Norwegian Eliteserien 2017 – The Finale

Updated: January 1, 2018

Welcome to my article on the finale to the Norwegian Eliteserien 2017, bringing you results from the final few rounds of the season, who got relegated and who were promoted from the OBOS-ligaen (First Division), how Rosenborg’s Europa League campaign went, and finally how the Norwegian Cup Final panned out.


So a lot to get through so let’s start with the results from the final few weeks of the Eliteserien:-

Round 25

Saturday 14th October

Tromso 0 Rosenborg 3

Stromsgodset 1 Odd 0


Sunday 15th October

Valerenga 5 Aalesund 1

Haugesund 2 Sandefjord 0

Kristiansund BK 0 Viking 2

Lillestrom 1 Sogndal 0

Molde 1 Brann 0


Monday 16th October

Sarpsborg 08 2 Stabaek 2


Round 26

Saturday 21st October

Aalesund 1 Kristiansund BK 1


Sunday 22nd October

Viking 1 Valerenga 7

Molde 1 Haugesund 0

Sandefjord 1 Stromsgodset 2

Sogndal 3 Sarpsborg 08 3

Stabaek 1 Tromso 2

Brann 0 Rosenborg 3


Monday 23rd October

Odd 1 Lillestrom 0


Round 27

Saturday 28th October

Haugesund 2 Brann 3


Sunday 29th October

Rosenborg 0 Stabaek 0

Kristiansund BK 2 Odd 2

Sarpsborg 08 5 Sandefjord 0

Stromsgodset 4 Sogndal 1

Tromso 3 Viking 0

Valerenga 1 Molde 2


Monday 30th October

Lillestrom 4 Aalesund 0


Round 28

Friday 3rd November

Sandefjord 2 Valerenga 0


Saturday 4th November

Molde 0 Kristiansund BK 1


Sunday 5th November

Brann 2 Lillestrom 0

Haugesund 1 Stromsgodset 3

Odd 0 Stabaek 5

Sogndal 0 Tromso 2

Viking 2 Sarpsborg 08 1

Aalesund 2 Rosenborg 1


Round 29

Sunday 19th November

Rosenborg 2 Viking 0

Stromsgodset 2 Brann 1

Sarpsborg 08 1 Aalesund 0

Kristiansund BK 3 Sandefjord 2

Lillestrom 0 Molde 1

Stabaek 1 Sogndal 1

Tromso 2 Haugesund 0

Valerenga 2 Odd 0


Round 30

Sunday 26th November

Molde 2 Sarpsborg 08 2

Aalesund 4 Stromsgodset 3

Sogndal 5 Valerenga 2

Brann 2 Tromso 2

Haugesund 2 Kristiansund BK 3

Odd 1 Rosenborg 0

Sandefjord 1 Lillestrom 3

Viking 2 Stabaek 0


Final Table

  1. Rosenborg Played 30 Won 18 Pts 61  (Champions)
  2. Molde Played 30 Won 16 Pts 54
  3. Sarpsborg 08 Played 30 Won 13 Pts 51
  4. Stromsgodset Played 30 Won 14 Pts 50
  5. Brann Played 30 Won 13 Pts 47
  6. Odd Played 30 Won 12 Pts 42
  7. Kristiansund BK Played 30 Won 10 Pts 40
  8. Valerenga Played 30 Won 11 Pts 39
  9. Stabaek Played 30 Won 10 Pts 39
  10. Haugesund Played 30 Won 11 Pts 39
  11. Tromso Played 30 Won 10 Pts 38
  12. Lillestrom Played 30 Won 10 Pts 37
  13. Sandefjord Played 30 Won 11 Pts 36
  14. Sogndal Played 30 Won 8 Pts 32 (Relegation Playoff)
  15. Aalesund Played 30 Won 8 Pts 32 (Relegated to OBOS-ligaen)
  16. Viking Played 30 Won 6 Pts 24 (Relegated to OBOS-ligaen)


(Rosenborg hold aloft the Championship Trophy, thanks to Ole Martin Wold, NTB scanpix)

Unsurprisingly Rosenborg won the league by seven points in the end, although it was more comfortable than that if truth be told after they took their foot off the gas in the final three weekend’s after winning the league with rounds to spare.  This also means the Trondheim side qualify for the 1st Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League for the 2018/19 season.  Molde and Sarpsborg 08, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, qualify for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League 1st Qualifying Round stage.  Viking and Aalesund were relegated to the OBOS-ligaen after finishing in the bottom two places, whilst Sogndal had to playoff with the OBOS-ligaen playoff winners over two legs to see who takes that spot for next seasons Eliteserien. More on that later.


Right lets see who won promotion from the OBOS-ligaen by looking at the final table:-

  1. Bodo/Glimt Played 30 Won 22 Pts 71 (Champions and Promoted to the Eliteserien)
  2. Start Played 30 Won 16 Pts 55 (Promoted to the Eliteserien)
  3. Mjondalen Played 30 Won 15 Pts 52
  4. Ranheim Played 30 Won 15 Pts 52
  5. Sandnes Ulf Played 30 Won 14 Pts 51
  6. Ullensaker/Kisa Played 30 Won 15 Pts 48
  7. Levanger Played 30 Won 10 Pts 42
  8. Floro Played 30 Won 10 Pts 38
  9. Tromsdalen Played 30 Won 9 Pts 37
  10. Kongsvinger Played 30 Won 10 Pts 36
  11. Strommen Played 30 Won 9 Pts 36
  12. Asane Played 30 Won 7 Pts 33
  13. Jerv Played 30 Won 8 Pts 32
  14. Fredrikstad Played 30 Won 5 Pts 26 (Relegation Playoff)
  15. Elverum Played 30 Won 4 Pts 24 (Relegated to 2nd Division)
  16. Arendal Played 30 Won 5 Pts 21 (Relegated to 2nd Division)

