Molde FK

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Molde
Molde Fotball Logo.svg
Full nameMolde Fotballklubb
Short nameMFK
Founded19 June 1911;109 years ago (1911-06-19), as International
1915;106 years ago (1915), as Molde FK
Ground Aker Stadion
Capacity11,249
Chairman Odd Ivar Moen
Manager Erling Moe
League Eliteserien
2020 Eliteserien, 2nd of 16
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Molde Fotballklubb (Norwegian pronunciation:  [ˈmɔ̂ɫdə] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a professional football club based in Molde, Norway, that competes in Eliteserien, the top flight of Norwegian football. Founded on 19 June 1911, the club was originally known as International and changed its name to Molde in 1915. Molde are four-time league champions (2011, 2012, 2014, 2019) and four-time Norwegian Cup winners (1994, 2005, 2013, 2014), and have finished second in the league a further nine times. Molde is one of only two Norwegian clubs to have participated in the UEFA Champions League.

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The club's home matches are played at the 11,249-capacity Aker Stadion. [1] The stadium was inaugurated in 1998, and was a gift from local businessmen Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten. The club was formerly based at Molde stadion, which hosted the club's record attendance of 14,615. Molde's supporter club is called Tornekrattet ("Thicket of thorns", a reference to the city's nickname "The Town of Roses") and was founded after the 1994 Norwegian Cup final victory. [2] Molde has its strongest rivalry with Rosenborg.

Until the beginning of the 1970s, the club mainly played in local lower division leagues, except for a short visit in the Hovedserien in the 1957–58 season. In 1974, Molde was back in the top division and finished second in the league, and have since then become one of Norway's leading clubs and generally stayed in the top division. Molde also finished second in the league in 1987, when the club lost the championship to Moss in the decisive match of the season.

During the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, Molde was the second-best team in Norway (behind 13-times in a row champions Rosenborg), with league silver medals in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2002, and cup championships in 1994 and 2005, as well as participation in the UEFA Champions League in the 1999–2000 season, when Real Madrid, Porto and Olympiacos visited Molde.

As of 2017, the club has approximately 1,000 members and around 55 teams in three departments. [3] Erling Moe is the current manager of the club since taking over as a caretaker manager on 19 December 2018, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær left the position to manage Manchester United as a caretaker manager. On 29 April 2019 it was announced that Moe signed a contract as permanent head coach till the end of the 2020 season. [4]

History

Early years (1911–63)

Molde FK was founded on 19 June 1911 by a group gathered by Klaus Daae Andersen (born 30 September 1873); they named J. Ferdinand Dahl as the inaugural chairman. [5] On a general election on 24 April 1912, it was decided that the club would be named International, [6] perhaps because the opponents were primarily visitors from cruise ships or trading vessels, [7] or that it was to make room for the many Danes who worked in the Gideon engine factory. [6] The same year, on 5 August, the club played its first competitive match, an away match against Kristiansund which ended 2–2. [6] The rising interest and activity in football in neighbouring towns caused the club to change its name to Molde Fotballklubb in 1915. [8] The club played its first season in the top division in 1939–40, but the season was abandoned due to the German occupation and was never completed. In the first post-war season in 1947–48, Molde were relegated from the top flight. [9]

The breakthrough (1964–77)

On 2 August 1964, Molde shocked nine-time Norwegian Cup champions and nine-time Norwegian League Champions Fredrikstad by eliminating them from the 1964 Norwegian Cup in the third round with a 3–2 win at home. Jan Fuglset, Torkild Brakstad and Harry Hestad, amongst others, played at Molde during that period. [10] The club played in local lower leagues, save for a short visit in the top division in the 1957–58 season. In 1970, Molde was promoted to the second tier and played there for three seasons until its promotion to the top flight with a 5–1 away win against Sogndal on 16 September 1973. [11]

In 1974, Molde returned to the premier division following the debut of several talented players in the first team, which coincided with the return of top level players like Fuglset, Brakstad and Hestad. Molde surprised the established clubs in their first season of the 1. divisjon, leading the league in 9 of 22 matchdays. Ahead of the final match of the season, Molde would win the league if they defeated Sarpsborg and Viking lost against Strømsgodset. However, both Molde and Viking won their last match, meaning Molde won the silver medal after finishing one point behind champions Viking. [10]

Since then, Molde has generally stayed in the top division and has become one of Norway's leading clubs. The club has produced a respectable number of national team players, and players who have gone professional in foreign leagues.

