Halmstads BK

Halmstad Boll Club (short Halmstad BK, HBK ) is a Swedish football club based in Halmstad. Founded on March 6, 1914, the club has not won four Swedish league titles and one cup win. He is known for his success, although the squad and the budget are always scarce.


Early years

1909 originated in Halmstad with the BK Wasa a first football club. However, this soon disappeared, only the eponymous sports field Wasaplanen stayed over. On the pitch played some football teams, including a team that had given up the name Viking. The members of the team decided to give yourself an organized framework and founded on February 7, 1914, Halmstad Boll club, who joined the Riksidrottsförbundet in March.

1915 took Halmstad BK for the first time in a contest, as the team in the local Cup series hit on IS Halmia and IFK Halmstad. There she finished second in the first two years each last place before they could be improved in the following years and in 1918 reached the final for the first time to the district championship, where she was beaten by IS Halmia. Two years later succeeded to the finals again, this time they defeated Falkenberg IF 4-0. The following year, against IS Halmia managed to defend the title and a 5-0 win over Halmstad IF Hallandspostens Cup another title.

The winner of the regional Hallandsserien reached Halmstad BK 1923 Sydsvenskan, at that time one of the first regional leagues in Sweden. When the Allsvenskan was founded the following year, the club failed to qualify and remained in the now second-rate Sydsvenskan. After a second place in the first second division season after the local rivals IS Halmia, the team moved the following year as a relay winners in the promotion round to the Allsvenskan one. There they failed against IF Elfsborg after a 3-1 home win and a 2:4 away defeat by a further 2:4 defeat in the decider. In the following years, the team established in the front area of the southern second division season. Parallel she went to frequently against international opponents, so they met, for example, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the club on the German club SpVgg Suelz 07

Between Allsvenskan league and second

1933 reached Halmstad BK for the second time season winner before BK Drott and IFK Malmö offs for promotion to the Allsvenskan. There the team met Krokslätts FF and decided both games for himself, so that the club first ascended to the first division. In the premiere of season 1933/34, for the club, the team reached the fourth place and presented with Emil Carlsson for the first time a selection of players in the Swedish national team. Already in the following season, the club was back in a relegation battle and after only five wins this season he had at the end of the season 1935/36, stay back in the second tier.

Under the English coach Harry Bruce Halmstad BK missed as runner-up behind Helsingborgs IF direct resurgence. To mark the 25th anniversary of the club succeeded in 1939, the squadron victory in the promotion round to IFK Göteborg proved to be too strong with two wins. Even when re- season victory two years later fail the team to a Gothenburg club GAIS handed after a 3-0 first-leg win, a 2-2 draw in the return leg to climb. Only a year later, HBK was successful and won against Lundby IF with a 2-1 home victory after a 1-1 draw in Rambergsvallen the return to excellence.

Halmstad BK won in the first year after the re-emergence in sixth place, before it went in the following years as the first Erstligaaufenthalt against relegation. The Game 1945/46 season ended the team as a Table and climbed ten years after the first down again from from the Allsvenskan. The youth team of the club was successful and moved into the final of the unofficial Swedish junior championship. The final game against the offspring of Allsvenskanrivalen AIK ended in a 4-4 draw and HBK could win the title by the subsequent drawing of lots.

The stay in the second division lasted only one season. As Season Winner Halmstad BK entered the ascent games in which the team the then reigning record holder Örgryte IS defeated twice. With one point behind the last non- relegation zone occupied by IF Elfsborg she stood at the end of the season 1947/48, together with the same number of points Djurgårdens IF the relegation zone. The renewed resurgence missed the team in the following years, sometimes only just as in second or third. After six years she succeeded 1954 as second-class season winner with twelve points ahead of the runner- IK Sleipner to return to the first division. There the freshman knew how to surprise and finished second in the season after the climb behind champions Djurgårdens IF the second place. HBK could not build on the success of the first season and finished in the following years, courts in the central region of the League As with the previous league visits. As before, it was not possible to establish himself in the league and at the end of the season in 1959 was the renewed descent into second-tier firm.

Falling into the low ranks and return

The 1960s began for Halmstad BK in the second league success, the team could not play for the climb. After they were in 1963 still almost relegated to the third division, succeeded the following year, surprising the relay victory. In the meantime discharged League Format promotion round she failed devoid of points as Table behind the other season winners Hammarby IF, GIF Sundsvall and Östers IF.

The short flight of followed the direct crash when Halmstad BK in 1965 in the second division only occupied the relegation zone and Västra Frölunda IF and together with Göteborgs AIK beginning work on the transition to the third division. The club plays with to the re-emergence in 1966 and 1967 behind Västra Frölunda IF succeed respectively Norrby IF only second places. 1968 dominated the team the league and creates a ten-point lead over second-placed Varberg BoIS the relay victory and the return to the second division. After initial places in the middle of the table succeeded in 1971 with 14 wins in 22 games of the season victory and as a table runner the promotion round before Sandvikens IF and IF Saab to return to the Allsvenskan. In particular, due to lack of goal threat - it only reach 14 goals this season in 22 games - ended the team's Erstligaspielzeit in 1972 on the single relegation zone.

