Welcome to the latest update about my time at Fredrikstad FK in Norway. Since my introduction post I have been busy searching for the staff I feel alongside me can take this fantastic club in to the top tier and then sustain a position in the top tier for years to come. I have had the opportunity to set up a scouting network with 7 scouts and a cheif scout overlooking the scouting assignments and reporting directly back to me. Scandinavia is our top priority at this current time at the club so the network of scouts are combing Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland building up a database of reports that hopefully will bear fruits for years to come. Apart from the first team squad we are lacking in depth in both our youth team squads so I am keen to get some young players in to the squads so we can start to develop them as soon as possible. The head of youth development will be key in bringing players in to the club and developing them. Unfortunately we are also in the middle of an injury crisis mainly to our front line so I have brought 2 players in to the club to boost the depth of the squad, the first is a season long loan deal for 20 year old Swedish Forward Viktor Gotesson from IF Elfsborg at a cost of £220 per week wages and no loan fee.
I then signed another Swedish Forward, the experienced 31 year old Mikael Dahlberg from Helsingborg IF for £14,000. Dahlberg will be on £1500 per week until 31.12.17.
I have also brought Finnish 29 year old attacking midfielder Eero Peltonen in to the club on a 5 month loan deal from HIFK. There is no loan fee and we will pay £170 per week wages for the duration of the loan.
So how did we get on in Pre-Season? We started with a game against Sweden’s IFKGöteborg and despite losing 0-1 we put in a very good performance and were unlucky not to get on the score sheet. Next up we visited third division club Tønsberg which provided me with a chance to give no fewer than 16 players a run out in a 4-2 win with our Swedish duo of Viktor Gotesson and Mikael Dahlberg both netting a brace. Next up a visit to Follo Fotballklubb and a game that we struggled to get going early on however goals from Viktor Gotesson, Sanel Kapidzic and a brace from Ulrik Flo ensured we ran out with a 4-1 win. We finished our Pre-Season with another 4-1 win, this time against Jevnaker Idrettsforenin with our goals coming courtesy of Viktor Gotesson 2, Ulrik Flo and Havard Asheim. So with Pre-Season over its difficult to work out what level we are at, with this being my first texperience in Scandinavia.
Director Of Football Appointed
I am pleased to announce that I have appointed a Director of Football at the club, the man I have chosen for the role is 50 year old Asbjørn Helgeland. He will be responsible for recruiting players for the first team squad however I will also be giving Helgeland transfer targets to chase. Helgeland has already recruited Danish Midfielder Mads Pedersen on a free transfer. Pedersen will earn £725 per week until December 2017.
We have brought 4 players in to the club for a total of £14,000.
We kicked the season off with an away trip to Mjøndalen IF . We started the game on the front foot and raced in to an early lead when on loan Finnish Shadow Striker Eero Peltonen neatly dispatched a through ball. Mjøndalen drew level in the second half. Both sides had a couple of half chances before the game fizzled out ending in a 1-1 draw. Our opening home game was against Åsane Fotball, we dominated the game and led 1-0 at half time through a Viktor Gotesson strike. We continued to dominate in the 2nd half and scored 2 late goals from man of the match Patrik Karoliussen to give us a resounding 3-0 win. Our first big test of the season came next with an away trip to Kristiansund to play Kristiansund BK who are fancied to be pushing for promotion come the end of the season. In a fairly even game both sides failed to impose themselves on the game and a 1-1 draw was a fair result. On loan Forward Viktor Gotesson got our goal after another fine display from the 20 year old Swede playing in an Advanced Forward role. Next up the Norwegian Cup first round tie against Lyn Toppfotball away. I decided to play a strong side to gain some momentum against the 3rd Division side who once reached the European Cup Winners Cup Quarter Finals. We came away with a good 3-1 win with goals from Midfielder Filip Johansen Westgaard, Shadow Striker Eero Peltonen and Advanced Forward Viktor Gotesson who netted his 3rd goal in 3 games. We then entertained Sandnes Ulf who are the bookmakers 2nd favourites to win the league. We ground out a 0-0 draw and to be honest we really didn’t play that well, however I feel I am getting to know the squad and feel positive for the future. The players that have come in on loan have settled well at the club.To end the month we visited Strømmen and carried our lack lustre performance from our last game and got punished losing 1-2 with our full back Magne Simonsen getting our consolation goal.
