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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rosenborg rebounds after tough year

Trondheim’s Rosenborg Football Club (RBK) ended one of its most turbulent seasons ever, by winning not just the league championship but also Norway’s annual national Cup Final. It played out Sunday before king and country at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium.

“A wonderful ending,” claimed Rosenborg player Nicklas Bendtner, who’s been in big trouble himself this season after being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver in Copenhagen. “We win the league and the Cup  after a difficult year both on and off the field.”

The club has also been troubled by the abrupt firing of popular coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen, who’s enjoyed support from players and filed a legal complaint over his dismissal. Newspaper Dagsavisen noted how RBK also experienced “fiasco” in the Europa League but success at home.

Pouring rain didn’t dampen spirits as the club was handed the king’s cup by the monarch himself. The 4-1 victory over rival club Strømsgodset came despite a rocky 0-1 start, and Bendtner himself scored two of RBK’s four goals. No one knows how long interim coach Rini Coolen will be around either.

“Despite lots of criticism we bring home both the league- and cup titles,” Coolen told reporters. “I’m enjoying this.” staff



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