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Tromsø
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Full name Tromsø Idrettslag
Nickname(s) Gutan (The Boys/Lads)
Founded 15 September 1920
Ground Alfheim Stadion
Tromsø
(Capacity: 7.500)
Chairman Helge Kræmer
Manager Per Mathias Høgmo
League Tippeligaen
2009 Tippeligaen, 6th
Home colours
Away colours

Tromsø I.L. is a Norwegian professional football team founded in 1920, and based in Tromsø. They play their home games at Alfheim Stadium. Tromsø I.L. currently play in the Norwegian Premier League, and holds the position as the northernmost top-level football club in the world.

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History

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1920-1939: The pre-war years

The club was founded on 15 September 1920, and given the name Tromsø Turnforenings Fotballag (Tromsø Gymnastics Association's Football Team), or Turn for short. The first match after the formal foundation was against cross-town rivals IF Skarp, a match which ended in a draw, 0-0. It would not take long before success came to Turn, though, and in 1927, the club won its first district championship.

In 1930, the club changed its name to Tromsø Idrettslag, because the Norwegian Sports Association thought the club's name was too close to the name of Tromsø Gymnastics Association. This was only temporary, though, and the club changed its name to Tor in 1931. 1931 would also be the year the club won its first Northern Norwegian Cup, the highest possible achievement for a Northern Norwegian club at the time. The club beat Mo I.L. 3-1 in the final. The year after, the Norwegian Sports Association ruled that the club could not be named Tor, and so Tromsø Idrettslag was again chosen, this time permanently. Tromsø I.L. also won its second district championship in 1932, but was knocked out in the semi final of the Northern Norwegian cup. The thirties proved to be a good decade for Tromsø I.L., as the club won district championships in 1933, 1936, and 1937, as well. However, sports activities came to an end in 1940, because of World War II, and so the club did not play again before 1945.

1945-1969: Two Northern-Norwegian cup championships

Tromsø I.L. started the post-war years in a good fashion, winning the club's sixth district championship in 1946. In 1949, Tromsø I.L. won its second Northern Norwegian cup. This time, the final match was played at Harstad Stadium, and Tromsø I.L. were to play F.K. Bodø/Glimt. Tromsø I.L. won 3-1, just like in 1931.

Tromsø I.L. then won 5 consecutive district championships in the years between 1950 and 1954, before the club was introduced into the Norwegian league system (Northern Norwegian clubs could still not be promoted to the top division, however). The club's third and last Northern Norwegian cup came in 1956. Tromsø I.L. met Harstad I.L. - the champions of the previous three years - in Harstad, making Harstad I.L. big favorites. However, Tromsø I.L. won the match 2-0.

Clubs from Northern Norway were allowed into the Norwegian cup in 1963, and Tromsø I.L. participated for the first time in 1964, advancing to the second round after beating F.K. Mjølner. The club was knocked out in the second round by Nidelv I.L.. The sixties were also a period of stadium expansions for the club, with both Valhall Stadium and Alfheim Stadium getting grass fields. Because of the inclusion of Northern Norwegian clubs in the Norwegian cup, the Northern Norwegian cup was eventually dropped. Tromsø I.L. played its last Northern Norwegian cup match in 1969.

1970-1985: Build-up for the top division

With Northern Norwegian clubs accepted in the cup, the only thing left to be included in was the top division. This happened in 1972, when F.K. Mjølner was moved to the 1st division. At the time, however, Tromsø I.L. was fighting in the bottom of the Northern Norwegian 2nd division (Until 1979, the 2nd division was divided in three different groups, two southern and one northern - with the winners of the southern groups being promoted to the top division, while the winner of the northern group would have to face the 2nd placed teams of the two southern groups), and was eventually relegated. In 1975, Tromsø I.L. would be back in the 2nd division, after having won promotion the year before. However, the club was once more relegated, this time after only one season in the second highest level of the league system. Tromsø was back in the 2nd division in 1978, and won it this time. However, the qualification matches against the two southern teams Hamarkameratene and Fredrikstad F.K. were lost 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. The next year, 1979, marked the first year with an all-Norwegian 2nd division, giving equal chances for all teams, regardless of geographical position. Tromsø I.L. did not do too well, however, and was once more relegated.

