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More core particles
By Håvard Lindheim, 16 October 2006, 10:18

The Rosenborg supporter club Kjernen, "the core", is the largest and most well known group of supporters, but around it, several smaller "particles" float.


DEBATED: The use of bengal lights on the tribunes is debated by many.

Photo: Thomas Myren

Firstly, it is worth mentioning that Kjernen itself was a smaller fraction of eager supporters, who neither felt at home in the official Rosenborg Supporter Club or the old group "Fragleberget". Ten years after its birth, Kjernen has a near-monopoly on this field.

But behind the front scene several new, lesser groups have appeared. They are similar in the way that they aren't "well organized" after normal standards, with member lists and club magazines, but rather loose alliances between enthusiasts who wants to spice up the tribunes. In other words, they aren't competing with Kjernen, but cooperating with it.

Working for tifo shows
The most visible is Tifo Trondheim (TT 05), who was founded last year. This group consists mainly of lads and ladies that formerly worked in Kjernen's tifo group.

"We want to make choreographies, and do our best to give the team visual and verbal support from the tribunes. We managed to put up a group of enthusiasts who wanted to do this, every year, and not just out of a duty - elected for two years. It was a result of Kjernen being among the better clubs in Norway around year 2000, to be almost gone from the scene the later years," one of the TT members tells rosenborg.info.

The divorce from Kjernen was a happy one, and TT each year gets economical support from the supporter club to finance the colorful shows. At the same time, fund raising takes place both on Tribune West and on the Internet.

Especially the Oslo group of TT has done well. They arrange tifo workshops and bus tours to games home and away.

"In Oslo, the original idea was to have a contact person and a couple of guys that could make a banner now and then, but things grew. The core group is now 10-15 boys and girls, and that's about the same size as we have in Trondheim. As far as I know, no other tifo groups can show the same," the TT member proudly tells.

Skulls on the tribunes
For the past two years, the 30 man strong Ultras Nidaros (UN) have grown in visuality at the Tribune West.

"We are strongly influenced by European tribune culture, and first and foremost Southern Europe. UN had a predecessor named Brigade Playboyz. UN was started in 1999, and wasn't very visible in the beginning. But we have grown, and now we are very important in making Tribune West seeable and hearable," an UN member thinks.


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