AIK, pron. IPA: ['ɑ:i:kɔː], abbreviation for Allmänna Idrottsklubben, (literally "The General Sports Club" or "The Public Sports Club") is a Swedish football club based at Råsunda stadium in Solna, a municipality in Stockholm County bordering to Stockholm city centre. The club was formed in 1891 in central Stockholm and the football department was formed in 1896. AIK currently plays in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan.
With Malmö FF and IFK Göteborg, AIK are often considered as one of the "Big Three" in Swedish club football, having the top three spots in the all-time Allsvenskan table. Qualifying for the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League group stage – the only Stockholm side to have reached this far in the tournament – AIK was drawn in the same group as Barcelona, Arsenal and Fiorentina.
Founded in 1891 by Isidor Behrens in Stockholm, at the downtown address of Biblioteksgatan 8, the club's full name, "Allmänna Idrottsklubben", translates to "The General Sports Club" or "The Public Sports Club". The name was chosen to reflect that the club was open for everyone, and also that athletics, at the time called "allmän idrott" in Swedish, was considered the club's main