2017 Eliteserien

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Eliteserien
Season2017
Dates1 April 2017 – 26 November 2017
ChampionsRosenborg
25th title
RelegatedSogndal
Aalesund
Viking
Champions LeagueRosenborg
Europa LeagueMolde
Sarpsborg 08
Lillestrøm
Matches played240
Goals scored682 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorerNicklas Bendtner
(19 goals)
Biggest home winBrann 5–0 Stabæk
(19 June 2017)
Biggest away winViking 1–7 Vålerenga
(22 October 2017)
Highest scoringViking 1–7 Vålerenga
(22 October 2017)
Longest winning runStrømsgodset
(8 games)
Longest unbeaten runRosenborg
Brann
Sarpsborg 08
Strømsgodset
(8 games)
Longest winless runAalesund
(13 games)
Longest losing runViking
(5 games)
Highest attendance21,112
Rosenborg 1–2 Tromsø
(16 May 2017)
Lowest attendance2,237
Sogndal 4–1 Stabæk
(5 April 2017)
Average attendance6,699 Decrease 3.9%
2016
2018

The 2017 Eliteserien was the 72nd completed season of top-tier football in Norway. The season began on 1 April 2017 and ended on 26 November 2017, not including play-off matches.[1] Rosenborg were the defending champions, while Kristiansund and Sandefjord entered as the promoted teams from the 2016 1. divisjon.

The 2017 season saw the name of the league change from Tippeligaen (named after sponsor Norsk Tipping) to Eliteserien, a non-sponsor affiliated name controlled by the Football Association of Norway. Rosenborg won their third consecutive title and 25th top-flight title overall, with two games to spare. Rosenborg conceded only 20 goals during the season, a league record.[2]

Overview[edit]

Rebranding[edit]

On 28 August 2016, the Football Association of Norway (NFF) and Norsk Toppfotball announced a rebrand; beginning with the 2017 season, the competition was known simply as Eliteserien, without any sponsor's name attached. As part of the rebranding, a new logo was introduced.[3]

Summary[edit]

Rosenborg won their third consecutive title and 25th top-flight title overall. Rosenborg were the defending champions, while Kristiansund and Sandefjord entered as the promoted teams from the 2016 1. divisjon.

Rosenborg won the league with two games to spare. Aalesund and Viking were relegated directly. Fourteenth-finishers Sogndal were relegated after losing the play-off final to Ranheim.

Teams[edit]

Sixteen teams competed in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from the 1. divisjon. The promoted teams were Kristiansund (first season in the top-flight) and Sandefjord, (returning to the top flight after a season's absence). They replaced Bodø/Glimt and Start ending their top flight spells of three and four years respectively.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Capacity
Aalesund 16 Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778
Brann 60 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 17,686
Haugesund 11 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 1 Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,000
Lillestrøm 54 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 12,250
Molde 41 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,800
Odd 36 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 12,500
Rosenborg 54 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,405
Sandefjord 6 Sandefjord Komplett Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 6 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 4,700
Sogndal 18 Sogndal Fosshaugane Campus Artificial 5,539
Stabæk 21 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 7,000
Strømsgodset 30 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 30 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,859
Vålerenga 57 Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 17,233
Viking 68 Stavanger Viking Stadion Natural 16,300

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aalesund Norway Trond Fredriksen Umbro Sparebanken Møre
Brann Norway Lars Arne Nilsen Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund Norway Eirik Horneland Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund Norway Christian Michelsen Umbro SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Lillestrøm Norway Arne Erlandsen Legea DNB
Molde Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo New Balance SpareBank 1 Telemark
Rosenborg Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Norway Lars Bohinen Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Norway Geir Bakke Select Borregaard
Sogndal Norway Eirik Bakke Umbro Sparebanken Vest
Stabæk Spain Antoni Ordinas Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Strømsgodset Norway Tor Ole Skullerud Puma DNB
Tromsø Finland Simo Valakari Select Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Vålerenga Norway Ronny Deila Umbro DNB
Viking Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim (caretaker) Diadora Lyse

