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Vålerenga Fotball is a Norwegianmarker football club from Oslomarker and a part of the multi-sport club Vålerengens IF. Founded in 1913, the club is named after the neighbourhood of Vålerenga. Vålerenga won the Norwegian Cup in November 2008, but finished 10th in the 2008 Norwegian Tippeliga after a disappointing season.

Vålerenga's home ground, as of 2009, is Ullevaal Stadionmarker, the stadium for the Norway national football team. The previous stadium was Bislett stadionmarker, which hosted speed skating and track and field events in addition to football, and hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics.

History

Early days

The history of Vålerenga goes back to Fotballpartiet Spark which was founded in 1898, which became Idrettslaget Spring on 29 July 1913. Later the club changed its name to Vaalerengens Idrættsforening.

Vålerengen won the Oslo Championships four times before a national league (Norgesserien) was established in 1937. In the 1948/49 season Vålerengen finished second.

1960s–1980s

In 1965 Vålerengen won the 1st division (now Tippeligaen) for the first time, and in the 80s they won 3 league championships and 1 cup championship. During that decade they also were twice cup runners-up and placed 3rd in the league in 1985.

However, the team was relegated to the 3rd division in 1970, and weren't back in the top league again until 1974.

1990s

In 1990 Vålerenga were relegated after 14 seasons in the top division. Vålerenga was close to further relegation in the 1992 season, but managed to remain in the second highest division thanks to a last round 3-0 win against Eik-Tønsberg. In 1994, Vålerenga returned to the top division, but were relegated again in 1996. In 1997 Vålerenga won the cup and the First Division and were again promoted to Tippeligaen. As earlier in the 90s, the stay in the top division lasted only a few years.

2000–2004

In the 2000 season Vålerenga lost the play-off matches against Sogndal and was relegated to the 1st division. Vålerenga returned to Tippeligaen in 2002.

The 2003 season was poor for Vålerenga and they wound up third last in the league sending them into playoffs against Sandefjord to avoid relegation. The result was a 0-0 draw in Sandefjord and a 5-3 victory in Oslomarker and so Vålerenga retained the position in the top league and avoided relegation.

Vålerenga rebounded nicely in the 2004 season and proved a serious challenge to the dominant Rosenborgmarker team in the bid for the league's gold medal. After a frantic final round where Vålerenga beat Stabæk 3-0, they missed out on the league title since Rosenborgmarker beat Lyn, Vålerenga's city rivals 4-1. Vålerenga won the silver medal, finishing 2nd to Rosenborg equal on points and goal difference, but Vålerenga had scored one fewer goal than Rosenborg during the entire league campaign, leaving Rosenborg as league champions.

Champions 2005

At the start of the 2005 season it was apparent that Rosenborg was in bad shape and it seemed like Vålerenga's season to go all the way. After a strong season opening, the club sensation Start - newly promoted to the Premier League - looked to give Vålerenga a fight to the finish, and the two clubs basically alternated on leading the series to the very last round. On 29 October it looked to be a thrilling last round reminiscent of the previous year, as both Start and Vålerenga had the exact same amount of points, but Start with a slightly better goal difference. Start met Fredrikstad at home, while Vålerenga met Odd Grenland away. As the opening whistle blew the scene was set for some nail-biting football minutes around Norwaymarker. Eventually Fredrikstad, who faced relegation if they lost, beat Start 3-1 while at the same time Vålerenga managed a 2-2 draw against Odd Grenland. Vålerenga stepped one up from the previous year, and won the title with a one point margin. History was made on several levels that night as it marked the first time in 21 years that Vålerenga won the league, and most notably it put an end to the 13 year long reign of Rosenborg.

2006 onwards

The follow-up season of 2006 didn't start out as well for the reigning champions, and a poor start left them at the very end of the table after seven rounds, having gained only 5 points. A steady rise in form though still brought the team to 6th place by the time the season was half-through. Late July brought a string of bad results, including embarrassing losses to main rival Lyn, and the exit from the UEFA Champions League qualifier after losing 5-3 on aggregate to Czech club Mladá Boleslav in the 2nd qualifying round. Vålerenga had aimed to qualify for the tournament after missing out the previous year by being defeated by Belgian side Club Brugge on a penalty shoot-out. After losing five out of seven games between 22 July and 19 August head-coach Kjetil Rekdal decided enough is enough, and announced his resignation. Assisting coach Petter Myhre took over, and as a consequence the club regained their form and scored 25 out of the last 30 possible points, bringing the club to yet another medal in the league, the third consecutive, as well as a qualification spot for the 2007-2008 UEFA Cup. Vålerenga has also qualified for play in the 2006-2007 Scandinavian Royal League after finishing among the top four teams in Norwaymarker.

