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Pre-match

This is Sandefjord!

Sandefjord Fotball comes from the city of Sandefjord, just an hour east of Skien. Their stadium is named Komplett.no Arena, which holds 9000 spectators. They are nicknamed Guttane (The guys). Arne Sandstø, a former ODD player and coach, is coaching the team.

About the stadium

Capacity (seat/stand): 9000 (6923/2077)

Komplett.no Arena

Opened: 2007

Away section: «Temporary» stand behind the goal. Could have been steeper, because the wiev is poor.

From the outside the stadium looks like a tin. The architects must have been drunk while making this, since it’s quite ugly.

History

(from wikipedia) Sandefjord Fotball were formed by parent clubs IL Runar and Sandefjord Ballklubb in 1998. They replaced Sandefjord Ballklubb in the 2nd division in 1999, and secured immediate promotion to the 1st division. There the club made quick progress and soon settled as a strong competitor for promotion to theTippeligaen. Finishing third in the 1st division both in 2002 and 2003 they qualified for play-off matches, but lost both times, against Brann and Vålerenga. The 2003 play-off was lost after some controversial decisions by referee Jonny Ditlefsen that were all in Sandefjords disfavor.When manager Tom Nordlie left after the play-off games, Sandefjord Fotball hired Arne Dokken as their new coach. He was fired after just one season, 2004, when they finished fourth. But the 2005 season finally proved a success, with Tor Thodesen as their new coach. Placing second, Sandefjord earned automatic promotion to the highest division,where they finished 9th in their first season.

The 2007 season ended badly and they finished last and were relegated to the Adeccoligaen. The players went to the board of directors together and requested the hiring of a new coach. Instead of firing Thodesen, the board kept him. After a bad start to the 2008 season, they fired Thodesen and hired Patrick Walker. The team played better after this, and he moved the team from a relegation place to a promotion place in the table in eight games.

They promoted that year, but relegated again in 2010, with only 12 points, and a record breaking 27 games without winning. They were’nt able to win access to Tippeligaen last season.

Key Player:

Kenneth Dokken

Former ODD Grenland player, now captain for Sandefjord. Most known for the infamous kick on Johan Arneng in 2009.

Young talent

Kristian Brix 

Kristian Brix

21-year old, who was transferred from Vålerenga before last season. Best as left back, but can also figure as a left winger too. Played in the UEFA cup with Vålerenga.

League position

Ended up on 3rd place last season, a position which usually qualifies for promotion matches, but not last year.

Current form

Played three friendlies so far: Sandefjord – Team Vestfold 2-2, Start – Sandefjord 3-0 and Sarpsborg 08 – Sandefjord 3-0.

History between the clubs.

Even though Sandefjords young history, bonds have been tied. Arne Sandstø, who has on ODDs paylist from 1997 – 2007, is now coaching Sandefjord. Kenneth Dokken figures for «the guys», and so do marketing manager Frank Lidahl. ODDs assistant jan-Frode Nornes had a spell for Sandefjord in 2007, and Morten Fevang has played for Sandefjords parent club Runar.

Torgeir Børven scoring his fourth goal against Sandefjord in 2010

Last game between the clubs was in 2010, a thrashing 5-0 win for ODD. Torgeir Børven scored four of them, a achievement not been equaled since the sixties.

My opinion

The team is like the town. Smells like rotten fish…

Match info

Kickoff: 15.00 CET

Arena: Skagerak Arena

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