For many years the Norwegian men's team played in the shadow of the successful women's national team, before the EHF EURO 2008 acted like a starting signal for the team's improvement. The youth programme showed results with talents like Kent Tönnesen and Sander Sagosen making their mark. Even now that experienced key players like Havard Tvedten and Börge Lund have retired, Norway remain a force to reckon with.
After failing to reach the main round at the EHF EURO 2014, head coach Robert Hedin quit his job and was succeeded by Christian Berge. He was planned as an interim solution, but despite the fact that Norway also did not qualify for the World Championship 2015, Berge kept his job and successfully steered Norway through the EHF EURO 2016 Qualification. The Scandinavians even recorded an unexpected victory against Croatia.
The 33-year-old is a very valuable player for the national team both as a defence player and as a goal scorer.
For several years the line player had been playing in Norway for Sandefjord TIF. He then started his international career in 2005, first in Veszprem, then for three seasons with HSG Nordhorn in Germany before joining Rhein-Neckar Löwen in 2009. During his stint in Germany he won the EHF Cup with Nordhorn in 2008 and with Rhein-Neckar Löwen in 2013. Since the beginning of the 2015/16 season he plays for Skjern Handbold.
In the summer of 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer, but recovered quickly and managed to be back with the national team playing handball at the end of the same year.
He has contributed and moved the Norwegian people with his engagement for the Movember organisation and his openness about men's cancer.
Centre back Sander Sagosen is just 20 years of age, but expectations are already weighing on his shoulders. "Sander Sagosen has the potential to become the best handball player in the world," is what former Norwegian national team head coach said about the youngster, who was already - albeit with little playing time - part of the Norwegian team at the EHF EURO 2014.
In the summer of 2014 Sagosen left his native Norway and joined Aalborg Handball in Denmark with whom he has reached the group phase of the EHF Cup. "It has been a great change for me. Everything is much more professional than I was used to, and playing in front of such a fantastic home crowd, as we have here in Aalborg, has also been a great new experience for me," he says about his move.
Christian Berge took over the head coach position at Norway's national team in early 2014 when Robert Hedin resigned following the team's failure to reach the main round at the EHF EURO 2014.
In his times as an active player Berge took to the court for Stavanger in Norway, SG Flensburg-Handewitt in Germany and Aarhus GF in Denmark. From 2008 to 2014 he has been coaching Elverum HH in Norway. Berge played 63 times for Norway, scoring 251 goals along the way.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events