Norwegian Football Cup
The Norwegian Football Cup is the main knockout cup competition in Norwegian football. It is run by the Football Association of Norway and has contested since 1902. The tournament is known as Cupen or NM, an acronym formed from Norgesmesterskap. These terms are used to both the mens and womens competitions. The equivalent competition for womens teams is the Norwegian Womens Football Cup and this differs from, for example, English football, where the winners of the FA Premier League are the ones who become English champions. The current Norwegian champions and holders of the cup are Rosenborg, the first rounds of the cup are played in April, around the same time as the Norwegian Premier League starts. Early upsets, where a team knocks a professional team out of the tournament do happen occasionally. For example, in 2012 the Tippeliga teams Sandnes Ulf and Sogndal IL were knocked out in the first round by the division teams Staal Jørpeland IL. Even if the team loses, squaring off against a professional team may well be the highlight of their season.
Later matchups are drawn at random, the face off once. The final match is played at Ullevaal Stadium in November, the cup is very popular in Norway, and tickets for the final match are hard to get hold of, as the game usually sells out quickly. The supporters of the two playing in the final match are seated at the two short-ends of the pitch, while the more neutral supporters are seated by the long-ends. The match is televised on national television, the first cup was played in 1902, but was open for county champions only. This continued until 1933, when the cup was opened for all clubs of a certain standing, the competition was not nationwide until 1963. Before the 2004 cup final, NRK awarded the 1986 final between Tromsø and Lillestrøm with the title Tidenes Cupfinale, and ex-Rosenborg striker Gøran Sørloth with Tidenes Cuphelt, since 1978, an official cup for womens clubs has been played. The womens cup final is played on a Saturday, the day before the mens cup final. The 1978 cup final between BUL and Trondheims-Ørn was the only Norwegian cup final to be decided on penalties, before the 2006 final, the Norwegian Football Association decided that the Womens final would be played at Bislett Stadium instead of Ullevaal Stadion, which caused some debate.
When the semi-finals of the 2006 cup were drawn, all 4 clubs boycotted the draw in a protest against the move, soccerway RSSSF archive List of Norwegian Football Cup finals
Ullevaal Stadion is an all-seater football stadium located in Oslo, Norway. It is the ground of Vålerenga IF and the Norway national football team. From its opening in 1926 to 2009 it was the ground of FK Lyn. With a capacity of approximately 28,000, it is the largest football stadium in Norway, the national stadium is fully owned by the Football Association of Norway. The stadium opened on 26 September 1926 as the ground for Lyn. The first international match was played in 1927, and NFF started gradually purchasing part of the stadium company, the peak attendance dates from 1935, when 35,495 people saw Norway play Sweden. Since 1948, Ullevaal has hosted the finals of the Norwegian Football Cup, a new renovation started with the completion of the single-tier West Stand in 1985, and continued with the two-tier North and East Stands in 1990 and the South Stand in 1998. Ullevaal hosted the finals of the UEFA Womens Euro in 1987 and 1997, in conjunction with the stadium is the head office of many sports federations, a bandy field, and commercial property including a conference center and shopping mall.
The stadium is located adjacent to Ullevål Stadion Station of the Oslo Metro, plans call to replace the West Stand to increase capacity to 30,000 and perhaps add a retractable roof and artificial turf. The first suggestions for a stadium at Ullevaal were launched by members of Lyn in 1917, Lyn had considered building their stadium at Holmenkollåsen, Hoff, Tåsen, Frogner and Marienlyst. The club made an agreement with the tram operator Akersbanerne to purchase land they had acquired as part of the construction of the Sognsvann Line and it was decided that a limited company was to be established, with a share capital of NOK100,000. Aker Municipality agreed to purchase 30% and partially pay via access roads, all sports clubs in Aker were given the right to purchase up to 10% of the shares, while the rest was to be bought by Lyn. Any costs exceeding the capital was to be paid for through loans and donations, at the same time, Lyn acquired land to build a training field which they would own themselves and was estimated to cost NOK20,000.
