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Norway’s Riise calls time on football career

Former Norway international left-back John Arne Riise, who played for top European clubs including Liverpool, Monaco and AS Roma, announced on Monday that he is retiring from football.

Norway's Riise calls time on football career
John Arne Riise celebrating a goal for Aalesund last month. Photo: Mats Torbergsen / NTB scanpix
The 35-year-old, who stepped down from national duty in 2013 with a record 110 caps for Norway, had been playing in recent months with Aalesund, the Norwegian club where he began his career in 1996.
 
“I feel that the joy, the flame and the desire are no longer strong enough for me to play at my top level,” Riise said on his official website. “I want to play football but the motivation is no longer enough for me to play at the highest level.”
 
Riise, who won the French Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2000 and the Champions League crown with Liverpool in 2005, nevertheless left the door open for a possible return.
 
“If the desire, the joy or the urge returns in a month or two … It's not something that I'm thinking about now.”

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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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