Handball team in ‘crisis’

One of Norway’s top professional handball teams is in financial crisis, with all payments halted to employees and players, who in turn have been released from their contracts. “We can’t operation the club with the costs we have today,” the manager of Larvik Håndballklubb told state broadcaster NRK. Newspaper Østlands-Posten had already reported how players and […]

Beating Sweden cheered handball team

Norway’s women’s handball team ended up in fifth place at the European Championships, after beating Sweden by a score of 38-29. Now the team that’s highly popular in Norway intends to regroup and come back stronger in the World Championships in Japan next year. The victory over Sweden helped ease the pain of not making […]

Handball team’s Euro dream bursts

Norway’s popular women’s handball team has failed to make it into the finals of the European Championships. It’s the first time in 18 years that the so-called “handball girls” lost their chance to win any medals in the important tournament. Losses in the first round of play for Norway’s group, which included Romania, Germany and […]

‘Nightmare’ handball loss to Romania

Norway’s once nearly unbeatable women’s handball team was all but crushed by their rivals from Romania in the European Championships in Brest, France on Wednesday night. Fans back home were worrying on Thursday whether their team would make it into the semi-finals. The popular so-called håndball jentene (handball girls) lost by a shocking eight points […]

Norway had to settle for handball silver

Norway’s wildly popular women’s national handball team lost their title as World Champions on Sunday, after losing by two points to France. The loss put a damper on holiday spirits, but their consolation prize was the silver medal after this year’s World Championships in Germany. Norway had rolled over earlier competitors, not least the Russians, but […]

Norwegians advance to World Championship finals

Norway’s popular women’s national handball team made another demonstrative show of force on Friday, beating the Netherlands’ team by a score of 32-23. Their latest victory propels the Norwegian women to the finals of the handball world championships in Germany. State broadcaster NRK reported that the Norwegian women, who trounced their Russian rivals earlier in the […]

Norway trounces Russia, at least in handball

Norwegian media outlets were having a field day on Thursday, giving prominent coverage to how Norway’s popular women’s national handball team trounced Russia’s team in World Championship action in Germany Wednesday night. The Norwegian women beat their Russian counterparts by a score of 34-17 in the quarter-finals, after what media commentators called “majestic” play. State […]

Men’s handball silver ‘good as gold’

Norway’s resurgent men’s handball team won an historic silver medal at the world championships in Paris Sunday evening, losing to the highly favoured hometown team France. After living in the shadow of the popular and highly successful women’s handball team for years, the men are now grabbing attention, too. “We looked longingly at the winners’ […]

Norway wins spot in handball finals

Fans were crying with joy from the grandstands in Paris to living rooms at home in Norway, and tears were shed among players and coaches alike: For the first time ever, Norway’s men’s handball team had made it to the semi-finals of the world championships, and then they won. As if that wasn’t enough, their victory was […]

Men’s handball team rolls into semi-finals

Norway’s national men’s handball team won an historic spot in the semi-finals of the world handball championships on Tuesday. Some commentators were calling their performance against Hungary as the best ever they’ve ever seen. “This is fantastic!” head coach Christian Berge exclaimed to state broadcaster NRK. “I’m incredibly glad on behalf of these guys, and […]