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Strømsgodset IF

Full name Strømsgodset Idrettsforening
Nickname(s) Godset
Founded 10 February 1907 (10 February 1907)
Ground Marienlyst Stadion
Ground Capacity 8,935
Chairman Erik Espeseth
Manager David Nielsen
League Tippeligaen
2014 Tippeligaen, 4th

Strømsgodset IF is a Norwegian multi-sports club from Gulskogen in Drammen. It has sections for association football, team handball and bandy, but is best known for the top-level football section known as Strømsgodset Toppfotball, which currently plays in the Norwegian Premier League. The club was founded 10 February 1907, but was most successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s, led by the young striker Steinar Pettersen and his team-mates, who got Strømsgodset from division 4 to the elite division in just a few years. Strømsgodset won the Norwegian Premier League in 1970 and 2013, and have won the Norwegian Cup in 1969, 1970, 1973, 1991, and 2010. The famous team from the 60s and 70s was popular as the "Rødgata Boys", after the street most of them lived in. Most of these players were also accomplished bandy players, and Strømsgodset won four national Norwegian Championships in "the winter version of football". Four of the football players collected silver medals in the bandy World Championship 1965; Steinar Pettersen, Inge Thun, Thorodd Presberg and Ole Johnny Friise.

In 1997, Strømsgodset had one of the best seasons in recent times, finishing 3rd in the premier division and runners up the cup final. In 2010, Strømsgodset had the best season since 1997, finishing 7th in the premier division and winning the cup final. This was Strømsgodset's first cup win in 19 years. After finishing as runners up in 2012, Strømsgodset won the Norwegian Premier League in 2013.

Before the 2006 season 'Godset' were saved from bankruptcy by a group of investors. This gave rise to a "new version" of Strømsgodset IF, with the club signing 13 new players before the 2006 season and letting 15 players go. Strømsgodset swiftly achieved promotion to the Norwegian Premier League at the first attempt, captained by the legendary Øyvind Leonhardsen. Winger Mattias Andersson finished as the top scorer for the division with 21 goals to his name.

The club is also well known in England for being beaten 11–0 by Liverpool in 1974. Its supporters' club is GodsetUnionen.

Home ground

Fireworks over stadium

Strømsgodset IF play their home games at Marienlyst Stadion. The stadium has been rebuilt several times, most recently with a new south end ("Klokkesvingen") in the summer of 2014. There, safe standing (rail seats) was installed, which increased the capacity to 8,935 in matches where standing supporters are allowed. Safe standing has also been installed in the north end. When an all-seating stadium is required, the capacity is 8,060. The new south end will be completed with a roof and toilet facilities after the 2014 season.[1][2]

Record attendance for the club is 16,687 against [3] However, local rivals Mjøndalen holds the all time record from a Cup semi final tie versus Viking in 1949, by approximately another thousand.

The stadium often goes under the name of "Gamle Gress" (meaning "Old turf")

Field measurements are 106 m x 68 m.

The turf has now been replaced with an artificial grass surface, as well as being fitted with an artificial icing surface for bandy.

Marienlyst Stadium has frequently been used in Norway U21 International matches, and on 16 October 2012 when Norway U21 beat France U21 5-3 at Marienlyst and qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, after France won 1-0 in the first play-off match.[4]


Strømsgodset in Europe

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Nantes 0–5 3–2 3–7
1971–72 European Cup First round Arsenal 1–3 0–4 1–7
1973–74 UEFA Cup First round Leeds United 1–1 1–6 2–7
1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Liverpool 0–1 0–11 0–12
1992–93 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–2 0–2 0–4
1998–99 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 0–1 1–1(aet)[1]
First round Aston Villa 0–3 2–3 2–6
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Atlético Madrid 0–2 1–2 1–4
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Debreceni VSC 2–2 3–0 5–2
Third qualifying round FK Jablonec 1–3 1–2 2–5
2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Steaua București 0–1 0–2 0–3


  1. ^ Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 Strømsgodset on aggregate. Strømsgodset won 4–2 on penalties.

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2001 Tippeligaen relegated 13 26 3 10 13 40 73 19 Fourth round Relegated to 1. Divisjon
2002 1. Divisjon 5 30 17 4 9 72 51 55 Quarterfinal
2003 1. Divisjon 10 30 10 7 13 56 58 37 Third round
2004 1. Divisjon 9 30 11 7 12 42 45 40 Second round
2005 1. Divisjon 8 30 11 7 12 46 45 40 Third round
2006 1. Divisjon promoted 1 30 20 5 5 68 36 65 Third round Promoted to Tippeligaen
2007 Tippeligaen 10 26 8 6 12 34 47 30 Quarterfinal
2008 Tippeligaen 11 26 8 5 13 33 44 29 Quarterfinal
2009 Tippeligaen 12 30 10 6 14 40 42 36 Second round
2010 Tippeligaen 7 30 13 4 13 51 59 43 Winner
2011 Tippeligaen 8 30 12 9 9 44 43 45 Fourth round
2012 Tippeligaen 2 30 17 7 6 62 40 58 Quarterfinal
2013 Tippeligaen 1 30 19 6 5 66 26 63 Second round
2014 Tippeligaen 4 30 15 5 10 48 42 50 Third round


Players and staff

First team squad

As of 20 November[6]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Borger Thomas
4 DF Kim André Madsen
5 DF Jørgen Horn
7 MF Bassel Jradi
9 MF Øyvind Storflor
10 FW Péter Kovács
11 MF Martin Rønning Ovenstad
13 GK Anders Gundersen
14 MF Iver Fossum
15 FW Flamur Kastrati
16 MF Martin Ødegaard
17 FW Thomas Lehne Olsen
No. Position Player
19 MF Gustav Wikheim
20 MF Mohammed Abu
21 MF Mathias Gjerstrøm
22 DF Bismark Adjei-Boateng (on loan from Manchester City)
23 FW Thomas Sørum
25 MF Tokmac Nguen
26 DF Lars Christopher Vilsvik
28 DF Marius Høibråten
31 GK Eirik Johannesen
40 GK Morten Sætra
51 DF Jørgen Oland
71 DF Gustav Valsvik
75 FW Marvin Ogunjimi

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player

For season transfers, see transfers summer 2014 and transfers winter 2013–14.

Coaching staff

Head coach David Nielsen[7][8]
Assistant coach Alexander Straus[9]
Goalkeeper/assistant coach Thomas André Ødegaard[8]
Fitness coach Jørgen Ingebrigtsen[8]
Development coach Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen[8]

Administrative staff

Chairman Tom Saxegaard
Managing director Erik Espeseth
Sports director Jostein Flo

Head coaches


  1. ^ "Klokkesvingen klar" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "GU-tribunen klar". (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Lie, Børre Ivar (21 June 2012). """Mjøndalen har rekorden på "Gamle Gress (in Norwegian). Drammens Tidende. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ | (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ "Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk" (in Norwegian). 
  6. ^ "A-laget spillere". Strømsgodset Toppfotball. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Fast ansatt som hovedtrener". Strømsgodset IF. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Godset gjør justeringer i trenerteamet" (in Norwegian). Drammens Tidene. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ny assistenttrener til Strømsgodset" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  10. ^

External links

  • Strømsgodset IF - Official website
  • Godsetunionen – Supporter club
  • Official website, multi-sports club
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