New football star shines worldwide

The superlatives were still pouring in on Monday after Norway’s newest football star, Erling Braut Haaland, made his “extraordinary,” “crazy,” “incredible” weekend debut with his new club Borussia Dortmund. Not only did the 19-year-old rescue his team from possible defeat, he hit the field as a substitute and scored three goals within 20 minutes. The […]

Johaug wins ‘Tour de Ski,’ Klæbo ‘loses’

Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug was once again in a class of her own at the annual marathon Tour de Ski that began right after Christmas. Norwegian women won all the top spots on the last day, while Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had to yield the two overall top spots on the mens’ podium to Russian […]

Carlsen nails triple chess championship

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen secured the chess world’s triple crown again on Monday, when he won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow. He’d also won the World Rapid Chess Championship over the weekend, and could finally grin from ear to ear. They were the perfect late Christmas gifts to the 29-year-old Norwegian who’s grown accustomed to […]

Johaug far ahead in World Cup races

“New Johaug victory,” read the headline on just a short wire story Monday about Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s many accomplishments since the season began began a few weeks ago. They’re so commonplace that it’s become more newsworthy if Johaug fails to win. That hasn’t happened yet. The skier, who’s continuing her impressive comeback after being […]

Handball team comes home in tears

Norway’s frustrated and humbled women’s handball team had to travel home to Norway with “nothing in their baggage,” as their coach said, in the form of a medal. They’d been favoured to win the world handball championships in Japan, but wound up in fourth place. Norway’s 33-28 loss to Russia was the final humiliation on […]

Handball team loses at world championships

Spain was too strong for Norway on Friday, knocking the Norwegian women’s handball team out of the final battle for the world handball championship in Japan. That shattered the Norwegians’ dream of championship gold, and automatic qualification for the Olympics. The latter dream remains alive but the Norwegians were totally upset by their 22-28 loss against […]

National football coach stays on

His players are happy and fans are relieved after Lars Lagerbäck agreed to stay on as head coach of Norway’s national men’s football team last week. “When they take the chance, I’ll take the chance,” the 71-year-old coach told news bureau NTB. Lagerbäck is well past retirement age and Swedish as well, but that doesn’t […]

Viking wins national football cup

Viking players and fans were roaring in true Viking style, after the club from Stavanger beat nearby Haugesund in Norway’s annual cup final in Oslo on Sunday. The battling teams from Rogaland, site of many real Viking battles 1,000 years ago, played out before king and crown princess, and thousands of cheering fans. It was […]

Netherlands upsets Norway in Japan

Norway’s national women’s handball team had hoped to soar undefeated into the next round of action at the World Championships in Japan. Instead they were upset by the Netherlands, which finally beat Norway for the first time in 20 years. Norway had defeated all the other three teams in their group, most recently Angola, by […]

Handball team off to great start

Norway’s women’s handball team made a strong opening at the World Championships in Japan this weekend, and scored another victory on Monday. The team that’s become part of the national heritage in Norway utterly trounced both of their opponents. On Saturday they rolled over Cuba with a score of 47 to 16. On Monday they […]