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Kolbotn IL
« on: February 27, 2007, 04:21:45 PM »
Since we have a thread for Asker, I thought that I would create one for Kolbotn. It means I will have to improve on my "Norsk deciphering", but I suppose it is better than Sudoku.  ::)

Here is the first article:

Kolbotn chase national team players

Kolbotn wish to strengthen their squad with two Norwegian national team players.

Kolbotn hope to consolidate their position as Norway’s best football team and at the same time approach Umeå next season. So far the club has only strengthened the squad with the English player Rebecca Angus (21), who comes from American college football in May.

At the same time established players such as national team captain Ane Stangeland Horpestad and Ingvild Stensland have left the club. Club leader Svein Angvik is however not concerned.

- I don’t think we are a weakened side from last year. We come to appear more like a machine again, he said to Nettavisen.

At the same time Angvik has a pair of aces up his sleeve: This summer Kolbotn are likely to strengthen with two Norwegian national team players.

- We have sent letters to the player’s clubs and have talked with the players, explains Angvik to Nettavisen.

- We have plenty of players from the youth international teams and just wish to strengthen the squad with players from full international level. We need a gear to assert ourselves against a team like Umeå, and the players we think can be found in the Norwegian league system, he continues.

The year’s objectives are to win the league championship, the cup and to reach the semi-final in the European Cup.

- We prioritise the league highest however, since this enables play in Europe, explains Angvik.

Eleven quick questions:

1. Which new players are coming?
Rebecca Angus. In addition Trine Lise Andersen has taken over as trainer after Aksel Bergo.

2. Which players have left the club?
Ane Stangeland Horpestad and Ingvild Stensland.

3. Which players/player types are on the wish list?
We are after a midfield player and a forward.

4. What are the ambitions for the season?
In our strategy plan it is clear that we will win the league, the cup and reach the semifinal in the European Cup.

5. What is the programme before the league?
To meet several Norwegian and Swedish teams before the training camp at La Manga. We are also working to get a training match against the Danish team Brøndby, since the previous fixture was cancelled due to snow.

6. The clubs biggest player profiles?
Trine Rønning, Camilla Huse, Isabell Herlovsen, Solveig Gulbrandsen, Christine Colombo Nilsen, Ingvild Isaksen, Cecilie Berg-Hansen and Nora Holstad Berge.

7. How often does the team train?
Four fast afternoon spells and two morning spells. Those with national team training will have 10-12 spells in a week.

8. What are the training facilities?
We train at the MS-hall in the winter and the main pitch at Sofiemyr in the summer.

9. How big is the year’s budget?
It is about 5 million kroner, 200,000 more than last year. The goal is to reach about 7 million kroner in the run of two to three years. ( 12 Kroner ~ £1)

10. Are any of the players salaried?
All players have compensation/salary. We have increased the salary part from 70 to 75% percent this year. The players are salaried in three catagories: learner, established players and national team players. Three to four of our players also have administrative positions in the club. The best salaried players have a nice year’s salary when one also considers the earnings on the national team.

11. Will the stadium be improved?
We won the NFF’s arrangement competition last year and have 500 covered seats this year. We will also improve the facilities before the season starts.

Source:

http://www.fxt.no/toppserien/article913453.ece


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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2007, 12:41:52 PM »
01-03-07: Kolbotn is the most visible women's team in Norway, says Solveig Gulbrandsen.  But the club is working to attract a main sponsor for the coming season.

The club has been top of the league for the last two seasons and reached the UEFA Women's Cup semifinal in 2006.  On top of this seven Kolbotn matches featured on live TV.  But at present the club shirt is a plain, boring white.

"We have a lot of media coverage and are without doubt the most visible club.  It is the World-Cup year and businesses can get good exposure through us.  We shall be happy if we can get £40,000 from a main sponsor", said Gulbrandsen.

But the general manager Svein Angvik thinks they should aim higher.  "That amount would be nice, but I think we are worth more.  We are in the media a lot but are still struggling to crack the code which gets firms to make an effort". 

