Ronaldo and Portugal await Norway

Norway’s national football team (landslaget) will be in Lisbon this weekend for a potentially decisive match on Saturday against Portugal in their campaign to qualify for the European Championships in 2012. Landslaget is currently at the top of their qualifying group for the “Euro 2012” tournament, and famously shocked Portugal with a surprise 1-0 victory […]

Football players strike over shoes

Norwegian football fans were facing a frustrating weekend, after the union representing players called a strike that forced the cancellation of top league matches scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) confirmed Friday afternoon that the strike could have been avoided were it not for disagreement over whether players should be allowed to choose […]

Bitter aftermath to major match

The days following the European Championship qualifying football match between Scandinavian rivals Norway and Denmark in Oslo on Saturday evening have seen recriminations between the two nations as bitter as the cold weather on the night of the match itself. TV2, which broadcast the 1-1 draw, confirmed that 1.2 million viewers tuned in to watch […]

‘Battle of the North’ ends in draw

The Norwegian national football team left it until the 82nd minute to ensure that they avoided defeat in the long-awaited ‘Battle of the North’ against Denmark in Oslo on Saturday, with the European Championship qualifying match ending 1-1 after Erik Huseklepp’s late equalizer. The Danish visitors led the game for most of the match after […]

Norway awaits ‘Battle of the North’

Football coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen will be leading Norway’s national team into its crucial and much-anticipated European Championship qualifying match against Scandinavian rival Denmark on Saturday, without three first-choice players. The match, dubbed “The Battle of the North” by Nordic media, is also seen as one of the most important ever for Drillo himself. The […]

Shocks galore in football season openers

Fans of the underdog will have had much to enjoy over the opening weekend of football in the new Norwegian Premier League season – with a number of smaller clubs embarrassing larger, better-resourced and more famous opponents. Arguably the biggest upset of all was the 2-1 win by Bergen-based SK Brann over Norwegian champions Rosenborg. […]

Solskjær strikes out on new career

Norway is most famous in sporting terms for its skiers, but the most famous Norwegian in the world is not known for his proficiency on snow – he is a footballer named Ole Gunnar Solskjær who, at 38, looks barely older than he did during his days as the “baby-faced assassin” of Manchester United. Now […]

Solskjær stunned by opening loss

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Molde Fotballklubb (FK) suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Norwegian Premier League newcomers Sarpsborg 08 in the opening game of the new season on Friday. For Solskjær, the result wasn’t the way he wanted to launch his new coaching career. Sarpsborg 08, promoted to the top tier of Norwegian football (known as […]

Drama and controversy mark start of new football season

Anger, disappointment, expectation, nerves – all of these (and more) before a single ball is kicked. It could only be that clear sign that the Norwegian winter is nearly at an end – and a new Norwegian football season is beginning. On Friday March 18, the Norwegian Premier League (known as Eliteserien, or Tippeligaen after its sponsor) […]

Football fans cheering again

Norwegian football fans, and even many who aren’t particularly interested in football, are waving the flag again after their national team’s shocking victory over Portugal on Tuesday. Nearly a quarter of the population saw Norway win its second Euro 2012 qualifier in a row. A total of 24,535 fans packed Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo Tuesday […]