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Norway Eliteserien Season Endings
   November 19, 2012 (1:48 AM) by David
 

So here we go with the wrap on Norway. The regular season ended yesterday, while the First Division ended last week. Most of the promotion and relegation is all set with the exception of the last promotion/relegation playoff spot.

 Norway Eliteserien

Top Three

Molde (Champions League) enter 2nd round

Stromsgodset (Europa League) enter 2nd round

Rosenborg (Europa League) enter 1st round

 

Bottom Three

Stabaek (Relegated)

Fredrikstad (Relegated)

Sandnes ULF (Relegation/Promotion Playoff v Ullensaker)

The Relegation/Promotion Playoff First Leg will be on  November 21st. Ullensaker will host the first game. The Second Leg will be at Sandnes ULF on November 24th.

 

From a US OT perspective

Josh Gatt will be playing Champions League football next year. Mikkel Diskerud will be playing in the Europa League.

Chad Barrett with Valerenga will be staying in the Eliteserien as will Steve Clark with Honefoss.

Sean Cunningham (on loan from Molde) and Erik Benjaminsen with Stabaek will be in the First Division.

Decided in the Playoff; either Kenneth Di Vita Jensen (on loan from Honefoss) with Ullensaker will be in Eliteserien or will remain in the First Division.

 
Categories: Chad Barrett, Erik Benjaminsen, Josh Gatt, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Mikkel Diskerud, Sean Cunningham, Steve Clark
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Norway Eliteserien – Season Ending Predictions
   November 6, 2012 (8:30 AM) by David
 

Norway Eliteserien

League Status

With two games remaining this year’s Eliteserien is almost decided. Three teams are clear at the top and are vying for a single place in next year’s Champions League, while the remaining two spots are headed to the Europa League. At the bottom of the table, Stabaek are relegated to the Adeccoligaen next season, while the three teams directly above them fight for survival. For our USA players, Josh Gatt at Molde and Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud at Rosenborg look set for European Competition next year.

At The Top

With two games left to play Rosenborg, who are sitting in the 3rd spot look to have least chance of a CL spot. With 52 points from their 28 games, they would need Molde (56 point from 28 games) to lose both of their remaining game just to pass them. Stromsgodset are sitting in 2nd place after their win over Rosenborg this last weekend and just one point behind Molde. Stromsgodset’s final two games are against the bottom two teams so they are likely to end the season with the full six points. Molde’s final games are not as easy, but they should still get the six points needed to wrap up the league. Still, they have to win both games.  A win and a draw would not do it if Stromsgodset perform as expected.

At The Bottom

Stabaek are relegated. The gap between Sandnes ULF and Sogndal, 13th through 15th places, is seven points. Sandnes ULF, on 26 points, has an extra game in hand over its two strugglers, Fredrikstad on 27 points and Sogndal on 31 points. Fredrikstad have the hardest schedule playing current league leaders Molde and third place Rosenborg. The other two teams certainly do not get an easy road to survival as Sogndal maybe having a slight edge away to Stabaek and home to Brann. While Sandnes ULF will start with two home games against Tromso and Stromsgodset (no easy task) and end the season with a visit to Aalesund. Realistically it’s unlikely that Fredrikstad will get the points they need and the final positions will probably be decided by only one point.

Predictions:
Stromsgodset – League Champions – Champions League spot
Molde – 2nd place – Europa League (Josh Gatt)
Rosenborg – 3rd place – Europa League (Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud)

Stabaek – relegated (Sean Cunningham and Erik Benjaminsen)
Fredrikstad – relegated

Note: The Norwegian Adeccoligaen is one game away from completion. Start has been promoted to the Eliteserien, so we will see Villyan Bijev in the Eliteserien next season (if he stays there on loan), along with Sarpsborg. The teams vying for a spot in the playoff picture for the final promotion spot, Mjondalen (Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton) and Ullensaker (Kenneth Di Vita Jensen), are currently in good position going into the leagues final day.

 
Categories: Erik Benjaminsen, Josh Gatt, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kyle Helton, Mikkel Diskerud, Rhett Bernstein, Sean Cunningham, Villyan Bijev
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Scandinavian League Roundup
   October 19, 2010 (6:21 AM) by Matt
 

With a few of the Scandinavian leagues coming to a close in the next month, I thought I would give a quick run down on how a few Americans are sitting with the last couple games to be played.

Finnish Veikkausliiga

In Finland, there is one game left for each of the 14 teams.  Daniel Antunez and FC Inter Turku sit in sixth place with 36 points.  Unfortunately, they are four points behind fourth place and unable to get a Europa League First qualifying round spot.