Bodo/Glimt strolled to the 1st Division title as they made an instant return to the Eliteserien along with Start who also won promotion back to the big time by finishing runners up, albeit sixteen points behind the champions.  Mjondalen, Ranheim, Sandnes Ulf and Ullensaker/Kisa qualified for the playoffs, with the winners taking on Sogndal for a place in the big league.  And Arendal and Elverum were relegated to the 2nd Division, along with Fredrikstad, who lost their playoff tie to Notodden, meaning they replace Fredrikstad in the OBOS-ligaen next season.


Right here is how the Eliteserien playoffs panned out:-

Mjondalen 3 Ullensaker/Kisa 1

Ranheim 1 Sandnes Ulf 0

Mjondalen 1 Ranheim 2


This meant Ranheim qualified for the Final against Sogndal, who remember finished 14th in the Elitserien, in a two legged playoff to see who would play in which division.  It came to a dramatic finale lets just say!!!

1st Leg

Sogndal 1 Ranheim 0 Att: 4,531

A 52nd minute strike from Ole Martin Rinderoy settled a tight first leg at the Fosshaugane Campus, meaning the slender advantage went to the current Eliteserien side ahead of the second leg at Ranheim’s EXTRA Arena.


2nd Leg

Ranheim 1 Sogndal 0 (aet; Ranheim won 5-4 on penalties) Att: 1,343

Michael Karlsen was the hero for hosts Ranheim as he netted the winning penalty in the shootout to send his side into the Eliteserien next season.  Karlsen netted an earlier spot kick three minutes from time to take the tie into extra time, and after the extra half hour failed to produce a winner, the hosts won the shootout after Eirik Schulze had missed Sogndal’s third kick, meaning they are relegated to the OBOS-ligaen in dramatic style.

Wow what drama and incredibly it’s Ranheim who join Bodo/Glimt and Start in the top league next season.  What a story for them!!!


Right remember Rosenborg reached the Group Stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League after knocking out Ajax over two legs in the final qualifying round, an incredible achievement against a side who finished runners up last season, well here is how they got on in a group with Real Sociedad (Spain), Vardar (Macedonia) and Zenit (Russia).

Here are the full results from Group L:-

Thursday 14th September

Real Sociedad 4 Rosenborg 0

Vardar 0 Zenit 5


Thursday 28th September

Zenit 3 Real Sociedad 1

Rosenborg 3 Vardar 1


Thursday 19th October

Vardar 0 Real Sociedad 6

Zenit 3 Rosenborg 1


Thursday 2nd November

Rosenborg 1 Zenit 1

Real Sociedad 3 Vardar 0


Thursday 23rd November

Rosenborg 0 Real Sociedad 1

Zenit 2 Vardar 1


Thursday 7th December

Real Sociedad 1 Zenit 3

Vardar 1 Rosenborg 1


Final Table

  1. Zenit Played 6 Won 5 Pts 16
  2. Real Sociedad Played 6 Won 4 Pts 12
  3. Rosenborg Played 6 Won 1 Pts 5
  4. Vardar Played 6 Won 0 Pts 1

So unfortunately Rosenborg could only pick up five points in their six games although it was always going to be tough against Russian and Spanish opposition.  However reaching the Group Stages was an achievement in itself, this after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Stages.  They will try again after Qualifying for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds again, who knows maybe the group stages of that could be achievable??


And finally the crescendo to this article and the Norwegian season, the Norwegian Cup Final from Ullevaal Stadion in the nations capital Oslo.  It saw Lillestrom, who had just survived relegation to the OBOS-ligaen, take on Sarpsborg 08.  Sarpsborg themselves had finished third in the Eliteserien and had qualified for the UEFA Europa League as a result but the sides had played out two tight games in the league campaign, one win for Sarpsborg and the other a high score draw, so this suggested a tight cup final was store.

And as it turned out it was just that in what was a dramatic finale to the Norwegian Season for 2017:-

Lillestrom 3 Sarpsborg 08 2 Att: 25,091 (at Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo)


Frode Kippe’s 59th minute header ended up settling this entertaining Cup Final as Lillestrom ended a rather difficult season in style to become Norwegian Cup winners for 2017.  The side from Arasen flew out of the blocks early on and after only two minutes saw a ball deflect into the path of Simen Kind Mikalsen, and the Lillestrom left midfielder drilled first time into the far corner, despite of their being more than a hint of offside about it, and then doubled their lead after just eleven minutes when Mats Haakenstad smashed home a loose ball to put Lillestrom in dreamland.  However Sarpsborg were back in the contest when a deflected cross found Patrick Mortensen who finished first time beyond Origi and it meant a slender 2-1 lead for the Arasen side at the break.  But in the 59th minute Lillestrom restored that two goal cushion when Kippe rose to head home from close range, and although he then saw the ball go off him and into his own goal five minutes later, Lillestrom held on to take the win and see a battered Kippe lift the Cup with his delighted teammates to bring the curtain down on the Norwegian 2017 season.


Well that concludes this article and the Norwegian Eliteserien for 2017, hope you have enjoyed the coverage and I’ll be back with a 2018 season preview in a few months from now.Â


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