Norway still kicking at World Cup trials

Norway’s national men’s football team redeemed itself, after a crushing loss to Turkey late last week, with a victory over Montenegro Tuesday night in its latest World Cup qualifier. The team also mounted yet another T-shirt demonstration against how World Cup host Qatar has mistreated thousands of migrant workers building football facilities over the past […]

World Cup protest gains momentum

UPDATED: They won their latest qualifying match to play in the next World Cup, but Norway’s national men’s football team marked its uneasiness this week over Qatar as the World Cup’s venue. That grabbed international attention, and now Norway’s head coach hopes other national teams will also pressure Qatar into honouring human rights. Germany did, on […]

Qatar boycott now up to the players

Norway’s football federation (NFF) managed to avoid discussion over the weekend on rising calls to boycott the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Now it may be up to the national football team’s players themselves to take up the ball, or at least try to make the international football federation FIFA more human-rights oriented. It was a […]

Football clubs call for World Cup boycott

Norwegian football clubs from Tromsø in the north to Vålerenga in the south want to boycott the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Even though Norway won’t be taking part, Norwegian football fans are fed up with what they consider high-level corruption that’s led to the deaths of thousands of construction workers on World Cup facilities […]

‘An honour’ to take over national team

Norwegian football star Ståle Solbakken called it “an honour” to become the new head coach of Norway’s men’s national football team known as landslaget. He thinks it’s probably “the biggest job” in Norwegian athletics. “Being able in the course of a coaching career to lead the Norwegian national football team is an honour,” Solbakken said […]

Bodø/Glimt made the north proud

Celebrations continued into Monday after Bodø/Glimt, the hometown football team in Norway’s northern city of Bodø, secured the northern region’s first national league championship ever. They made everyone so proud that their SAS flight was escorted home by locally based F16 fighter jets. Bodø/Glimt beat Strømsgodset in Drammen by a score of 2-1 on Sunday, […]

Reserve team redeemed football’s honour

A hastily assembled reserve national football team was only minutes away from beating Austria Wednesday night, and enjoying lots of praise on Thursday. The young team members, most of whom had never played a national match, scored first and ended the Nations League match in a 1-1 tie. The thrilling match followed a turbulent weekend […]

Corona cancels national football match

Norway’s national men’s football team wasn’t facing Israel on home turf in Oslo on Wednesday after all. The match was controversial, as the second major wave of Corona infection rolls over Norway and much of the rest of the world, and then an Israeli player tested positive after arriving in Oslo. That heightened complaints, not […]

Women’s team qualifies for Euro2022

Norway’s women’s national football team managed to do what the men’s team did not: qualify to play in the European Championships in 2022. Their 1-0 victory over Wales this week secured them the spot. It’s not the first time Norway’s women have performed far better than the country’s men in football. The Norwegian women’s football […]

Euro2020 schedule takes a toll

After three matches in less than a week, Norway’s men’s national football team was showing signs of weariness in its battle against Northern Ireland’s team Wednesday night. Norway won, but head coach Lars Lagerbäck was irritated by the tightly scheduled match program. He admitted that the match against Northern Ireland was “even tougher” than he’d […]