The Vipps-Team: Living as superstars for a week

The normal life for a Norway Cup Team is to sleep in a school, take public transport, eat in the cafeteria, and walk to matches. This year one team, Stridsklev, is not living a regular Norway Cup life, but got the chance to live as superstars.

Stridsklev has many benefits following their superstar status. They have their own lounge on the DNB stand at Ekebergsletta. They have their own cheerleding group with acrobatic skills (something very unusual in Norway). In addition they get a variety of clothes and TV games.  And like true superstars, they do not live at school or at home, they live in a luxury hotel downtown Oslo. They are allowed to drive golf charts to the matches and have their own security guards. As a surprise they even got to see Vålerenga, Oslo best football club, playing a friendship match against Manchester United on their football stadium, Ullevaal Stadium, Sunday evening.

Stridsklev from Porsgrunn, Boys 11-aside, 15/16 years, qualified to live as superstars by winning Vippslaget (The Vipps Battle), a competition on TV2 sponsered by the Norwegian Bank DNB.

Vipps is Norways most popular mobile payment application that gives the user the possibility to make payments to a receiver’s telephone number instead of an account number.

The last round of the Vipps Battle had five teams competing in Bergen and lasted for a week. The team’s tasks were to host a press conference, make a club song, make a commercial movie, and to win the public affection with a selfie-competition.

The teams participating in the competition were: Søgne G16, Stridsklev G16, Hamna J16, Rosendal G16 and Malvik J16. Stridsklev G16 was the winning team beating Søgne G16 with one point.

The teams had their own professional coach to help them, Brede Hangeland, a retired Norwegian professional footballer who played as a central defender in Premier League.  He also played for the Norway national team between 2002 and 2014.

– It’s a lovely feeling to be on the rocker and extremely fun, says the striker Pacific (16).

Pacific and his team were looking forward to playing at Norway Cup. They were quite exited arriving to the football match against Tornado Måløy in golf charts. To get the finishing touch the team got a pep-talk with Brede Hangeland before the match.

The first half started as an even game, with chances both ways, but Stridselv soon started pressing. Tornado Måløy’s goalkeeper had some busy minutes and kept a clean sheet for some time, but eventually Stridselv scored from a rebound. In the dying seconds of the first half, Stridselv doubled the lead when their striker was played through on goal and put the ball safely past the keeper.

Tornado Måløy probably had a good half time talk, because they started the second half better than the first, but Stridselv fought well and kept the ball out of the net. Instead the Vipps Team got back into the game and scored a third goal to secure a 3-0 victory. A good start for Norway Cup’s superstars.

Text: Sigurd Goffeng-Bjerke/Sigrun Farstad Gregori
Photo: Bjørn Aslak Dallmann
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