John Arne Riise fully returned to the football spotlight when Toppserien held a kick-off session with ten teams.
He attended a plenary session at the Ullevaal Stadium before continuing with a series of interviews for him.
Riise took over at Avaldsnes this winter after he started his coaching career with the Flint men’s team. It ended in relegation.
Avaldsnes are not considered one of the hottest teams in this year’s series. Riise had been working for two and a half months.
– I have to admit I had to call and check a bit before I said yes. Is that true considering my future coaching career? The answer is a 100 percent yes, said Riise.
– It’s amazing how the girls line up. No sewing when I woke them up at 6am for a six-thirty run in Spain recently. The loyalty of the players at Avaldsnes is very high, but I noticed that there is a little more emotion in girls than boys when we talk face to face.
TV 2 is following Riise and Avaldsnes closely this season. And viewers will get a close impression of the daily life in the club.
– John Arne is an ordinary person like all of us. He made demands, and in Marbella we had three sessions in one day. He makes demands and knows what it takes. It’s inspiring, says Avaldsnes player Hanna Dahl.
The top series format changed this season. After 18 rounds of draw, the best four teams enter high end game. The regular season winner starts with six points, the second four, the third two and the fourth nothing. The two best will earn a place in the Champions League.
The remaining six clubs also have a playoff in which the two best teams from the 1st division are also included. Everyone starts with no points. The two worst teams were relegated. The tree must rematch to survive
– I really like the format, really. You are not relegated after 18 games. “I have an average age of 19 among my girls and it takes time to build a team,” said Riise.
This is how the first round of the series played out, Sunday (all matches 15.00): Arna-Bjørnar – Lyn, LSK Women – Kolbotn, Rosenborg – Avaldsnes, Røa – Brann.
Monday: Vålerenga – Stabæk 20.00.
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