Tromsø I.L. was immediately promoted back to the 2nd division after not losing a single match in the 3rd division in 1980. Then followed relegation in 1981 and promotion in 1982, before the club finally managed to establish itself in the 2nd division. Two decent seasons in 1983 and 1984 were followed by a 2nd place in 1985, which meant the club would again play qualification matches for the top division. First, Sogndal I.L. were beaten 1-0. Then, Tromsø I.L. won the decisive match against Moss F.K. 1-0, after a legendary penalty kick save by goalkeeper Bjarte Flem. Tromsø I.L. became the third and, for the time being, latest Northern Norwegian team to qualify for the top division, the other two being F.K. Mjølner and F.K. Bodø/Glimt.

1986-2001: 16 years in the top division

The first season in the Premier League would be very hard for Tromsø I.L., the club eventually had to play qualification to survive. The club was highly successful in the cup the same year, however, beating Premier Division champions Lillestrøm S.K. 4-1 in the final match, a match that had been thought to be a walk in the park for Lillestrøm S.K. before it was played.

An experiment in the 1987 season proved valuable to Tromsø I.L. Tied matches would be decided on penalty shootouts, giving 3 points for a win, 2 for a shootout win, 1 for a shootout loss, and 0 for a loss. Thanks to Bjarte Flem's exceptional penalty saves, Tromsø I.L. won 7 out of 9 shootouts this year. The experiment was dropped after the season. However, the system with 3 points for a victory was kept. In 1988, Tromsø I.L. ended 5th in the league, the season of Bjarte Flems' infamous own goal.

The 1989 and 1990 seasons would become the two most successful Premier Division seasons to date, with Tromsø I.L. winning a bronze and a silver respectively. The club's coach during this time, Tommy Svensson, would later move on to coach Sweden to a bronze medal in the 1994 World Cup.

The following seasons saw Tromsø I.L. end 6th, 8th, 6th, and 7th (all safe mid-table positions), before the expansion of the Norwegian Premier League from 12 to 14 teams in 1995, when Tromsø I.L. again ended 6th.

In 1996, ten years after the club's first cup championship, Tromsø I.L. would again qualify for a cup final. This time, the opponents were F.K. Bodø/Glimt, which made the final match historical, the first time in history two Northern Norwegian clubs would play each other in a cup final. This also meant that the club winning the match would have bragging rights as the best club in Northern Norway. Tromsø I.L. eventually won the match, after a late 2-1 goal by Sigurd Rushfeldt in his last match before leaving for Rosenborg BK. The 1996 cup championship was the club's last championship to date. Tromsø I.L. also ended 5th in the league.

1997 did not go too well for Tromsø I.L., and after getting only 2 points during the last 7 matches of the season, the club ended 12th in the league, and had to play qualification matches to survive. The opponents were Eik-Tønsberg, and Tromsø I.L. won 4-0 and 2-1, which meant Tromsø I.L. would still be in the top division. Another poor season followed in 1998, but Tromsø I.L. avoided qualification matches this time, ending 11th in the league. 1999 saw Tromsø back in the mid-table sections when the club won 6th place, scored 70 goals, and became the first (and only) Northern Norwegian club to have the top scorer of the Premier League with Rune Lange's 23 goals. Tromsø I.L. then had one of its best seasons ever in 2000, finishing 4th in the league.

In 2001, Tromsø I.L. was relegated from the Premier Division for the first time in history. After two very strong opening wins, the club went on a 7-matches-long losing streak, where not a single goal was scored. Tromsø I.L. eventually ended last, scoring only 23 goals in 26 matches.

2002-present: 2nd time in the top division

Tromsø I.L. won the Norwegian 1st division in 2002, and was thus immediately re-introduced into the Premier League.

