‘Zucca’ amazes hockey fans

Mats Zuccarello Aasen

Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello Aasen continued to amaze hockey fans, fellow players and rivals this week with more outstanding play and scoring for the New York Rangers. Considering that he could neither speak nor walk just seven months ago, much less skate, his performance is impressive indeed. “He’s been one of the leaders in the […]

Skiers face tougher enforcement of racing rules

Two top Norwegian skiers ended up being disqualified from races during the ski racing season’s opening event at Beitostølen in the mountains of southern Norway over the weekend. The crackdown signaled tougher enforcement of the rules and more cameras spotting violations along the tracks. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who won last year’s Tour de Ski and […]

New loss to Hungary shatters Euro2016 football dream

Norway’s national men’s football team was being roundly criticized within Norway on Monday after losing a critical playoff match against Hungary for a spot in the European Championships next year (Euro2016). Players themselves were critical, and very disappointed. The Hungarians were characterized as stronger and simply better, while the Norwegians were “imprecise” and “overly confident” […]

Norway loses to Hungary in Euro2016 playoffs

Fans were unhappy and the coach and his players bitterly disappointed. Norway’s men’s national football team (landslaget) lost a match they were expected to win, and hopes of playing in the European Championships are now dim indeed. Hungary beat Norway by a score of 1-0 on the Norwegians’ own home turf at a sold-out Ullevaal Stadium […]

Northug wasn’t dumped after all

Petter Northug

Conflicts were far from over after Norway’s national skiing federation announced it finally had come to terms with skier Petter Northug during the weekend. State broadcaster NRK’s expert commentator claimed Northug pretty much got his way in the end, giving him arguably preferential treatment so he’ll ski for Norway, while a few nagging issues still […]

Solskjær returns to his roots

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the former Norwegian football player who sprang to international fame during his years at Manchester United, is heading back again to where his brilliant career began. He’ll take over as manager for Molde football club, on a new three-and-a-half-year contract. Solskjær is starting his new job immediately and was set to coach the club in its match […]

Norway to meet Hungary in Euro2016 playoffs

Head coach Per-Mathias Høgmo didn’t want to admit it on camera, but football experts claim his Norwegian men’s national football team could hardly have hoped for a better opponent in the upcoming playoffs to qualify for the European Championships next year. Norway hasn’t lost to Hungary since 1981. A draw on Sunday paired Norway against […]

Carlsen regrets being ‘an idiot’

Magnus Carlsen

His smiles earlier in the week turned to fury, but now a duly regretful Magnus Carlsen admits he acted like “an idiot.” He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he understands how his angry reaction to losing one of his three chess world championship titles on Wednesday evening “looked stupid.” Carlsen, usually a master of cool in addition to […]

National team hyped to meet Sweden’s

“Give us Sweden!” bannered Norway’s biggest newspaper, Aftenposten, on Wednesday after the Norwegian men’s national football team wound up in the playoffs for one of the last four spots in the European Championships next year. The Swedish team is viewed as a good challenge that the Norwegians might be able to overcome. Norway’s opponent won’t be known until […]

Carlsen still the champ of chess


Norwegian chess ace Magnus Carlsen successfully defended his title as the world champion of rapid chess in the latest tournament that began in Berlin over the weekend. He already reigns as the World Champion of classic chess and now will also seek to defend his title as the champ of blitz chess as well. That part […]