VALLE (VG) She came to Oslo to win something and found the challenge in Vålerenga perfect. On Sunday, captain Sherida Spitse (30) can become league champion with the Oslo club.
Intility Arena at Valle earlier this week. Sherida Spitse has gained momentum on the electric bike and Vålerenga.
Now the club is heading towards its first league championship with its Dutch captain whipping and “first of all”. The gold drama will be decided in the last round of the series on Sunday. Only the goal difference (+ 4 goals) separates the Oslo team and Rosenborg.
For the 30-year-old, it is about “mission completed” – mission completed. It was this gold she wanted when she put her name on the contract with Vålerenga after she as captain led the Netherlands to a somewhat surprising European Championship triumph in her home country in 2017.
– A series gold would be perfect. If we give away the league championship now that it is within reach, then we have not deserved it either. Then we are just not good enough.
– Do you want to be continuously updated on how things are going in the matches for Rosenborg and Avaldsnes on Sunday?
– Of course. If at the end of the match we need one more goal, then we must know that. Anything else would be foolish. Now we have four goals to go on, and if we do the job against Arna-Bjørnar, Rosenborg will have to beat Klepp with an awful lot of goals.
Sherida Spitse was looking for a new challenge after his wife Jolien van der Tuin was pregnant and expecting the couple’s son Jens. Three seasons with Lillestrøm – where the cup and series were won as many times – were history. FC Twente became the next employer, but only until the winter break.
In Christmas 2017, Spitse was lured north again and ready for Vålerenga.
– Monica (Knudsen) was my coach in LSK. Now she took over Vålerenga and wanted me on the team. I thought why not. I liked the ambitions of the club. Now, two years later, we are here fighting for a championship. Things have happened fast.
For Knudsen and Eli Landsem, it was about gaining control of player logistics, more continuity and quality and not least fewer short-term solutions when they were to make their mark on Vålerenga.
– When we got a player like Sherida on longer contact, it was a very good signal that VIF meant business and that something good was going on. This in turn helped to make the job possible of building a solid squad over the last couple of years. Sherida is a top international player, who contributes on and off the field, who has taken the lead in the locker room and helped to build the culture one must have to be able to assert oneself at the very top. This takes time, but we now see the team and the club take step by step, year by year, Monica Knudsen now states.