Solskjær guides Molde to second title

Molde coach and former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær has guided his Norwegian side to their second successive league title.

Solskjær guides Molde to second title
Photo: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg/NTB Scanpix

Solskjær has managed Molde since 2010 and this latest success has sparked renewed conjecture in the local media that he will be snapped up by a Premier League club.

In May he snubbed an offer to coach Aston Villa, preferring to stay at Molde who had never won a title since their inception in 1911 until his arrival.

The 39-year-old was an Old Trafford favourite, scoring 126 goals for United, including an injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, in an 11-year career from 1996.

He went on to coach the club's reserves for two years before returning to Norway.

Molde were assured of a successful title defence courtesy of Sunday's 1-0 win over Hønefoss which gave them a four point lead over closest rivals Strømsgodset with a game to spare.

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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.