20/01/2020

The King in the North: Sagosen makes his mark

FEATURE: The 24-year old centre back has had a direct hand in 49 per cent of his team’s goals so far and became the top ever Norwegian goal scorer in the EHF EURO on Sunday

Sander Sagosen on his ambitions for the EHF EURO 2020.

You might try to instruct the defence to stop his shot, but he will take a superb assist out of his hat and still make a goal happen.

Try to stop other Norwegian players and then he will sting with his shot.

In the EHF EURO 2020, Sander Sagosen has been practically unstoppable, leading both the scoring charts and the assist standings.

After five games, the 24-year Norwegian centre back has scored 42 goals, eight more than the second-placed Austrian Nikola Bilyk, while assisting other 33 Norwegian goals. That means Sagosen has had a hand directly in 49 per cent of Norway’s 153 goals in the EHF EURO 2020.

He led his team to five consecutive wins, including the 23:20 win against Sweden on Sunday in Malmö Arena.

An MVP in the making?

He has been dubbed “The King in the North” by the Norwegian media, as he has been the driving force of Norway’s best-ever run in the competition up until this point.

With eight goals against Sweden, which took him to the 105 mark at the EHF EURO, PSG’s playmaker became the first ever Norwegian player to score 100 goals in the competition, leapfrogging left wing Havard Tvedten, who scored 98 goals in 24 matches.

Sagosen needed only 22 games to reach this point and the sky looks the limit for the Norwegian playmaker.

“He plays the best handball of his life. The MVP title? I am not the one who can choose it, so I will not comment about it, but he plays amazingly,” said Norway’s coach, Christian Berge.

Sagosen has become only the 57th player to score at least 100 goals in the EHF EURO and at only 24 he is one of the youngest ever players to reach that mark.

However, he is not the youngest player to ever score 100 goals in the competition. French left back Nikola Karabatic, Sagosen’s teammate at PSG hit that milestone when he was 23 years old in 2008, during his third EHF EURO tournament.

written by Adrian Costeiu / jh