Recent league history

Season League P W D L F A Points Pos Note
2009 Tippeligaen 30 12 04 14 47 50 30 07/16
2008 Tippeligaen 26 08 06 12 31 37 30 10/14
2007 Tippeligaen 26 10 06 10 34 34 36 07/14
2006 Tippeligaen 26 13 05 08 43 28 44 03/14 Third place
2005 Tippeligaen 26 13 07 06 40 27 46 01/14 Champions
2004 Tippeligaen 26 13 09 04 40 22 48 02/14 Second place
2003 Tippeligaen 26 06 10 10 30 33 28 12/14 Won play-off against Sandefjord
2002 Tippeligaen 26 07 12 07 38 31 33 08/14
2001 First Division 30 19 08 03 71 29 62 01/16 Promoted to Tippeligaen
2000 Tippeligaen 26 05 09 12 32 44 24 12/14 Lost play-off against Sogndal and relegated to First Division


Colours

Up to 1913, Vålerenga's kit was moss green. In 1914, the Norwegian State Railways had a set of blue and red kits left over, which Vålerenga bought cheaply, so their official colours became blue and red. The 2006 season away kit was white with a touch of moss green.

Stadium

Ullevaal stadionmarker is the current home ground, but it is owned jointly by the Norwegian Football Association and Vålerenga's main rival Lyn.

From the 60s till the 80s and a short period in the end of the 90s Bislett stadionmarker was Vålerenga's home ground. Poor conditions and maintenance of Bislett forced Vålerenga to move to Ullevaalmarker and a groundshare with Lyn.

After Vålerenga moved from Bislett stadionmarker plans for building their own ground were conceived, but poor results on the field combined with financial problems kept those plans at bay for a few years. After the 2nd place in 2004 and the league title in 2005 as well as business man John Fredriksen's deletion of the club's debt in 2003, the talks of building a ground for Vålerenga have resurfaced. The original plans were to build a ground in Bjørvikamarker, right next to the future opera house in the centre of Oslomarker. Vålerenga has won little political support in Oslo city council for this proposal. There have been several proposals for other sites where a ground can be built, but there are two sites that recur as the most likely: Ensjø east in Oslo close to Vålerenga's training facilities at Valle-Hovinmarker and to build the ground over the railway tracks at Oslo Central Stationmarker.

Following an announcement made on 15 May 2008, it appears that Vålerenga will be moving "home" to Valle Hovin as they purchased the area of the proposed stadium for the sum of 1 Norwegian Krone. The development mainly includes a 22,000 seater stadium.

Supporters



Vålerenga's main supporter club Klanen (the Clan) was founded on 5 May 1991 and is with its about 10,000 members the biggest supporter club in Norwaymarker. Klanen is considered to be among the best supporters in Norway and is by some called "the best mixed choir in Norway" because of their joy of singing and cooperation. The kit number 12 is reserved Klanen.

Of the two big Oslomarker clubs Vålerenga and Lyn, Vålerenga usually gather a crowd more than three times as large as their city rivals. In the 2006 season Vålerenga gathered an average attendance of 13,871 at their home matches, ranking them fourth in Norway with regard to attendance.

A Chelsea FC fanpage voted Klanen the best away support of the season after the Cupwinners Cup quarter final game at Stamford Bridge in 1998.

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Recent history

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Records

  • Largest victory in the premier league: 8-0 against Lisleby FK 1951
  • Longest consecutive seasons in premier league: 14 seasons (1977-1990)
  • Most premier league matches since 1963: Tom Henning Hovi, 197 matches (1997-2006)
  • Most goals in mandatory matches: Einar Bruno Larsen, 99 goals (1957-1968)
  • Most goals in a single season: Jørn Andersen 23 goals in 22 matches (1985)
  • Record attendance: Ullevaal stadionmarker, 23 October 2005. The 2005 season's last home game, against Rosenborg, 24894 spectators
  • Biggest win in a European cup match: 6-0 vs. Ekranas 30 August 2007 (7-1 overall)


(numbers as of 3 September 2007)

Players and staff

Current squad

As of 31 July 2009

 (captain)


Reserve squad

Youth players with professional contracts [43135], but not officially part of the first team.

Out on loan

Coaching staff



See also



References

  • Nome, Petter. Vi er Vål'enga. Oslo: Cappelen, 1997. ISBN 82-02-17623-9.


External links



Season
Pos.
Pl.
W
D
L
GS
GA
P
Cup
Europe
Notes
1997
AL
1
26 19 3 4
70 21 60
winner
1998
ES
7
26 10 3 13
44 48 33
3rd round
1999
ES
11
26 8 4 14
40 53 28
last 16
2000
ES
12
26 5 9 12
32 44 24
quarter-final
relegated after play-off
2001
2002
ES
8
26 7 12 7
38 31 33
winner
2003
ES
12
26 6 10 10
30 33 28
quarter-final
2004
ES
2
26 13 9 4
40 22 48
3rd round
2005
ES
1
26 13 7 6
40 27 46
semi-final
2006
ES
3
26 13 5 8
43 28 44
quarter-final
UC 1st round
elim. 3rd round ECL
2007
ES
7
26 10 6 10
34 34 36
fourth round
UC 1st round]
2008
ES
10
26 8 5 11
30 36 30
winner
2009
ES
7
30 12 4 14
47 50 40
semi-final
Manager Martin Andresen
Coach
Goalkeeper coach Gjermund Østby
Fitness coach Johan Kaggestad
First Team Development Coach Andrea Loberto

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