Norwegian football is flourishing step by step. It is rapidly developing and currently has one of the best football prospects in the world. This article will examine 5 Norwegian football players who deserve your attention in 2020.
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5. Mathias Bringaker
A 23-year-old striker is currently playing in Norwegian first-tier team Start. He started his career in Viking and moved to start in 2018. Though he is not very tall, he possesses strength and goal-scoring abilities. He has scored 14 goals in 69 games so far, and if he keeps on maintaining the same level, he will probably gain attention outside of Norway. He is yet to make a debut in the Norwegian national team.
4. Alexander Sorloth
Tall, standing at 6.5ft, strong 24-year-old striker Alexander Sorloth is notable for his goal-scoring abilities. Currently, he is on loan from Crystal Palace to Turkish side Trabzonspor and has already scored 16 goals in just 19 matches.
Though his height, Sorloth is known for his flexibility and speed. He is very dominant while getting the ball in the opposite field. If he continues scoring more and more goals, perhaps Crystal Palace will recall him back.
Sorloth is also a part of the Norwegian football team amassing 6 goals in 22 games. He is the son of former Rosenborg player Goran Sorloth.
3. Sander Berge
Sander Berge is a 21-year-old Norwegian wunderkind recently playing for Gent, until Sheffield United signed him in January 2020 for £22 million, which is a club record.
Berge is a midfielder standing at 6.5ft. He has leadership abilities, possesses a good knowledge of the game and has a fantastic vision. While with excellent defending skills, he can attack proficiently as well.
Berge started a youth career in the Norwegian team, Asker. He gained prominence at the Belgian side Genk, where he was an integral figure for the club.
He has already made a debut for Sheffield United and is expected to bolster further the team, which is fighting for high goals.
Berge was considered a favorite to join Manchester United according to online betting websites in Norway. Liverpool and Tottenham also declared their interest; however, none of the moves materialized.
2. Martin Odegaard
Norwegian 21-year-old prodigy, Martin Odegaard is considered to be a future football star. Standing at 5.10ft, he usually plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger. He is currently playing at Real Sociedad on loan from Real Madrid.
In recent years, Odegaard was frequently criticized, for not entirely using his potential. When Real Madrid signed him in 2015, he struggled to establish himself at the club, which resulted in several loans.
However, this season has been a landmark for Norwegian star, who became a leader of Sociedad. Due to his natural balance, fast pace, remarkable shooting power Odegaard slowly gained a foothold in the team’s midfield and is a pivotal figure.
Besides technical abilities, Martin Odegaard is a very intelligent player who makes the right decisions during the game. He is not getting carried away by critics and proves everyone wrong.
Perhaps this season will be a landmark for Norwegian star, and Real Madrid will definitely bring him back to Madrid. It will be much easier for him to play at Real, while he has gained a lot of experience already.
Odegaard is a member of the Norwegian national team, and on 13 October 2014 became the youngest player ever to take part in a qualifying match for the UEFA European Championship.
1. Erling Braut Haaland
Erling Braut Haaland has been phenomenal so far. Standing at 6.4ft the son of former footballer Alf-Inge Haaland has everything to become the future superstar. Don’t forget he is just 19 and has already scored plenty of goals.
Haaland started his career at Bryne and 2019 was a turning point for the youngster when he signed for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. He scored 16 goals in 17 matches in the Austrian Bundesliga. He became only the second teenager in Champion’s League History to score in the first three consecutive League games, against Genk, Liverpool, and Napoli.
On 27 November he scored a goal against Genk. He took his tally to 5 consecutive matches, which saw him join the players like Neymar, Serhiy Rebrov, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Alessandro Del Piero.
His goal-scoring ability and playing style attracted many teams across Europe, which result in moving to the German side Dortmund.
He showed no sign of stopping and has already scored four goals in 8 matches for Dortmund. Apparently, it is the best place for him, but people are sure he will play in England. Of course, his price will increase significantly and right now, he has everything to create a solid legacy.