Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at his old club Molde in 2011 they have taken the title in the club's 100th anniversary year and retained the crown as the first Norwegian club besides Rosenborg since the 80s. So after two consecutive titles, who will challenge Solskjaer's side for the title this year?
Rosenborg: An obvious contender that you cannot get by in Norwegian football is Rosenborg BK. They are by far the most successful club in Norwegian history.
The first and obvious thing to mention about Rosenborg this year is that they have lost two of their top strikers (Rade Prica - Maccabi Tel Aviv and Steffen Iversen - retired). However, they have reinforced their squad with Nicki Bille Nielsen from Villareal in Spain, a player who could be an exiting prospect in the Norwegian league. There will however be pressure on him to deliver close to 20 goals in order for Rosenborg to be title contenders.
In the midfield the key for Rosenborg will be US international Mikkel Diskerud. He played the latter half of last season for Rosenborg and is now signed on for a two-year deal. He could develop to become a creative force in midfield and challenge former Manchester United reserve team player Magnus Eikrem in the Molde midfield as the biggest star in the league.
When it comes to the defensive end of the Rosenborg team not much is changed since last year and they seem to have a strong core with captain Mikael Dorsin and centre-back Jon Inge Høiland.
Vålerenga: Vålerenga FK's most important reenforcement from last season is Kjetil Rekdal. The former Molde and Hertha Berlin player can be the factor that changes VIF to once more become a contender for the Norwegian title. Rekdal has managed VIF previously, which led to them winning the title under him in 2005.
Another key player for VIF will be Torgeir Børven. The striker joined the club during the last season, and according to Rekdal could deliver around 20 goals this term. They can also hopefully depend on some game-changing moments from veteran poacher Morten Berre.
Chirstian Grindheim joining the club from FC Copenhagen might also provide the stability they need in a midfield with several talented youngsters like Mohammed Fellah.
Theese two clubs seems like the two strongest contenders for the title on paper. However, there are several outsiders that may be in the top positions.
Strømsgodset FK that placed second last year have a very talent manager and a good academy, but they have lost many of their top players since the last season and lack funds to reinforce immediately. Viking FK can also be regarded as an outsider for the title or at least a top spot. They are under the management of former Molde manager Kjell Jonevret and have the funds to potentially reenforce.
However, are Molde strong under Solskjaer's management, with Eikrem in the midfield, Even Hovland backin the defence and new signing Aliou Coly hopefully providing the goals.
So it just remains to see when the league kicks off in the middle of March.
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