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|Full name||Fotballklubben Bodø/Glimt|
|Founded||September 19, 1916|
|President||Hege Leirfall Ingebrigtsen|
|Head coach||Kjetil Knutsen|
|2020||Eliteserien, 1st of 16|
Fotballklubben Bodø/Glimt (Norwegian pronunciation: ['bu:d? g?imt]) is a Norwegian football club from the town of Bodø that currently plays in Eliteserien, the Norwegian top division. The club was founded in 1916. Its nickname is the original club name: Glimt.
Bodø/Glimt are the reigning champions in Norway after winning 2020 Eliteserien. They also have won the Northern Norwegian Cup nine times, Norwegian Cup twice and finished second in the Norwegian top division in 1977, 1993, 2003 and 2019.
Glimt is known for the yellow kits and the huge yellow toothbrushes that the supporters carry to the matches -- a supporter symbol from the 1970s. In the beginning of the 2000s, Bodø/Glimt was one of the top teams in Norway, but was relegated at the end of the 2005 season. After two years, on November 12, 2007, the team returned to the top division again, following a 4-2 aggregate victory over Odd Grenland in a promotion playoff.
Glimt supporters are known as "1916", "Den Gule Horde" (The Yellow Horde), "Glimt i Sør" (Glimt South) and "Glimt i Steigen" (Glimt in Steigen). Glimt i Sør is a supporter group based in Oslo, the capital of Norway. The Steigen branch is a small group of supporters which is known for their online support, especially on Twitter.
While other towns in Nordland county like Narvik, Mo i Rana and Mosjøen had started their football clubs earlier, the larger town of Bodø was without a major football club until the latter part of 1916. The new club was founded as Football Club Glimt (Glimt meaning flash in English). One of the founders was Erling Tjærandsen, who also became the club's first club president and later an honorary club member. (Tjærandsen was also known as a footballer and skier.) Glimt's first match was against Bodø Highschool (because Glimt was the only football club in town).
In 1919 Glimt won their first title: County Champions of Nordland. In the 1920s, Glimt suffered from bad morale and poor finances. At one point, there were talks about merging Glimt into the Ski Club B. & O.I, but following discussions, the intentions were not carried through. The club received an infusion of new encouragement through visiting footballing stars and coaches from southern Norway such as Jørgen Juve in 1929. In the 1930s Glimt also began training indoors to reduce the impact of the severe arctic winters.
This new approach in the late 1920s and early 1930s yielded some positive results, and Glimt have since been a top club in Northern Norway (winning nine North-Norwegian championships) and in Norway overall since the 1970s.
Teams from Northern Norway were not allowed to compete in the Norwegian cup-competition until 1963. In their first appearance in the Norwegian FA cup in 1963, Bodø/Glimt managed to get as far as the fourth round after a home win 7-1 over Nordil, and two away wins. The first beating Nidelv (from Trondheim) and then a mighty win over Rosenborg. In the fourth round, Glimt had to play another away game, this time against Frigg from Oslo. Frigg won 2-0 and Glimt was out of the Cup. However, Bodø/Glimt had proven that teams from Northern Norway could play at the same level as the southern teams.
It was not until 1972 that northern teams had the right to gain promotion to the Norwegian top division. This was due to the old belief that the teams from Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark could not compete at the same level as the southern teams. Bodø/Glimt is one of three teams from Northern Norway that have played in the Norwegian top division, the others being Tromsø and Mjølner.
From 1973 Norway had three-second divisions: two divisions for the southern teams and one for the northern teams. Bodø/Glimt took three years to gain promotion, due to the promotion rules. The first place holders in the two southern divisions gained instant promotion, but the first place holder in the northern second division had to compete in play-off matches against the two second place holders from the south. The league-system made a lot of bitterness in the north. This bitterness worsened in 1975 when Bodø/Glimt, as the first club form Northern-Norway, won the Norwegian Cup, but did not gain promotion due to the special play-off rules for the North-Norwegian clubs.
In the 1974 and 1975 season, Bodø/Glimt won their division (they had played a few draws but no losses), but still lost in the play-offs.
In 1976, Bodø/Glimt managed at last to beat the league-system with a 4-0 win over Odd and a 1-1 draw against Lyn, making Glimt the second North-Norwegian team to gain promotion to the top division, after FK Mjølner's promotion in 1971. Not until the late 1970s the Norwegian Football Association changed the promotion rules, the play-off matches for Northern clubs were dropped. From then on there was no difference where a club had its home-ground.
After a glorious top-division debut in 1977 -- second place in the league and the cup, both against Lillestrøm -- Bodø/Glimt played four seasons at the top level before relegation in 1980, finishing last at 12th place.