Ups and downs (1978–93)

Between 1978 and 1984, Molde did not play on the same level in two consecutive years. Molde was relegated from the 1. divisjon in every even-numbered year, and promoted to back to the first tier in every odd-numbered year, making it three consecutive promotions and relegations. In fact, Molde and Brann did not play at the same level these years, as Brann were promoted when Molde was relegated and the other way around. [12]

In 1982, Molde played in their first cup final, despite being relegated from the 1982 1. divisjon. They lost the final at Ullevaal Stadion 3–2 against Brann. [13]

The 1987 season was the closest Molde came to winning the league championship before winning it in 2011, when a draw at home against Moss in the final round would have ensured the title. Despite numerous goal scoring opportunities, Moss won the match 2–0 at Molde stadium, thus winning the league championship, while Molde won their second silver medal. [14] The attendance of 14,615 set the record at the old Molde stadion.

Molde played their second cup final in 1989. The first match against Viking ended in a 2–2 draw, and the subsequent replay was won 2–1 by Viking. [15]

When Molde again was relegated from the Norwegian top flight in 1993, the club was in major economic difficulties following a number of projects, the most notably of which was an extension of the main stand at Molde stadion. [16] Local businessmen Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten started to invest in the club, and since 1993 they have invested approximately 500 million kr on old debts, new players and the new stadium. [17] [18] [19]

The silver generation (1994–2000)

Åge Hareide was the main coach of Molde in 1994, when they finished second in their 1. divisjon group and was thus re-promoted to Tippeligaen. Molde also met their main rivals Rosenborg in the semi-final of the 1994 Norwegian Cup, and with 4–3 win on aggregate, Molde qualified for their third cup final. After having lost to Molde, Rosenborg head coach Nils Arne Eggen called Molde's playing style "arse-football" ("rævvafotball"). Molde won their first title by defeating Lyn 3–2 at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. [20] [21]

Molde striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was signed by Manchester United after his successful two-season spell at Molde Ole G Solskjaer.jpg
Molde striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær was signed by Manchester United after his successful two-season spell at Molde

During the 1995 season, Molde became known for their three strikers: Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Arild Stavrum and Ole Bjørn Sundgot. In their first league match, Molde won 6–0 against Brann in Bergen, with Solskjær scoring two goals and Stavrum and Sundgot also contributing in one of Brann's heaviest-ever losses at home. [22] With six-straight wins, Molde stayed in the top two positions of the league throughout the season, but eventually finished second, 15 points behind Rosenborg. [23]

Solskjær scored 31 goals in 42 matches for Molde and was sold to Manchester United on 29 July 1996 as Molde finished in eighth position that season. In 1997, Molde finished fourth in the league, and Erik Brakstad replaced Åge Hareide as head coach ahead of the 1998 season. [24]

In 1998, Molde played their first 21 matches without losing, a Norwegian record until 2009, when Rosenborg went 26 matches undefeated. [25] In the 22nd round, Molde lost against Vålerenga while Rosenborg defeated Kongsvinger to surpass Molde at the top of the table. Rosenborg player Mini Jakobsen subsequently said, "It was fun as long as you managed to keep up. Thank you for helping to create tension in the Premier League!" On 26 September 1998, Rosenborg won 2–0 against Molde in the 23rd round and won the championship, with Molde settling for second place.

In 1999, Molde had a successful season, finishing second in the league and reaching the semi-final of the 1999 Norwegian Cup, where they were eliminated by Brann. Molde also participated in the UEFA Champions League, where Molde was drawn against CSKA Moscow in the second qualifying round. In the first match in Moscow, Molde lost 2–0, while in the second leg, 19-year-old Magne Hoseth had his big break-through with two goals when CSKA was defeated 4–0 [26] to send Molde to the third qualifying round, where they met Mallorca. The first leg against Mallorca ended 0–0 at home. Away at Mallorca were Molde one goal behind for a long time, but Andreas Lund became the big hero when he equalized on a penaltyin the 84th minute. With a 1–1 aggregate score, Molde qualified for the group stage on away goals, [24] and Molde became the team from the smallest city to have qualified for the group stage of Champions League until Unirea Urziceni repeated the feat in 2009–10. [27] In the group stage, Molde were drawn against Real Madrid, Porto and Olympiacos, and with one win and five losses, Molde finished last in their group. On the occasion of Molde's 100-year anniversary in 2011, the readers of the local newspaper Romsdals Budstikke voted 1999 as the best year in the history of the club. [28]

