National football team keeps Euro2016 dream alive

Norway’s national football team kept its dream of qualifying for the European Championships alive after it beat Bulgaria’s team by a score of 1-0 in Sofia Thursday night. Vegard Forren’s goal gave Norway the points needed to stay in the running, quite literally. Football commentators said the match played in Bulgaria’s capital wasn’t especially exciting […]

‘Worst world championships ever’

Norwegian sports bureaucrats, commentators and the athletes themselves have been rehashing the recent track and field world championships in Beijing, and their conclusion was clear: Norway logged its worst showing ever. Hurdler Isabelle Pedersen’s ninth-place finish was the best Norway could offer at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships 2015. Newspaper Aftenposten noted that was […]

Athletes take on Internet trolls

Therese Johaug also won the overall World Cup in the women's division, leaving Norway with a double victory at the end of a triumphant season. PHOTO: Internatinal Ski Federation FIS

Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug isn’t sure if it’s envy or a lust for some sort of revenge that prompts some people to constantly make negative, insulting and usually anonymous comments about others online. She’s now joining a national campaign to take on the so-called “trolls” and bullies of the Internet. “Even when you’re a public […]

Norwegians absent from own Arctic Race’s podium

The Arctic Race of Norway ended Sunday without even Norwegian star cyclist Alexander Kristoff on the overall winners’ podium. Rein Taaramäe of Estonia won the four-day race, with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen coming in fourth. The race was nonetheless viewed as a success, thanks to mostly good weather and spectacular scenery along the way. Now […]

Hooligans infiltrate Oslo club’s ‘Klan’

Oslo’s major football club, Vålerenga, has long been known for its highly enthusiastic fans organized in a group known as the “Klan.” They have nothing to do with the white supremacist group in the US with a similar name, but now Oslo police suspect they’ve been infiltrated by football hooligans and even neo-Nazis intent on causing trouble. “There’s […]

Arctic Race of Norway starts rolling, royally

UPDATED: The scenic Norwegian international cycling event that’s become an annual tradition, Arctic Race of Norway, began in Harstad in northern Norway on Thursday, under the patronage of Queen Sonja. She agreed for the second year in a row to be royally attached to the event, which ended its first day with a Norwegian victory. The race […]

New head coach for women’s football

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Roger Finjord has been tapped to take over as the new head coach for Norway’s national women’s football team. He’ll succeed Even Pellerud, who announced his immediate resignation earlier in the day. “I’ve had some fine years with women’s national team and been very inspired and motivated for the job,” Pellerud told state broadcaster NRK. […]

‘Boring’ football match drew 27,000 fans

A so-called “training match” between Oslo football club Vålerenga and Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid all but sold out Norway’s national football stadium at Ullevaal in Oslo on Sunday, but fans didn’t get much of a show. It ended in a 0-0 tie, mostly because Real Madrid didn’t use its best players or play well. Neither […]

Reaction muted over Beijing Olympics

Norwegian sports officials congratulated their counterparts in Beijing after the Chinese capital was named to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, but there there was little enthusiasm among athletes and sports fans. The lack of snow and any strong winter sports culture in Beijing raised questions, as did China’s poor track record on human rights. […]

Airport chief died during a triathlon

The 58-year-old chief of the Kjevik airport serving Kristiansand died Saturday while taking part in TriQuart, the Norwegian championship in triathlon in the southern Norwegian city. Police said Thomas Langeland suffered a seizure during the swimming part of the tough competition. Organizers of the competition, which involved swimming, cycling and running, said they’d never experienced a death during the […]