Vålerenga Fotball

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Vålerenga Fotball
Vålerenga logo.svg
Full name Vålerenga Fotball
Nickname(s) Enga, Vål'enga, the Bohemians,
the Pride of Oslo, St. Hallvard's Men
Founded 29 July 1913; 101 years ago (1913-07-29)
Ground Ullevaal Stadion
Ground Capacity 28,972
Chairman Thomas Baardseng
Manager Kjetil Rekdal
League Tippeligaen
2014 Tippeligaen, 6th
Current season

Vålerenga Fotball is a Norwegian association football club from Oslo and a part of the multi-sport club Vålerengens IF. Founded in 1913, the club is named after the neighbourhood of Vålerenga. Vålerenga's home ground is Ullevaal Stadion, the stadium for the Norway national football team. Vålerenga are five time Tippeligaen champions and four times Norwegian Football Cup champions, having last won the league in 2005, and the cup in 2008.


Early days[edit]

The history of Vålerenga goes back to Fotballpartiet Spark which started out in 1898. A successor to this football club, Idrettslaget Spring, was founded on 29 July 1913. A year later, the club changed its name to Vaalerengens Idrættsforening. Rooted in the neighborhood of Vålerenga on the east end of Oslo, the club would recruit players and supporters from the many workers in the area, in a society then characterized for its low mobility between social strata. Within its first seasons, Vålerengen would compete with the major clubs in Oslo at that time; Lyn, Mercantile and Frigg.

Vålerengens Idrettsforening had mixed success in its first years, but fortunes improved as the 1920s came around and the club secured promotion to the Oslo Championships in 1921. Vålerengen won the Oslo Championships four times before a national league (Norgesserien) was established in 1937. In the 1948–49 season, Vålerengen finished second.

After this period, Vålerengen entered a period of instability, being relegated from the top division two times in the 50s.

The Bohemians[edit]

At the beginning of the 60s, a new generation of local players broke into Vålerengen's first squad. Players like Einar Bruno Larsen, Terje Hellerud and Leif Eriksen became core personalities of a group of players which eventually became known as The Bohemians. The club would become known for its brilliant style of football as the number of people in the audience increased. Vålerengen secured a third place in 1961.

In 1965, Vålerengen won the First Division (now Tippeligaen) for the first time. By the help of manager Helmuth Steffens and head coach Anton Ploderer, the club had managed to win the title with a team of local players. The league was won in dramatic fashion, with arch-rivals Lyn giving Vålerengen a fight for the title until the very last matches of the season.

The club was relegated from the First Division in 1968 and then again to the Third Division in 1970. Vålerengen did not achieve promotion to the top league again until 1974. In 1976, Vålerenga signed Odd Iversen, who at the time had 112 First Division goals to his name. Iversen would help the club reestablish itself in the First Division.

The glory years[edit]

The 80s saw the emergence of a new generation. With the help of players like Tom Jacobsen and Vidar Davisen, Vålerengen would win its first cup title in 1980.

Led by head coach Leif Eriksen, the team won the First Division title for the second time in 1981 with a style of play characterized by intensity and discipline. The club was unable to reclaim the league title in 1982, but won it again in 1983 and 1984. During the decade, Vålerengen would also become twice runners-up in the cup and also achieve a third place in the league in 1985. Vålerengen had become a stable top team for the first and, to date, only time.

1985 also saw the signing of striker Jørn Andersen, who would go on to score 23 goals in 22 matches in his sole season for Vålerengen. However, as the club had miscalculated the home crowd average, the club entered severe financial difficulties. Vålerenga was saved from bankruptcy in 1987.

Ups and downs[edit]

In 1990, now known as Vålerenga, the club was 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 IF. 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.

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

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

Success with Rekdal[edit]

Vålerenga rebounded nicely in the 2004 season and proved a serious challenge to the dominant Rosenborg 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 Rosenborg beat FK 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 fewer goals than Rosenborg during the season, leaving Rosenborg as league champions.

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 surprise of the season IK 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 exactly the same amount of points, but Start with a slightly better goal difference. Start met Fredrikstad FK at home, while Vålerenga met Odd Grenland away. 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. The title was Vålerenga's first league title in 21 years, ending Rosenborg's 13-year reign as league champions.

The follow-up season of 2006 did not start out as well for the reigning champions, and a poor start left them at the bottom 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 FK Lyn, and the exit from the UEFA Champions League, 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 announced his resignation. Assistant coach Petter Myhre took over as interim manager, and as a result the club regained their form and scored 25 out of the last 30 possible points, bringing the club to a third place in the league, as well as a qualification spot for the 2007–08 Europa League. Vålerenga also qualified for play in the 2006–07 Scandinavian Royal League after finishing among the top four teams in Norway. In October 2006, Petter Myhre was hired on a permanent basis, but he would resign in July 2007, following a string of bad results.

