Kalmar FF

Kalmar FF
Full name Kalmar Fotbollsförening
Nickname(s) Röda bröder (Red brothers)
Founded 15 June 1910 (1910-06-15) as IF Göta
Ground Guldfågeln Arena, Kalmar
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Mattias Rosenlund
Head coach Peter Swärdh
League Allsvenskan
2016 Allsvenskan, 6th
Website Club home page

Kalmar Fotbollsförening, also known simply as Kalmar FF, Kalmar or (especially locally) KFF, is a Swedish professional football club based in Kalmar. The club is affiliated to Smålands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Guldfågeln Arena.[1] The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are red and white. Formed on 10 January 1910 as IF Göta, the club have won one national championship title (2008) and three national cup titles (1981, 1987 & 2007). The club is currently playing in Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October. Kalmar FF's local rivals are Kalmar AIK and Östers IF.


In the beginning

A chart showing the progress of Kalmar FF through the swedish football league system. The different shades of gray represent league divisions.

On 15 June 1910, the club IF Göta was created, however they were not allowed to enter the Riksidrottsförbundet due to a conflict regarding the name. The name was already taken by Stockholm's-Göta and Karlstads-Göta. Later in 1912 the club changed its name to IF Gothia and was then accepted by Riksidrottsförbundet.

In 1918 Fredriksskans was opened and at the same time the where a major conference in Kalmar about the high number of clubs in the town, this led to the merging of IF Gothia and Kamraterna to Kalmar Idrotts Sällskap and Kalmar IK merged with Falken to form Kalmar AIK. In 1927 Kalmar Idrotts Sällskap changed its name to Kalmar FF.

In 1927–1928 they qualified for the local league in the Swedish league system, IFK Oskarshamn won the league and was moved up to the Southswedish league, covering both Småland and Skåne, however IFK Oskarshamn renounce its position and it was given to Kalmar FF, this gave rise to complaint from the clubs in Skåne since there were no good train connections to Kalmar at that time, however SJ solved it. In their first game they defeated KIS Malmö FF with 6–0.

The middle years

In 1949 the club reached Allsvenskan for the first time after defeating Halmstads BK in the decisive game of the season; during this time Swedish leagues were played autumn–spring, on 31 July they played their first game in Allsvenskan against Degerfors IF and lost 2–0, afterward, the later world-famous Gunnar Nordahl claimed that he had seen much worse newcomers, also this year, on 4 September Kalmar faced Malmö FF in front of 15 093 people in the audience; this is still the audience record on Fredriksskans.

Between 1950 and 1955 the club went up and down between Allsvenskan and Division 2. In 1955 they fell down to Division 2 and stayed there for 20 years; during this time players like Hungarian Ference Marko represented the club at the same time as he lived at the refugee camp in Borgholm in 1957, in 1959 Sune "Mona-Lisa" Andersson, who won an Olympic medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics as a player, as manager, during this time Sten-Åke Johansson played for the club and became the top goalscorer for all time for the club, on 19 October 1975 Kalmar FF defeated Västra Frölunda and returned to Allsvenskan.

In 1976 the club played its 100th game in Allsvenskan against GIF Sundsvall, however this ended with 9–2 defeat and led to manager Kay Wiestål being fired. The 1977 season became the club's most successful season so far; a group of companies sponsored the club's buying of Benno Magnusson; the club was able to end in 3rd place at the end of the season, earning the club its first medal.

In 1981 the club won its first title ever, by defeating IF Elfsborg with 4–0, the club won the Svenska Cupen for the first time ever, however they failed to stay in Allsvenskan and was relegated to Division 1; however the spell was only one year long and Kalmar returned in 1983.

1985 became the club's most successful season, as the club ended up in second place behind Örgryte IS and Billy Lansdowne and Peter Karlsson both became the league's top goalscorer along with Sören Börjesson, Örgryte IS, all scoring 10 goals each. The following year did not go as good; the club was relegated from the top league and the only happiness in 1987 was when the club yet again won the Cup title, this time against GAIS, however the club fell out of Division 1 this year.

In 1988 Kalmar FF won Division 2 without a single defeat which is a record in Division 2 and higher leagues. Between 1989 and 1997 the club spent most of its time in second highest league; this caused serious economic problems for the club.

The Brazilian era

After returning to Allsvenskan in 1998, but in 1999 the club fell out again, the only good thing was that the economy had been restored and was in good shape again. During the 2000 season club had to fight to avoid relegation from the second highest league and was only able to do it in the end of the season.

The goal of the 2001 season was to return to Allsvenskan again, after buying several new players such as Lasse Johansson, Fredrik Gärdeman and Lucas Nilsson, the club was able to return to Allsvenskan again, unfortunately the club was relegated directly. During the 2002 the first Brazilian, Alysson, arrived at the club.

The spell in Superettan 2003 became only one year as Kalmar won the league well ahead of Trelleborgs FF, purchase of Daniel Mendes and Dudu helped the club a lot.

In 2004 the club bought three new Brazilian players, Dedé Anderson, Fábio Augusto and Cesar Santin, they all helped the club to a 5th place in Allsvenskan, just missing out on Royal League, the club also made a change board as chairman Ronny Nilsson left after 12 years at the helm, he was replaced by Tommy Strandman.


