Eliteserien
Season2021
Dates9 May 2021 (originally 5 April) – 27 November 2021
Matches played144
Goals scored446 (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorerOhi Omoijuanfo
(20 goals)
Biggest home winRosenborg 5–0 Viking
(13 May 2021)
Bodø/Glimt 7–2 Strømsgodset
(16 June 2021)
Molde 5–0 Odd
(11 July 2021)
Rosenborg 5–0 Odd
(22 August 2021)
Sarpsborg 08 5–0 Sandefjord
(29 August 2021)
Biggest away winBrann 0–3 Vålerenga
(12 May 2021)
Sandefjord 0–3 Mjøndalen
(16 May 2021)
Stabæk 0–3 Tromsø
(14 June 2021)
Haugesund 0–3 Lillestrøm
(14 June 2021)
Highest scoringBodø/Glimt 7–2 Strømsgodset
(16 June 2021)
Molde 5–4 Haugesund
(8 August 2021)
Longest winning run5 matches
Kristiansund
Molde[1]
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
Lillestrøm[1]
Longest winless run9 matches
Stabæk[1]
Longest losing run6 matches
Brann[1]
2020
2022 →
All statistics correct as of 12 September 2021.

The 2021 Eliteserien is the 77th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season was to begin on 5 April and was scheduled to end 27 November 2021, not including play-off matches.[2] Restrictions enforced by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Norwegian Football Association to postpone the start several times and the league started on 9 May.[3]

Bodø/Glimt are the defending champions. Tromsø and Lillestrøm joined as the promoted clubs from the 2020 1. divisjon. They replaced Aalesund and IK Start who were relegated to the 2021 1. divisjon.

Teams

Sixteen teams compete in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season, and two teams promoted from 1. divisjon. The promoted teams were Tromsø and Lillestrøm, both returning to the top flight after an absence of just one year. They replaced Aalesund and IK Start, both relegated after a season's presence.

Stadiums and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location County Arena Turf Capacity
Bodø/Glimt 26 Bodø Nordland Aspmyra Stadion Artificial 5,635
Brann 64 Bergen Vestland Brann Stadion Natural 17,049
Haugesund 15 Haugesund Rogaland Haugesund Stadion Natural 8,754
Kristiansund 5 Kristiansund Møre og Romsdal Kristiansund Stadion Artificial 4,444
Lillestrøm 57 Lillestrøm Viken Åråsen Stadion Natural 11,500
Mjøndalen 22 Mjøndalen Viken Consto Arena Artificial 4,200
Molde 45 Molde Møre og Romsdal Aker Stadion Artificial 11,249
Odd 40 Skien Vestfold og Telemark Skagerak Arena Artificial 11,767
Rosenborg 58 Trondheim Trøndelag Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,421
Sandefjord 10 Sandefjord Vestfold og Telemark Sandefjord Arena Natural 6,582
Sarpsborg 08 10 Sarpsborg Viken Sarpsborg Stadion Artificial 8,022
Stabæk 25 Bærum Viken Nadderud Stadion Natural 4,938
Strømsgodset 34 Drammen Viken Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 8,935
Tromsø 33 Tromsø Troms og Finnmark Alfheim Stadion Artificial 6,687
Viking 71 Stavanger Rogaland Viking Stadion Artificial 15,900
Vålerenga 61 Oslo Oslo Intility Arena Artificial 16,555

