And yet, while the Bodo / Glimt is a tale of shining promise of youth, it is also a story of redemption. A few years ago Patrick Berg, frustrated at his lack of playing time, considered leaving the team to play with his family. “I wasn’t in the right head space,” he said. “I was disappointed and angry, and I was blaming everyone but me.”
His captain, Saltness, thought to get away from the game altogether, saying he had long since stopped enjoying football. Prior to the games, he struggled with nausea and stomach cramps. He was consumed by doubt and fear.
Which was only three years ago. A few weeks ago, he led the team in San Siro against AC Milan for San Milano. “If you look at the team that day,” Saltness said, “almost every player would have a weird story of how they ended up on that pitch. They all fell down or were injured or wanted to leave. You Never would have guessed their stories. “
All these, of course, are familiar tropes in any case study of success against odds. Bodo / Glimt is particularly compelling in that they all exist at the same time. In part, could explain the club’s appeal.
“We are a Dalit,” Chief Executive Officer Thomassen said. “And who doesn’t love a Dalit?”
There is no one for ambition
In the spring of 2019, the Bodo / Glimet players traveled to Spain for their Presiden training camp. Traditionally, while they were there, they would discuss their goals for the year ahead.
This time, however, they came back with a different mission. “We left with all that stuff,” Saltness said. “We had no ambition. We just wanted to focus on the performance. “
Saltness, like his colleagues, does not believe there is an eccentric explanation for what has happened to Bodo / Glimmut over the past three years, a silver bullet that has replaced it even with one, the best club team Norway. As many have seen in at least two decades.