The 2003 season looked as if it would send Tromsø I.L. back to the first division, but they rescued their place in the Premier League by scoring a winning goal three minutes into injury time in the season's final match against league champions Rosenborg BK. The arrival of Per Mathias Høgmo before the 2004 season proved to be a success. Tromsø I.L. had another good season, and finished 4th in the league, which qualified them for the Royal League and, as a result of 3rd placed team S.K. Brann's victory in the cup that year, the UEFA Cup. After his first successful year Høgmo decided not to extend his contract and his former assistant Otto Ulseth was moved up as head coach.

The 2005 season started disappointingly and Ulseth was sacked after only 15 league matches, when Tromsø I.L. was struggling to avoid relegation. The head coach for the remainder of the season became Ulseth's former assistant Steinar Nilsen, who managed to turn Tromsø I.L.'s poor form around. After a club record five consecutive victories, Tromsø I.L. secured its place in the Premier League with a 1-0 home win over Viking F.K. in the second-to-last round of the season. Tromsø I.L. also had the top scorer of the Premier League for the second time in history, as Ole Martin Årst finished the season with 16 goals. The club finished the season in 8th place.

The relegation of F.K. Bodø/Glimt meant that Tromsø I.L. were the only team from Northern Norway in the 2006 season. Before the 2006 season, following Steinar Nilsen's resignation, Ivar Morten Normark was made the new Tromsø I.L. manager. After a rather unsatisfactory start to the season Tromsø I.L. started negotiating to terminate the contract with Normark on 26 July 2006; until a new coach could be found former assistant Agnar Christensen acted as head coach. On 4 August Normark and Tromsø I.L. reached an agreement, meaning Normark would leave the club. On 11 August Steinar Nilsen was appointed coach signing a three and a half year contract with the club. Nilsen managed to save Tromsø I.L. from relegation once more, leading the club to a 10th place.

Tromsø I.L. is the Norwegian Premier Division club which has had the most coaches since 2000. Terje Skarsfjord (who also coached the club during its 1996 cup championship), Tommy Svensson (who made a brief return to the club to attempt to save it from relegation in 2001, ten years after having left the club for the Swedish national team), Trond Johansen, Per Mathias Høgmo, Otto Ulseth, Steinar Nilsen, and Ivar Morten Normark have all coached the club at some time after the year 2000.