Personnel and kits

Team Manager(s) Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bodø/Glimt Norway Kjetil Knutsen Norway Ulrik Saltnes
Norway Patrick Berg
Italy Diadora Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Brann Norway Eirik Horneland Norway Kristoffer Barmen United States Nike Sparebanken Vest
Haugesund Norway Jostein Grindhaug Denmark Benjamin Hansen Italy Macron Haugaland Kraft
Kristiansund Norway Christian Michelsen Norway Dan Peter Ulvestad Italy Macron SpareBank 1 Nordvest
Lillestrøm Norway Geir Bakke Norway Thomas Lehne Olsen Germany Puma DNB
Mjøndalen Norway Vegard Hansen Norway Christian Gauseth England Umbro Sparebanken Øst
Molde Norway Erling Moe Norway Magnus Wolff Eikrem United States Nike Sparebanken Møre
Odd Norway Jan Frode Nornes Norway Steffen Hagen Denmark Hummel SpareBank 1 Telemark
Rosenborg Norway Åge Hareide Norway Markus Henriksen Germany Adidas SpareBank 1 SMN
Sandefjord Norway Hans Erik Ødegaard
Sweden Andreas Tegström
Norway Harmeet Singh Italy Macron Jotun
Sarpsborg 08 Norway Lars Bohinen Norway Joachim Thomassen Denmark Select Borregaard
Stabæk Norway Eirik Kjønø Norway Yaw Amankwah Italy Macron SpareBank 1 Østlandet
Strømsgodset Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen
Norway Håkon Wibe-Lund
Norway Gustav Valsvik Germany Puma DNB
Tromsø Norway Gaute Helstrup Norway Ruben Yttergård Jenssen Denmark Select Sparebanken Nord-Norge
Vålerenga Norway Dag-Eilev Fagermo Norway Jonatan Tollås England Umbro DNB
Viking Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim
Norway Morten Jensen
Norway Veton Berisha Italy Diadora Lyse

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager(s) Date of appointment Table
Viking Norway Bjarne Berntsen Mutual consent 31 December 2020[4] Pre-season Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim
Norway Morten Jensen
1 January 2021[5] Pre-season
Sandefjord Spain Martí Cifuentes Contract expired 31 December 2020[6] Norway Hans Erik Ødegaard
Sweden Andreas Tegström
1 January 2021[7]
Strømsgodset Denmark Henrik Pedersen Mutual consent 9 April 2021[8] Norway Bjørn Petter Ingebretsen
Norway Håkon Wibe-Lund
12 April 2021[9]
Sarpsborg 08 Sweden Mikael Stahre Signed by Göteborg 2 June 2021[10] 8th Norway Lars Bohinen 6 June 2021[11] 8th
Stabæk Sweden Jan Jönsson Mutual consent 4 July 2021[12] 15th Norway Eirik Kjønø 9 July 2021[13] 15th
Brann Norway Kåre Ingebrigtsen Sacked 19 July 2021[14] 15th Norway Eirik Horneland (interim) 20 July 2021[15] 15th

Transfers

Winter

Main article: List of Norwegian football transfers winter 2020–21

Summer

Main article: List of Norwegian football transfers summer 2021

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Molde 18 11 3 4 45 22 +23 36 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Bodø/Glimt 18 10 5 3 37 18 +19 35 Qualification for the Europa Conference League second qualifying round
3 Kristiansund 18 10 2 6 24 20 +4 32
4 Rosenborg 18 9 4 5 37 24 +13 31
5 Lillestrøm 18 9 4 5 28 22 +6 31
6 Viking 18 9 4 5 36 34 +2 31
7 Haugesund 18 8 4 6 29 26 +3 28
8 Vålerenga 18 6 8 4 30 26 +4 26
9 Strømsgodset 18 7 4 7 26 27 −1 25
10 Sandefjord 18 7 3 8 25 31 −6 24
11 Odd 18 6 5 7 25 33 −8 23
12 Sarpsborg 08 18 5 5 8 19 24 −5 20
13 Tromsø 18 3 6 9 21 34 −13 15
14 Mjøndalen 18 2 7 9 20 27 −7 13 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Brann 18 3 4 11 21 37 −16 13 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Stabæk 18 3 4 11 23 41 −18 13
Updated to match(es) played on 12 September 2021. Source: Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian)
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 (only if between two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off (only used to decide champions or relegation).[16]


