2012 Tippeligaen

The 2012 Tippeligaen was the 67th completed season of top division football in Norway. The competition began on 23 March 2012 and ended on 18 November 2012, with a summer break from 28 May to 30 June.[2] Molde were the defending champions,[3] while Hønefoss and Sandnes Ulf entered as the promoted teams from the 2011 1. divisjon. They replaced Start and Sarpsborg 08 who were relegated to the 2012 1. divisjon.

Tippeligaen
Season2012
ChampionsMolde
2nd title
RelegatedFredrikstad
Stabæk
Champions LeagueMolde
Europa LeagueStrømsgodset
Rosenborg
Hødd (via cup)
Matches played240
Goals scored693 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerZdeněk Ondrášek, Péter Kovács (14)
Biggest home winLillestrøm 6–0 Stabæk
(4 November 2012)
Biggest away winStabæk 0–5 Molde
(12 May 2012)
Highest scoringBrann 6–2 Odd Grenland
(15 July 2012)
Longest winning run5 matches - Molde, Viking[1]
Longest unbeaten run13 matches - Rosenborg[1]
Longest winless run13 games - Hønefoss[1]
Longest losing run9 matches - Stabæk[1]
Highest attendance20,572
Rosenborg v Hønefoss
(16 May 2012)
Lowest attendance1,876
Hønefoss v Haugesund
(29 July 2012)
Average attendance7,005 12.3%
2011
2013

On 11 November 2011, Molde won the title with one matchday left to play after a 1–0 home win over Hønefoss.[4] It was their second consecutive league title and also their second top-flight title overall.

Season summary

Strømsgodset were leading the league most of the season, but four matches before the end of the season there were three teams competing for the title. Rosenborg lost out on the title-race after losing to Strømsgodset and Molde.[5] Molde secured the title in the 29th round after they won 10 at home, while Strømsgodset lost 21 against Sandnes Ulf.

Stabæk were relegated after being positioned at the bottom of the table throughout the season. Ahead of the last round, four teams were fighting against relegation, but Fredrikstad lost their match against the league-winners Molde and were relegated, while Sandnes Ulf finished 14th and played relegation play-offs against Ullensaker/Kisa, the sixth-placed team in the 1. divisjon. Sandnes Ulf won the play-offs 7–1 on aggregate (4–0 away and 3–1 at home), and were not relegated.

The average attendance in 2012 were 7,014 spectators, down from 7,995 in 2011, which was the lowest average attendance in Tippeligaen since 2003.[6]

Teams

Sixteen teams competed in the league – the top fourteen teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the 1. divisjon The promoted teams were Hønefoss (returning after a season's absence) and Sandnes Ulf (their first post-World War II top-flight season). They replaced Sarpsborg 08 (relegated after their first ever presence) and Start (ending their three-year spell in the top flight).

Stadiums and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Ap. Location Arena Turf Cap. Manager
Aalesund 11 Ålesund Color Line Stadion Artificial 10,778 Kjetil Rekdal
Brann 56 Bergen Brann Stadion Natural 17,824 Rune Skarsfjord
Fredrikstad 42 Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Stadion Natural 13,300 Trond Amundsen
Haugesund 6 Haugesund Haugesund Stadion Natural 5,000 Jostein Grindhaug
Hønefoss 2 Hønefoss Aka Arena Artificial 4,000 Leif Gunnar Smerud
Lillestrøm 49 Lillestrøm Åråsen stadion Natural 11,637 Magnus Haglund
Molde 36 Molde Aker Stadion Natural 11,800 Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Odd Grenland 31 Skien Skagerak Arena Artificial 13,500 Dag-Eilev Fagermo
Rosenborg 49 Trondheim Lerkendal Stadion Natural 21,850 Jan Jönsson
Sandnes Ulf 3 Sandnes Sandnes Idrettspark Natural 3,850 Asle Andersen
Sogndal 14 Sogndal Fosshaugane Campus Natural 5,402 Jonas Olsson
Stabæk 17 Bærum Nadderud Stadion[7] Natural 7,000 Petter Belsvik
Strømsgodset 25 Drammen Marienlyst Stadion Artificial 7,500 Ronny Deila
Tromsø 26 Tromsø Alfheim Stadion Artificial 7,500 Per-Mathias Høgmo
Vålerenga 52 Oslo Ullevaal Stadion Natural 25,572 Martin Andresen
Viking 63 Stavanger Viking Stadion Natural 16,600 Kjell Jonevret
Aalesund Brann Fredrikstad Haugesund
Color Line Stadion Brann Stadion Fredrikstad Stadion Haugesund Stadion
Capacity: 10,778 Capacity: 17,824 Capacity: 13,300 Capacity: 5,000
Hønefoss Lillestrøm Molde Odd Grenland
Aka Arena Åråsen Stadion Aker Stadion Skagerak Arena
Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 11,637 Capacity: 11,800 Capacity: 13,500
Rosenborg Sandnes Ulf Sogndal Stabæk
Lerkendal Stadion Sandnes Idrettspark Fosshaugane Campus Nadderud Stadion
Capacity: 21,850 Capacity: 3,850 Capacity: 5,402 Capacity: 7,000
Strømsgodset Tromsø Vålerenga Viking
Marienlyst Stadion Alfheim Stadion Ullevaal Stadion Viking Stadion
Capacity: 7,500 Capacity: 7,500 Capacity: 25,572 Capacity: 16,600

