Norway have been the leading force in women’s handball for the last decade. Their record in all competitions is outstanding, but their EHF EURO history is unrivalled. Norway hold the record for most trophies won, with seven – including four consecutive titles from 2004 to 2010. They have won three World Championship trophies and collected two Olympic titles, along with 15 silver and bronze medals at the major competitions.
After winning their third World Championship in 2015, Norway suffered a minor setback, losing a thrilling extra-time semi-final at the 2016 Olympic Games to eventual champions Russia. That defeat meant they could not defend the Olympic gold won in 2008 and 2012.
At the EHF EURO 2016, coach Thorir Hergeirsson’s team struck back, winning their seventh EHF EURO title by beating the Netherlands in the final – a success that was followed by their silver-medal performance at the Women’s World Championship 2017.
Having failed to land a medal at the past EHF EURO in 2018 and at the World Championship in 2019, hopes are high for a return to the podium in 2020.
Recent Team News
STINE BREDAL OFTEDAL
The Norwegian captain was named the best player in the world in 2019. Stine is the centre back on the Hungarian team Györ – one of the best club teams in the world. As a junior player she became a world champion in 2010 and the same year she made her debut for the Norwegian national team. Her first EHF EURO was in 2010 in Norway and Denmark, giving her the first gold medal as a senior player. Since 2015 she has been the captain.
KARI BRATTSET DALE
Playing in Györ Brattset is one of five Norwegian players in the club this season. She made her debut for the national team in 2016 when she played for Vipers Kristiansand. In the attacking play she is a very important player, always searching for the ball and making openings for her teammates. Defensively she is tall and works hard for the team to prevent opponents the opportunity to score goals.
It has been over a decade since Thorir Hergeirsson stepped up from assistant coach to legendary Marit Breivik to begin his reign of success. Hergeirsson became head coach in April 2009, and has since led Norway to three EHF EURO titles, two World Championship trophies and one Olympic gold medal. Aside from the titles, Norway also took an Olympic bronze, a World Championship silver and a EHF EURO silver under Hergeirsson’s leadership.
Icelandic-born Hergeirsson started coaching early, helping with youth teams in his local club when he was still a teenager. He moved to Oslo to study in his early 20s, and it was there that his career took off – first with club teams then with the young national squad on invitation from Breivik in 1994. From there, Hergeirsson joined Breivik on the senior bench, and the rest is history. In 2017, he was made a Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events