The Martin Andresen years[edit]

In November 2007, Martin Andresen signed a three-year contract to become the next manager of Vålerenga. Heavy investment from owners and investors saw the signing of several high profile players, most notably Lars Iver Strand and Kristoffer Hæstad. However, despite winning the Norwegian Football Cup, the following season was a disappointment, with Vålerenga finishing 10th in the league. In the 2009 season, Vålerenga finished 7th, reaching the semifinal in the cup.

2010 saw a revitalized Vålerenga, led by a trio of effective forwards, Mohammed Abdellaoue, Bengt Sæternes and Luton Shelton. Vålerenga finished second in the league.

However, Vålerenga could not repeat the success in 2011 and 2012. In October 2012, Andresen and Vålerenga agreed to part ways.

Recent seasons[edit]

Kjetil Rekdal returned to the club as head coach in January 2013. Facing economic difficulties from previous seasons and being without a shirt sponsorship deal, Vålerenga spent much of the 2014 season dealing with a severe risk of bankruptcy, finally signing an new shirt sponsorship deal with DnB on 29 July.[1] The signing of striker Vidar Örn Kjartansson in front of 2014 season proved to be a huge success, with the Icelandic player scoring 25 goals in 29 games, helping the Oslo club secure a sixth place in the league after a drop in form in the latter half of the season.


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.


Ullevaal Stadion is the current home ground, but it is owned jointly by the Football Association of Norway and Vital Eiendom.

From the 1960s till the 1980s and a short period in the end of the 1990s Bislett Stadion was Vålerenga's home ground. Bislet Stadion also hosted speed skating and track and field events in addition to football, and hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics. Poor conditions and maintenance of Bislett forced Vålerenga to move to Ullevaal and a groundshare with FK Lyn.

After Vålerenga moved from Bislett Stadion 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 second 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 Bjørvika, right next to the future opera house in the centre of Oslo. 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 Hovin and to build the ground over the railway tracks at Oslo Central Station.

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.


Vålerenga supporters in the stand nicknamed "The West Bank"

Vålerenga mainly draws support from the area around Vålerenga, Oslo and various other places on the east end of Oslo. Up until the early 90s, Vålerenga's supporters were loosely organised, and often controversial both on and off the pitch.[2] The supporters were sometimes referred to as Apeberget, but this is actually a misnomer from a journalist.[3] An independent supporter club called Klanen (the Clan) was founded in 1991. It has around 10,000 members today. The senior team of Vålerenga has reserved shirt number 12 for their supporters.


Vålerenga maintains strong rivalries with several Norwegian clubs, most notably Lillestrøm, Ham Kam, Kongsvinger (whom the Vålerenga supporters refer to as 'XXX'), Brann and Lyn. Throughout the 90s, Vålerenga's supporters were closely linked with violence and casuals, but the supporter club has since worked hard to maintain a better image.[4]

In the 2014 season, Vålerenga gathered an average attendance of 9,756 at their home matches, ranking them fourth in Norway with regard to attendance.[5]

Klanen celebrating the bronze medal after the final game of the 2006 season


Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1997 1. Divisjon promoted 1 26 19 3 4 70 21 60 Winners
1998 Tippeligaen 7 26 10 3 13 44 48 33 Third round
1999 Tippeligaen 11 26 8 4 14 40 53 28 Fourth round CWC Quarter-final
2000 Tippeligaen relegated 12 26 5 9 12 32 44 24 Quarter-final relegated to 1. Divisjon after play-off
2001 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 19 8 3 71 29 62 Quarter-final promoted to Tippeligaen
2002 Tippeligaen 8 26 7 12 7 38 31 33 Winners
2003 Tippeligaen 12 26 6 10 10 30 33 28 Quarter-final UC Third round avoided relegation through play-offs
2004 Tippeligaen 2 26 13 9 4 40 22 48 Third round
2005 Tippeligaen 1 26 13 7 6 40 27 46 Semi-final
2006 Tippeligaen 3 26 13 5 8 43 28 44 Quarter-final UC First round elim. Third round UCL
2007 Tippeligaen 7 26 10 6 10 34 34 36 Fourth round UC First round
2008 Tippeligaen 10 26 8 6 12 31 37 30 Winners
2009 Tippeligaen 7 30 12 4 14 47 50 40 Semi-final
2010 Tippeligaen 2 30 19 4 7 69 36 61 Second round
2011 Tippeligaen 7 30 14 5 11 42 33 47 Second round
2012 Tippeligaen 8 30 12 5 13 42 44 41 Third round
2013 Tippeligaen 11 30 10 6 14 41 50 36 Quarter-final
2014 Tippeligaen 6 30 11 9 10 59 53 42 Fourth round

European record[edit]


Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
European Cup
UEFA Champions League
14 4 3 7 17 25 2006–07
UEFA Europa League
24 6 9 9 21 28 2011–12
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 8 1 4 3 11 17 1998–99
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 1 0 1 1 2 1999
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 4 0 0 4 5 13 1965–66
Total 52 12 16 24 55 85

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 4 August 2011
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
Notes: This summary includes matches played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was not endorsed by UEFA and is not counted in UEFA's official European statistics.

