For a long period of time, the Norwegian men were clearly in the shadows of the highly successful women's national team (record EHF EURO champions, world champions, double Olympic champions). But the EHF EURO 2008 at home was something of a turning point for the team, coached by Swedish former international Robert Hedin.
Despite experienced players like Steinar Ege and Börge Lund ending their international careers, the Norwegians kept their level and strong performances. Coach Robert Hedin managed to integrate some young players in his squad, led by internationally experienced players such as Havard Tvedten, Bjarte Myrhol and Erlend Mamelund.
Like most Scandinavian teams, the Norwegian tactics are built upon a strong defence, interceptions and fast break goals, but they have another crucial weapon, in powerful line player Myrhol, who recently became EHF Cup winner with German side Rhein Neckar Löwen.
Borge Lund is the captain of the Norwegian team and its playmaker. He began his international career with Aalborg (DEN) before moving to the Bundesliga (HSG Nordhorn) in 2006.
After one season, he was picked up by THW Kiel where he had the most successful period of his club career, winning the 2010 EHF Champions League in his last season with the club.
In the summer of 2010, he made the move to Rhein-Neckar Löwen before joining Füchse Berlin for the 2012/13 season. However, this became the last stop of his international career to date as he moved back to his native town Bodø in northern Norway at the start of the 2013/14 season.
Lund is one of five Norwegians players who have played more than 200 internationals for their country.
Fast, faster, Tvedten - this is how one can describe the line of approach of the internationally experienced left wing player.
The 35-year-old is an absolute counterattack specialist and he battles energetically in the duels on the outer position.
His career began in the second division of the Norwegian league and he was a leading figure in the promotion of Hordaland into the 1st division. In 2002, he was discovered by Danish club Aalborg where he played for four years before moving to Spain where he played for Logrono and then Valladolid.
In 2011 he moved back to Aalborg.Norway's penalty specialist and the team's top scorer was nominated for the All-star team at the 2011 World Championship in Sweden.
Since 2009 the Norwegian line player is playing in Germany for the current EHF Cup champions Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
For several years he had been playing in Norway for Sandefjord TIF. He then started his international career in 2005 first in Veszprem, then for three seasons with HSG Nordhorn in Germany before joining his current club.
He is a very valuable player for the national team both as a defence player and as a goal scorer.
In summer 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer, but recovered quickly and managed to be back with the national team playing handball at the end of the same year.
He has contributed and moved the Norwegian people with his engagement for the Movember organisation and his openness about men's cancer.
Since 2009 the Swede has been in charge of the Norwegian men’s national team as head coach.
As a player the 47-year-old, who was born in Ystad, was already active in Norway with Viking Stavanger, before he finally moved first to Spain and then into the German Bundesliga.
During his professional playing career, Hedin was, for a while, both player and coach of the Swiss club St. Gallen. Hedin returned to Germany as a player again, and in 2002 he took over as coach at his last club of Nettelstedt.
After a visit to his hometown of Ystad, Hedin took up the position of coach with MT Melsungen in 2007. In 2008, he was in a situation where he was working in a dual capacity as club and national team coach.
Hedin’s largest successes as a player were the 1994 European Championship title with Sweden as well as the two Olympic silver medals in 1992 and 1996.