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Swedish journalist censures Norway sports nuthouse. Expressen’s Thomas Wilbacher is weary of the hype surrounding young Norwegian footballer Martin Ødegaard. Norway met Sweden in a private match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium, Monday. NRK’s football expert, Sweden-born and ex-football player for Norway Karl Petter Löken, commented that 16-year-old Ødegaard played “exceptional” football.

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Swedish journalist censures Norway sports nuthouse

Published on Tuesday, 9th June, 2015 at 13:00 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

Expressen’s Thomas Wilbacher is weary of the hype surrounding young Norwegian footballer Martin Ødegaard.

Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
The venue pictured in 2012.Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
Photo: John Christian Fjellestad/W. Commons


Norway met Sweden in a private match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium, Monday.

NRK’s football expert, Sweden-born and ex-football player for Norway Karl Petter Löken, commented that 16-year-old Ødegaard played “exceptional” football.

Ødegaard created several goal opportunities in the second half, though the match ended 0-0.

“We observe that the young boy can certainly weave magic with the ball,” said Löken, “[and] does unexpected things with the football that others don’t see.”

Prior to the match, Norway’s VG asked Per-Mathias Høgmo, current coach of Norway’s male national team, whether Ødegaard will be even better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played in yesterday’s game.

Dismissing it light-heartedly as “a tabloid question”, he told the publication that “I’ll just answer that I’m happy to see Norwegian football getting attention due to a player with international skills on a very high level.”

Sweden national team coach Erik Hamrén has also said that calling Ødegaard the next Zlatan was “completely wrong”.

“Look at both players’ body sizes, they’re built completely differently,” he told reporters at Saturday’s press conference in Oslo, referring to Ødegaard’s 1.70 m compared with Ibramovic’s 1.95 m (some 5’6’’ and 6’4’’, respectively).

Thomas Wilbacher, sports journalist at Swedish publication Expressen, has grown tired of the "hype" surrounding Martin Ødegaard, however.

“I recently read that Norwegians believe that young Mr Ødegaard could be better than Zlatan. Do you know why you can’t build a madhouse in Norway? It’s precisely because one can’t construct a roof over an entire country,” Wilbacher wrote in his blog, adding later that his way of phrasing things was a joke.

He recalls Jonny Rödlund, a major Swedish talent in the 1980s who played junior football for Manchester United, though never a top-class player.

At the same time, Thomas Wilbacher also wrote that Martin Ødegaard would probably achieve success in his career.

“I realise that he is a real tough guy who works hard and is targeted in his training. […] But let him be, Norway! Stop comparing him with the best players,” wrote the sports journalist.



Published on Tuesday, 9th June, 2015 at 13:00 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

This post has the following tags: football, degaard, sweden, norway.





  
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