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Viking Sweden Kjell Jonevret Mutual agreement 14 November 2016[4] Pre-season England Ian Burchnall 24 November 2016[5] Pre-season
Tromsø Norway Bård Flovik Sacked 26 June 2017[6] 15th Finland Simo Valakari 12 July 2017[7] 15th
Viking England Ian Burchnall Sacked 9 November 2017[8] 16th Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim (caretaker) 9 November 2017 16th

Transfers[edit]

Winter[edit]

Summer[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rosenborg (C) 30 18 7 5 57 20 +37 61 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Molde 30 16 6 8 50 35 +15 54 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Sarpsborg 08 30 13 12 5 50 36 +14 51
4 Strømsgodset 30 14 8 8 45 37 +8 50
5 Brann 30 13 8 9 51 36 +15 47
6 Odd 30 12 6 12 27 39 −12 42
7 Kristiansund 30 10 10 10 44 46 −2 40
8 Vålerenga 30 11 6 13 48 46 +2 39
9 Stabæk 30 10 9 11 46 50 −4 39
10 Haugesund 30 11 6 13 35 39 −4 39
11 Tromsø 30 10 8 12 42 49 −7 38
12 Lillestrøm 30 10 7 13 40 43 −3 37 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
13 Sandefjord 30 11 3 16 38 51 −13 36
14 Sogndal (R) 30 8 8 14 38 48 −10 32 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Aalesund (R) 30 8 8 14 38 50 −12 32 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Viking (R) 30 6 6 18 33 57 −24 24
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).[9]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Rosenborg112111111111211111111111111111
Molde6362556710777554333444443222222
Sarpsborg 08221322244332333422222322333333
Strømsgodset411810691012131410131314141213128910966644444
Brann847544533223122244333234455555
Odd16121491174225444789106978677777796
Kristiansund11141214161413141413141514131314141414141413121012121211107
Vålerenga77915912121079887667711111212121112988968
Stabæk31054333554569109567767899899879
Haugesund149478678121213108878556555555666810
Tromsø95367111111981114151515151516161515151515151413131111
Lillestrøm58111315131415151515111011101091012109101011111110121312
Sandefjord10161381010968109121191213118586788101011101213
Sogndal1561011131615131111129121211111213131313141313131314151514
Aalesund13151512128896665645689101111111414141515141415
Viking121316161415161616161616161616161615151616161616161616161616
Leader
2018–19 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2018 1. divisjon
Source: nifs.no

Relegation play-offs[edit]

The 14th-placed team, Sogndal took part in a two-legged play-off against Ranheim, the winners of the 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who will play in the 2018 Eliteserien.

Sogndal1–0Ranheim
Summary
Attendance: 4,531

1–1 on aggregate. Ranheim won 5–4 on penalties.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AAL BRA HAU KRI LIL MOL ODD ROS SND SRP SOG STB STM TRO VÅL VIK
Aalesund 3–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–3 5–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 4–3 3–1 0–1 1–1
Brann 1–1 3–1 0–4 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–3 5–0 0–1 2–1 5–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1
Haugesund 2–0 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 4–3 2–1
Kristiansund 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 3–3 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 0–2
Lillestrøm 4–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–0
Molde 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 3–2
Odd 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–5 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2
Rosenborg 0–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 5–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–0
Sandefjord 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–3 0–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–0 3–1
Sarpsborg 08 1–0 1–1 2–1 5–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 1–2 5–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–0
Sogndal 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–3 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–2 4–0
Stabæk 3–1 2–0 0–3 1–4 2–4 3–2 2–0 0–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 4–2 1–1
Strømsgodset 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 4–2
Tromsø 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 5–0 3–0 0–3 1–1 2–4 3–0
Vålerenga 5–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0
Viking 1–2 2–4 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–3 3–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–7
Updated to match(es) played on 26 November 2017. Source: Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]