Adecco Update

Tue, Apr 21, 2009

Adeccoligaen, Norway

Step right this way ladies and gentlemen, at least if you need further proof that the Adeccoliga is a weird and wildly unpredictable competition.. 

Yes, because in the result of the round, if not the season, everyone’s favorite Northern minnows Alta shrugged off their 7-0 televised tonking at the hands of HamKam last week and went away to much-fancied Moss and gave them, to quote the man, “one hell of a beating” (the utter lack of famous people hailing from Moss makes it impossible to copy the rest of Lillelien’s legendary rant) . 0-5 was the score there, a scoreline that baffled an entire nation. 

And in another terribly interesting result.. NIL-Trysil baby! The artists formerly known as Nybergsund hosted Haugesund, another team fancied to have a go at promotion this year, and sent them back to the West coast with a 2-1 defeat in the bag. NIL-Trysil, who NFN for no discernable reason backed for success this season, are now top of the league. Just sayin’. 

Skeid were somewhat perplexingly top of the league before the weekend, but they’ve were pipped off their perch by drawing 0-0 with Sarpsborg 08. It was a big day for Northern minnows overall, as Tromsdalen also secured three points, beating Stavanger 2-0 at home to take them to a magnificent third in the table. 

Tom Nordlie’s Kongsvinger had no trouble getting past Løv-Ham, the tiny team from Bergen has had a disappointing start to the season and lost again there, 3-1. Like last season, Bryne find themselves in the relegation-zone early on after drawing 1-1 with Hønefoss. Lastly, Notodden were helt to a 1-1 draw by Mjøndalen.

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6 Responses to “Adecco Update”

  1. Crazy Al Says:

    As you know, this is a league of streaks. A team may win 3 out of 4 and then lose 4 out of 5. So, I think we will need eight to ten games behind us before we can separate the pretenders from the contenders.

    Ultimately, I think HamKam will be one of the promoted teams. Currently, I think the only team that we can say is in “real trouble” is Lov-Ham. They struggled during the second half of last year. It looks like that form has continued. Otherwise, as you say, strap in for a fun ride.

  2. Lars Says:

    I think that’s fair.

    ..but come on, how ’bout them Alta? That was quite something, a couple of their goals were absolute crackers as well. Good times up North.

  3. Crazy Al Says:

    Not to brag too much ….. ,

    The Moss game was a true 180 from HamKam. Alta had the right mix and found Moss’ soft spots to exploit. Apparently the first few minutes were dicey, but Mikoo kept the slate clean. After the first goal (and first lead of the year), Alta were off to the races.

    It will be interesting to see which team shows up for Kongsvinger. The supporter’s group is expecting a big crowd (and a noisy one by Alta standards). We hope the fans will give the blue and gold the punch they need.

    My two biggest concerns are the youth of the team and the coach. You know the ups and downs with young players. Aasmund is a young coach, as well, and is a little of a “mad scientist”. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I worry he will not let the team jell but try to pull too many levers to make it just right. But for now, Alta! Alta! Alta!

  4. Lars Says:

    That’s more like it!

    I guess it’s the same for both the young players and the young manager: They’ll learn. Hopefully.

    Kongsvinger are no mugs though, I’d put them firmly in the category of teams that should be looking to fight for promotion or playoff this season..

  5. euroman Says:

    These teams are so thin that an injury or an off day for a key player or two completely changes to outcome of these matches. Consistency is not consistent!

  6. Lars Says:

    This is actually the case in the Tippeliga as well this season..

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