About Author: eilanda

I am a manager/HTU editor from Northern Norway, and my team is SK Brann, both in real life and in the fantastic world of Hattrick. With every day that passes, I learn more about this addicting little game I found back in 2007, and for every day goes by, the love for it grows. I enjoy writing stories about my HT-team, and to make more out of the regular game. With over twenty-five in-game seasons of experience, Brann have the ambition of reaching the top division of Norway, Tippeligaen.

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Happy Hattrickversary!

Today marks a milestone in the ever-growing history of SK Brann. Ten years ago, manager Eilanda gathered a few lads from the local pub for a quick game of 5-a-side against some local youngsters, and formed the club now known as SK Brann.

Since then, Brann have climbed through the Norwegian series system. Starting in the 7th division, Brann have now more or less secured their position in the 4th division, looking to go even further. In the national cups the success have been more moderate, with an all-time best of reaching the 5th round of Norgesmesterskapet, and the round of 64 in the Ruby cup. However, in the international cups, Brann have enjoyed far more success. For instance, Brann made it all the way to the 3rd place final in the Golden League VII.

For now, the Brann Journal will remain in it’s “hibernation” more or less, due to the editor’s other commitments for the time being. But to our loyal readers, expect us to be back at normal schedule around December this year.

Until then, stay red!


Final push for the gold

The current season for Brann can be summed up with pretty much only one word, disappointing. Brann failed to impress twice during the initial half of the season, when they lost to Beer-frogs and long time rivals Stord. But, with a pretty fortunate turn of events, Brann might be able to make an amazing eleventh-hour comeback, and lift the trophy in the air in the end anyways. But for that to happen, Brann has to beat Beer-frogs in the final series round, in what could be a season finale never seen before.

Coach Draheim had this to say about the current situation:

“The loss for Stord was a tough one to take for the lads, they’ve never beaten us before in any official competitions, so this wasn’t something we expected at all. But we got back up on our legs, and defeated them in the return fixture, so all that remains now is to win the final game against Beer-frogs, and we can finally take a well-deserved breath of air after promoting to the fourth division”.

In other news, Brann have begun their qualification run for the GL X Masters. So far, they’ve claimed two wins, against FC X-Team and NYC Peregrines. They’ve also played Clan Phoenix away, in a game they lost 1-5. Brann barely failed to qualify for the GL IX Masters, and are for sure having their aims locked at some tasty GL gold.


Bouncin’ back up

The couple of seasons have generally been a tough time for anyone affiliated with Brann. After their promotion to the 4th division back in GS 56, they rarely ended up with a strong season, and usually just barely managed to keep their heads above the water. After their third season in the fourth division, the situation was critical. Brann avoided the direct relegation by a mere two points, and something drastic had to be done. The board initiated negotiations with the HFA, and the team got moved from the IV.43 series to the IV.21 series. This proved to be an incredible decision, because the very next season, Brann had a record-breaking cup run where they made it to the 5th round of the national cup, and finished 2nd in the league. The fans were ecstatic, the local newspapers cherished the Brann board, and things seemed to have been solved. However, this euphoria would prove to be very temporary. Brann was back in the relegation quicksand the next season, finishing 6th, now only a single point above the first direct relegation spot. The local newspapers and the fans were quick to turn on the Brann board, and demanded something drastic to happen, once again. Under heavy pressure, the board made a decision that in retrospect might have been way to rushed. They decided to let club legend, long-time captain, and fan favorite Jes ‘Kniksen’ Steinicke off his duties as head coach.

Inevitably, this created a huge split among the Brann fans. Some thought this was just the change the club needed, and even though Steinicke was a club legend, that didn’t justify the poor results. The other fans had a completely different view on the matter. They thought the board had failed to identify the root of the problem. In their opinion, the leadership and influence Steinicke had over the squad were still very important, and if someone were to be sacked, it should be the director of football, otherwise known as “the Phantom”. The shadowy figure has remained in the dark since his first and only public appearance some seasons back, and it seems there’s not many in the club that really know much about him. All we know is that he was responsible for both the temporary leave for Steinicke back then, and the sacking of him in GS 61. This isn’t much to draw a conclusion from, but may “the Phantom” have some kind of grudge against the guy that served the club for a quarter of a century?

