Mjondalen IF Fotball

Mjondalen IF Fotball – commonly known as Mjondalen IF, and (especially locally) Mjondar'n or MIF – is the football department of Mjondalen IF. Founded in 1910, the club is located in Mjondalen, Viken, Norway. The team plays its home matches in the 4,350-capacity Consto Arena. Mjondalen competes in Eliteserien, the top tier in the Norwegian football league system.

History

First era

Mjondalen reached the final of the 1924 Norwegian Cup where they lost 3–0 against Odd. In the 1930s, Mjondalen won the Norwegian Cup three times; 1933, 1934 and 1937. They also lost three finals; in 1931, 1936 and 1938.

Second era and European debut

As runners-up in the 1968 Norwegian Cup, Mjondalen men's football team represented Norway in the European Cup Winners' Cup in the following 1969–70 season. They were eliminated in the first round by Cardiff City who defeated Mjondalen 12–2 on aggregate. After being promoted to the top division in 1971, Mjondalen regularly played on the top-tier of Norwegian football in the 1970s and 1980s, and finished second in 1976 and 1986. Finishing runners-up in the league qualified them to represent Norway in the UEFA Cup the following season.

Middle years

The last round of the 1976 season saw Mjondalen beat SK Brann, a result which would have awarded them the league title if Lillestrom SK had lost their game — which they did not. However, Mjondalen's silver medals saw the team qualify for the 1977–78 UEFA Cup, where they lost the first round against Bayern Munich 0–12 on aggregate. After Mjondalen's second silver medals in the 1986 league season, they were relegated the following season and were not promoted back to the top level until 1992. A highlight from the years in lower divisions was their meeting with German side Werder Bremen in the first round of the 1987–88 UEFA Cup. Mjondalen lost 1–5 on aggregate, but their 1–0 win away at Bremen, remain their only victory in UEFA competitions. After their 1992 top-flight comeback season, Mjondalen was relegated, had financial challenges, and participated in the second, third and fourth tier of Norwegian football for a number of seasons.

Recent years

Mjondalen had a successful 2008 in 2. divisjon, and returned to 1. divisjon for the 2009 season. The club qualified to compete in the promotion knock out stage of 1. divisjon in both 2012 and 2013, and finally earned promotion to the Tippeligaen with a successful 2014 play-off result against Brann. Mjondalen's return to Tippeligaen for 2015 marked their first appearance in the top tier in 22 years. The team finished in 15th place — second from bottom — and was relegated to the 2016 1. divisjon. In 2018, Mjondalen finished in second place in the 2018 1. divisjon and was promoted to Eliteserien. In the following season, Mjondalen succeeded in retaining their spot in the top flight through winning on the last day of the season.

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Mjondalen IF Fotball