swedish Championship gold in table tennis (men’s team championship) and bowling (individual men). AIK’s badminton starts.
1946: Fourth Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey after 5-1 in the final against Södertälje SK. AIK takes on a 1-7 disadvantage to 7-7 with more taste in a training match against English Charlton Athletic FC at Råsunda. A historic match that will mint the expression “AIK quarter.” Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s doubles and mixed doubles) and table tennis (men’s team championship). AIK addresses curling on the program.
1947: New Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey. IK Göta is defeated in the final by 3-2. AIK starts again with figure skating, and Hans Lindh takes home the club’s first Swedish Championship sign in that sport. Swedish Championship gold also in badminton (men’s doubles and mixed doubles) and bowling (men’s individual).
1948: A quartet of AIK members was with when Sweden won Olympic gold in football in London. Sune Andersson, Henry “Garvis” Carlsson, and Börje Leander contribute to the victory as players, Putte Kock as team leader. Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s singles and doubles) and figure skating (Hans Lindh).
1949: AIK Fotboll first cup gold comes after 1-0 in the final against Landskrona Bois. After that, “Garvis” Carlsson becomes a professional in France – the first of a total of five major players to be attracted south to the professional world during the late 1940s and early 1950s. AIK’s heyday in tennis begins with Swedish Championship gold in doubles through Lennart Bergelin and Sven Davidson. Swedish Championship gold also in badminton (men’s singles), bowling (2-man men), and figure skating (Hans Lindh men and Britta Lindmark / Ulf Berendt couple).
1950: Gustaf “Gurra” Sjöberg ends his playing career after 321 Allsvenskan football matches for AIK. No one has played as many matches for AIK as Gurra did in 1932-50. AIK’s audience average in the Allsvenskan 1949-50 ends at 21,768 spectators per match – record listing! The cup gold is defended after 3-2 in the final against Helsingborgs IF. Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s doubles), figure skating (Hans Lindh men and Britta Lindmark / Ulf Berendt couples), and tennis (singles outdoors and singles indoors).
1951: For the first time since the advent of the football hall Swedish in 1924, AIK leaves the series. Swedish Championship gold in handball after 12-11 in the final against IFK Kristianstad. Swedish Championship gold also in badminton (team, men’s singles, and women’s doubles), figure skating (Hans Lindh men and Britta Lindmark / Ulf Berendt couples), and tennis (singles outdoors and doubles outdoors).
1952: AIK wins division two of football and thus immediately takes back its place in the Allsvenskan. Furthermore, the Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s singles and doubles) and figure skating (Hans Lindh men and Britta Lindmark / Ulf Berendt couple).
1953: The ice hockey team is relegated to division two, which will be the beginning of an intense “lift ride” between the two highest divisions. Swedish Championship gold in badminton (team, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) and tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors).
1954: Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s doubles), bowling (4-man men), and tennis (singles indoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
1955: Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s doubles) and tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors). AIK sets an audience record for all-Swedish bandy when 14,987 spectators see AIK-Örebro SK at Stockholm’s stadium.
1956: Swedish Championship gold in badminton (men’s doubles) and tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
1957: Swedish Championship gold in tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
1958: Swedish Championship gold in tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
1959: Swedish Championship gold in table tennis (team and men’s doubles) and tennis (singles indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
After a few years of alternating games in the highest and second-highest division, AIK Fotboll takes a place in the elite and stays there for 26 years. Swedish Championship gold in curling (individual) and tennis (single indoors and outdoors and doubles indoors and outdoors).
1961: AIK leaves the Allsvenskan in football for the second time ever. Swedish Championship gold in tennis (singles indoors and doubles outdoors).
1962: AIK’s football team immediately returns to the Allsvenskan. After a victory in the division two series, qualifiers follow, and in overtime in the last match, Benny Söderling scores the goal required for AIK to go up. Next, 17,098 spectators watch the ice hockey derby between AIK and Djurgårdens IF at Hovet – an all-time audience record for AIK. Finally, Ulf Schmidt wins Swedish Championship gold in tennis (indoor singles) – AIK’s 39th and last Swedish Championship sign in that sport.
