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
Trond Egil Soltvedt
Trond Egil Soltvedt is a Norwegian former footballer who played as a midfielder. After playing for Viking and Rosenborg in Norway, he played in England with Coventry, Soltvedt was capped four times playing for Norway. Soltvedt started his career at Viking in Stavanger in 1987 and was a member of the team who won the Norwegian Cup in 1989. In 1992 he joined mid-table club Brann, at the end of his first season he was voted the clubs most popular player. During his time at Brann, the club finished season in 6th or 7th place in the league. His extremely dedicated style, his innocent and somewhat naïve personality, just before the start of the 1995 season, however, he was sacked by Branns board for illoyality, the board refusing to elaborate on this. This prompted a demonstration from fans supporting Soltvedt, after three seasons at Brann, he moved to Rosenborg where he was able to share in more success, claiming the Tippeligaen championship in 1995 and 1996 as well as winning the Norwegian Cup in 1995.
Trond Egil was part of the Rosenborg team who beat AC Milan 1-2 away at San Siro to advance to the finals of the Champions League. His success in Norway brought him to the attention of English clubs and after a trial at Stoke City. After two seasons at Coventry City, he was signed by Southampton under Dave Jones in August 1999 for £300,000. He was a tall, elegant midfielder who added an air of calm authority whenever he played and he made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 4-2 victory over Newcastle United on 15 August 1999, helping to set up Mark Hughes for the final goal. Soltvedt missed a large part of the last few months of the season with persistent groin problems and he remained at Sheffield Wednesday for three seasons, being appointed team captain. Unfortunately, he was unable to prevent Wednesday being relegated at the end of the 2002-03 season, Trond Egil Soltvedt at National-Football-Teams. com Trond Egil Soltvedt at Soccerbase
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
Viking Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football club from the city of Stavanger. The club was founded in 1899 and it is one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football, having won 8 Norwegian Premier League titles, most recently in 1991, and 5 domestic Norwegian Cup titles, most recently in 2001. The club has played and won more league games than any other club. Viking was founded in Stavanger in 1899 and played mainly local games in the early years, from the 1930s, the club established itself at the national level, playing in the 1933 cup final, which it lost to Mjøndalen. During the 1930s the club produced several of its best known players, most prominently Reidar Kvammen and his brother Arthur Kvammen was capped for Norway, while Bernhard Lund went on to write the club anthem. After the Second World War, Viking became a dominant side in the 1950s, beating Lillestrøm in the 1953 cup final and Sandefjord in the 1959 final, long-serving goalkeeper Sverre Andersen was the most prominent player in this generation, while Edgar Falch earned several caps for Norway.
Rolf and Kåre Bjørnsen, Asbjørn Skjærpe and Leif Nicolaysen were other prominent players, the club attendance record stems from the semifinal of the 1959 cup, when 18,892 spectators saw Viking beat Odd 4–0. While the 1960s was a somewhat quieter decade for Viking, the returned to dominate Norwegian football in the 1970s. Viking won four league titles from 1972 to 1975, as well as the double in 1979. However, the team had a new manager every year, with Sverre Andersen, Stuart Williams and Olav Nilsen leading them to the title in the subsequent years, and Tony Knapp managing the 1979 team. Arvid Knutsen, Reidar Goa, Hans Edgar Paulsen, Erik Johannessen, Inge Valen, Johannes Vold, Svein Hammerø, Gunnar Berland, the 1980s started well for the club. Kjell Schou Andreassen returned to guide the club to the title in 1982. Swedish manager Benny Lennartsson and players Kjell Jonevret and Per Holmberg arrived on large salaries to save the club, the gamble paid off when charismatic striker Alf Kåre Tveit secured a controversial penalty in the 95th minute against Vard in the final league game of the 1988 season.
Arild Ravndal converted the kick to give Viking the victory and secure promotion. This signalled the start of a new era, and the won the cup in 1989. Lars Gaute Bø, Roger Nilsen, Kent Christiansen, Egil Fjetland, Jan Fjetland, Trond Egil Soltvedt, Mike McCabe and Børre Meinseth were other key players in a young Viking team. However, many of the players from the 1991 league winning squad did not manage to live up to their expectations. Bjarne Berntsen took over as manager in mid-season and secured renewed Tippeligaen status, while the club spent most of the 1990s challenging for Premier League medals, it did however never manage to challenge Rosenborg for the league championships
Roger Nilsen is a Norwegian football coach and former defender. He played 32 matches and scored three goals for Norway, Nilsen played for the Norwegian clubs Tromsø, Viking and Bryne, and spent time abroad at 1. FC Köln, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur and Grazer AK and he has worked as assistant coach at Viking. His career began in Tromsø, but it was after he moved on to Viking that he became established, in his four seasons at Viking, Nilsen successfully became a regular in Norways U21 team, and won his first senior cap in 1990. FC Köln, and was put up for sale towards the end of the 1993 season, having already signed Norwegian team-mate Jostein Flo, Sheffield United boss Dave Bassett added Nilsen in November 1993 for the fee of £500,000, beating Aberdeen to his signature. Nilsen joined as the club fought unsuccessfully against relegation from the Premier League and he started the 1997 playoff final defeat at Wembley against Crystal Palace, and Uniteds defeat to Newcastle in the FA Cup semi-final in 1998.
