Norway’s major league football clubs sprung back into action just as the Easter holiday weekend was ending on Monday. Oslo’s Vålerenga was among those considered to make an impressive season debut, against Strømsgodset of Drammen.
The two clubs attracted nearly 13,000 fans to Norway’s national stadium, Ullevaal, in Oslo. The match ended with a 3-1 victory for Vålerenga over Strømsgodset, which recently lost its young superstar Martin Ødegaard to Real Madrid. Ødegaard, meanwhile, ended up sitting on the bench all through Real Madrid Castilla’s match against Conquense in Spain on Sunday.
In other notable matches, Sandefjord beat Bodø-Glimt 3-1, Rosenborg of Trondheim crushed Aalesund 5-0, Tromsø suffered an unusual 0-1 loss at home in Northern Norway to Sarpsborg from the far south, while Stabæk and Haugesund tied.
One match that got lots of good press was the small Mjøndalen club’s victory over Viking 1-0, in which Mjøndalen was hailed for playing an excellent match. The small club, which just made it into Norway’s top league last year, seemed determined to prove it was worthy of the position. The football season in Norway runs through the late autumn.