2015 Tippeligaen

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Tippeligaen
Season 2015
Dates6 April 2015 – 8 November 2015
Champions Rosenborg
23rd title
Relegated Mjøndalen
Sandefjord
Champions League Rosenborg
Europa League Strømsgodset
Stabæk
Odd
Matches played240
Goals scored774 (3.23 per match)
Top goalscorer Alexander Søderlund
(22 goals)
Biggest home win Molde  6–1 Sandefjord
(30 May 2015)
Bodø/Glimt  6–1 Stabæk
(8 November 2015)
Biggest away win Haugesund  0–6 Rosenborg
(12 April 2015)
Tromsø  0–6 Strømsgodset
(2 August 2015)
Highest scoringTromsø 4–5  Vålerenga
(12 May 2015)
Mjøndalen 3–6 Odd
(2 August 2015)
Longest winning run6 games
Bodø/Glimt
(9 August 2015)
Longest unbeaten run11 games
Strømsgodset
(8 November 2015)
Longest winless run15 games
Sandefjord
(2 August 2015)
Longest losing run8 games
Sandefjord
(6 June 2015)
Highest attendance21,401
Rosenborg 1–1 Molde
(27 June 2015)
Lowest attendance1,949
Mjøndalen 4–3 Tromsø
(9 May 2015)
Average attendance6,711 Decrease2.svg 3.6%
2014
2016

The 2015 Tippeligaen was the 71st completed season of top-tier football in Norway. The competition began on 6 April 2015, one week later than in the previous season. A short summer-break in June was scheduled between the rounds played on 12 July and 26 July, and the decisive match was played on 8 November 2015. [1] Molde were the defending champions. Sandefjord, Tromsø and Mjøndalen joined as the promoted clubs from the 2014 1. divisjon. They replaced Brann, Sogndal and Sandnes Ulf who were relegated to the 2015 1. divisjon.

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Teams

The league was contested by 16 teams: the 13 best teams of the 2014 season; the two teams who won direct promotion from the 2014 1. divisjon, Sandefjord and Tromsø; and Mjøndalen, who won the promotion/relegation play-off finals against Brann.

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. LocationArenaTurfCapacity
Aalesund 14 Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778
Bodø/Glimt 21 Bodø Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 7,354
Haugesund 9 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Lillestrøm 52 Lillestrøm Åråsen Stadion Natural 12,250
Molde 39 Molde Aker Stadion Artificial 11,800
Mjøndalen 19 Mjøndalen Isachsen Stadion Artificial 4,350
Odd 34 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 12,500
Rosenborg 52 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,166
Sandefjord 5 Sandefjord Komplett.no Arena Natural 6,000
Sarpsborg 08 4 Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 4,700
Stabæk 19 Bærum Nadderud Stadion Natural 7,000
Start 39 Kristiansand Sør Arena Artificial 14,563
Strømsgodset 28 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 28 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,859
Vålerenga 55 Oslo Ullevaal Stadion Natural 28,000
Viking 66 Stavanger Viking Stadion Natural 16,600

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerKit manufacturerSponsor
Aalesund Flag of Norway.svg Trond Fredriksen (interim) Umbro Sparebanken Møre
Bodø/Glimt Flag of Norway.svg Jan Halvor Halvorsen Diadora Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge
Haugesund Flag of Norway.svg Jostein Grindhaug Macron Sparebanken Vest
Lillestrøm Flag of Iceland.svg Rúnar Kristinsson Legea DNB
Molde Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær Nike Sparebanken Møre
Mjøndalen Flag of Norway.svg Vegard Hansen Umbro Sparebanken Øst
Odd Flag of Norway.svg Dag-Eilev Fagermo New Balance Skagerak Energi
Rosenborg Flag of Norway.svg Kåre Ingebrigtsen Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Flag of Norway.svg Lars Bohinen Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of Norway.svg Geir Bakke Select Borregaard
Stabæk Flag of the United States.svg Bob Bradley Adidas Sparebank 1 Oslo Akershus
Start Flag of Norway.svg Bård Borgersen (interim) Umbro Sparebanken Sør
Strømsgodset Flag of Norway.svg Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen Diadora DNB
Tromsø Flag of Norway.svg Bård Flovik (interim) Select Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge
Vålerenga Flag of Norway.svg Kjetil Rekdal Adidas DNB
Viking Flag of Sweden.svg Kjell Jonevret Diadora Lyse