Achievements

Seasons

Season League Tier Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup NN-Cup Europe Notes
1921 Local 2 6 4 0 2 14 14 8
1922 Local 3 6 3 0 3 8 15 6
1923 Local 3 6 1 1 4 12 22 3
1924 Local 3 6 1 2 3 14 17 4
1925 Local 2 2 1 0 1 7 5 2
1926 Local 2 2 1 0 1 5 7 2
1927 Local 1 3 2 0 1 7 8 4
1928 Local 2 4 1 1 2 11 9 3
The Northern Norwegian Cup is founded.
1929 Local 2 3 2 0 1 10 2 4 semi-final
1930 Local 2 3 2 0 1 9 5 4 semi-final
1931 Local 2 3 1 1 1 6 4 3 winner
1932 Local 1 3 3 0 0 8 1 6 semi-final
1933 Local 1 6 4 1 1 14 10 9 1st round
1934 Local 6 5 2 0 3 8 12 4 semi-final
1935 Local 3 5 3 0 2 13 11 6 1st round
1936 Local 1 5 4 1 0 16 6 9 2nd round
1937 Local 1 5 3 1 1 17 8 7 final
1938 Local 3 5 3 0 2 11 17 6 1st round
1939 Local 6 5 0 0 5 5 23 0 semi-final
No football between 1940 and 1945 due to World War II
1945 Local 2 5 2 2 1 9 6 League played as cup
1946 Local 1 8 7 0 1 29 11 14 semi-final
1947 Local 5 7 2 3 2 15 10 7 3rd round
1948 Local 2 5 3 1 1 11 9 7 1st round
1949 Local 2 5 3 1 1 14 7 7 winner
1950 Local 1 5 5 0 0 23 4 10 2nd round
1951 Local 1 10 10 0 0 40 7 20 2nd round
1952 Local 1 5 5 0 0 31 4 10 final
1953 Local 1 5 5 0 0 23 2 10 3rd round
1954 Local 1 5 4 0 1 18 11 8 3rd round
Districts 9 and 10 included in the 1st division
1955 1D10 III 3 8 3 3 2 16 11 9 quarter-final
1956 1D10 III 4 9 3 3 3 13 10 9 winner
1957 1D10 III 3 10 5 0 5 18 16 10 quarter-final
The 1st division changes its name to the 3rd division.
1958 3D10 III 3 10 4 2 4 19 14 10 quarter-final
1959 3D10 III 2 10 8 0 2 34 13 16 quarter-final
1960 3D10 III 4 10 5 2 3 32 18 12 semi-final
1961 3D10 III 5 10 3 1 6 16 19 7 3rd round
1962 3D10 III 4 10 4 1 5 18 19 9 quarter-final
Northern Norwegian clubs allowed into the cup for the first time.
1963 3D10 III 2 10 6 1 3 14 12 13 semi-final
1964 3D10 III 3 10 6 2 2 19 15 14 2nd round semi-final
1965 3D10 III 4 10 4 1 5 15 17 9 2nd round 3rd round
1966 3D10 III 5 10 2 2 6 12 25 6 quarter-final relegated
1967 4DT IV 2 14 7 6 1 31 11 20 3rd round
1968 4DT IV 2 14 9 0 5 31 17 18 semi-final
1969 4DT IV 4 14 6 3 5 20 17 15 1st round 2nd round
Northern Norwegian 4th division given status as 3rd division. Northern Norwegian Cup discontiniued.
1970 3DT III 1 14 10 0 4 30 13 20 1st round won play-off, promoted
1971 2DC II 3 14 7 5 2 29 21 19 2nd qual round
Northern Norwegian clubs are allowed to be promoted to the top flight for the first time.
1972 2DC II 7 14 3 3 8 12 23 9 3rd round relegated
1973 3DT III 2 14 10 2 2 33 9 22 2nd qual round
1974 3DT III 1 14 8 4 2 31 12 20 3rd round won play-off, promoted
1975 2DC II 6 14 4 4 6 23 16 12 3rd round relegated
1976 3DT III 2 18 11 5 2 57 13 27 1st qual round
1977 3DT III 1 18 13 4 1 49 18 30 2nd round won play-off, promoted
1978 2DC II 1 18 12 3 3 43 15 27 last 16 lost play-off
The 2nd division changes from having 3 groups (A, B, and C) to 2 (A and B).
1979 2DB II 11 22 5 4 13 24 52 14 3rd round relegated
1980 3DF III 1 18 14 4 0 43 9 32 2nd round promoted
1981 2DB II 10 22 4 9 9 12 28 17 1st round relegated
1982 3DF III 1 18 15 2 1 50 13 32 3rd round promoted
1983 2DB II 6 22 5 11 6 19 24 21 1st round
1984 2DB II 4 22 11 4 7 46 33 26 1st round
1985 2DB II 2 22 15 3 4 45 20 33 semi-final won play-off, promoted
1986 1D I 10 22 6 6 10 23 32 18 winner won play-off
1987 1D I 6 22 5 7/2 8 19 31 31 quarter-final CWC first round
1988 1D I 5 22 9 6 7 27 22 33 last 16
1989 1D I 3 22 11 4 7 36 25 37 last 16
1990 1D I 2 22 12 6 4 36 21 42 quarter-final
The 1st division changes its name to Tippeligaen.
1991 TL I 6 22 9 4 9 28 34 31 quarter-final UC first round
1992 TL I 8 22 6 6 10 22 37 24 quarter-final
1993 TL I 6 22 6 8 8 25 25 26 quarter-final
1994 TL I 7 22 7 7 8 22 28 28 quarter-final
1995 TL I 6 26 11 5 10 53 42 38 quarter-final IC group stage
1996 TL I 5 26 11 8 7 46 41 41 winner
1997 TL I 12 26 6 10 10 37 44 28 last 16 CWC second round won play-off
1998 TL I 11 26 7 7 12 39 48 28 last 16
1999 TL I 6 26 13 5 8 70 46 44 semi-final
2000 TL I 4 26 13 5 8 51 46 44 last 16
2001 TL I 14 26 4 4 18 23 52 16 quarter-final relegated
2002 AL II 1 30 21 4 5 78 36 67 quarter-final promoted
2003 TL I 11 26 8 5 13 30 52 29 semi-final
2004 TL I 4 26 12 4 10 38 32 40 last 16 RL group stage
2005 TL I 8 26 8 10 8 31 30 34 3rd round UC group stage
2006 TL I 10 26 8 5 13 33 39 29 3rd round
2007 TL I 6 26 12 4 10 45 44 40 last 16
2008 TL I 3 26 12 8 6 36 23 44 last 16
2009 TL I 6 30 10 10 10 35 36 40 quarter-final