From "Gunder method" to relegation (2001–2006)

On 6 November 2000, after the sacking of Erik Brakstad, Gunder Bengtsson was announced head coach for two years. [29] After one season, Bengtsson and his assistant Kalle Björklund were signed for three more years. [30] In 2002, Gunder Bengtsson led Molde to second place in the league, but like when he won the league with Vålerenga in 1983 and 1984, there was not much enthusiasm around the club's sixth silver medal because of the defensive tactics and lack of local players in the squad. [31]

In the first six matches of the 2003 season, Molde collected five points. On 22 May 2003, Bengtsson was fired and replaced by Odd Berg. [32] [33] In the third round of 2003 Norwegian Cup, Molde were eliminated by second-tier club Skeid. [34] Despite the change in the coaching staff, Molde was struggling in the relegation zone throughout the season, but after a 3–2 win away against Sogndal in the last match of the season, Molde avoided the relegation playoffs. [35] In 2004, the team led by Reidar Vågnes, former assistant coach under Erik Brakstad, but Molde only managed 11th place, four points clear of relegation.

In 2005, Bo Johansson became head coach of Molde, and on 15 June 2005, Molde won 3–2 against Nybergsund to qualify for the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup, having lost in the third round for three consecutive years. [36] Molde finished 12th in the league and had to play in the relegation playoff against Moss, which Molde won 5–2 on aggregate. Molde won their second Norwegian Cup title on 6 November 2005 when they won 4–2 after extra time against Lillestrøm in the final. [37] Bo Johansson left Molde after only one season with the club, and on Christmas Eve, Arild Stavrum was announced as the new head coach. [38]

Following the Norwegian Cup champions, Molde played in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. On 25 August 2006, they were drawn to face Scottish giants Rangers in the first round. They were eliminated 2–0 on aggregate after holding Rangers to a 0–0 draw at the Aker Stadion. [39] The same year, Molde was relegated, having been in the relegation zone for the last four seasons. The relegation became final after losing 8–0 against Stabæk at Nadderud in the second-last match of the season. Arild Stavrum was fired at the end of the season. [40]

A new era (2007–present)

In December 2006, Kjell Jonevret became head coach after Stavrum was fired, though Ove Christensen was the club's first choice. [41] With Jonevret as coach, Molde won the 2007 1. divisjon and was again promoted back to the top flight. After the promotion to Tippeligaen, Molde recorded a 5–1 win against Vålerenga on the last day of Moldejazz 2008, [42] [43] as well as eliminating Brann from the cup with an impressive 8–0 win at home four days later. [44] Regardless of these strong results, Molde finished ninth in their comeback season in the top flight.

In the 2009 season, Molde was again the second-best team in Norway, behind champions Rosenborg, who that season overtook Molde's 1998 unbeaten streak record. [25] Conversely, Molde ruined Rosenborg's march for a possible double with a 5–0 win at Aker Stadion in the quarter-final of the 2009 Norwegian Cup. In the final, Molde met their local rivals Aalesunds FK, where Aalesund won the Norwegian Championship on penalty shoot-out after the score ended 2–2 after extra time. After collecting only 20 points during the first 22 matches in the 2010 Tippeligaen, Jonevret was sacked and replaced by Uwe Rösler. [45] Under Röslers management, Molde collected 20 points in the last eight matches and avoided relegation. [46] Despite the poor performance by the team, Baye Djiby Fall, who spent the season on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow, became the first Molde player since Jan Fuglset in 1976 to be the top goalscorer in Eliteserien. [47]

