Norway Football - A Nation Under Scrutiny

Posted by Dodd Honeycutt on June 11th, 2021

Norway is a fascinating Scandinavian country that lies in the Gulf of Finland. Situated in the far north of Europe, the country shares its borders with Germany, Russia, the Swedish county of Gothenburg, the Norwegian islands, and surrounding islands. It is bordered on one side by the Arctic sea and on the other by the Gulf of Finland. The coastal area is generally arctic, with the remaining areas being grasslands. Norway is a country of great contrasts; the largest cities feature a mixture of the countryside and the metropolises, with a large amount of rural areas lying to the south and west of the main cities.

Braut Heuland is a Norwegian forward who plays centre-forward for Hamburg free-kick club and also for the Norwegian national team. A regular goalscorer for the Hamburg giants, Heuland has been described by his coach, Roger Johanssen as the team's star player. A prolific goalscorer for Hamburg, Heuland is renowned for his speed, fitness and strength, earning him the moniker, 'The Terminator'. Injuries have limited Heuland to only 18 games in the league last season, but he has given an indication that he is still fit enough to start this season of soccer and to be one of the key players for the club in the coming years.

Internationally, Norway has several representatives at the 2021 FIFA World Cup that will allow them to make an impressive footballing debut. One of these is the FC Barcelona defender, Pique. Pique has only played for the club once for a friendly match against Italy in 2021, but he has since impressed at each subsequent international match, making his position a certainty at the Spanish national side. Having started only two games at the helm, Spain coach Vicente del Bosco has already named Pique as one of the two central defenders to partner either Juanfran or Alecko Boateng in the central defense pairing. With the likes of Angel Di Maria and Tello Costa already established in the Spanish attack, it is expected that Pique will begin to wear the number three jersey (which goes to Boateng). Given the pace and skill of Pique, and the experience of both Juanfran and Boateng at left and right back, it is safe to assume that Norway will not find it easy to beat any side featuring players like Chile, Spain, Italy or Brazil.

Despite the fact that Norway are yet to win a single game in their history of footballing association, they have several promising young talents that could develop into great players within the club team, should they receive some time on the pitch. Two such promising footballing talents are forwards Kasper Lorge and Kasper Engbers. Lorge is currently playing with Vitoria Guimavento in Brazil, while Engbers is currently with Austria Wachtinger. Both players have impressed neutrals with their displays, and despite the relatively younger age-group involved with the game, the pair have both impressed with their performances, which has helped them earn the respect of other club teams.

Kickoffbet of the highest profile players that hail from Norway is striker Kasper Engbers, who is currently playing for Italian top flight side Roma. The Norway international has made more than 300 appearances for the Italian giants, and although he first started out playing for their youth side, he has developed into one of the more potent strikers in the Italian game since then. Most notable in recent years has been his two goals in the recent Champions League final against AC Milan, where Roma became the first team in the competition to win back-to-back European trophies. Engbers has also scored three times in the cup, helping Roma secure fourth place in the standings. The 35-year-old forward has been quoted as saying that he feels delighted with the arrival of new Roma coach Rudi Garcia from Internazionale, and that he looks forward to linking up with the former Italian international.

Although some pundits have suggested that Norwegian football is on the decline, with many fans blaming the system for their national team's recent poor performances, they remain a force to be reckoned with. They boast some of the best players in Europe, with star players like former AC Milan forward Kaka and defender Michael Odeye following their successful careers in Europe. Both players were given a chance to prove themselves at international level, and it is believed that they impressed the selectors enough to warrant a call-up. These days, it seems that the numbers are on the side of the Norwegians, who are leading the World Cup in style!

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