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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Solskjær vs Solskjær made papa proud

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the Norwegian coach of the legendary Manchester United football club, got to see his own teenage son make his professional debut, as a rival at home in Norway Tuesday night. The 19-year-old Noah Solskjær plays for the family’s hometown club in Kristiansund, which faced off against Manchester United in a training match […]