Strømsgodset Wins Norway League Title

Photo : Frederik Ringnes. Strømsgodset has a loyal supporters club in GodsetUnionen.

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Two goals from Ola Kamara, and one each from Stefan Johansen and Øyvind Storflor gave Drammen’s side a historic success.

The victory, despite their competitor Rosenborg’s 3-0 away-win against Lillestrøm, took them ahead of the Norwegian leagues most successful team, and gives another title in Norway league after 43 years.

About the team

Strømsgodset IF is a Norwegian multi-sports club from Gulskogen in Drammen. It has sections for association football, team handball and bandy, but is best known for the top-level football section known as Strømsgodset Toppfotball, which currently plays in the Norwegian Premier League. 

The club was founded 10 February 1907, but was most successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s, led by the young striker Steinar Pettersen and his class-mates, who got Strømsgodset from division 4 to the elite division in just a few years. Strømsgodset won the Norwegian Premier League in 1970 and have won the Norwegian Cup in 1969, 1970, 1973, 1991, and 2010. 

The famous team from the 60s and 70s was popular as the “Rødgata Boys”, after the street most of them lived in. Most of these players were also accomplished bandy players, and Strømsgodset won four Championships in “the winter version of football”. Four of the football players collected silver medals in the bandy World Championships in 1965; Steinar Pettersen, Inge Thun, Thorodd Presberg and Ole Johnny Friise.

In 1997, Strømsgodset had one of the best seasons in recent times, finishing 3rd in the premier division and runners up the cup final. In 2010, Strømsgodset had the best season since 1997, finishing 7th in the premier division and winning the cup final. This was Strømsgodset’s first cup win in 19 years.

From Bankrupcy to Championship

Before the 2006 season ’Godset’ were saved from bankruptcy by a group of investors. This gave rise to a “new version” of Strømsgodset IF, with the club signing 13 new players before the 2006 season and letting 15 players go. Strømsgodset swiftly achieved promotion to the Norwegian Premier League at the first attempt, captained by the legendary Øyvind Leonhardsen. Winger Mattias Andersson finished as the top scorer for the division with 21 goals to his name. 

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