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 […]

‘Tragic’ for the young Ingebrigtsen

“It’s completely tragic,” repeated the 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen again and again after he placed fourth in the men’s 1500-meter race at the World Championships in Qatar on Sunday night. While many his age would be thrilled to have even made it to the finals, Ingebrigtsen was anything but. “I am extremely disappointed,” he told Norwegian […]

Qatar’s empty seats disappoint Warholm

Norway’s track and field star Karsten Warholm both won and received his World Championship gold medal this week at a stadium in Qatar that he described as pretty much empty. It took the shine off a major athletic accomplishment, and it’s bothered many others as well. “There could have been more folks here in the […]

Golden end to a ‘Super Monday’

Maybe God really is from Sunnmøre, like its native Karsten Warholm claimed before following through on his plan to defend his World Championship in Doha. The rest of Norway’s “Super Monday” line-up didn’t do nearly as well, but Warholm preserved the country’s honour despite donning silly Viking horns once again. The good-humoured 23-year-old from Ulsteinvik […]

Warholm: ‘Just a hypocrite’ in Qatar

Norway has sent what one veteran athlete calls “perhaps its best teams ever” to the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. The athletes themselves, however, are well aware of the downside in Doha, where thousands of mostly migrant labourers have toiled on the sports facilities and hotels under extremely poor conditions and some haven’t even […]

Athletes rejected dirty hotel in Qatar

Norwegian athletes competing in the track and field World Championship in Doha, Qatar experienced a difficult arrival earlier this week and it wasn’t just because of the heat. When they got to their hotel rooms, they were met by the smell of raw sewage, mildew in the bathrooms “and terribly unhygienic” conditions,” according to the […]

Marathon celebrated in brilliant sunshine

Newspaper Aftenposten described Saturday’s Oslo Marathon as a løypefest, nothing less than a great party for runners on a glorious day. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as around 23,000 runners, both serious and playful, hit the streets of the Norwegian capital and mostly had lots of fun. There were all sorts of events […]

‘Tutta’ ends career on a high note

Norway’s star golfer Suzann Pettersen couldn’t have hoped for a better end to a brilliant career on Sunday, when she putted her way to victory for Europe’s team at the Solheim Cup. Shortly after all the cheering and praise, the queen of the course known as “Tutta” at home in Norway declared herself “completely done” […]

Norway hangs on to Euro2020 hopes

After beating Malta and tying with Sweden over the weekend, Norway’s national men’s football team isn’t giving up hopes of qualifying for the European Championships next year (Euro2020). Norway is currently, however, only in fourth place in its qualifying group that’s topped by powerhouse Spain. “We’re still in the game,” claimed Norwegian captain Stefan Johansen, […]