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 […]

Norway’s EuroCup hopes dashed

Norway’s men’s national football team has once again literally been kicked out of the competition to play in an international championship. The team includes some of the world’s brightest young football stars, but that didn’t help in Thursday night’s match against Serbia, even on home turf. It was a bitter loss for Norway, which hasn’t […]

National football team redeems itself

Norway’s national football team bounced back from a crushing defeat on home turf against Austria on Friday to a brilliant performance away against Northern Ireland. Erling Braut Haaland, Norway’s new football star, put on a “stunning show,” according to one local sports commentator, scoring two of Norway’s five goals. “He truly is a spectacular talent,” […]

Hareide returns to Rosenborg

UPDATED: It’s been a memorable week for Åge Hareide, the Norwegian football coach who most recently was the popular leader of both Denmark’s national team and Malmö in Sweden. Hareide made a triumphant return to his roots on Tuesday, when rumours were confirmed that he’d resume leadership of Norway’s biggest football club, Rosenborg of Trondheim. […]

Sports and summer festivals cancelled

No Norway Cup in Oslo. No “Festspillene” in Bergen. No “Øyafestivalen,” billed as one of the most highly acclaimed musical gatherings in Northern Europe. All festivals, sporting and other events drawing more than 500 people will continue to be halted in Norway at least until September 1, ruining summer for lots of music and sports […]

‘Ada will come back stronger’

The mother of Norwegian football star Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg says she’s quite sure her daughter will return to the field even stronger than before she tore a ligament in her right knee during a training session last weekend. Hegerberg herself vows fans will be able “to see me soon.” The accident occurred “when she was […]

Sports stars Haaland and Johaug excel again

Norwegian athletes had a good weekend in a wide range of sports, but no one attracted as much media coverage as the 19-year-old football player Erling Braut Haaland. He made history in the highly ranked German Bundesleague for scoring five goals in his first two matches for his new club, Borussia Dortmund. “This is fantastic,” Haaland […]

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 […]

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 […]