Due to the impact of COVID-19 on football around the globe leagues and teams alike have had to adapt in order to be able to complete seasons on time. The Norwegian Eliteserien is no exception and having lost two and a half months of the 2020 season due to lockdown measures, clubs are now competing every three to four days in league fixtures in order to complete their season on time. Due to this intense schedule, a number of clubs are now experiencing injury crisis' of some sort. How are they dealing with these issues on a day to day basis? We spoke to a number of experts in the field to see how they are tackling the problem.
by Ben Wells
With many tipping Aalesund to be 'dark horses' in the Eliteserien this year, it has been surprising to see the club fail to win any of their opening 5 fixtures. At the heart of this run of poor form is a leaky defence that has now conceded 17 goals in this opening run of games.
We welcome Glimt's B-Lag trener Tom Dent to the site, who will be contributing regularly this season, to provide some analysis on Aalesund & a tactical tweak that saw them look to tighten up their defence having shipped 11 goals in their first 2 Eliteserien games.
by Tom Dent
The Eliteserien is fast becoming one of the most heavily scouted leagues in world football with talented young players regularly getting minutes for clubs throughout the league. This has, in turn, led to more elite clubs giving chances to young players as they know their re-sale value will soar with more professional experience.
Already in the 2020 season we have seen a number of young players knocking on the door to, or even breaking into, teams' best starting XI's. In this article we will take a look at a 'best XI' of sorts, with U'21 players who have already begun to make their mark on the 2020 season.
Debut at 15. First Eliteserien appearance at 16. 6 goals in 2 games against Brann & Valerenga at 17. Erling Braut Håland turns 18 in just over a week and if his current progress is anything to go by, his 18th year could quickly become one of his most important as the path to stardom opens up ahead of him. This is Håland, in profile.