A to Z of Rosenborg: Trondheim’s Troll Children march into Cork

Martin Claffey gives an alphabetical break down of Cork City's European opponents. 

A IS FOR ATTENDANCE

Rosenborg’s average attendance is 17,500, easily Norway’s highest.

B IS FOR BENDTNER

Nicklas Bendtner declared himself one of the greatest strikers in the world a little too early into his Arsenal career to be taken seriously and endured years of ridicule for it afterwards. Nevertheless the confident Danish international is a serious handful, aggressive and strong in the air, and enjoys a record better than a goal every two games since moving to Rosenborg last year (23 goals in 45 games).

C IS FOR COOLEN

Dutchman Rini Coolen is the club’s interim manager, taking over last month from the axed Kare Ingebrigsten. Ingebrigsten’s dismissal upset club players — Rosenborg were top of the league. Coolen’s tenure started with a tough Champions League tie against Celtic, going down 3-1 on aggregate but they beat their city rivals Ranheim 3-1 in the league at the weekend.

D IS FOR DUNDALK

The Lilywhites suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat after extra-time to Rosenborg last season, knocking Dundalk out at the Champions League second qualifying round stage.

Heartbreak for the Lilywhites

E IS FOR EGGEN

Nils Arne Eggen managed Rosenborg on six occasions over a 40-year period between 1970 and 2010, winning 15 titles over that period. His side’s style was inspired by the Dutch ‘total football’ philosophy — and was often in contrast to the direct style of the successful Norwegian national team in the 1990s.

F IS FOR FANS

Rosenborg are known as the Troillongan (The ‘Troll Children’). In the 1960s Rosenborg keeper Sverre Fornes was given a troll doll by a group of fans and it became a lucky mascot.

G IS FOR GOALS

Harald Brattbakk scored 254 goals for the Norwegian giants over three spells in Trondheim, making him the club’s top scorer. A hero at Celtic from his time in Glasgow in the late 1990s, where a goal against St Johnstone secured the title and stopped a Rangers 10-in-a-row bid.

H IS FOR HONOURS

Rosenborg is Norway’s leading club with 25 league titles and 11 cup wins.

I IS FOR IN SUCCESSION

Rosenborg won an incredible 13 league titles in a row between 1991 and 2004, making a name for themselves across Europe.

J IS FOR JENSEN

Mike Jensen is a Danish international and skipper of Rosenborg. An impressive midfielder, he scored in Saturday’s win over Ranheim and will be a threat at Turner’s Cross tonight.

Mike Jensen

K IS FOR KRONER

Norwegian giant John Carew was the club’s record transfer sale when he moved to Valencia in LaLiga for 75m kroner (around €10m).

L IS FOR LERKENDAL

Built in 1947, the Lerkendal Stadium was renovated at the turn of the 21st century. Completed in 2002, Rosenborg’s home is now an all-seater with a capacity of 21.405.

M IS FOR MILAN

Rosenborg stunned Italian giants AC Milan 2-1 at the San Siro, knocking the Serie A side out of the 1996/97 Champions League.

N IS FOR NIDAROSDOMEN

The cathedral in Trondheim is an impressive sight. It is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav.

O IS FOR ODD

The original name for the club, when set up in 1917, named after one of Norway’s top teams. Renamed Rosenborg Ballklub in 1927. Rosenborg beat the other Odd to win their first Norwegian Cup in 1960.

P IS FOR PEDRO CHIRIVELLA

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella this week turned down a £3.5m (€3.9m) move to Rosenborg despite Jurgen Klopp wanting him off the books.

Q IS FOR QUARTER-FINAL

Rosenborg reached the quarter-final of the 1997 Champions League, where they bowed out 3-1 on aggregate to Juventus. The Old Lady were beaten 3-1 by Dortmund in the final.

R IS FOR ROVERS

Sligo Rovers have their own hard luck story against Rosenborg from the 2014 Europa League qualifying. Leading 2-1 from the first leg at the Showgrounds, Mike Jensen scored twice in Trondheim to break the Bit O’Red’s resilience.

Picture: Sportsfile

S IS FOR STRAND

Rosenborg’s most capped player Roar Strand made 416 appearances for the club between 1989 and 2010. The club has retired the No. 6 jersey in honour of the fan favourite.

T IS FOR TRONDHEIM

Norway’s third biggest city and home of Rosenborg.

U IS FOR UNBEATEN

The 2009/2010 Rosenborg side which won the Tippeligaen went through the whole 30-game season unbeaten.

V IS FOR VALARENGA

The team who stopped the 14 in a row in 2005, as Rosenborg slumped to a seventh-place finish.

W IS FOR WHITE

Rosenborg’s first team kit is white shorts, black shorts, white socks. Their away kit is all black.

X IS FOR X-FACTOR

Dangerous Nigerian striker Samuel Adegbenro is expected to miss out through injury which is good news for Cork.

Y IS FOR YOUTH

The club have built a reputation for bringing through homegrown talent. Interim manager Rini Coolen was head of the club’s youth academy before taking on his current role.

Z IS FOR ZIDANE

Real Madrid missed their midfield legend when they were shocked by Rosenborg as the Norwegians won 2-0 in the 1997/98 Champions League group stages in Trondheim.

Real would still go on to win the Champions League final in Amsterdam that season, beating Juventus.

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