Prior to the club's 100-year anniversary in 2011, former Molde and Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær returned to Molde to manage the club. [48] In the opening match of 2011 Tippeligaen, his first competitive match, Molde lost 3–0 away against newly promoted Sarpsborg 08. [49] On 19 June 2011, Molde celebrated their anniversary with a 2–0 win against Sogndal [50] and positioned themselves at the top of the league table. Molde was leading the league until they eventually won their first championship on 30 October 2011, when Rosenborg, the only team that could mathematically have still beaten them to first place with two matches remaining, lost 6–3 at home to Brann. [51] Molde successfully defended their title in 2012 by beating Hønefoss 1–0 on 11 November, with one match remaining in the season. Although Molde could only finish sixth behind champions Strømgodset in the 2013 Tippeligaen, they defeated Rosenborg 4–2 in the 2013 Norwegian Cup final on 24 November to win the Norwegian Cup for the third time in their history. Ole Gunnar Solskjær left the club to sign for Premier League side Cardiff City on 2 January 2014.

Under new manager Tor Ole Skullerud, Molde won their first domestic league and cup double in 2014, however Skullerud was fired in August 2015 due to a run of mediocre results and Solskjær (whose run at Cardiff lasted just nine months) was brought back to the team. On 19 December 2018 Solskjær left the club to join Manchester United as caretaker manager, with club director Øystein Neerland stating that Solskjær left on a loan deal for the remainder of the season. [52] However, Solskjær was signed permanently by Manchester United in March 2019 [53] and Molde's caretaker manager Erling Moe got the manager job on a permanent basis on 29 April. [54] Moe led Molde to their fourth league title in his first full season in charge.

Kit

Molde's club colours are blue shirts, white shorts and white socks, [3] which has become the standard Molde FK home kit. Molde's traditional away colours are the same as for the home kit, but in the opposite order; white shirts, blue shorts and blue socks. All-blue home kits and all-white away kits has been common for Molde to use in European games.

Molde's first shirt sponsor, Opel, agreed for the 1980 season. Following that, several short-term deals was made before a long-term deal was signed with G-Sport in 1992. In 1999, Molde ended their contract with G-Sport and were sponsored by Commit for three seasons. Sparebanken Møre became their shirt sponsor in 2003, a deal first renewed in 2007 worth NOK 20 million over a five-year period. [55] In 2016, the club once again renewed their sponsorship with the savings bank, signing a deal until 2019. [56] In February 2020, Molde and Sparebanken Møre announced that they had agreed to a deal until the end of the 2022 season. [57]

For twelve years in the beginning of the 21st century, from 2002 to the end of 2013, Molde's shirts were supplied by Umbro. In December 2013, Molde signed a four-year deal with Nike starting January 2014. [58]

Molde's jersey (worn by Eirik Hestad in 2018) is manufactured by Nike, with Sparebanken More the shirt sponsor Molde-Zenit (16) (cropped).jpg
Molde's jersey (worn by Eirik Hestad in 2018) is manufactured by Nike, with Sparebanken Møre the shirt sponsor

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor [59]
1973–1979 Adidas none
1980 Hummel Opel
1981–1982 Storebrand
1983–1986Glamox
1987–1989 Norsk Tipping
1990 DnB
1991Expert
1992–1999 Diadora G-Sport
2000–2001Commit
2002 Umbro
2003–2013 Sparebanken Møre
2014– Nike

Stadiums

Aker Stadion Moldestadion.jpg
Aker Stadion

Molde's current stadium is the Aker Stadion, formerly known as Molde Stadion, located at Reknes, by the seashore of central Molde. The 212 million kr cost was mostly paid for by investor Kjell Inge Røkke, after whom the ground has been nicknamed "Røkkeløkka". The official name of the new stadium was Molde Stadion until 3 May 2006, when the stadium name changed to Aker Stadion following a sponsorship deal with Røkke's company Aker. The stadium was inaugurated on 18 April 1998, when the stadium was officially opened by Prime Minister and Molde fan Kjell Magne Bondevik. [60] In the opening match, Molde defeated Lillestrøm 4–0 in their first home match of the season, attracting 13,010 spectators. [61] Tommy Berntsen scored the first goal on Aker Stadion with an own goal, while Daniel Berg Hestad was the first Molde player to score a goal at the new stadium. [62] The all-time attendance record was set on 26 September when Molde hosted Rosenborg in front of 13,308 people. [63] When Molde qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, the stadium was converted to an all-seater, with seats being installed on the lower sections of the short end stands. This reduced the attendance capacity permanently because the club chose not to remove the seats afterwards. [64] Today the capacity of Aker Stadion is 11,249. [1]

