Solbakken goes on European tour before withdrawing – meets Haaland in Dortmund – VG

Solbakken goes on European tour before withdrawing - meets Haaland in Dortmund - VG

Meets in Germany: Erling Braut Haaland and Ståle Solbakken together in Spain ahead of the Luxembourg match this spring. Photo: Bjørn S. Delebekk

Ståle Solbakken (52) who has been fully vaccinated for the first time as Norway manager can spend more time on player visits in Europe. On Tuesday, Erling sees Braut Haaland (21) against Bayern.


A trip to Dortmund will be the beginning of Solbakken’s “tour”, where the national team manager will watch the attacking player try his hand against Bayern in the German Super Cup final. Where Solbakken travels next is uncertain at the moment.

It’s a little bit where the difference is. The plan is Dortmund, and so on, or it could be Denmark or Norway. I have to see what happens to the men hanging on the fence. But I can’t just sit in a hotel room for two days and wait until something is ready, says Solbakken – players like captain Martin Odegaard and Prout partner Alexander Sorloth aim to switch clubs.

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– What do you know about Ødegaard’s club status?

I don’t know more than, of course, a clear reference to Martin. He played regularly in training, both from the start and with a lot of time playing as a substitute. When he’s not in the team, you don’t have to be a fortune teller because something might be wrong, answers the national team manager.

Arsenal mentioned. Based on what I experienced there from January to May, is it a good choice?

– Definitely. He has many opportunities, many who want him. So he, his representatives, and the family will find out. Solbakken says he has been very good at picking the right clubs before.

On Tuesday, a little over a week later, the team that will meet the Netherlands (at home), Latvia (away) and Gibraltar (at home) at the beginning of September will be out. Erling Braut Haaland is sure to be there, and what happens in the encounter with the attacking player in Germany, Solbakken says the following:

– It’s going to be a little bit of everything, but it’s in the middle of triathlon week, so I won’t grab it too much. It’s a bit about the group, it’s true of all the guys I want to talk to. The Norway manager says he fits in well with the match in the middle of the week, so it’s quite a coincidence to start with him.

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