Thursday, April 22, 2010

Remembering 2007.....

It's been three years but the thrill of the 2007 victory is still easy to remember for most members of the 2010 Norway squad. In 2007 the team managed to pull off a magical run of unparalleled dominance throughout the tournament and became one of only three teams to ever win the WCP Cup.

The 4-3 overtime victory over ROI in the final was a perfect ending for the tournament. Everyone wanted ROI to lose that year and Norway had the perfect squad to stop them - plenty of good, strong midfield players; a defensive corps playing way above expectations; stellar goalkeeping; and a tournament MVP in Adam Payette who was nearly unmarkable for three straight playoff games.

Even after claiming first place in its group after round-robin play, Norway was for some reason considered an underdog to Greece in the quarterfinals. The Greeks had a very strong team that year, but their lack of any real scoring threat meant that they needed to play mistake-free defense to stop Norway from winning. That didn't happen and Payette scored the game-winner. 2-1 Norway.

In the semis Norway was once again written off against Jamaica. No chance, nada. Yeah right. Norway took that game to an overconfident Jamaican squad. It was fast and chippy, but otherwise brilliant soccer. This was the game that Norway really hit its stride and scored some beautiful goals off of free kicks and give-and-gos in the box. Payette scored once again. 4-2 Norway.

And then the final. Tons of people watched and cheered for Norway. Still didn't give them a chance though. ROI was a good team (when aren't they?) and was expected to have it wrapped up by halftime. Think again. Norway got out to an early 2-0 lead despite tons of ROI pressure. It was a dirty game - tons of cheap shots from both teams. Eventual full-time score: 3-3. Then game the goal-kick in overtime. Scott Waller hoofed the ball down the field, Payette out-dueled Matt Leung in the box and put the header past ROI's keeper into the corner. Norway victory!

Players still remaining from that Norway team: Dave Chisolm, Dan Dufar, Adam Gottselig, Josh Gyurek, Stefan Husdal, Braden Husdal, Adam Payette, Justin Slinn, and Colin Wirth.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

2007 was so long ago. why are you even bringing it up?

Playmaker said...

When was the last time your team won the championship? If you're on ROI - great. If not, I think you're one of 20 teams in the tournament that hasn't had the sweet taste of victory. And trust me, its very sweet.

Anonymous said...

The only above average player remaining on Norway is Stephan. He is a brilliant midfielder and can control a game's tempo. Having said that all the top teams have more than one good player. The reason they have never been back to the finals is because they lost all their other good players. They lost Josh P., Evan C., Adam C. & Adam R. All very good players. Suck it Norway!

Anonymous said...

stefan is not a good player, if i was playing with him i would give him medicine balls so someone could crush him.

Anonymous said...

Payette outdueled Matt Leung for the overtime goal.

Playmaker said...

Are you sure it was Matt? I could've sworn it was Beno. My memory might be off though. Anyone else remember who Payette beat for the game-winning header?

Anonymous said...

Was josh patterson even on the team 2007? I thought he joined the year after and i know evan wasnt our goalie that year.

Anonymous said...

Positive it was Matt. Benno was in the area but not marking Payette, Matt was.

Playmaker said...

Thanks. I'll change it

Anonymous said...

Evan wasn't on the team because he is a traitor, and ran away crying to Laos so he could lose some more.

The Jamaica was 4-3. All the playoff games were decided by 1 goal. CLUTCH!

Anonymous said...

there is no way norway can repeat what they did in 07, your a horrible team and always has been, we will destroy you when we play you Germany all the way baby!

Playmaker said...

Are you sure about the Jamaica score? I'm leaving it 4-2 until more people say otherwise. Lots of emotion but I can't remember Jamaica getting that close.

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