Regardless, the sacking of Steinicke didn’t appear to do very much, as Brann finished 8th that season, and got relegated. The fans, now collectively, almost demanded the heads of the Brann board rolling, and wanted Steinicke to get re-appointed as head coach, and have a public apology from ‘the Phantom’ himself. However, the board denied to interact with public in any way, and left the fans answerless. To some comfort, newly appointed head coach Wojciech Draheim said in a public statement after the relegation that: “I know as much as you guys about this whole situation. As Steinicke’s protégé, I still speak to him regularly, and can promise you that he’s still the head coach of SK Brann, in spirit. We’ll all truck on through this together, and next season, I promise that we’ll win the series, and be back in the 4th division in no time!”

Draheim kept his promise, as Brann went through the whole season undefeated, and finished 1st, 7 points ahead of their rivals Stord. But as that wasn’t good enough, Draheim led Brann to new heights in the Golden League Masters, taking them all the way to the 3rd place final, where they lost to The Warriors of Sahura. With the fans in his corner, Draheim can now prove that he’s on height with his mentor Steinicke, by establishing Brann as a 4th division side, once and for all.


The Last Stand

This is it. At this moment, it’s either make it or break it for Brann. This Sunday morning, they will face off against the Egyptian second division side The Warriors of Sahura, in a game that will decide the bronze medalists in this edition of the GL Masters. The reigning K-League champions AS Uijeongbu 07 proved to be as strong as Brann feared them to be, and will play Mighty Karak Chai FC in the final.

Even though their team got defeated 0-7 in the return leg at Waegari Park last Saturday, the travelling Brann supporters didn’t seem too concerned about the result. They were more focused on giving the players on the field the moral support they needed after such a crushing defeat, and many of them stayed for a while at the arena after the match had concluded:

“Yeah, a group of 40-50 of us walked down to the front row of the stands, and waited for the players to come over to us” a supporter said to our journalist. “With an arena as intimidating as Waegari Park, we figured that the loss was much harder on them than us, so we tried to comfort them. After all, the tournament run was far from over, as we still had a third place final to play.”

Now, as of writing this, there’s a little over half a day left until the match between Brann and the Warriors kicks off. The Brann squad has already spent over a day in Poland, and are optimistic even though they are considered the underdog of this match-up:

“This won’t be easy, no doubt about that. That being said, I’m sure the Warriors won’t take us for granted, and they won’t give us anything for free. But we have to remember, there’s a reason that we have reached this far in this tournament. We’ve never given in, and have fought until the very end every single game. The return leg against Cabuie showed this very clearly, another goal conceded would’ve meant that we had gone to OT, and possibly penalties. That could easily have been the end to our journey” Erik Sörensson said, before leaving for the player bus back to the hotel.

The Brann Journal will be back with an update some time after the third place final has concluded, with or without the bronze medals.


Hooligans ruins plane trip for fellow fans

As of publishing this story, the second and final semi-final leg against AS Uijeongbu 07 is only a few hours away from kicking off at Waegari Park. Brann have a magnificent task ahead of themselves, they need to overturn the 0-2 loss from Brann Stadion last Wednesday, if they’re looking for an advance to the final. For the occasion, the Board of SK Brann arranged a couple of charter flights to South Korea, one for the squad and most of the staff members, and one for some lucky members chosen at random from the official supporter club, Bataljonen.

Here’s a picture of the mock-up ticket that was used to promote the giveaway, with general sponsor Steinicke Airlines behind it all.

This is a honorable way of giving back to the supporters that have supported Brann through this whole GL campaign, and will also act as a way to ensure the Brann players will know they have their supporters in their corner, since a trip to South Korea normally would be out of order for a regular income Brann supporter. But, even though the Board did thorough background checks of the Bataljonen members that were randomly selected for a free trip, it appears some ultras made it through the needle’s eye.