1963: Swedish Championship gold in badminton (team, women’s singles, and doubles).
1964: Swedish Championship gold in badminton (women’s doubles) and bowling (men’s individual).
1965: The 1964-65 season will be the last (?) With AIK’s men’s bandy team in the highest season. Swedish Championship gold in badminton (mixed doubles).
1966: AIK Fotboll makes its debut in football’s European Cups with a 3-1 victory away against Belgian Royal Daring Club de Bruxelles in the Mässcupen (later the UEFA Cup). Eighty thousand spectators see Gornik Zabrze-AIK in the Intertoto Cup (Tipscupen) – the largest audience an AIK team played in front of. Swedish Championship gold in curling (men’s team).
1967: Bert-Ola Nordlander will be the first AIK player awarded the “Gold Puck.”
1968: Swedish Championship gold in bowling (4-man men). Leif “Honken” Holmqvist is awarded the “Gold Puck”.
1969: AIK wins the Allsvenskan league championship in bowling for the fourth year.
1970: Leif “Honken” Holmqvist receives “Guldpucken” for the second time. Women’s football is included in the program.
1971: AIK leaves the bandy’s division three.
1972: AIK Fotboll only loses one match during the Allsvenskan football season but finishes only second – however, the best effort since 1937.
1973: Manni Thofte wins Swedish Championship gold downhill – AIK’s third and most recent gold in skiing. Swedish Championship gold in bowling (4-man men).
1974: AIK is again second in the football Allsvenskan.
1975: Audience record for AIK when 40,669 spectators see AIK against Djurgårdens IF at Råsunda. Premiere of the Elite Series in ice hockey. Swedish Championship gold in bowling (4-man men) where AIK also wins the Allsvenskan league championship for the sixth time since 1966.
1976: AIK wins the Swedish Cup for the third time after 1-1 and 3-0 in the finals against Landskrona Bois.
1977: AIK starts with bandy for ladies. AIK takes its most significant victory in the Elite Series when IF Björklöven is defeated 12-0. Swedish Championship gold in bowling (individual ladies).
1978: Rolf “Råttan” Edberg gets “Guldpucken”.
1979: For the third time, AIK Fotboll leaves Allsvenskan. First Swedish Championship gold for the women’s bowling team (8-man).
Like the two previous times when AIK was relegated, the stay in football’s next highest series will only be one year. After that, AIK wins division two and returns to the Allsvenskan. Lennart Johansson ends a 14-year period as chairman of AIK – no one else has been in that position longer than him.
1981: AIK lists over 13,000 members for the first time.
1982: The first Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey in 35 years. AIK defeats IF Björklöven 3-2 in matches.
1983: AIK wins the football Allsvenskan for the first time since 1937 but falls in the Swedish Championship semi-final.
1984: New Swedish Championship gold in ice hockey after series victory and three straight final wins over Djurgårdens IF. Per-Erik Eklund gets “Guldpucken” and Sven “Dala” Dahlkvist “Guldbollen”.
1985: AIK Fotboll wins the Swedish Cup after a penalty shootout in the final against Östers IF. Three Swedish Championship golds for the ladies in bowling (individual, 2-man, and 4-man).
1986: AIK leaves the ice hockey elite series for the first time since the 1950s. In addition, AIK wins the indoor football championship and takes new gold in bowling (8-man ladies).
1987: AIK wins again indoor soccer championship once again
1988: AIK’s bandy ladies win Swedish Championship gold for the first time after 7-1 in the final against IF Baltic. Swedish Championship gold in bowling (5-man ladies). Bosse Berglund gets the “Gold Puck”.
1989: The Globe will be AIK’s new home in ice hockey. Swedish Championship gold in bowling (3-man men and 2-man women).
1990: New Swedish Championship gold in bandy (ladies) after 3-1 in the final against IF Baltic. Swedish Championship gold also for the ladies of bowling (4-man).
1991: AIK celebrates its 100th anniversary. However, the anniversary year will be a setback both sportingly and financially.
