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NISO, the Norwegian professional footballers’ association, will once again host the FIFPro Winter Tournament. Players from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland hope to find a new club by participating in this event.


The second edition of the FIFPro Winter Tournament (the first was in January 2011) will take place in Oslo on Friday 16 December 2011. The Norwegian hosts of the tournament, Team NISO, will face a tough battle in the opening match against last year’s winners Finland.


‘We look forward to give Finland, Ireland and Sweden a fight for the title’, says Joachim Walltin, president of the Norwegian players union, adding that the most important thing is not winning the title, but finding a new club for all these players who are looking for a contract.


Two former players of the Norwegian national team will be coaching Team NISO: Vidar Riseth (Celtic, 1860 Münich, Rosenborg BK, 52 appearances for Norway) and Kåre Ingebrigtsen (Rosenborg, Lillestrom, Manchester City, 23 appearances for Norway).


‘We both know each other well, and we look forward to coach Team NISO’, says Riseth (photo), who was also involved in the previous FIFPro Winter Tournament. ‘After the tournament in January 90 percent of the Norwegian players were offered new contracts. It is great to see players sign new, good contracts.’


Next Monday 12 December, the Norwegian team will meet up in Oslo for a week of training. Approximately thirty players applied for a spot on the team, 21 of them will join the training camp. Currently, Team NISO has six players who played in the Tippeligaen (level one) this season. The rest of the players are mainly from the second or third division, although some of them have experience with playing in the Tippeligaen.


Riseth: ‘The tournament is a great place for players, agents and clubs to meet, and I hope the tournament in December will be as positive as it was in January. Back then Arnar Førsund got a new start to his career, he earned a contract with Kongsvinger, and Edier Frejd got a contract with 1. Division club Sandnes Ulf. At his new club, Frejd was probably the team’s best player during the season, which ended with promotion to the Tippeligaen.’