Oslo derby in the cup: The letter to the billionaire went unanswered:

Oslo derby in the cup: The letter to the billionaire went unanswered:

Watch Lyn – Vålerenga in the second round of the cup on TV 2 Play and Direktesport on Thursday the 19th!

– We have sold about 5,000 tickets, but we are hoping for 8,000 and dreaming of 10,000.

It will be crowded at the venerable Bislett Stadium when Lyn and Valerenga meet in the second round of the cup on Thursday.

Ready to match: Bjorn John Jonsberg, General Manager, Lyn 1896 Football Club. Picture: Eric Monrad Hansen/TV2

Bjørn Jønsberg, the general manager of Lyn 1896, hopes the match preparation will be worthy of an old-fashioned derby match.

– I hope it will be a real match on the field, but also in the stands. That people act is the most important thing, but we hope for many lives. Oslo football needs Lane against Vålerenga, Jønsberg confirms.

– If anyone should be nervous, it’s them

Captain William Sale Slade tells us of a solid group of players.

– We have nothing to lose, so if anyone should be nervous, it’s Vålerenga. They must win. We’ll just enjoy ourselves and do as usual,” says Sale, who believes set pieces and transfers will be key if Lyn wants to thank his city rivals outside the cup.

Bairby: It was boiling in the stands when they met Valerenga in the cup two years ago.  Now it is forged and ready to be restarted at Bislett.  Photo: Frederick Hagen/NTB

Bairby: It was boiling in the stands when they met Valerenga in the cup two years ago. Now it is forged and ready to be restarted at Bislett. Photo: Frederick Hagen/NTB

The two teams have only met three times since Lyn’s bankruptcy in 2010, but the old hatred never rusts.

Captain Seal believes Valerenga’s “lightning specter” from the 2000s, with the Royals going on a 15-game winless streak against city rivals, is still making an impact – even if it started a while ago.

Lyn mot Vålerenga: since 2000

Source: Lynhistorie.com, nifs.no

– Absolutely. Seal says supporters will catch fire during the date.

– It’s a spice, and the ghost of the derby will reappear itself again, Johnsberg agrees.

Heides: The Lightning players celebrate with the crowd after a 1-0 win over Vålerenga in 2005. Photo: Tor Richardsen/NTB

Heides: The Lightning players celebrate with the crowd after a 1-0 win over Vålerenga in 2005. Photo: Tor Richardsen/NTB

I think Vålerenga is the best

The one who does not intend to focus on the opponents is coach Jan Halvor Halvorsen.

– I don’t think it matters. But Vålerenga won’t take us seriously. It is likely that they will make their strongest team, as the nomads would expect.

Newly promoted Lyn aims to get back to the top of Norwegian football and has impressed at the start of the season.

The newly promoted team is fourth in its division in the PostNord League after four wins and three losses. Two of them came narrowly against promotion favorites Egersund and Arendal.

– We are very satisfied. The goal before the start of the season was to be competitive, and we have been, says Halvorsen.

FAVORITE: Camp Lightning believes Dag-Eiliv Fagermo mustered his strongest team to knock the city rival out of the Cup.  Photo: Vegard Grott / BILDBYRÅN

FAVORITE: Camp Lightning believes Dag-Eiliv Fagermo mustered his strongest team to knock the city rival out of the Cup. Photo: Vegard Grott / BILDBYRÅN

Trøim’s unanswered letter

Playing in the OBOS League in 2025 is the club’s next stated goal in the process of returning as a solid player in Norwegian football.

– But we must not rush. It is not easy to run a football club in Norway. Things are getting more and more expensive. It may take a long time, but I hope we’ve embarked on a journey, says Yonsberg, who points to unconventional measures to speed up the process.

– I actually sent a letter to Tor Olav Trøim three years ago, writing that the best investment he could make to make money in Vålerenga would be to contribute Lyn back to the Eliteserien.

VIF Owner: Tor Olav Trøim was challenged from the top of Lyn.  Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / BILDBYRÅN

VIF Owner: Tor Olav Trøim was challenged from the top of Lyn. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / BILDBYRÅN

Billionaire Tor Olav Trøm owns Vålerenga Football AS.

– Look at other capitals across Europe. We have something to learn from them. Almost 700,000 people live in Oslo. The Intility Arena should be full of fun every weekend. You need a derby like Lyn-Vålerenga to help build football in Oslo, Jønsberg believes.

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– not funny.

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