More than 30,000 young football players from all over the world are in Oslo again for the annual Norway Cup football tournament this week, along with handball players, too. Norway Cup has long ranked as the world’s largest tournament of its kind, with 2,350 teams from 35 countries taking part.
Security is high, with both civilian- and armed police following the action at Ekeberg and elsewhere around the city, and trying to bond with youngsters at the same time. A brawl broke out nonetheless on Tuesday, but not involving any Norway Cup participants, and police were quick to take control over it. “We have a close relationship with the police and we cooperate well,” Norway Cup chief Pål Trælvik told newspaper Dagsavisen.
He’s having a hectic week, not least since the tournament also attracts top state and local politicians, ambassadors from the various countries participating, lots of concerts and other entertainment. More than 5,500 football matches will play out during the week on 106 football fields around city, plus 120 handball matches.