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Norwegian football : Premier Division 2017 season preview

Rosenborg win Tippeligaen 2016

Norway's most successful club Rosenborg secure their 24th title with five games remaining last season. Never before has a league title been won with so many games left to play. After losing the first game of the season, the team from Trondheim started winning and their league title was never threatened last year. Rosenborg have also been crowned Cup Champions after defeating Kongsvinger 4-0. For the first time in Norwegian football, a team has won both Tippeligaen and the Cup in two consecutive seasons. Coach Kare Ingebrigtsen gets most of the credit for Rosenborg's success the last couple of seasons, and many experts have compared him to Nils Arne Eggen, the legendary coach who won 13 consecutive league titles from 1992 to 2004. Here is a short summary of the 2016 campaign:

  • Champions and Cup winners: Rosenborg (Champions League QR2)
  • Runners-up: Brann (UEFA Europa League QR2)
  • Third place: Odd (UEFA Europa League QR1)
  • Fourth place: Haugesund (UEFA Europa League QR1)
  • Relegated: Bodo, Start
  • Promoted: Kristiansund, Sandefjord
teamstitles20122013201420152016
Rosenborg2432211
Viking8551058
Valerenga58116710
Lillestrom59105812
Molde316165
Brann36814-2
Stromsgodset121427
Stabaek116-9314
Aalesund-1147109
Odd-107343
Haugesund-7311124
Sarpsborg--148116
Tromso-415-1313
Sogndal-121215-11
Sandefjord----16-
Kristiansund------

The overall number of titles for each club in Norwegian Premier Division (since 1937) and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Burchnall takes Viking job

Following Kjell Jonevret's departure in November 2016, assistant Ian Burchnall was offered the job as Viking Stavanger's new manager. The 33-year-old Englishman accepted the offer, his first appointment as a first team manager. The list of Viking managers over the past 12 years includes experienced names such as Roy Hodgson, Uwe Rosler and current Denmark head coach Age Hareide. As Burchnall prepares to take his first steps into professional management, he is aware that expectations are high.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Rosenborg694021-6-3
2Brann541516-6-8
3Odd51915-6-9
4Haugesund46412-10-8
5Sarpsborg45-212-9-9
6Molde45613-6-11
7Stromsgodset44412-8-10
8Viking43-212-7-11
9Aalesund42-512-6-12
10Valereng38210-8-12
11Sogndal36-48-12-10
12Tromso34-109-7-14
13Lillestrom34-58-10-12
14Stabak31-78-7-15
15Bodo30-98-6-16
16Start16-362-10-18

League standings for the 2016 season.

Rosenborg clear favorites

Rosenborg comfortably took the title last season and they are clear favorites again this year. According to online bookmakers, they main rivals are Odds, who have established themselves as one of Norway's most consistent teams under the stewardship of Dag-Eilev Fagermo. Molde with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left everyone wondering if he can repeat the magic of 2011 and 2012 when he led the club to their first ever league titles.

teamoddsteamodds
Rosenborg1.4Sarpsborg67
Odd9Lillestrom101
Molde10Aalesund151
Brann15Sogndal151
Stromsgodset17Tromso151
Viking34Stabaek151
Valerenga41Kristiansund251
Haugesund51Sandefjord251

Preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017 Norwegian football league posted by online bookmakers.

This page contains additional information about the 2017 Norwegian Premier league season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Norway page.

Norwegian Cup finals in last five seasons

2016   Rosenborg - Kongsvinger   4:0
2015   Rosenborg - Sarpsborg   2:0
2014   Molde - Odds   2:0
2013   Molde - Rosenborg   4:2
2012   Hodd - Tromso   1:1   (4:2 on penalties)

key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Aalesund

Goalkeeper Andreas Lie (0.3); Defense: Oddbjorn Lie (0.4), Mikkel Kirkeskov (0.4), Kaj Ramsteijn (0.3); Midfield: Edwin Gyasi (0.7), Bjorn Helge Riise (0.5), Aron Elis Thrandarson (0.5), Vebjorn Hoff (0.3), Fredrik Carlsen (0.2); Forward: Mos (0.5), Valmir Berisha (0.3).

Brann

Goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski (0.5); Defense: Vito Wormgoor (0.7), Bismar Acosta (0.5), Ruben Kristiansen (0.5), Amin Nouri (0.5); Midfield: Fredrik Haugen (0.8), Sivert Nilsen (0.6), Kristoffer Barmen (0.5), Peter Orry Larsen (0.4); Forward: Steffen Skalevik (0.5), Torgeir Borven (0.5).

Haugesund

Goalkeeper Per Kristian Bratveit (0.6); Defense: Bruno Soares (0.7), Vegard Skjerve (0.5), Izuchukwu Anthony (0.2); Midfield: Filip Kiss (0.7), Kristoffer Haraldseid (0.6), Haris Hajradinovic (0.6), Alexander Stolas (0.5), Frederik Gytkjaer (0.4); Forward: Erik Huseklepp (0.4), Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim (0.1).

Kristiansund

Goalkeeper Sean McDermott (0.3); Defense: Nikita Baranov (0.3), Dan Peter Ulvestad (0.3), Erlend Sivertsen (0.2), Aliou Coly (0.2); Midfield: Kamer Qaka (0.4), Liridon Kalludra (0.3), Sverre Okland (0.2); Forward: Daouda Karamoko Bamba (0.4), Jean Alassane Mendy (0.3), Benjamin Stokke (0.2).

