Unrest over ‘no’ to Qatar boycott

NEWS ANALYSIS: The national Norwegian football federation’s rejection of a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar hasn’t halted harsh criticism of either Qatar or those heading both the international foodball federation FIFA and NFF (Norges Fotballforbund). NFF President Terje Svendsen claimed there were “no winners of losers” in the heated debate over whether professional […]

Carew faces tax evasion charges

Police and tax authorities raided the Oslo home of former Norwegian football star John Carew on Wednesday, later declaring that they suspect him of serious tax evasion. Norway’s economic crime unit Økokrim also reportedly seized Carew’s mobile phone but Carew himself still hadn’t been arrested. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) was outside the apartment building in […]

Influence preferred over Qatar boycott

Intense pressure from Norwegian football fans and players has prompted Norway’s national football association to join a Nordic effort to put more pressure of their own on the international football federation FIFA. They clearly prefer more influence over FIFA to any boycott of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where officials have been accused […]

Carew heads into crime comedy

Former Norwegian football star John Carew has joined a new team: He’ll break into Oslo’s new Munch museum next year as a member of Olsenbanden, a gang of mostly harmless movie bandits. Since retiring from football in 2013, Carew has launched an acting career. He’s been involved in a handful of movies, including a supporting […]

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, […]