NorwayGroup B / Mainround 1 / Placement

 

Norway hopes for great support by their fans in the neighbour country, despite the fact that the women have their EURO in December on home ground and are great favourites for winning the fourth consecutive title. The men aren’t that successful as their female counterparts but they have improved steadily and had their highlighter on home ground with the EURO 2008 when they became sixth – the same position as their best ever result at their eight WCH participations was in 1958. Since 2005 Norway’s steady participant at the WCH and in 2009 they were highly close to the semi finals, but then lost the decisive Main Round match against Poland by a last-second goal.

Top stars from the top European clubs like Steinar Ege (Kopenhague), Börge Lund (Rhein Neckar Löwen), Harvard Tvedten (Valladolid) or Kristian Kjelling (Aalborg) form this team – and even after legends like Frode Hagen or Glen Solberg had ended their careers Norway belongs to the Top 10 in Europe. In the WCH qualification Norway had a lucky draw as they had to meet Lithuania which wasn’t a real problem for the Nordics.