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Vålerenga Fotball

Vålerenga Fotball
Full name Vålerenga Fotball
Nickname(s) Enga, Vål'enga, the Bohemians,
the Pride of Oslo, St. Hallvard's Men
Founded 29 July 1913 (1913-07-29)
Ground Ullevaal Stadion
Ground Capacity 28,972
Chairman Thomas Baardseng
Manager Kjetil Rekdal
League Tippeligaen
2014 Tippeligaen, 6th
Website Club home page

Vålerenga Fotball (Norwegian pronunciation: ) 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.


  • History 1
    • Early days 1.1
    • The Bohemians 1.2
    • The glory years 1.3
    • Ups and downs 1.4
    • Success with Rekdal 1.5
    • The Martin Andresen years 1.6
    • Recent seasons 1.7
  • Colours 2
  • Stadium 3
    • New stadium at Valle Hovin 3.1
  • Supporters 4
    • Rivalries 4.1
  • Honours 5
  • Recent history 6
  • European record 7
    • Summary 7.1
    • List of matches 7.2
  • Records 8
  • Players and staff 9
    • First-team squad 9.1
    • Players out on loan 9.2
    • Reserve squad 9.3
    • Retired and reserved numbers 9.4
    • Coaching staff 9.5
  • Managers 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Early days

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

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

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

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

Vålerenga rebounded nicely in the 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 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

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

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.

New stadium at Valle Hovin

Following a press statement made on 15 May 2008, Vålerenga announced that they will be moving home to Valle Hovin after purchasing the area of the proposed stadium for the symbolic sum of 1 Norwegian Krone. In late 2014, the plans were accepted by the city council of Oslo.[2] On the 10th of June 2014, the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority accepted the plans for the stadium.[3]

The foundation stone of the new stadium was laid on July 29, 2015, the club's 102th anniversary.[4] Construction is planned to start in summer of 2015.[3]


Vålerenga supporters in the stand nicknamed "The West Bank"

Vålerenga mainly draws support from the area around

  • Official pages
  • Vålerenga Fotball På Nett – the biggest site for unofficial news and views
  • Klanen, official Vålerenga supporters club
  • Jarles VIF Stats

External links

  • Nome, Petter. Vi er Vål'enga. Oslo: Cappelen, 1997. ISBN 82-02-17623-9.
  1. ^ "Generalsponsor er i boks!" (in Norwegian). 29 Jul 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Eriksen, Per Øivind (11 Feb 2015). "Det nærmer seg byggestart for Vålerenga Stadion på Valle Hovin men stadion blir enklere enn tidligere vist på bilder." (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Sørgjerd, Christian (10 Jun 2015). "Vålerenga får grønt lys, starter stadionbygging til høsten" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 Jun 2015. 
  4. ^ "Grunnsteinen til vålerenga stadion legges" (in Norwegian). 29 Jul 2015. Retrieved 1 Aug 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hvor ble humoristene av?" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Rove Berntsen, Anders (5 May 2011). "20 år med Klanen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Torjusen, Thomas (9 November 2014). "Tippeligaen med publikumsøkning på drøye 2%" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gunnarsson til Elfsborg" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Rekruttlaget spillere". Vålerenga IF. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 


See also


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
U-19 coach Tommy Berntsen
Assistant U-19 coach Stian Tjærnås Dahl
Scout John Vik
Physio Erik Bjerke
Equipment manager Pål Engebretsen
Club doctor Erik Rosenlund

Coaching staff

Retired and reserved numbers

No. Position Player
34 GK Adrian Møller
40 MF Mortadha Jassim Alkanany
41 MF Rino Falk Larsen
42 MF Mats Lien Vågan
43 MF Niklas Castro
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 6 April 2015[9]

Reserve squad

No. Position Player
2 DF [8]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Players out on loan

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Lars Hirschfeld
3 DF Enar Jääger (on loan from Flora Tallinn)
4 DF Jonatan Tollås
5 DF Robert Lundström
6 DF Simon Larsen
7 FW Daniel Fredheim Holm
8 MF Melker Hallberg (on loan from Udinese)
9 MF Rasmus Lindkvist
10 MF Ghayas Zahid
11 MF Morten Berre
14 MF Herman Stengel
17 FW Daniel Braaten
No. Position Player
18 FW Mohammed Abdellaoue
19 MF Christian Grindheim (Captain)
20 MF Mathias Totland
21 MF Alexander Mathisen
22 FW Elías Már Ómarsson
23 MF Sander Berge
24 DF Kjetil Wæhler
25 DF Markus Nakkim
26 FW Deshorn Brown
30 GK Michael Langer
37 DF Ivan Näsberg
38 GK Sascha Burchert (on loan from Hertha Berlin)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As of the start of the 2015 season

First-team squad

Players and staff

(numbers as of 3 September 2007)

  • 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: Morten Berre, 281 matches (2003–14)
  • Most goals in mandatory matches: Einar Bruno Larsen, 99 goals (1957–68)
  • Most goals in a single season: 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. Ekranas, 30 August 2007 (7–1 overall)


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

List of matches

Source:, 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.

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


European record

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1997 1. Divisjon 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 12 26 5 9 12 32 44 24 Quarter-final relegated to 1. Divisjon after play-off
2001 1. Divisjon 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
2015 (in progress) Tippeligaen 6 27 13 5 9 44 37 44 Second round

Recent history


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

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.[7]

Vålerenga's main rivals include Lillestrøm, Ham Kam, Kongsvinger, Brann and Lyn. Since the 90s, the main supporter club has actively worked hard for social issues and against hooliganism.[6]


("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. Klanen An independent supporter club called [5]

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