2015 Tippeligaen

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Tippeligaen
Season 2015
Champions Rosenborg
23rd title
Relegated Mjøndalen
Sandefjord
Champions League Rosenborg
Europa League Strømsgodset
Stabæk
Odd
Top goalscorer Alexander Søderlund
(22 goals)
Biggest home win Molde 6–1 Sandefjord
(30 May 2015)
Bodø/Glimt 6–1 Stabæk
(8 November 2015)
Biggest away win Haugesund 0–6 Rosenborg
(12 April 2015)
Tromsø 0–6 Strømsgodset
(2 August 2015)
Highest scoring Tromsø 4–5 Vålerenga
(12 May 2015)
Mjøndalen 3–6 Odd
(2 August 2015)
Longest winning run 6 games
Bodø/Glimt
(9 August 2015)
Longest unbeaten run 11 games
Strømsgodset
(8 November 2015)
Longest winless run 15 games
Sandefjord
(2 August 2015)
Longest losing run 8 games
Sandefjord
(6 June 2015)
Highest attendance 21,401
Lowest attendance 1,949
Average attendance 6,711 Decrease 3.6%
2014
2016

The 2015 Tippeligaen was the 71st season of top-tier football in Norway. The competition began on 6 April 2015, one week later than in the previous season. A short summer-break in June was scheduled between the rounds played on 12 July and 26 July, and the decisive match was played on 8 November 2015.[1] Molde were the defending champions.

The league was contested by 16 teams: the 13 best teams of the 2014 season; the two teams who won direct promotion from the 2014 Norwegian First Division, Sandefjord and Tromsø; and Mjøndalen, who won the promotion/relegation play-off finals against Brann.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Arena Turf Capacity
Aalesund Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778
Bodø/Glimt Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 7,354
Haugesund Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Lillestrøm Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 12,250
Molde Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,800
Mjøndalen Mjøndalen Isachsen Stadion Artificial 4,350
Odd Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 12,500
Rosenborg Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,166
Sandefjord Sandefjord Komplett.no Arena Natural 6,000
Sarpsborg 08 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 4,700
Stabæk Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 7,000
Start Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,563
Strømsgodset Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,859
Viking Stavanger Viking Stadion Natural 16,600
Vålerenga Oslo Ullevaal Stadion Natural 28,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aalesund Norway Trond Fredriksen (interim) Umbro Sparebanken Møre
Bodø/Glimt Norway Jan Halvor Halvorsen Diadora Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge
Haugesund Norway Jostein Grindhaug Macron Sparebanken Vest
Lillestrøm Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson Legea DNB
Molde Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær Nike Sparebanken Møre
Mjøndalen Norway Vegard Hansen Umbro Sparebanken Øst
Odd Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo New Balance Skagerak Energi
Rosenborg Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Norway Lars Bohinen Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Norway Geir Bakke Select Borregaard
Stabæk United States Bob Bradley Adidas Sparebank 1 Oslo Akershus
Start Norway Bård Borgersen (interim) Umbro Sparebanken Sør
Strømsgodset Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen Diadora DNB
Tromsø Norway Bård Flovik (interim) Select Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge
Viking Sweden Kjell Jonevret Diadora Lyse
Vålerenga Norway Kjetil Rekdal Adidas DNB

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Aalesund Sweden Jan Jönsson Mutual agreement 30 November 2014[2] Pre-season Norway Harald Aabrekk 1 January 2015[3] Pre-season
Lillestrøm Sweden Magnus Haglund Mutual agreement 30 November 2014[4] Pre-season Iceland Rúnar Kristinsson 1 January 2015[5] Pre-season
Sarpsborg 08 England Brian Deane Mutual agreement 30 November 2014[6] Pre-season Norway Geir Bakke 1 January 2015[7] Pre-season
Aalesund Norway Harald Aabrekk Sacked 28 April 2015[8] 16th Norway Trond Fredriksen (interim) 28 April 2015 16th
Strømsgodset Denmark David Nielsen Mutual agreement 26 May 2015[9] 9th Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen 26 May 2015[9] 9th
Molde Norway Tor Ole Skullerud Sacked 6 August 2015[10] 7th Norway Erling Moe (interim) 7 August 2015[11] 7th
Molde Norway Erling Moe Caretaker period ended 21 October 2015[12] 7th Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær 21 October 2015[12] 7th
Tromsø Norway Steinar Nilsen Sacked 18 August 2015[13] 15th Norway Bård Flovik (interim) 18 August 2015[14] 15th
Start Norway Mons Ivar Mjelde Mutual agreement 7 September 2015[15] 13th Norway Bård Borgersen (interim) 7 September 2015[15] 13th

