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Date: 12/21/2018

Coach: Christian Berge


Key players: Sander Sagosen (Centre back), Bjarte Myrhol (Line player), Torbjorn Bergerud (Goalkeeper)


Qualification information: Winner of European qualification play-off versus Switzerland


History in tournament: 1938: DNQ, 1958: DNQ, 1958: 6th, 1961: 7th, 1964: 11th, 1967: 13th, 1970: 13th, 1974-1990: DNQ, 1993: 13th, 1995: DNQ, 1997: 12th, 1999: 13th, 2001: 14th, 2003: DNQ, 2005: 7th, 2007: 13th, 2009: 9th, 2011: 9th, 2013-15: DNQ, 2017: 2nd


After fighting to break into the top-ranking positions at major international events throughout their history, the Norway men’s national team finally experienced their first big success in 2016 when they qualified for the European championship semi-finals – and since then the Scandinavian squad have been considered an ever-present danger to the medals. They do not boast France’s long-standing experience in crunch matches or the consistency that comes with such a background, but Norway certainly travel to GER/DEN 2019 in a prime position to reach the podium.


The previous World Championship, France 2017, was an historic one for Norway’s men, as it saw them claim their first medal ever at a major international event. The silver medal following an exciting final against France was a remarkable improvement for Norway – the squad did not even qualify for the World Championships in 2013 and 2015, then made it all the way to the final in 2017. The breakthrough came one year earlier, however, when Norway reached the semi-finals at the EURO 2016 in what was a significant upset – it was the first time the team made it to the penultimate stage in any competition.


Prior to those results, Norway’s best rank at any event was sixth, achieved at the 1958 World Championship and the EURO 2008 on home ground. It was therefore a long wait for the men’s national team to begin to experience a shadow of the success enjoyed by the women’s squad – but that wait now appears to be very much over. Outside of national team competitions, Norway’s squad have been building on their individual experience and skills in their respective clubs, which have also become increasingly ‘big name’ as the players rise to greater heights. The increased individual abilities and collective experience of what it takes to win on an international level should mean that Norway will only become more dangerous as time goes on, particularly considering the young average age of the squad.


The stand-out star for Norway is centre and left back Sander Sagosen, who has been named in the All-star Team at each of the three major international championships held since January 2016 – two EUROs, one World Championship. At just 23, Sagosen is one of the biggest names in handball, playing for powerhouse Champions League club Paris Saint-Germain and leading the national team on court. Captain and line player Bjarte Myrhol also has a key role in a squad where the responsibilities and talent are otherwise widespread.


At GER/DEN 2019, Norway will open their campaign with intercontinental encounters versus Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, before meeting Austria, then taking on Chile. They will face 2016 Olympic champions Denmark for the last group phase round, in a match that could very well be the one that decides who tops the group.


Fans can follow Norway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Group at Germany/Denmark 2019
Group C: Norway, Denmark, Austria, Tunisia, Chile, Saudi Arabia


Games at Germany/Denmark 2019

All times local


Friday 11 January Tunisia vs Norway (20:30)
Saturday 12 January Norway vs Saudi Arabia (17:30)
Monday 14 January Norway vs Austria (17:30)
Tuesday 15 January Norway vs Chile (18:30)
Thursday 17 January Denmark vs Norway (20:15)

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Photo: Norwegian Handball Federation