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The 2015 Tippeligaen was the 70th completed 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.

Tippeligaen
Season2015
Dates6 April 2015 – 8 November 2015
ChampionsRosenborg
23rd title
RelegatedMjøndalen
Sandefjord
Champions LeagueRosenborg
Europa LeagueStrømsgodset
Stabæk
Odd
Matches played240
Goals scored774 (3.23 per match)
Top goalscorerAlexander Søderlund
(22 goals)
Biggest home winMolde 6–1 Sandefjord
(30 May 2015)
Bodø/Glimt 6–1 Stabæk
(8 November 2015)
Biggest away winHaugesund 0–6 Rosenborg
(12 April 2015)
Tromsø 0–6 Strømsgodset
(2 August 2015)
Highest scoringTromsø 4–5 Vålerenga
(12 May 2015)
Mjøndalen 3–6 Odd
(2 August 2015)
Longest winning run6 games
Bodø/Glimt
(9 August 2015)
Longest unbeaten run11 games
Strømsgodset
(8 November 2015)
Longest winless run15 games
Sandefjord
(2 August 2015)
Longest losing run8 games
Sandefjord
(6 June 2015)
Highest attendance21,401
Rosenborg 1–1 Molde
(27 June 2015)
Lowest attendance1,949
Mjøndalen 4–3 Tromsø
(9 May 2015)
Average attendance6,711 Decrease 3.6%
2014
2016

TeamsEdit

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 1. divisjon, Sandefjord and Tromsø; and Mjøndalen, who won the promotion/relegation play-off finals against Brann.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Capacity
Aalesund 14 Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778
Bodø/Glimt 21 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 7,354
Haugesund 9 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Lillestrøm 52 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 12,250
Molde 39 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,800
Mjøndalen 19 Mjøndalen Isachsen Stadion Artificial 4,350
Odd 34 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 12,500
Rosenborg 52 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,166
Sandefjord 5 Sandefjord Komplett.no Arena Natural 6,000
Sarpsborg 08 4 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 4,700
Stabæk 19 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 7,000
Start 39 Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,563
Strømsgodset 28 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 28 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,859
Vålerenga 55 Oslo Ullevaal Stadion Natural 28,000
Viking 66 Stavanger Viking Stadion Natural 16,600

Personnel and kitsEdit

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

Managerial changesEdit

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

League tableEdit

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 for the Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 Strømsgodset 30 17 6 7 67 44 +23 57 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Stabæk 30 17 5 8 54 43 +11 56 Qualification for the 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 30 12 9 9 45 43 +2 44[b]
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 for relegation play-offs
15 Mjøndalen (R) 30 4 9 17 38 69 −31 21 Relegation to 1. divisjon
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 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 roundEdit

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-offsEdit

FinalEdit

The 14th-placed team, Start, took part in a two-legged play-off against Jerv, the winners of the 2015 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who would play in the 2016 Tippeligaen.

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

Start won 4–2 on aggregate and retained their place in the 2016 Tippeligaen; Jerv remained in the 1. divisjon.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] AAL BOD HAU LSK MIF MFK ODD RBK SF S08 STB IKS SIF TIL VIF VIK
Aalesund 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–2 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 5–1 1–3 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 1–1 0–0 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 3–0 2–1 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 1–0 1–1 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 2–1 2–4 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 2–2 1–4 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 1–1 0–3 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 1–1 1–0 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 0–0 2–0 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 4–2 0–1 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 3–1 2–1 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 statisticsEdit