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rosenborg (C) 30 21 6 3 73 27 +46 69 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 Strømsgodset 30 17 6 7 67 44 +23 57 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
3 Stabæk 30 17 5 8 54 43 +11 56 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
4 Odd 30 15 10 5 61 41 +20 55
5 Viking 30 17 2 11 53 39 +14 53
6 Molde 30 15 7 8 62 31 +31 52
7 Vålerenga 30 14 7 9 49 41 +8 49
8 Lillestrøm[b] 30 12 9 9 45 43 +2 44
9 Bodø/Glimt 30 12 4 14 53 56 −3 40
10 Aalesund 30 11 5 14 42 57 −15 38
11 Sarpsborg 08 30 8 10 12 37 49 −12 34
12 Haugesund 30 8 7 15 33 52 −19 31
13 Tromsø 30 7 8 15 36 50 −14 29
14 Start (O) 30 5 7 18 35 64 −29 22 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
15 Mjøndalen (R) 30 4 9 17 38 69 −31 21 Relegation to Norwegian 1st Division
16 Sandefjord (R) 30 4 4 22 36 68 −32 16
Source: nifs, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (between two teams).[17]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Rosenborg qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2015 Norwegian Football Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.
  2. ^ Lillestrøm started the season with a one point deduction due to poor financial reporting.[16]

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Rosenborg112111111111111111111111111111
Strømsgodset1411121012139119988776555566555333222
Stabæk7129552222222222232222222222333
Odd921245535655667766655444444444
Viking129101297774466435444433333555555
Molde874424356544554677777777777766
Vålerenga333333643333343323344666666677
Lillestrøm1610111310111310887788888810109999898888
Bodø/Glimt13161615161616161516151515151312998888889899109
Aalesund1513151615108911121010101110101210991010101111101010910
Sarpsborg 085689664677999911111113121212121212121212111111
Haugesund6141414139121313111313131314131311111111111110101111121212
Tromsø111513111415151516151414141415141414141515151415141413131313
Start104681181112121312121210991012131313131513131314141414
Mjøndalen457781410810101111111212151515151414141314151515151515
Sandefjord2856712141414141616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Leader
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2016–17 1. divisjon
Source: nifs.no

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Final[edit]

The 14th-placed team, Start, took part in a two-legged play-off against Jerv, the winners of the 2015 First Division promotion play-offs, to decide who would play in the 2016 Tippeligaen.

Jerv1–1Start
Omoijuanfo Goal 86' Report Stokkelien Goal 19'
Attendance: 2,010
Referee: Trygve Kjensli
Start3–1Jerv
Hollingen Goal 42'
Børufsen Goal 49'
DeJohn Goal 83'
Report Antwi Goal 45'
Attendance: 12,245

Start won 4–2 on aggregate and retained their place in the 2016 Tippeligaen; Jerv remained in the First Division.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AAL BOD HAU LSK MFK MIF ODD RBK SF S08 STB IKS SIF TIL VIF VIK
Aalesund 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 4–2 1–3 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–4
Bodø/Glimt 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–3 5–1 2–4 1–0 2–1 3–1 6–1 5–1 3–5 1–0 1–1 0–3
Haugesund 3–1 2–4 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–6 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 4–0 0–1 0–1 0–2
Lillestrøm 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–5 3–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1
Molde 5–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 6–1 0–0 3–3 4–0 3–1 4–0 0–0 4–1
Mjøndalen 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–4 0–3 3–6 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–1 2–4 4–3 0–1 1–0
Odd 1–1 2–1 0–0 5–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 4–3 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–0
Rosenborg 5–0 1–1 4–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 5–1 3–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
Sandefjord 1–3 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–4 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–4 4–1 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–2
Sarpsborg 08 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–3 1–4 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–6 1–0 1–1 0–2
Stabæk 1–4 3–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–3 4–0 0–0 3–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0
Start 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–4 0–4 2–1 1–2 4–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 0–3
Strømsgodset 3–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–3 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–1
Tromsø 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–6 4–5 3–1
Vålerenga 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 4–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–4
Viking 4–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–4 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–4

Updated to games played on 8 November 2015.
Source: Nifs.no
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]