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Eliteserien
2021
Season information
Dates 9 May 2021 (originally 5 April)–
27 November 2021
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Champions League
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The 2021 Eliteserien was the 77th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season began on 5 April and ended on 27 November 2021, not including play-off matches. Restrictions enforced by the government due to the Covid pandemic made the Norwegian football association to postponed the start several times and the league is currently to start on 9 May.

Bodø/Glimt were the defending champions. Tromsø and Lillestrøm joined as the promoted clubs from the 2020 1. divisjon. They replaced Aalesund and IK Start who were relegated to the 2021 1. divisjon.

Teams

Sixteen teams compete in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from 1. divisjon. The promoted teams were Tromsø and Lillestrøm, both returning to the top flight after an absence of just one year. They replaced Aalesund and IK Start, both relegated after a season's presence.

Stadiums and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Appearances Location Arena Turf Capacity
Bodø/Glimt 26 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 5,635
Brann 64 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 17,049
Haugesund 15 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 5 Kristiansund Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,444
Lillestrøm 57 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 11,500
Mjøndalen 22 Mjøndalen Consto Arena Artificial 4,200
Molde 45 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,249
Odd 40 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 11,767
Rosenborg 58 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,421
Sandefjord 10 Sandefjord Sandefjord Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 10 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 8,022
Stabæk 25 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 4,938
Strømsgodset 34 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 33 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,687
Viking 71 Stavanger Viking Stadion Artificial 15,900
Vålerenga 61 Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 16,555

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bodø/Glimt Flag of Norway Knutsen, KjetilKjetil Knutsen Flag of Norway Saltnes, UlrikUlrik Saltnes
Flag of Norway Berg, PatrickPatrick Berg
Flag of Italy Diadora Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Brann Flag of Norway Ingebrigtsen, KåreKåre Ingebrigtsen Flag of Norway Barmen, KristofferKristoffer Barmen Flag of United States Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund Flag of Norway Grindhaug, JosteinJostein Grindhaug Flag of Denmark Hansen, BenjaminBenjamin Hansen Flag of Italy Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund Flag of Norway Michelsen, ChristianChristian Michelsen Flag of Norway Ulvestad, Dan PeterDan Peter Ulvestad Flag of Italy Macron SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Lillestrøm Flag of Norway Bakke, GeirGeir Bakke Flag of Norway Lehne Olsen, ThomasThomas Lehne Olsen Flag of Germany Puma DNB
Mjøndalen Flag of Norway Hansen, VegardVegard Hansen Flag of Norway Gauseth, ChristianChristian Gauseth Flag of England Umbro Sparebanken Øst
Molde Flag of Norway Moe, ErlingErling Moe Flag of Norway Magnus Wolff Eikrem Flag of United States Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd Flag of Norway Nornes, Jan FrodeJan Frode Nornes Flag of Norway Hagen, SteffenSteffen Hagen Flag of Denmark Hummel SpareBank 1 Telemark
Rosenborg Flag of Norway Hareide, ÅgeÅge Hareide Flag of Norway Henriksen, MarkusMarkus Henriksen Flag of Germany Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Flag of Norway Ødegaard, Hans ErikHans Erik Ødegaard
Flag of Sweden Tegström, AndreasAndreas Tegström
Flag of Norway Singh, HarmeetHarmeet Singh Flag of Italy Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of Sweden Stahre, MikaelMikael Stahre Flag of Norway Thomassen, JoachimJoachim Thomassen Flag of Denmark Select Borregaard
Stabæk Flag of Sweden Jönsson, JanJan Jönsson Flag of Norway Amankwah, YawYaw Amankwah Flag of Italy Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Strømsgodset Flag of Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen (interim)
Flag of Norway Håkon Wibe-Lund (interim)
Flag of Norway Valsvik, GustavGustav Valsvik Flag of Germany Puma DNB
Tromsø Flag of Norway Helstrup, GauteGaute Helstrup Flag of Norway Yttergård Jenssen, RubenRuben Yttergård Jenssen Flag of Denmark Select Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Vålerenga Flag of Norway Fagermo, Dag-EilevDag-Eilev Fagermo Flag of Norway Tollås, JonatanJonatan Tollås Flag of England Umbro DNB
Viking Flag of Norway Aarsheim, Bjarte LundeBjarte Lunde Aarsheim
Flag of Norway Jensen, MortenMorten Jensen
Flag of Norway Berisha, VetonVeton Berisha Flag of Italy Diadora Lyse

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Viking Flag of Norway Bjarne Berntsen Mutual consent 31 December 2020 Pre-season Flag of Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim
Flag of Norway Morten Jensen
1 January 2021 Pre-season
Sandefjord Flag of Spain Martí Cifuentes Contract expired 31 December 2020 Flag of Norway Hans Erik Ødegaard
Flag of Sweden Andreas Tegström
1 January 2021
Strømsgodset Flag of Denmark Henrik Pedersen Mutual consent 9 April 2021 Flag of Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen (interim)
Flag of Norway Håkon Wibe-Lund (interim)
12 April 2021

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Bodø/Glimt 0 0 0 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Brann 0 0 0 Qualification for the Europa Conference League second qualifying round
3 Haugesund 0 0 0
4 Kristiansund 0 0 0
5 Lillestrøm 0 0 0
6 Mjøndalen 0 0 0
7 Molde 0 0 0
8 Odd 0 0 0
9 Rosenborg 0 0 0
10 Sandefjord 0 0 0
11 Sarpsborg 08 0 0 0
12 Stabæk 0 0 0
13 Strømsgodset 0 0 0
14 Tromsø 0 0 0 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Vålerenga 0 0 0 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Viking 0 0 0

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

See also

  • 2021 Norwegian Football Cup
Eliteserien seasons

2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 · 2022 ·

Flag of Norway 2021 in Norwegian football
Domestic leagues

Eliteserien · First Division · Second Division · Third Division · Fourth Division

Domestic cups
Norwegian Football Cup ('20–'21, '21–'22) · Mesterfinalen
European competitions

Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)

National teams

Norway

2020                                                        2022

202021 in European football (UEFA)
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League cups

England · Iceland · Israel · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '22 · Scotland · Wales

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International competitions
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