"The club's budget is around £400,000 this year", Angvik continued, "we have a target to reach a budget that is 5% of that of the best men's team in Norway.  Rosenborg's budget was £11.7 million last year".  That means a target budget increase of 40% for Kolbotn.  He is having talks with potential sponsors.

"We can offer product packages to large and small partners", said Angvik.  "Everything from displays on our kit or in the ground, to using our players on product profiling".  He is also hoping to create marketing opportunities from the players' World-Cup tour to China.

Kolbotn is also working hard to improve the arrangements for spectators at home matches, to attract more to the ground.  Last year's average for spectators was 264, this years budget is based on an average of 300.

         

 
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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2007, 11:16:59 PM »
Here are Kolbotn's coming training matches that I am aware of:

v Team Strømmen - Friday 9th March - Strømmen stadion
v Asker - Tuesday 20th March - Føyka, Asker
v Trondheims-Ørn - Wednesday 28th March - La Manga
v Arna-Bjørnar - Friday 30th March - La Manga
v Jitex - Saturday 14th April - Trollhättan

Jitex are a Swedish team who were relegated from the Swedish women's premier football league at the end of the 2006 season.

Kolbotn played out a goalless draw against Røa on Sunday. Both of the teams are considered amongst the favourites for this year's league title. However, there were few chances in the match and Kolbotn's new trainer, Trine Lise Andersen, described the match as Kolbotn's worst under her leadership. Despite this, she was pleased to keep a clean sheet against Røa.

Christine Colombo Nilsen made her return to the Kolbotn goal after a long absence due to a knee injury.


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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2007, 01:45:04 PM »
BB - in the Ostlandets Blad there is an article that says (if I read it right) that Kolbotn IL might have to go into administration.  I have to take my son into town but will try and look at it more closely later today - see what you think.  If true it will be a worry for Solveig Gulbrandsen and the others in Portugal next week.
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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2007, 04:01:26 PM »
That could limit the length of this thread.  :o

The headline certainly seems to suggest that, although we will need to look at the story more closely to understand the background.

It could certainly be unsettling for the players.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2007, 06:36:38 PM »
Kolbotn's local paper Østlandets Blad on Thursday published news that the Annual General Meeting of the club on Feb. 28 had been put back to March 26 by an 18-12 vote because the management were not happy with the financial commitments the women's football team had taken on without informing the top management.  Another problem was that the volleyball group had proposed a budget for 2007 without enough starting funds.  The financial situation had become clear so late that there had been no time for the management to formulate a satisfactory plan before the meeting on February 28.

The management also referred to an e-mail from the financial controller Espen Andreassen on January 8, and a note from the steering committee on February 19 that they considered the situation so serious that they would recommend that Kolbotn women's football team should be put into administration.  The directors felt they had lost the means to control the situation.  The women's football team had not bought many players and and not given large pay rises, but the group had taken on employments obligations without the necessary budget, leading to the present situation, it was felt.

But Harald Schelderup said to the newspaper, "The situation is no different from last year, we have managed our obligations without increasing the budget.  This is a damaging overdramatisation". 

At the meeting Tore B. Ramton proposed that they should deal with all points apart from the budget, on the grounds that the only uncertainty lay ahead in 2007.  That was thrown out.

Things became heated before the meeting.  The Ostlandets Blad was informed that the press would be excluded, "but we did not accept that".  Five minutes later that was cancelled and the paper was offered information on an unattributable basis, which they found unacceptable.  One of the directors said that the club had adopted a poor media strategy.


Comment

Obviously the subtleties are beyond my abilities to translate, but it looks like a classical battle between those who are interested in football and have the vision, and those (called beancounters sometimes, unfairly) who want the club to be controlled and managed professionally with agreed budgets.  Maybe the threat to put the group into administration is a bit of sabre-rattling intended to bring people into line one way or the other.  It seems that the calls for administration are coming from within the club, which is a lot better than if they were from outside.

Things will only become clear after the delayed AGM on March 26.  It does not look as though the club is in serious financial trouble, but management and control need sorting out before the season starts.

Espen Andreasson, the financial controller, is also the club's Assistant Trainer and Solveig Gulbrandsen's husband.