List of matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R1 England Everton 2–5 2–4 4–9
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R2 Scotland Hearts 1–3 0–1 1–4
1966–67 European Cup R1 Albania 17 Nëntori Tirana N/A N/A Bye
R2 Northern Ireland Linfield 1–4 1–1 2–5
1975–76 UEFA Cup R1 Republic of Ireland Athlone Town 1–1 1–3 2–4
1981–82 Cup Winners' Cup R1 Poland Legia Warszawa 2–2 1–4 3–6
1982–83 European Cup PR Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 2–1 1–3 3–4
1984–85 European Cup R1 Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 3–3 0–2 3–5
1985–86 European Cup R1 Soviet Union Zenit Leningrad 0–2 0–2 0–4
1986–87 UEFA Cup R1 Belgium Beveren 0–0 0–1 0–1
1998–99 Cup Winners' Cup R1 Romania Rapid Bucureşti 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
R2 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–0 3–3 4–3
QF England Chelsea 2–3 0–3 2–6
1999–00 Intertoto Cup R1 Latvia Ventspils 1–0 0–2 1–2
2003–04 UEFA Cup R1 Austria Grazer AK 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
R2 Poland Wisła Kraków 0–0 0–0 0–0 (4–3 p)
R3 England Newcastle United 1–1 1–3 2–4
2005–06 Champions League QR2 Finland Haka 1–0 4–1 5–1
QR3 Belgium Club Brugge 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 p)
UEFA Cup R1 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 0–3 1–3 1–6
2006–07 Champions League QR2 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 2–2 1–3 3–5
2007–08 UEFA Cup QR1 Estonia Flora Tallinn 1–0 1–0 2–0
QR2 Lithuania Ekranas 6–0 1–1 7–1
R1 Austria Austria Wien 2–2 0–2 2–4
2009–10 Europa League QR3 Greece PAOK 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2011–12 Europa League QR2 Armenia Mika 1–0 1–0 2–0
QR3 Greece PAOK 0–2 0–3 0–5


  • Largest victory in the premier league: 8–0 vs. Lisleby, 1951
  • Longest consecutive seasons in premier league: 14 seasons (1977–90)
  • Most premier league matches since 1963: Norway Morten Berre, 281 matches (2003–14)
  • Most goals in mandatory matches: Norway Einar Bruno Larsen, 99 goals (1957–68)
  • Most goals in a single season: Iceland Viðar Örn Kjartansson, 25 goals in 29 matches (2014)
  • Record attendance: Ullevaal Stadion, 23 October 2005. The 2005 season's last home game, against Rosenborg, 24894 spectators
  • Biggest win in a European cup match: 6–0 vs. Lithuania Ekranas, 30 August 2007 (7–1 overall)

(numbers as of 3 September 2007)

Players and staff[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of the start of the 2015 season

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

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Lars Hirschfeld
2 Norway DF Niklas Gunnarsson
3 Norway DF Ruben Kristiansen
4 Norway DF Jonatan Tollås
6 Norway DF Simon Larsen
7 Norway FW Daniel Fredheim Holm
8 Norway MF Sivert Heltne Nilsen
9 Sweden MF Rasmus Lindkvist
10 Norway MF Ghayas Zahid
11 Norway MF Morten Berre
14 Norway MF Herman Stengel
17 Norway FW Daniel Braaten
No. Position Player
18 Norway MF Moussa Nije
19 Norway MF Christian Grindheim (Captain)
20 Norway MF Mathias Totland
21 Norway MF Alexander Mathisen
22 Iceland FW Elías Már Ómarsson
23 Norway MF Sander Berge
24 Norway DF Kjetil Wæhler
25 Norway DF Markus Nakkim
26 Jamaica FW Deshorn Brown
30 Austria GK Michael Langer
37 Norway DF Ivan Näsberg
Norway DF André Muri

For season transfers, see transfers summer 2014 and transfers winter 2014–15.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Kjetil Rekdal
Assistant coach Morten Tandberg
Goalkeeper coach Gjermund Østby
First team development coach Johannes Moesgaard
Reserve team coach Gard Holme
Junior team coach Tommy Berntsen
Assistant junior team coach Stian Tjærnås Dahl
Scout John Vik
Physio Erik Bjerke
Equipment manager Pål Engebretsen
Club doctor Erik Rosenlund


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Generalsponsor er i boks!" (in Norwegian). Klanen.no. 29 Jul 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Rove Berntsen, Anders (5 May 2011). "20 år med Klanen" (in Norwegian). NRK.no. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hvor ble humoristene av?" (in Norwegian). VPN.no. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Rove Berntsen, Anders (5 May 2011). "20 år med Klanen" (in Norwegian). NRK.no. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Torjusen, Thomas (9 November 2014). "Tippeligaen med publikumsøkning på drøye 2%" (in Norwegian). Toppfotball.no. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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