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Former Bengaluru forward Kristian Opseth joins Norway club Sarpsborg 08

Published at :March 4, 2021 at 7:03 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : Sarpsborg 08 Twitter)


The attacker has made a return to his homeland after signing with the Eliteserien club.

Kristian Opseth has moved back to his native country of Norway after signing up with top division club Sarpsborg 08 FC. Opseth moved to the club on a two-year contract from his erstwhile employers Bengaluru FC ahead of the Indian Super League 2020-21 season. With the Blues, he endured a rather underwhelming campaign and struggled for game time in a fiercely competitive attacking department.

The Blues themselves were off the boil right from the start and eventually ended up in 7th place. It marked the first time that the side has missed out on the playoffs since their entry into the ISL four seasons ago.
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The player himself ended up with only a solitary goal and an assist to show for all his efforts. He featured in only 720 minutes across the 15 games he played for Bengaluru marking an average of only 48 minutes/game. He also put up paltry figures of 1.3 shots and 10 passes/game and a passing accuracy of just over 52% making his time at Bengaluru a rather poor one to say the least.

While it is unfair to heap all blame on one player, Kristian Opseth was often faulted for the lack of penetration and prolificacy of the team and his poor performances shed light on what was a rather disappointing season from the Karnataka outfit according to the high standards that they've set in the ISL.

Now, the striker has another chance to prove his worth and potential. He will be feeling much more comfortable having gotten back to his homeland and featuring in more familiar surroundings. Kristian Opseth will feature for Sarpsborg 08 who finished in 12th place in the Norwegian Eliterserien and also featured in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League in 2018-19, their first and only campaign in European competitions.