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.