After we failed to end the domestic Norwegian league unbeaten last year (a 2-3 defeat against IK Start the first game after we secured the league crown being our sole defeat), Rosenborg managed this year to finish the Norwegian league without a single defeat. After securing the league crown again with two games to go, Rosenborg drew in the last two games of the season and thus finished the league unbeaten. Rosenborg won 19 out of 30 games and drew 11 times, with 0 losses. A huge accomplishment! We finish the league with 68 points, 7 points ahead of runners-up Valerenga Oslo and 18 points ahead of third-placed Tromsø, who both go into next year’s Europa League qualifiers. Cup winners Strømsgodset, who won the Cup final 0-2 versus second tier club Follo, also go into the qualifiers for next year’s Europa League.
The sole domestic loss for Rosenborg in the entire season was the semi-final of the Norwegian Cup against Ski-based team Follo, who played in the second division of Norwegian football (and due to an administrative mistake, applying for their 2nd division entry license too late, now drop to 3rd tier). This was by some named the biggest shock in Norwegian Cup history as Follo at that point was on a relegation spot. This one loss prevented us the double, and we also missed out on the Champions League after FC København from Denmark eliminated us on away goals in the final qualifier. This should however not be considered a dark shadow over the season: we managed to renew our title as champions of Norway and did not lose a single league game.
I wish to congratulate all players, staff and board members of Rosenborg. On to a three-in-a-row championship in 2011, and a new attempt to qualify for the Champions League!!
PS: while it would be wrong to single out a few players in an overall great season, a special mentioning for Steffen Iversen and Rade Prica who scored 14 (Iversen) and 13 (Prica) goals in the 30 league games. Also a huge "thank you" to legend Nils Arne Eggen who once again helped out Rosenborg by taking on the role as caretaking manager when Hamrén left our club, leading us to a new championship title.