Mo IL

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Mo
Logo
Full name Mo Idrettslag
Nickname(s) Jernverket
Founded 5.5.1904
Ground Nye Sagbakken Stadion
Ground Capacity 1000
Chairman Sturle Kristian Valla
Manager Thor-Andre Olsen
League Second Division
2015 Third Division / 11, 1st (promoted)[1]

Mo Idrettslag is a football club from Mo i Rana, Norway, that plays in the Second Division, the third highest division in the Norwegian football league system, having been promoted from the Third Division in 2015.

Notable former members include the football coaches Trond Sollied, Thor André Olsen and Charles Berstad, as well as the former football referee Jonny Ditlefsen.

Home ground[edit]

The new home ground of Mo is Sagbakken Stadion.

History[edit]

Mo IL was founded in 1904, as the first football club in Nord-Norge. In the first couple of years, Mo only played against teams with Englishmen working in the area, but on 7 June 1907 Ranen Kompani was beaten 2-1 in the first match between two teams from Nord-Norge.[2]

One of the most memorable moments from the 2004-season was the 0-2.[3] loss against Tromsø IL, fielding players such as Morten Gamst Pedersen in their starting eleven, in the third round of the 2004 Norwegian Football Cup. On their way to the third round, they beat the second tier team Strømsgodset IF 2-0.[4]

Mo IL narrowly missed out on promotion to Adeccoligaen in the 2005 season. Having led the table for much of the season, their promotion chances were ruined due to form declination during the season-ending fixtures.

Before the start of 2006 Norwegian Second Division, there was a media-hype around Mo's chances for promotion. Mo IL got off to a horrendous start of the season, going through the eight first matches without one single victory. Media was speculating whether the current manager, Thor André Olsen, was going to be sacked. In an unlikely turn of events, a giant form leap during the autumn of 2006 took Mo from the very bottom of the table to a worthy fifth place at the season's end.

Mo was relegated from the Second Division in 2010, but won their group in the Third Division and won promotion in 2011.

Current players[edit]

Number Player Name Position
17 Marcus Westvik Attack
4 Ali Karan Defence
5 Anders Opdal Defence
21 Andreas Sletvold Defence
19 Idar Martin Knutsen Defence
7 Jimmy Andre Fjelldalselv Defence
20 Ruben Forsland Defence
2 Stian Johansen Defence
3 Vebjørn Walnum Vinje Defence
12 Mats Trulsen Keeper
12 Thor-Andre Olsen Keeper
1 Vegar Rabliås Keeper
18 Adrian Olsen Teigen Midfielder
11 Eirik Moen Midfielder
6 Joachim Erlend U. Olufsen Midfielder
15 Johannes Istvan Rydså Midfielder
9 Kim Andre Råde Midfielder
0 Kim Krog Vonheim Midfielder
8 Niklas Bakksjø Midfielder
14 Ole-Jørgen Oksfjellelv Midfielder
10 Remi Jakobsen Midfielder
16 Sondre Halland Midfielder
22 Vebjørn Sund Midfielder

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2004 2. Divisjon 4 26 15 5 6 51 30 50 Third round
2005 2. Divisjon 2 26 15 2 9 59 44 47 Second round
2006 2. Divisjon 5 26 12 3 11 60 48 39 First round
2007 2. Divisjon 8 26 11 4 11 38 43 37 Third round
2008 2. Divisjon 8 26 11 3 12 54 45 36 Second round
2009 2. Divisjon 11 26 6 10 10 40 55 28 First round
2010 2. Divisjon relegated 14 26 3 4 19 26 85 13 First round Relegated to the 3. Divisjon
2011 3. Divisjon promoted 1 22 17 3 2 79 22 54 First round Promoted to the 2. Divisjon
2012 2. Divisjon 9 26 9 4 13 41 49 31 Second round
2013 2. Divisjon 6 26 12 4 10 47 44 40 First round
2014 2. Divisjon relegated 13 26 3 4 19 22 87 13 Second round Relegated to the 3. Divisjon
2015 3. Divisjon promoted 1 22 18 3 1 82 25 57 First round Promoted to the 2. Divisjon

Other sections[edit]

In the past, Mo IL has had sections in other sports than football by association. From their now-defunct athletics section, Marit Hemstad participated in the European Championships. Famous politician Gerd-Liv Valla was a middle distance runner for Mo IL as a teenager.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tabell 3. divisjon, avdeling 11 2015". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Pedersen, Per Bjørn. "Da fotballen kom til Nord-Norge". nrk.no (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mo - Tromsø - NM, menn - 3. runde, 09.06.2004". Altomfotball.no. 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Mo - Strømsgodset - NM, menn - 2. runde, 26.05.2004". Altomfotball.no. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 

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