Before moving to Aker Stadion in the beginning of the 1998 season, Molde had been playing their home matches at Molde Idrettspark (at the time called Molde stadion), a municipal-owned multi-use venue, [65] since 1955. Molde Idrettspark was inaugurated on 28 August 1955, when Kristiansund was defeated 1–0. [16] About 2,500 spectators attended the inaugural match. [16] The first top-tier league match was played here on 28 July 1957, when Molde managed a 1–1 draw against Sandefjord in the first round of 1957–58 Norwegian Main League. [16] When Molde earned a promotion to the 1974 1. divisjon, the main stand was expanded. [16] The unsurpassed record attendance at Molde Idrettspark is 14,615 in a match against Moss in 1987. [66] [67] [68] Today, Molde Idrettspark is used by Træff and Molde 2.

Support

Molde's supporter club is Tornekrattet (English: "The thicket of thorns"). The name Tornekrattet is a reference to the city's nickname "Rosenes by" (English: "The Town of Roses") and was founded after the 1994 Norwegian Football Cup Final victory.

Rivalries

Molde has their strongest rivalry with Rosenborg. Other rivals are Møre og Romsdal neighbours Aalesund and Kristiansund.

The rivalry with Rosenborg arises from the numerous times the two teams have battled for the Eliteserien title. With 29 titles between them, this fixture has become known as one of the finest Eliteserien match-ups.

Players

Current squad

As of 12 June 2021 [69]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Andreas Linde
2 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Martin Bjørnbak
3 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Birk Risa
5 DF Flag of The Gambia.svg  GAM Sheriff Sinyan
6 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Stian Rode Gregersen
7 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Magnus Wolff Eikrem (captain)
8 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Fredrik Sjølstad
9 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Ohi Omoijuanfo
10 FW Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson
11 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Martin Ellingsen
14 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Erling Knudtzon
15 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Magnus Grødem
16 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Etzaz Hussain
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Fredrik Aursnes
18 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Kristoffer Haraldseid
19 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Eirik Hestad
20 FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Datro Fofana
22 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Ola Brynhildsen
23 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Eirik Ulland Andersen
25 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Emil Breivik
26 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Mathias Eriksen Ranmark
27 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Marcus Holmgren Pedersen
28 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Kristoffer Haugen
30 FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Mathis Bolly
34 GK Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Oliver Petersen
36 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Adrian Ugelvik

For season transfers, see 2020 Molde FK season.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
12 GK Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Álex Craninx (on loan at Lillestrøm until 31 December 2021)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
32 MF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Tobias Hestad(on loan at Raufoss until 31 December 2021)

Reserves

Former players

Player records

All current players are in bold

Player of the season

2011–
SeasonNameNationalityPositionNotesRef
2011 Espen Bugge Pettersen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Goalkeeper RB-kruset [72]
2012 Magnus Wolff Eikrem Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Midfielder RB-kruset [72]
2013 Martin Linnes Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Defender Decided by Molde players and staff [73]
2014 Vegard Forren Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Defender RB-kruset [74]
2015 Mohamed Elyounoussi Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Midfielder RB-kruset [75]
2016 Ruben Gabrielsen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Defender Vote on club website [76]
2017 Björn Sigurðarson Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Forward Decided by Molde players and staff [77]
2018 Eirik Hestad Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Midfielder RB-kruset
2019 Magnus Wolff Eikrem Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Midfielder RB-kruset [78]
2020 Stian Gregersen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Defender RB-kruset [79]

Club officials

Club directors

RoleName
Chairman Odd Ivar Moen
Managing director Ole Erik Stavrum
Finance ManagerOle Jakob Strandhagen
Marketing directorOddvar Talset
Media officer and Match day directorPer Lianes

