Ten years ago, injuries to Trelleborgs FF's two senior goalkeepers led to a youthful Andreas Isaksson being fast-tracked into the first team. The 17-year-old seized his chance, impressing so much that after only two months in the Allsvenskan, Juventus had seen enough to sign him. A decade on, Isaksson - now at PSV Eindhoven - has 67 Sweden caps, while at Trelleborg, another teenager is on the rise.
Just 18, Viktor Noring has played every minute of Trelleborg's Allsvenskan campaign so far, and is getting used to hearing his name mentioned alongside his illustrious predecessor. "I don't find it tiresome to be compared to Isaksson," Noring told uefa.com. "If anything, it's flattering." While Isaksson was indebted to the misfortune of others to get his chance, Noring impressed enough during pre-season to be given the No1 jersey outright by coach Tom Prahl. "I felt during pre-season I had a good chance of starting," Noring said. "I did well and thought I'd done enough to earn my place."
Noring grew up in neighbouring Malmo and supported Malmö FF as a boy while playing for local club Husie IF. At 16, though, he declined the chance of joining his favourite team. "Both Malmö and Trelleborg wanted me, and although I was an MFF fan I had to think of what was best for me career-wise. I chose TFF because of 'Janne' of course." Jan 'Janne' Ericsson is goalkeeping coach at Trelleborg, and a man who Noring was familiar with. "I knew he'd coached Isaksson and I'd heard a lot of people saying good things about him; that he was the best goalkeeping coach in Sweden."
With Noring in goal, Trelleborg went undefeated in their first four Allsvenskan matches and now sit comfortably in mid-table having drawn with local rivals Malmö and Helsingborgs IF. The 18-year-old has conceded 17 goals and kept five clean sheets in 17 matches and feels he is growing as a player with every match. Watching a certain player in action this summer also seems to have gone a long way. "Isaksson came to practice with us during his summer break from PSV," Noring said. "It was really inspiring to see how he works in training. It helps you understand what it takes to make it at that level." With the young and ambitious Noring keen to learn, it would not be surprising if Sweden's No1 for many years to come turns out to be another man who learned his trade at Trelleborg.