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Kalmar FF
Kalmar FF logo.svg
Full name Kalmar Fotbollförening
Nickname(s) Röda bröder (Red brothers), Smålands stolthet (The pride of Småland)
Short name KFF
Founded 15 June 1910; 114 years ago (1910-06-15) (as IF Göta)
Ground Guldfågeln Arena, Kalmar
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Anders Henriksson
Head coach Henrik Jensen
League Allsvenskan
2023 Allsvenskan, 6th of 16

Kalmar Fotbollförening, more commonly known as Kalmar FF, is a Swedish professional football club based in Kalmar. The club is affiliated to Smålands Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Guldfågeln Arena. Formed on 15 June 1910, the club have won one national championship title (2008) and three national cup titles (1981, 1987, and 2007).

In total, KFF has made 35 seasons in Allsvenskan since the debut in the 1949. The club can be found at the 13th position in the all-time Allsvenskan standings, is one of 14 Swedish football clubs that have become both national champions and national cup champions, and one of 14 clubs that have always played in one of the three highest Swedish national football leagues.

Kalmar FF's main local rivals are Östers IF and during the 1980s and 90s Kalmar AIK.


In the beginning

Kalmar FF League Performance
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 there was 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 renounced 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 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 César 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.


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V. Elm
The lineup who won the league title, Allsvenskan, with a 2–2 away draw against Halmstads BK, 9 Nov 2008.

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, 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. 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, sending the club out of the competition on away goals.

Colours, crest and kit

The colours and kits have changed several times over the course of history. From its founding in 1910, Kalmar FF were striped green and red. In 1915 it was changed to red shirts and black shorts. After 1927 red-white striped shirt and red shorts. 1934-35 they returned to the red shirt and black shorts. In 1940, the red-and-white striped shirt and red shorts again. Full red shirt and white shorts, like today, Kalmar FF had for the first time in 1944. In 1952-56, as countless other Swedish clubs, they had the then popular Arsenal costume, with white sleeves.

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

The club's first kit manufacturer was Adidas, until a three-year deal was agreed with Umbro in 1995. Puma received the contract in 1998 and their sponsorship lasted for seventeen years. In 2016, Hummel was presented as the new kit manufacturer of the club.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest)
1977–80 Adidas
1980–88 Kalmar Verkstad
1989–92 Sparbanken
1993–94 RIFA, Sparbanken
1995 Umbro
1996–1997 Sparbanken
1998–2005 Puma Flextronics, Föreningssparbanken
2006, Föreningssparbanken
2007–2009 Audio Video, SAS
2010–2011 Audio Video
2012–2015 Hjältevadshus
2016– Hummel

European record

  • Q = Qualifying round
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Europa Conference League

UEFA Club Coefficient Ranking

The following list ranks the current position of Kalmar FF in the UEFA ranking (as of 25 March 2024):

Rank Team Points
293 Hungary Puskás Akadémia 4.375
294 Hungary Újpest 4.375
295 Hungary Honvéd 4.375
296 Sweden Kalmar 4.300
297 Sweden Elfsborg 4.300
298 Sweden Göteborg 4.300
299 Sweden Norrköping 4.300


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Samuel Brolin
3 Australia DF Alex Gersbach
5 Sweden MF Melker Hallberg
6 Sweden DF Rasmus Sjöstedt
7 Sweden MF Kevin Jensen
9 Montenegro FW Dino Islamović
10 Finland MF Simon Skrabb
11 Sweden FW Jonathan Ring
13 Sweden DF Johan Karlsson
17 Sweden MF Carl Gustafsson
20 Denmark FW Jacob Trenskow
No. Position Player
21 Nigeria MF Abdussalam Magashy
22 Sweden FW Ville Nilsson
23 Sweden MF Robert Gojani
24 Sweden MF Wilmer Andersson
25 Finland DF Rony Jansson
26 Sweden DF Arash Motaraghebjafarpour
27 Sweden DF Arvin Davoudi-Kia
29 Brazil MF Romário
30 Sweden GK Jakob Kindberg
32 Sweden GK Casper Andersson
39 Norway DF Lars Sætra

Out on loan

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Axel Lindahl (at BK Häcken)