Coaching staff

RoleName
Manager Flag of Norway.svg Erling Moe [4]
First team coach Flag of Norway.svg Trond Strande
First team goalkeeping coach Flag of Norway.svg Per Magne Misund
Fitness coach Flag of Norway.svg Ørjan Nygård
Fitness coach Flag of Norway.svg Børre Steenslid
Individual players coach Flag of Sweden.svg Mattias Moström
Analysis manager Flag of Norway.svg Petter Rudi
Performance analyst Flag of Norway.svg Eric Kirkevold
Player coordinator Flag of Sweden.svg Marcus Andreasson
Scout Flag of Norway.svg John Vik

Medical and sport science staff

RoleName
Physiotherapist Flag of Norway.svg Lars Håvard Sæbø [80]
Medical coordinator Flag of Norway.svg Lars Håvard Sæbø
Manual therapist Flag of Norway.svg Rune Roksvåg
Sports rehabilitator Flag of Norway.svg Espen Gjøstøl
Doctor Flag of Norway.svg Endre Skjølberg
Doctor Flag of Norway.svg Kjell Erik Strømskag
Doctor Flag of Norway.svg Martin Engeland
Head of sport secretariat Flag of Norway.svg Snorre Strand
Equipment manager Flag of Norway.svg Tore Monsen
Assistant equipment manager Flag of Norway.svg Asbjørn Outzen
Main chef Flag of Norway.svg Torbjørg Haugen

Honours

Molde are one of the most successful clubs in Norway in terms of trophies won. The club's first trophy was the Norwegian Cup, which it won in 1994. In 2011, the club won its first league title, and won its first double in 2014.

Domestic

League

First tier
Second tier
Third tier

Cup

Doubles

Non-official

Records

Daniel Berg Hestad holds the club record for competitive appearances with 666. Daniel Berg Hestad Sandnes.JPG
Daniel Berg Hestad holds the club record for competitive appearances with 666.
AccomplishmentRecord
Most appearances Daniel Berg Hestad 666 (900 in total [81] ) [82]
Most goals Jan Fuglset 164
Most goals scored in a league game6, Jan Fuglset v Strømsgodset in 1976
Longest unbeaten run24 games in 2014
Greatest victory in Eliteserien 8–0 v Moss in 1996
Heaviest loss in Eliteserien0–8 v Stabæk in 2006

Source: [68]

European history

The following is a list of the all-time statistics from Molde's games in the three UEFA tournaments the club has participated in, as well as the overall total. The list contains the tournament, the number of games played (Pld), won (W), drawn (D) and lost (L). The number of goals scored (GF), goals against (GA), goal difference (GD) and the percentage of matches won (Win%). The statistics include qualification matches and is up to date as of the match against Granada on 18 March 2021.

As of 18 March 2021
TournamentPldWDLGFGAGDWin%
Champions League 2781183930+9029.63
Europa League / UEFA Cup 7629182910598+7038.16
Cup Winners' Cup 411258−3025.00
Total107383039149136+13035.51

Recent history

SeasonLeague Cup EuropeTop goalscorer (league)
DivisionPosGWDLGSGAPtsAttNameGoals
2009 Tippeligaen 23017586235567,965 Final Mame Biram Diouf 16
2010 Tippeligaen 11301010104245408,413 Third round UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying round Baye Djiby Fall 16
2011 Tippeligaen 13017765438589,818 Quarter-final Pape Paté Diouf 12
2012 Tippeligaen 13019565131629,362 Semi-final UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying round
UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stage
Davy Claude Angan 13
2013 Tippeligaen 630128104738448,828 Winner UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying round
UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-off round
Daniel Chima 9
2014 Tippeligaen 13022536224719,243 Winner UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying round Mohamed Elyounoussi 13
2015 Tippeligaen 63015786231528,952 Quarter-final UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying round
UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stage
Ola Kamara 14
2016 Tippeligaen 530136114842458,392 Third round UEFA Europa LeagueRound of 32 Mohamed Elyounoussi
Harmeet Singh
5
2017 Eliteserien 23016685035547,785 Semi-final Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson 16
2018 Eliteserien 23018576336597,111 Second round UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-off round Erling Haaland 12
2019 Eliteserien 13021547231686,956 Third round UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-off round Leke James 17
2020 Eliteserien 2302028773662200 UEFA Champions LeaguePlay-off round Leke James 13
2021 (in progress) Eliteserien 28521211017600 Ohi Omoijuanfo 7

List of Molde managers

History of league positions (since 1963)