The two following seasons, 2005 and 2006, Kalmar ended up in 3rd and 5th respectively. Then in 2007 they made a great run from start to finish and finally ended up in second place after champions IFK Göteborg. They won Svenska Cupen the same year by beating IFK Göteborg with 3–0 at Fredriksskans in Kalmar.

Before the start, several Swedish experts believed that Kalmar FF would be one of the teams fighting for the championship title 2008,[2] the club started the season stable and as the season went on the club performance became stronger and saw the club win many big victories, only other team able to keep up was IF Elfsborg. The club had to wait until the last match of the season against Halmstads BK in Halmstad before they could become champions. Before the final match Elfsborg was behind with 3 points and 9 goals. The match against Halmstads BK ended 2–2 placing the club 1 point ahead of Elfsborg.[3] Patrik Ingelsten also became the league's top goalscorer of the season with 19 goals scored. The team reached the final in Svenska Cupen yet again and also this year against IFK Göteborg, however this year IFK won 5–4 on penalties after full-time and extra time had ended 0–0. The club also had the chance to reach the group stage of the UEFA Cup. After strong play against Racing FC from Luxembourg and Gent from Belgium, the club faced Dutch team Feyenoord, after winning 1–0 away in Rotterdam the club lost home with 1–2, in Borås at Borås Arena since Fredriksskans failed to reach UEFA demands,[4] sending the club out of the competition on away goals.[5]


European record

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup


First-team squad

As of 11 August 2016[7]

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 Ole Söderberg
2 Sweden DF Markus Thorbjörnsson
3 Sweden DF Sebastian Starke Hedlund
4 Chile DF Marko Biskupović
5 Sweden DF Viktor Agardius
6 Sweden MF Rasmus Elm (captain)
7 Brazil MF Ismael
9 Sweden FW Måns Söderqvist
10 Sweden MF Tobias Eriksson (vice captain)
11 Sweden MF Jonathan Ring
12 Uganda FW Lumala Abdu
13 Azerbaijan DF Emin Nouri
14 Sweden DF Stefan Larsson
16 Sweden FW David Elm
No. Position Player
18 State of Palestine MF Mahmoud Eid
19 Estonia FW Henri Anier
20 Sweden MF Carl Johansson
21 Sweden DF Anton Maikkula
22 Sweden FW Svante Ingelsson
23 Sweden DF Viktor Elm
24 Sweden MF Filip Sachpekidis
26 Sweden DF Måns Olström
27 Senegal FW Papa Diouf
29 Brazil MF Romário
30 Sweden GK John Håkansson
32 Sweden GK Lucas Hägg-Johansson
34 Sweden MF Herman Hallberg

Current youth players with first-team experience

As of 11 August 2016[upper-alpha 1]

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

No. Position Player
Sweden DF Giga Chkheidze

Out on loan

As of 11 August 2016

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

No. Position Player
17 Sweden MF Muktar Ahmed (at Oskarshamns AIK until 8 January 2017)[upper-alpha 2]
31 Sweden DF Sebastian Ramhorn (at Åtvidabergs FF until 8 January 2017)
33 Sweden DF Johan Ramhorn (at GAIS until 8 January 2017)
No. Position Player
35 Sweden DF Adel Ziarat (at Oskarshamns AIK until 8 January 2017)[upper-alpha 2]
Sweden DF Pontus Fredriksson (at Oskarshamns AIK until 8 January 2017)[upper-alpha 2]

Retired numbers


  • Bertil Wennerström (1967–68)
  • Jószef Kovács (1969)
  • Sweden Lars Arnesson (Jan 1, 1970 – Dec 31, 1972)
  • Sweden Bo Johansson (1973 – Dec 31, 1973)
  • Göran Andersson (1974)
  • Sweden Kay Wiestål (1975–76)
  • Eivert Bladh (1976)
  • Sweden Bo Johansson (1977–78)
  • Sweden Bo Falk (1979–81)
  • Sweden Bo Johansson (1982–83)
  • Denmark Allan Hebo Larsen (Jan 1, 1984 – Dec 31, 1986)
  • Sweden Jan Sjöström (1987)
  • Göran Andersson (1987–88)





  1. Current youth players who at least have sat on the bench in a competitive match.
  2. 1 2 3 Kalmar FF have a cooperation with Oskarshamns AIK and might temporarily loan out players to them during the season.
  3. 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.[8]


  1. "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Smålands Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  2. "Kalmar FF guldfavorit i allsvenskan" (in Swedish). Barometern.se. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  3. "Kalmar FF höll hela vägen till SM-GULD" (in Swedish). Kalmarff.se. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  4. "Dags för lottning i UEFA-cupen" (in Swedish). Kalmarff.se. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  5. "Kalmar FF utslagna av Feyenoord" (in Swedish). Kalmarff.se. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  6. "Historiska noteringar" (in Swedish). Kalmarff.se. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  7. "Kalmar FF:s A-lag" (in Swedish). Kalmar FF. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  8. "Svenska mästare 1896–1925, 1931–" [Swedish champions 1896–1925, 1931–]. svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). The Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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