First they beat Serbia at an away game in Belgrade. Then they beat Sweden three days later for the first time in 17 years last weekend, this time on the Swedes’ home turf in Stockholm. It all bodes well for this week’s Nations League’s matches at Norway’s own national stadium in Oslo.
The grandstands at Ullevaal Stadium are expected to be packed when Norway meets Slovenia on Thursday and Sweden again on Sunday (June 12). Not only does Norway’s national team include Norwegians who are now international stars, like Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Ødegaard, the team’ defense has improved considerably.
The players also seem very satisfied with their still-new coach Ståle Solbakken, who led the powerful Danish team for several years. He had noted that Sweden was favoured heading into last weekend’s match, and so was Serbia. Now Norwegian football fans are hoping to beat the odds again with a national team that’s enjoying better days.