The 1980s were the darkest hours in the club history, with Bodø/Glimt playing in the 2nd division and the regional 3rd division. For a couple of years in the mid-1980s, they weren't even the best team in Bodø, with rivals Grand Bodø surpassing them in the standings. But the tide turned in 1991. With coach Jan Muri in charge, Glimt was promoted to 1st division. The following season they hired Trond Sollied as coach, and the team won the 1st division in the 1992 season. At last, in 1993, Bodø/Glimt was back in the top-division, and as in the debut season of 1977 they took second place in the league. This time they also managed to win the cup final (a 2-0 win over Strømsgodset). The Cup-Championship was the crowning of three remarkable seasons, going from 2nd division to 2nd place in the top-division in only three years -- an achievement rarely seen in the Norwegian league system.
Since the reentering in the top-division Bodø/Glimt have had a rather strange performance-chart. A good league performance one season have usually been followed with nearly relegation the next season is illustrated with the 1993 and 1994 seasons when Glimt won the cup and became league runners-up, in 1994 a better goal-difference allowed Bodø/Glimt to stay in the top division.
Another example of the rollercoaster ride of Bodø/Glimt league performance is the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2003 season the club finished runner up behind the league's valedictorian Rosenborg. The team also lost the 2003 Norwegian Cup Final to Rosenborg. In the 2004 season Glimt finished third last and had to play a two-game qualification match against Kongsvinger to avoid relegation. Glimt lost the first game 0-1 in Kongsvinger, but soundly defeated Kongsvinger in Bodø by the score of 4-0. Therefore, winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Since the club's comeback in 1993, Glimt have played continuously in the Norwegian top division for 12 seasons, for a total of 16 top division seasons. In the 2005 season however, Bodø/Glimt was relegated.
Life in the Adecco league proved harder than most fans had anticipated, and many were disappointed when Glimt failed to secure the third place play-off spot they had held during most of the course of the season, finally ending in fifth place. The season was tainted by financial difficulties, forcing the team to sell their top scorer Håvard Sakariassen and captain Cato Andrè Hansen to promotion rivals Bryne in the middle of the season. This had to be done to stabilize their financial situation, which was so poor that the Norwegian Football Association threatened to not give the team their playing license for next season, which would have resulted disastrously in forced relegation to the second division.
The poor results towards the end of the season finally prompted the board of the supporter's club to write an open letter in which the training and alcohol consumption habits of certain unnamed players were criticised. In a bizarre twist a few weeks later, the supporter's club was threatened with a lawsuit in the multi-million class by former coach Trond Sollied, who was briefly mentioned in a by-sentence of the letter as having been in charge when the bad habits of the team had begun. All claims were quickly retracted by the supporter's club.
In the second season in Adeccoligaen, Bodø/Glimt made their target from the first season in Adeccoligaen, a promotion back to Tippeligaen after two promotion matches - once again, as in 1976 - against Odd. Bodø/Glimt was the first team on nine years in Norway for winning the promotion matches to Tippeligaen. This was also the last match and day at work in Bodø/Glimt for the Norwegian legend Erik Hoftun and Kent Bergersen.
In 2013, Bodø/Glimt was again promoted to Tippeligaen, after becoming the winner of Adecco-ligaen. The following years, Bodø/Glimt struggled to keep itself in the top league. The team was relegated to 1. divisjon in 2016. In 2019 Bodø/Glimt won the silver medal in the Norwegian Eliteserien. In 2020, Bodø/Glimt won Eliteserien for the first time in history. Also becoming the first team from Northern Norway to win Eliteserien.
|1963||3. divisjon district IX||3rd||1||10||9||1||0||45||10||19||Fourth round||Promotion not possible|
|1964||3. divisjon district IX||3rd||1||10||10||0||0||39||5||20||Third round||Promotion not possible|
|1965||3. divisjon district IX||3rd||1||10||8||1||1||37||8||17||Third round||Promotion not possible|
|1966||3. divisjon district IX||3rd||2||10||7||2||1||37||9||16||Third round||Promotion not possible|
|1967||3. divisjon district IX-X||3rd||3||10||4||2||4||21||14||10||Second round||Promotion not possible|
|1968||3. divisjon district IX-X||3rd||1||10||5||4||1||19||9||14||Third round||Promotion not possible|
|1969||3. divisjon district IX-X||3rd||2||10||7||0||3||35||11||14||Third round||Promotion not possible|
|1970||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||2||14||7||4||3||40||14||17||First round||Promotion not possible|
1971 was the first year northern Norwegian teams could win promotion for the top division (First possible year in the top division would have been 1972). Until 1978, the winner of the northern Norwegian group of the second tier had to enter promotion playoffs against the second placed teams of the two southern Norwegian second tier groups. 1979 was thus the first year northern Norwegian teams competed on equal terms as the southern Norwegian teams.
