Last night Stabæk finished off a fine season, beating Vålerenga 6-2. Among other facts:
- The win clinched their first Tippeligaen title.
- The win was the last match ever in Nadderud Stadion. Stabæk is moving to the new 15,000 seat Telenor Arena next year.
- They even scored a goal directly off a corner kick. I’m sure Vålerenga’s keeper, Troy Perkins, isn’t thrilled with his play on that one.
- They were only promoted to the Tippeliga in 2005, marking a rapid ascent to the top.
- The two teams will meet again in two weeks in the Norwegian Cup final. Stabæk will be heavily favored to win that match and take the double.
- The season technically isn’t over yet, but next week’s match against Tromsø doesn’t matter at all for Stabæk. Around the league, 4 teams are fighting for 3rd (and a spot in the
UEFA Cup Europa League). Most interestingly, Aalesund and HamKan are struggling to see which one will be auto-relegated and which will be in the relegation playoff.
Perhaps I should have picked Stabæk as my team. I think the faction in their logo effectively ruled that out though. Who needs math at a soccer match?
Yes, I know it’s really a date, but it looks like a fraction.
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Tagged aalesund, Europa Leauge, HamKan, Nadderud Stadion, Norwegian Cup, stabæk, Telenor Arena, tippeligaen, tromsø, troyperkins, UEFA Cup, vålerenga
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In all seriousness, I love soccer. It might be my favorite sport. Therefore, I figure that I should probably pick a Norwegian team to support. Here’s my totally scientific analysis:
- The team has to play in the Tippeliga. I’m a huge soccer fan, but I don’t feel the need to attach myself to a 3rd division team with no shot of ever promoting.
- Remaining teams: Aalesund, Bodø/Glimt, Brann, Frederikstad, Ham-Kan, Lillestrøm, Lyn, Molde, Rosenborg, Stabæk, Strømsgodset, Tromsø, Viking, Vålerenga
(see the exciting breakdown after the jump)
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Tagged aalesund, bodø, brann, fans, frederikstad, ham-kan, lillestrøm, lyn, molde, rivalry, rosenborg, stabæk, strømgodset, tippeligaen, tromsø, vålerenga, viking