How Lyn have become the biggest team in Norway:
A look at the league's other big clubs.
As you have read - we have won five straight Eliteserien titles and are by far and away the biggest club in the country. However, this has not always been the case and we have had our job made easier for us by the fallout of two of the big clubs. Below are all of the Eliteserien winners since the game started:
A tale of three clubs. Here is what happened to the other two:
Winners of the 2016 league and five time winners since the game started - they have fallen into a solid upper mid-table club, although did secure the runner up place last year. Here is their comparison with Lyn:
Managerially, their best performers came at the start of the game, and they are probably ruing Ingebrigtsen's decision to join Lyon in 2019. Jarle Hellesnes' tenure was reasonably successful as they continued their battle with Molde - however, he did lead them to their now joint worst finish of fifth and was sacked in the October of 2027, where they recovered to fourth place. Fredrik Torsteinbo maintained a 52% win ratio but was at the helm during their worst period of recent history. They are now managed by Ole Martin Nesselquist, who in his 87 games so far, holds a 59% win ratio - the joint best since the game started (with Ingebrigtsen).
Likewise, Europe hasn't been too great for Norway's most successful club, regularly dropping in to the Europa League but not being able to progress too far (although the Milan side they lost to in 2029 was a very good side).
Their squad is relatively strong, with Tofte being their best player and Cameroonian Mbarga a threat on the wings. Sverre Ekreim is their hottest prospect, but they haven't produced much from their academy - and anything they have had, has been sold - Granmo, Hovik, Selnaes, Rianuet and Nordberg. They are not shy to spend money, having spent nearly £14m in the last two windows but not really recouped anything.
Sadly - I think they are being mismanaged. They are becoming a boring a defensive team, scoring only 34 goals last season. Nesselquist is classed as 'Balanced' but his 125 goals for in 87 games for Rosenborg (1.4 a game) and his 585 goals in 432 game (1.35 a game) when compared to my 2.05 goals per game average, show that he is not approaching this job seeing them as title contenders and is grinding out victories.
Six league wins since the game started and the last winners before our stranglehold. Like Rosenborg, they are currently rebuilding from an eight place finish in 2029.
In Europe, they did manage three consecutive group stages, but finished last in them all. I think we are currently going through this kind of phase. They did follow it up with a run to the quarter finals of the Europa League but then failed to get anywhere the next year.
It is very easy to see where Molde started their struggle, and that was when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left for the England job (he's now at Southampton). A 57% win ratio for him and 12 years at the helm. All managers since have maintained a win ratio of above 45%, with current manager Henning Berg winning 52% of them. He was a strange choice for Molde - as he's a defensive manager (Solskjaer was very attacking) and he joined the club on the back of getting Odds relegated.
Berg hasn't had time to shape the club since his arrival - but did pay £1.5m for this man. He joins key players Gronnesby, Moen and Ytreberg-Fjellseth who are all young, talented youth team members. Their hottest prospects are Monsen and Leirstad - both of whom I think will become very good.
They also once had Norway's leading scorer Jens Kristoffersen on their books - but sold him for a little over £1m!
I think Molde are in a transitional phase - trying to find the right manager to take them forwards. They are doing it the right way, using their academy (their 2nd team are a mainstay in the OBOS-Ligaen, which is where my 2 team have just been promoted to). I think that, will some careful managing, they will be able to challenge us again at some point soon.