Handball men advance to quarter-finals

First they trounced Japan by a score of 38-23 and then they rolled over Macedonia during the weekend, with another victorious score of 34-24. Norway’s men’s handball team has thus won its place in the quarter-finals at the World Championships playing out in France. The biggest upset, though, came on Sunday, when Denmark’s powerhouse team lost to […]

Men’s handball team on a roll

Norway’s women’s handball team often gets more coverage, but the men are grabbing headlines this week, too, after beating Brazil in the World Championships. On Thursday evening they faced Japan before aiming for the quarter finals next week. Norway won earlier this week with a score of 39-26 over Brazil. Commentators claimed the Norwegians out-classed the […]

‘Handball girls’ win European Championship

Norway’s highly popular national women’s handball team gave their country an early Christmas present on Sunday when they won the European Championships after earlier sailing through a week of preliminaries. Pre-Christmas parties being held around the country, with the championship on TV in the background, erupted into cheers when the team, affectionately known as håndball […]

Handball back for the holidays

Norwegian handball fans can once again get their fill of traditional pre-Christmas matches, after the European Championships started this week. Norway won the first of three matches, against Romania in Helsingborg, Sweden. The Norwegians beat the Romanians, both top teams, by a score of 23-21 in a match that was not without controversy. State broadcaster NRK […]

Handball gold medal hopes dashed by a point

Norway’s long-triumphant women’s handball team has won three Olympic gold medals and most championship tournaments over the years, but now their hopes for another Olympic victory have been dashed. The highly popular håndballjentene (handball girls) lost their semi-final match against Russia by just one point Thursday night, and they all collapsed into tears. State broadcaster NRK […]

Handball team moves on to semi-finals

Norway’s women’s handball team rolled over Sweden in an important match at the Olympics in Rio on Tuesday, dominating play and winning by a score of 33-20. While some Swedish players cried over their humiliating loss, the Norwegians were jubilant and their own opening loss to hometown favourites Brazil was all but forgotten. Brazil’s team, […]

Wrestler won Olympic bronze for his late mother

“Mama, we reached our goal,” an emotional Stig-Andre Berge cried out after winning Norway’s first Olympic medal in wrestling since 1992. Berge beat Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan after a tough match that left him with two black eyes and a split lip. “This is no gentleman’s sport,” Berge told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) after winning his […]

Brazilian spectators boo Norway’s ‘handball girls’

Norway’s national women’s handball team, affectionately known as the country’s håndballjentene (handball girls), were smiling again after winning their last two matches at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. That raised spirits after an initial opening match loss to Brazil, but now they’re being booed by Brazilian spectators. The Norwegians won their second match, against powerhouse Spain, earlier this week […]

Handball winning streak ended in protest

UPDATED: Norway’s men’s handball team ended its winning streak at the European World Championships Friday night, after a thrilling semi-final match against Germany. The latter scored in the last minute, giving the Germans a 34-33 victory over Norway and securing them a spot in the finals. The match ended in more than just disappointment for […]

Norwegian handball heroes on a roll

Several members of Norway’s jubilant men’s handball team were convinced that “anything can happen” now at the European World Championships, after the Norwegians won again Wednesday night over another one of the world’s top teams. The Norwegians’ 29-24 victory over powerhouse France cemented their spot in the semi-finals on Friday against Germany, since Spain won its group after […]