Norway mourns its football legend

It’s not often that Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) airs an entire funeral live on national TV, not least for a former football player and coach. It just shows how much Nils Arne Eggen meant to the entire country, not just to football fans and the Rosenborg club in Trondheim where he became a legend. Eggen, who […]

Qatar ‘sabotaged’ Norwegian media

Norway’s national editors’ and press association has accused authoritarian officials in Qatar of sabotaging the work carried out by a TV crew from state broadcaster NRK. When the memory card taken out of the crew’s equipment was finally returned after being seized, all interviews and photos on it had been deleted. “That’s pure sabotage of […]

Minister drops Olympics in Beijing

Norway’s government minister in charge of sports and culture has decided not to travel to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, in a move widely viewed as a sign of her concern over the lack of human rights in China. Norwegian football officials, however, have opted to travel to Qatar this month, claiming it would present […]

Qatar’s ambassador summoned to Oslo

Norway’ foreign ministry called in Qatar’s ambassador to Norway on Wednesday, after two journalists from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) were arrested while on assignment in Qatar earlier this week. Their alleged offense while covering the run-up to the controversial World Cup in Qatar next year: taking photos on what local officials claimed was private property. Their […]

NRK journalists arrested in Qatar

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt and Norway’s embassy in Abu Dhabi took contact with authorities in Qatar after two journalists from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) were arrested by police in Qatar late Sunday night. They’d spent last week gathering information in connection with the upcoming World Cup, and the Norwegian government is shaken over how officials in […]

Football elite urged to avoid Qatar

Since the Norwegian men’s football team failed to qualify last week for the controversial World Cup in Qatar next year, now it’s the leaders of the Norwegian football federation NFF who are being urged not to attend either. Concerns over ongoing human rights abuses and exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar continue. Norway’s national team […]

Solskjær hailed after ‘stepping aside’

It started out so well, and ended paradoxically: Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s three-year stint as manager of the Manchester United football club was over, notes Norwegian sports commentator and editor Reidar Sollie, after a former Norwegian protegé scored against him during the weekend. Sollie, sports editor at Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen, wrote on Monday about how Solskjær’s first […]

Norway’s World Cup chances tumbled

An ongoing debate over whether the Norwegian national men’s football team should boycott the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, because of human rights abuses in the country, may no longer be necessary. Norway’s failure to beat Latvia’s national team during the weekend means the Norwegians may not qualify for the World Cup after all. Norway […]

Sogndal player released from hospital

Emil Pálsson, the 28-year-old football player for Sogndal who collapsed on the field during a match last week, was released from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen on Tuesday. The incident badly shook up teammates and opponents alike, and the match was cancelled. Pálsson suffered a heart attack during an Obos-league match against Størdals-Bling at Fosshaugane […]

Mourinho interview raises eyebrows

Norwegian football fans were still muttering this week over what they consider unprofessional and even embarrassing behaviour on the part of Roma manager José Mourinho. After the relatively small northern football club Bodø/Glimt humiliated Roma on home turf last month, and then shook them up again last week, commentators  think Mourinho has now embarrassed himself. […]