Tom Budevel: “Lilleström is a robust crew with secure protection” | Convention League

Lilleström is a significant Norwegian membership with a wealthy historical past. The interval of glory falls on the 70s and 80s of the final century, with the final of 5 nationwide titles in 1989.

In 2017, the membership did win the Norwegian Cup, however in actual fact, throughout that interval, they all the time struggled with relegation. In 2019, Lilleström was promoted to the 2nd Division after 44 seasons on the prime stage.

However the unified membership instantly returned and really achieved their finest lead to a very long time: 4th, having obtained a ticket to the preliminary spherical of the Convention League as a reward. Lilleström is at the moment second within the league.

The relegation gave the membership an excessive makeover. In a sports activities atmosphere, in a gaggle of gamers, in administration. Now every thing is way more skilled. Thanks additionally to present coach Geir Bakke, the architect of success.

And two good years have paid off financially too, as a result of the curiosity within the gamers has grown, outgoing transfers herald a bigger finances.

The present crew is an ideal mixture of expertise and younger expertise, principally from their very own academy, which has been considerably upgraded. Lillestrom has a big recruiting space and Oslo is just 20 kilometers away.

Gamers are keen to come back now, though Lilleström is understood just for its station and soccer membership. “Soccer for town, and town for soccer” is a widely known slogan of the native mayor.

Antwerp is the favorite, based mostly on the finances and expertise of the principle gamers. Nevertheless it will not be straightforward for the Nice Outdated One. Lilleström depends on a very good subject construction. They’re a troublesome crew with constant protection, Bakke’s recipe for achievement.

The European marketing campaign stays the right technique to seize consideration and nonetheless appears particular to Norwegians. And Lilleström is happy with a number of the outcomes of the present European qualifying rounds, by which huge surprises occur now and again.

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