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Rosenborg BK

Rosenborg BK
Rosenborg celebrate winning the 2010 Norwegian title ©Getty Images

Rosenborg BK

Formed: 1917
Nickname: Troillongan (Troll Kids)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 22 (2010)
• Norwegian Cup: 9 (2003)

• Founded by a group of 12 Trondheim youngsters, the club was originally named Odd in honour of Skien-based Odd Grenland but took on the name of its local district in 1928 because the Norway Football Association would not let two teams with the same name compete in the league.

• Rosenborg's early years were largely spent in the lower divisions but things began to pick up after they took up residence at their Lerkendal Stadium in 1947; the club beat their one-time namesakes Odd to win their first Norwegian Cup in 1960.

• Nils Arne Eggen was one of the star players when Rosenborg claimed their first two league titles in 1967 and 1969 and coached them to a domestic double in 1971, but the trail went cold in the following years, their fourth title not coming until 1985.

• Eggen's fifth spell as Rosenborg coach began in 1988 and heralded a period of utter dominance in Norway; between 1988 and 2004, they won 15 of a possible 17 league titles, including 13 in a row from 1992 to 2004. Eggen presided over most of them and returned to lead the team to another league title in 2010.

• That domestic success led to regular football in the UEFA Champions League, where Rosenborg fans have enjoyed some memorable nights, the most famous being a 2-1 group stage win at AC Milan in December 1996, which knocked the mighty Italian side out of the competition and sent Rosenborg to the quarter-finals.

Club records
Most appearances: Roar Strand (645)
Most goals: Harald Martin Brattbakk (256)
Record victory: FK Buvika 0-17 Rosenborg (Norwegian Cup, 7 May 2003)
Record defeat: Hibernian FC 9-1 Rosenborg (UEFA Cup, 2 October 1974)

* Last updated 31 December 2010

Last updated: 02/03/11 12.32CET


Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/08/2007, Rosenborg 7-1 Astana 64, Trondheim
  • Biggest defeat:
    02/10/1974, Hibernian 9-1 Rosenborg, Edinburgh
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  21
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  1
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  16
  • Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup:  1
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 133
    Roar Strand (  NOR)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 27
    Harald Brattbakk (  NOR)
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