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The 2018 Eliteserien was the 73rd completed season of top-tier football in Norway.

Eliteserien
Season2018
Dates11 March 2018 – 24 November 2018
ChampionsRosenborg
26th title
RelegatedSandefjord
Start
Matches played240
Goals scored672 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorerFranck Boli
(17 goals)
Biggest home winMolde 5–0 Sandefjord
(11 March 2018)
Biggest away winStart 1–6 Vålerenga
(14 April 2018)
Highest scoringStart 1–6 Vålerenga
(14 April 2018)
Longest winning runBrann
(7 games)
Longest unbeaten runBrann
(14 games)
Longest winless runSandefjord
(15 games)
Longest losing runSandefjord
(8 games)
Highest attendance21,201
Rosenborg 1–1 Ranheim
(5 May 2018)
Lowest attendance1,393
Ranheim 1–1 Sandefjord
(19 August 2018)
Average attendance5,865 Decrease 12.4%
2017
2019

The season began on 11 March and ended 24 November 2018, not including play-off matches.[1] Fixtures for the 2018 season were announced on 19 December 2017.[2] Rosenborg were the defending champions, while Bodø/Glimt, Start and Ranheim entered as the promoted teams from the 2017 1. divisjon.

Rosenborg won their fourth consecutive title, their 26th top-flight title overall, with one match to spare following a 1–0 away win against Start on 11 November 2018.[3]

Contents

OverviewEdit

SummaryEdit

Brann started the season well and won eight of their nine opening games. They lost their first match 0–4 against Molde in the 15th round. Rosenborg started the season poorly with no win in the first three games, but managed to tighten the gap to Brann. Head coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen was sacked on 19 July[4] although Rosenborg was placed second in the league, two points behind Brann at the time.

On 11 November, Rosenborg were confirmed as Eliteserien champions following their 1–0 away win against Start in the 29th round. They won their fourth consecutive title and 26th top-flight title overall. Molde won eight of their final nine games and finished in second place, five points behind Rosenborg.

Sandefjord were the first team to be relegated to the 1. divisjon when they drew 1–1 against Sarpsborg 08 in their penultimate game. Before the 30th and final round, five teams were in risk of either relegation or relegation play-offs. Start lost 1–3 away to Haugesund and was relegated as the second team from bottom. Stabæk drew 2–2 against Strømsgodset after a goal by Strømsgodset's Mustafa Abdellaoue in the last minute of the game. That goal made sure Strømsgodset retained their spot in the next season's Eliteserien, while Stabæk were forced to play relegation play-offs.[5] Stabæk won the play-offs against Aalesund 2–1 on aggregate and retained their spot in Eliteserien.

TeamsEdit

Sixteen teams competed in the league – the top thirteen teams from the previous season, and three teams promoted from 1. divisjon. The promoted teams were Bodø/Glimt, Start (both returning to the top flight after a season's absence) and Ranheim (returned to the top flight after an absence of sixty-one years). They replaced Sogndal, Aalesund and Viking ending their top flight spells of two, eleven and twenty-nine years respectively.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Capacity
Bodø/Glimt 23 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 5,635
Brann 61 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 12,914[a]
Haugesund 12 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 2 Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,277
Lillestrøm 55 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 11,500
Molde 42 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,249
Odd 37 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 11,767
Ranheim 8 Trondheim EXTRA Arena Artificial 3,000
Rosenborg 55 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,421
Sandefjord 7 Sandefjord Komplett Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 7 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 8,022
Stabæk 22 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 4,938
Start 41 Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,448
Strømsgodset 31 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 31 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,687
Vålerenga 58 Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 16,555
Notes
  1. ^ The capacity of Brann Stadion was reduced from 17,686 to 12,914 due to renovations.

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Bodø/Glimt   Kjetil Knutsen   Martin Bjørnbak Diadora Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Brann   Lars Arne Nilsen   Vito Wormgoor Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund   Eirik Horneland   Christian Grindheim Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund   Christian Michelsen   Dan Peter Ulvestad Macron SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Lillestrøm   Jörgen Lennartsson   Frode Kippe Puma DNB
Molde   Ole Gunnar Solskjær   Ruben Gabrielsen Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd   Dag-Eilev Fagermo   Steffen Hagen Hummel SpareBank 1 Telemark
Ranheim   Svein Maalen   Mads Reginiussen Umbro SpareBank 1 SMN
Rosenborg   Rini Coolen (interim)   Mike Jensen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord   Martí Cifuentes   Håvard Storbæk Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08   Geir Bakke   Patrick Mortensen Select Borregaard
Stabæk   Henning Berg   Andreas Hanche-Olsen Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Start   Kjetil Rekdal   Simon Larsen Macron Sparebanken Sør
Strømsgodset   Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen   Jakob Glesnes Puma DNB
Tromsø   Simo Valakari   Simen Wangberg Select Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Vålerenga   Ronny Deila   Daniel Fredheim Holm Umbro DNB

