Norway have been a leading force in women’s handball for the last decade, despite not lifting trophies at the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 and the World Championship 2013. At the EHF EURO 2014 Thorir Hergeirsson's team struck back, and won their sixth EHF EURO title by beating Spain; a success that was followed by their gold-medal performance at the Women's World Championship 2015.
The 2016 Olympic Games marked a small setback for the team of head coach Thorir Hergeirsson. They lost the semi-final after extra time to the eventual champions Russia and were not able to defend the Olympic gold they had won in 2008 and 2012.
Nevertheless, the current world and European champions can count on the experience their players have amassed on the national team as well as on the club level and are one the red hot favourites for medals at the EHF EURO 2016. Players like left wing Camilla Herrem, right back Nora Mörk and line player Heidi Löke are likely to be the driving force of the squad.
Recent Team News
Nora Mørk made her debut for the Norwegian national team at the age of 19 in 2010, with her first major success becoming straight away the gold medal at the EHF EURO 2010 a couple of months later in Denmark and Norway.
However, Mørk had her real breakthrough only in the past two years. At the Women's EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia she not only won her second gold, but also became Norway's top scorer and the All-star right back. She was again voted into the All-star Team one year later when Norway won gold at the World Championship 2015 in Denmark. She was furthermore the top scorer (62 goals) at the 2016 Olympic Games at which Norway won bronze.
After having played for Norwegian side Larvik since 2009, she joined Hungarian champions Györi Audi ETO KC at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
Stine Bredal Oftedal
Stine Bredal Oftedal is the captain of the Norwegian women's national team. The 25-year-old centre back made her first team debut in 2010 only a couple of months after she had won the Women's Junior World Championship with Norway. She was part of the team that won the EHF EURO events in 2010 and 2014 as well as the World Championships in 2011 and 2015. She was also named All-star centre back at the World Championship 2015.
Since 2013 she has been playing for Issy Paris Hand in France where she takes to the court together with her younger sister Hanna Bredal Oftedal.
Icelandic Thorir Hergeirsson started his career with the Norwegian national team in 2009. The years before he had been Marit Breivik’s assistant coach which meant he was more than well prepared when he took over.
This paid off quickly as Hergeirsson led the team to gold at the EHF EURO 2010, the World Championship 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games. 2013 remained a year without title, but Hergeirsson were quickly back on top, winning the EHF EURO 2014 as well as the World Championship 2015 - and now they a record seventh title at the EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events