European merits

1987

Tromsø I.L. first played in a European cup in 1987, following the 1986 cup victory. That time, Tromsø I.L. met Scottish side St Mirren F.C. in the first round of the Cup Winners' Cup. St Mirren F.C. won 1-0 in Scotland, and the match in Tromsø ended 0-0.

1991

In 1991, Tromsø I.L. would try their luck in Europe again, this time in the UEFA Cup. Tromsø I.L. met Austrian side FC Tirol Innsbruck in the first round. A 2-1 loss in Austria (after Stein Berg Johansen had given Tromsø I.L. a very early lead after 30 seconds) and a 1-1 tie at home (after a goal by Bjørn Johansen) were the results, meaning Tromsø I.L. were again knocked out early.

1995

In 1995, Tromsø I.L. participated in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, which is played during the summer before the European season starts and gives qualification to the UEFA Cup for the best teams of the tournament. Tromsø I.L. played in Group 3, along with Swiss team FC Aarau, Belgian team K.F.C. Germinal Ekeren, Faroese team Havnar Bóltfelag, and Romanian team F.C. Universitatea Cluj. The first match was an away match against FC Aarau, which ended 2-2. Tromsø I.L. then proceeded to beat Havnar Bóltfelag 10-0 at home and F.C. Universitatea Cluj 1-0 away. Before the last group match, which was at home to K.F.C. Germinal Ekeren, Tromsø I.L. were on top of the group, and a victory would ensure Tromsø I.L.'s advancement to the knockout-stage of the UEFA Intertoto Cup. However, Tromsø I.L. lost 2-0, and eventually ended 3rd in the group.

1997

In 1997, the club would again play in the Cup Winners' Cup. In the first round, the Croatian side NK Zagreb won 3-2 at home. Tromsø I.L. were down 3-0, but goals by Bjørn Johansen and Ole Martin Årst, gave Tromsø I.L. a good result before the home game. The return match in Tromsø ended 3-2, as well, but this time in favour of Tromsø I.L. Rune Lange scored the first goal, but NK Zagreb equalized before half time. The score was 2-2 after 90 minutes (Ole Martin Årst scored the second goal for Tromsø I.L.), and NK Zagreb looked like they would advance to the second round. However, one minute into injury time, Svein Morten Johansen scored, and extra time would have to be played. 5 minutes into the second period, Rune Lange scored the winning goal for Tromsø I.L. A historic win, as it was not only the first time Tromsø I.L. managed to win a match in a European cup, but also the first time Tromsø managed to qualify for the second round of a European cup. In the second round of the Cup Winners' Cup, Tromsø I.L. would play the English side Chelsea F.C.. Tromsø I.L. beat Chelsea F.C. 3-2 in the home game (after goals by Steinar Nilsen, Frode Fermann, and Ole Martin Årst), which became infamous for the heavy amounts of snow that fell during the match. The return match did not go too well for Tromsø I.L., though, who eventually lost 7-1 (9-4 on aggregate). Bjørn Johansen scored Tromsø I.L.'s goal in London.

