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Footballers in Norway temporarily laid off due to coronavirus

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar discusses how moving Euro 2020 to 2021 will impact the football world.

Professional footballers in Norway have been temporarily laid off as clubs struggle to cope with the economic impact of the spread of the coronavirus, with the government stepping in to cover wages, players' union NISO has told Reuters.

With stadiums closed and uncertainty over TV revenues, clubs in other countries have issued financial warnings as the virus continues to spread, and Norway is believed to be the first country to announce such sweeping temporary layoffs.

While clubs in countries...

Lillestrom player criticised for posing naked with Norwegian Cup

Lillestrom players celebrate after winning the Norwegian Cup.

A Norwegian football player has been criticised for disrespecting the domestic cup trophy after posing naked on stage and using it to cover his modesty.

After Lillestrom beat Sarpsborg 08 3-2 in the Norwegian Cup final on Sunday, defender Aleksander Melgalvis Andreassen stripped naked during the team celebrations and covered himself with the trophy, called the "King's Cup."

It was seemingly a reference to a similar stunt by Rosenborg forward Christian Gytkjaer after winning the Norwegian league...

 By Chris Wright

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila strips naked to inspire Valerenga

Ronny Deila has taken an unusual approach to management.

It's been revealed -- quite literally -- that former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has developed a daring new motivational technique to help inspire his players to victory.

Now in charge of Norwegian side Valerenga, Delia has admitted that he has taken to stripping naked before matches in order to bolster his squad.

It certainly appears to be getting results too, with Delia first removing his clothes during the team meeting before last month's clash with rivals Brann, only for his relegation-threatened...

Kongsvinger, the darlings of Norway, ready for Rosenborg cup final

Kongsvinger celebrate their semifinal victory against Stromsgodset.

In one week's time, on Nov. 20, second-tier Kongsvinger will experience the proudest moment in their 124-year history when they face Rosenborg at the famous Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo in their first Norwegian Cup final.

The modest First Division club met Juventus in the UEFA Cup back in 1993, but this occasion is even more emotional. The cup has always been an extremely popular and important competition in Norway and Kongsvinger reaching the final was unthinkable three years ago, when the club was...

Diskerud had role in Bob Bradley signing

As Bob Bradley reflects on his role as a trailblazer in deciding to manage Norway’s Stabaek, he has one of his former United States players to thank for landing the job.

Bob Bradley has reportedly turned down Vancouver's offer to become head coach.
Bob Bradley recently took on the job of coaching Norway club Stabaek.

Carlisle: Bradley aims to prove himself

According to Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud, who received his first U.S. cap under Bradley, Stabaek has been tracking the American coach since Diskerud joined...