A Scouting View by Gil Prescott

Tippeligaen, Norway, Sunday July 26th 2009, Viking FK 5-2 FC Lyn Oslo

One of my many trips over to Norway and Scandinavia in general, to watch Viking FK of Stavanger play against FC Lyn Oslo. Lyn Oslo had had financial problems and at the time were bottom of the Norwegian league, Viking were tenth.

Always a pleasure to go to Viking, they have an excellent infrastructure, a nice ground and always treated foreign scouts well. It was very much an end to end game and surprisingly five out of the seven goals were top-class. Viking were leading 3-1 at half-time with goals from Birkir Bjarnason, who was always talented and currently plays for FC Basel in Switzerland and ultimately gained forty-six Icelandic caps, I always quite liked him. Further goals from Alexander Odegaard & Vidar Nisja and an excellent goal from Diego Guastvino for Lyn Oslo, a Uruguayan who is now playing at Univesitario in Chile.

The Stavanger Viking Stadium has a capacity of 16,600 and was always well maintained with a good playing surface. In the second half Vidar Nisja increased Viking’s lead with the talented Uruguayan pulling another one back for Oslo. Andre Danielsen finished the game off with an amazing strike which ripped into the top corner with Greek goalkeeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos left helpless. My club at the time Sheffield United were a pleasure to work with and always made sure you had good accommodation when making your foreign trips.

This hotel was right on the Baltic sea with a wonderful view over the coast and it never ceased to amaze you how good the English was when spoken by the native Norwegians. Several of the players who competed in both sides went onto better things, the nationalities on the day included an Australian, Côte d’Ivoire, Icelandic, Nigerian. Viking had nine Norwegians in their starting lineup with FC Lyn Oslo having five native Norwegians. Below a view from the hotel window overlooking the Baltic Sea.

FC Lyn Oslo did finish in sixteenth which is bottom position in the Tippeligaen in Norway and Viking retained their tenth spot. See below some shots of the game and the Stavanger Viking Stadium. I also liked Jone Samuelsen a small technically good central midfielder who played at Viking and now plays for Odd in Norway. For FC Lyn Oslo, Erling Knudtzen had raw pace in the early periods of his career which many thought would develop better than it actually did. Jo Inge Berget a tall right-footed midfielder was also prominent for Lyn Oslo, he was talented and gained eleven full caps for Norway.

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