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Bodø/Glimt Set To Become Norwegian Champion For 1st Time

The gamers and training employees of Norwegian crew Bod/Glimt had been getting ready to fly out for some warm-weather preseason coaching in Spain in March when soccer within the Nordic nation got here to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Realizing that funds could be stretched in a pandemic, most golf equipment in Norway’s prime division put their gamers on furlough.

The management at Bod/Glimt had different concepts.

We stood there with all workers of the membership and stated nobody was going to depart, the golf equipment chairman, Inge Henning Andersen, informed The Associated Press.

We thought one of the best factor within the state of affairs was to proceed coaching I feel that was one in all finest choices we ever made on the membership.

Their health and depth ranges far exceeding that of their rivals, Bod/Glimts gamers began the season like 1,000,000 {dollars}, Andersen stated with a smile.

They havent regarded again.

On Sunday, the unheralded crew from Norways west coast wants only a level in a match at Strmsgodset to clinch the primary top-flight title in its 104-year historical past and, in doing so, grow to be probably the most northerly membership to be Norwegian champion.

Theyll doubtless be doing it in record-breaking style, too.

Bod/Glimt has misplaced simply one in all its 24 video games and, on 65 factors, wants seven extra from its remaining six video games to set a report factors haul within the Eliteserien. On 83 targets up to now, the crew is simply 4 shy of the report for a single top-flight season.

They have scored 4 or extra targets on eight events within the league and are 18 factors away from second-place Molde, the defending champion.

The procession to the 2020 title is much more outstanding given Bod/Glimt has a standing as an elevator membership as its referred to as in Norway due to its historical past of going forwards and backwards between the highest two divisions. The final promotion got here as lately as 2017, so that is simply their third season again in prime flight.

Asked to clarify his golf equipment rise, Andersen stated there was no eureka second.

Just a number of good choices during the last three or 4 years, he stated, starting from the promotion of Kjetil Knutsen to move coach after the 2017 season, to a cultural change by the crew administration forward of the 2019 season, which the crew completed in second place.

They determined to depart all the things behind and cease aiming for a outcome like a top-eight end, a top-10 end or perhaps a top-three end. Just go away it, concentrate on creating the gamers. Basically simply are available in as one of the best model you’ll be able to probably be and are available in a greater individual tomorrow.

Maybe one thing dropped from their shoulders.

Linked to that was the hiring a few years earlier of Bjorn Mannsverk, a former fighter pilot-turned-mental coach. He holds particular person and group classes with the gamers, who’ve now turned to meditation earlier than coaching classes.

Mannsverk has performed an important function in making the gamers imagine in themselves extra, notably Ulrik Saltnes and Patrick Berg midfielders who’ve grow to be talismanic figures for the crew.

He felt stress within the abdomen, and had stress-related syndromes, Andersen stated of the 27-year-old Saltnes. He was truly confused. He might do nicely in coaching however not in matches.

So they started to speak about this and at last discover a method out of it.

The management at Bod/Glimt accepts the membership will be unable to maintain maintain of its finest gamers. At the beginning of final month, for instance, winger Jens Petter Hauge joined Italian large AC Milan, which performed Bod/Glimt within the Europa League group stage this season and was suitably impressed by the Norwegian sides then-20-year-old star attacker. The Italian membership reportedly paid a switch charge of $5 million.

This is, in spite of everything, a membership which budgeted for dwelling crowds of three,600 for video games at its Aspmyra Stadion this season. The inhabitants of the town of Bod is round 50,000.

It makes the success story of Bod/Glimt all of the extra gorgeous because it appears to be like to safe the most important trophy in its historical past and, who is aware of, get via qualifying to achieve the Champions League group stage subsequent yr.

To get the worldwide reference for the boys, Andersen stated, is how we will construct the membership additional.

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