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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2007, 07:06:12 PM »
Thanks for your work on this Alan...looks like an interesting situation developing. Hopefully something can be worked out....

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2007, 09:21:03 PM »
Thanks for doing that Alan. I started doing a full translation but was finding it a bit hard going. Probably because the article was not focussed on football as such.  :) I would also not have liked to misrepresent them on such a matter.

I find the article difficult to comment on really. It seems that there are things going on in the club but it does not seem to mention the words "debt" anywhere, but focuses on the commitments that have been made. Although as it says in the article they have not really made any apparent "big signings" since the end of last season. On the contrary they seem to have had more outgoings than incomings in terms of players.

We will just have to wait and see. I cannot find any other press reports that provide a different angle on the issue.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2007, 05:23:33 PM »
While they are still solvent.  :)

Manglerud Star (Mens Juniors)  4 (2) Kolbotn Ladies 1 (0)

Location: Manglerud

Goal for Kolbotn: Trine Rønning (penalty)

I don’t know if this happens in the UK, it might well do, but in Norway it is quite commonplace for the women’s teams to play against the junior men’s teams in warm-up games. On Friday Kolbotn had such a game against the Manglerud Star Juniors.

One of Kolbotn’s assistant trainers recognised that the junior team was bigger, stronger and faster than his team, but he was nevertheless pleased with Kolbotn’s performance as they created chances and generally competed well.

Solveig Gulbrandsen missed the game due to a minor injury. Trine Rønning meanwhile likened the game to meeting ten Martas.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2007, 04:16:41 PM »
11-03-07: Kolbotn beat Team Strømmen 1-0 in a training match on Friday.  Even though four central players were away with the national side in Portugal, Team Strømmen, who took 4th place in the Toppseries last season, never threatened to take control.

Assistant trainer Thomas Østvold said afterwards, "We played a very good first half and dominated the play.  After that we were still in full control but we were inaccurate in our attacking play.  All in all it was a positive match in which we used many players in unfamiliar positions".

On the down side, however, reserve keeper Lene Mehls picked up a knee injury in training and they are afraid it might be a damaged cruciate ligament.
 
 
Team Strømmen 0 (0), Kolbotn 1 (1),

Training match, women, Strømmen stadium,

Goal: Tonje Hansen (21)

Kolbotn (4-3-3):
Christine Colombo Nilsen  - 
Cecilie Berg-Hansen, Nora Holstad Berge, Silje Kopke da Fonseca, Tone Eriksen  - 
Mari Romstad Stavne, Kristine Lindblom, Ingrid Schjelderup  - 
Ingvild Landvik Isaksen, Tonje Hansen (Michelle Søderstrøm from 30 min.), Kristin Blystad Bjerke


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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2007, 10:02:56 PM »
Kolbotn lost against Asker at Føyka

The last match for the Kolbotn girls before they head off to a training camp at La Manga ended with a 3-5 loss against one of the candidates for the league title.
An attacking first half by both teams led to a half time score of 4-3 to Asker. Kolbotn’s goals were scored by Ingvild Landvik Isaksen, Kristin Blystad Bjerke and Ingrid Schjelderup.
- We were too kind today. We must have a completely different will in the duel play if we shall win games like this, said KIL trainer Trine Lise Andersen after the game.

It is not much use to us, but you can read more about the game in tomorrow's Østlandets Blad.  :D
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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2007, 10:23:41 PM »
I should add to this thread that Kolbotn IL women's team have their own supporter club called "The KILers". They have their own website which can be found at:

www.thekilers.no

The site is all in Norwegian  :), but it is quite useful for finding out results and I think it is the only one of its kind for the women's teams in Norway.

Incidentally, as a piece of trivia, one of Kolbotn's most well known supporters is the former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.


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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2007, 12:55:16 PM »
BB - Bondevik often turns up at home matches, and can be seen on the net-tv broadcast of the match again Team Strommen, which I think is still on NRK net-tv, and he gets interviewed on screen at half-time.  He lives in Kolbotn so is a local supporter, and (more trivia) sent a text message to Solveig to support the Norway team before the European Cup final at Ewood Park in 2005.

