You heard me. And after a fairly hectic summer-period one imagines quite a few of the Tippeliga
players could do with a rest as well, which is why it's so convenient that after this weekend the
Tippeliga takes a two week holiday. Before that though there is a potentially cracking round of
matches to be played, including the ultimate showdown of doom.
Well, terrific if you like your games full of goals and incidents. No so much if you like,
youknow, vaguely competent defenders.
After a couple of pretty stale rounds the Tippeliga perked up a bit in round 17, with goals
flying in at a fairly bonkers rate of 4,4 goals per game. Still, no matter how hard the
ever-excitable TV2 tried to talk it up, it was hard for the discerning viewer to watch the
weekend's highlights without being slightly troubled by the hopelessly poor defending displayed by
most of the Tippeliga outfits.
This recent bout of hot weather has made Norwegians hit the beaches like dyslexic gangsta
rappers, but like busses in the Stavanger-area the Tippeliga waits for no one, and so here is a
quick roundup of the latest batch of games from the top tier of Norwegian football.
By now you really must be getting tired of reading this phrase, but it continues to be the case
and we're too hot to figure out a more clever way of wording it: Unless Rosenborg
sell their entire midfield in the summer, they'll win the league.
Tippeliga rounds are coming thick and fast, and the market is in severe danger of being flooded.
The issue is in no way helped by the fact that Rosenborg are running away with the league, while
everyone else just look a bit knackered. So, with the league currently a less than entrancing event
in purely sporting terms, we need some good old soap-opera to keep it interesting.
Yes, after a gaffe-tastic round 8 we have to ask. You can keep your Frank Haffey, your Fred
Martin and all of your Andy Gorams, on the evidence of tonight the Norwegian goalkeepers are as
dodgy as they come.Â
Starting with what should be the big dog, Rune Jarstein, assumed to be Drillo's first choice for
the upcoming internationals.
You know it's been an eventful round when a goalkeeper can slap someone in the face and no one
really takes any notice. Even Norwegian broadcaster TV2, who are more interested in controversies
than actual football, had more interesting things to talk about this week. Erik "Myggen" Mykland
made his first appearance in the Tippeliga in 13 years, Christian Bolanos recorded an
early candidate for goal of the season, Rosenborg showed why their name is on the trophy this
season, an 18 year-old defeated the reigning champions and Sandefjord won their first away-game at
the highest level in 15 attempts.