Norway’s most-read newspaper featured a five-page special on Leeds United on Thursday, a Norwegian Leeds fan has shown on Twitter.
Asbjørn Perry Sve, who is a moderator of a Scandinavian Leeds forum, has taken to his Twitter account to share an image of a double-page spread in the Verdens Gang newspaper.
While we cannot pretend to be fluent in Norwegian, Verden Gang’s feature on Leeds seems to be about the club’s rise and fall as it shows Billy Bremner lifting the FA Cup in 1973 and Alan Smith being consoled after relegation in 2004.
The headline translates loosely to say: “A study of success and failure.”
Verdens Gang, Norway's most read newspaper has 5 pages Leeds United today… pic.twitter.com/U5JXGnpMyI
— Asbjørn Perry Sve (@PerrySve) May 21, 2020
They are very much two words that can be used to sum up Leeds over their history.
From the Don Revie era to 2004’s relegation from the Premier League and from the 1991/92 Division One title to finishing bottom of the Championship just a year after the play-off final defeat to Watford. Leeds’ history has been an absolute roller coaster of a ride.
The club does have some links to Norway and Leeds do seem to have a lot of supporters in Scandinavia.
Leeds’ official Twitter account showed in 2018 that 75 members of the Bergen Whites fan group met up to chant about the club after a Christmas dinner.
🇳🇴 | 75 Norwegians gathered for their annual Bergen Whites Christmas dinner over the weekend, singing 'Leeds Leeds Leeds' on the stairs of the Johannes Church pic.twitter.com/IdJJUV4YAA
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 4, 2018
There are also former Norwegian players Eirik Bakke and Alf-Inge Haaland who played for Leeds and current Norway star Erling Haaland was born in the Yorkshire city and is now tearing up the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
It is good for the club to have this kind of connection to what seems like an emerging football nation.
In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has bemoaned what could be a national embarrassment.