ULLEVAAL (VG) (Norway-Montenegro 2–0) Ståle Solbakken has reason to rejoice. Norway did not get any more qualifying points as it played red, white and blue itself. In terms of points, the national team has not been better in 22 years.
– We’ve made some big strides in being clear with each other. Nothing can be swept under the rug when we meet for such a short time. We have to sort things out, Ståle Solbakken answers the question of whether VG’s culture with the national team is comparable to the culture he experienced as a player in the 1990s.
After eight World Cup qualifiers, Norway stands with 17 points. This hasn’t happened since the turn of the millennium. Norway played 10 qualifiers in a row without reaching the European Championship or World Cup.
In the 90s, the national team remained on 20 and 19 points, respectively, after eight matches played in the qualifiers for the World Cup (1998) in France and the European Championships (2000) in the Netherlands and Belgium. Solbakken played in both, scoring a total of five goals en route to the men’s national team and the final two football championships.
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Solbakken’s Norway tops the qualifying list after eight games this side of the millennium.
World Cup qualification 2022: 17 points: Goals: 15–6. National team manager Solbakken
European Qualifiers 2008: 16 points. Goals: 18-6. National team manager: Hareide.
European Qualifiers 2012: 16 points. Goals: 10–7. National team manager: Drillo.
European Qualifiers 2016: 16 points. Goals: 10–8. National team manager: Høgmo.
European Qualifiers 2004: 14 points. Goals: 9–5. National team manager: Semb.
2006 World Cup Qualification: 12 points. Goals: 10–7. National team manager: Hareide.
In terms of points, there is reason to point out that Norway is on its way to the best World Cup qualifying match of recent years. Åge Hareides Norway was close to the World Cup, but lost both playoff games against the Czech Republic in 2005.
– We’re not where we want to be, but we’re on the right track, says Solbakken.
Norway was happy in the second half by battling “little gas in the tank” and beating Montenegro in front of the packed Ullevaal. After the win, he evoked strong emotions in the locker room.
– I told the children that two things must always be on the bottom. It is the heart and the organization.
However, the Netherlands took all the points as expected against Gibraltar, while Turkey gained eight minutes of extra time in Latvia.
– I don’t waste any time on this. Turkey both gave up and scored at the end of the matches. We can’t waste time on this, he says, confident that Norway can both win the group and take second place as rivals Latvia (home) and Netherlands (away) in November.
– We really just had a bad elimination. He says it is a first against Turkey.
– We joined the team where we can play in different ways depending on who we meet and how the match picture is. At Solbakken, I think we did a good job, considering we had almost no training.
Hans Norge diversified in eight eliminations. These are some of the things Solbakken is most pleased with.
– We dominated the ball away from Turkey, Latvia and Montenegro. We needed to have the heart and organization to win this war here. We fought well against the Netherlands at home.
After a Norway without Erling Braut Haaland and several possible first picks against Turkey and Montenegro with four points, he is also praised by the players.
– Defensive chief Stefan Strandberg, it’s great to have a coach who gives so much.
He is followed by two goalscorer Mohamed Elyounoussi.
– Believing that Norway has a team that sheds blood and plays from the heart, the two strikers have captured every single player and want more from us, he says. He adds:
– This is the beginning of something big. We are already looking forward to the next meeting.