2005

In 2005, Tromsø I.L. would again play in the UEFA Cup, following their 4th place in the Norwegian Premier League the year before. Tromsø I.L. won the first qualification match against Esbjerg with 1-0 away after a goal by Lars Iver Strand, the club's first ever win in an away match in a European cup. Esbjerg fB won the return leg in Tromsø 1-0, and penalties were needed to decide a winner. Tromsø I.L. only converted 2 of their 5 initial penalties (Runar Normann and Ole Andreas Nilsen scored), but since Esbjerg fB also missed 3 penalties, the teams had to shoot a 6th penalty. Stephen Ademolu scored, while Lars Hirschfeld saved Esbjerg fB's penalty, and Tromsø I.L. advanced.

Tromsø I.L. drew Galatasaray in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Former champions Galatasaray, became the second major European club to fall victim to Tromsø's cold Arctic climate. Tromsø I.L. won 1-0 at home after a goal by Tamas Szekeres in the 77th minute, in a match filled with mud, rain, and snow. Tromsø I.L. tied Galatasaray 1-1 at the feared Ali Sami Yen Stadium, thanks to many important saves by Lars Hirschfeld and a goal in the first half from a fluke shot by Patrice Bernier via Stephen Ademolu which was an obvious offside. Tromsø I.L. thus advanced to the group stage of the cup. This result was seen by many as a huge upset, and some Tromsø I.L. fans and players immediately declared it a historic win, likening it to the 1996 Norwegian cup championship and the 1985 promotion.

Tromsø I.L. lost the first group match, a home game against A.S. Roma. The final score was 2-1, and Ole Martin Årst scored Tromsø I.L.'s goal. The second match saw Tromsø I.L. lose again, 2-0 away to RC Strasbourg. Tromsø I.L. won their third match, 3-1 at home against Red Star Belgrade. Benjamin Kibebe scored the first goal, while Ole Martin Årst scored the two last goals. Tromsø I.L. lost the last match, against FC Basel, 4-3, and were subsequently knocked out of the UEFA Cup. Lars Iver Strand scored twice, and Ole Martin Årst once. The club ended last in its group.

2009

Tromsø got off to a good start in the 2009-10 UEFA Europa League, playing 0-0 away to Dinamo Minsk from Belarus and then winning 4-1 at home (after two goals by Tommy Knarvik, one by Morten Moldskred, and one own goal) in the second qualifying round. Tromsø played NK Slaven Belupo in the third qualifying round, marking the second time in history that Tromsø plays a Croatian team in a European cup. They won 2-1 at Alfheim, after Slaven scored late in the first half. Two goals in the second half within two minutes, the second by a lightly hurt Sigurd Rushfeldt, they won at home, and after 0-2 away, at a tricky home stadium, two goals by Rushfeldt (14,81) won their way and win into the third and last qualifying round of the European league 2009. Now, they will play against one of the best teams in Spanish football history, the basque Athletic Club (of Bilbao). Sigurd Rushfeldt has played in the Spanish league as a first targeter. Athletic Bilbao won the first leg in Bilbao 3-2, including one goal from a controversial penalty when the Bilbao player appeared to dive. Another controversial penalty, this time awarded by French referee Tony Chapron, ended Tromsø IL's chances, as they drew the home leg 1-1 and lost 3-4 on aggregate - two of the four goals coming from controversial penalty decisions.

Royal League

Tromsø I.L. also participated in the very first Royal League, which was played in late 2004 and early 2005. Despite playing fairly well, Tromsø I.L. ended last in their group, and were knocked out of the cup early.

