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Eliteserien
Eliteserien
Country Flag of Norway Norway
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1937
2017–Present (as Eliteserien)
1990–2016 (as Tippeligaen)
1963–1989 (as 1. Divisjon)
1948–1962 (as Hovedserien)
1937–1948 (as Norgesserien)
Number of teams 16
Relegation to 1. divisjon
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Norwegian Cup
UEFA cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Rosenborg (26th title) (2018)
Most successful club Rosenborg (26)
TV C More and TV 2
Website Official website
Football current event 2019

Eliteserien is a Norwegian professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Norwegian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.

Before 1937, there was no national league competition in Norway; only regional leagues and the Norwegian Cup. Starting in 1937–38, the various regional leagues in Southern Norway were aligned into eight districts, with a championship playoff between the winners to crown a national champion. This competition was called Norgesserien (English: The League of Norway). There were plans at the time to merge the district leagues into a national competition, but because of World War II, this process was delayed until after the war.

History

The league has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Norway. Rosenborg of Trondheim won the first year the league bore the name Tippeligaen in 1990. Followed by a win by Viking of Stavanger in 1991. In 1992 Rosenborg started a run of 13 consecutive titles until 2004. During the first years Rosenborg won with a substantial margin, only partly challenged by Bodø/Glimt, Molde, Lillestrøm and Brann. However, this was streadily narrowing down towards a dramatic finish in 2004, where the Trondheim team tied with Vålerenga of Oslo in game points and on goal difference, but finished ahead on number of goals scored. However, in 2005 the winning streak came to an end as Vålerenga clinched the title, one point ahead of Start of Kristiansand. Rosenborg was never in contention that season and would finish only 7th. In 2006, Rosenborg returned to the top of the league, coming back from 10 points behind Brann at the halfway point to clinch the title with a match to spare. Brann won the league in 2007, and Stabæk won their first-ever title in 2008. Rosenborg then returned for a two-year winning streak in 2009 and 2010.

Molde's back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 makes it the only other club to win consecutive titles in the current format, and outside Rosenborg, the first team to do so since Vålerenga in 1983 and 1984.

Clubs

Current members

The following sixteen clubs are competing in the Eliteserien during the 2019 season.

Club Position
in 2018
First season in
top division
Seasons
in
top division
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top
division
titles
Last top
division title
Bodø/Glimt 11th 1977 24 2018 0 n/a
Brann 3rd 1937–38 61 2016 3 2007
Haugesund 4th 1997 13 2010 0 n/a
Kristiansund 5th 2017 3 2017 0 n/a
Lillestrøm 12th 1937–38 55 1975 5 1989
Mjøndalen 2nd (1. divisjon) 1937–38 15 2019 0 n/a
Molde 2nd 1939–40 43 2008 3 2014
Odd 9th 1937–38 38 2009 0 n/a
Ranheim 7th 1937–38 10 2018 0 n/a
Rosenborg 1st 1937–38 56 1979 26 2018
Sarpsborg 08 8th 2011 8 2013 0 n/a
Stabæk 14th 1995 23 2014 1 2008
Strømsgodset 13th 1938–39 32 2007 2 2013
Tromsø 10th 1985 31 2015 0 n/a
Viking 1st (1. divisjon) 1937–38 69 2019 8 1991
Vålerenga 6th 1937–38 58 2002 5 2005

External links

Eliteserien 2019

Bodø/Glimt · Brann · Haugesund · Kristiansund · Lillestrøm · Mjøndalen · Molde · Odd · Ranheim · Rosenborg · Sarpsborg 08 · Stabæk · Strømsgodset · Tromsø · Viking · Vålerenga

Eliteserien seasons

2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·

Eliteserien stadiums 2017

Aker · Alfheim · Brann · Color Line · Fosshaugane · Haugesund · Komplett · Kristiansund · Lerkendal · Marienlyst · Nadderud · Sarpsborg · Skagerak · Ullevaal · Viking · Åråsen

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