‘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 […]

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 […]