European stats

Stats, not counting the UEFA Intertoto Cup and the Royal League:

P W D L F A GD
Home 8 4 2 2 13 - 9 4
Away 8 1 1 6 9 - 20 -11
Total 16 5 3 8 22 - 29 -7

Stats, including the UEFA Intertoto Cup and the Royal League:

P W D L F A GD
Home 13 5 3 5 25 - 16 9
Away 13 2 4 7 17 - 28 -11
Total 26 7 7 12 42 - 44 -2

Players

Current squad

As of 31 March 2009[1] 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 Marcus Sahlman
2 Senegal DF Sergie Modou Kara Mbodji
3 Sweden DF Fredrik Björck
4 Australia DF Jade North
5 Norway DF Kevin Larsen
6 Norway MF Helge Haugen
7 Finland DF Miika Koppinen (Vice-Captain)
8 Norway MF Mads Reginiussen
9 Sweden FW George Mourad
10 Norway FW Sigurd Rushfeldt (Captain)
11 Norway MF Ruben Yttergård Jenssen
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Sead Ramović
No. Position Player
14 Norway DF Hans Norbye
16 Norway DF Hans Åge Yndestad
17 Norway MF Remi Johansen
18 Norway MF Tommy Knarvik
19 Norway FW Vegard Braaten
20 Norway FW Mohammed Ahamed
21 Norway MF Thomas Drage
24 Austria DF Dominique Taboga
25 Finland FW Keijo Huusko
26 Norway DF Tom Høgli
28 Norway MF Bjørn Lidin Hansen

On loan

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
13 Canada GK Kenny Stamatopoulos (on loan to AIK)
Sweden MF Bovar Karim (on loan to Randaberg)

All-time player stats

As of 8 March 2009[2]

Staff

Coaching staff[3]

Coach Per Mathias Høgmo
Assistant coach Agnar Christensen and Sigurd Rushfeldt
Goalkeeper coach Espen Isaksen
Physio/fitness coach Bjørn Vidar Stenersen and Truls Hallen

Administrative staff[4]

Chairman Helge Kræmer
Director Tom Bendiksen
Director of football Morten Kræmer

Managers 1986-present

 
Name Nationality Years
Dagfinn Rognmo Norway 1986
Arne Andreassen Norway 1986–1987
Tommy Svensson Sweden 1988–1990
Bosse Petterson Sweden 1991
Per Mathias Høgmo Norway 1992
Arne Andreassen Norway 1992
Truls Jenssen Norway 1992
 
Name Nationality Years
Harald Aabrekk Norway 1993–1995
Terje Skarsfjord Norway 1996
Håkan Sandberg Sweden 1997–1998
Terje Skarsfjord Norway 1999–2001
Tommy Svensson Sweden 2001
Trond Johansen Norway 2002–2003
Terje Skarsfjord Norway 2003
 
Name Nationality Years
Per Mathias Høgmo Norway 2004
Otto Ulseth Norway 2005
Steinar Nilsen Norway 2005
Ivar Morten Normark Norway 2006
Steinar Nilsen Norway 2006–2008
Per Mathias Høgmo Norway 2008–present

Supporters

The official supporter club is called Isberget (The Iceberg). Their logo is a polar bear with a football and a red and white striped jersey holding a Tromsø IL scarf. It was founded before the 1996-season and has around 600 members. Members of Isberget can be found in 18 of Norway's 19 counties, with the majority living in and around Tromsø. A subgroup founded in 2004, called Isberget Sør (The Iceberg South), is for supporters living in Østlandet, and organizes trips to Tromsø IL's away matches in the Østlandet and Sørlandet regions.[5]

Tromsø IL has a number of songs, with the more famous ones being Heia TIL and the 1996 cup final song, both by Sverre Kjeldsberg. The 1996 cup final song is played at Alfheim stadion when Tromsø IL scores a goal. A club fanfare used to be played while the teams entered the pitch during home matches. However, before the 2008 season the NFF decided that all clubs should play Tippeligafanfaren (The Tippeliga Fanfare) when the teams entered the pitch. Tromsø now plays its fanfare before Tippeligafanfaren.[6]

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