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Start   Mick Priest (interim) End of caretaker spell 1 December 2017[6] Pre-season   Mark Dempsey 1 December 2017[7] Pre-season
Sandefjord   Lars Bohinen Signed by Aalesund 20 December 2017[8] Pre-season   Magnus Powell 16 January 2018[9] Pre-season
Sandefjord   Magnus Powell Sacked 25 April 2018[10] 12th   Geir Ludvig Fevang (interim) 27 April 2018 12th
Start   Mark Dempsey Sacked 18 May 2018[11] 16th   Johannes Hardarson (interim) 19 May 2018 16th
Sandefjord   Geir Ludvig Fevang (interim) End of caretaker spell 31 May 2018[12] 16th   Martí Cifuentes 31 May 2018 16th
Start   Johannes Hardarson (interim) End of caretaker spell 1 June 2018[13] 15th   Kjetil Rekdal 1 June 2018 15th
Strømsgodset   Tor Ole Skullerud Resigned 6 June 2018[14] 12th   Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen 7 June 2018[15] 12th
Lillestrøm   Arne Erlandsen Sacked 26 June 2018[16] 13th   Arild Sundgot (interim) 26 June 2018 13th
Stabæk   Antoni Ordinas Sacked 27 June 2018[17] 14th   Jan Peder Jalland (interim)
  Gaute Larsen (interim)
28 June 2018[18] 14th
Stabæk   Jan Peder Jalland (interim)
  Gaute Larsen (interim)
End of caretaker spell 4 July 2018[19] 14th   Henning Berg 4 July 2018[20] 14th
Lillestrøm   Arild Sundgot (interim) End of caretaker spell 13 July 2018 13th   Jörgen Lennartsson 13 July 2018[21] 13th
Rosenborg   Kåre Ingebrigtsen Sacked 19 July 2018[4] 2nd   Rini Coolen (interim) 19 July 2018[22] 2nd

TransfersEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rosenborg (C) 30 19 7 4 51 24 +27 64 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round[a]
2 Molde 30 18 5 7 63 36 +27 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Brann 30 17 7 6 45 31 +14 58
4 Haugesund 30 16 5 9 45 33 +12 53
5 Kristiansund 30 13 7 10 46 41 +5 46
6 Vålerenga 30 11 9 10 39 44 −5 42
7 Ranheim 30 12 6 12 43 50 −7 42
8 Sarpsborg 08 30 11 8 11 46 39 +7 41
9 Odd 30 11 7 12 39 38 +1 40
10 Tromsø 30 11 3 16 41 48 −7 36
11 Bodø/Glimt 30 6 14 10 32 35 −3 32
12 Lillestrøm 30 7 11 12 34 44 −10 32
13 Strømsgodset 30 7 10 13 46 48 −2 31
14 Stabæk (O) 30 6 11 13 37 50 −13 29 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Start (R) 30 8 5 17 30 54 −24 29 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Sandefjord (R) 30 4 11 15 35 57 −22 23
Source: Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian), 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 (only if between two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off (only used to decide champions or relegation).[23]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2018 Norwegian Cup (Rosenborg) qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team, while the spot awarded to the second-placed team (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Rosenborg121112864222222322222211111111111
Molde111222336687864344454433333322
Brann423111111111111111122222222233
Haugesund574496443455446533333344444444
Kristiansund1111811101111101010101099988898910910877555
Vålerenga636737775566688999776676788886
Ranheim1495643554333233466645555555667
Sarpsborg 086523799977445776555677891099998
Odd10151511141086889910101010101010910867666779
Tromsø15895856899787557778108910891010101010
Bodø/Glimt3611161614131413131411111212121212111111111111111212111111
Lillestrøm131316131213151211111113131313131313141313151513131314141312
Strømsgodset81313958101112121312121111111111111212121212121411121213
Stabæk81014151215121314141214141414141414131414131314151515151514
Start247101416161616161515151515151515151515141415141113131415
Sandefjord161610141112141515151616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Leader / 2019–20 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
2019–20 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2019 1. divisjon
Source: nifs.no

Relegation play-offsEdit

The 14th-placed team, Stabæk takes part in a two-legged play-off against Aalesunds, the winners of the 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who will play in the 2019 Eliteserien.

