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Full name Örebro Sportklubb
Founded 1908
Ground Behrn Arena,
(Capacity: 16,000)
Chairman Sweden Rose-Marie Frebran
Manager Finland Sixten Boström
League Allsvenskan
2009 Allsvenskan, 6th
Home colours
Away colours

Örebro SK, also known as ÖSK or just Örebro, is a Swedish football club based in Örebro. The club, formed on 28 October 1908, is currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan.



The club was created in 1908 when a group of 79 youngsters broke with IFK Örebro after some internal conflicts; Pelle Molin and Karl Graflund were the main characters. The club was first suggested to be named Örebro Idrottsförening (eng: Örebro athletic association) and Örebro Allmänna Idrottsklubb (eng: Örebro Collective Athletic club), but the it was decided that it should be Örebro Sportklubb, also it was decided that they should play in all black.

In 1909 they won their first title, a local bandy tournament, also the club's first football match was played this year and in 1911 they first participated in league playing, the Örebro League, they won the league for the first time in 1913.

In 1917 they participated in the Västmanland-Närkeserien and reached the semifinals in district championship.

In 1920 the first coach arrived, Hjalmar Bergman, and participated in the cup for the national championship, first international match was also played this year against B 93 Copenhagen.

1922 the club changed from all black to white shirts and black shorts.

Örebro SK celebrated 15 years anniversary in 1923 and Eyravallen, since 2005 known as Behrn Arena.

In 1925 Örebro ends up last in Division 2 but were allowed to stay duo to fieldowner, then in 1926 they qualify for Division 1 but after the first game ended in a draw, Örebro lost 0-4 to Westermalms IF in Stockholm.

In 1928, when celebrating their 20th anniversary, they fell out Division 2 to Division 3, the spell was just believed to be 1 year, but Örebro lost the qualification against Mariehovs IF, however they returned to Division 2 in 1933 after winning Division 3 and in 1934 they come in second after IK Brage, then yet again falling out of Division 2 in 1936.

Hungarian Konrad Kalman becomes new manager and Fritjof "Tjoffe" Olsson becomes the first player from the club to represent Sweden in 1939.

The club returned to Division 2 in 1940 after being totally undefeated in Division 3 and winning against IF Rune in the qualification and in the following year they end up in second place.

In 1946 the club reached Allsvenskan for the first time after defeating Surahammar in the qualification, however the spell in the top league became only 1 year as they were relegated in 1947, the club returned to Allsvenskan yet again in 1948, when they were celebrating their 40th anniversary, but like last time the spell was only 1 year.

After yet again defeating Surahammar, this time in the final league game, they returned to Allsvenskan and this time they were able to stay after defeating IF Elfsborg with 2-0 in the last game of the season. In 1952 the club made their best season so far and ended up on 8 place, but the following year the club was relegated yet again to Division 2.

In 1958 Orvar Bergmark played for the club and won silver in the 1958 FIFA World Cup that was hosted by Sweden, one of the clubs founding members, Karl Graflund, retired after 48 years as chairman and 2 years as secretary, dou to illness, the club celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Örebro SK returned to Allsvenskan in 1960 after defeating IFK Kristianstad and IFK Luleå in the qualification, they followed IF Elfsborg up and in the same year the club sold Eyravallen to Örebro.

The club won the bronze medal in 1961 after ending up in 4th place, the derby against Degerfors IF was seen by 20,066 people, witch is still the record. In 1962 the club ends up in 6th position and Orvar Bergmark leaves for AS Roma.

After ending up in 8 place both 1963 and 1964, 6th place in 1965 and 7th place in 1966, Örebro SK was seen as an ordinary Allsvenska team and in 1967 they won their second bronze medal. After a good start but a poor following season the team ended up in 5th place in 1968 and in 1969 they were close to win Stora Silvret (eng: big silver, second place) but failed in the last match of the season and ended up in 5th place again.

In 1970 the club was close to fall out of Allsvenskan, but was able to defeat the previous year's champions IFK Göteborg, 1-0, after worry outside the field, this also sent IFK Göteborg down to Division 2. Between 1971 and 1976 the club went up and down between low positions and the middle of the league. In 1977 Örebro was close to fall out but was to stay after the last game of the season.

After 18 straight season in Allsvenskan, Örebro was relegated to Division 2 in 1978. Between 1979 and 1981 the club ended up in second place after teams like IK Brage and AIK, in 1982 the club lackt much strength after that many players had quite the team and ended up in a low position in Division 2. The following year 1983 the board decided to try hardly to reach Allsvenskan again, new manager become Roy Hodgson and new players were brought in, however IFK Norrköping and Djurgårdens IF was the stronger teams and Örebro ended up in 3 place.

In 1984 the club won Division 1, however now qualification was needed to reach Allsvenskan, but Mjällby AIF proved to strong as the club lost both matches. After ending up in 4th place in 1985, the 1986 season was close to end in a disaster but the club was saved by Västerås SK defeating Enköpings SK in the last match of the season. A new major attempt to reach Allsvenskan in 1987 ended in disappointment as the club only reached 3rd place.

