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  1. Lars Hirschfeld has signed a two-year contract extention with Vålerenga. http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/norsk/artikkel.php?artid=10027562
  2. Olivier Occéan is leaving Lillestrøm and Norway for German 3rd division side Kickers Offenbach. http://www.nrksport.no/fotball/eliteserien/1.7182975
  3. 13 of 30 rounds are completed in Norway, and one more round to go (june 5/6) before the World Cup, and time for a summary. First the standings: Chris Pozniak and Haugesund have been doing much better than expected, keeping themselves out of the relegation battles so far. Poz has also been a key performer for the team. Lars Hirschfeld has also been central to Vålerengas early season surge. Lillestrøm hve also been a hus surprise, based on the poor season they had last year, but Canadians Tam Nsaliwa and Olivier Occéan have played much smaller roles. Some stats. Chris P
  4. Occéan finally gets a chance to play, coming in as a sub in Lillestrøm's 4-0 defeat of Sandefjord. He responded by scoring the final goal of the game. Highlights in this article: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10005003 - In it coach Henning Berg also praises OOs attitude and states he deserved the goal. Tam Nsaliwa started for Lillestrøm and played 83 minutes. Nsaliwa had the chance to open the score with an early PK, but his weak effort was easily stopped. On Saturday, Lars Hirschfeld and Vålerenga travelled to Strømsgodset where they lost 1-0. Lars had
  5. Current Brann-coach Steinar Nilsen regrets bringing Lars to Norway back when he was Tromsø-coach... (said with a rueful smile) http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/norsk/artikkel.php?artid=10000178 (right near the end of the article)
  6. Just to add: Nsaliwa came on as a sub at halftime, and had the honour of taking the pk just a few minutes into the 2nd half. It was Lillestrøms first goal in over 3 full games. Given their drought I was surprised Olivier Occéan was not in the lineup as coach Berg made several changes to lineup. Haugesund, on the other hand, have been the positive surprise of the early season, not just because they've been collecting points but also because they play some positive football. Hirshfeld had a monster game for Vålerenga as that match ended 1-1. Brann threw everything including the kitchen
  7. Chris Pozniak started on the left side of midfield, but Haugesund lost 2-0 away to Tromsø. Lars Hirschfeld and Vålerenga defeated visiting Molde 2-1 tonight.
  8. The Lillestøm - Stabæk game was a bit of a snooze and ended 0-0. Nsaliwa stayed on the bench.
  9. Tam Nsaliwa on the bench, Olivier Occéan still not in the squad as Lillestrøm host Stabæk to kick off round 5 saturday afternoon at 1700 CET. On Sunda Chris Pozniak and Haugesund travel to Tromsø, while on Monday Lars Hirschfeld and Vålerenga host Molde. Haugesund are off to the best start of the 3 newly promoted teams, but will have their work cut out for them at a defensive-minded Tromsø team who stifled high-flying Stabæk last week. Vålerenga will hope for a better defensive performance than they had against Start last week. Molde are one of the best offensive teams in the leagu
  10. Both Tam Nsaliwa and Olivier Occéan started for the Lillestrøm reserves as they opened the season with a 5-2 win. Both scored a goal in the second half to break the game open after the teams were 2-2 at the half. Lillestrøm's recruits play in the Norwegian 3rd division (4th tier). Both Nsaliwa and OO were featured on the Lillestrøm homepages the past couple of weeks http://www.lsk.no/ - both make the right noises about working hard to get into the starting 11, bla, bla, bla... Occéan does mention that he feels he is in good form, and is ready for first-team play. I can't imagine he's h
  11. In Norway with Lillestrøm; currently not among the coach's favoured 11. Last season was spoiled by a nagging injury; not bad enough to keep him sidelined for long stretches, but enough to reduce his on-filed presence to a shadow of his nasty self. Regular updates in the "Canadians in Norway" thread.
