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Coach Solskjaer wins Norwegian title

Former Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated winning the Norwegian league title at the weekend with Molde in only his first season as a coach.

Coach Solskjaer wins Norwegian title
Photo: Tor Atle Kleven (File)

Solskjaer took charge of Molde in January and nine months later guided them to the title for the first time since the club was formed 100 years ago.

"It's a good start as a manager," said the striker, who scored 23 goals for Norway and 126 during an 11-year spell with United.

Molde clinched the championship two games from the end of the season on Saturday when Rosenborg, the only side that could overhaul them, lost.

Solskjaer wrote his name in United folklore when he scored the decisive last minute goal that capped United's fightback against Bayern Munich to win the 1999 Champions League final.

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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