Trondheim football club Rosenborg could celebrate its first “Double” since 20o3 on Sunday, after winning Norway’s annual Cup Final and already winning the country’s top league championship. Rosenborg beat rival club Sarpsborg 08 by a score of 2-0 at a sold-out Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo.
The cup victory also eased the disappointment felt by Rosenborg players on the men’s national football team, after they lost two critical playoff matches against Hungary and failed to qualify for the European Championships next summer. “I was really disappointed,” Rosenborg player Pål André Helland told newspaper Aftenposten. “It was a boyhood dream to play in the European Championships but fortunately I had this carrot to look forward to in this (cup) match (which ranks as the national championship in Norway). And I’m eating that carrot now.”
King Harald was among the spectators at Sunday’s match, as were other top Norwegian officials and more than 27,000 football fans. Commentators claimed the match itself wasn’t very exciting, and coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen claimed the team needs to get better. But Rosenborg fans were pleased after a shivering through the match in subzero temperatures.
“We’ll be better next year,” Ingebrigtsen claimed. “And other clubs will be, too.”