We don’t know much about the situation yet, but we’ve received messages about a couple of arrests done by the local police, immediately after one of the charter flights landed in South Korea. The charter flight in question is reported to be the one containing all the supporters. A couple of witnesses from the charter flight have stated to us that “a group of 5 or 6 men had been very loud and vocal before the flight took off from Norway, and they already suspected that they were drunk already then. On the flight, it got so bad that the group had to be escorted from their seats, and get re-located to the very front row of the plane. The flight attendants had major problems with getting the hooligans to co-operate, but luckily a off-duty policeman and security guard helped the flight attendants out. Luckily, the voyage was calm and peaceful after that”.

We still don’t know anything about what charges the group of hooligans can expect, but after a search through their confiscated luggage, the local police found huge amounts of illegal pyro effects, probably intended for use during the AS Uijeongbu 07-Brann match. But at least, the group can for sure know that they won’t be welcome at Brann Stadion anymore, at least not during this life time:

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused the flight staff, the local police, and what could potentially have been a scandal at Waegari Park. We don’t stand for behavior like this, and we will both fine them, and life-time ban them from taking part of any Brann events” said PR Manager Koenraad Lambie in a short statement published at the official Brann web page.


Record-breaking Brann keeps pressing on

Not many experts and critics fancied Brann’s chances to make it this far in the GL Masters, which is very understandable from a neutral point of view. Brann barely managed to qualify for this edition of the GL, and were going up against the newly crowned GL Champions Razsków Jazz, formerly known as The Flaming Wodkas FC, in the Round of 16. However, the Brann players showed that they were here to stay, and advanced to the next round with an aggregate score of 11-1. They continued the good form against Cabuie, claiming a 5-1 at home, followed up with a 1-4 loss away, making the aggregate score 6-5 in the favor of Brann.

Sørensson celebrating the advancement to the GL semi-finals.


But now, the formidable opponent AS Uijeongbu 07 stands before the Reds in the semi-finals. The eight time K-League champions, four time Korea cup champions. But it doesn’t end there. Every year they won the Korea cup, they took the K-league championship as well, making them four time ‘the Double’ winners. Thought it couldn’t get any more intimidating? Because they’ve also reached the round of 16 in the Hattrick Masters once, another international cup competition preserved for only the very best. However, did you notice something that was missing among all those prestigious achievements? That’s right, they’ve never won the GL Masters, and as a matter of fact, they’ve never even reached the semi-finals of the GL Masters. Even though that’s just because they were busy adding another Korea cup title to their extensive trophy room,  this means they’re for sure entering this match-up with their eyes on the prize.

Anyhow, regardless of the results against the divinity known for us mere mortals as AS Uijeongbu 07, Brann has good reason to be proud of what they’ve achieved this far. Now, everything that remains to see is if this is going to be remembered as a good campaign, or a brilliant campaign.


Long-time rivals awaits Brann this season

Brann relegated last season, but that doesn’t imply that this season will be meaningless. Because in the same series as Brann, we find long-time rivals Stord, and the two games between these two titans will for sure be intense. Because if we take a look at the head-to-head statistics, the two teams finds themselves to be completely even, with 12 wins, 2 draws, and 12 losses each. The rivalry between these two teams began all the way back in GS 36, at the very end of that season. And with that long of a history, it’s without a doubt very prestigious come out as the victor in these two games. And Stord will for sure do anything in their power to spoil Brann’s plans to promote. And to fill us in on why Stord really became a blood rival, Brann manager Eilanda gave us a quick run-down:

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Farewell, my Steinicke

An emotional Steinicke had to leave the post-match press conference early, as he was visibly struggling to keep himself from crying. This only goes to show how the club meant to him.

