Oftedal praised by the “scary” Slovenian manager: – The best in the world

Norway secured a semi-final spot with a win. A draw could also apply to Norway’s progress.

– A hustler and coach who creates great energy in his team. He always made his team a fighting team. On the pitch and on the bench, I think he looks really scary sometimes, but when he smiles at you he looks really warm, Oftedal told NTB about Adžić.

His biggest accomplishment as a coach came in beating Norway against his native Montenegro in the EC 2012 final. It came a few months after Norway won the Olympics beating the same opponent in the gold medal match.

Adžić lit up as Stine Bredal Oftedal’s name appeared on the table. – Ojojojoj, Oftedal. My favorite player for 13 years and the best in his position of anyone in the whole world. I have been following him for a long time, ever since he played in the junior championships. He is an extraordinary player and with a great personality, Adžić told NTB with a big smile.


Norway lost ten years ago 31-34 then 24-24 in normal time. Four additional innings must be played.

In the Norwegian team at that time were Oftedal, Silje Solberg-Østhassel and Katrine Lunde. They are the only ones still playing in the national team.

On Monday, they met Adžić’s gaze at the Arena Stožice. It also hides admiration for what Norway has achieved in women’s handball since its breakthrough in 1986.

– I’m obsessed with Norwegian handball. I love watching Norway play and learning from what that team is doing. The same goes for playing against them. That’s why the 2012 European Championship gold is also my biggest achievement as a coach. We (Montenegro) were the best after 80 minutes, said Adžić.

Towards the record audience

Organizers expect up to 7,000 spectators. In that case, that would be the clear crowd record so far in the championship.

If Slovenia beats Norway, the pool opens. Everything will be decided on Wednesday when three matches will be played. Norway meets Denmark that night.

– Can you repeat the 2012 success with Slovenia?

– What should I say? But Norway is the favourite, said Adžić.

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