Both plans were passed by the annual meeting on 23 May 1924. A/S Ullevaal Stadion was founded on 27 January 1925, the company was owned 73. 5% by Lyn, 24% Aker Municipality and 5. 1% by the clubs Ullevaal, Tåsen and Heming. The stadium was built with a track, allowing the stadium to be used for track and field. The grand opening was held on 26 September 1926 by Crown Prince Olav and it was followed by a friendly match between a reinforced Lyn and Örgryte IS of Sweden, where Lyn won 5–1. In the opening game, tickets cost NOK3 for seats, NOK2 for standing places, the stadium became both the home ground for Lyn and hosted track and field events
Rosenborg Ballklub is a Norwegian professional football club from Trondheim that plays in the Eliteserien. Rosenborg is Norways most successful team, having won a record 24 league titles, eleven Norwegian Football Cup titles, RBK play their home games at the all-seater Lerkendal Stadion which has a capacity of 21,400. Kåre Ingebrigtsen was appointed coach in July 2014. The club was founded as Odd in 1917 but were not allowed to play league matches until 1928. They reached the League of Norway in 1937–38, but were relegated to lower divisions during the 1940s, the club moved to Lerkendal in 1957 and their first title was the 1960 Cup, resulting in their first participation in a UEFA tournament. It was not until the 1960s that RBK was established as Trondheims leading football team, in 1967 RBK was promoted to the top league where they, except for the 1978 season, have remained ever since. They won three titles between 1967 and 1971. The clubs golden era started with the 1985 league title, from 1991 through 2004 the team won 13 consecutive titles,10 under manager Nils Arne Eggen.
During this period, they participated in the group stage of Champions League 11 times. On 19 May 1917,12 young men from Rosenborg in Trondheim founded Sportsklubben Odd, the name Odd was a tribute to Odd of Skien, the most successful team in Norway at the time. Odd spent their first few years playing against other teams before attempting to join the regional series in 1920. As with most of the clubs formed at the time. Since many of players played for the bigger teams. As the years went by, disillusioned players began leaving the club, a year they were set for entry into the Football Association of Norway, but their entry was blocked as the association refused to have two member clubs with the same name. The club therefore took on its current name, Rosenborg Ballklub, Rosenborg is a mainly residential area in Trondheim. Rosenborg enjoyed little success at first, moving constantly between the divisions of the regional series. Yet their performance was improving and in 1931 the team qualified for the highest level and it was at this time that Rosenborg started planning for a new home ground at Lerkendal, although this project was not completed until after World War II.
In 1960 Rosenborg progressed all the way to the cup final where they faced Odd and it took a rematch to decide the winner, but Rosenborg were able to claim their first trophy
Oslo is the capital and the most populous city in Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality, founded in the year 1040, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814, after being destroyed by a fire in 1624, the city was moved closer to Akershus Fortress during the reign of Christian IV of Denmark and renamed Christiania in his honour. It was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838, following a spelling reform, it was known as Kristiania from 1877 to 1925, at which time its original Norwegian name was restored. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway, the city is a hub of Norwegian trade, banking and shipping. It is an important centre for industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to companies within the maritime sector, some of which are among the worlds largest shipping companies, shipbrokers.
Oslo is a city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme. Oslo is considered a city and ranked Beta World City in studies carried out by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group. It was ranked one in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi magazine. A survey conducted by ECA International in 2011 placed Oslo as the second most expensive city in the world for living expenses after Tokyo. In 2013 Oslo tied with the Australian city of Melbourne as the fourth most expensive city in the world, as of January 1,2016, the municipality of Oslo has a population of 658,390, while the population of the citys urban area was 942,084. The metropolitan area had an population of 1.71 million. The population was during the early 2000 increasing at record rates and this growth stems for the most part from international immigration and related high birth rates, but from intra-national migration. The immigrant population in the city is growing faster than the Norwegian population.
As of January 1,2016, the municipality of Oslo has a population of 658,390, the urban area extends beyond the boundaries of the municipality into the surrounding county of Akershus, the total population of this agglomeration is 942,084. To the north and east, wide forested hills rise above the city giving the location the shape of a giant amphitheatre. The urban municipality of Oslo and county of Oslo are two parts of the entity, making Oslo the only city in Norway where two administrative levels are integrated