Norway women's national handball team

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Association Norwegian Handball Federation
Coach Thorir Hergeirsson (2009 – )
Most caps Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (296)
Most goals Kjersti Grini (1003)
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Summer Olympics
Appearances 5 (First in 1988)
Best result 1st, 2008
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1971)
Best result 1st, 1999
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1994)
Best result 1st, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
Infobox last updated on: 26 December 2008.

The Norway women's national handball team is the national team of Norway. It is governed by the Norwegian Handball Federation and takes part in international handball competitions.

Norway women's national handball team is the only team in handball history, on the women's and men's side, to have won the Euro Championship in Handball four times in a row. (They have won a total of 5 gold medals, an all time record) and they are the current reigning Olympic and double defending European champion.

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History

Norway has been among the world elite in women's handball since the break-through at the 1986 World Championship where the team won a bronze medal. Since then, Norway has won five European Championships, and one World Championship. Norway has also participated in three final matches of the Summer Olympics, and won gold in Beijing 2008.[1] Norway is the most successful team in the European Championships, having won five golds, two silvers, and one bronze in just nine tournaments. The only time Norway finished outside of the top three was at the 2000 European Championship.

Early years (1946–1983)

The very first match of the Norwegian women's national handball team, against Sweden in 1946, was met with great public interest. The game ended 2-5 in favour of Sweden.[2] During the fifties and sixties women's handball had a relatively low profile in Norway. The national team regularly paricipated at the Scandinavian Championships, and they qualified for the World Championships in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1982, placing 7th and 8th.

Jacobsen period (1984–1993)

Sven-Tore Jacobsen coached the national team for ten years, from 1984 to 1993.[3] The team qualified for the 1986 World Championships, where they sensationally won the bronze medal, and they achieved Olympic silver medals in both 1988[4] and 1992.[5] The press coverage and popularity of female handball in Norway increased significantly during this period.

Breivik period (1994–2009)

Former player Marit Breivik coached the team for fifteen years, from 1994 to 2009. She led the team to six gold medals in international championships. Their achievements included gold medals at the 1999 World Championships, four gold medals at the European Championships between 1998 and 2008, and gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Their usual tactics included a strong 6-0 defense and frequent fast breaks on offense.

2008

After the defeat against Russia at the 2007 World Championship, Norway faced two important challenges in 2008: Olympic Games in August and European Championship in December. The team eventually succeeded in winning their first Olympic gold medal, and they also won the European Championship.

Olympic Games 2008, Beijing
Karoline Dyhre Breivang during the match against Romania on 17 August

Norway had qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by winning the 2006 European Championship.[6] The preparation for Beijing started months before the competition started, but the final squad wasn't decided until the last weeks. Several players who had trained with the team up to this point were left out or kept as reserves, most notably Isabel Blanco and Terese Pedersen. There were no debuts in the group selected by Marit Breivik, but veteran Tonje Larsen made her comeback to the team after five years of struggle with injury. Gro Hammerseng maintained her usual role of team captain, with Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk and Gøril Snorroeggen completing the "captains team" as vice-captains.

The competition for the Norwegian team started on 9 August against the host, China.[7] They defeated the Chinese 30-26 and then went on to win comfortably against Angola (31-17), Kazakhstan (35-19) and France (34-24). The closest result of the Preliminary Round was the last match, on 17 August, against Romania (24-23).[8] During the warm up of this match Katja Nyberg suffered a knee injury that prevented her from playing the quarter final against Sweden.[9] Norway defeated the Swedish team 31-24, advancing to the semifinals comfortably.[10][11]

The semifinal match was played on 21 August.[12] Former Olympic and World Champions South Korea turned out to be the toughest opponent of the tournament.[13] After 58 minutes of play Norway was leading 28-25. In less than two minutes the Koreans managed to score three goals in a row, reaching the tie score of 28-28 with only two seconds left. Katrine Lunde Haraldsen quickly started the last attack of the game with a pass to Karoline Dyhre Breivang, who was already at the middle of the field. Breivang passed the ball on to Hammerseng who scored at the 60 minutes mark. The goal was validated by the referees but the Norwegians refrained from celebrating until the IHF delegate finally confirmed the decision.