Lillestrom

Goalkeeper Arnold Origi (0.4); Defense: Marius Amundsen (0.4), Simen Kind Mikalsen (0.4), Aleksander Melgalvis (0.2), Simen Rafn (0.2); Midfield: Bonke Innocent (0.4), Shikoze Udoji (0.3), Ifeanyi Matthew (0.2), Fredrik Krogstad (0.2); Forward: Erling Knudtzon (0.5), Tomas Malec (0.2).

Molde

Goalkeeper Andreas Linde (0.2); Defense: Ruben Gabrielsen (0.6), Joona Toivio (0.6), Christoffer Remmer (0.4); Midfield: Etzaz Hussain (0.7), Babacar Sarr (0.6), Petter Strand (0.6), Fredrik Aursnes (0.5), Fredrik Brustad (0.5); Forward: Bjorn Sigurdarson (0.9), Sander Svendsen (0.7).

Odd

Goalkeeper Sondre Rossbach (0.6); Defense: Fredrik Berge (0.8), Steffen Hagen (0.7), Thomas Grogaard (0.6), Espen Ruud (0.6); Midfield: Fredrik Jensen (0.9), Jone Samuelsen (0.8), Rafik Zekhnini (0.7), Fredrik Nordkvelle (0.5); Forward: Torbjorn Agdestein (0.5), Olivier Occean (0.3).

Rosenborg

Goalkeeper Andre Hansen (1.1); Defense: Tore Reginiussen (1.1), Birger Meling (1), Jorgen Skjelvik (0.7); Midfield: Mike Jensen (1.8), Pal Andre Helland (1.6), Anders Konradsen (1.3), Fredrik Midtsjo (1.2), Yann-Erik de Lanlay (1); Forward: Nicklas Bendtner (1), Matthias Vilhjalmsson (0.8).

Sandefjord

Goalkeeper Ingvar Jonsson (0.2); Defense: Joachim Solberg (0.3), Victor Demba Bindia (0.3), El-Hadji Gana Kane (0.1), Lars Grorud (0.1); Midfield: Thomas Kind Bendiksen (0.4), Erik Mjelde (0.3), Havard Storbaek (0.3), Flamur Kastrati (0.2); Forward: Hakon Lorentzen (0.1), Peter Kovacs (0.1).

Sarpsborg

Goalkeeper Stefan Cupic (0.5); Defense: Sigurd Rosted (0.4), Ole Hansen (0.3), Morten Sundli (0.3); Midfield: Anders Trondsen (0.7), Joackim Jorgensen (0.5), Matti Lund Nielsen (0.4), Jon Helge Tveita (0.4), Ole Jorgen Halvorsen (0.4); Forward: Patrick Mortensen (0.4), Erton Fejzullahu (0.3).

Sogndal

Goalkeeper Matias Dyngeland (0.5); Defense: Bjorn Inge Utvik (0.4), Christophe Psyche (0.4), Taijo Teniste (0.4); Midfield: Gilbert Koomson (0.6), Chidiebere Nwakali (0.5), Henrik Furebotn (0.4), Ole Amund Sveen (0.4), Eirik Birkelund (0.3), Bendik Bye (0.3); Forward: Martin Ramsland (0.3).

Stabaek

Goalkeeper Mande Sayouba (0.6); Defense: Morten Skjonsberg (0.3), Hakon Skogseid (0.3), Jeppe Moe (0.2); Midfield: Luc Kassi (0.7), Ohi Omoijuanfo (0.5), El-Hadji Ba (0.4), Tonny Brochmann (0.4), Moussa Njie (0.3); Forward: Franck Boli (0.4), Emil Ekblom (0.1).

Stromsgodset

Goalkeeper Sosha Makani (0.3); Defense: Lars Christopher Vilsvik (1.2), Jonathan Parr (1), Kim Andre Madsen (0.6), Stian Ringstad (0.5); Midfield: Henning Hauger (0.7), Kristoffer Tokstad (0.5), Eirik Andersen (0.4), Francisco Junior (0.3); Forward: Marcus Pedersen (0.8), Pontus Engblom (0.5).

Tromso

Goalkeeper Gudmund Kongshavn (0.4); Defense: Simen Wangberg (0.5), Kent-Are Antonsen (0.4), Hans Norbye (0.4), Magnar Odegaard (0.3); Midfield: Magnus Andersen (0.4), Christian Landu-Landu (0.3), Ulrik Jenssen (0.3), Gjermund Asen (0.3); Forward: Slobodan Vuk (0.4), Thomas Lehne Olsen (0.4).

Valerenga

Goalkeeper Marcus Sandberg (0.3); Defense: Rasmus Lindkvist (0.4), Robert Lundstrom (0.4), Jonatan Tollas Nation (0.3); Midfield: Ghayas Zahid (1.1), Magnus Lekven (0.6), Muhamed Keita (0.6), Herman Stengel (0.5), Christian Grindheim (0.5); Forward: Bard Finne (0.5), Mohammed Abdellaoue (0.5).

Viking

Goalkeeper Iven Austbo (0.4); Defense: Andre Danielsen (0.6), Karol Mets (0.4), Kristoffer Haugen (0.4), Claes Kronberg (0.3); Midfield: Samuel Adegbenro (0.9), Abdisalam Ibrahim (0.6), Zymer Bytyqi (0.5), Michael Haukas (0.3); Forward: Patrick Pedersen (0.3), Mathias Bringaker (0.2).

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