Glory #7

Glory is a high-end football and travel publication, aiming to put the ‘beautiful’ back into the beautiful game. We travel the world documenting alternative football cultures including the most remote, exotic and unusual destinations.

Glory are a team of award-winning designers, writers and photographers with a shared passion for football. We wanted to explore the game beyond the elite leagues – there are countless nations where die-hard fans pack remote, windswept stadia or watch their national teams scrap for the honour of a place in the FIFA top 100. We look beyond the money, the glamour and the trophies to find the real Glory of football.

Issue 7: Norway

‘Sterkere Sammen’ translates as ‘stronger together’ - something the last couple of years has taught us all.

Over two decades since their men last reached a major tournament, but with a new generation of talent to rival the very best sides that have come before and the women heading to this summer’s Euros as dark-horses, we thought it was time we went to Norway.

As the world finally opened back up and we stepped off the plane onto Oslo tarmac, we expected this to be an ‘anti-Qatar’ issue, because, led initially by fans of Tromsø IL, Norway was at the vanguard of vocal opposition to FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

However, while there was much to learn about why Norway felt so strongly that the issue of World Cup hosting decisions needed to be discussed, we found this was less to do with opposition to Qatar and more about being a society built on equality, co-operation and togetherness.

We experienced those qualities directly, as people bent over backwards to open doors to Norwegian football heroes past and present, all of whom were generous with both their time and stories.

Issue 7 also features exclusive interviews with the likes of Egil Olsen, As Ullevall, John Arne Riise, Erik Thorsvedt, Hege Riise, Caroline Graham Hansen, Lise Klaveness, Jan Åge Fjortoft, Ståle Solbakken, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Mathias Normann, Maren Mjelde and Martin Sjogren, plus the story of the player who stole ‘The Scream’. That’s just for starters.

Norway edition will also take you from Oslo to Bodø north of the Arctic Circle, taking in Molde, Aalesund and the Lofoten Islands and help you decide where to stay, what to do and where to eat when you inevitably decide to book your own trip.