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Heia Enga – Vålerenga 3 Viking 0

This weekend I hosted my parents for the first time since I moved to Oslo. On the Friday night I took them to the Ullevaal for their (and my) first Vålerenga match, versus Viking. I’d been to the Ullevaal once before for Norway v Iceland and watched several Vålerenga games on the tele, but had not seen a match in person. As this was the penultimate home game I suggested we go along. My dad and rather surprisingly my mother both agreed!

We chose seats in the upper tier of the Sparebank stand. They were more expensive, but offered a great view and also unrestricted seating, so we could move around at will. I thought that best in case some sweary Norwegian sat next to my mum! In the end a sweary person did sit next to my mum – it was my dad…

Mum and Dad at the Ullevaal with a beautiful Oslo sunset

My dad seemed to agree with my initial thoughts on the standard of Norwegian football, that the standard is low but the matches are entertaining. The biggest impression left on him was not the match but the fans, especially Klanen (the Vålerenga supporters club) who kept up the support all through the match. Although it might not look it from the photos, there were over 11,000 people there. He also thought Klanen anthem Vålerenga Kjerke (below) was a nice alternative to the typical football anthem. I concur!

The match itself ended with a comfortable 3-0 win for Vålerenga, their 7th win in 8 and one which leaves them well-placed to grab a top three finish. Viking looked dangerous from kick-off but once
‘enga took the lead early on, there was only one likely winner.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

2 Comments

  1. Klanen were also under you (where we stand 😀 )

    Kjerke is a song about when Vålerenga Church was on fire. The previous vicar there was a huge VIF fan – used to piss the religious powers that be off, cos he’d always offer prayers for a VIF win when they were playing that day. He was also covered in VIF tattoos…

    “He has, for example, participated in dance contests, performed a mock funeral for a football club that was an arch rival to Vålerenga’s”

    😀

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