No matter how serious this is: For me, it became impossible not to get associations to an old sketch with Dizzie Tunes in the middle of the Norwegian Football Association’s desperation for players.
Norwegian skating lay with a broken back, and the interest was at its lowest before the World Cup in Hamar in 1985. The fear of audience failure was real.
Dizzie Tunes profiles Yngvar Numme and Tor Erik Gunstrøm took responsibility. The dialogue was as follows:
“Hey, it’s the World Ice Skating Championships. Are you going there? ”
“When is it then?” was the answer question in return.
Break. Then it came:
“When can you come?”
It feels a bit like that now too, as the Norwegian Football Association has ended up, quite involuntarily, in a situation where the good old method of calling around to players to ask if they have the desire / time / opportunity to play international for Norway is actually real .
The closest I come to a similar situation was when the Danish national team players were on beaches around Europe when they were asked if they could participate in the European Championships in Sweden in 1992.
It worked out fine. Denmark won the championship.
In Norway, I remember that Svein Mathisen, Jesper’s father on TV 2, was in Denmark for a national match, as a journalist. Injuries meant that “Matta” put away pen and paper and rather played international matches for Norway.
Today’s situation is little other than absurd, but it is also the first time I am happy about one thing that is really a weakness with Norwegian football: Norway has extremely many players at about the same level. I have always used it as something negative in Norwegian football, but now it is actually an advantage. In fact, we only have four or five players who definitely keep a higher level than the others, and therefore this team does not actually need, if it is a squad and a match, to be so much weaker than a normal Lagerbäck team.