The Golden Generation | Domination Begins

Valerenga FM21

Vålerenga’s hold on the Eliteserien continues. We’re champions yet again.

There’s a difference this season though. We’re treble winners, dominating domestically. We retained the Mesterfinalen and won our first Norwegian Cup since 2008.

Here’s the story of that dominance and a look at a player who had a huge role in making it happen.

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The Golden Generation | Keeping the Title

Vålerenga are Eliteserien champions again.

It’s only the second time in their history that they’ve retained the Norwegian league title. A brilliant achievement for Kristoffer Samstrøm (me).

Last season’s title win might have come as a surprise to me, but I knew if we played as well this time round as we did last time we’d have a big chance again.

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The Golden Generation | Norwegian National Team Squad Depth | Midfielders and Forwards

Last time you heard from me, I told you I decided to take a look at the squad depth of the Norwegian National Team to help me pick a 23-man squad for Euro2020.

That post looked at the goalkeepers and defenders, this one will look at the midfield and forward options at my disposal.

10 spots were already filled in the squad, meaning there was 13 to go from the following positions.

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The Golden Generation | Norwegian National Team Squad Depth | Goalkeepers and Defence

If I didn’t think Norway had a Golden Generation of talent at their disposal, I wouldn’t be managing the National Team on FM21.

I’ve run through results from 2020 and my first six months in charge in which I led us to Euro2020 (in 2021). Then came the tricky bit, picking a 23-man squad for the finals.

To help me decide I took a look at our squad depth. This included immediate first team options, squad players, potential back ups and then looking at who’d be replacing them in the coming years followed by some potential stars of the future further down the road.

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The Golden Generation | Rewriting History

I said in my introductory post that playing through the 2020 season with Vålerenga gave me the opportunity to rewrite history for the Norwegian National Team.

A Sergej Milinkovic-Savic double downed them in the Euro2020 qualification playoff semi-final on the 8th of October 2020. They finished 2nd in their UEFA Nations League group behind Austria but ahead of Romania and Northern Ireland.

Let’s see what I could do in my first six months in charge.

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Kristoffer Ajer on FM21

In my role as Norwegian national team manager on FM21, I need to keep tabs on how my Golden Generation are performing. I’ll be creating separate posts to track the key players who’ll play a big part for the national side while I’m in charge.

Celtic might be getting absolutely panned for their defensive performances at the moment in the non-FM world, but Kristoffer Ajer is still Norway’s best defender on FM21.

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