Vaasan Palloseura (Greg Eckhardt and Brian Pope) are in 10th place with 30 points, three points ahead of 13th place and a spot in the relegation playoffs.  While there are teams in 11th and 12th place, their -11 goal differential is worse and could come into play if they lose and some teams below them get wins.

One of those teams slightly behind them is IFK Mariehamn and the American trio of Giuseppe Funicello, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford.  They sit in 11th place with 28 points, one point ahead of the relegation playoffs (13th place) and two points ahead of the automatic relegation (14th place).

So the Veikkausliiga is coming down to the last game of the season.

Norwegian Eliteserien

Next we head to Norway’s top-flight league, which has three games left in the season for the 16 teams.

IK Start (Clarence Goodson and the now injured Hunter Freeman) currently sit in eighth place with 38 points.  They are safe from relegation and probably mathematically eliminated from third place (Europa League First qualifying round spot).

Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen are in 11th place at Stabæk with 36 points.  They are safe from relegation.

Over at Hønefoss (Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen) are in 14th place (relegation playoffs), five points ahead of 15th place (automatic relegation), but six points behind 13th place and safety.  If they get stuck in the relegation playoffs, they will be in a four-team playoff with the teams that finished between third to fifth in the Adeccoligaen.

Norwegian Adeccoligaen

In Norway’s first division, there are four or five games left for the 15 teams.

Joseph Bendik and Sogndal are in first place with 52 points, seven points ahead of second place.  In the Adeccoligaen, the top two teams get promoted automatically, so they have a good shot at promotion with four games left to be played.

Colin Burns and Sarpsborg 08 are in third place with 41 points.  Like mentioned above, teams third through fifth are put in the promotion/relegation playoffs.  Fourth place is at 40 points, while fifth and sixth place are at 34 points.

Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen are in 11th place with 28 points, only three points ahead of the relegation zone, so their last five games are very important.

Swedish Allsvenskan

Over in Sweden, there are three to four games left for the 16 teams in the top-flight league.

USMNTer Alejandro Bedoya has his Örebro SK side in third place with 45 points.  They are 13 points behind second place, but only two points ahead of fourth place.   If they can hold onto third place, they will get a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK are in 12th place with 32 points, but are only four points ahead of the relegation playoffs spot (14th place).  So they have some work to do in their last three games to stay safe this season.

Swedish Superettan

A pair of Americans play at Ljungskile BK  (Nick Noble and Michael Thomas).  They are in fifth place with 44 points, but with only one game left to be played, they are five points shy of making the promotion playoffs, so they will be in the Superettan in 2011.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Two games are left in Ireland and Ryan Guy has his St Patrick’s Athletic squad in fifth place, three points behind third place and a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

League of Ireland First Division

Down in the first division, goalkeeper Chris Konopka and Waterford United are currently in third place (promotion playoffs), two points ahead of fourth place and nothing with two games left in the season.

Russian Premier League

Finally, we head over to Russia where Eugene Starikov (on loan from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg) and FC Tom Tomsk are in 10th place out of the 16 teams with 27 points.  There are still five to eight games left, depending on the team, so there is still a lot of soccer left to be played in Russia.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you are all caught up to speed on the leagues that are coming to a close in October and November.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Pope, Chris Konopka, Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Daniel Antunez, Erik Benjaminsen, Eugene Starikov, Graham Dugoni, Greg Eckhardt, Hunter Freeman, Joe Funicello, Joseph Bendik, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford, Michael Thomas, Mikkel Diskerud, Nick Noble, Ryan Guy, Ryan Miller, Steve Clark
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Tuesday Night Links
   September 21, 2010 (10:32 PM) by Matt
 

Before I jump into the links, just want to point out that Eddie Johnson could be seeing a lot more playing time with Fulham in the near future.  Moussa Dembélé went down in today’s Carling Cup match and could be out for a while and the Cottagers are already without Bobby Zamora, Diomansy Kamara and Andy Johnson up top.  That just leaves Clint Dempsey, Zoltan Gera, David Elm and Johnson, with Johnson playing 33 minutes in today’s game.

» Cooper eyes November return [MLSsoccer.com]

» Holden: For club and country [FIFA.com]

» Holden focusing on the little things [Yanks Abroad]

» Benjaminsen unsure about US future [Yanks Abroad]

» Agbossoumonde departs Braga [Yanks Abroad]

» Agbossoumonde team-less [SI.com]

» Sacha Kljestan Checks in From Belgium [The Original Winger]

 
Categories: Eddie Johnson, Erik Benjaminsen, Gale Agbossoumonde, Kenny Cooper, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden
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