The Norwegian club Rosenborg was founded in 1917. It was named Sportsklubben Odd after the most successful team of the time – Odds Ballklubb. He was able to join the regional series in 1927, but there were problems with joining the Norwegian Football Federation: there was already a member with a similar name. To join the association, Odd changed his name to Rosenborg Ballklub, which was a kind of tribute to the city of Trondheim and its Rosenborg neighborhood.
Meaning and History
The club has not changed its usual design since the 1970s, using the logo in the form of a black and white diamond with short captions. That being said, the black and white combination has been considered its official color scheme since the days when it was called Odd, and the team members first appeared on the field in black shorts and white shirts.
The emblem of that period looked like a parallelogram standing at one of the corners. The geometric shape was divided into two black triangles by a white vertical stripe that ran down the center. In the left corner were the numbers “1” and “9”. They were followed by the abbreviation “RBK,” with the letter “B” on a white background and “R” and “K” on black. The right corner was occupied by the number “17”, which together with “1” and “9” formed in the year Rosenborg was founded: 1917. The frame around the diamond and the inscriptions were dark gold.
the 1970s – 1980s
The logo is visually smaller because the designers have narrowed the white stripe and increased letters and numbers. The year the club was founded, and the abbreviation that used to be gold is now yellow. The border is white and has thin yellow lines on both sides.
1980s – 1990s
In the 1980s “B” is black, and “R”, “K”, “19”, and “17” are white. The frame around the rectangle’s edges is also black and white because Rosenborg decided to reflect his club colors on the emblem.
the 1990s – 2007
The developers changed the scale of the elements, leaving everything in its place. To do this, they widened the rhombus border, narrowed the central white stripe, slightly increased the numbers, and reduced the letters. The two dots are separating the abbreviation from the year the team was created, now bold.
2007 – present
Rosenborg won its twentieth title in 2006, so two gold stars were added to the logo a year later.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The elements of the visual identity of the club reflect its name and year of foundation. But the designers had to split the number “1917” into two parts so that it does not take up much space on the small diamond-shaped figure. For the same purpose, the phrase “Rosenborg Ballklub” has been reduced to three letters: “RBK.”
The logo didn’t designers want to overload it with unnecessary details, so they chose a simple sans serif font. The color scheme is also minimalist: the combination of black and white distinguishes the Rosenborg graphic sign from other club crests. By the way, the same monochrome palette is used for the players’ home kits.