|1971||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||5||14||5||2||7||10||19||12||Third round|
|1972||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||2||14||4||8||2||23||10||16||Fourth round|
|1973||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||3||14||8||1||5||34||16||17||First round|
|1974||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||1||14||11||3||0||54||4||25||Semi-final||Lost promotion to 1. divisjon playoffs|
|1975||2. divisjon district IX-X||2nd||1||14||14||0||0||55||12||28||Winner||Lost promotion to 1. divisjon playoffs|
|1976||2. divisjon district IX-XI||2nd||1||14||13||1||0||60||11||27||Quarter-final||Promoted to 1. divisjon through playoffs|
|1978||1. divisjon||Top||9||22||6||6||10||37||37||18||Third round|
|1979||1. divisjon||Top||7||22||8||5||9||19||26||21||Second round|
|1980||1. divisjon||Top||? 12||22||5||2||15||13||43||12||Fourth round||Relegated to 2. divisjon|
|1981||2. divisjon group B||2nd||7||22||5||11||6||24||24||21||Third round|
|1982||2. divisjon group A||2nd||8||22||7||7||8||26||24||21||Fourth round|
|1983||2. divisjon group B||2nd||? 12||22||2||5||15||13||41||9||Third round|
|1984||3. divisjon group F||3rd||3||18||9||4||5||33||21||22||Second round|
|1985||3. divisjon group F||3rd||2||18||13||4||1||61||12||30||Second round|
|1986||3. divisjon group F||3rd||1||18||17||1||0||64||10||35||Fourth round||Promoted to 2. divisjon|
|1987||2. divisjon group B||2nd||7||22||9||4||9||38||33||31||Quarter-final||3 points per win introduced ahead of 1987 season|
|1988||2. divisjon group B||2nd||6||22||9||3||10||41||37||30||Fourth round|
|1989||2. divisjon group B||2nd||? 12||22||2||8||12||25||51||14||Third round||Relegated to 3. divisjon|
|1990||3. divisjon group F||3rd||2||22||15||5||2||64||21||50||Third round|
|1991||2. divisjon group 6||3rd 1||1||22||19||2||1||67||16||59||First round||Promoted to 1. divisjon|
|1992||1. divisjon group A||2nd||1||22||16||4||2||69||21||52||Quarter-final||Promoted to Tippeligaen|
|2004||Tippeligaen||Top||12||26||7||6||13||28||41||27||Fourth round||Avoided relegation through playoffs|
|2005||Tippeligaen||Top||? 14||26||6||6||14||29||45||24||Fourth round||Relegated to the 1. divisjon|
|2006||1. divisjon||2nd||5||30||15||7||9||65||49||49||Fourth round|
|2007||1. divisjon||2nd||3||30||17||4||9||66||39||55||Fourth round||Promoted to the Tippeligaen through playoffs|
|2009||Tippeligaen||Top||? 15||30||6||10||14||29||53||28||Third round||Relegated to the 1. divisjon|
|2010||1. divisjon||2nd||6||28||12||6||10||41||28||42||Third round|
|2011||1. divisjon||2nd||5||30||15||7||8||52||38||52||Third round|
|2013||1. divisjon||2nd||1||30||21||4||5||63||24||67||Quarter-final||Promoted to the Tippeligaen|
|2016||Tippeligaen||Top||? 15||30||8||6||16||36||45||30||Semi-final||Relegated to the 1. divisjon|
|2017||1. divisjon||2nd||1||30||22||5||3||83||33||71||Third round||Promoted to the Eliteserien|
1 Third tier was renamed as 2. divisjon (Top tier renamed as Tippeligaen, 2nd tier renamed as 1. divisjon) ahead of 1991 season.
Bodø/Glimt have participated in European Cups a number of times. The first time was in 1976, when they lost against Napoli in the Cup Winners' Cup. In 1978, they lost to Inter Milan, and in 1994 to Sampdoria in the same competition. Their latest loss came to Milan in the 2020 UEFA Europa League.
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||10||3||1||6||14||16|
|UEFA Cup/Europa League||15||7||2||6||28||24|
|1976-77||European Cup Winners' Cup||First round||Napoli||0-1||0-2||0-3|
|1978-79||European Cup Winners' Cup||First round||Union Luxembourg||4-1||0-1||4-2|
|1994-95||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Qualifying Round||Olimpija R?ga||6-0||0-0||6-0|
|1996-97||UEFA Cup||Qualifying Round||Beitar Jerusalem||2-1||5-1||7-2|
|1999-2000||UEFA Cup||Qualifying Round||Vaduz||1-0||2-1||3-1|
|First round||Werder Bremen||0-5||1-1||1-6|
|2004-05||UEFA Cup||Second qualifying round||Levadia Tallinn||2-1||1-2||3-3(8-7 p)|
|2020-21||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Kauno ?algiris||6-1||N/A||N/A|
|Second qualifying round||?algiris||3-1||N/A||N/A|
|Third qualifying round||Milan||N/A||2-3||N/A|
|2021-22||UEFA Champions League||First qualifying round|
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|Assistant coach||Morten Kalvenes|
|Goalkeeping coach||Jonas Ueland Kolstad|
The club is known to play in yellow kits. However, it wasn't until the mid 70s that FK Bodø/Glimt changed their white shorts to an all yellow strip. In 1980 the club signed its first kit-manufacturer deal with the German firm Adidas, though the club used track jackets and shorts from Adidas since 1976.Nordlandsbanken, a major bank in the region, was one of the main sponsor of the club, present on their shirts until 2011. Since the 2007 season, Diadora has been manufacturing the kits.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2012-||SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge|