And yet, if Bodo / Glimt is a story of the brilliant promise of youth, it is also a story of redemption. A few years ago, Patrick Berg, frustrated with his lack of playing time, was considering leaving the team which is closely linked to his family. “I was in the wrong headroom,” he says. “I was disappointed and angry, and I blamed everyone but me.”
Saltnes, his captain, considered stepping away from the game altogether, saying he had long stopped playing football. Before games, he struggled with nausea and stomach cramps. He was, in hindsight, plagued by “doubts and fears.”
It was only three years ago. A few weeks ago he led the team to San Siro for a Europa League game against AC Milan. “If you look at the squad that day,” said Saltnes, “almost any player would have a weird story about how they ended up on this pitch. They had all been abandoned or injured or wanted to leave. You would never have guessed their stories.
All of these, of course, are familiar tropes in any unexpectedly successful case study. What makes Bodo / Glimt particularly compelling is that they are all there, all at the same time. This, in part, may explain the club’s appeal.
“We are an outsider,” said Thomassen, the managing director. “And who doesn’t love an outsider?”
The only ambition is to have none
In the spring of 2019, the Bodo / Glimt players traveled to Spain for their pre-season training camp. Traditionally, while they were there, they discussed their goals for the coming year.
This time, however, they returned with a different mission. “We took all of that out,” Saltnes said. “We had no ambition. We just wanted to focus on performance.
Saltnes, like her colleagues, doesn’t think there is a singular explanation for what has happened to Bodo / Glimt over the past three years, a silver bullet that turned her from what many consider to be the better team. club from Norway. has seen at least two decades.