The Anticipated Derby Clash: Lillestrøm vs Vålerenga
Return of Geir Bakke Sparks Excitement and Tension
As the highly anticipated derby match between Lillestrøm and Vålerenga approaches on October 22nd, the football world is buzzing with excitement and tension. The match, set to take place at Åråsen, has generated a significant amount of interest due to the return of Geir Bakke. Bakke, who controversially transitioned from coaching Lillestrøm to rival team Vålerenga in the summer, will be returning to Åråsen for the first time since his transfer.
Record-Breaking Ticket Sales
Tickets for the match went on sale at noon on Tuesday and sold out within an hour. The stadium, which has a capacity of 10,540 seats, will be at full occupancy for the match. According to Jørgen Heen Enger, the ticket manager, this has been the fastest-selling match at Åråsen. Enger believes that they could have easily sold twice the number of tickets, considering the massive demand.
Rematch of the Intense May Derby
The last match between these two teams took place at the Intility Arena on May 1st. Lillestrøm made an impressive comeback from 1-3 down to secure a 4-3 victory over Vålerenga. At that time, Bakke was still coaching Lillestrøm. This time, he will be returning to face the Canary fans, but dressed in blue, the color of Vålerenga.
Bakke’s Transfer Stirred Controversy
The transfer of Bakke to Vålerenga caused quite a stir in Lillestrøm, with LSK issuing a strong warning to Bakke in the summer. Within the first 20 minutes of ticket sales, 8000 tickets had been sold. The Canary field – the section for singing LSK supporters – sold out in under a minute. The away section also sold out rapidly, with all 1568 places allocated for Vålerenga supporters disappearing just before 1 pm.
A Charged Atmosphere Expected
Given the high demand for tickets and the tension surrounding the match, a charged atmosphere is expected on October 22nd, reminiscent of the previous derby in May. The match promises to be a spectacle, with the return of Bakke adding an extra layer of intrigue and intensity to the game.
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