1963–
1970
1971–
1973
1974–
1978
197919801981198219831984–
1993
19941995–
2006
20072008–
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Molde played in the top tier and appeared among the championship contestants in 1947–48 and 1957–58, but the league was differently organized at the top levels until 1963. [83]

Footnotes

  1. 1 2 1. divisjon was the name of the top tier of Norwegian league football from 1963 until 1990. The top tier changed its name to the sponsor-affiliated name Tippeligaen ahead of the 1990 season. The second tier formerly known as 2. divisjon inherited the name 1. divisjon ahead of the 1991 season. The third tier, formerly known as 3. divisjon was named 2. divisjon ahead of the 1991 season and the names of all the lower divisions were adjusted accordingly. Effecting 2017, the top tier is named Eliteserien.

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The 2012 season was Molde's 5th consecutive year in Tippeligaen, and their 36th season in the top flight of Norwegian football. It was Ole Gunnar Solskjær's second season as the club's manager. Molde were defending champions in Tippeligaen and played through qualification for UEFA Champions League. Molde entered the Champions League in the second qualifying round, where they eliminated Ventspils before and facing Basel of Switzerland in the third qualifying round. They lost 1–2 on aggregate and were knocked out, dropping down into the Play off round of the UEFA Europa League. Molde successfully defended their title on 11 November 2012, when they beat Hønefoss 1–0, whilst their closest title challengers, Strømsgodset lost 2–1 away to Sandnes Ulf.

Pål Erik Ulvestad is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eliteserien club Kristiansund.

Ulrich Møller is a Norwegian former footballer, who played his entire senior career for Molde. He played as a defender and was capped twice for Norway.

Sean Patrick Cunningham is an American soccer player who is a free agent after being released from Molde in July 2013.

The 2009 season was Molde's 2nd consecutive year in Tippeligaen, and their 33rd season in the top flight of Norwegian football. They competed in Tippeligaen where they finished in 2nd position and the Norwegian Cup where they were defeated by Aalesund in the Norwegian Cup Final.

Rune Ulvestad is a Norwegian football coach and former player. He played as a forward for Molde from 1978 to 1986. After his active career, Ulvestad has been coaching Herd. He is the father of the footballers Pål Erik, Fredrik and Dan Peter Ulvestad.

The 2016 season was Molde's ninth consecutive year in Tippeligaen, and their 40th season in the top flight of Norwegian football. Along with the Tippeligaen, the club also competed in the Norwegian Cup and 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

The 2006 season was Molde's 31st season in the top flight of Norwegian football. In Tippeligaen they finished 14th and were relegated to the 2007 Norwegian First Division. Molde also competed in the Norwegian Cup where they were knocked out in the third round by Follo.

The 2018 season was Molde's 11th consecutive year in the top flight, Eliteserien, and their 42nd season in the top flight of Norwegian football. They competed in Eliteserien, the Cup and the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, which they entered at the First qualifying round stage.

The 2019 Eliteserien was the 75th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The 2019 season was Molde's 12th consecutive year in Eliteserien, and their 43rd season in the top flight of Norwegian football. They participated in Eliteserien, winning the title for the 4th time, reached the Third Round of the Cup and were knocked out of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League in the Playoff Round by FK Partizan after entering at the First qualifying round stage. Molde were scheduled to take part in the 2019 Mesterfinalen against Rosenborg, but the match was cancelled 15 March 2019 due to heavy rain.

Molde Fotballklubb is a football club from Molde, Norway. It was established in 1911 as International by a group of people gathered by Klaus Daae Andersen. After permission was granted, it took the current name and joined the league system in 1928. Until 1937, Molde played in regional leagues, after numerous promotions and relegations. Since 1930, the team has played in the Norwegian Football Cup. In 1939, the club joined the third season of the League of Norway, the top division, but the break-out of the World War II caused a halt to all organized sports and thus this season was never completed.

The 2020 season was Molde's 13th consecutive year in Eliteserien, and their 44th season in the top flight of Norwegian football. They finished second in the Eliteserien, whilst the Norwegian Cup and Mesterfinalen where cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway. In Europe, Molde where knocked out of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League by Ferencváros dropping into the Europa League where they progressed to the Round of 32 which will take place in the 2021 season.

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