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Football fiasco for women’s team

Norway’s national football (soccer) team not only lost an important match against Australia on Wednesday evening, and their chance to proceed to the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now they stand to lose financial support as well.

The Australians beat the Norwegians 2-1 at the match in Germany, marking the first time since 2003 that they got tossed out of World Cup competition. The Norwegian women’s team has been a bit of a powerhouse in recent years.

But they lost against Brazil over the weekend and now the latest World Cup loss means the national team won’t qualify for the Olympics in London next year. That in turn means they won’t qualify for the funding that a run-up to the Olympics would have provided.

The players have received nearly NOK 1 million a year from Norway’s Olympic organization (Olympiatoppen) but now that likely will disappear. Some of the players, though disappointed, tried to remain optimistic.

“Also in 2003 people said that the World Cup was a fiasco and the end of women’s football in Norway,” Lise Klavenes told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “But the women rose again and took silver in the next championship.”

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