Everybody in Norway knows about the women's exploits in international football - the only problem is that they don't seem to turn out in any great numbers to support the same players in their league matches.  Even at Kolbotn 400 is a good gate.

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2007, 11:10:44 PM »
25-03-07:  Kolbotn's trainer Trine Lise Andersen went on record in the week with some critical remarks about the national team management.  She has several players who will be out with the Norway team for a long period this season. 

"We have players who will be out for several sessions.  Many of these players will not get to play international matches and will miss out both on match training and ordinary training.  It does not suit us that these players are being taken out", she said.

"A player like Trine Rønning is being used in one role in the national team and another at the club", said Andersen.  "We spend time with our players training them to play in their accustomed positions".  Rønning is an attacking midfielder with Kolbotn, but was used as a central defender in the Norway team at the Algarve Cup recently.

Asker's trainer Eli Landsem does not totally agree.  "Women footballers do not get paid much by their clubs.  Most of ours get their pay from the NFF (the Norwegian FA).  That's how it is.  If we were paying them, it would be a different matter", said Landsem. 

(from Ostlandets Blad).

Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen has a history of repositioning his players.  Lise Klaveness came into the Norway side as a midfielder, and was retrained as a successful striker for the national side.  Ingvild Stensland is a successful holding midfielder in the national side, albeit with a strong inclination to attack at any opportunity, but always played as a central defender at Kolbotn.  One of her reasons for moving to play in Sweden this season, at Kopparbergs Gothenburg, was that she would get to play as a midfielder at her new club.
   

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2007, 05:49:10 PM »
Well the 26th has been and gone and there does not seem to be any news from Kolbotn's Annual General Meeting.

I guess somebody would have written a news report by now, considering that they have won the league for the last two seasons, if they had gone into administration as was suggested as being a possibility by the earlier news report.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2007, 07:53:17 PM »
BB - I couldn't see anything about the meeting, so I suppose no news is good news on that . .

Here's a bit from the local paper:

27-03-07: Kolbotn trainer Trine Lise Andersen reacted strongly after the first game at La Manga, which they lost to Asker.  "I want tough training, where we make demands of each other.  The sessions are going to be ratcheted up a few notches".

But Andersen praised Solveig Gulbrandsen amongst others for her contribution to training.  "Solveig demands a lot of herself and others in the team, so that the team know the level has to be pressed up.  Trine Rønning has something of the same about her.  It's invaluable to have players like that", said the trainer.

Last week Andersen criticised the national team management for taking players away from the team too much.  Now they are all together.

"It's terribly important to get all the players together, and that is the most important thing about this week.  We have been able to work on details of our play that we have not had the chance to work on so much before.  We have time here to stop and discuss things, and that is constructive and important", said Andersen.

"It's great to get on to the grass, but it's still a little cold", said central defender Nora Holstad Berge at the morning session yesterday, but it was warmer for the second session.  The team's newest acquisition, Rebecca Angus, has arrived from the USA and is at the training camp.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2007, 01:09:10 PM »
29-03-07:  For Kolbotn's main keeper the whole of last season went by because of injury.  In yesterday's training Christine Colombo Nilsen stood ready.  "Now Colombo is in the running, she is a matchwinner", said keeper trainer Roar Johansen.

Her cruciate ligament injury has kept Nilsen caged, but now she is back all she needs is match training.  "I was a league-winner once before (2005), but it was unpleasant to have to watch from the stands last year", she said.

The 2007 season can be an eventful one for Colombo Nilsen, in the league and possibly with Norway in the World Cup in China. 

National team coach Bjarne Berntsen is in La Manga to watch possible squad members.  He said, "If she holds form as we know she can, and is injury-free, she will be with us in China".

"I must perform at a good level in the Top Series before there is any thought of that", said 6ft and half-an-inch tall Nilsen. 

Trainer Johansen said, "I have worked with women-keepers for the last six years.  Colombo is in a class of her own and enormously inspiring to work with".  Johansen is also responsible for the Norway Under-19 and Under-23 keepers.

