Viking Invaders – Part 1

KingOfTheRooks is back with a new series! It’s a little known fact that all of the Scandinavian teams are in the CM9798 database so Andrew has got his experimenting hat on. If you’ve ever wondered how Rosenborg would get on in the Premier League, you’re in for a treat…

Hello and welcome to the latest experiment, Viking Invaders!

Rosenborg BK won thirteen consecutive Norwegian titles from 1992 to 2004 and also qualified for the Champions’ League group stages on eight consecutive occasions between 1995-96 and 2002-03. In 1996-97 they reached the quarterfinals, bowing out to Juventus. The question is, how would a team of such dominance cope in the Premier League? Let us find out… (The unfortunate victims to this act of heresy are Southampton who have been demoted to non-league where they will join Rosenborg 2, our B team).

We’ll also look to bring in some of the keenest talent from across the North-Sea to bolster our assault on the Premier League.

You may recognise Johnson (Chelsea 89-97), Rushfeldt (Birmingham 95), Heggem (Liverpool 98-03) and Ingebrigtsen (Man City 92-94) in that squad. Some more fondly remembered than others. Erik Bakke is available from Sogndal and Jo Tessem is interested (but we’re not!). A number of our favoured signings reject us, but we make it to day one with a bolstered squad.

We open the season at the Lerkendal against Spurs.  Bursting out of the blocks with attacking intent we were 3-0 up after 22 minutes…and then our failure to sign a solid ‘keeper over the summer comes back to haunt us as Jamtfall has an absolute nightmare.

Hammered by the hammers. Jamtfall has another nightmare and we just cannot get going.

We sign two young ‘keepers and Frode Fermann and it all comes together against Leeds United at the Lerkendal. Hopefully, this isn’t a one-off. Still massive worries in the back of my mind as we completely lack the depth of quality a Man Utd, Liverpool or an Arsenal have at their disposal.

Bolton make us work hard and we end up pillaging the Reebok in the final minutes in true Viking fashion. The evergreen Peter Beardsley opening the scoring.

We add Orjan Berg, Freddy Dos Santos, and a bid is in for Rotevatn. Meanwhile Lie-chester get their behinds handed to them as we plunder another 7-goal victory at the Lerkendal.

But..but…Sheringham and Giggs. You have to hand it to the Big Dane, stopping endless shots, saving penalties. This was an even game where an absolute top-drawer ‘keeper was the difference, which we’ll see when Utd concede barely more than ten by the end of the season. Given Utd are the benchmark, I’m happy with that.

An injury to the main man whilst on U21 duty will see Stian Ohr or Annbjorn Ree deputise.

The Lerkendal is a less plunderous ship as Sheffield Wednesday survive 27 shots on their goal to concede just two. Ree and Ohr both get a half, hitting the bar on numerous occasions.

The lions visit the Lerkendal and Millwall are brushed aside in the League Cup 5-0 which means we’ll be able to put out a second string in the 2nd leg to save some tired bodies. We cross the North-Sea to undertake a stealth attack on the toon, and the only blemish is a goal from Desmond Hamilton.

As we approach the end of September, we have bolstered our squad with much required depth:

This gives us plenty of cover for Runar Berg. That said, he would be sorely missed and is the lynchpin of our side. Not what I wanted at all…

Svindal Larsen injured in a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace. We remain in second place having played a game more than Arsenal who have played 8 won 8 and are so far, invincible.

Our first game without our trusty left wing-back and we get torn a new one as we retreat to our boats and home. Clearly, I need another top quality Norwegian left back.

All of a sudden, something just isn’t right…worrying.

The invincibles come unstuck at the Lerkendal as we beat top of the table Arsenal 2-1. It comes at a price as our no.1 is out for a week with a bruised head.

A proud moment follows as Runar Berg gets his international bow.

Something is definitely wrong. We take an absolute pasting at Chelsea despite the return of Svindal Larsen. I’m not sure what’s going wrong, but need to figure it out very soon.

I’m beginning to think that we have a split personality…either that or 4-4-2 is our nemesis. That said we’ve lost 4 of our away games, perhaps we need to be more cautious in the UK. We demolish Coventry, and it really should have been more.

Our superb away form ends in a 5-3 defeat against 20th placed Barnsley. How…is…this…possible. Our final Premier League game of October and this is what we do…

Aaaaaaaaand the bad patch comes to an abysmal end. Knocked out the League Cup by Stockport County at home and Knutsen is out for 3 months.

This is an absolute nightmare given Knutsen has provided 11 assists so far. We close out October in 3rd place having inflicted Arsenal’s only defeat and contributed half of Man Utd’s goals against column. Our away form, and goals conceded need to be addressed, so we may need to adjust slightly to continue to chase the top spot.

We’ll see how we cope without Knutsen until February, and whether we can re-find our form. We’ve lost our way and despite the signings, depth is severely lacking. Ser deg neste gang!

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