Røa IL

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Røa
Logo
Full name Røa Idrettslag
Nickname(s) Dynamite Girls (women)
Herrelaget (men)
Founded 11 November 1900
Ground Røa kunstgress, Oslo
Manager Geir Nordby
League Toppserien
2012 Toppserien, 4th

Røa IL is a Norwegian sports club from Røa in the borough of Vestre Aker, Oslo. It was founded on 11 November 1900, and has sections for football, gymnastics, bandy and cross-country skiing. Football, bandy and Nordic skiing has been dominant in Røa. In bandy, the team has twice made it to the finals in the Norwegian cup, losing both to arch-rivals Stabæk. In skiing, the two foremost names are Olav Hansson, world champion team large hill ski jumping in the 1982 World Ski Championships and Martin Johnsrud Sundby, a Norwegian national team cross-country skier who won the FIS Cross-Country World Cup and the Tour de Ski in 2013-14.

The biggest success so far is probably the women's football team. While Røa was open for women participating in handball and gymnastics, football was frowned upon for quite some time. Women's football was started outside the club by Røa legend Ole Bjørn Edner and his daughter Kristine with friends. The team was finally recognized when they started winning the Norway Cup in 1993. The team started in the fourth tier in 1994, and spent two years in each tier before they qualified for the first tier, Toppserien, in 2000. As the bandy team were relegated the same season, the football team took over as the main success. In an attempt to brand the team, a former bandy player came up with the nickname "Dynamite Girls", which has stuck since.

Røa's first season in Toppserien was a fierce battle to avoid relegation. In the last match the team saw it through. The next two seasons were a dramatic improvement, the team finished fourth (out of ten) both times. In 2004 Røa won both league and cup. After an abysmal 2005 season, they continued their dominance with a cup victory in 2006, a league victory in 2007, and a Double in 2008 and 2009. With in all eight trophies, Røa is the third most successful team in women's football in Norway (joint with Sprint-Jeløy if one counts the proto-national league from 1984.1986).

The team has a host of current and former national team players. Among them are the 2007 World Cup players Siri Nordby (captain), Guro Knutsen Mienna, Lene Mykjåland, Marie Knutsen and Marit Fiane Christensen.

The men's football team currently plays in the Third Division (fourth tier).

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup
2005 Toppserien 6 18 9 1 8 36 28 28 semi-final
2006 Toppserien 3 18 12 3 3 69 24 39 Winner
2007 Toppserien 1 22 17 2 3 63 24 53 semi-final
2008 Toppserien 1 22 20 1 1 90 10 61 Winner
2009 Toppserien 1 22 18 2 2 64 16 56 Winner
2010 Toppserien 2 22 15 3 4 56 33 48 Winner
2011 Toppserien 1 22 18 0 4 76 18 54 Final
2012 Toppserien 4 22 15 4 3 58 19 47 Final
2013 Toppserien 8 22 7 7 8 25 33 28 quarter-final

First team squad[edit]

As of 13 April 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Norway GK Caroline Knutsen
2 Norway DF Runa Vikestad
4 Norway MF Marthe Braavold Johansen
5 Norway FW Kine Kvalsvik
6 Norway MF Kristine Wæhler
8 Norway DF Gunhild Kvaale Herregården
9 Norway FW Maria Olsen
12 Norway GK Silje Vesterbekkmo
13 Norway FW Andrea Skjold Frøshaug
14 Norway FW Ada Finskud
No. Position Player
15 Norway DF Hedda Strand Gardsjord
16 Norway MF Stine Andreassen
17 Norway MF Line Holter
18 Norway DF Elen Botten
19 Norway DF Alma Botten
20 Norway FW Guro Knutsen Mienna
21 Norway FW Synne Skinnes Hansen
24 Norway FW Celine Pettersen
26 Norway MF June Tårnes
27 Norway FW Marte Libach

European history[edit]

Røa has participated in five seasons of UEFA competitions with their best result reaching the quarter-finals in 2009/10 losing in those to Turbine Potsdam, the eventual champion.

UEFA Women's Cup

  • 2005/06: First qualifying round
  • 2008/09: Second qualifying round

UEFA Women's Champions League

  • 2009/10: Quarter-finals
  • 2010/11: Round of 16
  • 2012/13: Round of 16

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