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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2007, 08:54:10 PM »
- Isabell may have a roaring season

Kolbotn beat Arna-Bjørnar 6-0 at La Manga yesterday. Isabell Herlovsen opened the scoring. Kolbotn trainer Trine-Lise Andersen predicts that “Issa” will have a good season in the Toppserie.

LA MANGA: Herlovsen herself thinks that she got too little playing time last season. This year she hopes for more playing time. Preferably in her favourite position as a midfielder. Trine Lise Andersen can promise her this – on some conditions.
- Isabell has been very good in the winter and I think she may have a big season. It requires however that she does her work on the training field, says Andersen.
- What areas need working on?
It is important that she has focus on what is needed to be a good midfielder. She must work mentally such that her work ethic becomes even better. There is little doubt about her skills. These amongst other things she has shown in the two games here, thinks Andersen.


In agreement

She is in agreement with her trainer.
I must improve my fitness. It is that I must have focus on now, says Herlovsen, who acknowledges that this led to little game time last year and different positions on the pitch.
- I felt that I did well in training last year also, but it is of course the trainers who decide, says Herlovsen, who does not believe that she is certain of a place this year either.
- There is big competition for places. It is important to do well in training and in matches. I have had good feedback from the training team this year, so it looks promising, thinks Herlovsen. She didn’t need more than 12 minutes to give Kolbotn the lead yesterday. A long run ended with a headed goal after some through play from a very good Solveig Gulbrandsen.
- I get to use my qualities best as a midfielder. I shall do everything to keep this place, finishes Herlovsen. She was substituted after 62 minutes yesterday due to a blister.

Elegant goal
 
Kolbotn had a good game against the team from Bergen, who many believe will be competing for a place amongst the top five this year. Solveig Gulbrandsen scored two good goals after good attacking play and crosses from Ingrid Schjelderup and Tonje Hansen.
- We played very good football in periods, and scored some good goals. All together fantastic, we have class, thinks trainer Andersen.
Rebecca Angus came in 22 minutes before full time and scored her first goal in the Kolbotn shirt with an elegant lob. The goal feast was ended by a long range shot from Kristine Lindblom.

Arna-Bjørnar 0 (0)
Kolbotn 6 (3)
Training Match
La Manga
Goals: 0-1, Isabell Herlovsen (12), 0-2, Solveig Gulbrandsen (43), 0-3, Solveig Gulbrandsen (45), 0-4, Isabell Herlovsen (46), 0-5, Rebecca Angus (76), 0-6, Kristine Lindblom (78)
Kolbotn (4-3-3): Christine Colombo Nilsen - Cecilie Berg-Hansen, Nora Holstad, Trine Rønning, Camilla Huse - Isabell Herlovsen (Ingvild Landvik Isaksen from 62. min.), Kristine Lindblom, Solveig Gulbrandsen (Silje Kopke da Fonseca from 70. min.)- Ingrid Schjelderup, Tonje Hansen, Kristin Blystad Bjerke (Rebecca Angus from 68. min.)

Source:

http://www.oblad.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070331/SPORT/103310105/1008/NYHETER


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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2007, 11:31:59 PM »
Wow! an impressive result against a team that are in the top half of the table.

Nice to see that Solveig is playing again after an injury, also very nice to see Rebecca Angus from Middlesbrough coming on and scoring her first goal.  She has 1.2 goals per match in her American college football, based in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
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Re: Kolbotn IL - 2007
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2007, 10:00:55 PM »
Kolbotn's Tonje Hansen has been tipped by Betsafe as the league's top scorer for 2007, with odds of 6-1, but she has to share these odds with Elise Thorsnes of Arna Bjørnar and Melissa Wiik of Asker.

Other Kolbotn players in the betting are Solveig Gulbrandsen (10-1), Kristin Blystad Bjerke (15-1), Trine Rønning (20-1), Isabell Herlovsen (25-1) and Camilla Huse (60-1).  Huse is the regular left-back but often takes the ball up the side, and sometimes up the centre as well.

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