And yet, while Bodo / Glimt is a story of the bright promise of youth, it is also a story of redemption. A few years ago, Patrick Berg, frustrated by his lack of playing time, considered leaving his family club. “I wasn’t in the right headspace,” he said. “I’m frustrated and angry, and I’m blaming others besides me.”
Saltnes, his captain, has considered leaving the game entirely, saying that he hasn’t found football fun long ago. Before the matches, he had to fight nausea and stomach pain. He is, in hindsight, consumed by “doubts and fears”.
That was just three years ago. A few weeks ago, he led the team to the San Siro for the Europa League match against AC Milan. “If you look at the team that day,” Saltnes said, “almost every player will have a strange story about how they ended up on that pitch. They were all disappointed or injured or wanted to leave. You will never guess their story ”.
Of course, all of this is the familiar ridicule in any case study of success versus odds. What makes Bodo / Glimt particularly appealing is that they are all present, all at the same time. That, in part, may explain the club’s appeal.
“We are an underdog,” said Thomassen, chief executive officer. “And who wouldn’t love a bad person?”
The only ambition is not there
In the spring of 2019, Bodo / Glimt’s players traveled to Spain for their pre-season training camp. Traditionally, when they’re there, they’ll discuss their goals for the next year.
This time, however, they returned with another mission. “We got rid of all of that,” said Saltnes. “We don’t have any ambitions. We just want to focus on performance. ”
Saltnes, like his peers, doesn’t believe there is a bizarre explanation for what happened to Bodo / Glimt over the past three years, a silver bullet that has turned it from a top Norwegian team. . have seen for at least two decades.