The gap between elite Norwegian and European football

There has been an ongoing debate in Norway the last years in regard to the fitness level of Norwegian elite players. This has largely been due to the previous poor performances from the elite Norwegian clubs in Europe and the national team. The general opinion has been that Norwegian players lack the necessary fitness level to perform at the highest European level. Thus, the question is if this general opinion has any scientific evidence? A recent study published in Norway (1) has examined the physical performance during games of an elite Norwegian team, and gives an indication of the physical performance of elite Norwegian players compared to their European counterparts. Total distances covered The study from Ingebrigtsen and Dalen et al. (1) showed that Norwegian players cover a similar total distance to what is reported from the English Premier League (2), Spanish Primera (3) and in several elite European games (4). In regards to distance of high-speed running (> 19.8km×h-1), Norwegian players show a slightly lower distance compared to players from English Premier League (2) and elite European games (4). This indicates that players from the elite Norwegian league runs a similar distance compared to elite players from the European leagues, Continue Reading