The final match was played on 23 August.[14] It was a replay of the 2007 World Championship, Norway vs Russia. The Norwegian victory was secured early on. They were already leading by 10 goals after 14 minutes played and Trefilov's team never managed to lower that margin below a five goal difference.[15] The match ended 34-27 for Norway. Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth was top scorer with nine goals out of ten shots.[16]

The Norwegian team received their first Olympic gold medal after the final match. Two Norwegian players were selected into the tournament's All-Star Team: Katrine Lunde Haraldsen as goalkeeper and Else-Marthe Soerlie-Lybekk as pivot.[17] Lunde Haraldsen was also overall top goalkeeper with a 42% save rate while Kari Aalvik Grimsbø ranked first (together with Korean Oh Yongran) at 7-metres shots with a 40% rate.[18] Regarding team statistics, Lybbek finished the tournament as Norway's top scorer with 31 goals and a 72% scoring rate, two points ahead of Riegelhuth who scored the same number of goals but with a 70% success rate.[19]

European Championship 2008, Macedonia

After the Olympic Games, Breivik encountered new challenges caused by the fact that several key players were not available for the 2008 European Championship: Lybekk retired from the national team, Snorroeggen was recovering from a shoulder injury and both Hammerseng and Nyberg decided to rest their bodies and concentrate on their club.[20]

Thus a new squad was formed. Three players made their debut: Heidi Løke (pivot) and Tine Rustad Kristiansen (centre back) from Larvik, and Camilla Herrem (left wing) from Byåsen. With the three members of the Olympic "captains team" out, Kristine Lunde was appointed new captain with Marit Malm Frafjord and Karoline Dyhre Breivang as vice-captains.[21]

Norway was a natural favorite to win the European title,[22] and that position was reassured by winning both the GF World Cup '08 and Møbelringen Cup 2008 unbeaten.[23][24] Their apparent invincibility helped cause a bigger surprise when they failed to win their first match of the tournament on 3 December.[25] The Norwegians could only tie 21–21 against Spain,[26] the same team which left them out of the 2004 Summer Olympics in 2003.[27] Following that first disappointment, they managed to advance through the Preliminary Round and Main Round without a loss.

The semi-final match was played on 13 December against Russia. It was an easy win for Norway and even goalkeeper Haraldsen was able to score once.[28] On 14 December, Spain was waiting at the final match. After an even first half the score was 13–12 for the defending champions. During the second half Norway increased the lead to a final score of 34–21.[29]

Euro 2008 was the third European Championship gold in a row for Norway, and the fourth title in the history of the team. Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth was top scorer of the tournament with 51 goals and four Norwegian players were included in the All-Star Team: Riegelhuth as right wing, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen as goalkeeper, Tonje Larsen as left back and Kristine Lunde as center back. Lunde was also named MVP.[30]

Recent years (2009–)

In 2009 Thorir Hergeirsson took over as coach, and the first season resulted in a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships. A year later, in 2010, the team won its 5th European Championship title.

Honours

Medal record
Women's handball
Olympic Games
Silver 1988 Seoul Team
Silver 1992 Barcelona Team
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team
Gold 2008 Beijing Team
World Championship
Bronze 1986 Netherlands Team
Bronze 1993 Norway Team
Silver 1997 Germany Team
Gold 1999 Denmark Norway Team
Silver 2001 Italy Team
Silver 2007 France Team
Bronze 2009 China Team
European Championship
Bronze 1994 Germany Team
Silver 1996 Denmark Team
Gold 1998 Netherlands Team
Silver 2002 Denmark Team
Gold 2004 Hungary Team
Gold 2006 Sweden Team
Gold 2008 FYR Macedonia Team
Gold 2010 Denmark/Norway Team

Performance in Olympic Games

Since their first appearance in 1988, Norway has participated in five Olympic Games. They received their first gold medal twenty years after the debut, in Beijing 2008.[1]

Performance in World Championship

Norway received their first World Championship medal in 1986, when they defeated three-time champions East Germany 23–19 in the third place play-off, marking also their first ever win over East Germany. They achieved a bronze medal in 1993, and a siver medal in 1997. In 1999 Norway won their first gold medal after a final match against France that needed two overtimes to break the tie.[33]

  • 1971: 7th place
  • 1973: 8th place
  • 1975: 8th place
  • 1977 B: Shared 9th place
  • 1981 B: Third place
  • 1982: 7th place
  • 1983 B: 10th place
  • 1985 B: 6th place
  • 1986: Third place
  • 1990: 6th place
  • 1993: Third place
  • 1995: 4th place
  • 1997: Second place
  • 1999: Winner
  • 2001: Second place
  • 2003: 6th place
  • 2005: 9th place
  • 2007: Second place
  • 2009: Third place
  • 2011: Qualified

Performance in European Championship

As of 2009, Norway has participated in every European Championship that has taken place. They are the most successful team in the Championships, having won five golds, two silvers, and one bronze out of nine tournaments. The only time Norway finished outside of the top three was at the 2000 Championship in Romania.