  12. Kleiven's lob was very nice, but Lars was out of position. Mind you, as a long-time Start supporter, I have to admit few things are as satisfying as beating Vålerenga
  13. Norway round 4: Lars Hirschfeld and Vålerenga travelled to Kristiansand to meet Start. They had a rather bad time of it, losing 5-3... Lars made som good saves early on, keeping his team in it but should have stopped both the 3-1 and 4-1 goals. Chris Pozniak and Hagesund had a much better time of it, defeating visiting Hønefoss 5-1. Poz played 90. Lillestrøm travelled to Stavanger to take on Viking in a game that ended 0-0. Tam Nsaliwa stayed on the bench the whole game, while Olivier Occéan did not dress. Highlights Start-Vålerenga: http://vglive.no/#match=10001817&lv
  14. Weekend round-up of round 3 in Norway: Lars Hirshfeld played a good game as his Vålerenga played to a 0-0 draw with Rosenborg in Oslo. The game was marred by a pitch in absolutely scandalous condition. Tam Nsaliwa got his debut for Lillestrøm coming on in the 63 minute with the score already 6-0 for the canaries as they hosted Tippeliga-newcomers Hønefoss. 6-0 was also the final score. Olivier Occéan was neither on the pitch nor the bench and give en way Lillestrøms starting strikers are scoring, he's got a long way to go before he sees action. Visitors Hønefoss have yet to scroe
  15. Tam Nsaliwa is joining Lillestøm on loan from AEK though the end of June. http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/03/24/sport/fotball/tippeligaen/lillestrom/10988162/ *edit* What's his statua as a Canadian abroad? The norwegian papers identify him as a Canadian, but I saw one article that mentioned he bacame a German citizen and no longer plays for the MNT. In short - should I include him in my updates here or not?
  16. By the way, those who want to know more about Kenny in Sweden should go here: http://www.nordicfootball.info/category/sweden/
  17. Definitely; Elyounoussi is one of the two I was referring to. He has the potential to be a truly great player, but suffered from a bad situation at Heerenveen. Since joining LSK he started game one as a striker and this one in the midfield, and will continue to start every game. Ujah has been a very positive surprise, but he is young and will have ups and downs. And Sundgot is the same kind of player as OO, but a little more dangerous in front of the net. OO will get playing time, but he will have to put up with starting on the bench a lot. On the plus side for Canadians, Poz has sho
  18. AIK opened the season with two 0-0 draws. Kenny was on the bench for both.
  19. No problem; I'm not possessive. OOs problem is that Lillestrøm have acquired two new stikers in the off-season, leaving quite a battle for the starting spots up front. Occéan and Sundgot are in reality fighting for one of those spots as they are very similar players. Sundgot is Lillestrøms all-time leading scorer and seems to be on very good form right now, so until that changes OO will start on the bench. I think for the time being he'll get most of his playing time when LSK are behind and need someone to pound down a defensive wall. Also; Sundgot is aging, and will need more res
  20. Btw, for those who are interested: a complete list of fixtures in the norwegian season, with dates and times, as well as results for games alsready played. http://fotball.fvn.no/stat/index.jsp?stats=center&type=seasontable&seasonId=7430&groupId=all#/stat/index.jsp?stats=center&type=fixturelist&seasonId=7430&groupId=all&service=stat_only
  21. Round two starts Saturday with Vålerenga and Lars Hirschfeld travelling to Oslo neighbours Stabæk. Both won their opening matches, and showed some offensive prowess. Stabæk are both more dangerous up front and more vulnerable at the back, while Vålerenga have some of Norway's most exciting young offensive players. Should be a fun game for the neutral. On Sunday, Haugesund host Strømsgodset in a very winnable game for Poz and his teammates. Strømsgodset were absolutely terrible playing away last season and with a win Haugesund would have 4 points and a very positive start for everyone'
  22. Olivier Occéan started on the bench as Lillestrøm travelled to Ålesund to open their season. Lillestrøm usually don't do well in the west-coast town, and today was no exception as they lost 3-0 in a game that was closer than the score would indicate. Occéan came on in the 82nd minute at 2-0, but could do nothing to affect the score.
  23. And so the fun has begun. Chris Pozniak and Haugesund had the honour of being playing in the opening match when they travelled to Bergen to play Brann. The game ended 0-0 and Poz played 90. The 2nd half was all Brann and Haugesund were lucky to get away with a point. The pitch looked kind of like a freshly-plowed field.
  24. Yes. There is usually a short sumer break, but this year it will be longer. He was on contract with Tromsø through 2010, but had played on load with both Lyn and Fredrikstad. I hope he does well with AIK, but he did not take the league by storm in either of those cases, being a little too inconsistent for a top-flight no.1 keeper. His best is very, very good indeed, but you could not count on him performing game after game.
  25. Kenny Stamatopulos is leaving Norway for Swedish champions AIK: http://fotball.aftenposten.no/eliteserien/article163018.ece AIK sold their no. 1 keeper Daniel Öhrlund to Rosenborg this past winter and his replacement sfuffered a knee injury his last pre-season game. That means Kenny will start the season next weekend as no. 1. AIK will attempt to defend both their league and cup titles from last year, and will play CL qualifying.
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