Wednesday, October 27

Strand Larsen’s “Disappointing” Autumn: – The Stranger is Hard


Although “all” Norway’s usual forwards were injured before the national team meeting, foreign pro Jørgen Strand Larsen was not replaced.

ROTATE THE CANDLES? Jørgen Strand Larsen is off to a rocky start to his second season in Dutch football. But now he feels that things are about to change.

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He was a regular member of the Groningen club team, scoring 14 goals in 30 games and making his national team debut during his debut season in Dutch football. He also played a very good game as a forward for the “national emergency team”.

This season he was going to continue to ride the wave, continue to produce goal points and 90 minutes and play even closer to the A team.

But this has not been the case for the Norwegian foreign professional.

– It was disappointing, admits to VG the player of the U21 national team and Groningen, Strand Larsen. On Friday, he will be in the squad when Norway takes on Croatia in an important tie for the European Championship.

Follow Norway’s games on Friday:
18.00: I know Croatia-Norway, qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship, live on VG + Sport – with transmission from 17:30
20.45: continue Turkey-Norway in qualifying for the World Cup live on VG Live here – and in transmission on VGTV from about 20.35. The game will be broadcast on TV 2.

NOTICE: Jørgen Strand Larsen had a significantly better start to last year’s season.

A goal in the first eight rounds of the Groningen series, which is just above the relegation line in the Dutch first division, is the result so far.

– The foreigner is tough. There is more competition for places and you have to deliver all the time to keep the place, says the forward who, however, has been able to track some improvements lately.

Because after three innings and an injury break in the first four games of the season, he’s started all four of the next. But the 21-year-old does not hide the fact that it has been difficult to gain less confidence than the previous season:

– It was a recession. It’s awkward when you don’t have the opportunity that you think you might have after last season. I was expecting more playing time, says the Halden forward.

TOP GAME: Norway and Croatia top the qualifying group for next year’s European Under-21 Championship.

After a rough start to the season in Dutch football, Strand Larsen tells VG that he had to bring out old lessons:

– I also had a one-year loan period in Milan, which was quite difficult. But then he was younger and maybe a little stupider, the taller striker remembers time in the youth team of the great Italian club.

– Have you benefited from those lessons now?

– Yes absolutely. In adversity, you get angry, impatient, or overreact more quickly. Now I have learned what to do and what not to do in the face of adversity.

– What should you do?

– In Milan I gave up more, while now I prefer to return to the team and get back in shape, says Strand Larsen and tells what has helped him:

– What helps is, first of all, to be in contact with the people at home in Norway, because that way you don’t feel alone.

Understand Solbakken

When Norway’s usual top trio Erling Braut Haaland, Alexander Sørloth and Joshua King had to report due to the ongoing A national team meeting, many wondered who should step in.

The answer was the series’ elite forwards Veton Berisha and Ohi Omoijuanfo, and not foreign pro Strand Larsen.

IN FRONT OF THE TAIL: Ohi Omoijuanfo of Molde and Veton Berisha of the Vikings had to step on the national team when one forward after another announced their retirement.

– Solbakken has brought out two very good forwards who I am sure could have played at a much higher level than the Eliteserien, says the Groningen player and acknowledges:

– As the last months have been, I understand perfectly that they come before me in line.

Follow Norway’s games on Friday:
18.00: I know Croatia-Norway, qualifying for the European Under-21 Championship, live on VG + Sport – with transmission from 17:30
20.45: continue Turkey-Norway in qualifying for the World Cup live on VG Live here – and in transmission on VGTV from about 20.35. The game will be broadcast on TV 2.


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