Retired numbers

No. Position Player
8 Sweden MF Henrik Rydström (1993–2013)
15 Sweden MF Johny Erlandsson (1973–88)



Name Role
Sweden Anders Henriksson Acting Chairman
Sweden Joachim Lantz Board Member
Sweden Karin Ekebjär   Board Member
Sweden Thomas Johansson Board Member
Sweden Per Stephani Board Member
Sweden Martin Bergvall Nilsson Board Member
Sweden Lotta Petersson Board Member
Sweden Andreas Öhlin Board Member

Technical Staff

Name Role
Denmark Henrik Jensen Manager
Sweden Stefan Larsson Assistant Manager
Sweden Rasmus Elm Individual Coach
Sweden Donald Arvidsson Goalkeeping Coach
Sweden Lucas Nilsson Academy Director
Sweden Ola Ragnarsson Team Coordinator
Sweden Jörgen Pettersson Sports Director
Sweden Johan Öhlin U16 Trainer
Sweden Mathias Svensson Groundkeeper


  • Sweden Gustaf Andersson (1936–38)
  • Sweden Gösta Carlsson (1938–44)
  • Denmark Arne Rasmussen (1944)
  • Sweden Gösta Carlsson (1945–49)
  • Austria Otto Cinadler (1946–47)
  • Sweden Olle Ericsson (1949–50)
  • Hungary István Wampetits (1951–55)
  • Wales Bert Turner (1955–56)
  • Hungary István Wampetits (1956–58)
  • Sweden Olle Ericsson (1958)
  • Sweden Sune Andersson (1959–61)
  • Sweden Gösta Carlsson (1962)
  • Sweden Bertil Bäckvall (1963–66)
  • Sweden Bertil Wennerström (1967–68)
  • Hungary Jószef Kovács (1969)
  • Sweden Lars Arnesson (Jan 1, 1970 – Dec 31, 1972)
  • Sweden Bo Johansson (1973 – Dec 31, 1973)
  • Sweden Göran Andersson (1974)
  • Sweden Kay Wiestål (1975–76)
  • Sweden 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)
  • Sweden Göran Andersson (1987–88)
  • Sweden Börje Axelsson (1988–90)
  • Sweden Alf Westerberg (Jan 1, 1991 – Dec 31, 1992)
  • Sweden Kalle Björklund (Jan 1, 1993 – Dec 31, 1993)
  • Republic of Ireland Patrick Walker (Jan 1, 1994 – Aug 27, 1996)
  • Sweden Kjell Nyberg (Aug 28, 1996 – Dec 31, 1997)
  • Sweden Nanne Bergstrand (Jan 1, 1998 – Dec 31, 1999)
  • England Simon Hunt (Jan 1, 2000 – Sept 3, 2000)
  • Sweden Ulf Ohlsson-Nordenhem (2000)
  • Sweden Conny Karlsson (Sept 15, 2000 – Dec 31, 2002)
  • Sweden Nanne Bergstrand (Jan 1, 2003 – Dec 31, 2013)
  • Sweden Hans Eklund (Jan 1, 2014 – Nov 14, 2014)
  • Sweden Peter Swärdh (Jan 1, 2015 – Jun 13, 2017)
  • Sweden Nanne Bergstrand (Jun 13, 2017 – Jul 31, 2018)
  • Sweden Henrik Rydström (Jul 31, 2018 – Nov 18, 2018)
  • Sweden Magnus Pehrsson (Nov 27, 2018 – Oct 31 2019)
  • Sweden Jens Nilsson (interim)
  • Sweden Nanne Bergstrand (2020)
  • Sweden Henrik Rydström (2021 – 2022)
  • Denmark Henrik Jensen (2023 –)


  • Swedish Champions
    • Winners (1): 2008


  • Allsvenskan:
    • Winners (1): 2008
    • Runners-up (2): 1985, 2007
  • Superettan:
    • Winners (2): 2001, 2003
  • Division 1 Södra:
    • Winners (1): 1998
    • Runners-up (1): 1994


  • Svenska Cupen:
    • Winners (3): 1980–81, 1986–87, 2007
    • Runners-up (3): 1977–78, 2008, 2011
  • Svenska Supercupen:
    • Winners (1): 2009
    • Runners-up (1): 2008

See also

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