Oslo: a divided football city – the club took a radical measure: hidden talent from the ring

Oslo: a divided football city – the club took a radical measure: hidden talent from the ring

At VG, Meradi dealt with the big differences in football.

He believes that there has become a class division, also in football, and that children who grow up in low-income areas are the losers on the field.

In Oslo, it seems clear: clubs on the western edge can generally offer better facilities and more training of a higher quality – and are often funded by parents in the local environment.

In Norway's Alef and youth national teams, Oslo West now dominates, while Oslo East is unable to follow up on its proud past – with players Joshua King, Hitam El Aissami and Adama Diomande, to name a few.

In the 'Football City Divided' article series, VG delves into the differences between football and Oslo.

Gone with a snap


In Holmlia SK, they ended up out of good company. The manager feels ostracized and also criticizes his football circle. This winter, the club attempted a very special move: the club's greatest talent was 'disappeared'.

We have decided not to register anyone currently in the department team. Completely intentional, because that group of us is insanely good. We said no, we don't want that. Because every time we're there, they disappear like this.

He snaps and says, “So.”

– But then players miss measuring their strength against other good players?

– Believe me, we understand the concern and are having that discussion with the parents. We still believe it is important to facilitate the individual development and well-being of all our players.

National team valuable school


Many described the player hunt as more cruel and cynical than ever before. It's not just Vålerenga and Stabæk who catch the best teenagers. Extensive betting clubs are also chasing 12-year-old players.

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A leader in the Oslo football circle

Tore Jarl Bratting, head of the Oslo Football Department, answers:

– It is a shame for all concerned – players, club and circuit – if it is the case that concerns over this matter prevent children and young people from being given the opportunity to be part of this arena of good development.

Bråteng points out that the National Football Association's national team school has been valuable to many players from Holmlia.

-Zero motivation


Manager Holmia Maradi says the player search process is about educational compensation. The rules make it financially profitable to have players from the age of 12, because the club is then entitled to money on their first professional contract and subsequent transfers.

– They are lured by national team matches, and we cannot tempt them to do so. For the talent we lose, that quickly means an hour and a half on public transport to train – each way.

– Where does it pay to be?

– At home, Aram Moradi responds.

-We checked the history here, and all those who became professionals from Holmelia were here until the beginner level. Those who leave early end up here again – but then without any incentive.

Oslo: a divided football city

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