Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]

Norway Cup kicked off again

The football tournament that bills itself as the world’s largest for children and youth aged 10 to 19 got underway once again in Oslo over the weekend. Norway Cup has seen its number of teams decline, however, with 1,899 this year and less than 100 of them from abroad. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported on Monday that […]

Norway cheers for Sweden

Thousands of people, gathered to collectively watch the World Cup on outdoor screens in Oslo, burst into loud jubilation Tuesday afternoon when Sweden’s national men’s football team beat Switzerland and secured Sweden a spot in the World Cup quarter finals. It’s not often that Norwegians cheer for Swedes, but their neighbours now represent Scandinavia’s last […]

Usain Bolt failed to impress

Famed runner Usain Bolt has finished his week-long training session with the Norwegian football club Strømsgodset in Drammen but no one was predicting he’d have much success as a professional football player. Bolt was frustrated. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Bolt was only given 20 minutes to play for the club against Norway’s national U19 team […]

Brazil took revenge over Norway

An unusual and much-hyped football match played out at Ullevaal Stadium during the weekend, with oldtimers from the World Cup in 1998 meeting again after 20 years. This time Brazil’s re-united national team beat Norway’s, by a score of 3-0. The match was initiated by newspaper Aftenposten, who gave it so much coverage that it […]

‘Circus Bolt’ came to Drammen

It created a bit of a sensation when the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, showed up in the mid-sized Norwegian city of Drammen this week, to train with the local football club Strømsgodset. He insists he’s just there to “get fit” again and “train with the guys,” and maybe learn a thing or two. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

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 […]