The ODD performance

Odd-Grenland Taking a look on the lists of teams which won the most national Cups in the most countries of Europe, we see names like Barcelona, Bayern, Galatasaray, Juventus, Manchester United, Olympiacos, Ajax, FC Bruges, Malmo, Marseille or Benfica. So, naturally, you think that also, in Norway, the top team at this chapter should be Rosenborg Trondheim, the squad which won 22 League titles, much more than Fredrikstad which held the second spot in this table, with ‘only’ nine ‘pieces’. But what a surprise! The situation isn’t this way, because leader is Odd Grenland. For sure, few of you heard about this squad and this isn’t something to be blamed for! And the explanation is quite simple… How can a team known in international or at least European football, if it hadn’t win a single League title? Well, they didn’t…

1903 team

Quite a big surprise for a club founded in 1894 especially if we take in consideration that Odd Grenland won 12 Norwegian Cups! Exactly, more than any other squad from this country! Fredrikstad has win 11 and Rosenborg only nine! So, Odd is really an ODD appearance for any football lover. Now the club plays in the top league, but is quite a modest presence. In fact, all their history was quite discrete: their headquarters can be found in Skien a small town with little more than 70.000 inhabitants and their colors are, well… black and white! But the remark isn’t the same when you strictly talk about the Cup. So, Odd won the competition in 12 occasions: 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1913, 1915, 1919, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1931, 2000, playing also another eight finals: 1902, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1921, 1937, 1960, 2002.

2000 team

Jone Samuelsen You maybe think that this is more than enough for such a little team, but hold on! There is more! What? Well… is a 58.13 meters header good enough to take your attention? I guess so! This happened much more recently than the last Cup achieved, on 25th of September 2011. In that day, Tromso was desperate to equalize and their goalkeeper went into the opposite box. That corner was quite dangerous but Odd players cleared the danger and got a counterattack from which resulted, after a couple of ricochets a header from the own half of Jone Samuelsen. So, it result the longest header which ended in a goal from professional football and also to mention is that the distance was calculated by the Norwegian Police! The ‘masterpiece’ of a man who played 45 matches for all Norwegian national teams’ levels from U16 to U21, but without scoring a single goal!


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