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Norwegian football fans at the Ullevaal Stadium

The Norwegian Match-Fixing Scandal

Despite the obsession with English football, the Norwegian game seems to better resemble the Italian Serie A just lately. A match-fixing scandal? In Norway? Yes, really. The tale of Swedish mafia, Kosovan gangs, money laundering and a...
Vålerenga fans at Lillestrøm

The Norwegian El Clásico – LSK vs VIF

This weekend saw the biggest local rivalry in Norwegian football, the Oslo-Akershus derby between Lillestrøm (LSK) and Vålerenga (VIF). Lillestrøm are known by many outside Norway due to their regular appearances in Europe during the 80s...
Molde v Strømsgodset kick-off

Heads Up! Tippeligaen is Back

It was very easy to miss, but the new Norwegian Premier League season got underway tonight. Easy to miss, because most Norwegian eyes are focused on Manchester and the battle for the English title. The Norwegian...
Rosenborg football

The Norwegian Obsession With English Football

As I write this I'm sitting in my Oslo apartment watching a popular Norwegian TV channel, TV2 Zebra, sort of the Channel 4 of Norway. Any guesses as to what I'm watching? A two-hour English football special,...

Heia Enga – Vålerenga 3 Viking 0

This weekend I hosted my parents for the first time since I moved to Oslo. On the Friday night I took them to the Ullevaal for their (and my) first Vålerenga match, versus Viking. I’d been...
Norge v Island

Norge 1 Island 0 – My First Trip to Ullevaal Stadion

Last night me and Matt went to watch Norway v Iceland in a Euro 2012 qualifier. It was my first trip to Oslo's Ullevål Stadion. We started off at the Billabong Café in Majorstuen then took...

Who needs Man Utd v Barcelona?

…when you've got Sarpsborg v Lillestrøm? With tonight's Champions League Final receiving blanket coverage across Europe, including here in Norway, today's blog post is almost inevitably about the beautiful game. There's a big Manchester United connection...