Norway
Norway (NOR)

Since failing to qualify for the EHF EURO 2002 and 2004, Norway have been on an upwards trend. However, they consistently struggled to reach the podium, finishing fourth in 2016, sixth in 2008 and twice in seventh place.

Two years ago, when they co-hosted the tournament, they looked unbeatable and were poised to secure their first-ever final berth, only for a hard 28:29 loss in extra time against Croatia to derail their campaign. They went on to win bronze, their first European medal, but the lingering feeling was they could have done more.

They come back with big expectations, although key players including left wing Magnus Jøndal and line player Bjarte Myrhol retired in 2021. Coach Christian Berge is still leading the side and this generation of players has really matured since he first took charge in 2015.

Norway will also once again be relying on the presence of three-time All-star Team member Sander Sagosen. Sagosen was the top goalscorer in 2020 with 65 goals, tying the all-time record for goals scored in a single edition.

All hopes will be on Sagosen to deliver another masterpiece, but he will need all the help he can get from other crucial players to lift Norway to the final. This is particularly the case as Norway missed out on the crunch stages of last year’s international tournaments, with sixth place at the IHF Men’s World Championship and seventh at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last summer.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
5 Sagosen, Sander 8 43 71 60.56 6 / 9 1 0 5 313
6 Barthold, Sebastian 8 42 54 77.78 16 / 19 0 1 1 369
27 Reinkind, Harald 8 29 48 60.42 0 / 0 0 0 1 340
13 Thorsteinsen Toft, Erik 8 22 38 57.89 0 / 0 0 0 3 140
19 Bjørnsen, Kristian 8 19 24 79.17 0 / 0 0 0 1 297
44 Gulliksen, Kevin Maageroe 8 13 19 68.42 0 / 0 0 0 0 189
24 O'Sullivan, Christian 8 13 27 48.15 0 / 0 1 0 3 295
15 Tönnesen, Kent Robin 8 10 25 40 0 / 0 0 0 4 146
71 Christoffersen Blonz, Alexander 8 6 10 60 0 / 0 0 0 2 112
11 Øverby, Petter 8 5 5 100 0 / 0 0 0 4 119
12 Saeveraas, Kristian Skinstad 8 1 1 100 0 / 0 0 0 0 267
3 Eck Aga, Vetle 8 0 1 0 0 / 0 0 1 6 115
21 Gullerud, Magnus 7 16 19 84.21 0 / 0 2 0 4 244
32 Solstad, Thomas Alfred 7 14 19 73.68 0 / 0 0 0 0 121
7 Øverjordet, Sander Andreassen 7 11 16 68.75 0 / 0 0 0 0 64
29 Langaas, Endre 1 1 2 50 0 / 0 0 0 0 1
26 Pettersen, Simen Holand 1 1 3 33.33 0 / 0 0 0 0 6
89 Rambo, Christoffer 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
18 Aar, William 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
20 Boilesen, Thomas Horneland 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
34 Dahl Reitan, Eskil 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
10 Fredriksen, Magnus 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
17 Heldal, Sindre 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
14 Horgen, Aksel 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
9 Jakobsen, Henrik 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
2 Nikolaisen Svegård, Tom Kåre 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
33 Pedersen, August Baskar 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
77 Rød, Magnus Abelvik 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
40 Schønningsen, Simen Nicolay 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
23 Søgard Johannessen, Gøran 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
25 Tangen, Eivind 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
31 Thorsen Lien, Kasper 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 246 382 64.4 22 / 28 4 2 34
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
12 Saeveraas, Kristian Skinstad 8 47 166 28.31 4 / 19
30 Bergerud, Torbjørn Sittrup 6 36 111 32.43 3 / 11
16 Heieren, Sander Drange 2 2 7 28.57 2 / 4
1 Imsgard, Emil Kheri 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 85 284 29.93 9/34

EHF competition history

Top Results

EURO CUP
2020 - 2nd place

European Championship
2020 - 3rd place

ECh Beach Handball
2019 - 2nd place

Key Players

Key Players

Sebastian Barthold)
Sebastian Barthold

Left wing

Sebastian Barthold is making his major tournament debut for Norway in 2020, although he debuted for the national team in 2012. He has recently become the first choice on the left wing after EHF EURO 2020 All-Star left wing Magnus Jøndal retired last summer. Barthold has only played for two club teams in his whole career: Haslum (Norway), for seven seasons, and Aalborg (Denmark) since 2017. For Aalborg, he scored over 60 goals in each of the last two EHF Champions League seasons. Barthold is also the brother-in-law of teammate Kristjan Bjørnsen, after marrying his sister, Line, in summer 2021.

Sander Sagosen)
Sander Sagosen

Centre/left back

Sander Sagosen was part of the All-star Team at the World Championships 2017 and 2019 EHF EURO 2016, 2018 and 2020. He set the record for most goals scored (65) at an EHF EURO, in 2020. Sagosen started his career at Kolstad in Norway, but developed into a world star at Danish club Aalborg. He joined Kiel in the summer of 2020 after three seasons with PSG and is set to return home to Kolstad in 2023. Sagosen is the leader of a new generation of Norwegian players who have won three international medals since 2017.

Head Coach

Christian Berge

Coach

After one season in Denmark, at Aarhus GF, and six at Elverum, Christian Berge was appointed Norway's national team coach in 2014. Berge led the Norwegian men's national team to their only international medals - two silvers at the IHF Men’s World Championship in 2017 and 2019 and bronze at EHF EURO 2020. As a player, he was selected in the Norwegian national team 63 times, scoring 251 goals between 1997 and 2006. He won the battle with lymphoma twice, also publishing a book, "In the heat of battle - the cancer has not been overcome" in which he detailed his story.

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