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 […]

Former minister blasts IOC, WADA

Linda Helleland had her share of confrontations with top Norwegian sports bureaucrats when she was the government minister in charge of national funding for athletics. She went on to run for president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and now she’s so indignant over how powerful men in the sports world operate that she doesn’t […]

Ski season opens after surprise snow

PHOTO FEATURE: The lakes aren’t frozen yet, but skiers in many parts of Southern Norway got a welcome surprise after lots of snow fell both before and during the weekend. Trailblazers made their winter debut, in the middle of autumn for a change. Caution is still needed and it may be awhile before skiers can […]

Carlsen checks out of Norway’s chess federation

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships. “As indicated already last summer, Magnus is withdrawing from Norges Sjakkforbund, gladly as soon as possible,” his father, Henrik Carlsen, wrote in a letter to the […]

Chess master ‘out of shape’

UPDATED: Magnus Carlsen’s home-turf advantage may have worked to his disadvantage, speculated chess experts after Norway’s home-grown champion was crushed by US challenger Wesley So during the weekend. Many were looking for answers as to why Carlsen lost to So in Saturday’s final. “He was a master completely out of shape,” declared state broadcaster NRK’s […]

Hopes fade for Norway’s Euro2020 bid

Norway’s hopes of a direct qualification for next year’s European Championships in men’s football were dashed Tuesday night, when they failed to beat Romania. They ended up with a tie, though, meaning the dream hasn’t died completely. “We just have to focus on our last two matches,” Lars Lagerbäck, the popular coach of the resurgent […]

Norwegian football team redeems itself

A packed stadium of cheering fans on home turf in Oslo, combined with revived skills and spirits, helped Norway’s national men’s football team fend off another victory by Spain’s squad during the weekend. The Norwegians need “more magical moments,” however, if they’re to win a spot in the next European Championships . They held off […]