The difference between the Norwegian league and the Danish is not so much the results in Europe. The Danish results seem a bit better this season in compare with the Norwegian results, while if you look at past results and the better Norwegian ranking the past 5 seasons, it very much depend on Rosenborg, while the rest of the Norwegian teams in average have collected fewer points for the Norwegian ranking than the average Danish teams have collected for the Danish ranking.
Danish teams have very much had trouble taking the UEFA cup qualifiers too seriously in the past (which now also seem to be the case for Norwegian teams, underrating their opponents).
Norwegian teams got the advantage of being more in season than Danish teams when the EC qualifiers kickes off, while Danish teams also suffer from the fact that much more Danish talent move abroad to the big European leagues during the season and just before the EC qualifiers, in compare with Norway. So it's only natural that Danish teams are a bit unstable in the EC. Still, player for player, the Danish league is no doubt better than the Norwegian, which clearly shows in U21 NT and A-NT results and ranking and the fact that teams from the top 5-6 biggest leagues in Europe keep buying Danish Superliga players in rather great numbers, while ther is very little export from the Norwegian league to the top leagues.. I mean, Danish Brøndby alone have sold players worth atleast €20 million the past year or so (Agger € 8.5m, Elmander € 5m, Kahlenberg €4m, Skoubo, €2.5m, Jonas Kamper €?k).
Originally Posted by Akakij
About the danish league. As far as I can see, the danish players that moves to the Norwegian league are most often top players in the danish league, while the players going in the opposite direction are almost always players that can't make it to the first team in the norwegian clubs, or wants to make a move just to try another country. This is with the exception of FC Copenhagen.
This is not correct. If you look at the Danish/foreign players who have moved from Denmark to Norways the past few seasons, most of them had either been handed free transfers or considered to be bench sitters or misfits (Peter Ijeh (Nig), Dan Anton Johansen, David Nielsen, Jacob "Taz" Sørensen, Ole Tobiasen, Marco Reda (Can), Allan Gaarde), while Nicolai Stokholm was great some years back but had not played well for a while when he moved to Norway. Rasmus Daugaard I guess was reagarded to be a fairly good Superliga player but only Allan K. Jepsen and Søren Berg was considered to be among the top players in the league in their position. But then Berg also had turned 30 and wanted to move abroad to earn some $ before he reitire, which is the case with most of the Danes moving to Norway.
If you look at the players moving from Norway to Denmark this and last season it was players like Brede Hangeland, Kristian Flittie Onstad, Fredrik Winsnes, Bechara Oliveira (Brazil), Robbie Russell (USA), Morten Fevang, Roger Risholt, Rune "Elvis" Hagen, Magne Sturød... So I dont think that ther is much of a difference in quality. I guess that the biggest difference is age, since the Norwegian players moving to Denmark is for the most part still in their early or mid 20's, while this is not the case for most of the Danish players who move to Norway.