Norwegian Football Cup 2017 Odds
The Norwegian Football Cup is the main knockout cup competition in Norwegian football. It is run by the Football Association of Norway and has been contested since 1902, making it the oldest football tournament in the country. The tournament is commonly known as Cupen ("The Cup") or NM, an acronym formed from Norgesmesterskap ("Norwegian Championship"). These terms are used to describe both the men's and women's competitions.
The first rounds of the cup are played in April, around the same time as the Norwegian Premier League starts. The first few rounds are set up by the Norwegian Football Association, and the top premier league teams are usually pitted against fairly weak amateur teams, often in rural areas, on the amateur team's home pitch. Early upsets, where an amateur team knocks a professional team out of the tournament do happen occasionally.
Later matchups are drawn at random, the teams face off once, and the winner goes on to the next round. The final match is played at Ullevaal Stadium (national stadium) in November, and takes place near the end of the Norwegian football season.
The cup is very popular in Norway, and tickets for the final match are hard to get hold of, as the game usually sells out quickly. The supporters of the two teams playing in the final match are seated at the two short-ends of the pitch, while the more neutral supporters are seated by the long-ends. The match is also televised on national television.
Rosenborg crushed Kongsvinger 4-0 to win NM Cupen (the Norwegian Cup) in 2016, with Paal Andre Helland scoring a hat-trick for Gersbach's team. In front of over 26,000 fans at the Ullevaal Stadion, Gersbach was a late substitute, replacing Helland in the 82nd minute as Rosenborg won the double for their second straight season.
In the game Helland broke the deadlock for Rosenborg in the 12th minute, before Reginiussen made it 2-0 in the 51st minute. Helland registered his second goal in the 63rd minute, before completing the onslaught in the 65th minute with a hat-trick. This is the second trophy clinched by Kwarasey after joining the Norwegian giants from Portland Timbers in the Major Soccer League (MLS), early this season. The first trophy he helped Rosenborg win was the topflight league title.
Kongsvinger’s players and fans were just thrilled to be there, with the match historic for them as well. It was the first time ever that the small club from Hedmark County had made it to the Cup Final, and played at the national arena at Ullevaal in Oslo before nearly 20,000 spectators who included the king and prime minister.
“We haven’t lost a thing” declared Kongsvinger’s Portuguese coach Luis Pimenta. “We have created new enthusiasm.”