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Sogndal Harald Aabrekk End of contract 31 December 2011 Jonas Olsson 1 January 2012[8] Pre-Season
Lillestrøm Petter Belsvik
Magnus Powell (caretakers)
End of contract 31 December 2011 Magnus Haglund 1 January 2012[9] Pre-Season
Stabæk Jörgen Lennartsson Signed by IF Elfsborg 31 December 2011[10] Petter Belsvik 2 January 2012[11] Pre-Season
Fredrikstad Tom Freddy Aune Resigned 10 May 2012 Trond Amundsen 10 May 2012[12] 13th
Viking Åge Hareide Sacked[13] 9 June 2012 Kjell Jonevret 19 June 2012[14] 10th

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Molde (C) 30 19 5 6 51 31 +20 62 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Strømsgodset 30 17 7 6 62 40 +22 58 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
3 Rosenborg 30 15 10 5 53 26 +27 55 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 2]
4 Tromsø 30 14 7 9 45 32 +13 49
5 Viking 30 14 7 9 41 36 +5 49
6 Brann 30 13 3 14 57 50 +7 42
7 Haugesund 30 11 9 10 46 40 +6 42
8 Vålerenga 30 12 5 13 42 44 2 41
9 Lillestrøm 30 9 12 9 46 47 1 39
10 Odd Grenland 30 11 7 12 40 43 3 39[lower-alpha 3]
11 Aalesund 30 9 11 10 40 41 1 38
12 Sogndal 30 8 10 12 29 37 8 34
13 Hønefoss 30 7 12 11 30 42 12 33
14 Sandnes Ulf (O) 30 8 8 14 44 56 12 32 Qualification for relegation play-offs
15 Fredrikstad (R) 30 9 3 18 42 59 17 30 Relegation to 1. divisjon
16 Stabæk (R) 30 5 2 23 25 69 44 17
Source: nifs.no
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Hødd, which played in the 2012 1. divisjon, also qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round as winners of the 2012 Norwegian Cup.
  2. Tromsø qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League via the UEFA Fair Play ranking.[15]
  3. Odd Grenland were deducted 1 point for lack of financial control[16]

Positions by round

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Molde3103968732221222222212211121111
Strømsgodset1388331121112111111121122333222
Rosenborg225213213545433333333333212333
Tromsø541125645454555779964454444444
Viking7395812111011121010121311986458667865555
Brann157121214141413121311118109897575546556666
Haugesund12671074454333344454746778788877
Vålerenga4924973689881076568897885677788
Lillestrøm1011151315151515141414141514121313111111121212121212111099
Odd Grenland161613141311109971212131114121112121211111111111110111010
Aalesund812118101012111387798810101010109101010109991111
Sogndal1146425710111313111210111213131413151413131313131412
Hønefoss BK913107569126666667645681099991012121213
Sandnes Ulf614141512988710997913141414141314141515151514151314
Fredrikstad1456111113131415151515141515151515151515131314141415141515
Stabæk111516161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2012. Source: nifs.no
Notes: As of the last match in each round; delayed matches are not included.

Relegation play-offs

At the end of the season, Stabæk and Fredrikstad were relegated directly to 1. divisjon, and will be replaced by Start and Sarpsborg who were directly promoted.

Five teams entered a play-off for the last Tippeligaen spot in the 2013 season. These were:

  • A) Sandnes Ulf (by virtue of being the 14th placed team in the Tippeligaen)
  • B) Sandefjord (by virtue of being the third placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • C) Mjøndalen (by virtue of being the fourth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • D) Bodø/Glimt (by virtue of being the fifth placed team in the 1. divisjon)
  • E) Ullensaker/Kisa (by virtue of being the sixth placed team in the 1. divisjon)

The four 1. divisjon teams first played a single game knockout tournament, with the winner (Ull/Kisa) advancing to a two-legged tie against the Tippeligaen team (Sandnes Ulf) for the 16th and final spot in the 2013 season. Sandnes Ulf retained their Tippeligaen spot with an aggregate 7–1 win over Ull/Kisa.

Results

Ullensaker/Kisa0–4Sandnes Ulf
Report Bertolt  24'
Gytkjær  80'
Helle  85'
Holmvik  90+1'
Attendance: 1,310

Sandnes Ulf3–1Ullensaker/Kisa
Høiland  20'
Gytkjær  31', 68' (pen.)
Report Rosenkilde  18'
Attendance: 2,633

Sandnes Ulf won 7–1 on aggregate.


  First round     Second round     Final round
                               
  3 Sandefjord 3  
  6 Ullensaker/Kisa 4         14 Sandnes Ulf 4 3 7
        6 Ullensaker/Kisa 2     6 Ullensaker/Kisa 0 1 1
        5 Bodø/Glimt 0  
  4 Mjøndalen 1    
  5 Bodø/Glimt 2  

Results

Home \ Away[1] AAL SKB FFKHAUHØNLSKMFKODDRBKULFSILSTBSIFTILVIFVIK
Aalesund 20 30 22 20 12 01 21 22 31 22 31 31 00 31 11
Brann 21 20 32 32 23 41 62 21 31 50 21 12 02 12 00
Fredrikstad 13 34 00 02 34 02 42 12 34 21 51 23 20 12 30
Haugesund 42 21 10 11 11 20 01 01 32 00 41 23 11 42 10
Hønefoss BK 31 21 11 32 00 11 14 14 11 00 00 11 01 10 22
Lillestrøm 00 34 12 00 22 11 11 22 13 10 60 01 42 11 00
Molde 21 21 20 10 10 32 31 20 32 21 43 21 32 20 12
Odd Grenland 30 10 11 21 40 20 00 01 22 04 12 21 22 23 14
Rosenborg 30 31 01 52 01 11 10 00 20 00 31 33 30 30 11
Sandnes Ulf 11 33 51 02 10 01 02 00 11 31 21 21 51 02 22
Sogndal 11 20 13 11 00 10 21 01 03 00 31 11 10 10 12
Stabæk 00 04 01 02 02 41 05 02 02 21 21 12 01 13 01
Strømsgodset 40 20 50 33 40 33 11 10 21 21 30 31 20 32 10
Tromsø 10 20 10 20 00 51 11 01 11 31 11 30 40 31 51
Vålerenga 00 11 32 21 32 12 12 31 00 40 02 12 11 10 10
Viking 11 21 30 02 21 12 10 10 14 50 21 10 32 01 21

Updated to games played on 3 November 2012.
Source: Soccerway
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 48[20][21]
    • Lillestrøm
  • Most red cards: 3[22]
    • Fredrikstad
    • Sandnes Ulf
    • Vålerenga

Attendances

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Rosenborg 200,912 20,572 9,822 13,394 −7.7%
2 Brann 184,819 17,200 10,418 12,321 −5.3%
3 Vålerenga 161,526 16,687 8,711 10,768 −19.2%
4 Viking 148,403 13,443 7,541 9,894 −3.5%
5 Molde 140,432 11,112 8,503 9,362 −4.6%
6 Aalesund 137,748 10,247 8,324 9,183 −4.0%
7 Fredrikstad 106,649 9,215 5,432 7,110 −22.0%
8 Strømsgodset 91,508 7,451 4,726 6,101 +6.9%
9 Lillestrøm 85,389 10,239 4,376 5,693 −4.0%
10 Odd Grenland 77,668 6,713 4,433 5,178 −9.4%
11 Haugesund 67,985 5,000 3,854 4,532 −0.4%
12 Tromsø 62,856 5,299 3,644 4,190 −13.9%
13 Stabæk 58,551 5,508 3,066 3,903 −47.3%
14 Sandnes Ulf 57,615 4,969 2,875 3,841 +153.2%1
15 Sogndal 54,883 5,207 2,736 3,659 +15.0%
16 Hønefoss 44,276 4,246 1,876 2,952 +104.9%1
League total 1,681,220 20,572 1,876 7,005 −12.3%

Source: nifs.no
Notes:
1: Team played last season in 1. divisjon.

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