Originally Posted by Orange
The first round wasn't too surprising, although it's not normal to see Trondeims-Ørn lose.
It's seems fairly obvious that Kattem, Grand Bodø, Sandviken, Amazon Grimstad, will fight to avoid the bottom places, while Klepp and Fløya will probably avoid ending up in such poor positions. Arna Bjørnar and Team Strømmen are serious challengers for a top finish, but the big four in Røa, Asker, Kolbotn and Trondheims-Ørn are huge favourites to fight between themselves for the league gold. I'm still surprised that so many have Asker winning in the end, but with the kind of striking force they have it is perhaps not such a big shock. I think they may fall a little short though, but it's too close to call at the top.
"Tusen takk" for your comments Orange
. I agree with most of what you have written, but have a feeling that the relegation battle might only be between Kattem, Grand Bodø, and Sandviken. IMO, Amazon Grimstad has the capability to win some matches against clubs in the top half of the table and could finish as high as 7th place.
Amazon is led by their player-coach and former National Team player, Margunn Haugenes and striker Una Nwajei who finished 4th in league in scoring last season with 14 goals. The club finished the 2006 season in 6th place and had several impressive results on the road including a 4-1 road victory over Team Strømmen, a 5-0 victory over Fløya in Tromsø and 1-1 draw late in the season against Trondheims-Ørn. Ørn's failure to win that match opened the door just enough for Kolbotn to win gold by winning their final six matches of the season.
Amazon also played extremely well at home last season only losing to the top four clubs and managing a draw against 5th place Arna-Bjørnar. The worst loss at home last season for Amazon was their 3-1 loss to Trondheims-Ørn during round 7. At the time Ørn was playing perhaps their best 'fotball' of the season and ended up finishing the first half of the season unbeaten with seven victories and two draws. Amazon's home losses to Kolbotn, Røa, and Team Strømmen were all by just a single goal and two of those three matches weren't decided until the final 10 minutes.
Amazon's home loss to Team Strømmen this past Saturday actually matches the clubs worst home defeat of 2006. It appears as though Team Strømmen played a very good match while at the same time top scorer Una Nwajei is suffering from ankle problems. I do my best to read as much of the Norwegian 'fotball' articles as I can, but since I'm not fluent in Norwegian, perhaps someone else can comment about this match report that was posted at the agderposten.no
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Since I'm discussing Amazon Grimstad in this post, perhaps someone could also comment about th problem with the Amazon Grimstad jerseys. I'm not sure if I completely understand why Amazon Grimstad will have to change their jerseys at a cost of 50,000 NOK to the club.
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