The 27th of February marked the end for a true legend. The end of an era if you will. The legend goes by many names, like ”Mr. Brann” and ”Kniksen”, but they both refer to the same, truly divine man. We’re of course talking about Jes Steinicke himself, a man who has dedicated over 25 years of his life to serve the one and only club of his heart. After a couple of seasons as the head coach, he coached his final game for the club, in a league game against Norwegian Psychos, and earlier the same week he even took part in an Emerald Challenger Cup game, as a winger. Steinicke managed to pull through the full 90 minutes, and even topped it off with a free kick goal. At almost 40 years of age, Steinicke seemed as fresh and quick as he was during his glory days.

Today we’re going to look back at the long and eventful career of Jes Steinicke, and listen to what other Brann personalities have to say about him. In two weeks, he’s going to enter the pitch for A final time, when Brann hosts Stord, for a game that is guaranteed to set emotions in play for everyone involved.

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The Impossible Turnabout

The referee blew the final whistle. The fans looked disappointed at the scoreboard, and left the stadium with . The game between Brann and Nightwish had just concluded, and after a horrible performance by the Reds, they had lost another match. Together with Rocca, the Reds find themselves at the very bottom of the table, with a mere ten points, and there is only two games remaining. New Brann head coach Wojciech Draheim, who replaced club legend Jes ‘Kniksen’ Steinicke midway through this season, couldn’t possibly get a worse start on his Brann career. And with no doubt, the “sacked in the morning” chants will eventually turn up if this negative trend continues.

After the game, the Brann fans almost rioted outside the stadium walls. Luckily, the local police managed to keep the order, and had the troublemakers leave the area. Their actions are of course not acceptable by any means, but maybe we can understand why they reacted like this. Two seasons ago, the season Brann promoted to the fourth division, they impressed everyone, and finished second in the series. For a newly promoted team that hadn’t done any particularly strong reinforcements during the pre-season, that’s a very big achievement. But even though many belived that a promotion to the third division the next season was within reach, Brann struggled a lot, and finished sixth in the series, only a single point away from direct relegation. Fans were shocked, and started to discuss whether or not the then head coach Jes Steinicke was capable of leading Brann for another season. And this season, Brann have experienced the same struggles as they did the last season. The pressure on head coach Steinicke got so intense, that he and manager Eilanda agreed to mutually terminate his contract, allowing him to take some well-deserved time off. But the new head coach, Polish Wojciech Draheim, hasn’t managed to drag the team out of the mud, and right now, Brann find themselves seventh in the series, with only two more games to go.

After the riots outside the stadium calmed down, our reporter Alejandro Cassillas found one of the participants, and got a few words with him:

“I’ve just witnessed utter chaos here, what in the world is going on?” Cassillas asked, keeping himself at a safe distance from the fan.

“We’re pissed off! If this continues, we’re going to relegate straight down to the fifth division, and with the current team, I don’t believe we’ll ever be able to promote again!” the fan shouted, waving his arms around in anger.

“But is it necessary to use violence as a way to get your opinion out?”

“I would say so, yes. We’ve put up with this amazingly stupid, pathetic excuse for club management for multiple seasons now, and it’s time to put it all to an end!” the furious fan said, before he walked off.

In other news, Brann have also begun their GL8 campaign a couple of weeks ago. After four encounters, they’ve lost all four, conceded seventeen goals, and scored only five. And this Saturday, Brann are going to visit Norwegian Psychos, in a game that most likely will decide the faith of Brann. This is most certainly going to be an impossible turnabout, but are Brann capable of proving to the fans that they are still good enough for another season in the fourth division?


Ready to begin their GL7 campaign

Ads could be seen all over the area around Brann Stadion promoting Brann’s first GL7 game.

With the Mickey Mouse cup out of the way, Brann can now focus on qualifying for the next GL Masters. The first qualifying matches took place already a month ago, so the Reds certainly got some catching up to do. After the team’s final training session at Friday afternoon before they left for Østfold to play their league game against F.C. Mighty Munich, we got a few words with the usually fearless Brann central defender Hessel Ryneveen.

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