Helsingborg

Founded In
1907
Location
Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg

About Helsingborg

Helsingborgs Idrottsförening, commonly known as Helsingborg or HIF, was first established in June 1907, after a merger between Stattena and Svithiod, two previous football teams from the area. Over the years, Helsingborg have established themselves as one of Sweden's biggest clubs, achieving significant success in domestic competitions. Their main rivals are Malmö FF, with whom they contest the Skåne derby.

Although considered one of the country's major clubs, Helsingborg were relegated from the top flight of Swedish football at the conclusion of the 1968 season. Despite being expected to bounce back swiftly, the team would not return to the top league, the Allsvenskan, for several decades. Eventually, they gained promotion at the end of 1992, after finishing as runners up in Division 1 Södra. 

In total, Helsingborg have won the Allsvenskan on seven occasions, although two of those wins came in years where the Swedish champions were crowned in other competitions. As a result, the club are recognised as five-time Swedish champions, with their most recent win coming in 2011. The team have also enjoyed success in domestic cup competitions, winning the Svenska Cupen five times and the Svenska Supercupen in 2011 and 2012.

Perhaps the best-known player to have played for the club is Henrik Larsson. The former Sweden international played a crucial role in the team's promotion in 1992 and returned to the club for a second stint between 2006 and 2009. Other notable former players include Knut Kroon, the club's record goalscorer and Kalle Svensson, who was the team's goalkeeper during the 1940s and 1950s.

Helsingborg play their home games at Olympia, which is sometimes known as the Olympiastadion. The stadium first opened in 1898, although it has been reconstructed several times since. Olympia is expected to be converted into an all-seater venue in the near future but, at present, is able to hold up to 17,200 spectators.

Sweden
Allsvenskan