Positions by round

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Molde451124311111111121
Bodø/Glimt112211123463422212
Kristiansund141512852244535343543
Rosenborg63596368911119755354
Lillestrøm524637532222234435
Viking310137484777781086666
Haugesund6765116956656568887
Vålerenga6471075765344677778
Strømsgodset1834910898891081011999
Sandefjord66103101113111210879910111110
Odd1514151515141514109101111119101011
Sarpsborg 0861214141413121011121212121212121212
Tromsø151310131315111315141414141313131313
Mjøndalen6117101212141513151513131414141414
Brann131616161616161616161616161616161615
Stabæk12991289101214131315151515151516
Leader / 2022–23 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2022 1. divisjon
Source: nifs.no

Results

Home \ Away MOL BOD KRI ROS LIL VIK HAU VÅL STR SAN ODD SRP TRO MIF BRA SBK
Molde 27 Oct 2–0 21 Nov 5 Dec 26 Sep 5–4 2–3 3–0 7 Nov 5–0 4–1 16 Oct 4–0 4–0 2–1
Bodø/Glimt 0–2 3–0 2–2 21 Nov 2–2 2–0 26 Sep 7–2 31 Oct 1–1 17 Oct 3–0 2–0 5 Dec 4–1
Kristiansund 2–0 0–2 3 Oct 1–0 28 Nov 18 Sep 12 Dec 1–0 2–0 2–0 24 Oct 30 Oct 1–1 3–2 5–1
Rosenborg 2–3 28 Nov 1–0 30 Oct 5–0 0–0 17 Oct 12 Dec 24 Oct 5–0 0–1 3–2 26 Sep 3–2 4–2
Lillestrøm 1–1 0–1 16 Oct 2–0 1–3 2–1 7 Nov 27 Nov 12 Dec 1–0 2–0 25 Sep 2–1 2–3 27 Oct
Viking 3–2 19 Sep 3–2 2–1 23 Oct 20 Nov 4–1 1–1 2 Oct 5 Dec 31 Oct 0–1 2–1 3–1 3–3
Haugesund 12 Dec 7 Nov 3–0 27 Oct 0–3 4–2 3–1 2–1 28 Nov 26 Sep 2–1 3–0 76 Oct 1–0 0–0
Vålerenga 19 Sep 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 24 Oct 3 Oct 3–1 1–1 4–1 21 Nov 5 Dec 31 Oct 3–1
Strømsgodset 31 Oct 24 Oct 1–2 2–1 3–1 17 Oct 5 Dec 1–1 4–0 3–0 25 Sep 1–1 20 Nov 3–1 2–1
Sandefjord 1–3 1–0 5 Dec 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 27 Oct 17 Oct 2–0 1–1 0–3 21 Nov 26 Sep
Odd 3 Oct 1–0 7 Nov 2–2 18 Sep 3–2 4–2 27 Nov 0–1 2–3 1–1 3–0 31 Oct 24 Oct 12 Dec
Sarpsborg 08 1–0 2–2 0–1 19 Sep 2 Oct 1–2 0–0 28 Oct 1–0 5–0 21 Nov 5 Dec 1–1 0–0 6 Nov
Tromsø 3–3 2–3 0–0 1–3 1–2 12 Dec 3 Oct 1–1 7 Nov 1–3 27 Oct 0–2 24 Oct 19 Sep 28 Nov
Mjøndalen 0–0 12 Dec 27 Oct 1–2 1–2 7 Nov 3–0 1–1 1–1 19 Sep 1–2 28 Nov 2–3 3 Oct 1–2
Brann 28 Nov 1–2 26 Sep 6 Nov 1–1 28 Oct 1–3 0–3 3–0 3–2 1–3 12 Dec 1–1 1–1 17 Oct
Stabæk 23 Oct 3 Oct 21 Nov 5 Dec 2–3 1–3 31 Oct 0–2 29 Sep 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 1–1 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 12 September 2021. Source: Football Association of Norway (in Norwegian) ;
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 12 September 2021
Rank Player Club Goals[17]
1 Norway Ohi Omoijuanfo Molde 20
2 Norway Thomas Lehne Olsen Lillestrøm 15
3 Norway Veton Berisha Viking 12
4 Norway Mushaga Bakenga Odd 11
5 Norway Erik Botheim Bodø/Glimt 9
Mali Ibrahima Koné Sarpsborg 08
7 Iceland Viðar Jónsson Sandefjord 8
Senegal Ibrahima Wadji Haugesund
Norway Kristoffer Zachariassen Rosenborg
10 Norway Ulrik Saltnes Bodø/Glimt 7
Norway Zlatko Tripić Viking