1992: After 55 years of waiting, AIK Fotboll finally wins the Swedish Championship gold in football again. However, the gold battle is decided in the final round when Gnaget defeats Malmö FF 3-2.
1993: AIK leaves the Elite Series in ice hockey.
1994: AIK back to the Elitserien after a dramatic end to the season. In the last decisive match, the black and yellows need to win by three goals at home against Bodens IK. The game ends 3-0 after Boden missed a penalty in the final stage. AIK defeats Czech SK Slavia Praha in the first round of the UEFA Cup – AIK’s leading scalp in the European Cup game.
1995: Third Swedish Championship gold for AIK’s bandy ladies after 6-4 in the final against Västerstrands AIK.
1996: Cup gold in football after the final win against Malmö FF. New Swedish Championship gold in bandy after a recent final win over Västerstrands AIK, now with 5-4. Floorball will be a new business in AIK.
1997: AIK Fotboll advances to the Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals and matches against FC Barcelona. New cup gold after 2-1 in the final against IF Elfsborg.
1998: For the second time in the 1990s, AIK became Swedish football champions. The tenth Swedish Championship title is secured in the final round. AIK scores the least goals in the Allsvenskan but concedes the least goals. The bandy ladies also win gold – the fifth – after victories in all league and playoff games. AIK starts with a women’s team in ice hockey.
1999: AIK beats AEK in the Champions League qualifiers and continues to play against FC Barcelona, Arsenal FC, and AC Fiorentina. New cup gold after a final win against IFK Gothenburg. The football business is incorporated. The bandy ladies take home the Swedish Championship gold again.
Third Swedish Championship gold in a row for the bandy ladies after 5-4 in the final against Västerstrands AIK. The men’s floorball team becomes series winners for the third year and is moved up to the Elite Series.
2001: For the first time since 1965, AIK has an audience average in football Allsvenskan of over 15,000.
2002: AIK leaves the Elite Series in ice hockey and wins the same in floorball for the first time.
2003: AIK Fotboll is divided when the football operations are transferred to a separate association. However, for the seventh year in a row, AIK’s audience average in the football hall Swedish increased to 17,302. After 10-0 in the final against Sandvikens AIK. AIK’s bandy women’s team win Swedish Championship gold for the eighth time.
2004: For only the fourth time ever, AIK is relegated from the Allsvenskan after a miserable season that was decided when AIK fell at home against Örgryte in front of empty stands (the penalty for previous stands). As a result, the ice hockey team loses its elite license and is forcibly relegated to division one (third division). After four finals in five seasons, AIK’s ice hockey ladies win Swedish Championship gold. Limhamn Limeburners HC is defeated 5-2 in the final. A week later, AIK’s bandy ladies also become Swedish champions after 4-1 in the final against Västerstrands AIK. It is the seventh straight Swedish Championship final and the ninth Swedish Championship gold since 1988. The women’s soccer team wins Norrettan and is moved up to the Allsvenskan. The men’s floorball team reaches the Swedish Championship final for the first time, where there will be a narrow loss.
2005: AIK’s bandy ladies become Swedish champions for the tenth time (since 1988) when Västerstrand’s AIK is defeated in the final at Studenternas in Uppsala. The floorball masters win the Elite Series and reach the Swedish Championship final again, but similarly with the odd goal. The men’s team in ice hockey, which is in the third division for only the second time in history, wins both the basic and qualifying series and thus advances to the Allsvenskan. The football masters return to the Allsvenskan after a year and a series victory in the Superettan. However, the football ladies leave the Allsvenskan after only one year. As a result, AIK’s ice hockey ladies will be European Cup champions for the second year.
2006: The football masters’ all-Swedish comeback ends with a golden battle into the last. AIK must finally settle for silver, one point behind Elfsborg. The audience average ended up at 21,434 – the second-highest ever. The women’s team takes home Norrettan and returns to the Allsvenskan. Thirteen thousand spectators in the Globe see AIK win their first Swedish Championship gold in floorball after 6-2 in the final against Pixbo Wallenstam. Third time is valid after three straight finals. The bandy ladies’ fourth consecutive Swedish Championship gold is after 4-2 in the final against Västerstrands AIK. The hockey ladies become European Cup champions for the third year.