We kicked the month of May off with an home game against league leaders and favourites for the title Sandefjord Fotball managed by Lars Bohinen. I was expecting a tough game so I called a team meeting to get the side motivated but I never expected the performance that was to follow, we played them off the park without doubt our best performance to date has we run out 5-1 winners to send a warning out to our rivals, our goals come courtesy of Viktor Gotesson 2, Eero Peltonen, Kristian Brix along with an own goal. Norwegian Cup 2nd round action followed away to Skeid Fotball were we won 4-1 with a rotated side, Moustapha N’Diaye netted a brace along with goals from both Sanel Kapidzic and captain Kristian Brix. Back to league action next and an away trip to struggling Ullensaker/Kisa, another 3 points right, wrong a shocking performance brings a 0-1 defeat. I question what happened and analyse the game, we just never turned up and deserved what we got. I make a couple of changes for our next game which is an home game against Idrettslaget Hødd, we start the game better but go in all square at the break 0-0. I keep the faith with my starting XI and one of the changes from our last game Swedish Forward Mikael Dahlberg wins the points with the only goal of the game in the 67th minute 1-0. Another home game followed against Bryne Fotballklubb and a Swedish double from Mikael Dahlberg and Viktor Gotesson gave us a 2-1 win which should probably have been more considering our dominance. Our last game of the month took us to Raufoss IL Fotball, we came away with a resounding 4-1 win with both front men Mikael Dahlberg and Ulrik Flo playing in a 4-4-2 system netting a brace. Flo was returning from injury and will be pushing for a starting birth in the coming weeks.
Top Scorers All Competitions
- Viktor Gotesson 6
- Mikael Dahlberg 4
- Eero Peltonen 3
Norwegian 1st Division OBOS-ligaen Table May 16
A Couple Of Shout Outs To The Community
A big thank you to https://twitter.com/FMKits4You for the fantastic kits he has produced for me, they are spot on to my requirements. Not only is he a fantastic kit designer he is also a very nice chap so go check him out he is a credit to our community.
My Bro Sprinkling His Magic In Germany With Schalke
New Fredrikstad Logo
I have had this logo created for my save / blog, here is @FMLogos_rocheyb description of the logo:
This was a fun one to do due to the rich history of the Norwegian town of Fredrikstad. The existing club’s badge is basically what you see in the triangular flag at the top of the Viking longship’s mast in this design, so I have retained that white-and-red halves motif in this new design. The yellow Rampant Bear and Castle on a red background is the Coat of Arms of Frederick II (1534-1588) and becomes the ship’s sail here. The many pointed star extending into the bottom half of the central roundel represents ‘Fredrikstad festning’; the oldest remaining fortress in the world. Here’s a cracking aerial photo of it: http://bit.ly/2l2v8kq F.FK means Fredrikstad Fotballklubb. I don’t know that putting the single point there is a convention in Norwegian sport, but it makes sense to me, since ‘Fotballklubb’ is one word in Norwegian. That diagonal highlight was in the red background I used for the bottom section, so I have extended it into the top half to make the Coat of Arms look less superimposed. The use of the black and gold in the outer circle is as per my own ‘rocheyb’ logo, which TheWidePlaymaker identified as one he liked. Footballs are useful in these designs to punctuate text and provide start-finish points for the eye, particularly when the text is arranged in a circle like this. The club was formed in 1903 and I sampled the yellow from the bear and castle to provide a little more variety.
Thanks to @FMLogos_rocheyb for creating the logo. you can check him out at : https://twitter.com/FMLogos_rocheyb he is a top chap to talk to another credit to our community.
New blog Logo
I also asked @FMLogos_rocheyb if he would design my new blog and twitter logo that incorporates my background, here is how @FMLogos_rocheyb describes how he created the logo:
Another attempt at these logos for a social media profile and website, with the benefit of a tighter brief from @totalfootball71. He specified the colour ways, provided the pit image to represent his own background (grandfather and father) and suggested the use of a Celtic Cross to represent his mother’s heritage. We agreed that the No.7 was the iconic shirt number of a wide playmaker so I have used a ‘7’ image that I found online as the basis for this design, which breaks up the space nicely. The footballer in the background is on about 80% opacity. There is a white outline around the outside of the roundel.
Norwegian Premier Division Tippeligaen Table May 2016
We hope to be competing in the top tier in the future, it looks a tight affair at the top.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my first steps in Norway, I am pleased with our start that has us sitting in 5th place Just 5 points off the leaders after the first 3rd of the season. keep a lookout for my next post over the next week that will cover the 2nd third of the season.