Performance in other tournaments

Team

Current squad

The squad as of 7 December 2010 for the 2010 European Women's Handball Championship:

Head coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

No. Pos. Name DoB (Age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Kari Aalvik Grimsbø 4 January 1985 (1985-01-04) (age 26) 1.80 m 73 0 Denmark Esbjerg
2 CB Mari Molid 8 August 1990 (1990-08-08) (age 21) 1.72 m 16 15 Norway Byåsen
4 CB Stine Bredal Oftedal 25 September 1991 (1991-09-25) (age 20) 1.78 m 10 5 Norway Stabæk
5 CB Ida Alstad 13 June 1985 (1985-06-13) (age 26) 1.72 m 37 94 Norway Byåsen
6 P Heidi Løke 12 December 1982 (1982-12-12) (age 28) 1.77 m 63 205 Hungary Györ
7 RB/W Tonje Nøstvold 7 May 1985 (1985-05-07) (age 26) 1.78 m 138 347 Denmark Midtjylland
8 RB Karoline Dyhre Breivang 10 May 1980 (1980-05-10) (age 31) 1.72 m 216 367 Norway Larvik
10 CB Gro Hammerseng 10 April 1980 (1980-04-10) (age 31) 1.80 m 167 631 Norway Larvik
11 LW Kari Mette Johansen 11 January 1979 (1979-01-11) (age 32) 1.72 m 168 434 Norway Larvik
13 P Marit Malm Frafjord 25 November 1985 (1985-11-25) (age 25) 1.82 m 122 272 Denmark Viborg
14 LB Tonje Larsen 26 January 1975 (1975-01-26) (age 36) 1.83 m 264 567 Norway Larvik
16 GK Katrine Lunde Haraldsen 30 March 1980 (1980-03-30) (age 31) 1.81 m 171 3 Hungary Györ
17 LB Linn Jørum Sulland 15 July 1984 (1984-07-15) (age 27) 1.78 m 82 154 Norway Larvik
18 RB/W Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth 1 August 1984 (1984-08-01) (age 27) 1.76 m 171 660 Norway Larvik
19 RW Nora Mørk 5 April 1991 (1991-04-05) (age 20) 1.68 m 17 51 Norway Larvik
20 LB Tine Stange 14 May 1986 (1986-05-14) (age 25) 1.80 m 39 56 Norway Larvik
23 LW Camilla Herrem 8 October 1986 (1986-10-08) (age 25) 1.66 m 75 208 Norway Byåsen

Appearances and goals updated on 20 December 2010.

Past squads

1971 World Championship (7th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Bjørg Andersen, Eldbjørg Willassen, Karen Fladset, Astri Knudsen Bech, Sigrid Halvorsen, Astrid Skei Høsøien, Unni Anisdahl, Inger-Johanne Tveter, Lille Storberg, Anne Hilmersen, Berit Moen Johansen.

1973 World Championship (8th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Bjørg Andersen, Karen Fladset, Kari Aagaard, Astri Knudsen Bech, Sigrid Halvorsen, Unni Anisdahl, Inger-Johanne Tveter, Grethe Tønnesen, Hjørdis Høsøien, Wenche Wensberg, Svanhild Sponberg.

1975 World Championship (8th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Marit Breivik, Bjørg Andersen, Kari Aagaard, Astri Knudsen Bech, Unni Anisdahl, Anne Aanestad Winter, Turid Sannes, Hjørdis Høsøien, Wenche Wensberg, Randi Elisabeth Dyrdal, Lisabeth H. Muhrer.

Coach: Frode Kyvåg

1982 World Championship (7th place)

Liv Bjørk, Linn-Siri Jensen, Turid Smedsgård, Heidi Sundal, Hanne Hegh, Sissel Buchholdt, Britt Johansen, Kristin Midthun, Marit Breivik, Ingunn Thomassen Berg, Kristin Glosimot Kjeldsberg, Wenche Halvorsen Stensrud, Åse Nygård Pedersen, Ingunn Rise Kirkeby, Susanne Hannestad.

