The average age of a goalkeeper in the Norwegian top division is 27 years, but at Odd BK a 19-year-old is performing so well that he is being hailed as the biggest Norwegian keeper talent since Tottenham legend Erik Thorstvedt. QUICK FACTS Name: Sondre Rossbach Age: 19 D.O.B: 07 February 1996 Position: Goalkeeper Club:
He has barely made his debut in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, but 17-year-old winger Rafik Zekhnini has already impressed enough to be chased by the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. QUICK FACTS Name: Rafik Zekhnini Age: 17. D.o.B: 12/01/1998 Position: Left winger Club: Odd BK The rapid left winger ran circles around Dortmund
When top clubs across Europe last season were scouting Strømsgodset’s Martin Ødegaard they could all report back with two fantastic talents at the Norwegian club. Ødegaard was the first to leave Drammen in Norway and the question now is when – and not if – Iver Fossum will follow in his childhood friend’s footsteps.
Few football fans across Europe, including Norwegians, had heard of Martin Samuelsen when he signed a two-year-deal with West Ham in June. The former Manchester City youth player got his debut in July, and now he is the Premier League player Norwegians look forward to seeing the most as the season kicks off. QUICK
At 14, Tobias Svendsen had to get permission by the Norwegian FA to appear in a third tier game for Molde’s reserve team. Just a year later, he got his debut for the reigning champions in the cup. The now 15-year-old midfielder is living in the shadow of his 17-year-old brother Sander Svendsen who has
Talented footballers seem to be growing thick and fast in Norway these days. 17-year-old Sander Svendsen, who The Guardian last year tipped to become “the next great Norwegian footballer”, has already received international plaudits for his talent. On their list of the world’s greatest talents born in 1997, Svendsen was the only Norwegian player to
At only 17, IK Start midfielder Kristoffer Ajer has attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in England. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all shown interest in the 1,96m tall Norwegian youngster – and a move to the Premier League might be on the cards this summer. QUICK FACTS: Name: Kristoffer Ajer Age: