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week Thirteen 1999, National championship Game

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- Area Population: 40 000
- Nickname: 1814s
- President: K. Andersen
- Head Coach: J. Johansson
- 1998 Record: 4-3*

*= Including playoffs.

- Area Population: 1 500 000
- Nickname: Vikings
- President: O.P. Nyhaug
- Head Coach: C. Gauvreau
- 1998 Record: 6-2*

*= Including playoffs & EuroCup.

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August 28th, Eidsvoll 1814s (5-4) vs. OSI Vikings (9-1), Dælenenga Stadium, Oslo, 5 PM.

1999: It's been the year of the Vikings, no doubt about it. Under the tutelage of Coach Gauvreau, the Oslo team has prospered into the first ever Norwegian team ranked among the top 20 teams in Europe. The 1814's has had their best ever year so far as well; competing in the EuroCup and being a force in the Norwegian league. The only team they have not beaten in the domestic league - is the Vikings.

The Coaches: Jan "Janne" Johansson is in his first year as Head Coach of the 1814s. He has previously coached with Swedish side Uppsala Red Dogs (junior team for the Uppsala 86ers). Chris Gauvreau is a Canadian also in his first year. He has had coaching experiences in France (Lyon Falcons), Switzerland (Landquart Broncos) and Canada (University of Ottawa). The two coaches have faced eachother twice with these teams, with both games ending in Vikings victories.

The Series: These two teams first met eachother in 1997. Eidsvoll has yet to beat the Vikes 1st team. They beat a team composed of 2nd team and 1st team players in the 1998 Eidsvoll Bowl. OSI Vikings leads the series 5-0 (5-1 if counting the '98 Eidsvoll Bowl).

Last Week: Eidsvoll beat Vålerenga Trolls 23-6 in their semi-final, while OSI dominated Sandnes Oilers to the tune of 57-0.

Next Week: This years senior season is over after this week's championship game.

About Eidsvoll: Small municipal outside Oslo. Dominated by agriculture, thus giving the 1814s the additional nickname "Farmers". Most known for the writing of the Norwegian laws which was the foundation for Norway as a state. When ? In 1814, of course.

About Oslo: Biggest city and capitol of Norway. Hosts the Nobel Peace Prize each year. Thats about it, really.

TNFJ Tip: The Vikings by 14.