Norway stuns Europe, beats Portugal

Norway’s national football team (landslaget) pulled off a surprise 1-0 victory Tuesday night in their Euro 2012 qualifier against highly rated Portugal with an organized and energetic performance in Oslo. Once again, a young player from Bergen was the hero of the night. Erik André Huseklepp, who also scored in a friendly match against France […]

Top player out cold before big match

Norwegian football star John Arne Riise was recovering on Tuesday at Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo, after suffering a concussion during Monday’s practice session for Tuesday’s important qualifier match against Portugal. “I could see that this was serious,” says team doctor, Thor Einar Andersen. A duel with teammate Espen Ruud resulted in a collision and […]

RBK fails to reach top of Euro football

Norwegian football champions Rosenborg (RBK) failed to overcome FC København (FCK) in the second leg of the qualifying round for Europe’s top club football competition, the Champions League, despite taking a 2-1 advantage into the match. FCK won 1-0 on the night, meaning the aggregate score of the two legs was 2-2. Nevertheless, the Danes […]

RBK aims for top of Euro football

Norwegian football club Rosenborg (RBK) will be taking a slender 2-1 advantage into the second leg of its Champions League qualifying match against FC København (FCK) in Copenhagen on Wednesday. Fans haven’t been this close to the highest levels of European football for a long time. RBK, based in Trondheim, beat the Danish champions courtesy […]

Ukraine beat Norway after all

Egil “Drillo” Olsen, coach of Norway’s national soccer team, had to see his winning streak on home turf broken Wednesday, after losing 1-0 against Ukraine. Goalkeeper Jon Knudsen was so ashamed that he personally apologized to Olsen after the match. “I should have beaten that ball back,” said Knudsen, after feeling responsible not only for […]

Soccer squad ready for Ukraine

Just two days after beating Montenegro in a so-called landskamp (national match) at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway’s national football (soccer) team was gearing up to face Ukraine. It’s mostly for show, since Norway has long been out of the current World Cup qualifying round, but it’s important for morale. “This is a team that […]

Soccer squad faces tough rivals for European Championship

When the draw was made over the weekend, Norway’s national soccer team wound up with tough rivals in its qualifying group for the European Championship (Euro 2012). Other group members include Portugal, Denmark, Cyprus and Iceland, meaning Norway will have to play all those teams twice and win if the Norwegian squad is to advance […]