Coach: Karen Fladset

1986 World Championship (Third place)

Kristin Midthun, Heidi Sundal, Trine Haltvik, Ingrid Steen, Åse Birkrem, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hogness, Anne Migliosi, Kristin Eide, Karin Pettersen, Karin Singstad, Unni Birkrem, Linn-Siri Jensen, Kjerstin Andersen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1988 Summer Olympics (Second place)[4]

Annette Skotvoll, Berit Digre, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hogness, Heidi Sundal, Karin Singstad, Ingrid Steen, Karin Pettersen, Kjerstin Andersen, Kristin Midthun, Marthe Eliasson, Trine Haltvik, Vibeke Johnsen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1990 World Championship (6th place)

Kjerstin Andersen, Annette Skottvoll, Reidun Gunnarson, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim Kjersti Grini, Trine Haltvik, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hognes, Marthe Eliasson, Kristin Cecilie Karlsen, Cathrine Svendsen, Tonje Sagstuen, Karin Pettersen, Tone Anne Alvestad Seland

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1992 Summer Olympics (Second place)[5]

Annette Skotvoll, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hogness (captain), Hege Frøseth, Heidi Sundal, Heidi Tjugum, Henriette Henriksen, Ingrid Steen, Karin Pettersen, Kristine Duvholt, Mona Dahle, Siri Eftedal, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim, Tonje Sagstuen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1993 World Championship (Third Place)

Cecilie Leganger, Anette Skottvoll, Hege Frøseth, Susann Goksør (captain), Siri Eftedal, Connie Mathisen, Mette Davidsen, Mona Dahle, Marte Eliasson, Kristine Duvholt, Karin Pettersen, Heidi Sundal, Hege Kristine Kvitsand, Tonje Sagstuen, Cathrine Svendsen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1994 European Championship (Third place)

Cecilie Leganger, Annette Skotvoll, Monica Løken, Tonje Larsen, Kjersti Grini, Tonje Sagstuen, Susann Goksør (Captain), Kristine Moldestad, Kristine Duvholt, Marte Eliasson, Kari Solem, Hege Kristine Kvitsand, Mona Dahle, Ingrid Steen, Siri Eftedal

Coach: Marit Breivik

1995 World Championship (4th place)

Heidi Tjugum, Cecilie Leganger, Annette Skotvoll, Susann Goksør (Captain), Mette Davidsen, Kjersti Grini, Ann-Cathrin Eriksen, Mona Dahle, Tonje Sagstuen, Tonje Larsen, Hege Kristin Kvitsand, Cathrine Svendsen, Kristine Moldestad

Coach: Marit Breivik

1996 Summer Olympics (4th place)[31]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Annette Skotvoll, Hege Kvitsand, Heidi Tjugum, Hilde Østbø, Kari Solem, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Kristine Moldestad, Mette Davidsen, Mona Dahle, Sahra Hausmann, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (Captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1996 European Championship (Second place)

Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Annette Skotvoll, Tonje Larsen, Kjersti Grini, Sarah Hausmann, Susann Goksør (Captain), Kari Solem, Monica Vik Hansen, Trine Haltvik, Kristine Moldestad, Mette Davidsen, Janne Tuven, Ellen Thomsen, Silje Bolseth.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1997 World Championship (Second place)

Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Lise Kristiansen, Tonje Sagstuen, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (Captain), Trine Haltvik, Mette Davidsen, Sara Hausmann, Tonje Larsen, Janne Tuven, Anette Tveter, Kari Solem, Sarah Hausmann, Monica Vik Hansen, Ellen Thomsen.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1998 European Championship (Winner)[38]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Camilla Carstens, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Elise Margrete Alsand, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Heidi Tjugum, Janne Tuven, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini (captain), Mette Davidsen, Mia Hundvin, Sahra Hausmann, Siv Heim Sæbøe, Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1999 World Championship (Winner)[33]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Birgitte Sættem, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie, Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mette Davidsen, Mia Hundvin, Sahra Hausmann, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2000 Summer Olympics (Third place)[32]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Birgitte Sættem, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie, Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mia Hundvin, Monica Sandve, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2000 European Championship (6th place)[39]

Brigitte Sættem, Camilla Carstens, Camilla Thorsen, Cecilie Thorsteinsen, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie (captain), Gro Hammerseng, Hege Christin Vikebø, Hege Johansen, Jeanette Nilsen, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mimi Kopperud Slevigen, Monica Sandve, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2001 World Championship (Second place)