Stabæk1 – 0Aalesund
Børkeeiet   27' Report
Attendance: 3,831
Aalesund1 – 1Stabæk
O. Lie   30' Report Guèye   71' (o.g.)
Attendance: 6,333
Referee: Tore Hansen

Stabæk won 2–1 on aggregate and retained their position in Eliteserien.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BOD BRA HAU KRI LIL MOL ODD RAN ROS SND SRP SBK STA STM TRO VÅL
Bodø/Glimt 2–2 0–3 3–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–1
Brann 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 4–1 3–1 3–0 0–0
Haugesund 1–0 1–3 3–2 2–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Kristiansund 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 5–1 0–1
Lillestrøm 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Molde 1–2 5–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 2–3 1–0 5–0 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 5–1
Odd 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 0–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–2
Ranheim 0–0 0–2 4–2 2–1 3–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2
Rosenborg 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 4–3 2–1 3–0
Sandefjord 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–1
Sarpsborg 08 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 4–0 0–1 2–3 3–0
Stabæk 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 3–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1
Start 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–6
Strømsgodset 4–0 1–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–4 2–0
Tromsø 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–4 2–1 4–0 2–1 4–1 0–2 0–0 1–2 3–1 3–0
Vålerenga 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–4 3–0
Source: Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals Games Average
1   Franck Boli Stabæk 17 29 0,59
2   Marcus Pedersen Strømsgodset 14 23 0,61
3   Erling Braut Håland Molde 12 25 0,48
  Patrick Mortensen Sarpsborg 08 12 28 0,43
  Thomas Lehne Olsen Lillestrøm 12 29 0,41
6   Sam Johnson Vålerenga 11 24 0,46
  Daouda Bamba Kristiansund/Brann 11 29 0,38
8   Bård Finne Vålerenga 10 25 0,40
  Kristian Fardal Opseth Bodø/Glimt 10 30 0,30
10   Mads Reginiussen Ranheim 9 26 0,35
  Steffen Lie Skålevik Brann 9 28 0,32
  Bendik Bye Kristiansund 9 30 0,30
  David Akintola Haugesund 9 30 0,30

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Marcus Pedersen Strømsgodset Odd 3–0 (H) 15 April 2018
  Erling Braut Håland4 Molde Brann 4–0 (A) 1 July 2018
  Bendik Bye Kristiansund Strømsgodset 3–2 (A) 9 July 2018
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Top assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists Games Average
1   Gjermund Åsen Tromsø 10 21 0,48
2   Magnus Wolff Eikrem Molde 8 14 0,57
  Birger Meling Rosenborg 8 28 0,29
4   Stian Aasmundsen Kristiansund 7 27 0,26
  Tokmac Nguen Kristiansund 7 28 0,25
  Fredrik Aursnes Molde 7 29 0,24
  Gilbert Koomson Brann 7 30 0,23
  Eirik Hestad Molde 7 30 0,23
9   Pau Morer Sandefjord 6 22 0,27
  Erling Knudtzon Lillestrøm 6 23 0,26
  Vegar Eggen Hedenstad Rosenborg 6 27 0,22
  Elbasan Rashani Odd 6 27 0,22
  Eirik Ulland Andersen Strømsgodset 6 28 0,21
  Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt 6 28 0,21
  Kristoffer Løkberg Ranheim 6 28 0,21
  Alexander Stølås Haugesund 6 29 0,21
  David Akintola Haugesund 6 30 0,20

Clean sheetsEdit

 
André Hansen of Rosenborg kept 12 clean sheets over the season, more than any other goalkeeper.
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1   André Hansen Rosenborg 12
2   Samuel Şahin-Radlinger Brann 11
3   Adam Larsen Kwarasey Vålerenga 10
4   Per Kristian Bråtveit Haugesund 9
  Andreas Linde Molde
6   Sondre Rossbach Odd 8
7   Jonas Deumeland Start 5
  Aslak Falch Sarpsborg 08
  Gudmund Kongshavn Tromsø
  Sean McDermott Kristiansund

DisciplineEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

  • Most red cards: 2[27]
    • Lillestrøm
    • Start
    • Vålerenga

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Rosenborg 246,355 21,201 13,668 16,424 −6.6%
2 Brann 156,466 12,914 8,173 10,431 −12.0%
3 Vålerenga 137,700 14,740 6,063 9,180 −5.4%
4 Molde 106,661 9,444 6,218 7,111 −8.7%
5 Strømsgodset 89,088 7,587 5,199 5,939 −5.3%
6 Lillestrøm 83,393 10,409 3,842 5,560 −1.2%
7 Odd 80,746 6,761 4,466 5,383 −24.2%
8 Sarpsborg 08 75,074 6,149 4,365 5,005 +6.5%
9 Start 71,573 10,419 3,068 4,772 +16.6%
10 Haugesund 64,749 7,523 3,430 4,317 −3.1%
11 Kristiansund 60,629 4,277 3,753 4,042 +5.7%
12 Stabæk 54,833 4,561 3,035 3,656 −7.7%
13 Tromsø 54,828 5,214 2,908 3,655 +1.6%
14 Bodø/Glimt 48,282 4,731 2,615 3,219 +24.6%
15 Sandefjord 47,042 5,319 2,461 3,136 −21.8%
16 Ranheim 30,274 2,919 1,393 2,018 +191.6%
League total 1,407,693 21,201 1,393 5,865 −12.4%

Updated to games played on 24 November 2018
Source: nifs.no

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Club
Player of the season   André Hansen[28] Rosenborg
Young player of the season   Erling Braut Håland[29] Molde
Coach of the season   Svein Maalen[30] Ranheim

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