2007: The hockey ladies become Swedish champions after 2-1 in the final against Segeltorp. The football ladies played the cup final for the first time but barely lost 3-4 against Umeå IK.
2008: 15 victories in 17 matches means the bandy ladies’ twelfth Swedish Championship gold – the sixth in the 2000s. IFK Nässjö is defeated 3-0 in the final. The women’s soccer team finishes fourth in the Allsvenskan – the best placement ever.
2009: For the first time since 1985, AIK Fotbollwon three Swedish Championship gold medals in the same year, and for the first time since 1954, it will be gold in three different sports. First out are the hockey ladies who defeat Segeltorp by a total 5-0. Next, the floorball masters take their second Swedish Championship gold of all time after 6-2 in the final against Warberg. Finally, the football masters duel with IFK Gothenburg into the last and end the Allsvenskan with a decisive league final at Gamla Ullevi. AIK wins the match 2-1 and a week later takes home the first double ever after 1-0 in the cup final against the same IFK. The bandy ladies achieve 15 victories and a draw with 135-13 in goal difference before a loss against IFK Nässjö in the final. The hockey masters make an investment that is enough for the Elite Series. The team finishes third in the qualifying series, three points from promotion.
2010: After eight years outside the fine room, the hockey masters return to the Elite Series. The decision comes in the season’s last match when Växjö Lakers are defeated 2-0 in a packed and boiling Hovet. The bandy ladies became Swedish champions after 5-3 in the Swedish Championship final against IFK Nässjö. The team wins 16 matches and plays a draw – no loss. The football masters are threatened by relegation but weather the storm for a long time. On the other hand, the women’s team goes out of the highest series.
2011: AIK’s comeback in the Elitserien ends with the eighth place and SM finals, where the basic series winners HV 71 are defeated 4-0 in matches before Färjestad puts a stop to the black and yellows. The football masters follow up the golden year with a dance around the relegation line but manage. AIK takes its first Swedish Championship gold in golf through Niklas Bruzelius, who wins the Swedish Championship in match play. The women’s soccer team wins Division 1 North and is moved up to the Allsvenskan. The bandy ladies win the Allsvenskan but lose the Swedish Championship final against Kareby IS.
2012: AIK Fotboll reached the UEFA Europa League group stage.
2013: The bandy ladies go undefeated through the Elitserien and playoffs and meet Sandvikens AIK in the first bandy finals, which are played at Friends Arena, after moving from Uppsala and Studenternas IP. However, SAIK becomes overwhelming and wins the final 4-2 after 3-1 at the break in the women’s team’s sixth straight final. AIK faced Manchester United in a friendly at Friends Arena, drawing 1–1.
2016: Following an away win of 3–2 at Häcken, Alm was fired eight games into the 2016 season. The Reds were ranked ninth at the time. Rikard Norling was announced the new manager.
2017:With one game left in the season, AIK secured second place in the league.
2018: For the first time since 2009, AIK won the soccer championship.
2019: Despite finishing the season on 62 points, AIK only finished fourth, its first season out of the top three since 2012.
Legendary AIK football players who played top-flight soccer or for the Swedish football national team.
- Olaf Mellberg
- Anders Limpar
- Kolbeinn Sigthornorsson
- Dickson Etuhu
- Andreas Andersson
- Magnus Eriksson
- Erik Almgren
- Sune Andersson
- Sven Bergqvist
- Tord Grip
- Kurt Liander
- Rune Larsson
- Lars Roman
- Ola Andersson
- Karl Bergström
- Magnus Hedman
- Sebastian Larsson
- Dulee Johnson
- Derek Boateng
Rhett is an Australian-born, globe trotter who is a UEFA ‘A’ Licence Soccer Coach. With his family, he has traveled and coached soccer in more than 30 countries, while attending World Cups, European Championships, and some of the biggest local derbies in the world!