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyTableIncoming managerDate of appointmentTable
Aalesund Flag of Sweden.svg Jan Jönsson Mutual agreement30 November 2014 [2] Pre-season Flag of Norway.svg Harald Aabrekk 1 January 2015 [3] Pre-season
Lillestrøm Flag of Sweden.svg Magnus Haglund Mutual agreement30 November 2014 [4] Pre-season Flag of Iceland.svg Rúnar Kristinsson 1 January 2015 [5] Pre-season
Sarpsborg 08 Flag of England.svg Brian Deane Mutual agreement30 November 2014 [6] Pre-season Flag of Norway.svg Geir Bakke 1 January 2015 [7] Pre-season
Aalesund Flag of Norway.svg Harald Aabrekk Sacked28 April 2015 [8] 16th Flag of Norway.svg Trond Fredriksen (interim)28 April 201516th
Strømsgodset Flag of Denmark.svg David Nielsen Mutual agreement26 May 2015 [9] 9th Flag of Norway.svg Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen 26 May 2015 [9] 9th
Molde Flag of Norway.svg Tor Ole Skullerud Sacked6 August 2015 [10] 7th Flag of Norway.svg Erling Moe (interim)7 August 2015 [11] 7th
Molde Flag of Norway.svg Erling Moe Caretaker period ended21 October 2015 [12] 7th Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær 21 October 2015 [12] 7th
Tromsø Flag of Norway.svg Steinar Nilsen Sacked18 August 2015 [13] 15th Flag of Norway.svg Bård Flovik (interim)18 August 2015 [14] 15th
Start Flag of Norway.svg Mons Ivar Mjelde Mutual agreement7 September 2015 [15] 13th Flag of Norway.svg Bård Borgersen (interim)7 September 2015 [15] 13th

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Rosenborg (C)3021637327+4669Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
2 Strømsgodset 3017676744+2357Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Stabæk 3017585443+1156Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Odd 30151056141+2055
5 Viking 30172115339+1453
6 Molde 3015786231+3152
7 Vålerenga 3014794941+849
8 Lillestrøm [lower-alpha 2] 3012994543+244
9 Bodø/Glimt 30124145356340
10 Aalesund 301151442571538
11 Sarpsborg 08 308101237491234
12 Haugesund 30871533521931
13 Tromsø 30781536501429
14 Start (O)30571835642922Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Mjøndalen (R)30491738693121Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Sandefjord (R)30442236683216
Source: nifs, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (between two teams). [17]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Rosenborg qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2015 Norwegian Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.
  2. Lillestrøm started the season with a one point deduction due to poor financial reporting. [16]

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Rosenborg 112111111111111111111111111111
Strømsgodset 1411121012139119988776555566555333222
Stabæk 7129552222222222232222222222333
Odd 921245535655667766655444444444
Viking 129101297774466435444433333555555
Molde 874424356544554677777777777766
Vålerenga 333333643333343323344666666677
Lillestrøm 1610111310111310887788888810109999898888
Bodø/Glimt 13161615161616161516151515151312998888889899109
Aalesund 1513151615108911121010101110101210991010101111101010910
Sarpsborg 08 5689664677999911111113121212121212121212111111
Haugesund 6141414139121313111313131314131311111111111110101111121212
Tromsø 111513111415151516151414141415141414141515151415141413131313
Start 104681181112121312121210991012131313131513131314141414
Mjøndalen 457781410810101111111212151515151414141314151515151515
Sandefjord 2856712141414141616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Leader
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2016–17 1. divisjon
Source: nifs.no

Relegation play-offs

Final

The 14th-placed team, Start, took part in a two-legged play-off against Jerv, the winners of the 2015 1. divisjon promotion play-offs, to decide who would play in the 2016 Tippeligaen.

Jerv 1–1 Start
Omoijuanfo Soccerball shade.svg 86' Report Stokkelien Soccerball shade.svg 19'
Levermyr Stadion, Grimstad
Attendance: 2,010
Referee: Trygve Kjensli
Start 3–1 Jerv
Hollingen Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Børufsen Soccerball shade.svg 49'
DeJohn Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Report Antwi Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Sør Arena, Kristiansand
Attendance: 12,245
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen

Start won 4–2 on aggregate and retained their place in the 2016 Tippeligaen; Jerv remained in the 1. divisjon.

Results

Home \ Away AAL BOD HAU LSK MIF MFK ODD RBK SF S08 STB IKS SIF TIL VIF VIK
Aalesund 2–02–11–14–21–21–30–12–12–21–12–02–10–22–00–4
Bodø/Glimt 1–01–20–35–11–32–41–02–13–16–15–13–51–01–10–3
Haugesund 3–12–43–31–10–01–20–62–11–12–20–24–00–10–10–2
Lillestrøm 3–13–02–03–02–11–10–53–23–10–21–11–21–01–12–1
Mjøndalen 1–21–22–11–40–33–63–22–21–11–41–12–44–30–11–0
Molde 5–11–20–12–23–11–2 1–0 6–10–03–34–03–14–00–04–1
Odd 1–12–10–05–02–22–21–24–31–12–03–32–03–21–21–0
Rosenborg 5–01–14–33–01–0 1–1 3–05–13–21–03–21–11–12–02–0
Sandefjord 1–33–10–10–02–12–40–11–21–02–44–11–21–10–31–2
Sarpsborg 08 3–12–23–01–32–21–42–00–22–10–13–11–61–01–10–2
Stabæk 1–43–21–13–21–01–01–22–34–00–03–23–22–12–01–0
Start 3–11–11–30–01–10–30–40–42–11–24–10–13–12–30–3
Strømsgodset 3–13–15–02–01–11–02–13–33–21–10–22–12–12–24–1
Tromsø 1–13–12–01–10–02–02–21–11–10–10–22–10–64–53–1
Vålerenga 1–21–22–02–04–20–12–21–22–03–10–21–13–11–02–4
Viking 4–12–10–11–03–12–11–11–42–03–12–11–01–13–13–4
Source: Nifs.no
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics