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Simplification of the Norwegian Football Cup
What is the Norwegian Football Cup?
The Norwegian Football Cup or Norway Cup is the main knockout cup competition in Norwegian football. The Norway Cup is currently known as Cupen ("The Cup") or NM Cup. It has been administered by the Football Association of Norway since its inception in 1902. This is also the oldest football tournament in the nation.
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Norwegian Football Cup logo
How does the Norwegian Football Cup work?
Two qualifying rounds are held in March and April before the official rounds begin. In the first qualifying round, 176 clubs from levels 4 and 5 compete, with 44 of them progressing to the first round, where they will be joined by 84 teams from tiers 1, 2, and 3.
The Norwegian Football Cup is called a national championship. Unlike other similar leagues in other countries, the Cup’s victors are crowned “Norwegian football champions” instead of the winners of the Eliteserien. The King's trophy is awarded to the champions. They advance to the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League and a position in the Mesterfinalen, Norway's super cup match.
A Norwegian Cup Final Lineup
Title by Clubs
Viking are the current Norwegian champions and cup holders, having defeated Haugesund 1–0 in 2019 final. With 12 titles each, Odd and Rosenborg are the most successful clubs in the league.
1. Team Records
- Most consecutive wins:
Odd and Lyn are owning the joint record with 4 consecutive wins each.
- Lyn (1908, 1909, 1910, 1911)
- Odd (1903, 1904, 1905, 1906)
- Most appearances in a final:
Odd are the most successful team in the Norway Cup with 21 times playing in the final game (12 titles and 9 times being runners-up).
- Most Final appearances without any loss:
Skeid have 8 times joining the final and 7 of them are wins (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1974).
- Biggest win:
Fredrikstad beat Haugar 7–0 (1961), making it become the biggest win ever in the Norway Cup.
- Most goals in a final:
8 goals in toal: Strømsgodset 5–3 Fredrikstad (1969 Replay)
2. Individual Records
- Most wins by player:
Jonas Gulbrandsen (Skeid), 6 wins (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1963, 1965).
- Most wins by manager:
Coach Nils Arne Eggen (Rosenborg), 6 wins (1971, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1999).
- Most goals (one final):
André Krogsæter scored 4 goals for Lillestrøm in a match in 1985.
- Most goals (one final and replays):
Eldar Hansen of Rosenborg scored 5 goals (3 in 1960, and 2 in 1960 replay)
- Youngest Cup finalist:
Fredrik Aursnes (Hodd) is the youngest finalist (2012 final). At that time, he was 16 years and 350 days.
- Oldest Cup winner:
Hans Nordahl of Skeid was 40 years and 173 days in the 1958final match. He is the oldest winner.
- Oldest Cup finalist:
Claus Reitmaier of Lillestrøm is the oldest cup finalist with 41 years and 234 days (2005).