It was in that cup-run where Nilsen had arguably his most memorable moment, never scoring for the Blades, and with Gareth Taylor having missed the first United penalty, Nilsen stepped up to convert the 2nd - powering the ball past Steve Ogrizovic to put the Blades 1-0 up. After making just three appearances at Spurs, Nilsen had a spell at Grazer AK before he returned home to play for Molde. He left Bryne in 2003, but continued his career in the Norwegian third division with Stavanger IF, Nilsen represented Norway at youth international level and played for the under-20 team in the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. He played 19 matches and scored two goals for Norway U21, Nilsen made his debut for the senior team in the friendly match against Cameroon on 31 October 1990. He scored his first goal for Norway against Sweden on 26 August 1992, Nilsen was a part of the 1994 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not play any matches in the tournament. He played his last match for Norway against Sweden on 4 February 2000, Nilsen was capped a total of 32 times, and scored three goals.
In 2006, he retired and took over as coach for Stavanger IF. At the end of the season, Nilsen left the club to take up the assistant coach position at the Norwegian Premier League side Viking, after manager Uwe Rösler left in November 2009 he was briefly caretaker manager. He was downsized from his assistant job after the 2010 season, in 2014 he succeeded Odd-Karl Stangnes as manager of IF Fløyas womens team, combined with a teaching job at the Norwegian College of Elite Sports in Tromsø. Roger Nilsen is the brother of the player and coach Steinar Nilsen
Molde Fotballklubb is a football club from Molde, that currently plays in the Tippeligaen, the Norwegian top division. Founded on 19 June 1911, Molde was originally known as International, Molde are three-time league champions and four-time Norwegian Cup winners, and have finished 2nd in the league a further seven times. Molde is one of only two Norwegian clubs to have participated in the UEFA Champions League and its home matches are played at Aker Stadion, which has a maximum capacity of 11,800. The stadium was inaugurated in 1998, and was a gift from the local businessmen Kjell Inge Røkke, the club was formerly based at Molde stadion, which hosted the clubs record attendance of 14,615. Moldes supporter club is called Tornekrattet and were started after the 1994 Cup Final victory, until the beginning of the 1970s, the club mainly played in local lower division leagues, except for a short visit in the Hovedserien in the 1957–58 season. In 1974 Molde was back in the top division and finished second in the league, Molde finished second in the league in 1987, when the club lost the championship to Moss in the decisive match of the season.
The club was the first professional club of former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær, in his first season as manager, which was the clubs centenary season, Molde won the league championship for the first time. The next season Solskjær and Molde retained the championship, Today the club has approximately 900 members and around 55 teams in three departments. Molde FK was founded on 19 June 1911 by a group gathered by Klaus Daae Andersen, the same year, on 5 August, the club played its first competitive match. The match away against Kristiansund ended 2–2, the rising interest and activity in football in neighbouring towns caused the club to change its name to Molde Fotballklubb in 1915. Jan Fuglset, Torkild Brakstad, and Harry Hestad, amongst others, the club played in local lower leagues, except for a short visit to the top division in the 1957–58 season. In 1970, Molde was promoted to the tier and played there for three seasons until its promotion to the First Division with a 5–1 win against Sogndal Fotball in Sogndal on 16 September 1973.
Molde shocked the clubs in their first season of the Norwegian First Division. Before the last match, Molde would win the league if they beat Sarpsborg, both Molde and Viking won their last match, so Molde won the silver medals, one point behind Viking. Since then, Molde has generally stayed in the top division and has one of the nations leading clubs. The club has produced a number of national team players. Between 1978 and 1984, Molde did not play on the level in two consecutive years. Molde was relegated from the First Division in every even-numbered year, in fact and Brann did not play at the same level these years, as Brann were promoted when Molde was relegated and the other way around