First Title Win

Under the newly obligated coach Sven -Agne Larsson Halmstad BK won the first place Division 2 Södra and thus returned directly to the excellence back. First, the team played against relegation, which was avoided in the 1975 season only on goal difference against GAIS. With the multiple Swedish international Hans Selander, who had participated in the 1970 World Cup, the club achieved a notable commitment.

Prior to the 1976 season Roy Hodgson took over the near- relegated last year. He led the team to the top of the league and in the penultimate round they fixed prematurely winning the Von Rosen's Cup as a Swedish national champion. In the European Cup of Champions 1977/78 Halmstad BK failed because of the East German representatives Dynamo Dresden after a 2-1 home win and a 0-2 away defeat. In the league, the club initially failed to match the success and landed twice in a row in eighth place. In the season 1979, the club returned to the top and the team around players like Rutger jaw and Lennart Larsson picked for the second time the championship. In Europe Champions Cup 1980/81 the team resigned as at their first participation three years earlier in the first round, following a 0-0 home draw they lost away at the Danish club Esbjerg fB with 2:3.

After Hodgson had left the club in 1980 returned to England to Bristol City, the Dutchman Jan Mak took over as coach. With the team to Mats Jingblad but he could not build on the successes. This slipped into midfield. Even after the departure Maks 1984, she only reached mid season rankings among the followers of Stefan Lundin and Kenneth Rosén. After a hurting misery in the season 1987, the club took a relegation zone and had to leave the Premier League after 14 years.

Second League and return to winning ways

Prior to the second division season 1988 Stuart Baxter took over the coaching job at Halmstad BK. He led the club as season winner on goal difference compared to the same number of points Mjallby AIF competitors back in the Allsvenskan. With one point behind occupied by the Örebro SK fourth place in the standings, the club narrowly missed taking part in the championship final. In 1991 the team was relegated in the autumn round of the second division, managed there but in the following spring the season victory. In the autumn round she managed direct resurgence.

Not least because of the gates Henrik Bertilssons, who was together with Mats lilies mountain with 18 goals this season scorer, Halmstad BK finished fifth in the season 1993. As a result, the team established in the league and reached the 1995 Cup final against AIK, which was won with a 3-1 victory. Thus, the team qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup. There, she caused a stir when she could conquer the AC Parma with a 3-0 victory in the first knockout round first leg. However, towards the Italian club return game went with a 0:4 defeat lost, so that the Halmstader were eliminated from the competition.

In 1996, Tom Prahl as coach at Halmstad BK. After the seventh place in the table it had succeeded in the first year of operation, he led the team in the season 1997 for the third title in the club's history. In the qualifying round of the Champions League round of 1998/99, it failed in the first round at the Bulgarian champions Litex Lovech. This time, kept the team in the front table area and regularly qualified for the UEFA Cup. In the 2000 season the team won by Håkan Svensson Michael Svensson and Stefan Selakovic with six points ahead of runner-up Helsingborgs IF again a title.

The end of 2001 left successful coach Prahl Halmstad BK and was replaced by Jonas Thern. Under his direction only places jumped out in the middle area of the league. After he resigned in late 2003, took over his assistant Janne Andersson coaches work. This led the club back to the top of the league. In the season of 2004 led the team to the final day of the league before the competitor Malmö FF could pass through a draw against IFK Göteborg.

As a runner- Halmstad BK moved into the UEFA Cup. In the first round of the UEFA Cup competition in 2005/ 06, the club defeated the previous year's finalists Sporting Lisbon. Here, the first leg at home Örjans had gone interval with 1:2 lost the return match succeeded with goals by Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson, Tomas Žvirgždauskas and Patrik Ingelsten a 3-2 win after extra time. In the group stage Halmstad BK met Hertha BSC, Steaua Bucharest, Sampdoria and RC Lens, but different devoid of points from the competition.

Recent Developments

According to the vice championship Halmstad BK could not build on the successes and occupied in the following seasons places in midfield in the league. In the season 2006, the team was briefly in danger of relegation, but was five points clear of the relegation place will receive the class.

In recent years, several players began their professional career with Halmstad BK or used the club as a way station to move abroad. Example of this, names like Dusan Djuric, Petter Hansson, Peter Larsson Mikael Nilsson or.

From 2008 until January 2012 was Michael Görlitz, a former midfielder with the amateurs of FC Bayern Munich in the squad of the club and was in both 2008 and 2009 voted best player of the club.

However, Halmstad BK increased after a very poor 2011 season than last and with only 14 points obtained from the first Swedish league. The following season, 2012, Halmstad BK third in the Superettan and qualified for the play-offs for promotion to the Allsvenskan. Against GIF Sundsvall, the third from bottom of the Premier League, the club won only the first leg 3-0 in the second leg gave a 3:4 defeat to ascend.


  • Swedish Champion: 1976, 1979, 1997, 2000
  • Swedish Cup winner: 1995

Well-known former players