Qualifying as one of the three hosts, Norway go into EHF EURO 2020 aiming to build on their last two European Championship results that have been a result of the excellent development in handball in recent history.
When Norway hosted, back in 2008 the team recorded their best finish to date, sixth, but it was their performance at EHF EURO 2016 that got European handball talking about the national team again.
That year, the Norwegians, under the stewardship of Christian Berge, made it all the way to the semi-finals, beating highly fancied Poland and France en-route to the last four. Sadly the dream of gold was ended by Germany in extra time but the young side took confidence from that performance and in the 2017 World Championships that followed, Berge’s side finished runners-up to hosts France.
Although the team posted a seventh place finish at EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, Norway repeated their World Championship success in 2019 with yet another silver medal, losing to Denmark in the final.
As one of the hosts this time around and with the buzz of another World Championship still fresh in their minds, expectation will be high of a similar result on their home court this year.
MAGNUS ABELVIK RØD
One of the rising stars of Norwegian handball, left back Magnus made his national team debut in June 2016 after impressing for his then club team Bækkelagets in his native Oslo. His performances for both club and country led to him earning a move to German Bundasliga side SG Flensburg-Handewitt in 2017. Magnus was part of the Flensburg-Handewitt team that won the league title in 2018, while at international level he picked up silver medals at the past two World Championship events in 2017 and 2019.
Highly-rated playmaker Sander made his debut aged just 18 in 2013 and quickly became of the stars of the national team with an impressive mix of skill and fearless attitude. After spells with local clubs in Norway he moved to Aalborg in Denmark before being snapped up by French giants Paris Saint-Germain. He has been named on the all-star team in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Raised in Trondheim, the city where the Norwegian team will play the matches in the preliminary group in the EHF EURO 2020, Berge became national team coach in 2014. His former coaching job was in the Norwegian club Elverum, one of the most successful clubs in the country during the latest years. During his playing days he starred for several clubs in Norway as well as SG Flensburg-Handewitt in German and Århus GF Håndbold in Denmark, where he also started his coaching career. In his period as a coach, Norway have played three semi-finals in championships and achieved silver medals from the World Championships in 2017 and 2019.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events