Örgryte IS

Örgryte IS
Full name Örgryte Idrottsällskap
Nickname(s) Sällskapet (The Society)
Short name ÖIS
Founded 1887 (1887)
Ground Gamla Ullevi,
Ground Capacity 18,416
Chairman Mattias Asserståhl
Head coach Marcus Lantz
League Superettan
2016 Superettan, 9th

Örgryte IS (Swedish: [²œːrˌɡryːtɛ]), short for Örgryte Idrottsällskap, and commonly referred to as ÖIS, is a Swedish sports club based in Gothenburg. It consists of four sections, namely bowling, football, athletics and wrestling. However, the club is best known for its football section. It's the oldest football club in Sweden. The club was founded in 1887 which makes it the oldest active sports club in the country.


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

The club was founded on 4 December 1887 by Willhem Friberg and participated in the first football match in Sweden on 22 May 1892. Today, a memorial on Heden in central Gothenburg reminiscent of this match. Another memorial has been erected inside the amusement park Liseberg. Örgryte IS came to dominate the childhood of Swedish football. In 1904 Örgyte IS met a friendly match between the English Corinthian FC, thanks for the hospitality donated a silver cup Corinthian Bowl that next year became the prize in a contest between Sweden's best teams.

In 1908 Örgyte IS officially opened its facility Walhalla stadium. Hugo Levin, football player and the secretary of Örgyte IS, was one of many involved in the building of Walhalla and had several positions in Gothenburg football. Walhalla was inaugurated by a match between Örgryte and German champions Victoria Berlin. Between 1910–1924 Örgryte IS played in the Swedish series, a series that lacked national status despite participation by leading teams. Öis won the series in 1910, 1912 and 1924 the team won the 1924 Western series, and then the final against AIK. Player Sven Rydell who became Sweden's first major football star and became known for his fast play and creative dribbling, but above all for his ability to score. Carl-Erik Holmberg was a contributor to its success, with its total of 193 goals in the Swedish League for Örgryte IS. 1926 the team celebrated a major success when beating Aston Villa 5–2, which was unusual.

In the late 1930s the fortunes began to decline for the team. They finished 10th out of 12 teams in both 1938 and 1939, and avoided relegation. In 1940 Örgyte IS relegated from allsvenskan to Division II Västra. During the 1940s and 1950s the team played in Division 2 but would enjoy greater success in the 1950s. Örgryte attracted record crowds despite the low status in the second division. The team recruited Gunnar Gren and in 1956 he becomes the player-coach for the offensive teams that attract large crowds to ÖIS matches. In 1958 the team is becoming more competitive. A young player in the team of this era was Agne Simonsson who later will go on to play in the Swedish National Football Team.

Örgryte IS has won 12 national championship titles and one national cup title. After having economical problems Örgryte Fotboll AB went into bankruptcy in February 2011. The upshot of the bankruptcy was that Örgryte was relegated to the third Swedish division, Division 1 Södra. Their home arena is Gamla Ullevi. The club is affiliated to the Göteborgs Fotbollförbund.[1]

In 2007 the youth part of the football section started to accept girls as well as boys after the men's section having been active for 120 years.[2]


The name of the official supporter club is ÖIS Supporterklubb Balders Hage. There are also other groups of fans. The second largest supporter club is the Ultras-influenced Inferno Örgryte.

According to a recent survey, Örgryte IS is the third most popular team in Gothenburg, with 11% of the football fans supporting them. The other local teams with a notable following are IFK Göteborg, GAIS and BK Häcken.

Famous supporters of the club include Marcus and Peter Birro, Björn Afzelius and Leif Pagrotsky.


The strongest rivalry is with IFK Göteborg, also from Gothenburg. The derbies between the two teams have attracted some of the highest attendance in Swedish football. The fixture attracted 52,194 spectators in 1959, an all time Allsvenskan record.[3] The other big rivalry is with GAIS.


First-team squad

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

No. Position Player
Lebanon GK Abbas Hassan
1 Sweden GK Robertino Kljajic
2 Sweden DF David Johansson
5 Sweden DF Johan Hammar
6 Sweden DF Hannes Sahlin
7 Sweden MF Jakob Lindström
8 Sweden MF Andreas Östling
9 Syria FW George Mourad (captain)
10 Germany FW Dardan Mustafa
11 Sweden FW William Atashkadeh
12 Sweden GK Kristoffer Björk
14 Sweden MF Daniel Paulson
No. Position Player
16 Sweden MF Sebastian Ohlsson
17 Sweden DF Björn Anklev (vice captain)
18 Sweden DF Hampus Bohman
19 Sweden MF Rasmus Bozic
20 Sweden MF Niklas Klingberg
23 Sweden MF Anton Henriksson
24 Sweden DF Fredrik Björck
25 Sweden DF Joakim Hall
27 Sweden FW Oscar Vilgotsson
29 Sweden MF Andreas Berndtsson
31 Sweden MF Alexander Vrebac

Retired numbers

4 – Niclas Sjöstedt, defender (1987–2000)





  1. 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.[4]

See also


  1. "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Göteborgs Fotbollförbund – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  2. "Efter 120 år får tjejer spela i Öis". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. "Allsvenskans högsta publiksiffror genom tiderna" (PDF). bolletinen.se (in Swedish). SFS. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  4. "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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