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Looking for revenge? Both the home match and away match last year are kind of highlights in the history of Rosenborg - especially the latter.

There is however an opinion both among Rosenborg supporters and other Norwegians that RBK met a Valencia team totally out of shape. This I would say is wrong. Valencia were unbeaten in the league (6-2-0) before travelling to Trondheim, and were one point behind of Real Marid and one point in front of Barcelona. It was after (or during?) the two losses against Rosenborg their bad winter began.

On Thursday Rosenborg need at least one point, while hoping Club Brugge don't beat St. Etienne.

My biggest concern in the moment are our off-season stats:

06.12.95: Blackburn - Rosenborg 4-1
04.12.96: AC Milan - Rosenborg 1-2
05.03.97: Rosenborg - Juventus 1-1
19.03.97: Juventus - Rosenborg 2-0
10.12.97: Olympiakos - Rosenborg 2-2
09.12.98: Juventus - Rosenborg 2-0
07.12.99: Real Madrid - Rosenborg 3-1
29.02.00: Dinamo Kiev - Rosenborg 2-1
08.03.00: Rosenborg - Dinamo Kiev 1-2
14.03.00: Bayern München - Rosenborg 2-1
22.03.00: Rosenborg - Real Madrid 0-1
07.12.00: Rosenborg - Alavés 1-3 (UEFA Cup)
26.02.04: Benfica - Rosenborg 1-0 (UEFA Cup)
03.03.04: Rosenborg - Benfica 2-1 (UEFA Cup)
07.12.04: Arsenal - Rosenborg 5-1
06.12.05: Lyon - Rosenborg 2-1
15.02.06: Rosenborg - Zenit St. Petersburg 0-2
23.02.06: Zenit St. Petersburg - Rosenborg 2-1
28.11.07: Rosenborg - Chelsea 0-4
11.12.07: Schalke - Rosenborg 3-1
14.02.08: Rosenborg - Fiorentina 0-1 (UEFA Cup)
21.02.08: Fiorentina - Rosenborg 2-1 (UEFA Cup)

2-2-18 in 22 matches and 18-46 in goal difference don't scare anyone...

(2000-2002 there were two group stages, and Rosenborg finished in the beginning of November.)

The Norwegian league finished 2 November, and friendlies home against Molde (2-1 win) last week and away against Manchester United reserves on Sunday are the only two matches since the 0-3 loss in St. Etienne.

Erik Hamrén
Despite our performances in the domestic league have been bad the last two seasons (5th both this year and in 2007), I don't think there have been more optimism around Rosenborg since our great 2003 season.

The main reason for this, is the big trust in our new coach Erik Hamrén. The Swede made Aalborg champions in Denmark last season, and seems to have some really good ideas of how to take Rosenborg back to the top.

In deep contrast to most of the other 6(!) head coaches succeeding legandary Nils Arne Eggen, who retired in 2002, Hamrén has good experience from other big clubs after Scandinavian standards, e.g. AIK. Experience is essential for being respected and "untouchable" in a club with stronge traditions like Rosenborg.

Unstable youngsters
Our biggest challenge is the low average age of the players; just around 23 years in some matches this season. Our performances and results are far to unstable due to the lack of experience. The two excellent wins against Valencia in the Champions League proved the potential of our young team. Meanwhile we touched the bottom when losing against 3rd level club Kristiansund in the domestic cup this summer.

Seven years ago RBK were ranked as the 35th best on the UEFA club ranking. The club wants to repeat history, but it is far to go.

After spending most of the prize monies from our 10 first seasons in the Champions League (1995-2002, 2004 and 2005 -watch video highlights!) on rebuilding our stadium and signing expensive, older players, Rosenborg now (again) have begun prioritizing developing own, local players.

Local players
Our two reserve/U19 teams, RBK2 and RBK3, are playing in regular senior leagues, Norwegian 2nd and 3rd division, and are packed with players representing Norway on U15-U19 levels. When Rosenborg knocked AC Milan out of the Champions League in 1996, 9 of 11 players in the starting line-up were from the Trondheim area. This is not likely to happen again in a globalized world of football, but hopefully the basis of future teams will be local players with a big heart for Rosenborg.

On the first team, Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Alexander Tettey, are well established on our midfield, and they are looked upon as the team's future "grand old men".

New signings
Other young players like Vadim Demidov (defender/midfielder), Kris Stadsgaard (defender), Mikael Lustig (defender) and Rune Jarstein (goalkeeper) were signed this winter and summer, and they have already proved their potential.

Our young Ivorian players - Didier Konan and Abdou Traoré have also begin to settle. Watch this cool interview! (Yssouf Koné was sold to Cluj in July.)

Nevertheless we need some experience too, and we have been looking for older players the last 4-5 transfer windows. In the end of August we signed both Mikael Dorsin and Anthony Annan. Dorsin returned after a somewhat bad spell at Cluj. Annan came from champions Stabæk, but the Ghana international is cup-tied in the UEFA Cup.

Injury update
After just getting one point in the three last league matches and finishing 5th, Rosenborg are really keen on doing well in the UEFA Cup, somehow saving a quite poor season. Last year our good European campaign did comfort.