Cecilie Leganger, Mimi Kopperud Sleivigen, Heidi Halvorsen, Kjersti Grini (Captain), Gro Hammerseng, Kristine Duvholt, Janne Tuven, Marianne Rokne, Else Marthe Sørlie, Elisabeth Hilmo, Monica Sandve, Vigdis Hårsaker, Kristine Lunde, Unni Nyhamar Hinkel, Hanne Halèn.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2002 European Championship (Second place)[40]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Birgitte Sættem, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk (captain), Gro Hammerseng, Heidi Tjugum, Janne Tuven, Kari-Anne Henriksen, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Lina Olsson Rosenberg, Mia Hundvin, Mimi Kopperud Slevigen, Monica Sandve, Tonje Larsen, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2003 World Championship (6th place)

Heidi Tjugum, Cecilie Leganger, Katrine Lunde, Gro Hammerseng (Captain), Unni Nyhamar Hinkel, Elisabeth Hilmo, Vigdis Hårsaker, Berit Hynne, Anette Hovind Johansen, Tonje Larsen, Kristine Lunde, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Katja Nyberg, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Monica Sandve, Ragnhild Aamodt.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2004 European Championship (Winner)[41]

Camilla Thorsen, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Isabel Blanco, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Kjersti Beck, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Ragnhild Aamodt, Randi Gustad, Terese Pedersen, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2005 World Championship (9th place)[42]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Camilla Thorsen, Elisabeth Hilmo (captain), Isabel Blanco, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katrine Lunde, Kjersti Beck, Kristine Lunde, Linn Jørum Sulland, Marianne Rokne, Ragnhild Aamodt, Randi Gustad, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2006 European Championship (Winner)[43]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Anne Kjersti Suvdal, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marianne Rokne, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2007 World Championship (Second place)[44]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2008 Summer Olympics (Winner)[1]

Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Tonje Larsen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2008 European Championship (Winner)[45]

Camilla Herrem, Heidi Løke, Isabel Blanco, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Kristine Lunde (captain), Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tine Rustad Kristiansen, Tonje Larsen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

Coaches

  • Frode Kyvåg (1974–1978)[46]
  • ?
  • Otto Th. Pedersen (? – 1982?)
  • Karen Fladset (1982–1984)[47]
  • Sven-Tore Jacobsen (1984–1993)[3]
  • Marit Breivik (1994–2009)[48]
  • Thorir Hergeirsson (2009 – Present)[49][50]

Captains

  • Hanne Hegh (World Championship 1986, Olympic Games 1988, World Championship 1990)[51]
  • Hanne Hogness (Olympic Games 1992)[51]
  • Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (World Championship 1993, European Championship 1994, World Championship 1995, Olympic Games 1996, European Championship 1996, World Championship 1997, World Championship 1999, Olympic Games 2000)
  • Kjersti Grini (European Championship 1998, World Championship 2001)[52]
  • Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk (European Championship 2000, European Championship 2002)[53]
  • Gro Hammerseng (World Championship 2003, European Championship 2004, European Championship 2006, World Championship 2007, Olympic Games 2008, European Championship 2010)[54]
  • Elisabeth Hilmo (World Championship 2005)[55]
  • Kristine Lunde (European Championship 2008, World Championship 2009)[21]

Notable players

Several Norwegian players have seen their individual performance recognized at international tournaments, either as Most Valuable Player or as a member of the All-Star Team.

MVP
All-Star Team

Individual all-time records

  Still active players are highlighted

Most matches played

Total number of matches played in official competitions only.[58]

# Player Matches Goals
1 Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim 296 844
2 Heidi Sundal 269 731
3 Tonje Larsen 264 567
4 Annette Skotvoll 250 2
5 Karin Pettersen Ryen 244 546
6 Trine Haltvik 241 834
7 Cathrine Roll-Matthiesen 234 921
8 Tonje Sagstuen 217 593
9 Karoline Dyhre Breivang 216 367
10 Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk 215 598

Last updated: 20 December 2010
Source: handball.no

Most goals scored

Total number of goals scored in official matches only.[59]

# Player Goals Matches Average
1 Kjersti Grini 1003 201 4.99
2 Cathrine Roll-Matthiesen 921 234 3.94
3 Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim 844 296 2.85
4 Trine Haltvik 834 241 3.46
5 Heidi Sundal 731 269 2.72
6 Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth 660 171 3.98
7 Gro Hammerseng 631 167 3.93
8 Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk 598 215 2.78
9 Tonje Sagstuen 593 217 2.73
10 Ingrid Steen 588 161 3.65

Last updated: 20 December 2010
Source: handball.no

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