Lillestrøm wins championship over Sarpsborg

Lillestrom football club (LSK) prevailed in front of King Harald V and thousands of fans at Norway’s national Ullevaal football stadium in Oslo to win the men’s Norwegian  football championship on Sunday. It’s popularly known as the Cup Final, and the biggest football match of the year. Lillestrøm beat rival club Sarpsborg 08 by a […]

Avaldsnes celebrates Cup victory

Teammates and fans of the Avaldsnes women’s football club were still savouring their victory in Norway’s national cup final over the weekend. Their 1-0 win over Vålerenga of Oslo marked the first time they’d ever won a major trophy. And what a trophy it was, as the women were cheered after the match at the […]

Tears ran after women lost to the Netherlands

After wanting so badly to win a World Cup qualifier against the mighty Netherlands, some of Norway’s top women football players left the field Tuesday night in tears. Captain Maren Mjelde didn’t manage to score on a penalty kick and then rival Vivianne Miedema scored, leaving the Netherlands with a 1-0 victory in overtime. Disappointment […]

‘Hegerberg effect’ boosted women’s pay

It wasn’t sheer generosity that prompted players on the Norwegian men’s football team to turn over some of their pay to players on the women’s national team last week. The head of the organization representing them also credits outspoken star player Ada Hegerberg, who got so frustrated at how the women’s squad was managed that […]

New coach raises football hopes

The new Swedish coach of the Norwegian men’s national football team could end an otherwise disappointing round of World Cup qualifiers on an upbeat note Sunday night. Norway’s surprising 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland raised hopes for the future under Lars Lagerbäck. “We had to play well to beat them, and we did,” Lagerbäck told […]

National football team rolled over San Marino

Norway’s national men’s football team is redeeming itself, winning another World Cup qualifier on Thursday over San Marino. The Norwegians still don’t have a chance of playing in next year’s World Cup because of earlier losses, but the 8-0 victory in the small principality boosted spirits. “We controlled the match like we should have from […]

Women win another World Cup qualifier

Norway’s women’s national football team seems to be on a new winning streak of sorts, rolling over Slovakia Tuesday night on home turf in Sarpsborg. The women beat Slovakia by a score of 6-1, even without their star player Ada Hegerberg. “I think we played a fantastic first half,” the women’s head coach Martin Sjögren […]

Victory boosts spirits on women’s football team

Norway’s suddenly beleaguered women’s football team was cheered heading into the weekend when they finally won a match, and decisively at that. Their 4-1 victory over Northern Ireland was a good start in the qualifiers for the next World Cup. It was almost expected that the Norwegian women would win, since Northern Ireland is ranked […]

Vålerenga’s new stadium didn’t help men’s football club

After weeks of hype and a huge investment, Oslo’s Vålerenga athletics association VIF opened its new stadium with great if soggy fanfare over the weekend. Fans and players alike braved rain showers both Saturday and Sunday, but the long-awaited new sports facility didn’t help the men’s football club. They lost their debut match on new home turf […]

Football boss rejects calls to quit

Calls were going out on Tuesday for the resignation of Nils Johan Semb, a former coach of Norway’s national football team who’s held the title of “top football chief” in the country’s national football federation NFF since 2009. With both the women’s and men’s teams in crisis after a string of poor performances and internal […]