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Norway Ohi Omoijuanfo Molde Brann 4–0 (H) 16 May 2021
Norway Kristoffer Zachariassen Rosenborg Brann 3–2 (H) 20 May 2021
Norway Mushaga Bakenga Odd Brann 3–1 (A) 20 June 2021
Norway Ohi Omoijuanfo Molde Haugesund 5–4 (H) 8 August 2021
Norway Tobias Lauritsen Odd Haugesund 4–2 (H) 15 August 2021
Norway Amahl Pellegrino Bodø/Glimt Kristiansund 3–0 (H) 22 August 2021
Mali Ibrahima Koné 4 Sarpsborg 08 Sandefjord 5–0 (H) 29 August 2021
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Top assists

As of 12 September 2021
Rank Player Club Assists[18]
1 Norway Gjermund Åsen Lillestrøm 7
2 Norway Magnus Wolff Eikrem Molde 6
3 Norway Fredrik Aursnes Molde 5
New Zealand Joe Bell Viking
Norway Torgil Gjertsen Kristiansund
Denmark Carlo Holse Rosenborg

Clean sheets

As of 12 September 2021
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets[19]
1 Norway Anders Kristiansen Sarpsborg 08 7
Republic of Ireland Sean McDermott Kristiansund
3 Russia Nikita Khaykin Bodø/Glimt 6
Norway Egil Selvik Haugesund
5 Sweden Andreas Linde Molde 5
Norway Jacob Storevik Sandefjord
7 Norway Mads Hedenstad Christiansen Lillestrøm 4
Norway André Hansen Rosenborg

Discipline

As of 12 September 2021

Player

Club

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Young Player of the Month References
Manager Club Player Club Player Club
May Norway Christian Michelsen Kristiansund Norway Kristoffer Zachariassen Rosenborg Norway Erik Botheim Bodø/Glimt [22][23][24]
June Norway Erling Moe Molde Norway Ohi Omoijuanfo Molde Not awarded [25][26]
July Norway Geir Bakke Lillestrøm Norway Thomas Lehne Olsen Lillestrøm Not awarded [27]
August Norway Bjarte Lunde Aarsheim
Norway Morten Jensen
Viking New Zealand Joe Bell Viking Norway Osame Sahraoui Vålerenga [28][29][30]

League attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Brann 23,546 0 0 2,616 n/a
2 Rosenborg 20,463 0 0 2,558 n/a
3 Viking 20,448 0 0 2,556 n/a
4 Vålerenga 22,453 0 0 2,495 n/a
5 Haugesund 13,415 0 0 1,677 n/a
6 Lillestrøm 13,120 0 0 1,640 n/a1
7 Sarpsborg 08 13,050 0 0 1,631 n/a
8 Odd 12,407 0 0 1,551 n/a
9 Tromsø 11,194 0 0 1,399 n/a1
10 Sandefjord 12,400 0 0 1,378 n/a
11 Strømsgodset 10,800 0 0 1,350 n/a
12 Kristiansund 11,847 0 0 1,316 n/a
13 Molde 10,400 0 0 1,300 n/a
14 Bodø/Glimt 11,000 0 0 1,222 n/a
15 Mjøndalen 8,800 0 0 1,100 n/a
16 Stabæk 7,574 0 0 1,082 n/a
League total 0 0 0 0 n/a

Updated to games played on 4 September 2021
Source: nifs.no
Notes:
1: Team played last season in 1. divisjon.

See also

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