May 29, 2023


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Hyles: Markus Solbakken entered the Vikings midfield smoothly after moving from Stabæk.

STAVANGER (VG) (Viking – HamKam 1–1) vs childhood club HamKam, 21-year-old Markus Solbakken ended up in the spotlight for unfortunate reasons. At Viking, they see huge potential for the son of a national team manager.


– Markus Solbakken says he is heavy on his own goal that gave Hamkam one point in Stavanger.

The 21-year-old was born and raised in Hamar, and is himself a fan of pigeons. Father Ståle and mother Anniken sat in the stands at SR-BANK Arena, as did those with a heart for comrades.

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For Solbakken jr. It was exclusively disappointing that Viking did not take three points against HamKam, and he hopes the father of the national team sympathizes with him as well.

– I figured it out, the midfielder smiles.

The unfortunate self-target is just a reef in the sea in season that ripples its way. The U21 national team player started all league games with Viking after moving from Stabæk in February, and has been praised for the way he slid seamlessly into Viking’s midfield.

He made great strides in a short time and joined the group in a very good way. He has done well in all the matches he has played and we see him develop both offensively and defensively, says coach Bjarti Lundy Archim.

– I feel like I’ve done well so far, and I also know that things could be better. I’ve found the shape, but I have to keep it even all season long, says Solbakken even at first.

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– Why were things easy for you in the Vikings?

– I’ve gained incredible confidence and played so many matches, it’s obviously helping. I got to know my teammates, not least the system. Prescribe everything normally.

Solbakken has been given the task of filling the void left by Joe Bell, which was sold for around NOK 18 million to Brøndby this winter. But “Marcus should be allowed to be Marcus,” says Lundy Archim of the deep role in midfield.

He sees huge potential in the little boy.

– He has very good technique, good passing, and became the winner of the ball for us in the midfield. There are no restrictions, says Lunde Aarsheim about development opportunities.

Statistics service numbers sofa result It shows that Solbakken is at the top level in the elite streak when it comes to the number of tackles (7), successful passes (7), great chances created (17) and opponent’s game breaks (17).

Having grown up at HamKam, Solbakken tested his skills at the highest level at Stabæk last season. Ended up falling. He is now playing a pivotal role in a top team that aspires to fight for medals.

– It’s of course a huge contrast. Now I’m on the other end a little bit. On a day like this, we have three dots here. I think we would have been very happy last year if I was in the other half of the field. It’s two different worlds, but it’s fun to be at this end,” Solbakken says.

On Saturday, the Viking Godst meets in Drammen.

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