As the club celebrated their 80th anniversary in 1988 the club was able to yet again reach Allsvenskan, Örebro SK Fotboll left Örebro SK and became it own club only focused on football. Örebro SK was able to reach the semi-final in Allsvenskan but failed to beat IFK Norrköping the following year. In 1990 the club was able to yet again reach the semi-finals but this time IFK Göteborg proved to strong. In 1991 the club came in second in Allsvenskan but failed later on in the Mästerskapsserien and ended up yet again in 3rd place. The following year became a failure as the team ended up in Kvalsvenskan but managed to stay in the top league by ending up in second place. The 1993 season ended with that ÖSK had to qualify against Vasalund/Essinge IF, the club was able to stay in Allsvenskan duo to more away goals after the first match ended 2-2 and the second 0-0.

The 1994 became the best season so far as the club had the chance to win Allsvenskan, this would happen if Örebro won their match and IFK Göteborg lost theirs, however both teams won their games and Örebro missed the league title with 1 goal, the club became this season the first club to ever score at least one goal in every match of the season, 14 matches. The club couldn't reach the same level in 1995 as the year before, even if they were close to win a medal in the end they failed at the finishing line. After a heavy start on the 1996 season the club was able to end up on a 5 place after some good playing in the end. 1997 was a mixed season as the club went up and down and ended with strong play witch gave the team a 4th place, earning them the bronze medal.

The 1998 season started extremely poorly and after 6 matches the team was last, however the team came back and reached second place, but ended up on 6th place as the season ended, the club celebrated their 90th anniversary. The next year, 1999, the club started poorly but the club's play grew stronger during the summer but then as autumn came the play faded and the club had to play play-off matches against Assyriska FF and it wasn't until the second match, on extra time, that Örebro was able to win and stay in Allsvenskan, Anders Karlsson became the player with most appearances for the club with 373 matches in total.

As the new millennium started, Örebro SK was thought to yet again go for the top of Allsvenskan in 2000 and after beating IF Elfsborg in August, bringing the club to a 3rd place, many believed they were on the right track, but due to mixture of good and bad results the club ended up at 10th place at the end of the season. The 2001 ended with a 8th place, even after the club scored second most goals, after Halmstads BK, entire 48 goals, but the club also let 44 balls in to their own goal, this after needed victories ending up in draws in the end of the games. 2002 season ended with a 7th place after the lack of previous years goalscoring, after the season Eyravallen went through some renovation as the natural turf was replaced by artificial turf and new stands was built.

The 2003 started good for Örebro, but yet again a poor ending of the season saw the team end up in 8th place, promising goalkeeper Johan Alvbåge and Danish veteran Lars Larsen introduced themselves this season in a good way. The 2004 season was seen as a dark time for the club as it just didn't fight against relegation, ending on a 8th place, but also against economic problems as the club had a major deficit in the economy, even after a heroic attempt by both supporters and sponsors the club was forced relegated by Elitlicensnämnden (eng: The Elitlicenseboard) after deciding that the economy wasn't good enough, Örebro SK's appeal failed and the club was forced to play in Superettan.

The club was able to return to Allsvenskan in 2007 after ending up second in Superettan in 2006.



Current squad

As of 12 June 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Peter Westman
3 Cameroon DF Bertin Samuel Zé Ndille
4 Sweden DF Magnus Wikström
5 Sweden DF Per Johansson
6 Denmark FW Kim Olsen
7 Sweden MF Magnus Kihlberg
8 Finland MF Fredrik Nordback
9 Sweden MF Patrik Anttonen
10 Sweden FW Robin Staaf
11 Finland FW Tommy Wirtanen
12 Somalia FW Yunus Ismail
15 Cameroon MF Eric Bassombeng
17 United States MF Alejandro Bedoya
No. Position Player
18 Sweden DF Joakim Gren
19 Sweden DF Michael Almebäck
20 Liberia MF Samuel Wowoah
21 Sweden MF Erik Nilsson
23 Sweden MF Kristoffer Näfver
24 Sierra Leone MF Hassan Sesay
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nordin Gerzic
26 Sweden FW Michael Jidsjö
28 Sweden DF Oskar Johansson
29 Sweden MF Marcus Astvald
32 Sweden MF Gustaf Lundholm
33 Finland MF Roni Porokara
82 Sweden GK John Alvbåge

For recent transfers, see List of Swedish football transfers winter 2009–10.


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

No. Position Player
__ Sweden GK Peter Rosendal
__ Sweden DF Daniel Björnqvist
__ Sweden DF Axel By
__ Sweden DF Simon Karlsson
__ Sweden DF Gustav Källberg
__ Sweden DF Andreas Ståhl
__ Sweden MF Gustav Lundholm
__ Sweden MF Erik Nilsson
__ Sweden MF Boris Lumbana-Kapasa
__ Sweden MF Marcus Astwald
__ Sweden MF Edvin Möller

Former players

Örebro (in white), against Malmö FF (in blue).


  1. ^ "Club history" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-08-09. 

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