We are missing central defender Kris Stadsgaard (knee), but replacement Alejandro Lago has played 60% of the games this season, so he won't be missed that much. Valencia will in other words face a pretty regular RBK line-up:

Rune Jarstein

Mikael Lustig - Vadim Demidov - Alejandro Lago - Mikael Dorsin

Per Ciljan Skjelbred - Alexander Tettey - Roar Strand
Marek Sapara

Steffen Iversen - John Pelu/Didier Konan​

Watch Intertoto Cup highlights 2008/09:
- Ekranas - Rosenborg 1-3
- Rosenborg - Ekranas 4-0
- NAC Breda - Rosenborg 1-0
- Rosenborg - NAC Breda 2-0

Watch UEFA Cup highlights 2008/09:
- Djurgården - Rosenborg 2-1
- Rosenborg - Djurgården 5-0
- Brøndby - Rosenborg 1-2
- Rosenborg - Brøndby 3-2
- Rosenborg - Club Brugge 1-1
- St. Etienne - Rosenborg 3-0

Finally, here are some photos for you:



Rosenborg - Vålerenga 1999



Rosenborg - Molde 1999



Rosenborg - Feyenoord 1999



Rosenborg - Borussia Dortmund 1999



Rosenborg - Brøndby 2002



Rosenborg - Lyn 2004 (celebrating the league title)



Rosenborg - Sundsvall 2005



Aalesund - Rosenborg 2005



Rosenborg - Lyn 2005



Sandefjord - Rosenborg 2006



Lillestrøm - Rosenborg 2007



Rosenborg - Lyn 2007
 

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There is however an opinion both among Rosenborg supporters and other Norwegians that RBK met a Valencia team totally out of shape. This I would say is wrong. Valencia were unbeaten in the league (6-2-0) before travelling to Trondheim, and were one point behind of Real Marid and one point in front of Barcelona. It was after (or during?) the two losses against Rosenborg their bad winter began.
For starters, we lost vs Villarreal in the opening day of La Liga 3-0.

We also barely won the next 5 games in la liga, then we lost vs Espanyol (after we lost vs Chelsea 2-1), I think.

After we lost our first game against Rosenberg, we went ahead and lost 3-0 vs Sevilla and 5-1 vs Madrid. We won Mallorca 2-0, then Koeman joined us.
Koeman's first game in charge was against Rosenberg at home, which we lost 2-0.

So your friends were right.
 

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I don't care if Madrid are off worse, we're still shit.:D

If we lose vs Sevilla I fear we'll lose this one also. And even if we win Sevilla, we still might lose this one.
 

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I've just noticed that LCF's avatar is a bunch of players happy-slappping each other.
 

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i say go in with full squad... cuz the next game ante brujes is 48 hours before barca game...so against brujes we cant play the first team
 

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Mentioning the Chelsea loss without other late November matches was just wrong of me. Here are the correct statistics:

22.11.95: Rosenborg - Legia Warszawa 4-0
06.12.95: Blackburn - Rosenborg 4-1
20.11.96: Rosenborg - IFK Göteborg 1-0
04.12.96: AC Milan - Rosenborg 1-2
05.03.97: Rosenborg - Juventus 1-1
19.03.97: Juventus - Rosenborg 2-0
27.11.97: Rosenborg - Real Madrid 2-0
10.12.97: Olympiakos - Rosenborg 2-2
25.11.98: Rosenborg - Athletic Bilbao 2-1
09.12.98: Juventus - Rosenborg 2-0
24.11.99: Rosenborg - Bayern München 1-1
07.12.99: Real Madrid - Rosenborg 3-1
29.02.00: Dinamo Kiev - Rosenborg 2-1
08.03.00: Rosenborg - Dinamo Kiev 1-2
14.03.00: Bayern München - Rosenborg 2-1
22.03.00: Rosenborg - Real Madrid 0-1
23.11.00: Alavés - Rosenborg 1-1 (UEFA Cup)
07.12.00: Rosenborg - Alavés 1-3 (UEFA Cup)
27.11.03: Red Star - Rosenborg 0-1 (UEFA Cup)
26.02.04: Benfica - Rosenborg 1-0 (UEFA Cup)
03.03.04: Rosenborg - Benfica 2-1 (UEFA Cup)
24.11.04: Rosenborg - Panathinaikos 2-2
07.12.04: Arsenal - Rosenborg 5-1
23.11.05: Rosenborg - Olympiakos 1-1
06.12.05: Lyon - Rosenborg 2-1
15.02.06: Rosenborg - Zenit St. Petersburg 0-2
23.02.06: Zenit St. Petersburg - Rosenborg 2-1
28.11.07: Rosenborg - Chelsea 0-4
11.12.07: Schalke - Rosenborg 3-1
14.02.08: Rosenborg - Fiorentina 0-1 (UEFA Cup)
21.02.08: Fiorentina - Rosenborg 2-1 (UEFA Cup)

7-6-18 in 31 matches and 33-52 in goal difference.

As you see, the late November stats are not that bad - because of home advantage?

22.11.95: Rosenborg - Legia Warszawa 4-0
20.11.96: Rosenborg - IFK Göteborg 1-0
27.11.97: Rosenborg - Real Madrid 2-0
25.11.98: Rosenborg - Athletic Bilbao 2-1
24.11.99: Rosenborg - Bayern München 1-1
23.11.00: Alavés - Rosenborg 1-1 (UEFA Cup)
27.11.03: Red Star - Rosenborg 0-1 (UEFA Cup)
24.11.04: Rosenborg - Panathinaikos 2-2
23.11.05: Rosenborg - Olympiakos 1-1
28.11.07: Rosenborg - Chelsea 0-4

5-4-1 in 10 matches and 15-10 in goal difference.
 

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I'm glad we have the game away. If my memory served me right, we only conceded 3 goals away but have conceded 7 in the last 2 home games.
 

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Those two Rosenborg defeats last season were the beginning of our downfall. What better way to put last season to bed than smash RBK 3-0 or something in Trondheim?

Come on, Valencia.
 

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You do know they are just gonna park the bus and defend, then they'll try to catch us on the break. We could realy do with silva to open up their defence :( Also our players will have to adapt to the harsh weather. This match won't be a walk in the park i am sorry to say.
 
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